STAR WARS GALAXY PARTY TIPS
Here are some top tips to help you have an out of this world party!
- You have Water Beads in your party kit. In case you’ve never come across them water beads expand in water to create a tub full of of slippery, squishy fun that children love! Don’t forget to hydrate these the day before your party as they need 24 hours to transform (full instructions are below and on the information card in your kit).
BEFORE THE PARTY
- CHOOSE YOUR FOOD MENU
Some ideas for what to feed them:
The main: Why not keep it simple with sandwiches, pitta, pasta salad or pizza for the main (make sure you have a vegetarian option).
Vegetables: crudites like carrots, cucumber, peppers and celery which you can serve with hummous are easy to prepare and go down well as do olives and iceberg lettuce.
Fruit: Go for fruit that doesn’t need to be cut up like berries and seedless grapes and fruit that doesn’t spoil when cut like melon and mango…
Treats: A few treats are a must on the party table. Biscuits, popcorn and crisps are usually popular.
Ideas to theme your food:
- Cut your sandwiches with star or star wars biscuit cutters
- Use the star biscuit cutters to shape home made biscuits or to cut out fruit like watermelon
- Skewer fruit such as blueberries, green grapes and raspberries to make fruity light sabres.
- Put edible glitter and/or popping candy in popcorn to make space popcorn
- Find star shaped crisps or biscuits or mini stars chocolates
- Trap a Hans solo toy in green jelly “carbonite”
- Green, red and blue light sabre ice pop sticks would go down well if it is a Summer party.
CHOOSE 3 OR 4 EXTRA PARTY GAMES
Here are some ideas for extra party activities:
Hot Asteroid: This is a variation on Hot Potato. Children pass a silver asteroid balloon (or some scrunched up tin foil) quickly around the circle while music is playing. When the music stops, the child who is holding the asteroid is out!
What’s the Time Mr Vader?: This is a variation on “What’s the time, Mr Wolf?” One child is Darth Vader and stands at the front with their back to the rest. The children all call out “What’s the Time, Mr Vader?” Darth Vader replies with a time (2 o’clock for example) and the children must then take 2 steps towards Darth Vader. When Darth Vader answers “Destruction Time!” the children scatter and if one of them is tagged they become Darth Vader.
Jedi, Jedi, Sith: This is a variation on Duck, Duck, Goose. Sit the children in a circle while one child, who is “it” goes around the circle, tapping the children, saying “Jedi, Jedi, Jedi” until finally calling one “Sith.” The child who has been tapped“Sith” must get up and try to tag the “it” child, who runs around the circle. If they sit in the “Sith’s” place without being tagged then the “Sith” becomes “it”. If the child who is “it” is tagged, they have another go as “it.”
What Star Wars Character am I?: Write some Star Wars characters on pieces of paper. One child has a character’s name, that they have not seen, fixed to their forehead with masking tape. They ask the other children yes or no questions (Am I human? Am I a Jedi? etc. ) and try to work out who they are. If they guess correctly, it is the next child’s turn.
Piñata: These are available to buy on amazon and come in a variety of designs. Simply fill with sweets and treats such as stickers, tattoos etc and confetti or torn up tissue paper if you like. Then hang the piñata up and let the children whack it with a soft bat. When it is broken open then shake the remaining treats and confetti over the children and let them gather them up and put in their party bag. Top tip: make sure children who are not taking their go stand well back and keep a few treats back in case of someone missing out on something.
The Doughnut Eating Game: string some doughnuts on a string and see who can be first to eat their doughnut with hands held behind backs!
Guess How Many Sweets are in the Jar: to win the jar of sweeties!
Asteroid Balloon Pass: Line children up in two lines and race to pass the balloon along the line, first over the head and then through the legs!
Flour Mountain: fill a pudding bowl with flour and then turn over to create a flour mountain. Place a jelly baby on top and children take turns to remove a spoonful of flour without toppling the jelly baby. The one who knocks the jelly baby off must eat it with hands behind their back and gets a face full of flour!
Asteroid Balloon Race: Line the children up in two lines and race to pass the balloon along the line, keeping it up in the air. You could add extra challenges like only using elbows!
- WRITE UP A RUNNING ORDER
Suggested Running Order
We reckon around two hours is the perfect time for a party to last.
- Put on Party Music
- Hand out Space Sabres to your guests as they arrive
- Begin with your Starflyer Activity (which stragglers can join in with when they arrive)
- Free Play with balloons and/or another Party Game or Activity (see above)
- Dark Side Water Bead Activity
- Space Rock Pass the Parcel (if you have one)
- Party Food
- Force Sphere Game
- Free Play with balloons and space sabres or another 1 or 2 Games or Activities (see abovee)
- Hand out Party Bags and Swirly Lollipops as they leave.
- THE MUSIC: Kit & Caboodle have created a Star Wars Galaxy playlist on Spotify that you can use at your party. You can’t do better than the soundtrack from the original epic Star Wars film, A New Hope, to set the scene for your Star Wars Galaxy Party. Click here for the Kit & Caboodle Star Wars Galaxy Spotify Playlist.
- DOWNLOAD THE FREE K&C GALAXY PRINTABLES (OPTIONAL): Print and cut out the bunting then glue twine to the flags. Print and cut out the tent cards and write guest names or food labels.
- PREPARE THE DARK SIDE WATER BEAD ACTIVITY : Find a large container for your water beads. At least 24 hours before the party add approximately 1 litre of cold water for each 5g sachet of beads. Leave to soak for 24 hours, then drain the water off. Remove any packaging and hide the prizes in the beads.
- PREPARE THE FORCE SPHERE PARTY GAME: You could inflate the black marble force sphere balloons the night before the party if you like. Use the included pump and put them in the clear balloon bag ready for the party.
- HAVE A GO AT MAKING A STARFLYER: Just so things go smoothly on the day. (We have put a few extra in your kit).
- INFLATE YOUR SPACE SABRES: You might also want to do this the day before.
- MAKE AND ICE THE CAKE (if you are making one).
ON PARTY DAY
- BALLOONS AND DECORATIONS: Inflate the balloons using the included pump (or you could do this the night before). The standard sized balloons are 11”, the marble Force Sphere balloons are 10”, the giant black balloons are 36” and the giant silver balloons are 30”. Top Tip: You can use a hair dryer on cold setting to pump up the giant balloons as they can be tricky to do with the balloon pump. First inflate the balloon a little with the pump or your breath then attach to the hair dryer and blow until it is the right size. Try not to over-inflate the balloons as this increases the risk of them popping. Also keep giant balloons out of the sun as we have found they can pop in direct sunlight! Giant balloons are a lot of fun but they can knock things over so make sure you move your valuables from the party room! Take a look at our video tutorial on how to do inflate giant balloons with a hair dryer.
If you haven’t already done so place the Force Sphere balloons for the Force Sphere game in the balloon bag provided. (We realise the bag is a tad big! – but you could use it to store all the party the balloons if you blow them up the night before and it can also be used for rubbish when it comes to clear up). Then simply drape your fringe garland.
- PARTY TABLE: set out your tablecover, paper plates, cups, straws, napkins and sprinkle your confetti over your party table
- PREPARE THE FOOD: See above for ideas
- PREPARE THE CAKE: If you have a Stars Cake Decorating Kit sprinkle over your crushed oreos, arrange your glitter star sticks and place your blue glitter candles on the top. Finish by sprinkling on your space dust popping candy. Top tip: do this just before you serve as it will start popping when you put it on the cake!
- SET OUT THE PARTY ACTIVITIES:
- Space sabres
- Force Sphere balloons in the balloon bag
- The starflyer templates and some colouring pencils and crayons (felt tips can smudge). Top Tip: get them to write their names or initials on the starflyers so they don’t get mixed up.
- The Dark Side water beads with the prizes hidden in them.
- GET THE CAMERA READY AND ENJOY THE PARTY!
What they should go home with: Top tip: label your party bags and make sure kids add any prizes etc. they get during the party so they go home with all their loot.
- Space sabre
- Their personalised Starflyer
- Touchable bubbles prize from their Dark Side water bead game
- Prize if they are lucky winner of the Force Sphere game
- Prize if they are the lucky winner of the Starflyer activity
- A slice of cake (optional)
- Force Sphere balloon tied with ribbon (optional but it helps with the tidy up!)
We hope you have a fun party and your little one has a big day to remember! If you don’t already have a Star Wars Galaxy Party Kit they are available from Kit & Caboodle.