One of Harrison's favorite things to do is go to the movies, he loves the whole experience, big screen, big sound and yummy snacks. Like many other boys around his age Star Wars is his favorite movie. So with his seventh birthday approaching, I knew an outdoor movie theatre screening his favorite movie was just the thing. Add in 12 kids sleeping over into the mix and keeping them outside was perfect!
We were lucky to have a beautiful San Francisco warm evening for the party. The kids joined the party through a special entrance where we had a 70’s star wars era style marquee cinema printable printed. Harrison’s own family name was used as the for the advertising of the film premiere. Movie posters showing star wars and the other trilogy movies were used as billboards and we had a walk of fame with each of the children's names.
The movie was scheduled to start at sunset so to keep the kids busy until then I created a droid and pod racer building station using an old lego table covered in a star table cover with star wars figures and a silver spray painted mountain glued onto it for them to race around. We provided a mountain of lego in an R2D2 chest that can be found in Michaels.
Inspired by Brit & Co: Remake 2015 a giant coloring wall with star wars coloring pages and graphics provided FUN!
A photo booth with a starry night sky backdrop and hand stitched star garlands also kept the kids entertained. They chose either character props or their own light saber for the pictures and acted out some great battle scenes. My son was Hans Solo and a friend Chewbacca which made for some great action shots.
Before the movie started the kids had hotdogs on their own trays and loaded up the trays with hot popcorn and candy from the concessions stand for the movie. A few more light saber battles ensued before the feature presentation….
Inspired by a movie “Feature Presentation” the desert table provided the main show. The sweets table included all sorts of themed treats such as Darth Vader & storm trooper cookies, Yoda, Storm trooper, Darth Vader and AT-AT’s, star wars colored jello cake, candy in character bowls and a battle scene cake. Characters were placed on vintage film reels and a Star Wars sign was placed centrally against a star wars fabric backdrop and bunting. Flanking the table were 2 gorgeous blue Geronimo balloons with Prospect Goods classic tassels.
Once finished it was time for the movie, they got comfy in their big joe bean chairs backlit by cinema lights and settled in for Star Wars! The parents who wished to join us stayed up on the deck…in the VIP section complete with a bar and our own nibbles.
A fun night of Star Wars under the stars was had and then it was bed time, each child was given a favor box that had star wars toothbrushes and other overnight necessities. We tucked the candies and Jedi certificates into their bags for the morning…and then they slept! We wish!
What People Ate
Hotdogs, popcorn and concession snacks
What People Drank
water & juice
cookies, cake pops, cake & candy - star wars themed
Overnight kits with star wars tooth brushes and treats
Activities / Games
Giant coloring wall, droid lego building, outdoor movie and lightsaber battles with glow in the dark toys
The Green Apron
Delicious and fun star wars cookies
Let them eat pops
Delicious cake pops in star wars designs
Acme Prop Rentals
Cool movie props like this giant applause sign
World Wide Party
Elena created the personalized movie sign and walk of fame, she is so great to collaborate with for new themes
Great set of movie night printables
Creative Little Stars
Star wars graphics - the banners & coloring wall, so different!
Hello My Sweet
Jedi certificates & photo booth graphics, classic star wars!
Jaclyn Rose Design
Yoda sayings, just perfect!
Geronimo balloons and tassels, just gorgeous work, so detailed