You might have noticed that the title didn’t say BIRTHDAY PARTY. Nope. It was just a play date for my son’s 6th birthday. A Star Wars play date. My little guy got to invite 2 friends + a sister to hang out with his sister. No invitations. No signs telling you what food is what. Just some after school fun. Here’s my daughter with a friend.
To make it special I made a little visit over at Pinterest and got a few ideas. I did all the prep the day of, which was yesterday. The cake was lovingly made by Shoprite because my kitchen is kind of torn apart right now. I did add edible gold stars to tie it into the Star Wars theme. With a coupon they were $3 at AC Moore and I used about a fourth of them. Every person who saw them asked if they were edible. Come on guys! Would I sprinkle something on a cake that you couldn’t eat?
Smart Jr. made the Pinterest inspired light saber pretzels the night before and I used the chocolate she left out to make Lego bricks and mini figures. Those are my little guys two favorite things these days. And we can just pretend it was a Lego Star Wars theme. Right?
I ran to Joann Fabric to pick up felt to make Jedi costumes. Felt = no sew! I also bought fabric for the photo booth and a Princess Leia costume I plan to sew for my daughter. There definitely wasn’t time for that yesterday, and I didn’t want to cut the fabric, so I just draped it around her and she was happy as can be. I picked the tape up at Lowe’s because I had to run in there to buy more spindles because apparently I miscounted the day before. The pool noodles are from the dollar tree.
Photo booth backdrop:
- 2 yards of on sale black fabric – I should have bought 3 yards so the adults could take pictures too – $7
- 3 packs of star stickers from AC Moore – the kids had a blast putting the stickers on themselves – $3 total
- 8 thumbtacks if you don’t care about putting holes in your wall – 6 at the top + 2 at the bottom
3 Jedi robes:
- 2 yards of light brown felt – total $4.99 (50% off)
- Soft thick yarn for the sash – used for the girls too and have plenty left – $4.99
6 light sabers:
- 3 pool noodles cut in half – $3
- Duct tape – I tape off the cut end of the noodle then wrap around – $3.68
- Electrical tape – $1.99
FYI: We are having a full on party next weekend with 25 of his classmates and neighborhood friends + 30 or so adults. It will be a pool party at the gym where I teach Spinning. And there will be plastic table cloths and a few decorations + pool noodles instead of goody bags. I am generally against goody bags, but I figured these were more entertainment than anything else. The kids had so much fun with the photo booth that I might do one for the pool party too. I never do invitations. Not because I’m not crafty, I just don’t like to spend my energy on something that will be thrown away. Plus I never pay postage for anything that is delivered in my neighborhood. I even drive around and drop off Christmas cards!
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