Monday, November 19, 2012

Star Wars Decorations

We had such a good time at my son's birthday party! He had a great time and helped me everywhere he could in putting things together for his big day. Here is a sampling of what we did for his party. I got SO MANY ideas from other people that had done this before! This is probably the first year I have done something pretty "mainstream." It always seems that I plan parties that have no other ideas out there anywhere. Maybe one day I'll get around to posting about some of the parties we have done in the past.

Here is the invite that I came up with for the party. I tried my best to get the opening crawl incorporated and feel that it worked out pretty good. I made the back look like the hilt of the light saber and the other side has the actual wording. When you fold it up it looks like a light saber. It fit in a legal size envelope so I was a happy girl!

When I saw this idea, I knew I had to execute it. Granted we were entering the fall season and pool noodles would be just about gone. Somehow, I lucked into 6 pool noodles at the Dollar Tree just in the nick of time. When I went back for more, they were all gone.
We played a game with these jewels that could have gone on forever. Each kiddo got a balloon and they had to see how long they could keep it up in the air. Strict instructions were given that these bad boys were not to be used to hit others. I'm proud to say that there were no injuries from this part of the celebration!

 I knew that I wanted to make these finger puppets when I saw them on Pinterest. Lots of cutting and an anxious little boy ready to get his hands on them. The next morning, he said that I need to make more ewoks and storm troopers so he can have an army of each. I agree, but it will have to wait for a while! This momma is tired!

This is where my son helped with decorating. Next to the cake table, we posted these "wanted posters" that I found online and he wanted to display some of his artwork as well.

The kids table. Black tablecloth, stars cut out of Star Wars wrapping paper and silver wrapping paper, napkin light sabers, Star Wars crepe paper (found at Party City) and Darth Vader/Storm Trooper rings ordered online.
 These light saber napkin rings were a big hit. I found the original idea here. I didn't have much ink in my printer at the time so I improvised. Using the same duct tape and electrical tape I used for the pool noodles, I made the napkin ring holders. Again, really easy. I covered a piece of card stock with the duct tape then cut out rows. On the rows, I then put several pieces of electrical tape to resemble the sabers I made with the pool noodles. Just wrap each around the napkin and silverware and voila!

I found the banner at Party City. I couldn't resist. It had all the characters on it and made my son very happy (which was the entire point anyway).

I displayed pictures of my son on the mantle. This was him as a Jedi Knight this Halloween.

This was a picture of him with a Storm Trooper we took a couple years ago at a local basketball game. Again, my son wanted to help one of his Star Wars books made it to the mantle as well.

What's a party without some legos hanging around?
 I'm proud to say that I did have at least one idea of my own that I didn't get from Pinterest. I came up with this Star Wars wreath. You can read about it here.

At the last minute, I saw a piece of art that hangs in the dining room. I had the wrapping paper out so I decided to temporarily wrap the art up for the party. It just added a little something to the room.

I saw these cute stickers and knew that I had to use them somehow for the pinata.

 R2D2....probably the funnest thing I made. I saw lots of ideas on the internet for this little guy. I used a small trashcan for this project and lots of free handing. I was never able to find an exact template that I could use so I just went with the flow and made it up as I went along. I was very happy with the final product. It proudly sits in my son's room as I type!
I'll have one more post to share about the cake and other food goodies I made for the day.

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