Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Jedi training party

Henry had his heart set on a Jedi party so we passed up the free party at the Karate studio and had a party at home.  (At the Karate studio they would have done everything but provide the cake and pizza, oh the easiness of it all.)

It ended up being fun for everyone—dell and I included.  When the kids arrived they put on their Jedi training uniform (simple wrap around tunics I sewed from pottery barn crib skirts I got for 97 cents each.  Not bad for organic cotton.)  They also decorated their “jedi bags”—gift bags sewn from the same cotton.  We practiced using the force first, but tossing bean bags with our eyes closed, playing pin the light saber on darth vader, and trying to drop bean bags onto targets from great heights to reveal the candy prize below.

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We also did light saber training. They had to keep their balloon from touching the ground using only their light saber.

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Dell also taught them some fencing moves—thrust, parry, etc… and dueled with each kid to reinforce the moves.

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Once training was complete they each got 3 jedi bombs (bean bags) and a special pen to begin their jedi missions.  The first mission the young padawans had to complete was rescuing princess Leia.  She and some of her friends were trapped in balloons in the guest room and the jedis had to pop all the balloons to rescue the people.  Total mayhem, but fun.

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Look!  H-y rescued 3-CPO.  Nice work!

After the princess rescue it was time to cross the lava to Yoda’s cave.  (Or make it from the couch in the playroom to the master bathroom using only things you could grab from the couch.)  This was probably the favorite—I think they did this three times making it tougher each time by removing objects.  The big cousins—Noble and Liam were a huge help.

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(Preparing to set out for Yoda’s cave.)

We also destroyed the separatist base with our jedi bombs. (a blanket fort that we collapsed using our bean bags.)  We had a bunch of other missions planned and Dell was all set to make an appearance as the made up character Darth Malicious, but we ran out of time. 

After Padawan Pizzas with light saber veggies (mini pizzas with carrots and celery sticks) we had cake and ice cream and parents arrived.  All in all it was fun and while it was a lot of work it was definitely worth it.  Though next year, I’m campaigning for the Karate party.  :)

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Oh, and Lizzy liked it too. 

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4 comments:

Paige said...

Do you mind if I borrow a few of these ideas for Hyrum's party? He wants a star wars party.

Mike said...

Best...birthday...party....EVER!!!!

Mo said...

Wow! How fun is that?! I went a little crazy on Aiden's "tornado" birthday -- glad I'm not the only one! Its a lot of work but it really is fun to come up with the ideas and then see the kids haveing sooo much fun. I think you can now go professional as jedi trainers. The force is strong at your house...
(Have you seen 17 Again? Hilarious)

Dave said...

That is such a cool party Anna! I love the lava game!