Free Printables: Star Wars Themed Birthday Party

February is a short, crazy month in the jkwdesigns household. Now that my big boys are in school, I have Valentine’s Day crafts, 100th day of school crafts, and the birthdays of all 3 of my children to celebrate. All within a week of each other. πŸ™ I feel like I’m juggling 30 crystal wine glasses while doing the river dance.

When my boys asked begged me for a bowling party, I have to admit that I was a little sad. As a party planner, I had grand plans for a Jedi Academy themed party, complete with Jedi robes, lightsabers, training course and certificates of completion. Two minutes later, I breathed a HUGE sigh of relief because I wouldn’t have to worry about prepping all the activities and planning the menu. Feeling about 10 lbs lighter, I vowed to throw all my efforts into the invitations and party favors and got started.

And here’s what happened!

INVITATIONS HOW-TO:

Inspired by other lightsaber invitations I saw on Pinterest, but absolutely unwilling to cut out individual lightsaber pieces and construct, I decided to go with a more realistic approach. Plus, hunting down card stock in various colors here in Seoul seemed like a waste of time. (I really, really miss Michael’s and AC Moore!) I did some research on lightsaber hilts and found that Yoda’s lightsaber would work best. It’s fairly uniform in width from top to bottom, so it would provide the width I needed to be able to slide a blue or green ray of light/paper in and out of the hilt. Using an image of Yoda’s lightsaber hilt, I adjusted the size to widen it without making it look disproportionate.

Lightsaber Invitations

Materials:
Card stock in white to print lightsaber hilts
Card stock in color of lightsaber blade
Printer
Scissors
Sookwang double sided tape (1/4 inch wide)

The lightsaber hilts are approximately 2 inches across, which leaves about 1.5 inches to work with on the inside once the pockets are constructed.

You can download the PDF file containing the adjusted lightsaber hilts (3 per page) here:Β Lightsaber Invitation

Print on card stock and cut the lightsabers out. You will also need to create a stencil of the cut piece in order to create the “pocket.” If you’re handy with the Silhouette cutter, then you could easily import the image and have your Silhouette do all the cutting for you.

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The most tedious part of the invitation is creating the pockets for the blade. I used Sookwang tape or Scor-Tape, which is an amazing double-sided adhesive. I placed the adhesive along the edges of the lightsaber hilt (approx. 1/8 inch) and cut the excess adhesive off. This allowed me to make the pocket as wide as possible since I had very little room to work with.

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For the blade portion of the invitation, I designed a long, narrow invitation strip and printed half in blue and half in green (because I have twins who insist). And the result was an absolute hit. The kids–mine and the recipients–were thrilled with the invitations, and many of them went so far as to bring their lightsaber invitations to the party.

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FOOD:

Our local bowling alley is all set up for parties; however, as part of the party package, the only food that you’re allowed to bring in is a birthday cake. Everything else must be purchased from the bowling alley. And the options are very limited. As in what toppings would you like on your pizza limited. So pizza and fruit punch it is.

ACTIVITIES:

The rental is for a 2 hour party: one hour of bowling followed by one hour of food and cake. We’d been to enough parties at the bowling alley to be familiar with the set-up, and the bowling portion of the party is enough to kids occupied, so there really was no need for planning any other activities.

I did, however, create an activity placemat for the tables, just so it wouldn’t be so bare. It contains a blueprint-type coloring page of the Millennium Falcon and a personalized word search that includes my boys’ names. There are some great word search generators online–here’s one of my favorites from The Teachers Corner.

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DECORATIONS:

It’s no secret that I like simple, bold design, and since this party was for MY kids and not for a client, I was able to go with my very own personal style. Luckily, my boys don’t really have opinions on this sort of thing, and they were just so excited that everything was Star Wars-related that I received no complaints. πŸ˜‰

So as my design style goes, I stuck with black, white and gray with a splash of yellow. Since I couldn’t bring in my own food, it limited my party styling. I kept the cake table pretty clear because I definitely wanted the cake itself to be the center of attention. The cake was made by an incredibly talented friend of mine who will be in Seoul for the next few months, so if you’re looking for a cake designer, let me know and I’ll pass along her information!

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Almost all of my decorations were made with the help of my trusty Silhouette Cameo. I cut Jedi Order symbol stickers (in white) and applied them to black paper cups. I cut white star stickers and applied them to a black plastic tablecloth which was hung on the wall for the backdrop. I cut additional Jedi Order and Rebel Alliance symbols from black poster board and placed them on the yellow napkins on tables. The “Welcome Young Jedi” sign was also made from sticker letters cut with the Silhouette. Seriously, I love my Silhouette.

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The only other decor item that I designed for the party is the birthday banner, which you can download here for free! This includes the Jedi Order symbols. Just print on card stock, cut, punch holes and string together!

Star Wars Birthday Banner

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PARTY FAVORS:

Since I had decided early on that I was going to put all my efforts into party favors, I knew that I wanted to make personalized t-shirts for my boys’ guests. However, I knew that many of them would be coming with younger siblings. Then, I got to thinking about the people I really wanted to thank for coming, and that was PARENTS! So here’s what went into the party favors:

For the Jedi Masters:

Each of the guests received a personalized t-shirt, which was created using heat transfer paper. I’ve worked with heat transfer paper before in the past, and I don’t love it. The finished product doesn’tΒ typically hold up very well in the wash. The image cracks, and the colors fade. However, on the bright side, if you’re going for a vintage look, it’s perfect! πŸ˜‰

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For Younglings:

Younger siblings received a glow stick/lightsaber favor, which actually ended up being super popular with ALL OF THE KIDS. Luckily, I had so many glow sticks left over from our Valentine’s Day project that I’d made extras so there were enough glow sticks for everyone.

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You can download the lightsaber cards here:Β Lightsaber Party Favor Card

For the Jedi Council:

Last, but certainly not least, I made gourmet chocolates for the parents! I had so much fun with this, and I’d actually been preparing to make these for quite some time, experimenting with recipes (particularly the raspberry ganache recipe) until I came up with one I liked. My husband and I ate A LOT of chocolate during the experimenting process. A LOT. But I think the end results were well worth it! And of course, the Darth Vader and Stormtrooper molds were perfect for the dark and white chocolates. The molds are available on Amazon.

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**EDIT 1/28/2016 – The Star Wars chocolate favor tags are available for free here**

May the Force be with you!

 

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30 comments

  1. This looks like an amazing party! I’m an adult, and I’ve never had a party that nice in my life! Even my wedding didn’t have homemade party favors (or really any party favors). Your decorations and favors are amazing.

    1. Aww! Thank you, Virginia! I know my kids are spoiled rotten when it comes to birthday parties… But in their defense, it’s more for me than it is for them! πŸ˜‰ As a SAHM, I need some sort of creative outlet!

  2. This is one of the best Star Wars parties I have seen by far! My soon to be 6 year old wants a Star Wars themed party this May and I have been looking for ideas and came across your site and loved the invites and am going to use these. They are amazing! Thank you for the free printable! BTW, how did you measure the blade before hand to know how much room you needed for font space before printing?

    1. Aww! I’m so glad you love the party! πŸ™‚ I created a text box that measured 7.5 x 1.5 inches, and all the text went inside the text box. The lightsaber hilt measures approximately 2 inches wide, so that will give you about .25 inch on either sides for glue/adhesive. It’s a pretty tight squeeze, and I have to admit that there wasn’t enough room to slide the blade in on the first hilt I put together! Good luck! And I would love to see pics of the party when it’s all done! <3

  3. Thank you Julia for your response! That helps tremendously! I am going to start printing and assembling. His party won’t be until May 23rd but I have to put all my energy into treat bags and decor. I will definitely share when its over. Again you are amazing for sharing your printable and tips and tricks!

  4. What text/font did you use for the invite info? And where did you get the character silhouette? Do you have any close ups of the invite? Or do you have a rewritable doc? These are amazing and my son would absolutely be over the moon for these!! Thanks so much!

  5. Super job on this. I’m SO going to steal your invites – and T shirt idea. It is exactly what I was thinking (without the trial and ERRORS) lol. thank you !!

  6. I was so excited to see this! I printed the lightsaber invitations ( the handles) and then could not find a link to the “light” invitation part.

    1. Hi Heather! Unfortunately, I don’t have a template for the light portion on the invitation. However, you can easily create it using Microsoft Word or any other word processor software like Pages. If you read the comments, there’s one that has a link to the free fonts that were used to create it. You will need to download and install the fonts. Hope this helps!

  7. I love everything about your party. Especially the chocolates for parents and the printable (NO gluing tiny pieces) light saber. Thank you so much for sharing. My boys will love this!

  8. Thank you so much! This is absolutely amazing of you to share this incredible party! I am definitely going to make the chocolate treats for the parents and the ‘light saber’ treats for the younger siblings. Do you by chance have the file template for the signage for both of these that you used? I would be happy to pay you for them! Thank you!

      1. Thank you SO MUCH for responding! I have both those templates, but was hoping to include a little table sign like you had telling parents and younger siblings that the treats were specifically for them. I am so appreciative of your time!

        1. Oh sorry! I misunderstood! πŸ™‚ I do have those signs. Go to Contact Me and send me a message with your email address. I will send them to you.

  9. Hi there- everything looks so cool! Do you happen to have PDFs of the blade part of the light saber invites? Thanks so much!

    1. Unfortunately, I don’t have a template for the blade portion of the lightsaber. However, if you scroll through the comments, there are links to the free fonts that I used to create the invitation. Hope that helps!

  10. What a fabulous party you planned! My soon to be six year old also wants a Star Wars birthday themed party. I used your template for the light saber invitations and it was a HUGE hit! It sure did take a lot of time to cut out those handles!!! I also plan to use the banner and the chocolate favor idea with printable. I love them. Thank you so much for all the free printouts!
    I tried to download a star wars font from the links you posted and although I downloaded them to my computer, I could not get them into my Pages application to do anything with them. Am I missing a step?
    I was also wondering if I could get a copy of the signs you made for the “Jedi Counsel” (Parents) to put on the table?
    And would you be willing to share the white chocolate raspberry ganache recipe?? It sounds fabulous
    I really did come up with some of my own ideas as well, but you have so many great ones! Nice job. Well done.

    1. Hi Sarah! I’m not a computer expert, so I’m not sure why your font isn’t showing up on Pages. Once you downloaded the font, did you install it in your Font Book? That’s as far as my technical help can take you, unfortunately! As for the Jedi Council sign, send me your email address and I will send you the file. And the chocolate raspberry ganache recipe… I wouldn’t even know where to begin. I experimented with so many different recipes and put various elements together, so I haven’t the faintest idea how to recreate it now. I imagine that I wrote the details down somewhere, but we’ve moved since then, and I’m not able to find anything in the new house! Hope this helps, and I’m excited for you for your son’s birthday! I love parties!!

  11. Hello,
    I love the invitations and thanks for sharing. I tried to make my own and well the light saber part looks more like something I do not need to send home. Can I ask how you designed the colored piece with writing? I’m having a hard time making it look more square than rounded.

    1. Hahahaha! I’m sorry!! I never even considered that the laser part could look like something phallic. πŸ˜‰ I designed the laser portion of my invitation on a graphic design software, but you could easily make it on Microsoft Word (or another word processing software). Just make the text box a square with *slightly* rounded corners.

      1. Thank you! I actually used word and made it work! Yeah my husband was like huh, not the best shape.. haha However may make a parents day or get a chuckle… lol πŸ™‚

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