A Star Wars party theme is an excellent choice because it works for all – young and old. The long-running series includes the original films, TV shows, video games, and much more, giving you plenty of material to work with to throw the best theme party ever.
Here are 17 of our favorite Star Wars party ideas to make any fan a happy camper.
1. DIY No-Sew Jedi Robes
What always makes a theme party the best party? When you can dress up, of course. If you have a bunch of little wannabe-Jedis running around, make them each their very own Jedi robe. This no-sew project is super easy and will make everyone happy without breaking the bank or your patience.
Using nothing more than large rectangles of craft felt, scissors, and another piece of felt for the belt, and you’re good to go. With just a few cuts, strategic placement, and a tightly tied belt, all of your partygoers will be rocking the Jedi robe look.
Just check out this site for the full instructions!
2. Party Favor Bags
You can hardly throw a Star Wars party without handing out some cool Star Wars favor bags, and these can be super easy to pull off. All you need are some small black favor bags from your local party store and some creativity.
Make the bags festive by printing out some of the top Star Wars characters, like storm troopers, Darth Vader, Yoda, and more. Cut them out and glue them to the favor bags and leave them out on a designated table. That way, partygoers can pick their favorite character.
You can fill the bag with all kinds of goodies, but we’ll leave you with a few ideas:
- Star Wars booklets
- Star Wars Legos
- Decorated cookies
- Mini chocolate bars with printed Star Wars images glued on
- Keychain lightsabers
Get creative! Check out your local party store – they’re bound to have some fun theme-related goodies that you can toss in these bags to make them exciting for kids.
3. Good vs. Evil Theme
If you know anything about Star Wars, you know that good versus evil is a huge plot point. From the Sith Lords to the Jedi, there’s an ongoing battle between the dark side and the light side. You can easily implement this theme throughout your party.
Use the theme in your decorating. A blue and red color scheme is an excellent place to start, since good characters often use a blue lightsaber, while evil characters always use a red one. Set these colors on a black background, and you’re good to go.
To reinforce this theme, you can also sprinkle various characters throughout your food tables, desserts, games, decorations, and dishes. Toss in some Yoda here and some Darth Vader there, interspersed with plenty of stormtroopers, droids, and Jedi.
You can even have your guests choose a side as they walk in with themed name tags. Create both light side and dark side name tags and have everyone take their pick. You could also create Darth Vader and Yoga pins for everyone to take and attach to their shirts.
4. Star Wars Ice Cream Bar
Any party that has an ice cream bar is a winner, but if you can make it Star Wars themed, you’re going to have some excited guests.
Start with the basics: stick to vanilla and chocolate ice cream. Not only are you basically guaranteed to have two flavors that everyone likes, but you can label the vanilla the “Light Side Ice Cream” and the chocolate the “Dark Side Ice Cream.”
Everything else is up to you. You can use any kind of toppings you want but get super creative with what you call them. For example, put out some chocolate candy rocks but call them moon rocks instead. You can make your own labels, or you can check out these impressive pre-made printouts.
If you want to go all-out, look for some themed bowls and spoons as well. You can easily find paper bowls with fun Star Wars prints on the theme, or you can purchase containers shaped like Darth Vader’s helmet and Yoda’s head.
5. Life-Sized Lightsabers
A Star Wars party just isn’t quite right without any lightsabers. Buying toy lightsabers for 20+ kids can get very expensive, very fast, so creative solutions are the way to go.
Make giant lightsabers by using pool noodles. Get them in green, blue, and red, and simply use black and silver duct tape to create the handle on one end. You can easily cut these foam noodles to size and stick them in a large box.
Let the kids grab their favorite color and go at it. The best part about these lightsabers is that they are foam, so you don’t have to worry about anyone getting hurt.
If you really want to take the party up a notch, you can even set aside some activity time and let the kids make their own lightsaber. They can choose their color, decide how long they want it to be, and create their own handles using different colored duct tape.
6. Storm Trooper Cupcakes
There are so many ways to get creative with cakes and desserts these days, but this idea keeps it simple yet fun. Since stormtroopers are highly recognizable characters in the Star Wars saga, it’s only right that they get their place in the party.
Start by making some simple vanilla cupcakes. Top them with any kind of white frosting. You can even toy around with the flavor if you want, as long as they stay white.
Take large white marshmallows and draw on them with a food-grade black marker to recreate the design of their faces. Once you’re finished, stick the stormtrooper marshmallow head on top of the white frosting, and there you have it.
If you’re not a particularly artistic person, you can also purchase storm trooper cupcake toppers and stick them in the white frosting, same as the marshmallows.
7. Play the Movie
This one is simple: give the people what they want! If you’re throwing a Star Wars party for a bunch of Star Wars fanatics, you’re likely to become a quick favorite when you announce that you’re starting the movie.
There are so many Star Wars movies to choose from, so have the room take a vote. Or, simply let the guest of honor decide. If this is a birthday party, then the birthday boy or girl gets to choose the movie.
Play the movie and let everyone take their snacks into the screening room. Guests can sit dressed in their costumes, with their stormtrooper cupcakes, and digging through their goodie bags as they enjoy the film.
Not only will the kids be happy, but it’s a great way to take up a good chunk of time without having to plan several activities or games to keep everyone entertained.
8. Princess Leia Headbands
Not every little girl wants to be a Jedi – some of them love the strong character of Princess Leia. One of the best ways to get into the Star Wars spirit is to emulate Leia’s iconic hair buns, and there’s a super easy and fun way to do that.
You will need the following to create some pretty awesome buns:
- Brown headbands
- Brown yarn
- Brown foam
- Hot glue gun
- Masking tape
By following these steps, you can easily create a beautiful braided Princess Leia bun. When the projects are all complete, you can simply wear the buns like a headband. All the little girls will be thrilled to look exactly like their favorite character.
If you’re dealing with older kids, you may be able to set up a craft table and have everyone make their own buns. However, for younger children, this may be a project to prepare yourself ahead of time so they can just enjoy the end result.
9. Death Star Pinata
Party stores are fantastic at creating and selling fabulous pinatas, but did you know that you can create your own? And – more than that – you can make one that looks exactly like the Death Star. If you have the creative spirit and excitement for theme parties, you will love this project.
All you need to complete this project is an inflatable beach ball, strips of newspaper, paper mache glue mix, and plenty of paint. Essentially, you create the shape of your pinata by dipping the pieces of newspaper into the paper mache glue mix and layering them over the beach ball.
Once the newspaper dries, you can pop and deflate the beach ball beneath, cutting a hole to pull it out and fill the inside with candy.
This process takes dedication and a lot of patience, but the smiles it’s going to earn you will be priceless in the end. Just follow this simple tutorial for step by step instructions.
10. R2-D2 Trash Cans
If you really want to go all-out with this Star Wars theme, you can use your existing trash cans or buy some cheap plastic ones and turn them into R2-D2 – the fun-loving and mischievous little droid from the original Star Wars movies.
Find yourself a round, white plastic trashcan with a half-circle swinging lid. Then, using either colored duct tape or permanent markers (or a combination of both), you can match the design to look exactly like the little white, blue, and black robot.
The fun thing about this trick is that while you can do it on a large kitchen trash can, you can also use mini-sized trash cans and place them throughout the party scene. The smaller size is great for kids and perfect for tabletops, and the extra droids hanging around will definitely enhance the Star Wars atmosphere.
11. Princess Leia Cupcakes
There’s so much that you can do with cupcakes, it’s almost unreal. The theme for your Star Wars party can go in a lot of different directions. An all-boys party might prefer storm troopers and Darth Vader, but if you’re dealing with a mixed crowd or an all-girls party, you’ll definitely want to include some fierce female power.
Princess Leia cupcakes are adorable and easy to make. Like with the stormtroopers, simply start by making vanilla cupcakes topped with white frosting. Using black decorating frosting, you can create her bangs and her eyes. Use a pink decorating frosting for her smile.
Last – but most certainly not least – take two chocolate cookies to create Princess Leia’s iconic hairstyle. Use a dab of frosting to stick a cookie to each side of the cupcake, with the end result looking exactly like a pair of hair buns.
12. Lightsaber Pretzels
There are tons of ways to incorporate lightsabers into your party – and with a theme like this, it’s pretty much a necessity. One of the easiest ways to ensure everyone has some fun with lightsabers is to make chocolate-covered pretzels.
Get yourself a couple of bags of large pretzel rods as well as plenty of white chocolate. Melt down the white chocolate and split it up into as many colors as you intend on including. Lightsabers vary from red, blue, green, and purple, so be sure to include a healthy mix as kids will love to choose their favorite color.
Dip the pretzel rod about three-quarters of the way into the chocolate, leaving an inch or two on one end to serve as the handle. Lay the pretzels out in one layer on a sheet pan and stick them in the fridge to harden. You can serve them in jars or spread them out in baskets – that part is up to you!
13. BB-8 Paper Lanterns
Paper lanterns are fun party decorations, to begin with, but when you have a blank canvas right in front of you, you can do a lot more with these lightweight and inexpensive supplies. Go to any local craft or party store to find plain white paper lanterns in two different sizes: large and small.
Using paint or colored duct tape, you can create the design featured on BB-8’s body on the large paper lantern. Then, create his head on the small lantern. Attach the head to the body with some string, which will help imitate the effect of his head spinning around as it does in the movie.
You can make just one of these in large form as a big decoration or a centerpiece to your party, or you can make a bunch of small ones to place around the room and fill in empty spaces.
14. Simple Games
Parties are made even greater when there are games – especially when you’re dealing with a large group of small children who need constant entertainment. Check out a few of the following games to keep the kids involved, take up some time, and make for an all-around successful party.
A. Storm the Stormtroopers
A super easy game you can play is called Storm the Stormtroopers. After everyone has their costumes – Jedi robes, Leia buns, lightsabers, etc. – release a ton of white balloons all over the floor of a spacious room.
If you’re feeling extra creative ahead of time, you can use a black permanent marker to draw storm trooper faces on the white balloons. If not, plain white will work the same.
Have the kids start in the corners of the room and set a timer for five minutes; that’s how long they have to “defeat” the stormtroopers. When you say go, the kids can run into the room and pop the balloons by stepping and jumping on them.
If they can pop all of the balloons, they have defeated the stormtroopers. If not, the stormtroopers have won the battle. The kids will love to run around and get some energy out, and who doesn’t love to pop a bunch of balloons?
B. Nerf Attack
Perhaps with some older kids and a lot of space, you can split the kids up into two teams and have a real Nerf battle. However, that requires a lot of toy guns, a lot of ammo, and a lot of coordination. An easier way to incorporate Nerf guns is to set up targets and have the kids each get chances to defeat the dark side.
Take toilet paper rolls or even paper towel rolls and cover them in colored paper. Print out pictures of any and all bad guys – from Darth Vader and stormtroopers to evil Sith Lords and Kylo Ren. Cut them out and glue them to the rolls.
You can make as many as you want and set them up in all kinds of formations. Set them up side by side for target practice or stack them in a pyramid. Have the kids take turns shooting the rolls with the Nerf gun and have small prizes for the ones who shoot the most.
C. Pin the Lightsaber on Yoda
This game puts a slight spin on the classic Pin the Tail on the Donkey. Print out a large photo of Yoda, or draw him really big on a piece of poster board. Cut out several green lightsaber tips and hand them off to blindfolded party-goes.
With a little bit of guidance for safety, have the kids try to match the lightsabers cutouts with the picture – which is missing the end of the lightsaber. Whoever gets closest to matching the spot wins a fun prize!
If you plan on showing one or more of the Star Wars movies at your party, then you should ensure you have plenty of glowsticks on hand ahead of time. DIY lightsabers are all the rage for these kinds of parties, but glowsticks in the dark look the most like the real thing.
Hand out several glowsticks just before you start the movie, and when it’s time to hit play, turn off the lights and let everyone crack their sticks. The kids will be thrilled to see the colors light up around the room, and everyone gets a “lightsaber” as they watch their favorite Jedis in action.
16. Simple Cake Ideas
There are plenty of custom bakeries that will gladly put together a world-class Star Wars cake that’s sure to knock your socks off, but if you plan on making the cake yourself, here are a few tricks you can use.
One of the easiest ways to dress up a Star Wars cake is to use toys and figurines. If you have a Star Wars enthusiast on your hands, they probably already own several toys and Lego figures that you can use. Start with a plain base – for example, black frosting or fondant with the classic yellow Star Wars logo in the middle – and place Legos on and around the cake for decoration.
With some buttercream, piping, and some strategic cake-cutting, you can create a simple yet convincing Millennium Falcon cake. Gumdrops and Twizzlers are perfect for adding some color and effects.
Don’t be afraid to try your hand at molding icing, either. With a little practice, cutting shapes can be pretty easy. Just two round cakes and some nice cuts can give you an impressive BB-8 cake you didn’t know you could make.
17. Photo Backdrop
Make some lasting memories at this party by creating a designated photo area. Find some large poster board or plywood and paint the whole thing black. Cut out a bunch of yellow stars and glue them all over the backdrop to create a starry background.
Get yourself some Star Wars paraphernalia to create a fun photo booth-like experience. You can have a couple of toy lightsabers, a Darth Vader helmet, a stormtrooper helmet, capes, and Yoda ears. Use construction paper and wooden skewers to make fun signs with lines from the movies.
If you have a camera, set it up in front of the display for people to use. Or have guests use their own phones or put someone in charge of the camera for smalls children.
Any of these ideas are sure to make for a top-notch Star Wars party, and when you combine them, you’re sure to have a blow-out bash that no one will forget.