In 2013, The Librarian and I hosted our first Star Wars party, which ended up launching several other movie marathons. This was the first time we were going to host any sort of gathering in our new place, and I was excited to go all out (in a cheezy and limited budget sort of way).
A few days before the party, I stopped by Party City and binged on all things Star Wars. I’ll admit I was a bit downcast that all their Star Wars decor was themed after the recent movies. But even a younger, flashier looking Yoda doing a karate kick was not going to deter me – it’s still Yoda afterall. I picked up the things I “needed” like Star Wars paper plates & napkins, as well as the “extravagant” things like inflatable light sabers. I even fell for the impulse buy at the counter and not only grabbed some Star Wars temporary tattoos, but also some balloons-including a mylar one of a victorious Darth Vader. The 7 year old inside me was thrilled.
My Mom & Aunt even got excited about our party and sent me some Star Wars fabric and a Star Wars throw pillow they made.
Once we decided to throw the party, I started scouring the internet for ideas for Star Wars themed food. Most of what I found was too childish (which sounds ridiculous now that I’ve shared with you about my unbridled joy at Party City), but I found some amazing stuff from the blog Just Jenn Recipes.
Since people could arrive as early as 9:30am (which is really early) we started with breakfast. Star Wars pancakes, Dark Side Coffee, and Blue Banthu Milk. I picked up the Star Wars pancake molds from Williams-Sonoma. I heard the force calling me to pick up not only the Vehicles pack but also the Heros & Villains pack. I mean, if you’re gonna go off the deep end, you might as well go all the way right?
To munch on through the rest of the day I made Spicy Yoda Ears (edamame), Bacon Wrapped Pretzel Light Sabers (which didn’t last long enough to take a picture) and the Sarlacc Pit Dip. I also phoned it in with a Boba Fett Fruit Salad (who doesn’t love alliteration).
Oh right! I almost forgot. I also carved a Death Star out of a small watermelon.
Yup, I did that – on the kitchen floor at about 11pm the night before the party while grumpy and cranky with The Librarian over something extremely unimportant and unmemorable.
It was all worth it once people started showing up the next morning. Everyone was invited to bring something to share, so long as it was themed. FYI, when it comes to food at a party, funny, punny or alliterative names qualify as themed.
People brought Yoda Soda, Princess Leia Buns, and Sandcrawler Salsa with Greedo’s Tostitos. Someone even brought all the ingredients to make The Empire, a custom cocktail. My personal favorite though were the fresh made Obi One Cannolis someone picked up right before coming over.
We have great friends and they made the party wonderful. Hardly any of the food was left over and everyone joined me in picking a side of the force and proudly wearing their temporary tattoos.
Good times were had by all. (Han shot first)