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What better way to build excitement for the premiere of “The Force Awakens” than with a Star Wars™ movie marathon party?
My 9-year-old son, Jackson, is obsessed with Star Wars™ and his excitement about the newest movie, “The Force Awakens,” is out of this galaxy. We have tickets for opening day — 3D IMAX, of course. We’re building up to the big premiere with all kinds of fun activities, starting with a movie marathon party to catch up on the six other movies that we’ve all seen too many times to count!
I decided to set up a Star Wars™ breakfast bar featuring specially-marked Star Wars™ General Mills cereals and Go-Gurt®, as well as other inspired treats to snack on while we watched the movies.
I think this would be a fabulous setup for a kids’ sleepover or for a party after a midnight screening of “The Force Awakens.” You know, before you go see the movie again!
You’ll find the specially marked boxes of Star Wars™ Honey Nut Cheerios®, Cookie Crisp®, R2D2 Cereal® and Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal® on the cereal aisle at Walmart.
Each box includes a Droid Viewer tour with a scene from the new movie. You better believe those were popular at our house, where any movie image or trailer or spoiler is discussed and dissected for hours! (You think I’m kidding. But some days I think I live with C-3PO!)
I had to go to Tatooine to get blue bantha milk for our cereal.
Or you could just add a few drops of food coloring to some regular milk. Just don’t try to milk a Bantha by yourself.
For snacking during the movies, I made some droid-tastic snack mix with stormtrooper marshmallows, inspired by Catch My Party.
I used edible markers to draw the stormtrooper helmets on the marshmallows. Not all of them, mind you, just the ones at the top of each serving of snack mix.
To make the snack mix, just combine 1 cup each of Honey Nut Cheerios®, Cookie Crisp® and Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal® with 1 1/2 cups each of mini marshmallows and mini pretzels.
We served them in black cups decorated with gold stars, reminiscent of the opening credits of Star Wars™.
Go-Gurt® yogurt tubes already look like lightsabers.
But we added handles made out of card stock and decorated with silver glitter duct tape.
We also had lightsaber grape kabobs, Leia-inspired cinnamon buns and wookie cookies, made from Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal®, for snacks. (Check out the easy recipe at the end of this post.)
We also served the edible lightsabers at Jackson’s epic Star Wars™ birthday party a few years ago.
I was actually able to repurpose a lot of ideas and supplies from that birthday celebration for this Star Wars™ party.
My husband printed out a sign for the breakfast bar: Mos Eisley Breakfast Bar Printable.
And Jackson and I made some party cups featuring our favorite droid, BB-8. We served jogan juice (or grape juice) in them.
You’ll need two different sizes of round labels to make these, plus the two free printables I created.
A few yards of Star Wars ™ fabric hung on the wall, and a tablecloth scattered with yellow stars made for a quick and easy setup.
As you can probably tell from this setup, Jackson isn’t the only one who is excited about “The Force Awakens.” My husband and I both grew up with these movies. I remember seeing all the originals in the theater with my dad and my brother. We even dressed as Darth Vader and Leia one Halloween. And my husband, Bruce, remembers waiting in line with his dad for hours to see the first Star Wars™ movie when it was re-released in theaters.
As precious as those memories are, nothing compares to experiencing the magic of Star Wars™ through your child’s eyes. Jackson is frizzling with excitement about the new movie. I’ll be surprised if he sleeps any Thursday night, and I’m certain he’ll spend the next month or more quoting his favorite lines and dissecting every battle scene and theorizing about what’s to come in the series.
And some day, he’ll tell his kids all about seeing Star Wars™ “The Force Awakens” and all the cool things his parents did to make it memorable.
In this trip down memory lane, I haven’t forgotten that I promised you the recipe for the Chewbacca no-bake wookie cookies.
- 4 cups Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal®
- 12 ounces semisweet chocolate morsels
- ¼ cup white chocolate chips
- Following the package directions, melt semisweet chocolate chips in a microwave.
- Quickly and carefully stir in the cereal, until coated.
- Drop by heaping Tablespoon onto wax paper.
- Before chocolate hardens, add a diagonal line of white chocolate chips to each cookie to represent Chewbacca's bandolier.
- Allow chocolate to cool and harden.
You could also make these with peanut butter or butterscotch morsels.
Be sure to pin these ideas for your Star Wars™ party.
You can find more Star Wars™ party ideas and recipes at the General Mills Awaken Your Tastebuds website.