Anyway, this year for my son's birthday I decided to do something creative. I got inspired by some great Jedi training academy parties on pinterest. Although I've seen Star Wars (a long, long time ago . . .), I don't really know the movie, so I copied everything I did from stuff I found online in other people's blogs. Here's what I did:
Next up was the jedi robes. I made each kid a jedi robe from this super easy tutorial. They were pretty easy, but still took time - I spent one whole day (school day) sewing them and then I had to make 2 more on Friday night for the late RSVPers. Those last 2 took me one hour from just a pile of fabric to finish. If I could do it over again, I would probably make them a little wider and get extra fabric for the hoods, but I was trying to make the whole thing from 2 yards. They were a little tight on the bigger kids. I just got some rope at Hobby Lobby in the fabric section. I could have also gone to a hardware store just the same. Upon arriving, each kid was given their robe and sent outside to play a bit until everyone arrived.
Here are the robes hanging by the front door:
Even though it was a bit chaotic for me, I don't think the kids noticed and they seemed to have a really good time. If I were ever to do this again, I would have more games just as time fillers and maybe prizes to go with them. But, you live and learn I guess! And a HUGE thank you to pinterest and all the mommy bloggers who gave me great ideas (just google 'jedi training academy party' or 'Star Wars party' or some combination of those for great ideas. Here's a few more pics: