In summary, I did this:
Threw a surprise party, invited his nerd friends and they trained as Jedis.
Ordered him a custom Jedi Robe.
Special planning details for the event.
Shaped an Adult Party from a child's party.
Made lots of geeks happy, especially mine.
Also included - Star Wars Cheesecake ( Pimp Stormtrooper Cheesecake)
Williams Sonoma Star Wars Cookies
Step 1: Venue
It really was a work-out, so my tip is to bring an ice chest with ice and bottled water. That was a real life saver and everyone was glad that I did! They will need to rehydrate between all the combat battles!
You can ask the guys to bring their own light sabers or if the studio has them, they can just use them for the class. But, chances are, if you're reading my party idea, you already own one, or you will go buy one as an excuse if you ever throw this party. Hahah. :D
Step 2: Invitation
Step 3: Jedi Robe
Here is the place I went with - http://mystikmerchant.com/index.htm
If you want a low budget alternative, maybe for a child's party, you can buy the bulk sabers online *off-brand*, and brown fabric in one length, with an email coupon from joanns fabrics, cut them to equal sizes (at home) and just put strings on them for the kids to run around in. They can leave with the sabers and capes as their goodies from the party. :)
Step 4: Presentation
For the lessons, I asked Anakin to make a break in the training to present my husband with his Jedi Robe as his reward for becoming a Jedi through his training. So he called him to the front and presented him with the gift and he happily put it on. That was really cool! Plus, at the end of the session, he went against Anakin in a showdown and got a metal for beating him and getting the Jedi Master Status. I was so proud of him! *wink*
So it's all about fun, playing, atmosphere and making sure to keep the memories. I videoed most of the time and took some photos, happily worked with the studio to make this child-party into an adult-party and the guys got a total kick out of it.
Step 5: Pimp Stormtrooper Cheesecake
I based my stormtrooper off of a fortune cookie and built up and around it. I made the toppings with marshmallow fondant *home made*, and shaped them into whatever I wanted after dying them.
So this was a Pimp Stormtrooper Cheesecake!! I made his medallion, head, "leopard print spots" and hat and feather. Bascially, I made it all from scratch and by hand. Maybe I will do an instructable for it some time. :) He loved it, I was proud of myself and it came out pretty!
Step 6: Star Wars Cookies
I LOVED them, they were adorable, and I made them my own, by using the colors that I wanted. I just followed the recipe that came with the cookie cutters from Williams Sonoma Star Wars Cookie Cutter set and everything went perfectly. My mom even liked the cookies, and she never pays compliments!
Another tip, if and when you make these with those awesome cookie cutters, is to flour the cutter lightly between cutting each cookie from the dough, because those detailed grooves take the dough and don't let go. That will result in deformed Star Warsians. :) Love them!
Step 7: RECAP
Thanks for checking out my instructable and I hope that you've taken what you would like to use from it, to implement in your own parties. Remember, it's all about the birthday kid. Or adult. haha. :)