Star Wars Birthday Party, Part II Party Favors

Growing up, we didn’t really “do” favor bags. I suppose that’s why I’m really into them when planning parties for my kids. Presents for everyone, just for attending?! I wish grown-up parties would adopt this practice!

I wanted to do something fun for these Star Wars birthday favors, with at least a few items that would get used beyond the ride home from the party. But, of course, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money.

I created these goodie bags for around $3 each, total.Free Printable Star Wars Birthday Party Storm Trooper Favor Bags | www.fivemarigolds.com

Free Printable Star Wars Birthday Party Storm Trooper Favor Bags | www.fivemarigolds.com

To create the actual bag, I used inexpensive white paper bags from the grocery store. I searched for the keywords “storm trooper silhouette” and found an image I like. I downloaded this free Star Jedi font and added the words “You’re a trooper” to the 5.5″x10.5″ template I created in PhotoShop. Read to the end of this post for the free printable!

I printed the image directly on the bags. To do this, you need to go into your printer settings and create a custom paper size and paper texture. I used a small piece of painter tape to secure the base flap to the bag so it wouldn’t jam in the printer.  It took some trial and error before I felt like they were printing a clean image, without a lot of extra printer ink. I was going for inexpensive though, so despite a few rough printouts, these captured the look I was going for.

Here are the bag contents:

Star Wars Lego Birthday Favors | www.fivemarigolds.com

Knowing all the boys are really into Legos at this age, I really wanted to include some. I explored a lot of avenues, but almost everything was going to be a budget buster. I’ve heard of some creative moms creating their own little sets using the Pick a Brick section at the Lego store, but at $14.99/bucket, it was going to be a little more than I wanted to pay, and I wasn’t even sure if I could really build a believable spaceship.

I found my solution on ebay and Amazon: there are tons of people looking to unload Star Wars Advent Calendar kits or individual toys. I was able to score a lot of 11 for $1/each including shipping. Even better, each little kit came with building instructions – far better than what I would have been able to do myself using Pick a Brick. For those of you who have messaged me about being unable to find these deals on ebay, you can still find them here for less than $2 per favor!

I created my own hangtag using the same Star Wars font with a message from Yoda, “Do or do not, there is no try” along with a thank you message.

Star Wars Lego Advent Calencar Birthday Party Favors with Printable Tags| www.fivemarigolds.com

In addition to the goodie bags, we had a Jedi Training academy. We gave each little guest a Jedi vest made with an unused bed sheet we didn’t need and clothesline rope.

Star Wars Birthday Party Jedi Costumes | www.fivemarigolds.com

We also created the pool noodle lightsabers that are all the rage on Pinterest. We cut pool noodles in half using a serrated bread knife and decorated the ends with black and silver duct tape. Each little guest was given one to defeat some balloon storm troopers and then take home.These were the biggest hit of the party (literally, there was one bloody nose incident!).

Star Wars Birthday Party Jedi Training Course with Balloons and Pool Noodles | www.fivemarigolds.com

No party is complete without a little craft, so we also had a Build A Droid work station that they seemed to enjoy. But not quite as much as the pool noodle light sabers, of course.

Star Wars Build a Droid R2D2 Craft | Five Marigolds

Build a Droid Star Wars Craft

I had a lot of fun creating a fun party all the kids would enjoy. Planning a Star Wars party for someone special? I’m sharing the free printable Storm Trooper Favor Bag Design to my subscribers!

Free Printable Star Wars Storm Trooper Favor Bags | Five Marigolds

 

Star Wars Lego Birthday Party Favor Bags | www.fivemarigolds.com

UPDATE: Due to so many requests, I’m making the Storm Trooper Party Favor Bags available as a free printable: Download Storm Trooper Favor Bags Template

Are you planning to use them for your upcoming party? Please take a moment to tell me about it, below!

See also:

R2D2 Star Wars Cake | Five Marigolds

Star Wars Birthday Party, Part I

Star Wars Darth Vader Invitation | Five Marigolds

Star Wars Part III: Custom Invitations and Thank You Postcards

Super creative ideas for Star Wars Birthday favors with Legos

Star Wars Birthday Party, Part I

When Dub predictably requested a Star Wars theme for his 6th birthday, I’ll admit I was a little excited. I’d already been brimming with fun ideas for his party, but when he insisted on his first “friends” party, I was stumped. Our home just isn’t big enough for entertaining larger crowds, and I didn’t really want to do a Chuck E Cheese type of party. So, we decided to hold it at his dad’s industrial garage. I’ll share the details of this party in a series of posts. This post will focus on the Boba Fett Buffet. First, I started with the settings. I bought inexpensive tablecloths from the Dollar Store and I bought a starry sky backdrop that I used behind the buffet and for a photo booth.

Star Wars Birthday Party Photo Booth | www.fivemarigolds.com

Star Wars Birthday Party Boba Fett Buffet | www.fivemarigolds.com

 

I downloaded a light saber paper craft from starwars.com (the handle for Yoda’s light saber) and used it to roll up the plastic tableware in red and blue napkins. I got the kids involved here, assembling the proper tableware and rolling it up, and I finished it off with the handle.

Star Wars Birthday Party Boba Fett Buffet Light Saber Napkin Rings | www.fivemarigolds.com

Star Wars Birthday Party Boba Fett Buffet Light Saber Napkin Rings | www.fivemarigolds.com

 

Next, I designed some creative table tents in PhotoShop to label the food: Yoda Soda, Death Star Salad, Hunger Destroyer, Vader Veggies, DroidDrink, and more. For the Droid Drink, I bought the mini water bottles from Costco. I used this free download to wrap each bottle with an R2D2 label.Star Wars Boba Fett Buffet R2D2 Water Bottles Droid Drink | www.fivemarigolds.com

Since my husband’s business is a limousine company, we decided to leave in their limo party bus and play Star Wars on the sound system. On the outside, we set up a little table with popcorn in festive containers to create a movie theater experience, which the kids loved. The bus has a music synchronized laser show that really added a little something to the Star Wars experience.Star Wars Birthday Party Dark Side Movie Theater | www.fivemarigolds.com

Star Wars Birthday Party Dark Side Movie Theater Party Bus | www.fivemarigolds.com

Star Wars Birthday Party Dark Side Movie Theater Party Bus | www.fivemarigolds.com

While I admit, leaving the bus in the garage was mostly practical and was helpful for setting the theme, I didn’t have high hopes that among all the activities that 15 6 year old boys would sit down and watch a movie. I was so wrong! They loved this feature and spent a surprising amount of time watching the movie. Finally, the creme de la creme: the R2D2 cake. A very talented friend (who just opened her own restaurant!) made this for us, and it was as delicious as it was spectacular to look at. The kids waited for me to cut it up, as they all had very specific parts of R2D2 that they wanted to eat.

 

Star Wars Birthday Party Custom R2D2 Fondant Cake | www.fivemarigolds.comThat concludes the food portion of our Star Wars birthday party. Stay tuned for more on our photo booth and Jedi Training activitites! Looking for more Star Wars birthday party ideas? Find my Pinterest inspiration board here.

See Also:

Star Wars Storm Trooper Favor Bags | Five Marigolds

Star Wars Birthday Party, Part II Favor Bags

Star Wars Darth Vader Invitation | Five Marigolds

Star Wars Part III: Custom Invitations and Thank You Postcards

Eve’s Ice Cream Birthday Party

One of our favorite birthday traditions? Homemade ice cream. So, what better theme for Eve’s July birthday than ice cream?  Of course, we made our favorite homemade ice cream, with just a few drops of lemon extract added to the recipe. Yum!

We had just a simple gathering at Grandma and Grandmpa’s. We decorated using the decorations we invested in for her first birthday: vintage bunting, photo centerpieces, and a homemade chair cover.

I whipped up a batch of plain ol’ boxed mix cupcakes, and decorated them using my Pampered Chef Decorator Bottle Set, sprinkles, mini chocolate chips and maraschino cherries. For the main cake, I used three of the cupcake “scoops” of ice cream because it was her third birthday. The kids absolutely loved these!

What do you think of the ice cream birthday party theme? If you’re a fan, check out my birthday Pinterest board for more ideas and inspiration.

 

 

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Super Hero Comic Book Birthday Party

Wow, I can’t believe how time flies.  As little Dub’s birthday approached, I knew his would have to be a superhero theme, but I wanted it to be less focused on commercial super heroes and a little more of a generic comic book vibe.

To set the tone, I set off to create a comic book – inspired invite. I coerced him into taking a Clark Kent/super man photo.  I just had him wear his Superman pajama shirt under a button down and snap on tie and then put on a pair of glasses frames I got at the dollar store. I went to work in PhotoShop and created this invite. I used PhotoShop action that made him look like a true comic book character.

Super Hero Comic Book Birthday Party Invitation | Five Marigolds

Next, I wanted to make a comic book pendant.  I was very pregnant and on bed rest while planning the party, so I enlisted my mom for help.  I bought a comic book off ebay, cut the comic pages into triangles and placed them inside the fold of some red binding I had on hand.  Then she simply sewed along the binding and voila!  Dub liked this so much he asked to hang it in his room after the party.

Super Hero Comic Book Birthday Party Bunting | Five Marigolds

Again, since I was very pregnant I decided to hire out the cake in the form of some amazing cupcakes from our local bakery.  I made cupcake toppers in PhotoShop and attached them to lollipop sticks I found at Michael’s in the baking section.

Super Hero Comic Book Birthday Party Custom Cupcake Toppers | Five Marigolds

This was Dub’s first party where we invited friends, so I was new to the party favor tradition.  I asked all the parents in advance to send me a photo of their children so I could personalize each goodie bag with their photo.  I added free superhero overlays like masks and emblems from Lil Blue Boo in PhotoShop and they were a huge hit!

Super Hero Comic Book Birthday Party Custom Favors | Five Marigolds

As much as I love having balloons to decorate for parties, I hate watching them pathetically deflate in the days following (my kids refuse to throw them away until the bitter end!)  So, I attached a balloon to each goodie bag for a festive display that our little guests could take home with them.  This was an inexpensive favor with big impact!  The kids were thrilled to take them home and I was just as thrilled to see them go.

Super Hero Comic Book Birthday Party Custom Favors | Five Marigolds

I had to figure out how to entertain all these kids in our teeny home.  So I set up a superhero mask making station.  I pre-cut the masks in craft foam and bought self-stick foam stars and letter so kids could decorate them and add their names.

Super Hero Comic Book Birthday Party Mask Craft Station | Five Marigolds

Next, I really wanted to create a photo booth. I bought some polka-dot wrapping paper that I just taped to the wall.  I made some photo booth signs in PhotoShop that matched the cupcake toppers, and printed them on 8.5×11″ sheets of white card stock.  I cut them out and taped them to the cardboard tube that comes on dry cleaning hangers – it was what I had on hand! Or, if you’re not the DIY type, you could buy some here.)

Super Hero Comic Book Photo Booth | Five Marigolds

Dub and a very pregnant me in the photo booth.

Super Hero Comic Book Photo Booth | Five Marigolds

My goal was to get pictures of all the kids at the party to put on the thank-you note.  What I didn’t count on was how shy the kids would be.  I had to beg to get them all to pose together so I could get my thank-you card shot! But I got it, and here’s how it turned out:

Super Hero Comic Book Thank You Postcard | Five Marigolds

I designed the back like a true post card with a fill-in-the-blank thank-you message for Dub to personalize. I heard later that our little guests were thrilled to see themselves in the card.

So, there we have it! Dub’s 5th birthday.  For more superhero birthday ideas check out my Pinterest board.

I’ve linked directly to the customizable invites and thank you notes in my Etsy shop. If you would like me to offer free downloads of the cupcake toppers and photo booth signs I used, please let me know in the comments below!

Perfect Pink Lemonade Birthday Party

I was so excited for Eve’s first birthday and I knew exactly what the theme would be – Pink Lemonade, for my sweet and sour little girl 🙂

Well, then there was an out of state family wedding the weekend of her birthday which meant significantly toning down the birthday plans. Which was hard for me, because I just love a good themed party. Side note: do you know what else is hard? Accidentally deleting all the photos in my camera from said party, and then racing to take just a couple to prove my baby had a party. Ugh!

So to plan the un-party, I started with the basics.  One of the things I’ve done for all of my kids is purchase just a few birthday items that we bring out every year, including a pendant banner, centerpieces with photos of them over the years, and a “My special day” seat cover.

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We also use this seat cover for all special occasions, from birthdays to the first day of school and other milestones.  It’s a tradition that has become very meaningful to us – when the kids come downstairs in the morning and see their seat cover, they know we’re celebrating them that day.

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Next, I added some cute polka-dot napkins, cups and cute paper straws from Target.  I served a basic lemonade some frozen strawberries. Yum!

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I made these adorable cupcakes.  I’d scoured the interwebs for the best pink lemonade recipe and landed on this one.  Unfortunately, they were just a bit too tart for us!  No problemo – that just left more room for the homemade ice cream we made (and Mmmm does our family love homemade ice cream!).

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So there you have it – a very simple, sweet Pink Lemonade birthday.  Check out my Pink Lemonade Pinterest board for more ideas for our next Pink Lemonade birthday. Enjoy!

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Puppy Dog First Birthday Party

For Dub’s first birthday, I knew I wanted to do a puppy dog theme.  Now, I just love a good themed birthday, but really we don’t go overboard for parties. This was especially true for his first – we just invited a few family members and held at his grandma and grandpa’s home, near where most of our family lives.

We made puppycakes using this tutorial from Family Fun magazine. My photography at that time leaves very little to be desired, but you get the idea.

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And, of course, gave puppy chow as party favors with hangtags that read, “It’s been dog-gone fun!”

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