Hear we go again! Another Star Wars movies was recently released. Yes Disney’s Han Solo movie is a Star Wars story, meaning it’s not part of any of the Star Wars trilogies. Instead it’s a stand alone movie designed to enhance or explain the major characters or story lines. In this case Han Solo’s beginings. We all wondered about his early years before he joined up with the Rebel Alliance, didn’t we? Regardless if you had the burning desire to learn more about Han or not one thing is certain the new movie has renewed interest on all that is Star Wars. This means more Star Wars themed parties and events which need of course Star Wars inspired recipes!
So I’ve rounded up some Star Wars inspired recipes for you to try at your next Star Wars movie night or Marathon. (At our house we have Star Wars Marathons on rainy weekends. )
These Star Wars inspired recipes are super cute and mostly fairly easy to make. It might just make you the super cool parent of the year when you roll them out at your kid’s Star Wars themed birthday party!
Ok I couldn’t resist so I posted this jello picture I found on Pinterest twice. After it is the Han Solo movie and the most memorable thing that ever happened to Mr. Solo, at least in my book, was when he was entombed in carbonite by none other than Darth Vader at the end of episode V The Empire Strikes Back.
I’m sure exactly which site has the recipe for this jello, but do you really need one? All you need is a box or two of jello and a Han Solo action figure. Place him at the bottom of the pan and follow the directions on the jello package. Pour the jello over the man and let it gel!
Personally I’d use green jello simply because I like lime jello. But we all know carbonite is gray and I don’t think there’s gray jello, maybe you can use blue. Or if you’re really inspired use Knox unflavored jello, add fruit juice and a few drops of black food coloring, you could possibly end up with gray colored gelatin. It might work. But me I’d stick with green lime jello.
Star Wars Pizza
Another Star Wars inspired recipe that doesn’t really need a recipe. The picture says it all. Arrange toppings on a homemade or frozen pizza to make BB8, use a half a pizza crust topped with tomato slices and olives for his head.
Use your imagination and turn pizzas into the Death Star or planets!
If you want to get creative shape the dough into your favorite Star Wars character, Yoda, R2D2, C3pO, Darth Vader, Chewbaca, or whoever. Remember shape the dough, spread with sauce, sprinkle with cheese, add toppings, and bake.
You can even use refrigerated or frozen pizza dough!
Prefer quesadillas to pizza? Never fear here’s a recipe from Totally the Bomb for this BB8 Quesadilla using cheese and colored cream cheese.
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Star Wars Rice Krispy Treats
I think everyone loves rice krispy treats. They’re a great snack and they’re pretty easy to make.
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Here’s the recipe and directions from Yummy Mummy Club! They use food writer pens to make the faces on marshmallows.
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Princess Leia Oreo Truffles
Make these Leia Truffles by The Cookie Rookie! Click here for the recipe![spacer height=”-20px”]
Princess Leia Cupcakes
Paintbrushes and Popsicles has an awesome recipe for Leia Cupcakes!
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Star Wars Macaroons
This one’s probably the hardest to make if you’re going to make macaroons at home. I’m not that patient! But you can use store bought macaroons. (I get a box of frozen ones from Sam’s Club or Costco, they’re pretty inexpensive).
If you use store bought macaroons then all you need is a steady hand. Just pipe the colored icings on the macaroons to make R2Dc, the Death Star, or Chewbacca.
Death Star Watermelon
Ok this one takes skill, carving skills that is!
Find yourself a round watermelon and get out the carving knives!
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Star Wars Popcorn
Two Sisters Crafting makes this yummy popcorn. Awesome snack for that Star Wars Movie Marathon!
Click here for the recipe!
Lighsaber Pretzel Rods
No Star Wars themed party or movie night would be complete without lightsabers.
How about these Lightsaber Pretzel rods from Two Sisters Crafting?
Hey they’d make awesome party favors if wrapped in clear treat bags!
Click here for recipe!
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This is it! The final countdown to Thanksgiving Day! Are you still searching for that last-minute kiddie game? Still short by a couple of creative crafts? Or maybe you need just one more treat to complete the family feast? Well, here’s a roundup of great Thanksgiving party ideas just for kids (with helpful how-to’s included) covering all 3 of those areas to make this holiday extra-special for you and your loved ones. Enjoy!
From turkey toss games to tic-tac-turkey, here are five unique ways to keep the kids happy at the party:
1 – ‘A Thankful Heart’ activity [Let’s Lasso the Moon] 2 – Tic-Tac-Turkey [How Does She?] 3 – ‘Thankful Pumpkins’ activity [Busy as a Honeybee] 4 – Turkey Toss Game, made with Kiwi Crate’s Thanksgiving Kids Craft Box [via The Celebration Shoppe] 5 – Artsy Leaf Rubbings [Snack Picks.com]
KID-FRIENDLY CRAFTS/PARTY DECORATIONS
Make fun party crafts and decor. while getting the kids involved, too! We just love these 7 unique ideas from pompom turkeys to boat treat holders:
1 – Cupcake Wrapper Turkeys [Oh My! Creative] 2 – Pompom Turkeys [Mom on Timeout] 3 – Autumn Leaf Mask [Small + Friendly] 4 – Turkey Pinwheels [Parents.com] 5 – ‘Indian Corn’ Favors [The Fickle Pickle] 6 – Pilgrim Boat Treat Holder [Sheek Shindigs] 7 – Tree Centerpiece [Catch My Party]
THANKSGIVING SWEETS AND TREATS FOR THE LITTLE ONES
What would a party be without sweet treats for the little ones? Take these 6 scrumptiously cute ideas, and you’ll be seeing smiles all around:
1 – Pilgrim Hat Cookies [Craftily Ever After] 2 – Mini Chocolate Pumpkin Bundt Cakes [The Chic Site] 3 – Turkey Rice Krispie Treats [Shugary Sweets] 4 – Cheesy Turkey Snacks [Living Locurto] 5 – ‘Little Gobbler’ Cookies [7th House on the Left] 6 – Trail Mix in a Turkey Treats Holder [Fiskars]
Are you planning a kid-friendly Thanksgiving party this season? Or, planning a kids’ table at the celebration? Please leave a comment and share an idea! You might just help a busy mom out there!
Summer’s in full swing and like me you’re probably racking your brain for new breakfast, lunch and snack ideas for the kids. My grandkids have been home since March and each day finding something they want to eat is becoming more and more challenging.
“I’m hungry” and “grilled cheese, spaghetti, etc. are all boring” has become the standard refrain at our house. My grandson who insisted he ‘NEEDED” cases of Chef Boyardee Spaghetti “O”s back in the spring now say’s they’re “boring”. Of course when asked what he’d like instead the reply is almost always “I don’t know”. This leaves me searching for something new and different for lunch and snack times.
One thing I do know is that just about all kids love finger foods; and sometimes taking a “boring” sandwich and re-packaging it into something fun is all it takes to make meal times go smoothly. This can be as simple as taking a PB&J or any type of sandwich and cutting them in to 4 small triangles!
Or you can change it up and call lunch or snack time “Tea Time” and serve a small selection of finger foods. I love tea time and my grandkids do too!
But life isn’t all that easy, so here are a few food ideas that your kids might enjoy! They might just save a bit of your sanity!
Eggs in Frame
I have been making these for years, started when my kids were small. This is a great breakfast idea and kids almost always think it’s pretty cool.
Just cut a hole (any shape) in the middle of a slice of bread and fry an egg in the hole. You’ll end up with a fried egg on a toasted piece of bread. I usually use a bit of butter to fry these in.
Silver Dollar Sprinkle Pancakes
Add some sprinkles or chocolate chips into your pancake batter and instead of making large Turpancakes make smaller ones about the size of a silver dollar. If the chain restaurants can do it so can you!
Turkey & Cheese Pinwheels
These are a family favorite! You can pick some up ready made from Costco or you can make them at home. It’s super easy!
Click here for this recipe!
Ham & Cheese Sliders
Sliders of any kind are great finger foods both kids and adults love.
These Ham & Cheese Sliders are another family favorite. I usually make a tray of them and the kids just grab as they want. A tray lasts thru lunch and snacks all day!
Click here for this recipe!
Not everything needs to be homemade. Sometimes you just don’t feel like making lunch from scratch. No worries, there’s always frozen alternatives.
We always keep a box of frozen Taquitos in the freezer. They’re great for lunch or snacks, just heat them up in the oven and you’re good to go. I like to serve them with salsa, melted nacho cheese, and sour cream for dipping.
You do know kids love to dip! My year old grandson Jaxon is all about dipping these days!
Pigs in Blankets
Pigs in Blankets is another favorite and a staple at many of our kids’ parties. But to truly make it a finger food you need small ones.
I cut the hot dogs and crescent dough in half. Roll each hot dog section in one of the dough sections, place on parchment paper and bake. Serve with whatever hot dog condiments you prefer.
I’m sure you know kids love food on sticks. So dress up fruit by cutting them into balls and other interesting shapes, then string them up on skewers.
Older kids will love them. For younger kids skip the sticks and just serve them the fruit cut in to different shapes, you should also cut melon balls and grapes in halves to keep toddlers from choking on them.
Our family loves Halloween. We have so much fun decorating, making costumes, and best of all throwing a Halloween Party for friends and family.
When Halloween falls on a weekend, like it does this year, it’s extra fun. We like to host a Halloween party in the afternoon then take everyone out to trick or treat when the sun goes down, with a quick costume change of course. (When Halloween falls on a weekday we usually throw the party the weekend before)
Here are some ideas to inspire you to throw your own Halloween Party. Your little goblins and ghouls will love it!
Halloween Punch is always a party favorite, specially when it comes out of a bubbling fog covered bowl.
We use green colored Hawaiian punch “spiked” with Sprite and place the punch bowl in a cauldron with dry ice.
Never put the dry ice directly into the punch bowl, and never handle dry ice with bare hands.
Here’s a Video from Chow Tips on how to safely use dry ice in your Halloween Punch
Serve ghoulish foods and place them in fun bowls. We have a battery operated treat bowl with a skeleton hand that grabs guests when they reach for a treat. I got it several years ago from Walmart.
These cute Frankenstein Marshmallow Pops are always a big hit.
Click here to learn how to make them.
Pumpkin Sandwich Cookies are easy to make with refrigerated Pillsbury Cookie dough and canned frosting.
Click here to learn how!
For healthier non-candy treats check out the ideas on Listotic.
Utilize “scary” ingredients from your pantry and fridge to create simple ghoulish treats.
Olives make great “spiders”, use them to top pizzas, deviled eggs, and more.
Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons
Grapes make great “caterpillars” when skewered on wooden sticks and great “eye balls” in a fruit salad.
Don’t forget to freeze plastic spiders and eye balls in ice trays for some Halloween drinks!
Decorate inside and out! You can do it inexpensively with Dollar Store finds.
Click here for decorating ideas using Dollar Store Finds!
Glow sticks make cool Halloween Decor, or decor for any other event too!
Click here for glow stick decorating ideas!
No party is complete without games, and Halloween Parties are no exception.
Bobbing for apples is always a hit and so is the sensory game involving touching foods and naming the “body part”.
Click here for game ideas!
We like to wind things down either before or after trick or treating by reading the kids a Halloween book or watching a not too scary Halloween Movie.
Click here for a list of Halloween reads!
Click here for some not so scary Halloween movies!
Photo by Savvy Nana
Halloween is on Friday. It’s not to late to throw a Halloween party. When my kids were young we used to throw a pre-trick-or-treat party, it was lots of fun!
Consider inviting friends over for pot luck, it makes it easier to feed excited kids. And making one dish to share is easier than preparing the whole dinner yourself.
A few games before hitting the streets gets the evening off to a good start. Then wind things down after trick-or-treating by sharing a good Halloween book or watching a scary movie.
Here are a few ideas to jump start your party.
A spooky twist on pigs-in-blankets. These Mummy Dogs from Raining Hot Coupons are easy to make and will surly be a hit.[spacer height=”-100px” id=”8″]
Jack-o-Lantern Sandwiches from Delish.com are really just layers of ham and cheese baked in ready made pie crust. If you prefer you can use slicked turkey or other cold cuts instead of the ham.
Halloween twist on deviled eggs by Delicious as it Looks.
This spider web dip is a spooky variation of party favorite 7 Layer Dip from Momtastic.com.
Had to throw these adorable Frankenstein Marshmallow Pops from Just a Taste! They are too cute!
This Pumpkin Fudge Eclair Cake from Inside Bru Crew Life looks super yummy!
Click here for recipe.
Witches brew is always a hit at our parties. Any punch will do, it’s the fog that makes this spooky fun.
DIY Dry Ice click here.
How to use dry ice in drinks safely click here.
For more Halloween dinner recipes click here!
For Homemade Halloween treat recipes click here!
A fall party staple is bobbing for apples, if you don’t want to get wet try tying donuts on strings and let the players chomp away.
Instead of pinning the tail on the donkey dis-assemble a jointed skeleton cut out and have the kids re-assembling it blind folded.
Instead of a pinata try this Pop Goes the Pumpkin from MarthaStewart.com. The Pumpkin makes a cute decoration and the kids will love popping the balloons to find their surprise.
For some ghoulishly good fun have blind folded kids guess which body part they are touching.
Simply place assorted food in containers and have the blind folded child stick her hand in each container to feel around, she must guess the body part that is in each container.
Use peeled grapes for “eyes”, cold cooked spaghetti for “hair”, etc.
When the fun and food are over gather your ghosts and goblins to trick-or-treat in the neighborhood. By the end of the evening you will most likely have a group of over tired kids, wind them down with a quiet activity such as reading a Halloween book or watching a Halloween movie.
October is a fun month to have a birthday party. There are so many themes to choose from it will be hard to decide which one you want to use.
Bright fall colors make eye popping decorations. Take advantage of the bounty of fresh fruits and veggies fall offers and serve healthy party food like zucchini pizza!
Here are 6 party themes for your October born child.
For late October birthdays there’s nothing wrong with combining the birthday party with a Halloween party. You’ll only have to decorate once!
There are so many fun treats, games, and activities for kids with this theme including Frankenstein Marshmallows, bobbing for apples, and watching scary or not so scary movies.
Click here for fun Halloween Party ideas!
In honor of Bam-Bam’s, of Flintstone fame, how about a Pebbles & Bam Bam or Dinosaur Party?
Greet guests with a giant inflatable dinosaur to set the tone and serve Stone Age goodies like Dino Bones (chicken lollipops).
Not Just a Mommy
Not Your Normal Steam
Mad Hatter Tea Party!
October 6 is Mad Hatter Day! Throw a Mad Tea Party complete with flamingo croquet field.
This is essentially an Alice in Wonderland themed party, just emphasize the Hatter by using more tea cups and top hats in your decor.
Click here for Wonderland party ideas and FREE Printable!
Click here to learn how to make flamingo croquet set!
Click here to learn how to make tea cup floral centerpieces!
October is Grover’s birthday too. Throw a Sesame Street themed party starring Grover of course!
It might be fun to set up a cookie buffet for this party, instead of treat bags let guests choose their favorite cookies to take home.
Learn how to DIY your own cookie buffet click here!
Savvy Nana Ms. Fox’s Sweets
Melly Moments HWTM
The Purple Pug
October 9th. is Fire Prevention Day, a Fireman or Firetruck Themed Party is definitely in order!
Grab some plastic fireman hats from the party store and let the kids have a blast!
Loving My Nest
Smart Party Planning
Spaceships and Laserbeams
Wonder Woman Party!
Last but not least October 24 is Wonder Woman’s birthday. Throw a Super Hero Themed party starring everyone’s favorite female hero, Wonder Woman!
Life’s Sweet Moments
Kara’s Party Ideas
Parties and Patterns (free printables)
For more Super Hero ideas and free printables
check out Devon’s Super Hero Party!
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