This little guy desperately wanted a Star Wars party for his 4th birthday. He and I fought back and forth for a few months on it. Mommy said "it's too violent." and Benjamin said "it's so cool." Mommy gave in :) The only stipulation was no scary "Darth's" allowed. The party supplies you find at Party City were, in my opinion, too violent. I wanted to go as close to vintage as I could. Today, I'm going to share the decorations with you. The food, favor and games will all be in another post. So, here ya go...a look at Benjamin's vintage inspired Star Wars party!
A look at his invitation. I bought the invitations and the printable from AndersRuff. All the colors were based off the invitation. So cute, right?
We put our chalkboard out on our entry path to welcome our guests. Here's a shot of the birthday boy all dressed up in his Star War's gear with his pool noodle light saber. He's ready to party!
This is the sign I made for the front door preparing our young "padawans" for training ahead.
When guests came in they were greeted with a name badge, signed by Yoda himself and we had the Star War's soundtrack playing.
Here's a peek at his "birthday mantle." This is a biggie in our house...if it's your special day you get special decorations. For Benjamin's mantle we had his birthday photo with all his "loves", some of his daddy's vintage Star War's figures and books. We also had a chalkboard which read "The Force Is Strong With This One." My all time favorite photo of him and his sister, taken when we brought him home from the hospital. The photos that are clothes pinned to the pom-pom garland are all from his birthday photo shoot with mommy. This was a HUGE hit with everyone at the party-so much fun!
Here's a peek at the snack bar which we named "Admiral Ackbar's Snackbar." This was a small table with a few snacks, some waters and the kid's bento box lunches. Oh, and Han Solo frozen in carbonite a.k.a. jello. But...we'll save that for another post. Let's take a look at the decorations at the snack table...
I made the tissue poofs, hung silvery star garland and paper fans from the ceiling. I also made the "Admiral Ackbar's Snackbar" sign which was simply glued to a gray and white paper straw and stuck into a rice filled tin bucket from Target's Dollar Spot. I used some muslin fabric as a backdrop and to tie in the Jedi robes that each child would receive.
This was by far my favorite part of planning the party. We had so much fun coming up with the foods we were going to serve.
The outdoor decorations were kept very simple. The tables were covered with gray table clothes and topped with Star Wars wrapping paper, which were used as table runners. Here's another example of how I used the tin pails from Target. Each one was filled with rice to help with weighing down the tablecloths. I loved the silver stars which I added for some height. I personalized them a bit by using the printables once again.
Here's a quick shot of the tables and my sweet lil' birthday boy :) Stay tuned for another post featuring the foods we served, the games we played and the crafts I made :) If you have questions, please feel free to leave a comment and I'll do my best to answer them all for ya!