December 16, 2015
It’s finally here. The hype machine has reached fever pitch and after record breaking pre-sales, Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally opens at midnight tonight. For many young padawans and a fair few not-so-young padawans, this is the film event of the year and the only way to properly celebrate will be to hold your very own Star Wars party. Here’s a few ideas to get you started as you ponder whether you should go as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo or Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Naturally upon entering the party, you’ll be wanting to experience the delight of Star Wars from the get-go with a string quartet playing the Star Wars theme. This has worked at many previous film-themed events, including our recent Harry Potter party. It gets people in the mood to have fun and more importantly, puts them in the right mindset for what is going to be a thrilling experience.
Upon entering the party, have a drink – a Death Star cocktail perhaps? - at your Star Wars themed bar (or alternatively go with the style seen at the official Force Awakens world premiere party) before venturing on and sampling the entertainment. Hopefully this won’t be a in a galaxy far, far away but fairly close by. Far be it from us to dictate the live band you should employ but might we suggest the super talented Black Sheikhs? A cantina band (seen below using the force), they’ll fit right in with the Star Wars mythology and are presumably more than happy to get into a discussion over who shot first (Han Solo, obviously).
As you meander through your event venue, you might begin to notice a few recognisable faces. Whether you’ve gone for lookalikes or costumed characters, a Star Wars party is only really complete when you feel as though you’re in amongst the action. Other Star Wars party ideas might include an area to duel with lightsabers (note: they won’t be real) or enjoying a podrace with your mates courtesy of Joypad retro games. And not a Jar Jar Binks in sight!
Us personally? We love the new droid BB-8 and would love nothing more than to set up an area where you and your friends can race them around a custom built track, but failing that you could always get yourself a BB-8 inflatable balloon model. Naturally you can always pick someone else (something else?) from The Force Awakens, but BB-8 is quite clearly the cutest choice (sorry, R2D2 and C3PO). And once that’s done, you can savour the memory of the occasion by basking in the glory of a Star Wars photo booth.
And finally, as the party is fully under way, it might be an idea to ask your party band to ramp up the music and play the ultimate song…
…Or maybe not. Either way, we admire the double pun in the title. If you have your own Star Wars: The Force Awakens party ideas then do feel free to get in touch and we’ll be sure to create something bespoke just for you!
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By Henry Fosdike