How to Make a No-Sew Jedi Robe

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Are you looking to make simple Jedi Robes but don’t want to pull out the sewing machine?  These no-sew Jedi Robes will be a big hit at your Star Wars Party or for everyday costume fun.

What You’ll Need:

  • thick felt or other fabric
  • scissors
  • tape measure
  • thick jute

For our no-sew Jedi Robes, I chose a thick felt as my fabric.  Canvas would have been cool, but I didn’t want it to fray and require a hem.  Felt is less likely to fray and much less expensive, making it the perfect material for our robes.  When figuring out how much to buy, plan on 18″ of width per child (ages 6-10).

(Note:  We will be using the fabric length the way it came on the bolt.  When unfolded, it measures about 42″, making each Jedi Robe 18″ x 42″.)

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Once you have your fabric, keep it folded the way it came on the bolt.  Measure and cut the fabric every 18 inches.

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Your material should look like this once cut (and still folded over).

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Now, unfold the material.  The half closest to you will be the front of the Jedi Robe and the farther half will be the back.  Pay particular attention to the crease in the fabric from being folded on the bolt.  We will be measuring up and down from this crease later.

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Next, fold the fabric length-wise to the right to find the center.  We are going to cut the fabric to allow for a comfortable place for your child’s neck.

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Cut along the left-side fold to create the slit.  You will cut from the bottom of the fabric up to 1.5 inches above the crease.

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With the top of your cut 1.5 inches above the crease, measure about 5 inches down from the crease.  This becomes the length of your neck indentation.  Cut as shown in the picture above.

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When you unfold your fabric, it should look like this.

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Now, fold it from top to bottom and you are done creating the Jedi Robe.

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Add thick jute roping as a belt and your no-sew Jedi Robe is complete!

I made several robes and hung them up for my son’s guests to wear.    And can I just tell you how cute cool those boys looked in their Jedi Robes?  Priceless.  They were very excited to enter Jedi training, make their own light sabers and fight the storm troopers.

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Of course, my little Rey had to get in on the fun, too!

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A Playful Dog and Cat Birthday Party

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If you have a child who loves dogs and cats, you’ll want to check out this dog and cat party for fun ideas and inexpensive decor inspiration!

My daughter turned 7 last year (yes, I know I am so late on sharing this party!).  More than dolls, more than legos, more than most other toys, this girl loves dogs.  Her bedroom isn’t filled with baby dolls.  It is filled with dog-stuffed animals.  So for this birthday celebration, it wasn’t hard for her to come up with a dog and cat birthday party theme.  And of course, all I need is a theme . . .

Take a look below at the food, decor, games and activities from this playful dog and cat birthday party!  And don’t miss my three favorite things about the party planning.

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The Food

At the party, we served an assortment of yummy snacks and treats:  Buttered Popcorn, Dog Treats (Cocoa Puffs), Balls of Yarn (Oreo truffles), Cat Treats (Goldfish crackers), Chocolate Paws (from molds like these), Chew Sticks (Twizzlers) Cupcakes and Ice Cream.

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All of my food labels had a background of light pink paw prints.  Unfortunately, they are not showing up in my photos very well.

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The cupcakes were chocolate with homemade buttercream frosting.  I made the cupcake wrappers with my Cameo and a “Woof Woof” wood block stamp.

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Chocolate milk in glass milk bottles with fun pink striped straws.  Cats love milk, right?  The chocolate milk made it more of a treat.
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When the kids were sitting at the table, I told them that we needed to give their dogs (see below) vitamins.  The pink pearly Sixlets were the “vitamins” served in Wilton white nut cups.

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The Decor

For our centerpiece, I wanted to mix dog bones and balls of yarn that looked like the cats had already begun to play.  I wrapped styrofoam balls with aqua and pink stripe yarn and left a trail of yarn on the table.  I hot glued dog bones to the spray painted cans and set everything to rest on newspaper (think paper training).

Party Planning Favorite #1:  I love using spray paint for decor.  It is an inexpensive way to reinforce the color scheme you have selected for the party.  Find something you already have or shop the dollar store.

 

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All of my surfaces were covered in brown craft paper (something else I love).  I added the paw print stamps (like this one) to each place setting, as well as on the white balloons.

Party Planning Favorite #2:  Use something out of the ordinary that your guests wouldn’t expect.  For this party, I used actual stainless steel dog bowls to serve the cupcakes and ice cream.  It was perfect and quite funny!

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Here is the room at a glance:

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(Please don’t mind the dirt and weeds.  This was before we did landscaping at the new house.)

The Games & Activities

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Our guests were greeted at the door with paw print floor clings (so inexpensive!) leading to our Adoption Center.

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Each child could pick from the assorted dogs to find a new friend to take home.

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Then, it was time to make collars for their new friends with pipe cleaners and beads, including these Alphabet Beads so that the puppies’ names could be spelled out.

Party Planning Favorite #3:  I love playing into kids’ imagination.  I acted like their dogs were real.  I told the kids that they had to train them . . . to sit, to obey and not to go the bathroom in the house!  The kids thought it was fun and I enjoyed watching them tell their little dogs how they needed to act.

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Adoption paperwork was filled out and the adoption finalized!  Then, it was time for games.

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I buried candy in a litter box filled with rice.  The kids took turns digging to find the treats.  * * Rice will get on your floor.  You’ll notice remnants in a later picture!

When the kids found their candy, I gave them . . . how do I say this . . . waste bags for their goodies.  You know the kind of bags that you are supposed to take with you when you walk your dog so that you can clean up any mess?  Yeah, that’s it.  I picked up a couple rolls at Dollar Tree.

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Next came the Doggie Ears Game.  I put balls (tennis balls are best, but baseballs work too) into a new pair of tights.  The kids had to wear the tights on their heads and try to knock down bottles of “toilet water.”

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Dog Bone Toss:  The kids had to toss dog bones and try to get them in the collars.  Simple, but fun.

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Our last game was a Milk Bone search.  While the kids played in the basement taking care of their new dogs, we hid Milk Bones all over the first floor.  The kids had a blast running around in search of dog bones.  Several of the kids wanted to take them home . . . even though they didn’t have a dog!?!

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Before my daughter’s friends left, we handed out favors.  The kids received little frisbees and these dog and cat boxes (made with my Cameo).  Inside the boxes were:  Puppy Paw Friendship Bracelets, Whistle Bracelets (for training) and a couple pieces of candy.

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One thing my daughter had requested on her invitation was that guests bring a small donation for the local humane shelter.  We gave suggestions like a roll of paper towels, a can of pet food or a small toy.  Her friends brought quite a bit and my daughter was so excited to take everything to the shelter.

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Happy Birthday to my dog-loving, sweet girl!  

 

Thanks so much for hanging with me.  I hope you enjoyed taking a look at our Dog and Cat Birthday Party!

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A Skate in the Woods ~ This Year’s Gingerbread Party

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I love our annual Gingerbread Party!  It ties so many fun things together:  tradition, creativity, family and candy.  Today, I’m sharing the photos from our little party.  I really wanted the tablescape to feel like a skate in the woods.  You know, that picturesque frozen pond where the local kids with the striped red and white scarves gather to skate on the ice.

It sounds so lovely . . . and scary.  Would I let my kids skate on a pond of unknown ice thickness?  Probably not . . . .

Anyway, grab your hot cocoa and take a look.  May you find inspiration for your own winter gathering, gingerbread party or sweet tooth.

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When I plan a Gingerbread Party, I like to offer a large assortment of candy for the imagination.

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Each year, I waver back and forth on whether I will make the gingerbread or buy a ready-made kit.  This year, I opted for the kit.  But when I make my own (which is much more tasty and delicious), I use a cast iron mold.

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How to Save Money for Your Gingerbread Party:  Host your party in January.  This will allow you to buy the majority of your candy the day after Christmas for half the price.  If I am using kits, this is also the day I purchase those.  It saves so much money!

 

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We decorated the houses up at the counter which was covered with a piece of white kraft paper.

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What do think?  If you like this party, check out our Valentine’s Gingerbread Party.  

Fun Football Party Decor: How to Make a Burlap Banner

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The big football game is getting close!  My husband is watching loads of football and I’m busy prepping for a little watch party.  Of course, my husband is in it for the game itself and the food.  But my fun is thinking through themed decor and easy snacks.  Today, I am sharing how to make a great burlap banner, strung on eyelets (grommets) that will add a touch of rustic decor to your football party.

And for this tutorial, I’ve made it super easy for you!  I have the templates all ready to go and I will be sharing my secret for burlap banners that don’t curl or fray.

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Here is What You’ll Need to Make a TOUCHDOWN Burlap Banner:

  • Burlap Sheets (see below for explanation)
  • Printed Templates (for best results, print the pennant on card stock and the letters on copy paper)
  • Scissors
  • Pen and Pencil
  • 1/4 inch Large Eyelets & Eyelet Tool
  • Hammer
  • A Piece of Chalk
  • Black Acrylic Paint and Brush (a blunt, straight edge is easiest)
  • Jute

Download the FREE templates here:
Touchdown Banner Pennant Template
Touchdown Letters for Burlap Banner

To begin, print the templates and cut out the pennant template along the line.  Printing the pennant on card stock will allow your template to stand up to more use.  (Wait until later to cut the letters.)

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My secret tip for burlap:  If you want pennants that hang well, forgo the bolt of traditional burlap.  Instead, pick up a pack of burlap reinforced sheets, which won’t curl or fray.  They are found in the scrapbook section of the craft store and can be bought as 12×12 sheets.

Trace the pennant template on the sheets of burlap and cut out nine pennants.  If you are using 12×12, you will be able to fit three flags on a page.

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For the first pennant, you may wish to mark where you would like the eyelets to go.  I marked only the first one and eye-balled the rest.

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With scissors, you will need to cut a small “X” where the eyelet belongs.  Do this by folding the burlap over in each direction and giving the material a little snip.

TIP:  Practice cutting and adding an eyelet to a scrap piece of burlap first.  You may find that to fit the eyelet properly, you may have to make larger snips.

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Check the package instructions for adding the eyelet.  Basically, you will fit the two coordinating pieces of the eyelet on the top and bottom of the material at your cut hole.  Give it a little squeeze to know you have it in place.  Then, put the tool on the eyelet and hammer the eyelet closed.  (If you have a different type of tool, follow the manufacturer’s instructions.)

I LOVE doing this!  Be careful to watch the surface on which you are working.  Inserting eyelets with the tool and a hammer can crack tile and damage your favorite wood table.  And that would be so very sad.

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This is what the pennant will look like when done.  Isn’t this the coolest?  Let’s be honest with each other . . . aren’t you asking yourself what else around your house could use an eyelet?

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Now, you are ready to start with the letters.  Do not cut out the letters along the line.  Rather, give yourself as much border as the template allows.

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Turn the letter over.  If you used copy paper for the letter template, you will be able to see through to the lines.  Chalk good coverage over the lines of each letter.

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It is a bit challenging to see in the photo, but you may notice I gave the letter a thick outline of chalk.

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Next, flip the letter over and place it on the pennant.  With a pencil, scribble over the outline of the letter.  Try to only scribble on the line itself and inward on the letter.  Why scribble?  If we were working with wood, drawing over the outline of the letter once would do the job.  But with burlap, it needs a little more love to make our chalk outline show up.

TIP:  If you want your letters to be in the same spot on each pennant, measure down from the top of the pennant to the top of the letter and do so consistently for each letter.

 

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Voila!  Now, you are ready to paint.

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Paint the border of your letter first and then focus on filling in the rest.  Be sure to cover the chalk with black paint.

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Last, string together your burlap banner with jute and place in a spot for all to see.

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I hung my TOUCHDOWN banner from the mantel, right above my snacks and other football paraphernalia.  I wanted to keep my snacks simple, so while I was at Walmart, I picked up Cape Cod Potato Chips and Emerald Nuts.

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These Cape Cod Kettle Cooked Potato Chips are delicious and crispy.  We couldn’t stop eating them!

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For the Emerald Nuts, I bought the individual 100 Calorie Packs in Dry Roasted Almonds, Almonds & Walnuts, Cashew Halves & Pieces and Salt & Pepper Cashews.  Two things I love about individual servings as a party food:  there is something fun about grabbing a food that is all yours and I like that I can set it out well in advance of my guests’ arrival.  No spoiling!

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I also served two kinds of cheese cubes and soda with fun, striped straws.  Easy peasy, right?

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Here is where I found the chips and nuts at the store:

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I am thrilled how everything looked.  This burlap banner may be hanging here for quite a while!

Will you be hosting for the big game?  What will you be serving to keep it simple?  Get more ideas here.

 

Pineapple Citrus Cooler for a New Year’s Brunch

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I love any reason to celebrate.  However, there is something uniquely special about throwing a New Year’s party.  Maybe I am just sentimental, but I love the idea of reflecting back over the previous year while at the same time feeling the excitement for new opportunities and adventures.

For this party, I hosted a little New Year’s Brunch.  I chose a color scheme of citrus-orange, white and gold.  I wanted that clean, fresh feeling to meet head on with the glitz and glimmer of a New Year’s celebration.  At many of my parties, I feature a fantastic drink that fits perfectly into my theme.  This year was no different.  I created a delicious and refreshing Pineapple Citrus Cooler that my guests loved.  The bonus?  It’s healthy.  What a great way to start off the new year!

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I served the drinks on a beautiful gold tray (catch the DIY below) as my guests arrived.  I love putting something in my guests’ hands when they walk in the door.  For some people, having something to fidget with can make them feel more comfortable.  Plus, a fun drink at arrival is welcoming and hospitable.

Let me show you the WHOLE party . . . from the menu and how to make the buffet risers to the festive decor and this yummy pineapple citrus cooler recipe.

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Planning a Tablescape

When I plan a tablescape, I purposely want my guests’ eyes to be drawn to different levels on the table top.  I will use cake plates, risers and other props to elevate my platters.  For this brunch, I wanted a clean look which would require simple risers or boxes to lift my food off the surface of the table.  No draping fabric or other flowing materials on this table!

In much of my party planning, spray paint is a frequent friend.  Last summer, I discovered gold spray paint.  It is ah-mazing!  I was so enthralled, I even painted some rocks in my yard and hid them in the woods to surprise my kids.  For this party, I used a combination of gold and orange for the risers on the buffet table.

The boxes came from a craft store (at 50% off which is always good when you know you are immediately going to change and repurpose the original product).

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The boxes took several coats of paint but I was thrilled how they turned out.

HELPFUL TIP:  If you are struggling with coverage over certain colors (like orange spray paint over my chevron patterned box), throw a coat of white paint on the box.  I was having a difficult time getting my orange to hide the contrasting chevron lines, but once I put a coat of white over the entire thing, the orange took much better.

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For a pretty tray to hold my festive drinks, I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted.  So I spray painted this bamboo tray with my gold paint.  Can you see why I love spray paint for party decor?

HELPFUL TIP:  Be sure to add a coat of sealer on items that will hold drinks to avoid water marks.

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Now, let’s take a look at how to make this delicious Pineapple Citrus Cooler:

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I ran to Walmart to pick up the ingredients and I love that this recipe isn’t anything too difficult.  You’ll just need to chop some pineapple and squeeze an orange.  Everything else is super simple.

Pineapple Citrus Cooler Ingredients (1 Serving)

1.    1/2 Cup Pineapple Chunks
2.    1/2 Cup Pineapple Juice
3.    1/2 Cup Crushed Ice
4.    The Juice of 1/2 an Orange
5.    One Packet of Emergen-C “Super Orange”

Fresh fruit garnish optional.

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Put the pineapple chunks in a blender.

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Add pineapple juice …

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… the freshly squeezed orange juice …

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… and ice.

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Blend until smooth.

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Then, add one packet of Emergen-C and stir by hand.  This will make the drink fizzy and add healthy vitamins, nutrients and electrolytes.  For years, I have had Emergen-C on hand in my pantry and love how it makes me feel refreshed and replenished . . . especially during the winter months, when staying healthy is important to me.

Plus, the B Vitamins enhance energy naturally* (and who wouldn’t appreciate that?).  Hooray for an easy and delicious way to take vitamins that are important to a healthy lifestyle.  There are several different flavors you can try.  They are all good, but Super Orange is my favorite!

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I added a glittery gold stirrer and striped straw, along with fresh fruit garnish.  So pretty!

HELPFUL TIP:  When garnishing with orange slices, make sure your slice is not too thin.  If you cut the orange thin, the flesh of the orange will not be strong enough to hold your orange in place.  A little thicker of a garnish will do the trick!

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New Year’s Brunch Menu

This menu was such fun to plan.  Here is what I served:

> Breakfast Casserole

> Fruit Kabobs (served on the same gold stirrers as in the drink)

> Yogurt & Granola Cups

>Tea Sandwiches

> Blueberry Muffins

> Cucumber Canapes

> Assorted Cheesecake

> Chocolate Cake

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Our New Year’s Brunch was such fun.  Everyone stayed much longer than I expected, which only means one thing . . . a good time!

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Here is where I found my items in the store:

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Do you have a healthy drink recipe you like for parties?  Check out more from Emergen-C, including getting your own free sample.  

 

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

 

Galactic Star Wars Party Games & Activities

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We are back for more of my son’s 9th birthday party.  It was a small party with just a few boys, but they had a blast.  I had created fun decor and themed food, but what I think the boys liked most were the Star Wars party games and activities we had planned.

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Before the party, I had made Jedi Robes for the kids to wear.  Tutorial coming soon. Super-simple, no-sew tunics that the boys wore during the party and then took home afterwards.  They looked so cute (although don’t tell them that!).

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Our first activity was to make Light Sabers.  I had put together the station, but we actually all just sat on the floor and worked on our creations.

I was ready with:

Make sure you are buying duck tape and not washi tape.  Your Jedi will put a lot of wear and tear on their light sabers.  The tape needs to be secure.

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To Get the Kids Started on DIY Light Sabers:

Have them make an “X” out of silver duct tape covering one of the ends.  These two pieces should cover the entire end and creep over onto the grip.

Then, put single wraps of tape around the grip working up the handle.  Our Jedi did about 3-3.5 widths of the tape for their handle.  This provides a base for the light saber grip to be decorated.

Next, let the kids use their creativity to design their light saber.  Make bands of different colors in any direction.  Don’t forget to use a bit of tape to make the on/off button!

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Once our light sabers were done, I told the boys that now it was time to take on the Stormtrooper army that had landed in the basement.

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Before the party, I purchased 12 white helium balloons.  Looking at this google image and with a Sharpie marker, I drew a Stormtrooper helmet on each balloon.  I am not an artist, but I am a decent copier.  So with a good movie on in the background, I drew Stormtrooper after Stormtrooper.  It will be a skill that comes in handy someday . . . I just know it.

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My growing army!

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Now for the fun!  The boys came flying down the garbage shoot (aka the slide into our unfinished basement) and began fighting the Stormtroopers.  I had taped the balloons to the carpet using 3-4 pieces of tape to hold the balloons securely.  Know that no matter what you do, the balloons will eventually come loose . . . young Jedi are strong!

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This was the best part of the party!  The boys ran all around and beat the Stormtroopers.  At one point, they closed their eyes and walked through trying to use “the force” to tell them where the enemies were (although some peeked).

Dan was down in the basement as well and when the battle was wrapping up, I told the boys that Dan was Darth Vader and they all went after him.  I thought it was quite funny!  Hee Hee  😉

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After the battle, we enjoyed a Pizza the Hutt dinner, Vader Veggies and all kinds of themed treats.  Then, we spent the rest of the evening watching The Empire Strikes Back (boys’ choice).

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The boys went home with their Jedi Robes, Light Sabers and favor bags.  I printed and cut the Storm Trooper faces with my Cameo and glued them to white gift bags.  Inside the bags were:  a chocolate Millenium Falcon (made with this mold), Pop Rocks, mini Milky Ways and a Star Wars toy.  One thing I like about inviting fewer children is that I can spend more money on things like a toy in the gift bag.  It gets pretty pricey if you try to include a $5 toy in 10 kids’ favor bags!

It was a galactic party and one we will remember for a long, long time.

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Galactic Star Wars Party Ideas: Decor & Food

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Do you have a young Jedi?  For the last year, my own Jedi has been looking forward to a Star Wars themed party.  Now, I know that I am often telling you that I have found [another] new favorite party theme but how can I not feel that way when we’re talking Han Solo, Chewbacca, BB-8 and so many more loved characters from a story far, far away!  If you are looking for Star Wars party ideas, you are in the right place.

Our galactic party was so much fun.  We invited only a couple boys, keeping the party small.  It reminded me of my daughter’s Alice in Wonderland party where there was a total of four kids.  LOVE!  But instead of falling into a rabbit hole, we hopped into hyper space, made light sabers and fought Storm Troopers!

For this party, I kept things more along the lines of the original trilogy but did enjoy pulling in a couple things from The Force Awakens.  Today, I will be sharing some of our Star Wars party ideas in regards to food and decor.  Let’s take a look!

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The Star Wars Tablescape:  I decided to go off track from the traditional Star Wars colors.  I found this great Tie-fighter sign on clearance at Hobby Lobby and from this, drew the color scheme of dark blue and lime green.  I already had the table cloth from our Finding Dory party and added an un-folded plastic (shhh!) table cloth as the runner.

Because I didn’t want to break the bank on the backdrop, I opted for twisted streamers.  I considered Star Wars curtains and other fabrics, but this was so easy and cost all of $2.00.

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Thr R2-D2 bowls are from Amazon and looked great holding the snacks.  I like them so much and will pull them out every May 4th for Star Wars Day.  Also on the table are two Star Wars toys.  We made great use of so many of my son’s Star Wars paraphernalia.

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What do you serve at a Star Wars party?  A quick look on Pinterest will give you many ideas.  Here is what I opted for:

Pizza the Hutt
Vader Veggies
Padawan Popcorn
Han Rolos
Wookie Cookies
Ewok Treats
BB-8 Cupcakes
Yoda Soda

I also served an assortment of Star Wars themed chocolates made from these molds.

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The Padawan Popcorn was freshly popped popcorn with salted peanuts, blue and green M&M’s (don’t ask what happened to the other colors…A girl has gotta stay in theme!), and also pretzel sticks dipped in red chocolate to look like light sabers.

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Of course, the Han Rolos were just the regular Rolos candy.  The Wookie Cookies were from Aldi, although this Keebler version or Girl Scout Samosas would work well, too.

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The Ewok treats were Teddy Grahams.  I love it when I can buy a good portion of the party treats and have less to make myself.

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The cupcakes were inspired by BB-8 with orange, white and silver sprinkles.  This past summer, I discovered color mist.  I love it!  It makes adding a little color to frosting so easy.  Yes, I could have dyed the frosting and but the mist looks so much cooler!  star-wars-party-ideas-6

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When I served the cupcakes, I put a light saber cupcake topper in each one.  So simple, but the boys were elated!

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On the counter, I served Pizza the Hutt, a little platter of Vader Veggies with dip and fun Star Wars themed chocolates made from these molds.  My favorite was the peanut butter flavored Han Solo in carbonite.

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The Yoda Soda was a hit and so easy with just two ingredients:  Green Berry Rush Hawaiian Punch and Sprite.

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I used the chocolate molds to make ice as well.  I asked each kid if they wanted to join the rebellion or the dark side.  Depending on their answer, they got X-wing, Darth Vader and/or Storm Trooper ice cubes.

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A little “I Am Your Water” from Darth Vader.

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Extra Decor:

I had picked up these string light covers at a garage sale last year.  My son thought they looked like the Death Star so it was a win-win for atmosphere when it was dark and movie time.

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Doesn’t everybody have a Boba Fett head tucked away?

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More of my son’s action figures strategically placed around the house. . . However, when I was writing for my Motherhood On a Dime post, after working on all my pictures, I noticed an Ewok in my primary image.  Yeesh.

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If you’re ready to take on the First Order, come back next week to find out the three activities that really made this party a galactic hit.  

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How to Throw a Fun & Creative FINDING DORY Party

Fun & Creative Finding Dory Party Ideas

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Every time I throw another party, I find a new theme with which to fall in love.  Looking at the details, getting creative and planning some memory-making fun . . . this Finding Dory party was no different!

An aquatic-themed party is not new to my household.  We’ve done Little Mermaid, Octonauts and Luau parties.  But Finding Dory was such a fun movie that I couldn’t wait to revisit the open sea.

So let’s dive right in!  Here are our fun and creative Finding Dory party ideas from our family birthday celebration.

 

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Welcome Your Guests in Typical Dory Style.

The new movie continues the story line of Dory’s short term memory loss.  Play this up as you welcome your guests into the party.  Ask them why they are here.  Dory would have forgotten.

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Once your guests are inside, play it up again.  After seeing Dory at the front door, my guests met her inside as well.  She is so quick to forget, isn’t she?

I decorated around the framed sign with two large conch shells and a galvanized bucket filled with Dory Fruit Snacks.

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Introduce Other Characters from the Movie.

Destiny, Bailey, Hank and Becky are just some of the fun new characters introduced in Finding Dory.  I purchased a clipart set on Etsy to use for signs and other party printables.  I also purchased a set of Dory characters and topped my cake with Hank.

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In making the cake, I used Wilton Tip 12 for the design and then sprayed the cake with color mist for a quick variation in color.  Oh boy was this easier than dying frosting!

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Serve Drinks in Individual Fish Bowls . . . Yes, You Read That Right!

Inspired by Laura’s party, I purchased 29 glass bowls from the Dollar Tree and served “Ocean Water” in the fish bowls.  It is very difficult to drink directly from the bowl, so be sure to add cute striped straws.

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If you are worried about people mixing up their bowls since you’re not using the traditional red party cup and a sharpie, here is what you can do:

Put pieces of washi tape on one or two glass picture frames.  Washi tape is very forgiving when peeling it off glass items.  Write your guests names on the washi tape before the party, then they will easily be able to label their bowls so as not to confuse their drinks with others’.

With the labels on the front of the glass, you can place instructions keeping “in theme” behind the glass of the frame.  This is what I shared on the printouts with Dory and Becky.

“Don’t be a Dory and forget which fish bowl belongs to you.  Find your name and put it on your drink.”

“Don’t mix up your fish bowls.  Becky can help.  Just stare in her eyes and find your name.”

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Create a Fun Tablescape

For the backdrop, I made use of my bead board and fish netting as well as a Finding Dory poster.  In the netting, I weaved a handful of starfish and finished off the look with quotes from the movie (made with my Cameo).

Just Keep Swimming * That’s A Lot of Eyeballs Doing Nothing
There’s Always A Way * You Know, I Speak Whale
I’m Okay With Crazy * Bad Squishy

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In the movie, Dory’s parents leave a trail of shells and Dory’s mom especially loves purple shells.  This led me to weave a line of purple shells among the snacks and drinks.

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For munching, I served three kinds of goldfish and blue saltwater taffy.

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Make Use of Themed Signs

Have some fun playing on different parts of the movie.  On the way to the basement (where we ate), was the above sign with Sigourney Weaver’s line from the Marine Life Institute.  I also put a Quarantine sign on the bathroom door, and for the kids’ place cards, each tag had a picture of a character from the movie.

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A Creative Non-Seafood Menu

I reached back into Finding Nemo for the line, “Fish are friends, not food.”  Since I was not serving any seafood, this seemed like a natural way to start the buffet line.

Step it Up with Fun Utensils 

I love wood utensils.  They add something unique to a party but I also like the fact that you can customize them for your particular party theme or color scheme.  I took some simple acrylic paint and painted the ends (as seen in the above photo).
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Go Under the Sea with Live Centerpieces

Keep things swimming with goldfish in a variety of bowls and beakers (pulling from the movie) arranged on your dining tables.  My plan was to send a couple of the families with young kids home with fish.  However somehow, I still sit here with 13 12 goldfish.  Hmmm….

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And in case you missed this post . . . yes, that is a slide in the back of the basement.  The basement is unfinished but hey, we have carpet remnants and a slide.  Good enough for me.  😉

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Go Color Strong with Tables

Tables are a great place to go strong with the color scheme.  I stuck with Dory’s blue and yellow for the tablecloths.  The yellow runner is simply a plastic tablecloth not quite unfolded all the way.  It works, doesn’t it?

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A Fun Memory Game

We always play a game at our family parties.  But this time, it was two hours before the party and I still hadn’t finalized the plans.  I knew I wanted some memory based game to play off the “Don’t be a Dory [forgetful]” line from the movie.

So sitting around the kitchen island, Dan, our friends Tara and Jon, and I came up with this “Don’t be a Dory.  What’s your story?” party game.  Each guest was asked to fill out the form with these three questions:

  1.  What is your favorite candy bar?
  2. Name a movie that you’ve seen this summer.
  3. What Olympic event would you like to win a gold medal in?

All completed forms were spread out on the dining room table and guests were invited to review each other’s answers.  Later in the evening, we gathered everyone together and Dan asked a question (or all questions) from a particular sheet.  For example, who can remember the movie that Jody saw this summer.  The first person to shout out the answer won the page and the person with the most pages at the end of the game was the winner.  It was fun to see how many people remembered so many of the answers.  Not nearly as many Dory’s as I thought!

The top two winners received this as a prize – – >

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Tag ’em and Send ’em Off to “the Cleveland”

In the movie, Dory is mistakenly tagged with a transport tag that identifies her as one of the fish being sent to the Cleveland Aquarium.  For our party favor, I wrapped a Cleveland Aquarium brochure (with coupon) around a box of Swedish Fish.  The tag read like Dory’s, “TRANSPORT 3181” with the addition of “Thank you for coming!”

And thank YOU for swimming with us for this Finding Dory party.  I hope you are finding inspiration for your celebration.

Until next time,

Just Keep Swimming!

 

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