Friday, August 12, 2016

Eisley's Super Golden Star Wars 8th Birthday Party!!

Whew. Say that eight times fast. 
Speaking of eight, our 08/08/08 baby has turned 8! 
When she was born, I'd look at her sweet face and think things like, "One day you'll be turning one!" and "Someday you'll be a kindergartener!" Psssh. Eight
Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!
Also, I never thought I'd be planning a Star Wars party.
But that's what she wanted this year. 
The girl loves her some Star Wars. 
Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

And since it was her golden birthday and probably her last over-the-top party, I went all out. 
Or, rather, as far out as possible. {Budgets, people. They hold me back.}

Unlike with her 5th birthday party--a tiger theme which was a struggle as party stores don't have a tiger section--Star Wars is popular right now, so finding merch and pins for party ideas was easy. 
Basically, 99% of this party was already created and pinned on Pinterest. 
I am a giant copycat. 
Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

What, with the snack ideas and the puns...

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

There's almost too many Star Wars party ideas. I can't do them all.

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

Get it? Get it? Pizza...Hutt
Lel. 

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

I wish I could take credit for coming up with Seven Leia Dip and Trooper Scoopers, but I can't.

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

But I can take credit for these adorable BB-8 Oreo pops! 

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

I made these following this tutorial, and it was really quite easy. 

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

Use the force forks

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

I even laminated water bottle labels--which is a party detail that's overdone on Pinterest, but I'd never bothered before--so the ink didn't bleed. All. Out. 

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

And guess what?! For the first time ever on a big party day for me...it didn't rain!
And there was an 80% chance at 5 p.m. which is when the party started. 
Golden birthday, I tell you...

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

Two Star Wars experts were at the party noticed my error. I knew it was carbonite that Han Solo gets trapped in, but I didn't know if it was spelled with a c or a k, and I asked Justin and he told me k {wrong}. Which in turn caused Google to "correct" it to Superman's kryptonite and it was past midnight printing labels and I didn't notice and the whole party was ruined.
Just kidding.
But these silly Jell-O jigglers were a surprising hit to the kid guests. 

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

When throwing a Star Wars party, how can one resist a full size cutout character?
One can't.

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

Eisley adores Chewbacca. So I got one of those too.
And did you know light sabers can be bought by the dozen? 

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

Star Wars dollar section merch made this party possible. 

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

Finally, I set up a little obstacle course out back...

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

...and set out some pool noodle light sabers. For light saber tag.

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

Lastly, some Star Wars Nerf gun games.

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!


Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!


Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

Our friends came! We even had a group of jedi-named sisters: Mara Jade, Jaina, and Leia--all jedi from the book.
Eisley's name was inspired by the band Eisley, which named itself after Mos Eisley, which is that place where the bar is in the beginning of the first Star Wars movie, remember? No?

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

The kids ate quickly and got right down to more important things.

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

But none of that is what will make this party especially memorable.
Rather, it was the guests who made this one I won't soon forget.
Two guests, in particular...

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

Chewy stopped by!

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

And a few minutes later, Darth Vader crashed the party!

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

And they proceeded to charm and terrorize the guests.

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

That awkward moment at parties when a Sith meets a sidekick of the Rebel Alliance.

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

A group of fierce Jedi girls bravely battled the villain.

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

{Eisley, this is how much Papa Erickson loves you. It was HOT in that suit!}

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

Chewbacca avoided the drama and posed for pictures.
{This was poor Justin in a Chewbacca suit, and believe it or not he does a mean wookiee voice.}

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

Eisley went incredibly easy on me and asked for stormtrooper cupcakes. No 3 tiered fondant covered Star Wars cake frantically being decorated the night before. {Justin hates how I get powdered sugar all over the floor and usually cry, curse, and throw fondant when it doesn't behave.}
I set them up all Mother Ginger style underneath Darth's cape.
Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

It was a perfect Golden Birthday party for my eldest, my eight year old, Cheerful Eisley!
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY SWEET GIRL!

Eisley's 8th Birthday - Star Wars!

You make us so proud,
Eisley Girl. 


2 comments:

  1. Wow am I a slacker! I am now convinced I've scarred my kiddos for life with lame-o parties. Dang girl, good job! You are strong in the Force.

    Chanelle

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  2. Heather - You never cease to amaze me. You are the best party-thrower ever!!!! What a cool party!

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