The 2nd Annual Star Wars Day Movie Marathon was, as you can imagine, a success. Though with such great movies and a bounty of good food and drink, the odds of the party flopping are as low as the odds of a stormtrooper actually hitting his target.
We followed our plan from the previous year and watched the films in machete order. Four, Five, Two, Three, and Six. One NEVER HAPPENED. We stayed with the Blu-ray versions of the films as they were the best cinematic quality we had available; though it did mean our discerning guests had to put up with the added CGI and new scenes of the Specialized Editions.
For all things culinary we stayed with the majority of the menu from 2013. For breakfast we had pancakes, Bantha Bacon, Bobba Fett Fruit Salad, and Dark Side Coffee. Instead of the humdrum pancakes shaped like Star Wars Vehicles or Heros & Villians from the year before, I went all out and made Death Star shaped pancakes for everyone. Impressive I know.
About a week before the party, our local grocery store gave away free hams to those who bought more than $50 worth of groceries. I had great plans for that free ham. It would be magnificent.
Sadly Admiral Ackbar was never meant to be. Our oven died the day before the party ruining all plans for this glorious creation. Attending the lunch buffet in his place were Yoda Ears Edamame, Sarlac Pita Dip, Yoda Cookies, and Chewie brownies.
I know you’re wondering, “Did you carve another Death Star?” Yes, just like Return of the Jedi, I built another one. But this time, I filled it with booze.
The vodka filled watermelon was not only alcohol at the party, for this year I planned some special thematic cocktails. After seeing the picture below, I had visions of glowing cocktails at our party. It would be epic! Our guests could choose Jedi or Sith cocktails and it would look like everyone had their own cocktail shaped lightsaber. Not imagining there could ever be a dark side to this brilliant idea, I bought LED ice cubes and all the ingredients for both sides of the force.
The problem with designing a glowing cocktail based on a picture is A) it’s probably photoshopped and B) consideration of light source. The light source in the picture was clearly at the bottom and probably white or tinted for each cocktail. The LED ice cubes I found online didn’t sink to the bottom but rather floated at the top (like actual ice now that I think of it). To my great annoyance, they were also constantly changing color and wouldn’t rest on a single hue no matter what the Amazon page proclaimed.
The other main problem with the drinks was their taste. Perhaps we are too fuddy duddy for our own good here, but these two cocktails were way too sweet for anyone enjoy drinking, let alone desire more than one. I shouldn’t have been surprised considering each contained two different kinds of rum, a colored sugary alcohol, and of course, Sprite.
So instead of everyone sipping a glowing, yummy, richly colored cocktail, we all carried around liquid pixie sticks blinking like hand held raves. The good news is both the Rebels and the Empire brought reinforcements and no one went into battle without a good drink in hand.
By the by, if you need any vanilla, pineapple, black cherry, or coconut rum, we have plenty to share.
May the Force be with you.