This time last year I was about 11 months pregnant with Sidekick so his 4th birthday party consisted of me throwing a sheet cake on the picnic table of a local park and parking my muumuu-ed butt in the shade until we could pack up and go home. I may have taped some balloons to the picnic table but I can't remember. I was too busy wiping sweat off my body from the sweltering Louisiana heat. And the humidity. Oh, the humidity.
I was smiling because I was in air conditioning.
Needless to say this year I felt I owed him a bit more effort and I was actually excited to plan a great party. As parents know, kids' interests change with the wind so when I discovered that he had stayed a Lego Star Wars fan for longer than 10 minutes I knew we had our theme. I then went on-line searching for supplies and ideas to help me host the best kickin' five year old party this side of the Mississippi.
This picture was made at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans just for fun. We decided to use it on the favor table. I laugh every time I look at it.
As soon as I began my search on-line I quickly found Aimee Austin of Aimee Austin Designs who creates custom Lego Stars birthday invitations, thank you cards and has a lot of great party ideas. I used her printable Lego Stars Wars birthday invitation which comes as a PDF file which meant it was less expensive than paying for individual invitations for each child. I also used some of her great party ideas.
Have fun at my party you will.
No Lego Star Wars party is complete without a light saber but I didn't want to be liable for any serious injuries. So to create kid-friendly (read: no lawsuit) light sabers I spent $12 on 12 pool noodles in the colors of red, green and blue. I cut the noodles in half and used black and silver electrical tape to create the look of a handle on one end of each noodle and voila! Awesome light sabers which also turned into awesome take-home gifts for the guests.
We led the kids through a series of "Jedi Training Procedures" which included a lot of running around cones, fighting each other and various trees around the backyard and taking turns whacking any adult males who happened to be standing too closely to the training area. Once we felt the children were sufficiently trained in all things Jedi we moved to the driveway for a little game of "Destroy The Deathstar."
My husband had drawn the Deathstar on the driveway and we let the kids take turns throwing water balloons to try and erase, or destroy, the Deathstar. This turned out to be fun for both the kids and the adults and was a fun water activity to help cool off the kids.
Georgia Boy wasn't too jazzed about having to use the only colors of sidewalk chalk I had available - purple, yellow and white - but he did a great job anyway.
We then celebrated our victory over the Deathstar by eating some delicious cake and ice cream!
I was going to have a friend of mine who specializes in unique cakes and cupcakes make some custom Lego Star Wars cupcakes but it turned out that she would be out of town during our party weekend. Instead I purchased a Star Wars sheet cake from Wal Mart and discovered that kids are happy as long as there is frosting involved.
On the way out each guest received a Star Wars cup with some stickers and an official certificate certifying that they had completed all necessary training to become a Jedi Knight. Jedi Master Yoda signed each certificate so you know they're official and all. As far as party favors, I have found that a cup can actually be a useful party favor in place of all of those throw-away toys that usually end up in the trash can anyway.
I had so much fun with this party that we're already planning next year's theme. I'm not quite sure what the theme will be but shiver me timbers, I think pirates may be involved.
Superman at 3 years old as the world's cutest pirate.