I’ve thrown a few Disney themed birthday parties for my kids (“it’s a small world”, Mickey Mouse) and Star Wars was the latest request! Since that’s the hot-ticket right now, I thought I would share since there may be a few of you out there that might be looking for some Star Wars Birthday Party ideas! I’ve included a few free printables and some very simple How-Tos! (Be sure to click on all of the download links in this post and at the end!)
Since on our recent trip to Disneyland, Liam had the privilege of being chosen at the Jedi Training Academy, and he was super stoked about it – I knew Star Wars had to be our theme! After picking out a birthday shirt for him I chose the colors red and blue, with black and yellow accents for the party’s theme colors.
For decorations, my two criteria are simple and inexpensive. I found these free Star Wars fonts online which I used to make everything from invitations to banners to labels (see below for the link to download these). To set the scene on our entry table and the dessert table I had the kids round up every Star Wars toy or book we owned and added Liam’s Jedi Training certificate. I also took a few pictures of Liam with his Disneyland lightsaber. For the background I hung two long pieces of black butcher paper that I glued some di-cut paper stars on. The idea was that after dessert we could move the table and use it for a photo backdrop – but kids are hard to wrangle folks and I’m lucky I got the snapshots I did!
HOW-TO: Birthday Banner – The banners I created said “May the Force be with You” and “Happy Birthday”. 1) Print and cut out the banner pieces, 2) Score and fold (or just fold) a 1/2 in section at the top of each piece, 3) Place your string or twine under the fold and tape. Click here to download the PDFs for our Star Wars birthday party banners.
To make personalized treat bags for each guest I purchased inexpensive plain brown paper bags and printed each child’s name to attach to the front. Inside the treat bags, I put stickers, pencils, Disney luggage tags, and let the kids choose their own candy from the dessert table. I also purchased these Star Wars masks from Etsy (they are a download – so after you purchase them you have to download, print, and cut them out) that each child could choose from, and made some lightsaber bubble wands.
HOW-TO: Lightsaber Bubble Wands – The bubble wands can be found at Walmart for $1. 1) Wrap a plastic shopping bag around the colored bubble part and tape carefully, 2) Spray paint the ends with metallic silver or black, 3) Let dry.
There are loads of great Star Wars themed food ideas out there, but I kept it simple with drinks and desserts. For the drinks I made labels: “Hoth Water” and a mixture of sprite and limeade I called “Yoda Soda” (scroll to the bottom of the page for free printable labels). But the desserts were far more fun – I picked candies in the party-theme colors, decorated cupcakes with the best Star Wars cupcake decorations from Williams-Sonoma (purchased on clearance when Liam was literally a baby, I thought they still carried them but although I don’t see them on their website I did find them on Amazon), made “Death Star” Oreo cake pops – although I started calling them meteors since they came out a tad wonky, AND lightsaber pretzel sticks.
HOW-TO: Lightsaber Pretzel Sticks – You will need pretzel rods, colored melting chocolates, sprinkles, and foil. 1) Melt the colored chocolate, 2) Coat the pretzel up to about 1 1/2-2 inches from the end. 3) Add sprinkles for the “lighted” effect, 4) Wrap a small piece of foil around the uncoated end of the pretzel.
Liam’s Star Wars party turned out great! We had quite a mixture of folks there – from ages 3 to 60+ and everyone seemed to have a good time! Of course the kids ran around like crazy with their masks and bubble wands while the adults ate too much and talked or fell asleep on the couch watching “Return of the Jedi”.
I’ve shared a few free downloads here on Babes In Disneyland so that you can create some Star Wars magic for your kiddos while on a budget.