May the 4th Be With You!
Ideas for the perfect non-Pinterest Star Wars Party
For those of you not living under a rock – Star Wars is a big thing. Many of us grew up loving the movies, playing with the toys and wearing our hair in Leia’s star puffs. And now, thanks to a new generation of movies, we can pass the torch (or lightsaber) on to our kids – to live and love the movies just like we did!
So, just in time to celebrate your inner child and spend some incredibly fun, creative time with your family – make the most of the day by throwing your own May the 4th Be With You party!
Now before you jump to Pinterest to find out what’s been done and how it’s supposed to look – Stop. Don’t. Instead, go to your kids. Make it a joint effort of brainstorming and creativity. Don’t worry about it being perfect – or even Instagram worthy. Just have fun! My children will often come to me with odd, misshapen objects that they’ve made with recycled copy paper, crayons, and random bits of felt or string all stuck together with too much scotch tape. And the smile on their face says it all – they LOVE what they have created. Let them share in the decisions and ideas, and it will be a memory they will cherish.
Here are some ideas to make your Star Wars day out of this world:
Plan a fun menu of Star Wars themed foods such as, Wookie Cookies, Greedo grapes, Skywalker slush, or Luke and Leia linguini. Label them and then have everyone vote for their favorite. The possibilities with food ideas are almost endless!
photo credit AllThingsWithPurpose.com
Come up with a few games/activities like pin the “eyes” on a picture of C-3PO. Or give the kids a lightsaber toy and a balloon and see how long they can keep the balloon from touching the ground. They can also use items from the recycling bin, LEGO or Playdoh to create creatures or places from the movies – then people have to guess what/who it is. More game ideas can be found on AllThingsWithPurpose.com.
(pin the antenna on BB-8)
Give prizes for best costumes and food ideas. This can be as easy as knighting them with a lightsaber and having everyone refer to them as “Master” for the rest of the evening.
Remember, the reason we do things like this is to spend time with our families sharing in the things that we love. If you put too much pressure on yourself and others, we take the fun out of it and it just becomes an added stress. And who wants that?!
Making memories isn’t about being able to post about it on Facebook. It’s about family. It’s sitting down 20 years later at your daughters May the 4th Be With You party, listening to your kids talk about how fun it was that one time when they made Mom a Princess Leia dress out of toilet paper. And you’ll sit back, take a sip of your Yoda Soda, and have no regrets.
Written by Cathy Taylor. Cathy is a stay at mom to 5 amazing children and wife to a dedicated School Teacher.