How To Throw the Best Star Wars Party (5 Steps)

What better date to throw a huge Star Wars party than May Fourth? The date is circled in red ink here at Official Star Wars Costumes, and we’re getting ready to throw a huge bash! Still looking for tips? Don’t worry, young padawan, teach you we will in five easy steps.

First, it’s important to understand your audience. If you’re having a party for kids, simple games, movies, and toys with snacks and drinks will be better suited to their tastes, while a party for adult fans (Mark Hamill, Ewan McGregor, and Harrison Ford will be attending ours) should be prepared with more food, but might not need as many games.

May The 4th Be With You
May The 4th Be With You Star Wars Fans!

Invitations

The invitations are the first part of your party that your guests will experience, and as much as a week in advance. It’s vital to include all necessary information, such as when, where, and what. “How” doesn’t really make sense to include, but go for it if you want to. If the attendees should be expected to bring something, be sure to let them know, whether it be a present for a birthday child, a dish to share, or their own drinks.

There are plenty of places to buy pre-made Star Wars invitations that will get the job done, but many are suited best for birthday parties. Making your own invitations using images from the web, tailored to each guest, is a way to put your best foot forward right from the beginning.

Of course, in this digital age, many party invitations are sent out via email or Facebook. There are a lot of ways to create these in interesting ways: write the emails as a character, invite each person as if they were part of the rebellion, and, I’m sure, many more.

Decorations

Here, again, you should remember who will be attending. Kids will love an area decked out to the nines, looking like the Death Star or Jedi temple, while adults might not find it as necessary. Banners, centerpieces, streamers, cutlery (Use the fork!), napkins, and plates are all things to consider.

Another important aspect is ambiance. You could have the movies going on a TV in the corner, or the official soundtrack playing during the party. Cueing certain scenes or songs for specific events will make your guests excited; for example, playing the celebration music from the end of Episode IV when you bring out the desert.

Food

What you serve is one of the most critical parts of any party! Believe me, there are plenty of ways to turn ordinary food into fun Star Wars snacks. These include: lightsaber treats made from pretzel sticks or popsicles, cookies or cupcakes decorated to look like characters, Princess Leia buns, and many more! Here is a list of fun ideas somebody used for their party!

Activities

 For a kid’s party, this will be very important. Be prepared to have several options available – for example, weather might make outdoor games impossible. Like many of the other sections, there are hundreds of ways to think up creative things to do at a party for either kids or adults. A piñata, scavenger hunt, trivia game, pin the lightsaber on the Jedi (Using a poster and stickers), are all popular choices, but there are hundreds of things you could do!

Costumes

For kid’s parties, costumes will help them get into the spirit of the event! Simple costumes like a kids robe will help everyone feel like a Jedi. For adults, judging on the coolest costume or going as a couple or groups is a good way to make everyone interested right from the beginning.

There are innumerable ways to have a great Star Wars party; these are just some tips to get your party off the ground, or to fill in the final details. There are loads of articles online that have activities, food ideas, decorations, and more, so go nuts! And may the Force be with you this May Fourth! We have to get back to work now, have to make some more Yoda Soda (7-Up with lime sherbet). Mark Hamill loves it.

For additional Star Wars Party Ideas check out our Pinterest Star Wars Party Board

Star Wars Character Corner: Lando Calrissian

Every few weeks, we like to use the Star Wars Character Corner to highlight a character from the series that stays out of the spotlight. Our previous entries Chewbacca and Yoda are well-known characters that stretch from one end of the series to the other, so this week we’re doing a character that has a smaller stage to work with, but is still quite well known: Lando Calrissian!

Lando
Who is Lando Calrissian?

Overview

Lando enters the picture halfway through Episode V as the administrator of Bespin. He is introduced as Han’s friend and rival, and the person that had the Millennium Falcon before Han. He betrays Han and the other rebels to Darth Vader, setting up Han’s capture in carbonite and the battle between Luke and Darth Vader.

He returns in Episode VI after switching sides back to the rebels. He helps Han escape from Jabba, and assists the rebels in the destruction of the Death Star V2.

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Star Wars “This Is Madness” 2014 review

The annual Starwars.com “This Is Madness” tournament has come to an end! Whether or not your bracket was the winner, it was certainly a month of upsets and letdowns.

This Is Madness
Obi-wan is crowned champion of the 2014 This is Madness tournament.

Every year, Starwars.com has a bracket of Star Wars characters, both famous and infamous. Separated in eight distinct light and dark side conferences like “Republic,” “Jedi,” “Sith,” or “Bounty Hunters,” saga titans like Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader match up against each other, as well as relative unknowns like Hondo Ohnaka and Admiral Piett. Users on the site can vote on which character they like better, culminating in a battle between the most popular light side character and the most popular dark side character.

On the Dark Side, the wheat was separated from the chaff quickly, knocking out Piett, Asajj Ventress, Greedo, Cad Bane, Darth Maul, Count Dooku, Salacious Crumb, and Mother Talzin. The final two in the division, Darth Vader and Boba Fett, both had a tough road to the finals.

Boba Fett passed over Greedo with ease, but the battle with his father Jango wasn’t so simple. Things got worse against General Grievous, until meeting Vader in the semifinals. Vader beat Maul in the first round, and trounced Palpatine in the second. The quarterfinals put him against Jabba the Hutt, his easiest matchup, winning with ninety-three percent of the votes. Vader defeated Boba Fett with sixty seven percent to become the Dark Side champion!

The Light Side wasn’t as cut and dry. Famous characters Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian were knocked out in the first round, facing titans like Obi-Wan and Chewbacca. The Semifinal ended up with Obi-Wan against Han Solo, and neither had an easy path.

Honda Ohnaka fell to a pounding from Han Solo in the first round, who then went up against his furry co-pilot. He triumphed with a two-to-one difference, and then faced Captain Rex of the Clone Troopers, winning with more than three-fourths of the votes. Obi Wan went against Luke in the first round, and two-time champion Yoda in the second. This was undoubtedly the closest match of them all, with Obi-Wan getting ahead by the edge of his beard with fifty-one percent of the vote. He finished his march to the final four with R2-D2, and defeated Han to become the Light Side champion with sixty-three percent.

The final battle! Obi-Wan Kenobi against his apprentice, the powerful Darth Vader. It’s a matchup that happened more than once in the Star Wars movies, and proved to be an exciting event. Obi-Wan emerged the victor and grand champion for the first time, besting Vader with fifty-nine percent of the overall vote!

We hope you enjoyed the Star Wars This is Madness recap! While Official Star Wars wonders why Jar-Jar Binks wasn’t on the bracket, tell us if you agree that Obi-Wan is the most popular!  Any early predictions for who will win next year in 2015?

Best Order to Watch Star Wars Movies?

This week at the Official Star Wars Costumes blog, we’re tackling an age old question for Star Wars fans.  What’s the best order to watch the Star Wars movies, from start to finish?

We’ll explore the options, including one lesser-known option.

In which order do you watch them?
In which order do you watch them?

Release Order

The first option is to watch the movie in the order they were released, i.e. IV, V, VI, I, II, III.

This is the simplest, and the way many people experience the movies the first time, especially those that enjoyed the original trilogy before the prequels came out. The greatest strength of this order is that it allows a new viewer to see the original trilogy without knowing the twists.

However, this order presents several issues (we’re sure you know them). First, once the original trilogy ends and we get to the prequels, all mystery from the series is gone. We already know everything: Anakin becomes Darth Vader, Palpatine is Sidious, Luke and Leia are siblings, and we know the Empire has been crippled. All that the prequels tell us is how it got started. A new watcher has little reason to get invested.

There’s also the fact that, simply, the prequels aren’t that good. We’re looking at you, Phantom Menace. Young Ani, Jar-Jar, Watto, the love story, midischlorians, the dialogue, podracing . . . the list goes on. Episode III treads water, but isn’t free of its own issues.

Chronological order

The second prevalent order, and the one that George Lucas himself says is the right one, is to watch the prequels first, then the original trilogy.

For a first time viewer, this is hardly better. By watching the prequels first, we are told how Palpatine rose to power, how Anakin become Darth Vader, and the relationship between Luke and Leia – but at that point, none of it means anything. Only by watching the original movies does any of it begin to mean anything, but by then, the twists are revealed anyway! The only thing that we get to see is the resolution of Darth Vader and Luke, and the final battle in Episode VI.

There is one more order to watch the movies, and it’s a bit strange:

The Machete Order

This is a popular idea created by Rod Hilton, after adapting a similar idea by Ernst Rister. The idea here is to somehow show most of the movies without ruining either storyline, and here’s how:

Episode IV, Episode V, Episode II, Episode III, and Episode VI.

Wild! You’ll notice a few things. First, the list is missing an entire movie.

By removing Episode I, a lot of the sticking points for the series are removed. Podracing, midichlorians, and Jake Lloyd are gone. Jar-Jar is reduced to a small cameo in the second movie.

Rod takes the time to explain the many reasons why this order works (and the problems that come with it) but it boils down to this: In Episode V, Darth Vader is revealed as Luke’s father. It then shows Episodes II and III, which hold both the twist that Palpatine is Sidious, and that Luke and Leia are siblings. We then see the conclusion of the original trilogy with Episode VI.

The prequels come at a perfect time in the order, with a staggering cliffhanger: Han in carbonite, Darth Vader’s identity is revealed, and the rebellion scattered. Having the prequels inside the original trilogy also raises the stakes in Episode VI – the viewer may wonder if Luke is going to fall to the dark side like his father.

While this order is only effective for a first-time viewer, Rod himself tried it, and has reported that it is quite effective.

There you have it, a few different ways to enjoy the Star Wars movies. Official Star Wars Costumes watches the original trilogy every weekend. Let us know your favorite way to watch, or if you’ve tried to Machete method!  Also, what will happen when episode VII is release, in what order will you watch the movies?