It’s International Star Wars Day today. Didn’t you know?
I have fond memories of Star Wars from my childhood. I think I remember seeing Empire Strikes Back in the theatre. Did I make that up? I should ask my mom. I remember my brother had all the toys including an X-wing fighter and at one point my aunt taped a several hour long radio reenactment for us on 13 cassette tapes and we wore them out listening to them. Most of the girls I knew thought Han Solo was SO CUTE and the guys I know now still have fond memories of Leia in a metal bikini.
When I opened facebook today and read 20 Star Wars related status updates, I decided to jump on board and do something star wars-y to mark the moment. I texted my sister, Bethany, and said “It’s International Star Wars day! We need to do something or make something or bake something!” She didn’t respond. Later she said “Yeah, I got the text and figured we’d talk about it at home. Are you serious?” Clearly I needed enough enthusiasm for both of us.
I did some internet searching and…. Whoa. There is a lot of Star Wars enthusiasm out there. Outside of the normal costumes and toys, people have made fleece hats to look like Leia’s hair, baby strollers to look like AT-ATs and written cookbooks! In addition to star wars themed food (Obi-Wan kebabs with dark side salsa and guac-solo, anyone??), there’s food shaped and decorated like star wars characters.
This isn’t much of a DIY blog but I love looking at the weird things other people make. When I stumbled on these delicious looking Leia cupcakes, I thought to myself “I can do those!!”
Go ahead and take a look at the link.
They’re adorable aren’t they? you’ll notice that I linked you to the post where Just Jenn breaks down the cupcake decorating step by step. Did I read this post? No. I just looked at the picture. Because even though I have no skill at cake decorating (AT ALL) I thought “how hard can it be? It’s oreos! And frosting!” Bethany said to buy a cake mix (mom, you didn’t read that…) because today is all about the decorating and the fun and let’s make it easy. It’s star wars day, after all, not crafting from scratch day.
The Leiacakes were easy. I mean, c’mon it’s oreos and frosting.
And I had help:
We made some with green eyes and some with blue eyes and one with a really fat face (Leia Hutt) but there’s nothing, let’s say, polished or professional looking about any of them. Please meet Leia’s crazy hillbilly sisters.
The Leias no one wants to talk about who may or may not have been shut in a closet from birth.
Had I stopped here it would have been cute. A little sad and rather inexplicable, but cute. So naturally I had to forge forward and do something really impossible, like Darth Vader.
Who I think had a stroke given that droopy eye. And then Yoda:
Who looks even more alien than usual. Again, I take issue with the eyes. And the chin. And the color. But then came a really decent storm trooper:
That Bethany made… But the piece de resistance:
Is either Chewbacca or an ewok. Maybe a porcupine.
Yep, it’s a family portrait on Star Wars day.
Well, most of the family. My niece ate Yoda and everyone knows Darth is no match for a 3 year old:
May the 4th be with all of you.
i’m crying from laughing so hard…silently laughing because chris is sleeping her beside me. tears are running down my face. i love that you are journaling my life also. what an evening! and i wonder why the kids had such a hard time falling to sleep tonight! :)
I think E ate about 12 pounds of jelly beans…
I L-O-V-E it when Aunty Kaitlyn rolls into town!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I hope Wes enjoyed the Stormtrooper!
International Star Wars day! I had no idea such a fun thing existed. I’m glad you shared this experience. I’m marking my calendar for next year’s ISW day party. (I think I will craft Jabba the Hut out of Spam.)
Loved the cup cakes. They looked delicious.
They were more fun to make than to eat. The kids ate all the candy and licked off all the frosting and left everything else :) I’ll join you for next year’s celebration. Imagine the possibilities…
I am so sorry to have missed the celebration of the 4th being with you however given to puns I think you had a fifth first. But I loved the effort – Stephen had a Star Wars party last birthday I was no where near as creative – ordered the beach party cake from CostCo sans ball and any thing but sand and sky and let him stick his new figurines in it and called it good, glad he’s in bed or guess what we would be doing for Mother’s day? C3PO to you!
well. the good part is that you would do a much craftier and more beautiful job with your decorating!
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