It was my Lucas’ 4th birthday the other week. And as his auntie/godmama, I’ve affectionately nicknamed him Lucasaurus.
Don’t let his charming smile, bright wit and adorable face fool ya. He can be a downright rascal—– a veloci-rascal!
But I just adore the kid to pieces.
So last year, when I mentioned to my seester (pictured above with her super photogenic fam) that we should throw him a Star Wars themed birthday party–she was all for it.
And that’s where I was in trouble. Now some of you all may have witnessed my tendencies to go overboard with certain things and that my OCD habits can get me in a tough spot. Well–then you have not met my seesters…..and in particular, my over-the-top party planning sister, T.
Nearly 5 months before Lucas’ birthday, she started sending me texts about deals she found on party favors, decorating ideas she found on Pinterest, signage she had created, etc. The next thing I knew it, we were headed warp speed into Star Wars mania.
As for me, I just went along for the ride hoping my desserts would get the stamp of approval by the party planning Jedi.
But look at this little guy? How could we not get carried away?!
…Wrapped around his finger, he has us….
So then this happened.
A bountiful Star Wars tablescape with desserts and goodies galore. But as much as I wish I could take the credit for all the galactic-goodness, I was only in charge of the desserts.
Seester did all the decor (that she started putting up 2 weeks before the party), cute signs, overflowing swag bags, and all the adorable touches that would have made the Jedi Council proud.
Of course a regular Star Wars themed party wouldn’t cut it, so they upped the ante and arranged a Jedi Training Camp in order for all the padawans to prepare for their path to Jedi Knighthood.
Lightsabers and Jedi Robes were a must, including cadet boxes to store all their goodies.
To quench our thirst on the beautiful day, we sipped fresh Millennium Margaritas (for Jedi Masters 21+), Yoda Soda and Vader-Ade. Special props to my brother-in-law for hand squeezing the 25+ limes I needed to make the margaritas.
Trust me, we will never scoff again at those who own electric citrus juicers–DOH!
And to fuel our Force, we summoned the Taco Master all the way from
Orange County— I mean Tatooine. :)
Mouthwatering Carne Asada, Carnitas, Fish, Nachos….ideal nourishment to battle the Empire.
Back at our tablescape, Seester put together these cute Star Wars themed candies. Yoda Treats, Han’s Rolo, Edible Ewoks, & Thermal Detonators.
And poor Han.
All he wanted to do was to come wish Lucas a Happy Birthday but then he got himself frozen in carbonite again.
Seester got to employ her knife skills by carving a watermelon Death Star. Lord Vader would have been pleased.
Lucky for us, Chewbacca was kind enough to guard the goodies from any other Sith Lords.
Speaking of Sith Lords, I started off my dessert contributions by molding Stormtrooper and Darth Vader chocolates to place on top of the cupcakes. They later received a bit of edible disco dust for a bit of sheen….they are from outer space after all.
They perched atop rich Chocolate Cupcakes topped with big swirls of Vanilla Bean-Swiss Meringue Buttercream and sprinkles. Some of the cuppies were also topped with vanilla whipped cream.
I paid additional homage to Darth Vader with these Chocolate Shortbread Cookies made with Valrhona cocoa powder.
How would it be a party without Master Yoda? These were Citrus Scented Sandwich Cookies filled with a Dark Chocolate Ganache.
Delicious, he was.
And to keep Darth Vader company, I made an army of Stormtrooper Sugar Cookies that were decorated with Royal Icing.
They were super fun to make and all of the cutters can be purchased from Williams Sonoma.
There were also pops for all to enjoy…..
“That’s no moon-it’s a Space Station!”
Not quite Master Obi-Wan but you’re close. They’re Rice Krispy Pops shaped as Death Stars. Not only a superweapon but super-yummy.
And Princess Leia Cake Pops. Lucas really enjoyed these.
And what’s a birthday party without a birthday cake?
I just had to make a little cake for our Jedi in training although Seester called it a “gentleman’s cake”. This was a 6 inch, 3-layer chocolate cake frosted with Vanilla Bean-Swiss Meringue Buttercream. I decorated the little cake with a fondant Stormtrooper accented with royal icing, fondant lightsabers, fondant Star Wars banner, Darth Vader molded chocolates, fondant stars and a star sparkler.
At Jedi Training Camp, there was a Space Pod and stations for the padawans to bottle their own galaxies.
And then it was time to don their robes because…
Duh, duh, duh, dum, da-dah, dum, da-dah………..
Darth Vader appeared! He was powerful, all-knowing, and—
He liked parachutes. Yup, parachutes.
Lord Vader thought it was an integral training tool for the young padawans and can be seen here strategizing with the younglings.
Heck–Vader even cleaned up after the parachute exercises!
There may still be good in him.
Then he showed the padawans how to properly yield their sabers and spar.
I think that Lucas is saying– “You look a lot bigger on TV but I still pity the foo’ who messes with me!”
Oh yes, that was a Star Wars–Mr. T crossover moment.
But that sneaky Vader used The Force to make the candles relight after Lucas blew them out.
He’s quite a trickser—when he’s not serving the Emperor and upholding the Dark Side.
Lucas and Vader. They’re BFFs now.
The Lucasaurus always wins over the Dark Side.
It was an action packed and exhausting day but the little guy had a blast.
And of course, we prevailed by restoring balance to the Force.
The Force is strong with this one and I look forward to watching him grow into Jedi greatness.
Until our next Jedi Episode (hopefully for my other nephew, Leonidas’ birthday)— MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!