May the Fourth be with you! That simple pun started a new tradition for nerds across the world, who can now celebrate Star Wars Day on, you guessed it, May 4. Star Wars and Lucasfilm itself love celebrating each year and there are events happening everywhere, but the easiest way to celebrate with your friends and family is to throw a party yourself.
But where do you start? As somebody who gets anxiety at just the thought of throwing a party, I know it can be difficult to figure out each aspect of a shindig so that your guests are happy. Luckily, Star Wars has been around long enough that party supplies are everywhere, and people have put together ideas like cocktail recipes.
Wookie Cookies and other treats
You know the saying "come to the dark side. We have cookies?" That might apply to a cute T-shirt but it can also apply to your party. It's easy to fill up your guests' stomachs with generic food from the grocery store, but there are plenty of ways to apply the theme down to the food.
For starters, there are plenty of cookbooks you can buy with Star Wars-themed recipes. Best of all, they have items that are easy to make. You don't need to have Death Star-shaped cake balls, for instance, but that is an option. Sometimes just having a dish with a punny name is enough. My colleague wouldn't stop talking about the Wookiee Cookies cookbook and all of the wordplay within. Want C-3PO pancakes? That's here. Want to create a Jedi Juice bar? The instructions for that are here, too.
There are cookbooks out there as well for different kinds of parties. I love brunch, for instance, and there's a Star Wars cookbook just for that.
If you want something quick, the official Star Wars website also has some handy recipes that you can make all-year round.
The Star Wars Cookbook: BB-Ate: Awaken to the Force of Breakfast and Brunch (From $10 at Amazon)
Breakfast is good all day long, in our opinion, so why not enjoy the occasion with this Star Wars cookbook filled with 29 brunch recipes? It also comes with photos picturing figurines recreating famous scenes.
Make treats of your own
We understand if you don't want to follow a recipe, especially when there are easy-to-make foods that you can put a Star Wars stamp on. Geeky kitchen appliances make for great gifts, but they can also help put a unique spin on a party. A popular one that you can get for almost any fandom is a waffle maker, so stack up some Death Star waffles for your guests. You can also make some cool lightsaber ice pops with this ice pop maker.
ThinkGeek Star Wars Death Star Waffle Maker ($40 at Amazon)
Waffle makers are some of our favorite geeky gifts and this Death Star one is no exception. You can make waffles all year, but it's a great way to get some themed food for your party. It also goes well with some of those brunch recipes you might make.
Star Wars Lightsaber Ice Pop Maker by ThinkGeek ($60 at Amazon)
It can't be a Star Wars party without some lightsabers, but these are the kind you can eat. Make them in red, blue, or whatever color you think your lightsaber might be.
If your May the Fourth party is 21+ you can get creative with some mixed alcoholic drinks and turn your home into Mos Eisley. If you're not sure where to start there are plenty of recipe books out there.
If you want something quick, there are also a number of recipes out on the internet. Some of our favorites include this batch published by Paste Magazine, this Blue Milk recipe from Castles and Cooks, and Jabba Juice, which contains sherbert.
To spruce up the cocktails (just in case your guests didn't know they were Star Wars-themed drinks) you can buy Star Wars ice cube molds in the shape of your favorite characters.
Set of 8 Star Wars Silicone Ice Trays ($23 at Amazon)
Can't decide which ice cube tray you like best? Try this set of eight, which includes molds for Darth Vader, the Millennium Falcon, Boba Fett, and more. The trays are made of silicone and you can also use them to make shaped chocolates.
OK so you have your guests and you have your food. Now you need to change up the space so everybody can get into "holiday" spirit (May the Fourth is a holiday now).
Decorations can be as simple or as elaborate as you want. Whether you're on a budget and just want to get streamers or balloons, or want to go all-out with matching plates and tablecloths, there's something for you.
For something a little different, and with longevity outside the party, you can get a set of smart lights and set them to red, blue, and purple to represent the dark side, the light side, and the Mace Windu side.
Star Wars Party Decorating Pack (15 Pieces) ($14 at Amazon)
Sometimes all you need to get the festivities going are some streamers or some other decorations. It's a simple way to decorate your home.
Star Wars Classic MEGA Deluxe Birthday Party Supply Pack ($42 at Amazon)
Get everything you can need in this party pack. It comes with decorations but also paper plates, napkins, a tablecloth, masks, and more.
Advanced Graphics Stormtroopers Life Size Cardboard Cutout ($45 at Amazon)
You can get cardboard cutouts for a lot of characters, including Chewbacca and Darth Vader, but Stormtroopers are always a solid place to start. This cardboard cutout stands 71 inches high.
What's a Star Wars party without some Star Wars? You and your guests might actually want to sit down and watch the movies and TV shows, or just want them running in the background, and either choice works.
Want to go even further than just running the movies on your TV? Get a projector to project them huge on a wall in or outside of your home.
Star Wars: The Complete Saga Collection ($145 at Amazon)
Not sure which Star Wars movie to choose for your party? Why not all of them? This 9-disc Blu-ray collection comes with the first six movies and a load of extras, including interviews, deleted scenes, concept art, and more.
Sony MP-CD1 Mobile Projector ($391 at Amazon)
Projectors range wildly in price, but for your party and parties to come, you might want to check out this mobile projector from Sony. You can connect HDMI devices and can project an image up to 120 inches wide. It's also portable, so you can take it anywhere.
How do you celebrate?
Ultimately, there's no correct way to celebrate Star Wars Day. If you like the movies and have some free time, you can just sit down and have a movie marathon yourself. How have you celebrated Star Wars Day in the past? Sound off in the comments below.
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