Pinterest makes DIY kids’ birthday parties look great, but the reality behind creating them is a little different. Here’s what happened when I tried to create a “Star Wars” party for my son.
My son LOVES “Star Wars,” so it was a no-brainer when I needed to choose a theme for his birthday party. Too bad it wasn’t as simple to actually put the party together. I naively thought I could just pop on Pinterest, steal a few ideas and DIY a party he’d remember his entire lifetime in a snap. Boy, was I wrong. Here’s what really happened:
Free “Star Wars” printable birthday party invites. Just open file and print.
Open file and print. The printer turns on and stops: out of blue ink. Rummage through office for new cartridge and replace ink. Printer starts and stops: out of yellow ink. Find different printable that only requires black ink. Open file and print. Paper jams in printer. Clear jam. Print. Printout cuts off half of Darth Vader’s head. Ponder whether his full head is necessary for the invite and reluctantly conclude that it is. Open file and resize to fit print screen. Print.
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Sew your own “Star Wars” Tunics in a matter of minutes.
Spend an hour shopping for the perfect fabric at the store. When the sales clerk suggests shimmering fabrics explain, “I need something more plain; think futuristic potato sack!” Find the right fabric and bring it home. Spend an hour cutting out tunics.
Dig sewing machine out of the basement and watch YouTube video on “How to Thread a Bobbin.” Replay video 10 more times to get it right. Realize I have used the wrong color thread and start again. Accidentally sew three tunics and my own finger together. Apply Spiderman bandage, tear out stitching, and start again.
After two hours, first tunic is complete. Realize I have nine more to go. Visit my child’s room and ask him to rank birthday party guests in order of importance, in case the guest list needs to be trimmed. Return to sewing machine and decide imperfectly straight lines are good to show the costumes are not store bought. Complete the remaining tunics.
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DIY BB-8 Piñata. Your kids will love to help you make this!
Blow up balloons and have kids tear newspaper into strips. Mix glue and water in a plastic bowl at the kitchen table. Leave the room for a minute and return to find glue handprints all over the cabinets. Clean cabinets while kids apply a layer of papier-mâché to the balloon. Set it outside in the sun to dry. An hour later, find the balloon has blown into the neighbor’s yard and has become a dog’s chew toy. Throw away the balloon and start again.
Successfully create papier-mâché base and then paint it white. Have kids glue on white tissue paper and paint on orange and gray details. When someone sees it at the party and says, “I didn’t know there was a snow man in ‘Star Wars,'” just grit my teeth and smile.
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Watermelon table decoration carved into the Death Star. Only requires a few materials to complete.
Print out detailed schematics of the Death Star from one of the many sites that seem to have extremely accurate ones. Experiment with different tools to get trenches carved at exactly the right depth and width. Go through five watermelons until I get a semi-decent rendering. Show it to my unimpressed child who says, “But the Death Star isn’t green.” Go to the store to buy spray paint.
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Millennium Falcon birthday cake. Your child will remember this cake forever!
Bring a Pinterest picture of the elaborate cake to a bakery. Hand it over with my credit card. Go home and take a nap. (Or I could have tried this simpler Star Wars-Inspired Birthday Cake Design.)