Legos and Star Wars. What else could a first grade boy want for his birthday??
I am totally living vicariously here, since I don't have little boys. Legos are super cool. Period. Legos I get. But I must admit, I have not understood little boys' fascination with Star Wars until I started looking online for party ideas. I mean, Star Wars has a lot to offer kids. Good vs Evil. Other planets. Awesome space age technology- complete with ridiculously powerful ships and droids. I totally want a droid to follow me around.
LIGHT SABERS!!!!! Enough said.
So, let's stick with light sabers for a sec. In my opinion, no Star Wars party can be complete without light sabers. This is a perfect favor idea, and it also doubles as entertainment during the party. And look at these, made with pool noodles (which are probably on clearance right now!):
Aimee Austin Deisgns. She has some great ideas one there. She also sells the invites, so if invitation creations are not your thing, you should check her site out.
Speaking of invitations, I do like to make my own. If I were going to make these, I would probably head to Hobby Lobby or Michael's and pick up some of this lego scrapbook paper. I would use that for a mat around the actual invitation. If you have Star Wars Lego pieces, I think it would be super fun to have your little one design a scene for you to snap a picture of and use for the border or the top of the invite. I think this would be a great way to give your child ownership. If that's too time consuming, you could just find an unlicensed photo online by searching "Star Wars Lego" images. You can easily make this in MS Word. Just paste the picture at the top. If you want a starry background, similar to Aimee Austin's, you could print the invite onto black starry paper, but be sure to use white lettering.
**One benefit of giving yourself several weeks to work on the invitations, other than the obvious time management plus, is that you can wait for Hobby Lobby to put their scrapbook paper on half price- which seems to happen every few weeks.
On to the cake....I love serving cupcakes because you don't have to take time to cut the cake, no extra plates and forks are needed, and they are easy to make ahead of time and freeze. You can also spread them out on a table to maximize their use as decor, similar to the penguin scene we did here:
I would probably ice the cupcakes in primary colors (preferably using natural dyes). You could use Lego candies to top them and intersperse them on a table with Star Wars Lego figures to create a fun scene. In the picture below, we used a white tablecloth with small boxes underneath in some spots to provide depth. For Legos, I would probably use a red tablecloth or black. If you don't have one, I would send an email to friends before buying one.
For favors, I like the light sabers mentioned above. But if you also like to hand the kids something as they walk out the door, you could easily fill a baggie with a handful or two of bulk Lego pieces with a printed label that says, "May the Force Be With You. Thanks for sharing Ryan's 7th birthday with him!" If you decide to do a pinata, you could fill it with the bulk Lego pieces and some candy.
Entertainment for this party is simple enough. I would use those bulk Lego pieces and put them on a building table. You can throw your kid's Legos there, too, as they will all stay with you when the kids leave. The light sabers above will also keep the kids having fun.
For decor, you could cover the walls of the party room with black bulletin board paper, similar to the graffiti wall I mentioned in a previous post. If you have a disco ball, or can borrow one, and some strobe lights, you could make the room dark (the black paper with help with that) to lend itself to the inter-galactic world feel. Glow in the dark stars would make this effect even cooler, and could be bought in bulk and used in favor bags or the pinata also. A soundtrack would be great as background music for the party. Again, I would think about borrowing the music from the library or a friend if possible.
Have I left anything out? If you have any ideas for Star Wars Lego parties, please share them here!