Theme birthday parties for little kids and even big kids are still all the rage. While most adhere to an overall theme, say superheroes or comic books, the more flexible and arguably fun theme party focuses things a bit more clearly. “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” still reign supreme as the more popular sci-fi themes, but “Avatar” now is firmly established with an impressive fanbase all its own. Throwing a party by mixing them all together can really warp up the fun factor.
As a professional screenwriter who wrote episodes for “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “Deep Space Nine”, and as a big fan of “Star Wars”, I’m well versed in sci-fi lore and elements which popularize science fiction fun. Here’s a few tips and tricks to launch your own sci-fi theme party.
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You’d be surprised at how easy it is to get the look and feel of the Cantina scene in “Star Wars” or the moody fun of Guinan’s (Whoopi Goldberg) Ten Forward lounge in “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Use lots of LED lighting to highlight and offset your decor. LED lights are inexpensive and most of all highly colorful. In most drugstores and dollar stores, you can find tea lights. These battery powered wonders can be placed under paper cups or colored napkins and your guests will feel they’re in Han Solo’s Milenium Falcon or on James Cameron’s Avatar – instead of your kitchen or living room.
Buying up the official food or snacks from these spacey movies is perhaps easiest, and you’ll find candy, cereal and snack cakes to fit the bill, but use your imagination to add to the fun. Jell-O is a colorful way to bring a future touch to all sorts of dishes. Use molds that give a spacey feel to things and mix and match. The Star Trek insignia or symbol is basically a rounded triangle, so it’s not a hard shape to replicate. Lightsabers are super easy to mold up. Kids love color, so drinks like fruit punch or Kool Aid can add that extra rainbow burst of sci-fi signature.
If you don’t want to throw a full on costume party, tell guests to bring something small. If you’re providing props for them to play with at the party, here’s some advice. Hit the craft or party store and russel up some colored paper tubes, plastic cups and glue. Fashioning your own light sabers, phasers or communicators can be challenging, but cheap. Don’t forget to pick up lots of water based blue paint for the “Avatar” fans.
Klingon warriors and Jedi knights are both super powered, yet noble fighting forces from “Star Trek” and “Star Wars” universe. Call a truce to these feisty fighters by banding them together as one army. Offer a ‘tech share’ to share ‘weapons’ – by switching up gear. Watching a Klingon wield a lightsaber will be both fun and futuristic.
“Star Wars” promotes reaching inwardly – using the Force – to utilize fortitude to engage in physical combat or sport. Darts – foam or safety too – can provide a real Yoda inspired activity. Paste photos of villains like Darth Vader or Emperor Palpatine to the board to motivate young Jedi to hit their mark.
Both “Star Trek” and “Avatar” promote environmental awareness. Many trek episodes dealt with ecological disasters – including the feature film “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home”, and “Avatar” really encourages the care of planet Earth. Use a tree or plant to echo the major role of flora and fauna in the “Avatar” universe. When the party’s done, make a game out of clean-up by including guests and reminding them of the importance and necessity of recycling.