Every year for Star Wars fans, there is one very special day, Star Wars Day. “May the force be with you” and the date May the 4th, sounded just too similar to ignore and so began the ‘May the Fourth Be With You’ Celebrations. It isn’t the first time this phrase has been used in history. Apparently it was used back in 1979 when Margaret Thatcher was elected as British Prime Minister.
Since it’s beginning in 2011, May the 4th has been well accepted in Star Wars culture to mark this significant annual event. What about Star Wars day, this year? Will you be joining in the celebrations too? I’ve created a list of ideas of things to do, so if you need to use this, please go and check it out. This article is about helping you prepare for the occasion.
Be Prepared! Like A Good Scout Walker Pilot!
Remember that a good event is one that has been well organised. Take the time to think about what you want to do, how many people will be attending, what refreshments are required, and if you have the necessary star wars tools and resources, such as games, for your occasion.
Whether you are preparing to fly solo on the 4th of May, spending time with family, or planning a group get together or function, here are some basic things to think about and check off your list.
- Movies! First and foremost, do you own, or can you borrow the movies that you are planning to watch? If you are a fan, then I am sure you already own them all, however if you do need to buy any, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to shop and for pick up or delivery. If relying on an online store, allow time for postage and delivery.
- Seating – do you have enough comfortable chairs for people?
- Ensure your sound system is working properly?
- Do you have a way to block out sun reflection on your TV screen during daylight from all angles, or if at night, headlights from passing traffic?
- If you live in very close proximity to others and have a lot of people coming to your house, expect there to be some noise. Have you been courteous and alerted your neighbours?
- Make sure you have enough drinks, popcorn or other snacks. Can you keep the drinks cold? Prepare them earlier if possible. Do you need to buy ice to put in a basin of some kind to keep extra drinks cold if the fridge isn’t large enough?
- Are you dressing up for the occasion, don’t forget to buy your costumes!
Lego – Star Wars Style
- Lego – When I was young, Star Wars Lego had not been created so I had to build my own Millennium Falcon from what I had at the time.
- No star wars specific Lego? Use your own creative genius and design your own. It doesn’t matter if it isn’t a perfect replica, as long as YOU know what it is.
- Star Wars Lego set? Use you own or find a place to purchase, allow time for delivery.
- Are the instruction pages easy to find?
- Clear a space or use a table to spread out on.
- If you use the floor and all of your Lego pieces are combined into one big tub, place pieces on a towel for easy clean up. You can tip the Lego back into the tub.
- If your sets are separated, individual trays work well. If you don’t have enough, buy some.
- If you are playing any of the board games that I suggested previously, make sure you have checked that all the playing pieces are present and accounted for. Give yourself time to borrow or buy another one, allow time for processing and postal delivery, or choose a different game.
- Seating arrangements – where will people sit?
- Get ready ahead of time, any paper, pens, pencils, timers, batteries, play dough (if playing a game that requires it), paints, brushes, or other creative needs.
- Video games – check that all the discs are in the cases and put them in a safe place to keep until the day. Nothing worse than having waiting guests while you search for them
- Charge all batteries and controllers and have some spare set aside. Clean any discs that need it and send for repair if scratched, unless you have a way to repair it yourself.
- See the movie night section for drinks and snacks and more information will follow.
- If you are like me, you may wish to go all out in fancy dress and listen to Star Wars music. Do you have costumes and music?
- For a group trivia night for many people, follow any previous suggestions for games nights that relate to this
- Book a venue or use your own home
- Advertise your event if required
- Send invitations and have an RSVP on it. Include the time, location, entry price if any, prizes if any and provide payment details if paying in advance is required. Set up a suitable account to receive payments, maybe through PayPal as an example. Provide receipts.
- Make sure you have already searched your questions and answers. Collate the information and have the question and answer sheets ready and printed out if needs be.
- You can find trivia questions in books, movies, the internet, Google searches, You Tube, interviews, documentaries, articles, comics, SW edition Trivial Pursuit Wikipedia or Wookieepedia.
- If you are providing prizes, consider how you will distribute the prizes and what you will give. If you need to buy prizes, allow time for delivery.
- Have a person or couple of people act as adjudicators in order to determine a correct answer or winner.
- Have some extra questions and answers on hand for tie-breakers.
- Ensure there are enough tables, chairs, pens, paper for guests, microphone if holding an event
- Consider refreshments such as drinks, snacks. If you are hosting at home you could make your own, or have guests bring a plate. If hosting a big event, try a coupon system to ensure everyone gets what they paid for. These will need to be made and printed out and handed out at the door or emailed to ticket purchases, so provision is made for one of each refreshment. Or you may choose to provide a table with snacks and drinks for people to serve themselves.
- Paper cups, plates, serviettes, tablecloths, cutlery, may be needed. Allow time to locate, purchase and have delivered.
- Clean up of the premises may need to be accounted for
- Wait! There’s something missing. Do you have your costume?
But What About The Food, How ‘Star Warsy’ Can You Get?
I have held some Star Wars themed parties and it is quite easy to create food, drinks and desserts that are related in some way to the movies. If you find it difficult, because sometimes your creativity just isn’t flowing when you need it, try the Star Wars cook book. Pinterest also has an abundance of ideas. You really can do it as simply or as extravagantly as you like.
Try These On For Size
I will be putting more ideas in another article as this one is getting lengthy but try the following simple recipes as a very general guide in the meantime:
- Tie Fighters – pizza shapes, cream cheese and cabana stuck together. Make a few as examples, then leave the rest for people to make themselves
- Jabbas In The Slime – chocolate frogs in a bowl of green or yellow jelly ‘slime.’
- Yodamole – quacamole dip with corn chips, they look like Yoda’s ears
- Greedo Sludge – Green soda, with vanilla ice cream in the top
- Proton Torpedoes – cocktail frankfurters
- Explosions – popcorn, buttered, candied or coloured for added flair.
- Wookiee Crackles – Chocolate crackles
Don’t Forget To Deck Things Out!
Something I like to do when holding a Star Wars event, is to have Star Wars decorations around the house and on the tables and walls. Food dispensers with a star wars theme can also be found if you know where to look.
Hopefully this has prevented you from having to go into panic mode when you suddenly think ‘what about Star Wars day’? Now you can start being prepared and concentrate on the most important part, and that is to have fun.
Has this article helped you with your planning? If so, please let me know in the comments below. I value your feedback so if there is anything I’ve missed or you would like to know, please ask.
Warm Wishes and “May The Fourth Be With You”.