My husband and I recently went to the cinema to watch The Force Awakens – it’s been so long since we’ve been out together as a couple, as well as it being even longer since we last went to the cinema. I had forgotten just how expensive a date like that can be!
Setting up a movie night at home couldn’t be simpler – choose your favourite film/s, pop some popcorn, turn off the lights, and turn the sound on the telly up. Adding some decor makes everything a little bit more fun. So in addition to the various Star Wars paraphernalia we have at home, which I used to decorate with, I also created some Star Wars character balloons for my second Balloon Time project as a Celebration Club Ambassador. This would make for a fab at home date for Valentine’s Day, especially if you’re not into that romantic stuff, as well as being fun to do for a family night in together.
I made Star Wars balloons for the following characters – Chewbacca, C3-PO, Yoda, Storm Trooper, and Darth Vader. I also attempted Darth Maul, but he looked too weird, so I left him out! You will need a little bit of drawing ability to make these balloons, but I’ve provided my drawings to give you a bit of a guide. I will fess up and say that when I drew out the Storm Trooper and Darth Vader to scan, they came out a bit lop-sided… but you’ll get the idea!
Star Wars Balloons
You will need…
- Balloon Time helium tank
- Brown or gold balloon for Chewbacca
- Gold balloon for C3-Po
- Green balloon + green paper for Yoda
- White balloon for Storm Trooper
- Black balloon for Darth Vader
- Black permanent marker
- Silver permanent marker
- Balloon ribbon
- Balloon weights (optional)
- Character templates
When using latex balloons, you will want to make sure that you inflate to the fullest that they can go, so that they float properly (unlike my C3-PO!) and also as close to possible of the time of the event, as latex balloons do not have the lasting power that foil balloons do. A 9″ balloon will float for around 5-7 hours.
Inflating balloons with a Balloon Time tank is easy as 1, 2, 3…
- Open the valve by turning it four times, counter-clockwise.
- Slide a balloon onto the black nozzle.
- Holding the balloon in place, push down to release the helium into the balloon. Remove and tie into a knot. Attach ribbon if required.
I inflated one balloon at a time, then used a marker pen to draw the characters on. I used a silver marker for Darth Vader. My best advice, is to just take your time drawing the characters out, as you only have one shot at getting it right! Starting in the middle and working outwards is another tip I can give you, as it helps to balance things out more evenly. And even if your drawings do go a bit wonky (which mine definitely did!) it doesn’t matter – the effect is still there.
For Yoda, I use some card to make his ears, which I attached with some sticky tape at the back. The card was a little bit too heavy, so I have suggested paper in the instructions instead. That’s also why my Yoda balloons is having to balance on the Star Wars trilogy box!
Tie the balloons to some ribbon and attach to some balloon weights. I actually had some from our engagement party (back in 2008!) that I used, but you could tie them around a DVD box, which would be enough to weigh them down onto a table. Or you could just have them free floating if you wished.
Here are some of my other balloon decorating ideas:
- Owl balloons
- Snowflakes balloons
- 40th birthday photo balloons
- Pink & black balloon clusters
- 40th birthday balloons
- Nintendo Boo Balloons
- 16th birthday photo balloons
You can pick up a Balloon Time helium tank in Tesco or ASDA, as well as online. The standard helium kit comes with a pack of 30 colourful (9″) balloons, ribbon, and of course the tank, which can fill up to 30, 9″ latex balloons, 16, 11″ latex balloons, or 16, 11″ foil/Mylar balloons. The tank is recyclable, so just take it down to your local recycling centre when it’s empty.
You might also want to check out some ideas and inspiration for a Star Wars party – May the 4th is an ideal date to throw that!
And if you want some drink and snack ideas to enjoy on your Star Wars Movie Night, why not try…
- Hoth Chocolate (hot chocolate with marshmallows)
- Yoda Soda (Lime soda, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream)
- Dark Side Salsa (Fresh salsa with extra chillies) with tortilla chips
- Jabba Jiggle (a bowl of jelly)
- Wookie Cookies (chocolate chip cookies)
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