Now that you’ve got plenty of Star Wars handmade party supplies made, it’s time to turn our attention to Piano Man’s Star Wars party! There are plenty of decorations and party ideas to host a Star Wars themed birthday party. You will find plenty of ideas on Pinterest and mommy blogs galore. I’ve found many that were helpful during the planning process.
If you’re looking to make some handmade and personalized Star Wars crafts, games, and decor, I’ll point you in the right direction.
Star Wars Craft Time – Origami Central
Since our trip to Japanese Fit Store in Houston, we’ve been slowly trying our hand at origami. It was a favorite past time when I was kid, and if you checked out my Instagram feed, you’ll see a cool eight-pointed origami star Prof made from memory.
We picked up a fantastic Star Wars Origami book over the summer. I thought it would be a fun paper project we could tackle, but as it turns out, older/upper elementary students would fair better in origami crafts.
Then we ran across this series:
At the back of Tom Angleburger’s books, such as The Secret of the Fortune Wookie, he teaches you how to make an origami or kirgami craft.
Thank goodness that Prof has excellent skills in origami. He really got the kids into making these crafts. Mastering straight, symmetrical folds was tough for those with little hands, but great for honing in those fine motor skills.
Let’s Play – Star Wars Game
After craft time, we played several Star Wars themed games. Below, I’ve labeled each game in three categories (Success, So-So, Epic Fail). Some games turned out great, while others were not a big hit. Check them out and see for yourself.
1. Star Wars Scavenger Hunt (Success)
As a spin off from the Chi Scavenger Hunt Game, I thought it would be great to split the group into two and search for either a Rebel insignia or Imperial insignia around the house.
*Download Star Wars Scavenger Hunt Game Pieces [download id=”10897″]*
The goal of this game required teams to collect a minimum amount of pieces before coming to me for clues to complete the second game.
2. Star Wars Riddle Game (Epic Fail)
I worked on recreating some Star Wars decoding riddle games from a Star Wars Workbook. Too bad that some of the kids already knew the answers. This game turned out to be a bust, but at least a few kids had fun decoding.
3. Pin the Lightsaber on Darth Vader (Success)
Pin the lightsaber is not a new or original game. My guess is that plenty of people make pin the tail of something, like the Pin the Chi on Laval Game. Piano Man requested a similar game for this year, so I used a large image file to make a Star Wars Pin the Lightsaber on Darth.
* Download the high-resolution Darth Vader image here. (Source: Soul Calibur Wikia)
4. Keep Away C3PO, R2D2, and Darth Vader (So-So)
Recently, we played balloon volleyball in the house. It was a favorite past time when the boys were younger. You could play without getting too wild. I drew in faces for each character on respective colored balloons. Kids would be grouped in pairs and count the number of times they were able to pass the balloon to one another. The team who lasts the longest wins!
I’m not sure if I would call this game a success. The game would have worked better if the ceilings were higher. The balloons also popped within a few minutes when they got too close the lights.
Let’s Eat – Lunch Time
I’m not much of a foodie, but at least we put on a good spread. Fruit, veggies, chips, and pizza were a classic way to host a simple birthday lunch.
The kids really stayed in character throughout the party.
I planned on using the Star Wars Cake Toppers I made weeks ago, but then Williams-Sonoma offered a huge discount and free shipping on their cake toppers. They turned out great, and it was much more economical that buying a custom made cake.
Finale -Let’s Party
My goodness, the party is done. Whew.
Piano Man is another year older. The kids in his class have matured and grown up so much in a year. I can’t believe how fast time has flown by. They are such imaginative, caring, and encouraging group of kids.
Thanks for following along and indulging in my Star Wars creative learning process. There’s so much Star Wars stuff out there. I imagine our kids will be throwing a Star Wars themed party for their kids in the next generation.
May the force be with you.
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