For the last six months, Gabe had begged for a Star Wars themed birthday party. I wasn’t sure if he wanted a retro party or one that included the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens characters. He eventually requested both. I started researching cakes and I created an entire Pinterest board dedicated to party ideas. I had a few beautiful cake designs picked out, and I decided I didn’t want to make his cake this year. I had made his birthday cake the year before, and it was so stressful. This year I wanted to relax and enjoy his party. It’s hard to order a cake for Gabe’s birthday party. It snowed the day he was born, and we generally have rough weather in Kentucky in the weeks surrounding his birthday. I nearly had to reschedule his party this year. We received nearly 2 feet of snow just a few days before his birthday. We just aren’t equipped to handle much snow this far south. Jeremy’s dad had to drive the tractor up and down the driveway to try to attempt to clear it enough so that people could pull in. The unpredictable weather makes it really hard to plan a party. While I was working on my Pinterest board, I found an idea that I really liked; someone had created a Darth Vader Cupcake Stand. I decided to attempt to create my own Star Wars themed cupcake stands for Gabe’s party.
Here’s our favorite little Jedi during Halloween.
I didn’t want Gabe’s party to center solely around a bad guy, and we both really like Master Yoda. The cupcake stand idea that I saw used a Darth Vader mask placed on the top of a cupcake stand and draped with a cut plastic tablecloth to resemble his cape. I thought I would find a Yoda mask somewhere to create his counterpart, but after scouring the internet for what seemed like days, all the masks we found were downright creepy or had horrible reviews. I decided it would be easier to create my cake toppers using my Cricut, card stock, and vinyl. You could easily print the images on cardstock or adhere printed paper to cardstock instead of cutting the files. There are many ways that you could recreate these Star Wars themed cupcake stands.
A Darth Vader image was easy to find. Here is the link to the image that I used. I cut the the top layer in black vinyl and adhered it to dark gray card stock. It’s roughly 6 inches tall. I cut a straw to the desired height, filled a small black votive with paper, and stuck the straw in the middle.
Finding a Yoda file wasn’t an easy task. I couldn’t find one anywhere. I eventually googled Yoda and found an image that I could trace to create my own file. The top layer is green vinyl on white card stock, and I used black vinyl for his eyes. I again adhered a straw to the back of the card stock to make a support.
I ordered these cupcake stands from Amazon. They’re really a great deal, and I decided that I could use them anytime I was entertaining or hosting a party. They are very sturdy, easy to assemble and disassemble, and easy to clean. I also ordered Star Wars cupcake wrappers (that I didn’t use because I opted for store bought cupcakes) and Star Wars food toothpicks. I had trouble finding anywhere that had retro Star Wars cupcakes, so I purchased plain ones and put the food toothpicks on them. Our local Sam’s Club keeps 30 packs of fresh cupcakes for $14.48; I couldn’t have baked and decorated them for that.
I found brown and black tissue paper at our local Dollar Tree to create capes for both stands. I purchased red and green candles with candlesticks to create their light sabers, but in a rush I forgot to set them out. Gabe had a late basketball game before his party and I didn’t have as much time to prepare. I also ran out of daylight, so I had to use my Speedlite flash to take photos.
The rest of my party set up was easy. I used black vinyl tablecloths to cover the table and run up the wall. I found the Star Wars font free online and cut out the letters from yellow card stock.
Despite the snow, we still entertained about 30 adults and children. I tried to keep it as simple as possible this year. We ordered pizza from Papa John’s. I made a few dips to go with chip and veggie trays.
My sister, brother-in-law, and nephew purchased Gabe a Furbacca toy to go with all of the other Star Wars themed toys Gabe got for his birthday. We haven’t decided if it’s really cute or really creepy. Gabe gets lots of amusement out of making it fart.
Gabe really wants a Sphero BB-8 App-Enabled Droid, but we decided he wasn’t mature enough for that yet. I’ll be putting Star Wars themed Lego sets together with him for a few more weeks; they’re definitely a family favorite.
Do you have a child that loves Star Wars? I hope this post provides a little inspiration for your party planning. I’d love to know if any of you decide to recreate these Star Wars themed cupcake stands.