Star Wars BIRTHDAY PARTY IDEAS
The Star Wars birthday party ideas below were originally intended for a kid's theme party. However, a Star Wars party theme is popular with lots of adult too, so I've also included ideas for things like cocktail recipes and other party supplies so that you can easily put together a Star Wars birthday party for an adult if you want.
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star wars birthday party Invitations
For a Star Wars birthday party theme think about sending out inflatable lightsabers (right) as the invitation. You can pick these up for around $2-3 dollars each.
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 them to the party to take part in 'Jedi training' games.
Then print or write all the party details onto a small tag and tie it on with ribbon or string (see an example at Using Tags on the Create Invitations page).
For a professional look, you can print these tags really cheaply (just $19.95 / £12 for 100 tags) incorporating your own photo on one side. See these printed mini cards for more info. Alternatively, use one of these decorative shipping tags and just hand write the details.
If you're having the mini cards printed, a nice touch is to upload a photo of the birthday boy / girl dressed up as their favorite character. See the Costumes section of these Star Wars birthday party ideas for more costumes like the ones below.
For a cheaper alternative to the inflatable lightsabers, you could use these 8" glow stick lightsabers (below), which are just over $1 each. However, if you're planning to let the kid's have lightsaber fights during the party games, then use the inflatable lightsabers as the invitations and ask them to bring them along to the party.
Homemade Lightsaber Invitations
If you prefer to make your own, try these paper lightsaber invitations (below, by Jami at The Blackberry Vine).
Personalized star wars invitations
There are also a selection of traditional printed Star Wars birthday party invitations available (USA only) which can be personalized online (some allow you to add a photo), such as these below.
Fill In Style Invitations
For a budget option, there are also various ready made 'fill-in' style invitations available, such as the ones below.
Don't forget to incorporate lots of phrases from the film into your Star Wars birthday party invitations, such as:
- A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...
- There was a strong disturbance in the force...
- The Jedi Council request that all young Padawans attend...
- To celebrate Padawan (name), the chosen one's birthday
- Use the force to reply (or for non-Jedis call....[insert telephone number])
- Bring your lightsabers to complete your Jedi training
- May the force be with you
Alternatively, convert all your wording using this free Yoda-Speak Generator.
Star Wars Stamps
If you want to add some extra embellishment to your Star Wars birthday party invitations, use these Star Wars themed Postage Stamps to make them really special.
Note: These are only available in the USA.
Below are some Star Wars birthday party theme drinks that are perfect for kid's.
Die hard Star Wars fans will instantly recognise Blue Bantha Milk (which Luke drinks with his aunt and uncle in Episode IV: A New Hope).
Make it with this recipe by by Amelia Hill on about.com.
Check out this cute recipe for Yoda Soda (right, by Highlander and Islander from Hi Cookery) which uses lime sherbet and Sprite to create a frothy green drink.
dagobah swamp juice
Alternatively, serve Yoda's Dagobah Swamp Juice by renaming this recipe from Disney Family Fun.
(It was meant to be a Halloween themed recipe but works just as well for Star Wars birthday party ideas).
Darth Vader Juice
Make a black punch such as this one (below left, by Kathleen at allrecipes.com) and call it Darth Vader juice.
Float Darth Vader ice cubes in the drinks for extra presentation (below right).
Mustafar Lava juice
Use this recipe for Sparkling Strawberry-Lemonade Slush (below left, from Betty Crocker) as Lava Juice from the planet of Mustafar (where the climactic battle between Anakin and Obi Wan took place in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith).
Kids love anything that glows, so serve these drinks in red glow cups to extra presentation.
Star Wars Ice Cubes
Make your party drinks a bit more special with these Star Wars ice cube trays. There are several designs available such as Han Solo frozen in carbonite, R2D2 Darth Vader, The Millennium Falcon and X Wing Fighters.
For Star Wars birthday party ideas for adults, try these cocktail recipes:
I stumbled across this Yoda-rita (right, by Alicia Policia) and just had to include it.
She simply made Margaritas and put them into clear plastic cups with lime wedges for ears, then drew Yoda faces on the cups with a Sharpie. Genius!
Blavod black vodka is perfect for creating a Darth Vader-themed Black Martini (right, by Colleen Graham at about.com).
If you can't get hold of Blavod just serve Black Russians (vodka, Cola and coffee liqueur, such as Kahlua).
Bantha Milk (Alcoholic)
Here's a great recipe for an alcoholic version of Blue Bantha Milk
(right, by Jessie of Castles and Cooks), adapted from a classic White Russian
cocktail of vodka, Kahlua
, and cream.
Below are some of the best recipes I've stumbled across to go with these Star Wars birthday party ideas.
- Get creative with toppings to make Star Wars party theme pizzas like this Darth Vader one made with olives and mushrooms, and a Yoda one with olives, green peppers, broccoli, feta cheese, cauliflower, and mushrooms, (both by Rama Hughes via Flickr).
- I love this Bento box with noodles shaped like Chewbacca (below left, origin unknown). Or if you've got more patience you could try making these Totooine or Stormtrooper ones (below center and right, by Vingtdeux via Flickr).
- Cover cake pops with grey frosting and label them Death Star cake pops (don't forget to make a little indent in the frosting to look like the real thing). Cake pops can be a bit of a hassle to make. You have to bake the cake, crumble it, then mix frosting into the crumbs, roll into balls, then freeze a little to harden...and all that's before you start to decorate them. For a quicker option, use one of these Cake Pop Makers (below left) to make simple cake balls in approx 5 mins, then just cover in frosting. It's great value at around $18 / £20. Alternatively, pick up one of these Cake Pop Baking Pans (below right).
- If you're feeling a bit more adventurous, check out these Star Wars cake pops (below left, by Bakerella and below right by Sweet Thingz) for ideas on how to decorate them like some of the characters.
- Make your own Sarlac Pit Dip (from Episode VI: Return of the Jedi) by creating a well in a wide bowl of hummus. Then add some teeth using tortilla chips and one or two gummi worms as tentacles. Serve alongside some veggies to dip. If you have any Star Wars action figures place one on the edge of the bowl with one of the gummi tentacles wrapped around it's leg as if pulling it into the pit.
- Similarly you could make a Dagobah Dip (from Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back) using guacamole. Place spinach, broccoli, and Pretzel sticks around the edge of the bowl to look like the swamp. If you have a toy X-Wing fighter dip it into the center of the bowl as if it's crashed, or place a small Yoda figure on the edge of the bowl.
- Make these Chewbacca Gingerbread Men (below left, by Karla at Vegancraftastic) by pressing some dough through a garlic press to make the hair. Or make these Chewie Wookie Cookies (below right by Jill at Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons).
- Make 'Lightsaber' fruit kebabs, or dip Pretzel sticks into different colored icing to make mini lightsabers.
- Alternatively, make Lightsaber ice pops with these molds (below - USA only). The hilt even lights up the 'blade'.
- Use the Darth Vader ice cube molds to make jello jigglers. You can make black jello by mixing 3 parts Black Cherry Jello with 1 Part Orange Jello. Alternatively, you can fill the molds with chocolate to make Chocolate Darth Vaders (these also work well as cupcake toppers).
- While I was researching recipes for a Star Wars birthday party I came across some amazing recipes on the Official Star Wars Blog created by Just Jenn Recipes. She has dreamed up some of the most creative Star Wars food I've ever come across, and I just had to share some of my favorites with you (check out her blog for others):
- Jill from Kitchen Fun with my 3 Sons also has a great collection of really creative recipes for a Star Wars birthday party theme. This Yoda Apple Face (below left) would be great as individual party snacks, or you can scale it up and do something similar with a Watermelon (below right) to go on a dessert / buffet table.
- I also love this simple dinner she made (below left) with a Chewbacca hot dog and bun, a mashed potato Stormtrooper and a Yoda salad. The Chewbacca hotdogs would make great party food. She also has a cool Mexican take on this (below right) with a tortilla Stormtrooper, shredded lettuce Yoda and a Chewbecca of refried beans.
- These C3PO cookies are a lot simpler to make than they look, they're basically just Oreos dipped into yellow candy melts. Likewise, this Darth Vader cheese ball is just covered with blue chips and black olives to make the features.
- For a healthy option make this Yoda face from grapes, or have a bit of fun with these Jawa jello jigglers (which is just strawberry and lime jello mixed to make it brown, then cut out using this cookie cutter). See here for both recipes.
- Finally, check out this Edible Garbage Masher (from Episode IV: A New Hope) she created. Such a great idea and again, such a simple one.
- If you're not quite as artistic in the kitchen and just want to make some simple cupcakes, use these Star Wars stencils to add some decoration (below left - available in USA only). Just hold one of the stencils over a frosted cupcake and sprinkle with cinnamon, cocoa, or confectioner's (icing) sugar to create the shapes. Alternatively fill these Han Solo in Carbonite Molds with chocolate (below right) and use as cupcake toppers.
- Finally, if your Star Wars birthday party is for adults it just won't be complete without these Princess Leia Danish Do's (above right, by Highlander and Islander at Hi Cookery). See how long it takes before one of your guests holds them up to the side of their head.
- If you want to make your own cake, you can get this fantastic Darth Vader Baking Pan (below left). Just add the cake mix, bake, then decorate with some black colored frosting.
- If you're no expert cake decorator you can pick up one of these edible images for your Star Wars birthday party (below left) which you can just place on top of your birthday cake. Alternatively, use these Cake Toppers (below center and right).
- Another quick and easy option is to use this large plastic Darth Vader Cake Poptop (below right) which at approx 10" tall x 8" wide you can just place on top of a cake.
Food & Drink styling
Buffet / Dessert Table
With six films to take inspiration from there are lots of different ways to dress a buffet / dessert table for a Star Wars birthday party. To decorate a dessert table like this one, follow the steps below.
- Then use a mixture of square and rectangular black, white or clear plates and bowls to present food on. If you don't already own these, I recommend these Premium Plastic Plates (below), they're really good value and look much nicer than paper plates.
- To make a Star Wars logo to dress the front of the table, download this free font (just download, unzip the folder, then drag the font files into the font folder on your computer). Then print onto card stock using your home printer. If you want to make it larger, you could print each letter individually (with the exception of the 'ST' of Star and the 'RS' of Wars which are joined) then mount them onto a larger piece of card. Alternatively, you could save this hi resolution Star Wars logo, stretch it to enlarge, then print off.
- Use these Star Wars cardboard stand ups to dress the table—there are lots of different characters available. I've used the smaller Yoda stand up as a centerpiece, with two others either side. Don't worry if your budget wont allow for that many, you can still make an impressive display with just one or two. The great thing about these stand ups is that you can also use them to create great photo ops—let the guests have their picture taken in a lightsaber dual with Darth Maul or Obi Wan.
- Make a paper mache death star (see the Decorations section on page 2 of these Star Wars birthday party ideas for more info) and hang this as part of the scene.
- Finally, make some of these Star Wars ships out of card stock using the color templates which are free to download (see the Decorations section on page 2 for more info) and hang these from the ceiling to complete the scene.
- If you don't want to make the models, you could embellish the stars and space background with some of these Star Wars decals (these are reusable so you can reapply them to your child's bedroom afterwards).
- There are a number of larger Star Wars wall decals available which you could use to create a backdrop for a dessert table. Although these sit flat against the wall so you don't get the nice 3D effect achieved with a stand up. That said, they do work out cheaper so if you're on a budget these might work better. Plus you can easily peel and re-stick them, so you can use them to decorate your child's bedroom after the party.
- Alternatively, there are also various
Star Wars fabrics (USA only) available by the yard which you can use to create a backdrop.
- If your budget wont stretch to buying the stand ups, you can create a centerpiece using an
'all over' style mask of your child's favorite character. Just raise it up on a box covered with fabric or a cake stand.
- Complete the centerpiece by arranging 2 lightsabers in an X shape above the mask.
- If you're using a Darth Vader stand up or mask as part of your dessert table decorations don't forget to pick up a Darth Vader Breathing Device (below left) to hide behind the centerpiece to really bring the display to life (just place a rubber band over the on button for a continuous sound effect). Combine this with Darth Vader's theme from the Star Wars soundtrack by leaving this track playing on repeat next to the buffet table.
- Later in the Costumes section of these Star Wars birthday party ideas, I suggest getting a parent to make an appearance dressed as Darth Vader after the kids have eaten to do battle with the kids as part of their Jedi training. If you decide to go with this option you can save money by using the mask, cape and lightsaber from the adult costume as the buffet / dessert table centerpiece. The adult Darth Vader costume doesn't work out too much more expensive than buying the individual components for the buffet table, and it means you can create a larger centerpiece because you can stuff the top half of the costume and position it on the table from the waist up (rather than only having the helmet raised up on a box). See illustration below.
- One final option for a Darth Vader centerpiece is to use this pinata. You can use it as a centerpiece on the dessert table during the first half of the party, then use it as a pinata during the party games.
Other table-styling tips you could include in your Star Wars birthday party, are:
- You could also split the table down the middle with the dark side on one side and the light side on the other. Put all the sweet / indulgent foods on the dark side and use food labels with stickers of characters like Darth Vader and Clonetroopers on. On the other side arrange all the healthy dishes with stickers of Jedi characters such as Yoda and Anakin.
- Use removable Star Wars wall decals to decorate serving trays.
- Print off the Star Wars logo and use them to re-label water bottles for your Star Wars birthday party.
- Check out these watermelon Death Stars (below left by Silverisdead via Flickr, and below right by Joe Stump via Flickr) which you could use to decorate the buffet / dessert table.
See page 2 of these Star Wars birthday party ideas for table styling tips, such as how to create tablescapes to represent Endor, Tatooine, Dagobah and Hoth (below left).
See page 2 of these Star Wars birthday party ideas for more decorations such as Star Wars posters and how to make a paper mache Death Star or paper Star Wars ships.
Party Games and Activities
See my separate Star Wars Party Games page for a list of Star Wars games and activities.
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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.