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No chance of sensory overload here. The interior is stark yet stylish and the cherry-picked selection of toys won’t overwhelm. Bust a move on the light-up floor or add creative touches to the rope sculpture suspended from the ceiling.

The Coop, 11118 Ventura Boulevard, at Vineland Avenue, Los Angeles (818-760-9613 or

Star Wars Party

Published by on March 31, 2009


Jordan Ferney, Oh Happy Day

We are completely smitten with this cool Jedi party by Melanie at One Cool Pick. They even had a Jedi Knight training camp. We asked Melanie to fill us in on the details of this cool birthday party.

What was the occasion for the party?
My son, Riley Red’s, 2nd Birthday Party

Where did you come up for the idea?
My husband and I are big Star Wars fans, and so we got Riley that blow up light saber just as a toy for amusement. He really liked it, and we also realized all his cousins who are around 4-6 years old were really into Star Wars. So we figured a Star Wars themed party, or more particularly, a Jedi Knight Training Academy themed party, was a cool way to entertain both adults and kids of all ages.

Where did you get the light sabers and the outfits?
The inflatable light-up light sabers, I purchased online. I made the tunics myself. I just bought fabric in the different shades (brown, tan, and cream). They were already naturally folded so I just simply cut out V necks and then purchased thick satin ribbon for the belts. I printed out stickers for the name badges, and printed the Jedi logo on them and each kids’ name.

We packaged up the tunics and badges in individual brown paper bags, with the Jedi Training Academy branding on it, along with each childs’ name. So upon arrival, I had my niece and nephew, who dressed up like Jedi Council members, greet each kid, and hand them their own personalized packet and a light saber, welcoming them to the Jedi Training Academy. (The kids loved this!)

That sound so awesome. What sort of things did you do at the party?
We hired a Jedi Knight to do a training session for the bigger kids. And we hired Princess Leia to do activities with the toddlers, like face painting, balloon animals, parachute time, tunnels, etc. We also hired a strolling magician and spun it as "Strolling Jedi Mind Tricks" to entertain the adults (and kids). Upon first glance, the Jedi Knight who did the training looks more like a knight from the round table, which is what I thought, but we later discovered he is actually Anakin Skywalker from the Clone Wars, so his outfit was actually right on! I was expecting more of a traditional Jedi Knight to arrive. But the kids who all watch Clone Wars knew who he was right off the bat.
The party was held at a modern indoor playground, The COOP, over in Studio City (California). So there was already much entertainment in place, aside from the Jedi theme. The Coop has a giant rope tunnel climb that leads to a second floor loft play area, and then has a slide that releases you into a large ballpit (Seriously the biggest ballpit, I’ve ever seen! Even Grandma jumped in–swear!). It also has an electronic light-up dance floor that has games on it. A toddler room, with a play kitchen area and plasma cars. Plus a cool outdoor lounge/garden area and a front eating area.
The Coop also projected Star Wars, the movie, onto the wall for amusement and entertainment as well.

Tell me about the invitations and favors.
I designed the invitations myself, since I’m a designer by trade. I wanted to set the mood/tone for the party as soon as they opened their mailbox! The party favors. Too many times, we go to kids parties and we end up with the toy filled party favor bag that just ends up as junk in our toy cabinets. So we wanted to give a more useful favor. Especially since each kid already had their own tunic and light saber to take home. So we got these cool BPA Free aluminum water bottles to give to each kid. I made personalized favor tags for each, and they were handed out at the end of the training session. On sale at Amazon – great deal!

What did you eat at the party?
I made tags for each dish on the menu that continued the Star Wars theme and placed it along the buffet station. Names such as: Naboo Noodles, Chewbacca’s Chewy Chicken, Ewok Eggrolls, etc… Cupcakes were from Sprinkles Cupcakes.

Photos by Ja Tecson Photography.
MARCH 31, 2009

Party On

Published September 28, 2008 by

pinkWarning: Celebrating your 3-year-old in a primary-colored, windowless space cluttered with toys is hazardous to your health.

To greatly reduce the risk of birthday party insanity, host your next bash at The Coop. The new 2,600-square-foot space appeals to both kids and grown-ups, with well-designed play areas, retro cool games, and classic modern furniture.

Counteract toddler overload with a cappuccino break in the garden while supervised madness ensues in the ball pit, on the bouncer, and down the curly slide. Busting a move on the electronic dance floor is highly recommended.

Major side effects may include having a good time.
The Coop, 11118 Ventura Boulevard, at Vineland Avenue, Studio City (818-760-9613 or Grand opening party, Saturday, 2-6 p.m. R.S.V.P. to 818-760-9385.

Call (818) 760-9613