Saturday, January 03, 2009

May the FOURce be with you

Jimmy had a birthday party today in celebration of him turning 4 this past week.
On Monday we had sent out Jedi Training invitations:
We made props for the training all through out the week:


Jedi Training badges
I found these little business card holder pages for planners on clearance at Officemax and I cut them up to make the individual badges. We requested pictures of the kids from their parents via email and printed off a little "shpill" to get the padawans excited for the Jedi training. I made a little trivia on the back for the parents to enjoy.

Homemade light sabers for the kids to decorateWe made these out of foam tube pipe insulation (they are even softer/better than pool noodles!). They cost about 60 cents each at Home depot. They were the cheapest, yet coolest light sabers. The kids can go at it in a light saber duel, and yet the material is actually really soft so no one gets hurt! The kids would later decorate them with different colors of neon duct dape, and get to bring them home as a party favor. Jimmy and Daddy had to "test them out" the day before:

Pin the light saber on Yoda game
Dad made a really cool Death Star pinata (with crater and all!)He was so proud of this. Too bad it had to be destroyed!!! He got a big round (punch balloon) from the dollar store (sold in pack of 3) and blew it up and then just coated it with a paper mache recipe he found online. He let it dry overnight and then spray painted it grey. Once the paint dried, he cut a circle out of it (making the balloon pop inside), removed the balloon, inserted candy and duct taped the circle piece back on, but inverted, so that it made a crater instead. Then he re-spraypainted where the duct taped circle was and let that dry. Lastly, he decorated it a bit with some "Death Star" things like lines and such. It was snowy outside, so we just tacked it up to our ceiling and hit it in the living room.

And lots of Jedi fuel (including a couple Star Wars birthday cakes):
Fuel included: Yoda Soda, Vader Juice, Organa Oranges, Jedi Jello, Wookie Cookies, Droid dip, Yoda cake, and a "Light and Dark Side" cake (which Jimmy helped decorate).This cake was real fun to make. I made half of it with vanilla cake mix and vanilla frosting to represent the "light side" and the other half was dark chocolate cake mix and frosting to represent the "dark side". Then, Jimmy helped me place some of his figurines on top. The bad guys of course on the "dark side", and the good guys on the "light side".Then we had the party- 14 Padawans showed up! (not all pictured)
And it was a galactic blast!
The Padawans had to complete 3 trials:

Trial 1: Construct Light Saber
They wrapped their light sabers in different colors of tape. Then they were required to master the force by keeping a balloon in the air with a partner only using their light sabers!
Trial 2: Navigate Asteroid Field
For this one we wrapped up little rubber worms in tin foil and hid them around the house and the kids had to hunt them down.


Trial 3: Destroy Death Star
This was my favorite part. Here James is hanging up his beloved death star pinata. The kids loved this- they bashed it in with a "hard" light saber (I thought it was quite funny- there was a little girl dressed liked Darth Vader that refused to play the pinata game. So fitting- as Darth was the one that created the death star in the movies. Why would he ever want to destroy it?)The kids loved taking swings at it and finally James finished it off when we ran out of time (and patience).

After they completed the trials, they were given 3 stars on their badges. Look at these brave Princess Leia's!:
We ended with a good ol' singing of "Happy Birthday to Jimmy" and he blew out his candles. He told me before this was the most exciting thing about a birthday party- having people sing happy birthday then getting to blow out the candles. What a cutie.

(I love this little girl's face behind Jimmy)

Jimmy had a ball. And I think most of the kids had a pretty good time too! Now he is an official Jedi (he has the four-ce!). And he's been a great "sharer of toys" with his Padawan baby brother Johnny.
"Boys" with their toys.

23 comments:

Erika said...

WOW! You went all out! That looks like such a fun birthday party. Happy Birthday Jimmy! :)

Cami said...

That looked like such a cool party. I don't think I'll show my boys. They will definitely want to do that.

Marci said...

I am WAY impressed by all your homemade props! You need to email your post to Tip Junkie:
http://tipjunkie.blogspot.com/
She would totally feature it next time she does birthday party ideas!

Kristin said...

Awesome party!! You guys rock.

Leah said...

The Fowler's throw a rockin party. That's for sure. We had so much fun!!

kristi meilstrup said...

that is the coolest party ever. you are so creative!

Chanda said...

LOVE it!!! LOVE IT!! Maeve's having a bug party next week--I love children's parties! Happy Birthday Jimmy!

Megan and Sean said...

HOLY COW!!! My husband is going to DIE when I show him this fab birthday party!! You guys are THE best parents in the whole world!

Danielle said...

What an awesome party. You are so creative. I'm way sad that Parker couldn't come. :(

janel said...

Wow! Are you for hire for birthday party planning? : )

Ryann said...

that was the coolest party ever! and I don't even like Star Wars!

kg said...

Anna, you are so creative!!! What fun!!

Jesicca said...

Funny... it is the age. We did the same thing for Kade's birthday years ago. The kids loved it! It looks like Jimmy, Johnny and Dad had a great time. Happy Birthday little man.

Lisa Rampton Halverson said...

Amazing! As I was reading the post I kept thinking it was going to end -- but game after game after idea after idea after cool costumes & cake after...! This has to be the coolest party ever. I wish I had already moved out and could be part of it!

Jimmy looks so grown up in his costume!!

Love you lots!

Matilda said...

What a fun party!!! Good job guys!I love kids parties!!

Kendra said...

OH MY GOODNESS, that IS the coolest birthday party EVER!!!! I am so impressed with your creativity - what a blast. Those kids won't forget THAT party for a long time!! No, they'll be comparing every party to this one! Haha! How fun to be four. :)

Mark said...

it is the age. We did the same thing for Kade's birthday years ago. The kids loved it! It looks like Jimmy, Johnny and Dad had a great time. Happy Birthday little man.

Hussey said...

Amazing..!As I was reading the post I kept thinking it was going to end but game after game after idea after idea after cool costumes & cake after...! This has to be the coolest party ever.

Mom said...

Fabulous ideas! Especially the tip to use pipe insulation for the light sabers. We're having a Star Wars party for my son next weekend and as a winter baby it was nice to find another parent with ideas for winter time. Thanks.

Mom said...

Thanks for the great ideas! We used the pipe insulation for light sabres and they turned out great. We also did training badges. I made a pinata out of a soccer ball pinata from teh bulk barn. Please view my site for the full article where I link to your great ideas! Thanks again.

Mom said...

Sorry forgot to leave a link to my article, http://www.thefunfamilysite.com.

mamidecuatro said...

Great ideas! My daughter is having a Star Wars party so I'm using several of your ideas. Thanks again!

Hawaii Monkeys said...

Haha, Anna, I linked to your post from TipJunkie. We're doing a Star Wars party next week. Thanks for the awesome ideas!! Especially the pinata...we always do a pinata and I hadn't thought of any ideas yet. I'll have to get going on the Death Star. I always have a hard time knowing what to put inside since I try not to do candy. Thanks again! Hope you all are well!! love, Courtney (Barlow)