The Star Wars birthday invitations listed below are my personal recomendations These can be used for a kid's or adult birthday party and include options for personalized invitations, ready-made 'fill-in' style ones, creative 3D invitations, and even a home-made option.
This page is an extension of my Star Wars birthday party ideas page which contains lots of creative ideas for Star Wars themed party invitations, food and drink, decorations, party games and favors. All of which can be adapted to suit a kids, teen, or adult birthday.
You may wish to read the party ideas page first and follow the in-context links back to this page as you come accross them.
If you want to get creative with your invitations, think about sending out a 3D object instead of a traditional printed invitation. This is a little trick that professional party planners use all the time to make their invitations stand out.
People love to receive unsual invitations. When something unexpected, like a 3D object, arrives in the mail it never fails to capture the imagination and get them excited about the party.
For a Star Wars birthday party theme think about sending out these 20" inflatable lightsabers (Click Supplier 1) as the invitation. You can pick these up for around $3 dollars each. Then attach these plastic VIP passes, which are also $2 each, with all the party details printed onto them. Kid's will love the idea of being given VIP passes to a Star Wars party!
These will make quite an impression if you hand them out already inflated (do it on the school run or you could mail them out in tubes like these). Plus, there's the added advantage that the kid's can bring them with the lightsabres to the party to take part in 'Jedi training' games.
For older children, you could use these more authentic light-up (left) or glow in the dark (right) lightsabers (both available from supplier 3). Just bear in mind they are longer, at 29" and 54", so will need larger tubes if mailing them out.
Another idea for a 3D Star Wars invitation would be to send out these Han Solo in carbonite chocolate bars along with the VIP passes mentioned above. You can pick up the mold here (select supplier 3) to make them yourself.
Alternatively, you can buy them here—either filled or plain—for just $3-$5 dollars each.
Surprisingly, there are actually very few personalized Star Wars birthday invitations available. I suspect this is because it is cost prohibitive for most bespoke invitation suppliers to license the brand name and character's likeness.
However, many independant graphic designers are able to customize Star Wars invitations using copyrighted images as long as they are for one-time personal use. All character images used are free, are not being sold, and ownership remains with the copyright holders. You are paying the designer for a creative service and their time spent personalizing your item.
Copyright restrictions only permit graphics to be used for one-time personal use, such as birthday parties, and can not be re-sold for any reason.
There are many personalized Star Wars inviations available here that use images from the movies, such as the ones below. See the full range here.
If you prefer something a little less commercial, there are also many graphic-based designs available. A selection of my favourites are below, but many more are available here.
These two are particularly cute for younger kid's parties.
Many of these designs come with matching thank you cards and printed envelopes, such as the one below.
There are also some designs that allow you to include a photo of the birthday boy or girl as a Jedi. Click here to see the full range.
These lightsaber invitations pull out to 8.5" in height to reveal the party details.
When you pull on the lightsaber of this clever Darth Vader invitation, his cape lifts to reveal the party details. There's also the option to include extendable lightsaber thank you notes.
These Darth Vader invitations themselves aren't shaped but they use a die cut process to cut his shape into the card, which gives it a nice bespoke effect.
You can either use your own home printer and card stock, or for a more professional look just upload the artwork to a site like this (use code SHIP39 for free shipping on orders $39+) and have them print and ship the invitations to you for approx $1-$2 each.
With printable Star Wars invitations, the designer will still customize the artwork for you before emailing you the artwork as a digital file.
The advantage of the designs below is that, in addition to being less commercial looking, they come with a range of matching products to give a uniform look to your party. See here for these (select supplier 1).
The same design can be recreated accross favors, bottle labels, lollipops, activity placemats, candy bag wrappers, buttons, tags, and more.
For a budget option, there are also various ready made 'fill-in' style invitations (click supplier 1) available, such as the ones below.
Alternatively, these lightsaber invitations are probably the best designed fill-in invitations that I've come accross.
If you want to make your own home-made invitations, you could use these paper lightsaber invitations (below, by Jami at The Blackberry Vine) which are made from glitter card stock.
To really customize your Star Wars birthday invitations, you can create your own personalized postage stamps.
Just upload a photo of the birthday boy or girl dressed as their favorite character (select supplier 1 or 3 for cheapest costumes) and the personalized stamps will be shipped to you.
If you're making your own home-made Star Wars birthday invitations, using tags or the 'fill-in' style ones, incorporate some familiar phrases from the movies.
Some examples are:
There are also some cool Star Wars wedding inviations available for the ultimate geek wedding!
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Matt James is a professional event planner and owner of event agency Left Field Productions, which has produced events for Elton John, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Spacey, Stella McCartney, David LaChapelle, John Waters, and Elvis Costello & Diana Krall. Since 2004, Left Field Productions has won 30 industry awards for excellence including Production Company of the Year.
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