Since there apparently aren't a lot of 4 year old girls who request Princess Leia parties I had to be a little creative with my theme. Casey greeted the guests at the door in her Princess Leia ensemble - dress, belt and Princess Leia buns headband, but I don't have a picture of her in complete costume.
I visited a lot of websites and blogs for inspiration but it was actually Walmart's party aisle that gave me the decorations I needed. We went with some black and pink colors and found some generic Princess paper plates. I put a black tablecloth on the dining table and sprinkled it with pink stars. I found some blue and black sparkly tulle one day and thought I would drape it somewhere and decorate. Turns out I didn't get much tulle in one roll - enough to decorate two chairs and the top of the china cabinet.
I wanted to have some crafts and games for the kids to do while they were here. I found a cute paper craft on this blog and used her idea to make my own pieces. I set them up at the table so the kids could make R2-D2, Yoda and/or Chewbacca. I also printed out some coloring pages from starwars.com.
Then we played a rousing game of Pin the Bun on Princess Leia. Jack was able to peek through the back and see what he was doing so he managed to get perfect placement of his bun. I thought about playing Princess Leia Says but the kids were distracted by the toys and they were all playing so nicely.
For lunch I made Thai Chicken Wraps and Mediterranean Veggie & Hummus Wraps from Rachael Ray. Instead of grilling the chicken I made a Teriyaki Chicken in the crockpot the day before. The kids were welcome to eat these wraps but I also made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and peanut butter and banana rollups...just in case.
I made the same chocolate cake that I made last week and ordered a special princess Leia topper from it from an Etsy store called CrumbyArt. She did a great job crafting Princess Leia into fondant and it was better than any form of Princess Leia that I could make or would want to make out of a cake. I also made some cupcakes and decorated them to look like Ewoks.
Casey was very excited about her party and as I was frantically trying to finish everything up in the kitchen in the minutes before it started she stood by the door and asked me how many minutes until her party started at least 50 times. When everyone got here she crafted, she colored, she pinned the bun on Leia, she played, she ate and she definitely blew out her candles. She had a great time with her friends and with Nana and Pop Pop who came to celebrate too.
I figured that the kids were old enough to watch the present unwrapping and Casey was very excited to do that. She got some great gifts from her friends and made sure that she thanked everyone.
For party favors I went with notebooks and markers. The boys got Star Wars notebooks and Superhero markers and the girls got pretty pink notebooks with Disney Princess or Fairy markers. I printed out a cute Leia picture and label to put on the bags.
At the end of the day, Pat thought it was a good party because there was good food, good cake, a happy birthday girl and it didn't cost too much. And that was my goal.
Happy Birthday to my Princess!