Disclosure: ProWorld Inc provided vinyl for the party favors. All opinions expressed within are my own and have not been influenced in any way.
For years the boys have been begging me to host a Star Wars birthday party. Although my boys have been super into the saga since toddlerhood, most of their classmates didn’t catch on until they were bombarded with media and merchandising for A Force Awakens. They say each generation has their own Star Wars trilogy they relate to – for us old fogies, it is episodes 4-6. For those in their 20’s, episodes 1-3 might be more appealing. And for our children – Rey’s story may become a hallmark of their childhood.
I wanted to make the day one that the boys would remember – one that allowed them to act out their intergalactic fantasies.
We first hung a black dollar store table cloth on the garage and used duct tape to tape yellow stars to the background. I love this photo of the boys against the backdrop and I was able to get some cute ones of my oldest and his buddies at the party.
Inside, decorations were kept to a minimum. Above the fireplace we strung a cute, free birthday banner and placed a painting my son made for the party underneath. Adding a few Star Wars toys to the sides of the mantle for visual balance, this simple mantle was done!
The table was decorated with the boys’ favors and little, printable containers that I enlarged to 120% to hold tiny LEGO pieces. Each child got a dollar store pie tray adorned with black FDC sign vinyl Death Star, thanks to ProWorld, and the child’s name. These trays are the perfect size for building LEGO sets – and can be used to pick up mid-build and put aside for later. Each child also got a LEGO Microfighters set to build during the party. The boys were happy to sit down and build after running around for an hour and a half outside.
So cute, right??
We played Lightsaber Tag (rules here)…
And Kylo Ren made a guest appearance, accompanied by the Imperial March blaring through our outdoor stereo.
We had a BB-8 piñata, as well, filled with tiny toys and lollipops. The kids collected their treats in these Chewbacca-inspired bags I made with brown lunch bags; brown, silver, and gold sharpies; and googly eyes.
The piñata activity was a lot more civil that I thought it would be. The kids had a blast, and no one got hit with a stick.
My oldest is also a treasure hunting fanatic, so I wanted to incorporate a treasure hunt into the party. I found Easter eggs at Target (similar to the ones below) that were black Darth Vaders and White Storm Troopers.
Each team had a series of clues. For example, here is what Team Vader had as clues:
Dear Young Padawans,
You will find 6 clues in this treasure hunt. Your clues will be hidden inside black Darth Vader eggs. Please open the egg, find the clue, and then search for the next egg.
Your first clue is:
You can “zip” through the air on me. I’m a zipline.
In the second egg:
Good job. Your next clue is a little trickier. Find the black door on the side of the house.
In the third egg:
Great work. Look near the garden for the next clue.
In the fourth egg:
You are masters of treasure hunting. The next clue is near a big GREEN tree in the back of the yard.
In the fifth egg:
Look by the sandbox for your next clue.
In the last egg:
Last Clue: Find The Birthday Boy’s Mom for a prize!
When they finished the hunt, each child received a Target $1 Star Wars notebook, wrapped in brown paper, with a washi tape “ribbon” and a printable Star Wars cake topper as a detail.
We then challenged the group of boys to get a total of 10 direct hits on the Death Star bean bag toss
After each of the activities, the boys got a sticker on their free, printable Jedi-In-Training Badges. These stickers were one of their favorite parts of the party! You never know what they will love, I guess!
Have you hosted a Star Wars inspired party? What were your favorite elements?