My son celebrated his tenth birthday this past week. To mark the occasion, he invited some friends to hang-out and sleep over. At ten, he says he's too old for some of the cool DIY Star Wars-themed party decor, food, and favors I see online - he reminds me constantly that he is now a preteen, after all. We kept things simple and managed to still create a fun time for he and his friends. He enjoyed helping out with the planning and preparation, which made the process even more fun.
Having a Star Wars themed party yourself? You can find themed items in most every retail space - both online and brick/mortar. Keep reading to see what we came up with - maybe it will spark an idea or two for you.
|Invitation for the party|
If you create printed materials yourself, the biggest must-have is the Star Wars font, available for free online at FontSpace. I used the Star Jedi font for most of my printed materials (invites, name tags, magnets, etc). The kids loved seeing their names in that telltale font.
|Free Star Wars Fonts are great for party paper projects|
I also made magnets for each boy using a Stormtrooper graphic (found on Google Images) and the free Star Wars font.
|Decor for the party|
- LEGO Sets: We have plenty of these - they were displayed on flat surfaces.
- Star Wars Toys: We also set out my son's large Millenium Falcon, lightsabers, and other action models for display. I had to smile when the minifigures came out for some spontaneous role playing throughout the night - it reminded that they are still pre-teens and not full-fledged teens yet.
- Printables: I found really great Star Wars printables online to use as wall decor and fun masks:
|Taking a moment out to pose for a picture.|
|We made recipes from my son's favorite cookbooks|
|Wookie Cookies and mini Tie Fighters|
My daughter baked the Wookie Cookies for the party using the cookbook's recipe. You don't need to run out and buy the cookbooks if you don't already own one. Lots of bloggers have provided the recipes online. Click here to go to a site featuring the Wookie Cookie recipe. It's basically a chocolate-chip cookie with some cinnamon added in. A definite fan favorite with the pre-teen set.
|A fleet of Tie Fighters ready for battle.|
I found photos of the cute mini tie fighters online. Because my son loves Oreo thin Crisps, I knew I had to make these for the party. Assembling these cute treats was SO easy. Here's how I did it:
I gathered up the ingredients:
- Oreo Thin Crisps
- Note: Boxes are sold with six packets. Each individual packet contains about 22 crisps - enough for 11 tie fighters.
- Mini marshmallows
- Cookie Icing
Note: Frosting, icing, or melted chocolate will work as the glue. I happened to have cookie icing on hand from a school activity, so that is what I used.
|Ingredients for Mini Tie Fighters|
I removed Oreo Thin Crisps from packaging and remove any broken pieces. Next, I arranged one crisp with non-sugared side facing up. Place a small dot of icing in the middle of the crisp:
|A very small amount of icing does the trick!|
Then, I centered the mini marshmallow on the icing:
|Be sure to place marahmallow flat-side down.|
Note: Gently press down to adhere the icing and allow the tie fighter to set up - about 30 minutes should be enough time.
|Side view of assembled Tie fighter.|
|Tie Fighter assembly line|
|Some for immediate consumption...|
|And some to adorn the birthday cake.|
The savory side of things included pizza (of course), some basic snack food and Tie fighter Ties, another recipe from the Wookie Cookie cookbook.
Tie Fighter Ties:
This recipe is from the Wookie Cookies: A Star Wars Cookbook as well. Click on this link for an online version of the recipe.
|Tie Fighter Ties|
The bulk of the party was just boys hanging out and being boys. They did take breaks to play the Angry Birds Star Wars Game and trade their collectible figures (from the giveaway bags). They also played Star Wars video games, assembled the LEGO sets he received as gifts, engaged in lightsaber battles, peeked in on the Star Wars movies (streaming on the TV), etc. Allegedly, they stayed up until almost 3:00 a.m.
All in all, it was a great, way to celebrate the milestone that is his tenth birthday! Everyone had a great time and I was able to create a fun atmosphere without spending a fortune in the process. That is a win-win!