Since the release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, kids all over planet Earth and Jakku are begging for a Star Wars Force Awakens birthday party that incorporates Rey, Finn, BB-8, and yeah, Kylo Ren along with our favorite pals from the original franchise. So, in addition to the 40 awesome Star Wars party ideas we featured last year — which is among our most popular posts with you all, for good reason — we’ve pulled together another 40+ ideas for this next generation of Star Wars fans who can’t even imagine what Star Wars looks like without Rey!
Go ahead, mix and match. We have it on good word that these best-of-the-bunch Star Wars Force Awakens party invitations, treats, decorations, and favors are a really big deal with The Resistance.
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Birthday Party Invitations
The awesomely unique DIY Star Wars LEGO minifigure birthday party invitations from Das Kleine Weiss Haus will definitely get your party noticed. Grab a set of The Force Awakens LEGO minifigures (we’ve found lots on ebay and Amazon but be sure to vet the sellers first) and display them in a clear-lidded tin with the party details nestled inside. The directions for these invitations are in German — Google translate helps! — but the photos will help lead you along.
Another great way to combine LEGO and Star Wars: We love these LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens printable birthday party invitations from Thee Wow Shop on Etsy. Doesn’t Rey look fierce?
We think party guests will flip when they get their own The Force Awakens printable movie ticket invitation created by Olivetta Design, starring some of the newest Episode VII character favorites. Your child’s name and age will be front and center on these custom invitations but we bet guests will want to keep theirs instead of turning them in.
For younger kids who want a kinder, gentler Force Awakens birthday party, we love this printable Star Wars The Force Awakens birthday party invitation from Oh Hello Periwinkle featuring kawaii BB-8, Rey, and Luke (but where’s Fin???), with Leia and Han waving hi in the backdrop.
Want something simple, quick, and — best of all — free? Then invite your child’s friends with these free printable Force Awakens movie ticket invitations from Strawberry Mommycakes. The galaxy needs your help!
And since some kids are obsessed with the newest droid above all, he’s happy to announce your child’s birthday party on this printable printable BB-8 birthday party invitation from Etsy’s MiParty Designs.
Of course some kids favor the dark side, in which case check out the funky personalized Kylo Ren birthday party invitation from The Random Panda. Send in a photo of your child’s face, and the artist will begin the transformation from cute kid to dark lord. If only for a day.
More than a few of the Cool Mom Picks kids will flip for this printable Rey Star Wars party invitation that puts the Force Awakens heroine front and center. Designed by Yummy Paper, just send her your party details, and she’ll send you a printable file so you can get these ready without having to commandeer a spacecraft and fly all around the galaxy.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Birthday Party Decor Ideas
We love this outer-space backdrop found at Laura’s Little Party! Whether you purchase black stardust paper for your little Jedi, or paint stars on a black sheet and hang on your wall, it makes a perfect backdrop for a DIY photobooth. Especially if you snag yourself an adorable BB-8 standing cutout for kids to hug while saying cheese.
Feeling crafty? Watch the kids freak out a DIY Rey’s Speeder that you can make with the directions on All for the Boys. (Clearly not just for boys, by the way.) If you’re feeling really ambitious, check out the Millennium Falcon on their site that you can make as well. After all, it did make the Kessel Run in fourteen parsecs.
For under $8 for the trio, we’d snatch up these cool The Force Awakens birthday party decorations from Birthday Express and then move them to our birthday child’s room when the shindig is over.
Really looking to show off? Here’s one inventive DIY that teaches you to hang strings of bright DIY Star Wars lightsaber lights. Desert Chica’s clever idea will take a bit of time, but the instructions look pretty easy to follow, and your accomplishment will earn you a lot of ooohs and ahhhs.
Of course you can always load up on licensed Star Wars Force Awakens birthday party plates and napkins. Yes, it’s the fast and easy route, and we wouldn’t blame you. But one smart alternative spotted on Birthday Express is this Force Awakens birthday party table decor idea in which you choose a high-impact color combo of BB-8 orange with black and blue. We also love how they keep things fun with an orange rock candy lollipop and bright blue space drink.
Plain black cups become make-your-own BB-8 party cups with free printable stickers from Atta Girl Says. Follow her instructions for printing out and assembling the two-part droid, or scroll down the page for a single-sticker version that you can just print and stick onto the side of a cup.
If you’re going to buy anything thematic for the party, make it an item your kids will want to use more than once. We can’t resist this fantastic BB-8 serving platter from Think Geek. Made of strong melamine, it can hold your Wookiee Cookies. Or maybe just earth-favorite party food — cheese and crackers.
No-so-crafty? Try this no-sew DIY Star Wars Jedi tunic your partygoers will love. Check out the instructions provided by Mom Endeavors which makes the costume so much easier than you’d think. Make one for the birthday boy or girl; or if you’ve got the inclination, hand them out to all the guests as a take-home item they’ll love until they outgrow it.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Birthday Party Activities
Set out a tray of BB-8 inspired DIY play dough and watch the kids create their own little droids. All the instructions are at Left Brain Craft Brain. You can even choose more colors and add-ons and ask the kids to make up their own droid-like characters.
Another great tabletop activity we’re crazy for are these The Force Awakens coloring pages that we found Etsy’s DJ Penscript recently. Print out a bunch and leave the stack on a table with some markers or colored pencils to keep kids busy as they arrive, or before the cake is serviced. You can tuck a few sheets into the goodie bags too.
Gather all the kids together to play a game of The Force Awakens Bingo, maybe sneaking an extra treat to the kids who can name all the characters on this printable bingo game from Bdaystuff4U’s Etsy shop. Love the personalization available at the top of each card which makes the game feel even more special.
In our previous Star Wars party post, we featured homemade lightsabers made from pool noodles and plumbing insulation — still a bit hit. But we also love this idea from Laura’s Little Party that transforms an inflatable toy to colorful DIY lightsabers. Put out the supplies and you can even let the kids design their own lightsaber as a fun party craft. They’ll burn off plenty of energy by safely battling until it’s time for cake.
Can’t bear to whack BB-8 with a baseball bat? Try this pull-string BB-8 piñata from Party City. Just fill the droid up with intergalactic treats (or you know, mini Snickers and tattoos) and go!
Here’s a crafty activity we’re just crazy about: While the kids all know R2D2 and BB-8, lay out a bunch of recycled materials at your Force Awakens birthday party and let kids make their very own droids. All for the Boys offers a great tutorial which will be a hit for both boys and girls, and your guests can bring their new friends home with them at the end of the party.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Birthday Party
Food & Drink Ideas
We’d probably only make one BB-8 quesadilla for show, then surround it with little wedges of plain quesadillas, but, oh, how it would impress the kids. Check out Sippy Cup Dad’s easy instructions for how to make this yummy little droid. If they can bear to eat him!
You’ll blow their minds if you whip up a recipe for Rey’s Portion Bread straight out of the Jakku scenes in The Force Awakens. Make sure you do this one in front of the kids!
Making these bite-size, cheesy Tie Fighter treats for a Star Wars Party is super easy with this idea from Disney’s own Star Wars website. Kids will fly more than a few of them into their mouths before it’s time for cake.
Edible food markers easily transform a mini marshmallows into tiny Stormtroopers, which then transform a plain snack mix into a yummy Star Wars snack mix! Find instructions on Atta Girl Says — this is an easy one to customize with any of your favorite snack foods, or to make it peanut-free or gluten-free as your guest list dictates.
You can also serve popcorn in these pre-made Star Wars Force Awakens party popcorn boxes that you can purchase through Pish Posh Partique. So cute! But where’s Rey and Finn?
Though you’ll need to get a mold to make these amazing edible edible Millennium Falcon fighters, the end result will be the coolest treat in the galaxy.
Go ahead, gnaw the heads off these delicious gingerbread Wookiee Cookies via A Sugared Nerd. They won’t bite, or even growl. In fact, they’re very brave.
Thirsty Jedis can cool off with big gulps of Kylo Ren’s Party Drink recipe from Midget Momma. Looks really easy to toss together, though we think that taking the time to sugar the rims with black sugar really sets this drink apart.
Whether you choose grab-and-go store-bought cupcakes or you make your own, your guests will go nuts over these Star Wars The Force Awakens cupcake toppers from Nerd Bytes which you can easily lay over the top of any cupcake. We can’t stop gawking — can you?
This DIY BB-8 birthday cake from Merriment Design definitely takes some workmanship for you intrepid bakers. But I know my droid-loving birthday child would love this even if my final product wasn’t quite so perfect.
Whether your Star Wars fan is turning 8 or 88, check out this perfect BB-8 birthday cake topper from Silhouette Sensations which is a cool way to put the finishing touch on any Force Awakens birthday party cake.
Black fondant makes short work of these easy Stormtrooper Cupcakes from As Far As the Stars. You could even stick these little guys on top of store-bought cupcakes, and save yourself the baking time altogether.
Download a set of free printable Star Wars The Force Awakens food labels generously offered up at Strawberry Mommycakes and use them to decorate your snack or dessert table. We like that you can interpret the foods any way you’d like, putting Poe’s X-Wing Laser Blasts in front of either candy or something healthier. Though really, Han Solo’s Rolos can only be interpreted in one way.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Birthday Party Favors
You’ll need to spend a little time with a pair of scissors or X-Acto blade, but we love the printable Star Wars The Force Awakens bookmarks from Etsy’s Big Nerd Wolf, featuring Rey, Kylo Ren, Finn, BB-8, and Poe. What a clever take-home gift, maybe inside a Star Wars themed coloring book or comic.
Send the kids off with a free printable Star Wars mask of their favorite character, also spotted at Strawberry Mommycakes. (She threw one awesome Force Awakens birthday party, huh?) Don’t forget to a get a photo before the party is over!
We spotted these DIY glowing lightsabers at A Night Owl Blog and they will make a really impressive party favor. This project will definitely take some time — think Crafting 301 — but we think the kids will go crazy for them.
You can also grab some inexpensive frames and let each child take home a framed print of one of their favorite characters with these printable Star Wars The Force Awakens illustrations from Digital Delites on Etsy. They’ll remember your great party every time they glance at their bedroom walls.
For even more seriously cool Star Wars Force Awakens birthday party favors, Leave it to Etsy to help us find lots of ideas.
Pictured here (clockwise from top left): The adorable BB-8 sugar cookies from LHE Bakes; a set of printable Star Wars paper airplanes from Bovine and Swine; the splurge-y, handpainted Star Wars wooden peg dolls from Peg Buddies; fun Millennium Falcon soaps from SickSoaps; bright The Force Awakens stickers from eMTeeJays; and tiny Star Wars pins from Buttons by CMD Design.
So are you ready to plan the Star Wars Force Awakens birthday party of this millenium? May the force be with you. And… scene.