So the gang is coming over tomorrow for a Star Wars viewing party before you all go to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It goes without saying that you’re going to watch the previous movies in Machete Order as popularized by blogger Rod Hilton. That means starting with A New Hope, followed by Empire Strikes Back, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith and Return of the Jedi. (Trust us, you don’t need to bother with The Phantom Menace.) But this isn’t just any viewing party; this is THE party right before THE movie. You know, the one you’ve been wishing most of your life would happen. You owe your guests more thought and fun than (Han) Solo cups and tortilla chips in a Yoda bowl left over from your ninth birthday party. Your friends, real or imaginary, deserve the most special party you can come up with (and by “special,” we don’t mean that your party takes place entirely in front of a blue screen).


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Fortunately, there are some out-of-this-world ideas (yes, we went there) on the interwebs to kick it up a notch. But you better get busy. It’s almost here. There’s a movie ticket waiting to transport you to long ago in a galaxy far, far away…


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Setting the mood will really kick things into high gear. Sure, you could go to your local party store and get the Star Wars decorations meant for kids’ birthday parties. But look at these cool lanterns made out of recycled aluminum cans. All you really need is a hammer and a nail. And how awesome are these R2D2 popcorn bags? All it requires are some printouts, scissors and a glue stick.

We absolutely loved this galactic buffet table idea that could also double as a backdrop for photos in your spectacular Star Wars cosplay. You could easily adapt the decorations by using just one Japanese lantern as the Death Star and grabbing those silver stars teachers use for their elementary school classrooms from your local craft store. Pick up some sparkly black fabric while you’re there for the tablecloth and backdrop and you’re all set.

Still, if you’re really pressed for time, you can go to any store and find whatever Star Wars-themed product happens to be on sale, because Disney simply refuses to calm down when it comes to merchandising.


You’ll probably want to consume beverages and nourishment that will help you go the long haul. Not that Star Wars doesn’t inspire a little cantina-style adult imbibing, but do you really want to be too bleary to soak in every moment? Just sayin’.

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Jillian Leslie at Catch My Party has some eye-popping ideas for what to serve. Our favorite? Han Solo in carbonite Jell-O. Your guests will lose their minds—I know we did when we saw this. Need more ideas? How about Bantha cocoa, Stormtrooper snacks or these great ideas from Jenn Lifford at Clean & Scentsible. And if you’re feeling really ambitious (or are the overachieving type) how about this incredible Sarlacc Bundt Cake? What Jedi could resist?


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If you throw a party, please let us know in the comments how it turned out. And no spoilers! Some of us don’t have tickets until Sunday (or later).