Yup, I’m just going to admit it. I’m a super geek. I luuuv Star Wars. I have glow-in-the-dark lightsaber earrings and I have waited in line for star wars movies far longer than any human person ought to. Back in December my long and persistent octopus tentacles reached far into the galaxy and managed to get me a VIP pass the world premiere of Star Wars episode 7. There I got to take a photo with Darth Maul and a storm trooper on the red carpet which totally made my life. The Force is strong and it’s real and nobody better tell me otherwise!
So this brings me to “themed events”. As a super geek, I understand the massive compulsive need to submerge a party entirely into a theme. I get a lot of calls from moms who are scratching their heads at the “Mine Craft” theme. How on Earth do you incorporate that? I say we build an entire mine craft obstacle city in the backyard! And yes that’s expensive. But it can be done! But there are other ways to incorporate a theme into a party with spending six months of mortgage payments in the process.
The birthday cake is always a great place to incorporate any theme. A good cake designer can sculpt pretty much anything. Party favors can also, fairly easily, be custom made to fit any theme. For decorations the accessibility to themed items is either super easy (preprinted themes at Party City for example) or difficult if the theme is more obscure or rare. I once found out-of-print vintage star wars plates, cups and napkins for a client. That was pretty cool… It’s always possible to scour the internet for rare items if one has the determination and the time.
Sometimes making your own decorations is not only super fun, but impressive to guests and result in one-of-a-kind never-seen-before decorations and party supplements. Creating your own dessert and candy buffet according to a theme gets the creative juices flowing and brings out the kid in everyone!
Here are some fun ideas for a Star Wars party:
light sabers. Dip red vines partially in chocolate. Decorate the chocolate with little frosting dots and lines in black or white for yummy light sabers!
BB8. Top tangerines each with a chocolate truffle attached by a tooth pick. Then draw on both with white and black frosting. They could also be made as cupcakes instead of oranges. It’s just cool when the orange color of the tangerine shows through for the original color of BB8.
Darth Vader. Fill a clear glass jar (preferably bottle necked) with all kinds of black licorice candy (preferably salty and strong) then drape a small black cape around the neck of the jar. Attach a little label in the shape of a Darth Vader helmet that says: “beware of the dark side of the force”.
Yoda. Yoda cupcakes is a must! Stick green “spearmint jelly leaves” (candy) in the green frosting for Yoda ear cupcakes. Make a label that says: “eat Yoda, you will..”
X-wing star fighters. Cross two tooth picks and tie them with string. Stick a third toothpick in between (90 degree angle). Stick mini marshmallows on all the tooth picks until full. Decide which side should be the back of the star fighter and glue red candies on the ends with frosting.
The Force. Tiny shots of strong Espresso in little cups with labels that read: “The force is strong in here” (only for the adults not the kids!)