My son, Nathan, turned 3 last month. Each year I have fun choosing a theme for his birthday party (we did Finding Nemo for his first birthday and it’s a small world for his second). This year’s theme was easy to select since Nathan is in love with Star Wars, with the droids being especially dear to him (mostly R2D2 & BB-8).
I set out to plan Nathan’s birthday party, and then life happened. My party planning was
a bit derailed. I had to set aside the idea of a Pinterest perfect party complete with hand-made themed party food and an elaborate photobooth setup, among other things. The modified party was simple, sweet, and filled with love.
As per our tradition, my husband and I took Nathan to Disneyland on his actual birthday. My mom had put together a couple shirts for Nathan’s birthday by using a personalized iron-on transfer image I ordered from The Wallaby Way on Etsy. We had a perfect day at Disneyland complete with celebratory ice cream, an updated silhouette of the birthday boy, a new R2D2 toy, rides on it’s a small world and the Casey Jr. Circus Train, seeing the Paint the Night Parade, and finishing with fireworks (my husband did a video blog about our day on his dad blog).
After our magical day at Disneyland it was time for the party! I found an adorable image of BB-8 online and assembled the birthday party invitation around it.
To help with the droid theme of the party I ordered several printable items from Trazos Studio on Etsy including a custom BB-8 banner. I went to the printers and was easily able to print out the banner on sturdy cardstock. I love how it turned out, and have since hung the part of the sign with Nathan’s name on it in his bedroom.
Another fun party detail was this Which Star Wars Droid Are You? flowchart I found on Oh My Disney. I placed sticky tabs next to the sign so that people could write their name down and place it beneath the droid they were. It was through this chart that I discovered I am C3P0 and my husband is BB-8.
Table decorations included this adorable BB-8 Funko Pop! figure (which I am completely in love with!), and this welcome sign I printed from Trazos Studio.
The food was kept simple and not themed, except for lightsaber pretzel sticks which my sister made and somehow didn’t make it into the photo below. Also missing from the photo is the Death Star paper lantern which was hanging over the table.
In order to theme the food just a bit I used these adorable buffet cards, and this Death Star chip bowl from ThinkGeek. You can’t see them too well, but I also placed R2D2 and C3PO Vinylmations on the table.
Ever since Nathan’s first birthday party we have had cupcakes instead of a traditional cake. I usually include a themed cupcake topper and this year I kept it consistent with BB-8 cupcake toppers.
One thing I was insistent upon was having a photobooth area. I didn’t quite get the background I was hoping for but the BB-8 fabric worked out just fine. I did make the pool noodle lightsabers on my own using this tutorial I found on Pinterest, and they were a big hit! The other props were items I had collected over the years.
The birthday boy had a lot of fun lightsaber dueling with his daddy.
Almost everyone took photos with the lightsaber props, including Ben & I.
I also took a photo with the R2D2 and BB-8 sipper cups we had gotten from Disney Parks over the years.
The party ended up being a lot of fun in spite of the lack of themed food! What really matters is that the birthday boy had a great time, which he did.
I can now check Droid Themed Birthday Party off my list. Tell me, have you ever thrown a Star Wars party; was it a general Star Wars theme or was it more specific? I’d love to see photos or blog posts about other themed parties!
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