Star Wars Party
Star Wars is not exactly my area of expertise! But I had a friend recently ask me for some ideas for a Star Wars party and when I tried to find some games and party ideas suitable for children on the web, I was out of luck. It was then that I decided to do my Star Wars theme birthday party. I know a lot of you are faithful fans of Star Wars and it is to you that I dedicate this party!
- Stars cut from tin foil hung from the ceiling and black streamers
- Make a spaceship from a large cardboard box: add a control panel. Add a few costume props and the children will make their own Star Wars story.
- Darth Vader Mission: The villianous Darth Vader has stolen the secret treasure and hidden it all over the galaxy. It is up to Luke and his band of heroes to save the day. What you need to do is make balls out of tin foil and hide either a small piece of candy or something like that in each one. Then, hide the "treasure" all over. Each child finds a piece of the treasure and when they do, they report back to the ship commander (you) that way, no-one is left out finding a treasure and once everyone meets back at command central, they can open up their package and see what is inside.
- Missile Launch: darken the room and have a few buckets that glow in the dark - you can use flourescent tape or those bracelets that you buy at the dollar store - These can be the enemy ships. Children are provided with bean bags or sponge balls that they must shoot to destroy the enemy ships from getting any closer. They do this by tossing the ball or bag into the buckets or pails.
- Rescue Princess Leia: Have an adult volunteer to be the Princess. The Princess then hides somewhere in the house (or yard). Tell the children that Princess Leia has been captured by the dark side. The heroes must protect their Princess. Provide the first clue on the hunt for the Princess - such as... Clue #1: Beware Princess for what I have in store... Clue #2 is on the kitchen _______ (floor). Clue #2 sends them to clue #3 etc until they find the Princess.
- Droid Game: have one child stand in the center of the circle with a few objects around him. Let him/her look at where the objects are. Then blindfold the Droid. The rest of the children will name an object that the droid must pick up and will assist the Droid by calling out directions... One step left, right, bend down, etc until they have successfully navigated the droid to the desired object and it has been picked up.
- Storm Trooper Bowling: decorate a set of 2L pop bottles or plastic bowling pins for 5 pin bowling. Use white and black paper to make them look like a storm trooper and provide a plastic bowling ball. The children take turns rolling the ball to knock down the storm troopers.
- Set out a table with Star Wars colouring pages and crayons.
- Fun with Light: use light sabers, flashlights etc and let the kids play with them. The younger set will really like this one.
- Vegetable light sabers - Cut slices of cucumber and stick a carrot stick, red or green pepper slice through it to make a colourful saber.
- Cut sandwiches into star shapes.
- Make alien hot dogs: cut a "t" shape into one end of a hot dog about 1 inch deep. When they are boiled, the hot dog will spread at that end looking like hair. Add mustard dot eyes and a ketchup mouth.
- Serve "space ship" popsicles - Loblaws sells their own brand of popsicle in the shape of a ship.
- Cake: Decorate the cake in the shape of a star ship. OR Decorate a square or round cake with icing and sprinkle it with candy stars. Place star wars figurines on top of the cake. OR Make a "Yoda" cake using a round cake pan. Ice the cake green, add ears and facial features using candy.
This is where planning ahead REALLY pays off! Visit Party stores and dollar stores frequently and purchase items that relate to your theme for the loot bags. This is one of the most enjoyable part of planning the party and the best part... you get to be there and watch the children's faces when they receive your awesome theme-based loot bags! Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Star Wars stationary items: erasers, pencils, etc
- Star Wars stickers
- Light Sabers
- Small Star Wars figurines and/or keychains
- Gummy UFOs