Awesome Star Wars Birthday Party Ideas

In a week or so we’re leaving on a trip to Italy and various parts of Norway.  (Looking forward to some rockin’ picture taking opportunities!) My husband is from Norway so we usually go there every other year or so to visit his parents and brothers.

Anyway…one of the things we usually do before a big trip like this is to sequester ourselves a week before we leave so we don’t catch any nasty flu or cold bugs.  I mean, we still go to the grocery store and places, I just don’t take my child to the YMCA childcare or other places with lots of kiddos who could be sick. Who wants to be sick on a European vacation?!!  Not me! Blah!

This leads me to my post today.  I needed to find something fun to do with my daughter to keep us busy in the coming days.  Her 6th birthday is coming up at the end of September, and since we’re gone most of August, she starts Kindergarten full time in September, and every weekend in September is already booked, I thought now was a GREAT time to begin planning for her Star Wars birthday party!  Not only does it give us something fun and creative to pass our days with, but she gets to be an active part of planning her party and we get some time consuming things done now.

I realize this is mostly a photography blog, so here are some of the quick images from today.  Even photographers don’t have time to set up the scene all the time, and with Mod Podge all over my hands, I did the best I could to capture some images that we can look back to in the future.  After all, that is what it’s all about for me with photography for me…capturing memories and emotions!

Death Star Piñata

The first item on the agenda for the day was to make a DEATH STAR piñata! Never thought I’d say that! (I’m so glad I have a geeky kid!)  This Death Star won’t be destroying planets, but the kiddos at the party will have fun destroying it and racing to grab all the candy they can! I found the idea on this Kristen’s “More Than The Mulberries” blog and thought it was a great idea!

Items needed for a making a Death Star Piñata.

Items needed for a making a Death Star Piñata.

I took a beach ball, covered it in plastic wrap so that the Mod Podge wouldn’t stick to the the ball. We tore up some newspaper and went to town with the Mod Podge.

We began with using a paint brush and soon went straight to using our hands as brushes.  Much easier!  My daughter wasn’t so sure about having such sticky hands and not being able to push her hair out of her face, but she did enjoy peeling the layers of Mod Podge “skin” she accumulated.  Yeah, it was kinda gross.  We left an opening around the place you blow air into.

Picking off the Modge Podge!

Picking off the Modge Podge!

 

What one does when you can't use your hands to get your hair out of your face!

What one does when you can’t use your hands to get your hair out of your face!

Several layers later we added a top layer of black construction paper and we had ourselves a Death Star!

Almost There!

Almost There!

Finished with the Death Star!

Finished with the Death Star until it dries!

Building a Death Star, it can take a lot out of you, but we washed up, checked on the garden, and began on our next project:  R2D2 cups.

A yummy Lemon Boy tomato from the garden!

A yummy Lemon Boy tomato from the garden!

R2D2 Party Cups

For her party we’ll all be enjoying Yoda Soda (more on that in a later blog!), and what better to drink Yoda Soda in than in a R2D2 cup?! I found a link to this great R2D2 pattern on Catch My Party Blog. I enlarged it a bit in Photoshop to fit my cups better, printed it out on whole sheet of label paper (so it was basically a large sticker), and my daughter and I had fun cutting it out and decorating our cups.  Just as a planning FYI: it required two R2D2 stickers per cup.

R2D2 cup patterns

R2D2 cup patterns

Final touches on the R2D2 cups!  My daughter thought R2D2 needed his red sensor, so she added it with a marker.

Final touches on the R2D2 cups! My daughter thought R2D2 needed his red sensor, so she added it with a marker.

After I lined the cups up to take a photo of the final product, my daughter thought they looked like a droid army.  This was when the real memory-making magic came in.  She ran upstairs to get her “army” and proceeded to set up her stuffed animal dogs in a line and give them a pep talk about their upcoming battle with the droids.

Awesome R2D2 party cups!

Awesome R2D2 party cups!

My daughter prepping the troops for a battle against the droid army!

My daughter prepping the troops for a battle against the droid army!

Getting ready to attack!

A dog’s eye view.

Getting ready to do battle!

Getting ready to do battle!

I love spontaneous moments like these, and I’m so thankful to be able to capture them in  images that I’ll have forever!

I hope you enjoyed today’s installment of Star Wars Birthday Ideas and photos!  I’ll have more to show you in the next view days of finishing the Death Star and some yummy Star Wars party treats! (*UPDATE*- The post of Day 2 is here!)

Thanks for reading!

Chris

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