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Spaceships, Laser Beams, Lightsabers: Throw a party for your Young Jedi

Who would have predicted back when Star Wars: Episode 4 (A New Hope) came out, that decades later, the franchise would still be a huge cultural phenomenon. Although there are many new, important characters – Rey, Kylo Ren, BB8 – the staples we grew up with are still as popular as ever. Our kids love Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Yoda, and the rest of the gang as much as we did growing up. Star Wars theme parties are all the rage again, so if your child wants one, think of it as an opportunity to relive a bit of your childhood too. Here are some ideas for the ultimate Star Wars theme party

In a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Get your Star Wars themed party off to the proper start with impressive invitations. You can either purchase premade Star Wars invitations from a party supply store, or for a more personal touch, you could design and make your own. The possibilities are endless.

  •         Start with a simple “space” background. Those are easy to find over the Internet. There are many photo/illustration editing programs available. Write out your time, date, and other party details to look like the opening crawl from the Star Wars movie. You could also throw in a picture of the Death Star, Millennium Falcon, or other iconic craft as an accent.
  •         Have Tatooine as the backdrop for your invitations and invite the Nerfherders (guests) to a party at the station – or better yet, at the Mos Eisley Cantina.
  •         Play up some Stormtrooper humour. Make the invitation in the shape of a Stormtrooper helmet and jokingly suggest that they not “miss” the party. 
  •         Shoot for a Star Wars girl power motif and use your photo editing program to put your favourite female characters together.
  •         Play around with Yoda’s unique linguistic style with phrases like “Come to the party, you must” or “Invited, you are.”

Serve Some Awesome Space Food

Many bakeries and ice cream chains offer Star War-themed birthday cakes. You could probably also find a novelty cake business in Sydney that can make something really cool, like a Death Star or R2D2 shaped/decorated cake. If you are a proficient baker and cake decorator, you could bake your own, of course. You could also try some of these Star Wars-themed food ideas.

  •         For some variety and fun, you could always serve a platter of cupcakes instead of a standard cake. You can decorate a few like Yoda with green icing and green apple “ears”, a few like Chewbacca with chocolate or peanut butter icing and a licorice strip “belt”,  C3PO, with yellow icing and candy eyes, or any of the droids with white icing and accents in orange or blue, depending on whether you’re going for BB8 or R2. 
  •         Pretzel lightsabers are easy to prepare and fun to eat. All you need is a package of straight pretzels and different colours of icing. Separate the contents of a tub of icing, then make a few colours for the different lightsabers – red for Sith lords, blue and green for the main Jedis.
  •         Drinks are another opportunity to take your Star Wars game up a few notches. Get a few juice jugs so you can offer your guests different drinks to sample. Yoda juice could be any juice or soft drink with a few drops of green food colouring. C3PO could be represented by tropical nectar or a similarly orange-gold drink. Chewbacca can be chocolate milk, and R2D2 could be any blue drink, fizzy or flat. Have your guests try all of them and review or rate them. 

Create a World They Will Never Forget

If you want to go all out on your Star Wars party decorations, you find a place that does wall-sized prints and watch your guests’ jaws drop when they enter a scene straight from one of the movies.  That can be expensive and somewhat cumbersome to carry around, though. Thankfully, you have many other options.

  • Hang galaxy patterned fabric on your main wall, and either pin up iconic Star Wars vessels like the tie fighters, X and Y wings, Millennium Falcon (even the Death Star!) or have them hanging down from the ceiling for a 3D look.
  • If you’re in a pinch, many party supply stores in Sydney carry a large range of Star Wars-themed decorations, including balloons, banners, tablecloths, and more.
  • Play songs from the Star Wars soundtrack(s) in the background so guests always feel as if they are part of an epic adventure.
  • Come to the light side: hire amazing party staff to make it your event even more unforgettable. 
  • Buy small Star Wars figurines – Lego miniatures work really well – and make your table into a battlefield, with the snacks and utensils as geographic terrain. If you will be using your main table for activities or a “sit down” eating area, consider setting up a smaller table with all the food and drinks, and have the figures hang out there.

Out of This World Activities

With a little imagination, you can make your Star Wars themed party something that your guests – and their parents – will talk about for years. Depending on how much space you have, you can “go big or go home”.

  •         Set up an obstacle course for some “jedi training”. Pool noodles make hilarious jumbo lightsabers — simply use coloured cardstock, markers, and duct tape to make the handles. 
  •         Remember Luke’s training sequences? Find a round piñata at a party supply store or section and spray paint it silver. Convert the stick into a lightsaber and you’re good to go. If your guests are younger, fill a round paper lantern with confetti and let them use pool noodle lightsabers.
  •         Modify “Pin the Tail on the Donkey” so that you’re “pinning” Jabba’s tail on his body, Han Solo on the carbonite block, Darth Vader’s helmet onto his suit, or Yoda’s ears to his face. If you are wary about having your guests handle sharp objects, use velcro tape. 
  •         If it’s close to Halloween, make it a Star Wars-themed costume party. That way, the kids will also get to wear their costumes for the party and trick-or-treating. Encourage the parents to dress up too – many of them would probably love to enjoy the festivities too out of sheer nostalgia.

If you’re outdoors, you have even more options.

  •         Buy different coloured bubble wands – they already look like lightsabers in the sunlight – and use acrylic paint and black or silver tape for handles. Ask your guests to “use the force” to unleash waves of bubble power.
  •         Set up various targets with different point values, load up the Nerf gun, and you have the perfect set-up for a Stormtrooper shooting competition.

 

We’ve got some awesome Star Wars activities planned as part of our Star Wars-themed parties, led by some of your favourite and most iconic characters. Talk to us about hosting the ultimate Star Wars party for your kid. After all, we are Sydney’s “Force” for fun.


Planning a Frozen Themed Birthday Party for your Kid? Here are some Ideas!

ElsaIt has been years since Frozen swept the world by storm; no one is about to “Let It Go” any time soon. With the recent release of Frozen 2, every little girl wants to be Elsa or Anna again. Who wouldn’t want to celebrate the ice and snow with a magical Frozen themed party? Here are some Frozen theme party ideas and tips for throwing the ultimate Frozen experience, and for bringing Arendale to Sydney.

Let It Snow

It’s easy to find licensed Frozen theme decorations in big box and party stores, but by spending just a little bit of time and effort, the experience you’ll give your guests will be much more enchanting. A Frozen landscape should be filled with snow and ice. Blue and white streamers make for wonderful icicles if you twist them together like long spirals. If you have white or light blue icicle lights leftover from Christmas, even better; they will emulate the glorious twinkling of ice crystals in the light. Fluffy “snow” can easily be made with cotton batting — simply pull apart some tufts and place them on table corners and other flat items. 

Get your guests involved in the decorating — we’ll revisit this soon.

Fun, Festive Food

Food is the hub of every party. Done right, it will be memorable and inspire guests (and their parents!) to look up the recipes and make some of the treats for other special occasions. Thankfully, these treats are pretty simple to make. 

  •         Many bakeries and ice cream parlours offer Frozen designs, but there’s no reason you can’t make your own Frozen cake. Start with a tried-and-true cake recipe of your own or a couple of boxes of cake mix. You will be pleasantly surprised at what a little blue food colouring can accomplish. Separate the icing into two bowls; leave one as is, and add a drop or two of blue food colouring into the other. The key is to keep the blue in the lighter spectrum. If you can pull off an ombre look for the icing, go for it. If not, you can simply make swirls in the icing to make wind gusts where the blue and white colours meet. You can even jazz things up a notch with silver balls, snowflake cake decorations, and edible glitter. 
  •         A pretty – and easy to clean up – alternative to a birthday cake is a platter of cupcakes with the blue/white icing. 
  •         Blue gelatin dessert can make excellent “ice cubes” if you cut the amount of water in half so that the gelatin is firmer than usual.
  •         If you have snowflake-shaped cookie cutters, use them to make snowflake sugar cookies that you can decorate with the same things you use for the cake and/or cupcakes. 
  •         You can also put out little bowls filled with white and blue mints, blue candy-coated chocolates, blue gummies or jelly beans.

Arendale Inspired Activities

One of the main reasons behind Frozen’s appeal is the phenomenal soundtrack — even if you’ve heard it waaaaaay too many times to still appreciate it. Kids love to sing along, so why not set up a Frozen themed karaoke activity at your party? You can rent a karaoke machine, buy a kids karaoke system, or just set up the music and plug in some microphones. Make sure you record the fun. You can even send clips to your guests after the party. There are a number of other Frozen theme party ideas you can try.

  • With candy eyes and black icing, you and your guests can make mini edible Olafs out of marshmallows and toothpicks…and then eat them, of course.
  • If your guests are old enough to wield kid scissors, look up paper snowflake patterns and make some gorgeous decorations. Jazz them up with glitter glue. You can have everyone tape up the snowflakes on the walls. Take pictures of the final display and send them around — and don’t forget to let the kids take their snowflakes home.
  • Find out who the real Frozen fans are, with a Frozen trivia contest.
  • Instead of decorating the sugar cookies prior to the party, set up cake decorating stations so your guests can decorate them the way they like. 
  • Get the best kids entertainment in Sydney. Filled with an avalanche of activities, fun games and balloon modelling, give your child a party to remember. 

Fantastic Party Favors

Everyone loves gifts. Guests feel extra loved and appreciated when you send them home with keepsakes or gift bags. Again, with the recent revival of all things Frozen with the release of the sequel, you can easily find Frozen theme stationery and knick-knacks. Your local dollar store probably stocks Frozen stickers. If you want to add a personal, creative touch, you can forego the licensed paraphernalia and find tasteful blue/silver pens, pencils, and writing paper. See if you can find blue “slime” with silver glitter, make it on your own, or turn that into a fun party activity. Send your guests home with extra cupcakes — party supply stores will likely carry little boxes and doggie bags for baked items. Of course, anything with snowflakes is fair game!

Now all you need is a venue – and maybe even Elsa or Anna to make your Frozen theme party the event your guests will be talking about long after they’ve all gone home. We’ve got Frozen theme party packages and we’ll ensure that your amazing party goes off without a hitch. Contact us today to find out more.


News

FROZEN 2 HAS HIT THE BIG SCREEN!

Snowflakes have been falling in Arendelle since Elsa and Anna premiered in Frozen 2 and ventured beyond the city into the Enchanted Forest! It’s definitely looking a lot like Winter at StarDust HQ! Here at StarDust Kids, it’s Frozen Fever as we are still buzzing with excitement from our preparations for the films release. It has been all glitter, turquoise and icy hues in our costume department! Amidst the snowstorm of icy blues, you can spot rich berry capes – property of none other than Anna!. Boxes of glitter, fake tattoos, face paints, lights, limbos, hula hoops and parachutes (Elsa’s snow cape) are ready to go, and the soundtrack to Frozen 2 has been echoing around our office!

Our Frozen themed parties are full of lots of fun and will delight girls and boys alike! Get ready to see the latest magic our Elsa and Anna entertainers have been practicing with Olaf, Kristoff and Sven, watch them sneak up on the mean Prince Hans, not to mention witness them showcasing their very best Frozen moves to the hit tunes children know and love (in between being frozen by Elsa’s snow magic of course!).

We tailor each and every package. So if there is anything at all you would like at your event – snow worries at all, let us know! We can work our ice magic and kids entertainment into any event. Olaf knows that seeing a smile on kids faces is worth melting for, and we can’t wait to bring lots of smiles and laughter to your next Frozen 2 Themed kid’s party or event.

For more information, a quote or to book in a Fabulous Frozen 2 Entertainer, give us a call on (02) 9557 9772, email us at info@stardustkids.com.au or simply fill out the enquiry form on our website!

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NEWS

BREAKing NEWS!!!

Who just came crashing through our doors?… THE HULK!

He has been sent by S.H.I.E.L.D to train the kids up to be big and strong just like him!

Our Hulk style character is a genius at magic, balloon models, parachute games, bubbles and plenty more! Bringing his own music for some dangerous dancing, he might even give the kids some fierce face painting or tough tattoos!

To book a SMASHING party with a StarDust Style Hulk, give us a call on         (02) 9331 1773


Elsa Has Arrived… Again!!!

Elsa from Frozen has been sooooooo popular that we have had to get her a new dress… Too much partying you see. Check out her beautiful new dress below.

If you would like Elsa to add a touch of magic to your next Frozen party call us today 02 9331 1773 or email us at info@stardustkids.com.au

Elsa From Frozen


News

Anna From Frozen Has Arrived All The Way From Arendelle

Since Elsa ran away, Anna has been searching high and low and far and wide looking for her sister. She has travelled through the cold North Mountain and all the way to Sydney and has finally found Elsa at the StarDust Kids HQ

Now that Anna’s search is over, she is ready to celebrate. Why not invite the wonderful Anna to your next kids’ party? She will take the Children on a magical journey through Arendelle where they will get to play loads of great fun Frozen related games, help Anna perform some amazing magic, show off their “coolest” dance moves to their favorite Frozen songs plus much much more.

You could even invite both Elsa and Anna to make the day extra special.

For more information call us today on (02) 9331 1773, email us at info@stardustkids.com.au or check out our website – www.stardustkids.com.au

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

And Remember, StarDust Makes It Magic!!


SNOWSTORMING into StarDust Kids HQ is…..ELSA from FROZEN!

Arendelle has frozen over….and Sydney might be next!

After returning from her trip into the mountains Elsa has arrived in Sydney and is ready to create a magical winter wonderland at your next Kid’s Party!

Have Elsa come and join you for a Frozen adventure and learn all about her snowy friend Olaf, Sven the Reindeer, Mountain Man Kristoff and of course sister Anna.

This frosty film has captivated audiences worldwide and StarDust is here to bring the story to life. The gloves are off and this glistening Princess is ready to reveal her powers. From magic to balloon modelling, parachute games to bubbles, Elsa will make your party one to remember.

Call us now on 02 9331 1773 to hear more about Elsa’s icy adventures and soon you too could be have a wonderfully Frozen time!


StarDust Kids Brings You… Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!!

From the sewers of New York City, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael have BURST into our office in Sydney to offer their services at your next kid’s party!

The third animated series of TMNT has just kicked off, and now the turtles are celebrating in Sydney… with StarDust! So pick a turtle, any turtle! We can come as your kid’s favourite – whether it’s Leo (blue), Mike (orange), Don (purple) or Raph (red).

This may surprise you, but the Ninja Turtles have lots of games and tricks to pull out of their shell… magic, balloon models, parachute games, bubbles and more! They bring the music for the groovy dancing games (no surprise they don’t require electricity – everything they need is in that shell!) and they may even have fake tattoos and face paints!

To book a party with a StarDust Turtle, give us a buzz on 9211 9254.


New & Exciting Characters Added!!!

The wardrobe is bursting and so are we… to tell you that we have SO MANY new characters for you to choose from!

StarDust Kids has been scouring Sydney (and beyond!) for the latest and most popular characters out there to add to our collection. Thanks to our amazing clients and their wonderful kids, we’ve been inspired to find a whole heap of new characters to invite to your next party!

StarDust Kids is proud to announce that we now have Cole – the famous ninja of the Earth from NINJAGO! As well as all four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles under our belt!

We also have a very adventurous Jungle Explorer, and a smooth 007-esque Secret Agent to train the kids into top secret spies!

In addition to Alice, you can now invite The Mad Hatter to the tea party – what a laugh he is! Speaking of laughter, Giggle and Hoot are… well… a hoot! We also have the Green Lantern to battle against boredom at your kid’s next party.

Watch this space: Captain America is flying in soon!


Who Knew There Was StarDust In Narnia?

StarDust Kids spent the weekend at the launch of the very special Narnia exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum. After being involved in the Harry Potter Exhibition, we were only too delighted to be invited back to the Powerhouse for The Chronicles of Narnia.

Our very own Sam was Peter the Magnificent for three days! It was an incredible experience and such an exciting exhibition to be a part of! The children were captivated… including those of the special guest Nicole Richie!

Photos: http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/entertainment/about-town/narnia-exhibition-highlights-20120510-1yetm.html

 

The Exhibition: http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/narnia/


StarDust Kids Bring the Disco to Katoomba

We brought our Disco Party to Katoomba RSL on the weekend and had a discoBALL of fun! It was our second time entertaining the kids at the Katoomba RSL event (and we’re booked again on the 8th July!)

The kids showed us their craziest dance moves… even crazier than the infamous groovey moves of our Silly Sam and Mad Maeve!

The 2 hours whizzed by and we’re already looking forward to the next party in July where there is sure to be even more amazing music, fun games and not to forget, CRAZY Dancing! We may need some new dance shoes by then though… these ones are wearing out fast!

Our Disco Parties are LOTS of fun! Packed with dancing, as well as all kinds of fun activities to keep the kids on their TOES! To find out more just click the link or call us today on (02) 9211 9254 or 0450 429 352.


StarDust Kids At The Sebel Hawkesbury Valley

We here at StarDust Kids have some very exciting new!

We are please to announce that from Tuesday 3rd January 2012 – Wednesday 25th January 2012 we will be performing everyday at the Sebel Spa & Resort, delivering amazing children’s entertainment.

With a fun packed schedule organised, you can sit back, relax and enjoy the wonderful facilities that The Sebel has to offer in the knowledge that your children will be having a fun filled time with StarDust Kids entertainment.

For more information about all the great things The Sebel has to offer, simply click on the link below;

http://www.sebelhawkesbury.com.au/school-holidays/

We are very excited to be working with The Sebel Spa & Resort Hawkesbury Valley and hope to see you there in January!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 


StarDust Kids Perform At The Harry Potter Exhibition Launch

Well what a week it has been for us here it StarDust Kids…

A few months ago back in July, we were asked to provide the children’s entertainment for the Pre Launch of the Harry Potter Exhibition at Sydney’s Power House Museum. We are happy to say that the event was a huge success and we were lucky enough to be invited back to provide the children’s entertainment for the main launch event on.

On Friday morning (18th November 2011) the StarDust team arrived at the Power House Museum ready and raring to go. Even from driving into the car park we could see the queue of smiling people waiting to catch a glimpse of Sydney’s newest and most exciting exhibition.

As the doors opened and the eager fans filtered in, it was all systems go for the StarDust Kids team. Moving throughout the crowd, there was interactive magic, Harry Potter quiz questions, Harry Potter tattoos plus much much more. The room was alive with action as spells were cast and prizes won, the sheer delight was fantastic as both children and adults alike enjoyed the entertainment.

And now, we are pleased to report that the event was a HUGE success and would like to thank the Power House Museum, Warner Brothers and Patsy of Free lance events for inviting StarDust Kids to be apart of such an amazing and wonderful event.

To check out more about our Harry Potter parties just click on the link provided or call us today on 0450 429 352


Welcome to our new website

We have had our website overhauled!

Slapped with a new coat of paint and fitted with a new engine, we are now ready to show off our new website to the world.

StarDust Kids is also getting social, you can now follow us on Twitter and on Facebook. So join us in the magic and fun that is kids parties and StarDust Kids.

And finally a big thanks to Squeeze Creative for their great website design work.