It has been a few days since my last post – I was exhausted after playing Santa to you lovely readers and once the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways wrapped up, it was straight into organising my sons 4th birthday party.
It’s incredible what a difference a year makes. My husband was a HUGE Star Wars fan growing up – apparently his 21st cake was decorated with the figurines his mother saved from his childhood. Last Christmas I bought him the boxed DVD set of the first three movies – you know, the originals Star Wars (who knew it was actually called A New Hope?!), The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. When we went camping last Summer I distinctly recall him talking with a friend who has slightly older children asking what age he had shown his boys the legend that is Star Wars. No sooner had we returned from camping than my wee family was sat down with Daddy on the couch, fresh popcorn at the ready getting acquainted with what was soon to become a family favourite (present company excluded!).
Something about the movies sparked an absolute obsession in my wee boy and not even a year later he can tell you about all three of those movies + the first of the new ones (I won’t let him watch the other two scarier ones yet) in absolute detail, he owns several light sabers, has inherited all of his Daddy’s much loved figurines from childhood and talks about Star Wars at least 10 times a day. I kid you not.
A Star Wars birthday party was a no brainer. I tried to steer him in a couple other directions, but he would not budge.
I bought these super cute invitations from Etsy as well as the accompanying party pack which made life that much simpler!
So, the Sunday before last, despite many outdoor activities planned, we welcomed approximatey 30 people inside thanks to this horrible December weather and we made the best that we could. I had the table all set and then to make room on the wall for our Pin the Lightsaber on Luke, the table was moved meaning that all my photos are now off centre. Oh well! The kids sure didn’t notice, and I’m sure not many of the adults did either. Me however… arrrgggh! You gotta laugh at the curveballs!
– Darth Vader Donuts
– Wookie Cookies
– Han in Carbonite Jelly
– Princess Leia Cupcakes
– Stormtrooper Marshmallow Masks
– Fruit Light Saber skewers
– Sarlacc Dip with veggie sticks
– Tatooine Toasties (Ham & Cheese Sliders)
– Cheerios, Sausage Rolls, Strawberries.
The cake was certifiably the worst thing I have ever baked. My little guy had begun discussing cake flavours months in advance and was quite set on a plum cake with strawberry icing. I tried to adapt an existing recipe that I’ve used in the past but the end result was very unsuccessful and ended up drier than you could possibly imagine. It looked pretty good though, despite the pink colour scheme which was kind of unavoidable given the flavours he wanted. All the figurines were my husbands when he was young so there was added meaning using them.
My husband was assigned to party games and as well as Pass the Parcel and Pin the Light Saber on Luke, he made this amazing Death Star Pinata as the party game hero. He left it a little to the last minute meaning that the finishing touches weren’t finished being painted until 1/2 hour before the guests arrived (which made this Mama super stressed!), but it was a huge hit and all the kids had a great time taking turns hitting it as hard as they could. Aston’s uncle (my brother in law) made this incredible light saber as a gift, with the purpose of it being used to bash open the pinata. It was perfect for the job and has been a well loved item since the party concluded.
My little man had a wonderful birthday and his Star Wars obsession rages on! He’s hoping to receive even more Star Wars goodness on Christmas morning.
He was beaming most of the day and although this picture is pretty out of focus, it captures his joy wonderfully. Love you little man. You make me laugh every single day and I can’t wait to see what the next year brings.