What happened was this. I wrote a blog post, in which I talked myself into hosting some kind of Star-Wars party. Then I thought I'd better get my act together quickly before the madness wore off, so I sent some e-vites. I even came up with a witty title: Dash's Sith (I mean 6th) Birthday Party. Then I came back to look at my blog and found that a very lovely, clever, crafty, friend had offered some help with games and such.
So she sent me a page full of ideas, and I said thank you very much and followed her instructions to the letter. It worked out great, and I can take no credit for any of it.
In case you too want to have a low-effort Star Wars party, here are some of the things we did.
Here are some very detailed instructions.) I made sure they were all blue or green so everyone could be a Jedi.
lovely Han, laminated him with clear packing tape, and froze him in ice in a baking pan. (Don't forget to start this one a couple of days before the party. Freeze a layer of water first, then put in your laminated picture, then one or two more layers on top.) We could see him, but not too clearly, which I thought was just right.
Because it was raining, we started with spoons and little bowls of warm water, but it wasn't much fun. So we went outside anyway and propped Han up in the back of a handy kiddie car under the eaves of our front door. Then we raided our stash of water pistols and the real fun began.
cake and Yoda Soda. The Yoda Soda was an ice-cream float made of lime sherbet sorbet and Sprite. They also had cheese and crackers and strawberries and melon and chocolate cornflake buns and ice-cream cones.
Afterwards, it was time for fighting stormtroopers - everyone took turns to throw balled-up socks at these menacing little guys, and some lightsaber practice where you try to keep a balloon up in the air with your lightsaber. Mostly there was just bashing each other over the head with pool noodles, but that was okay too.
And then it was time to go home, with a certificate (you can get one here) and a pool noodle and a dollar-store Star Wars jigsaw for everyone; and Mabel, for one, slept until 3am before waking up. Apparently we need to have a Star Wars party every day.