Anybody who knows Kayo well enough would think a Star Wars themed kiddie party is bound to happen somewhere along his journey as a father. I did. Except I didn’t think it would happen this soon! But Kayo has a point. Star Wars fans who are currently parents of young children live in exciting times. With the new movie coming out, preceding many others in the works, we get to relive our childhood AND at the same time, share it with our own brood. So, when our dear sweet Emma told us she wanted a Star Wars party for her birthday, we were thrilled… Kayo most specially. She and Summer recently started watching Rebels, the animated series, and that sparked interest in the movies.
I must admit I’m not well versed. There are many parts of the movies I could not even remember. So I had to do a little bit of research — watch the movies and Google names and places, that is. At first, we had so many things we wanted to do but because we only had little prep time, we had to simplify.
I’ve carved Star Wars stamps in the past so I decided to use those for decoration and add in a few new ones. I also discovered so many neat free printables online. Now, I don’t usually use printables for party decor because I like making my own designs but because there’s tons of cool stuff available of this specific franchise, why the heck not?! I saved myself some time and it’s really just a matter of putting them together.
Here are the downloadable decor pieces I found and used:
Kayo was in charge of making a piñata this time and he really, very meticulously, raised the bar of piñata making in the family. He made a Death Star piñata, complete with a missile ray. All he used was a large paper lantern, some newspaper, glue, paint, acrylic pens, washi tapes and yarn. It did turn out pretty awesome…a little too awesome for shattering! We made sure to take lots of photos before Emma whacked it to its death.
We had lots of fun with the food too! It was really just a simple meal but we tried to think of what types of food creatures who lived in that galaxy far far away would have eaten and combined it with what we knew Emma would like.
Here’s our Star Wars menu:
HANburgers (grilled on the spot)
Blasted Wombats (fried chicken)
SOUPer Star Destroyer (cream of corn soup)
Wookie Cookies and Blue Milk
HOTH brewed coffee
Surprisingly, quite a number of guests had blue milk. Some even put it in their Hoth coffee!
Kayo, the kids and I also had quite a bit of fun shopping for this party (as you can see in above photo…). We wanted little Jedi action figures for Emma’s cake so we made a trip to the toy store in search of the perfect set of cake toppers. We wanted maybe three little guys (and/or droids) but ended up with a complete little Star Wars army of about 30+! We caught a sale! We used the toys to decorate the cake table but they were our gift to Emma as well. So right after the party, Emma played with them with her Papa.
Our little Star Wars birthday bash for Emma was the bomb! I think that Kayo really enjoyed prepping for it because he’s a big fan and also because it was very much like a bonding experience for him and the girls. Who would have thought!
Two days after, Dec 1, was Emma’s actual birthday. Kayo had meetings that day so the girls and I decided to tag along and go on another urban adventure! We visited the bookstore; we went fish watching; we found a Star Wars Battle Pod which, of course, Kayo, Summer and Emma rode; we visited Lolo in his office; we went to watch the Christmas light show in Ayala Triangle; we walked down into tunnels and up across bridges; we ate Emma’s favorite foods; she opened her presents (more Star Wars!) and we had rainbow cake and lemon cupcakes! It was a very long and tiring day but it sure was a happy one Emma undoubtedly enjoyed.
Emma likes being many things. She likes to pretend to be a ballerina, a doctor, a princess. But it really is very amusing that she now likes pretending to be a Jedi. Our little padawan…may the Force be with you! ;P