I've always had a healthy appreciation for Star Wars, but having a mega fan little boy (and husband), I have now been thoroughly indoctrinated. It came as no surprise to me that Ocsar wanted a Star Wars party, and he had grand plans for a snowy, Hoth-themed celebration. Everyone could wear white! We could cover the whole yard with snow! I had to talk him down a bit.
I made a simple e-vite and added a personalized Star Wars intro using the free Star Wars Crawl Creator.
Sorry, quick moment of nostalgia here ... can you believe Oscar is already 5?!! It all goes by so fast.
Most of the kids at the party had never seen Star Wars, so "Jedi Master Jill" gave a brief rundown of Jedi and the good side of the force, and they ran through a series of tasks. The padawans had to jump some cones, crawl through a tunnel, rescue a toy R2D2 from the swamps of Degobah (a kiddie pool "ball pit") with their eyes closed, and keep a balloon in the air with their lightsabers.
I didn't go too crazy with decorations for this party, because I knew the kids would mainly be running around with the lightsabers. We strung some mini lanterns and balloon Tie-Fighters, and I dressed up the umbrella pole to look like a lightsaber.
The main decoration was this felt Star Wars bunting, which I I totally copied from Sticks on a Plane. She made the world's coolest Star Wars nursery, and that little bunting spoke to me. I copied most of Amanda's characters, and then did a google search for Star Wars graphic images to create templates for the rest. I kept this decoration a surprise for Oscar, and now it hangs on the wall over his bed. I think this is my favorite element from the whole party.
Those cookie cutters served double duty, because obviously we needed to use them for their intended purpose. And the cookies come out so cute, you don't even have to frost them. I used my favorite sugar cookie recipe, and for the chocolate ones, used the same recipe, omitting the almond extract and adding 1/2 cup cocoa powder. They are sooo good, I'm having a really hard time staying away from the left overs.
I always decorate our drink dispenser for parties, but this R2 unit is my favorite vinyl "costume" to date. I cut the vinyl on my Silhouette Cameo, and applied it by hand (I find transfer paper is a little tricky on curves). The "head" is just a metal mixing bowl set over the top of the drink dispenser and secured with a little tape.
I filled the boxes with Star Wars rings and pop rocks candy for each of the guests and their siblings. I was feeling stingy with my cute chevron boxes, so I just packed one for each family instead of each kid.
I used the Printable Clear Sticker Paper (affiliate link) to add Darth Vader to the kid's drink cups. This sticker paper is quite thick, and would look great against glass. It worked on my cups, but would look better on a nice smooth surface, I think.
I also made the star straw toppers on my silhouette using a pencil topper shape from the online store. You have to shrink the shape down a bit to make the holes a good size for straws, but they were pretty cute. It's all in the little details!
Darth Vader (a.k.a., Darth Daddy) showed up and tried to steal all of our pinata candy. He tried to bring Oscar to the Dark Side, promising the pinata candy would bring them great power, but luckily, Oscar was able to resist. He and the other young Jedis gave ol' Darth a good pummeling with their lightsabers, and he surrendered.
I made the Darth Vader costume by ironing on a chest plate image I found online to a long sleeve t-shirt, and sewing a big piece of fabric into the shoulders as a cape. We ordered the accessories from amazon.
The only thing that held out from the original Hoth party theme was this Wampa Cake, which I saw on Alicia Policia. If you love Star Wars, definitely check out all of her Empire Strikes Back party posts. It looked amazing (and had the coolest pinata I've ever seen. Pinata Luke's hand was detachable. I'm serious.).
It was a very Hoth-y birthday after all.
Many thanks to all our friends who came and made this birthday boy's wishes come true! Also, big thank you to my mother-in-law for all of her help with the food prep (you always save the day!), my husband for being a very punny Darth Vader, and my good friend Sonja for helping me with so many of the crafting details behind the scenes. She should get a blog, don't you think? :)