A couple of months ago we were talking and Andrew mentioned that he would be eight on his next birthday. I laughed SO hard, truly believing it was a joke because there was no way that my baby would be eight soon. But then, stunned, I realized he was right!

Initially he was set on the idea of having a laser tag party and to be honest, I was all for it.  I baked my brother’s wedding cake and cupcakes and our whole family was in the wedding the week before Andrew’s party so I knew I would be exhausted. But right before I finalized the date, location and invitations, he decided he would rather have a Star Wars party at home. So be it. Thankfully the force was with me and I was able to pull a party together pretty quickly.

For the cake, Andrew requested chocolate raspberry. I ended up making my favorite chocolate cake recipe for the cake layers, filled them with fresh whipped cream folded with fresh raspberries, and frosted with my favorite chocolate frosting. The combination was so, so delicious! Because of the extreme softness of both the cake and the filling, the cake settled overnight and left the fondant slightly wrinkled but it was okay. It still tasted fabulous!

You know I couldn’t resist the opportunity to make some Star Wars sugar cookies with royal icing for the occasion! Even though I know next to nothing about Star Wars, these are still some of my favorite cookies to make.

The Death Star watermelon was a veeeerrrry last minute detail (as in, I made it minutes before the party started) but it was such a hit! I must admit even I love it, and I don’t even know what the Death Star is. (Don’t judge!)

This light saber snack mix was fun and easy to make, although a bit tedious. I made the little sabers by dipping pretzel rods into red, blue and green candy melts. The kids loved it!

These forks were clearly a party essential.

Isn’t this free printable banner adorable? I love it so much.

Since planning this was SO last minute, I didn’t have a lot together in the way of activities. I was confident that a bunch of seven- and eight-year-olds would be able to entertain themselves pretty well with a few props. We made light sabers from pool noodles and duct tape and they had a BLAST with those running around and battling. We also had them draw on balloons to make storm troopers or whatever they wanted, taped them to the wall and then let them shoot nerf darts at them.

I also had a couple sets of these masks around which made for extra fun for kids and grown ups alike. This is me with my best friend since kindergarten, because real best friends take Chewbacca selfies.

I simply couldn’t resist the tank top. Also can we just talk about how awesome the storm trooper balloons are for a minute? SO AWESOME. The guy at the party store didn’t think so, since each part is filled individually. HA!

Happy birthday, my amazing Andrew!



  • This is amazing! I love the gold flecks on the fondant, your tank top and the balloons (which I think were the best part! I never saw those balloons before). I’ve made the death star watermelon before and the stripes were so hard to carve out. You did an awesome job :)

  • What a fabulous party! Especially since you had so little time to sort it out :) I’m with you – I have never seen star wars either!

  • Melissa Brooker

    how amazing!! you are a rockstar! i could never pull that together with so little time! Happy birthday to adorable Andrew! How lucky those kids are to have you as their mom!

  • Elisabeth

    Awesome party! We had a Star Wars party this year for my 7-year-old and the pool noodle lightsabers were a big hit here, too.

  • Rachael G

    A few years back my son had a Legos and Lightsabers party (not Lego Star Wars but legos and Star Wars combined). We made the pool noodle light sabers as party favors and the kids LOVED them! Who knew chasing each other with pool noodles would provide such entertainment LOL!

  • Cara

    Your party posts are my fave :) Great job! Your kids sure are lucky to have you!

  • Erin Case

    Looks amazing! Love to see the cake you did for your brother’s wedding as well!

  • gailwerner

    Oh MAN! Annie, you did it again! Love seeing your creativity shine through your kids’ parties—this one takes the cake (HA! Now I’m just amusing myself ;) )

  • I love this! My son’s name is Luke (not after Luke Skywalker) and we like Star Wars (thanks to my husband) so it’s inevitable we’ll have a Star Wars party at some point. Great ideas!

  • brendashandmade

    Oh my goodness, you did a fabulous job! I can’t believe you were able to do all of that in a short amount of time. You are amazing, and your son is lucky to have you as his mom.

  • Claire-Anne Aikman

    Seriously – this is SO cute, gave me an early morning smile – your creativity is inspiring!

  • Laurel Nippert Miller

    Love it, Annie. The Star Wars cookies are my favorite. So fun.

  • Annie

    Thank you so much!

  • Annie

    Thank you Gail! You are the sweetest :)

  • Sheri

    Wow…you did a great job! Now get some rest…haha!

  • tara

    WOW is all i can say. my boyfiend would love this party as an adult ! the balloons are awesome but the cookies are absolutely fabulous ! be careful these kids seem to be seeing how good you are at this….and the ante will get upped each year LOL!!!

  • arenda

    I’ve been following your blog for years now, Annie, and it’s always so fun reading your party planning posts! You totally embrace your kids’ ideas – they must love that! :)

  • Kayla W

    Happy belated birthday, Andrew! How is he 8 already!? I remember when you had him in the WC days.

    The party looks amazing and I’m so impressed you did all this without being super familiar with the movies.

  • Tiffany

    Hey Annie, where did you get than stand for your drink dispenser?

  • Annie

    I believe it came with another drink dispenser I bought at Target a few years ago.

  • Natalie Stachon

    I love the Death Star watermelon! Super cute :)

  • I love this! You have such a talent for throwing great birthday parties!

  • Jill LeBuffe

    This is super cute! Do you mind sharing if this is a Darth Vadar cake topper or a figurine? Do you recall where you found it? Thanks!

  • Annie

    It was just a little toy we found at Target, not actually meant to be a cake topper.