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If you haven't noticed yet, Star Wars Rebels is taking over everything. I have no idea when Charlie first caught an episode of Star Wars Rebels, but he loves it! I used to just switch it off assuming he wouldn't like it, that it would maybe be too old for him. Turns out, Mom was wrong. Yes, it does happen.
Since Stars Wars Rebels came into our life, we've bought shirts, books and LEGO sets to feed the obsession. It's no surprise that he would want the Star Wars Rebels birthday party supplies we saw on our last trip to Walmart! Birthday parties can be so crazy and expensive. This year, I'm making things a bit easier on myself and grabbing everything we need at Walmart!
After picking up some of the necessary birthday supplies, I had an idea for a fun favor or dessert at the party. Rock candy sticks! Don't they look like little lightsabers? Perfect! Have you tried to buy them? They're super expensive! I can totally make my own for so much less! This is a party on a budget.
- 6 cups sugar
- 2 cups water
- candy flavoring (optional)
- Combine equal parts of sugar and water (2 cups water and 2 cups sugar) in a saucepan and heat until all of the sugar is dissolved.
- Slowly add in more sugar until all of the sugar is dissolved.
- If desired, add candy flavoring and continue to heat until the syrup begins to simmer.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool.
- While it is cooling, you can prepare your sticks. You can use skewers cut to a desirable length for your jars.
- Dip sticks into the syrup and then roll them in sugar.
- Place sugared sticks on a plate to dry (about 15 minutes) completely.
- Add a little food coloring to your champagne flutes or mason jars.
- Pour cooled syrup into glasses and stir to combine food coloring.
- Place dried sticks into glasses and secure with a clothespin, making sure it does not touch the sides or bottom.
- That's it! Let them grow 1-2 weeks for best results.
Our lightsabers didn't turn out perfect this time. They needed about another week, but for a child's birthday party, they're perfect!
If you want to do up some fancy labels (we didn't because our printer is currently out of ink), here's a free font you can download.
In the party section at Walmart, you can find everything you need for your Star Wars Rebels party. We picked up dinner plates, paper cups, loot bags, danglers, plastic cups, a tablecloth, and a favor pack kit. All in our favorite Star Wars Rebels designs!
If you've seen some of our previous parties, you know I love doing themed food. Here's the thing though, the children don't care. Personally, I love it and I know I go a bit overboard at times with planning it, but it's really just for me and the other adults to get a kick out of. Charlie will be 5 this year and could care less about whether the food has a fun theme.
Keep it cheap and keep it simple. Grab some frozen pizzas, chips, fruit and some veggies. That sounds like a lot I guess, but seriously, cut up a watermelon and grab a bag of baby carrots. Done.
Dessert on the other hand? That is something the children really care about! These rock candy sticks are sugar. I don't often feed my child straight sugar, but for a birthday? Sure! Ice cream, cake and candy are just what every birthday party needs!
Send the party-goers home with some fun Star Wars Rebels loot. The best part? It was a big pack that I just had to open up and put in the loot bags!
Not only is throwing a fun themed party, like Star Wars Rebels, totally doable on a budget of less than $50; but you'll be much less stressed just by picking up your party supplies from American Greetings at your local Walmart!
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