When you’re planning an 8th birthday celebration for two superfans, you need epic Star Wars party ideas!
We’re talking original Star Wars good, not second-rate sequels!
Jackson recently celebrated his 8th birthday, and we had a joint party with his BFF since their birthdays are just a few weeks apart. Both boys are super-serious Star Wars fans, so it only made sense that we join Forces on their party.
Well, actually, they were on opposite sides of the Force.
Since Darth Vader is his favorite character, Jackson was drawn to the Dark Side, while his best bud took on Jedi Master Yoda as his party persona.
A few months before the party, the boys dressed up as their favorite Star Wars characters for a photo shoot in our driveway. I shot their photos against a plain white backdrop because we had big plans for these shots — Photoshop plans.
William’s grandfather used to be the art director for the tabloid newspaper, The Weekly World News, so he’s a master at photoediting. (What? You thought Bat Boy was real?)
William’s grandfather used my photos, plus shots of the Death Star and Millennium Falcon, to put Yoda and Darth Vader in battle. I added text, in the free Star Jedi font, to make the invitation look like a classic Star Wars movie poster.
Pretty cool, huh?
Star Wars Party Ideas: Food
William’s mom, Stacey, and I spent weeks collecting party inspiration, planning the menu and working on crafts and decoration — with lots of input (and a little bit of help) from the birthday boys.
Since ours was a mid-afternoon party, we served mainly snacks and sweets — lots and lots of sweets, which were a big hit with the kids.
Guests couldn’t get enough of Admiral Ackbar’s Snack Bar. It’s a hit!
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I made the food labels with scrapbook paper and my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine, but you could easily make printable labels using Star Wars fonts.
Our menu included Yoda Ears with Sarlac Dip, Tatooine Tortillas with Skywalker Salsa…
Obi-wan-Kabob-ies, Tie-Fighter Twists, Droid Dip, two types of Yoda Soda (green Kool-Aid and punch made from lime sherbet and Sprite)…
Stacey and I made these using Hans Solo in Carbonite and R2-D2 molds, with help from her mom, my mother-in-law and my husband, who used edible markers to decorate the R2-D2 chocolates. (You can see exactly how we made these Star Wars chocolate candies here.
I think I saw Yoda eat six of the Han Solo chocolates. Good food, hmmm!
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