This past weekend, we celebrated the 7 year old's birthday with his friends. He wanted the theme to be *Lego Clone Trooper*....or was it *Lego Clone Wars*? I can't remember. Anyway, I focused on Legos, Clone Troopers and cake.
I purchased a couple items, like Star Wars cake plates, but turned away from the majority. There is something about the relentless branding of a theme that just gets to me. I prefer a homemade, crafty solution if possible. I can't help this, it's just in my DNA. So I purchased a Star Wars Lego book for the kid (books are always good!), and snapped shots of a bunch of figures, then printed them out. I cut them out and got some cheap and easy decorations that were super cute.
I still have a large plotter from my business, which I dusted off, plugged in and put to use, printing out 42" Lego characters for some big impact decorations. Check out the Princess Leia in the background below.
I got the idea for watermelon etched like the Death Star here. I gave it a good shot for about an hour, then I called in my arthritic artistic mother to finish the job for me. She was naturally much, much better with the detail than I was. I'm forever grateful.
The little man requested a Clone Trooper on his cake. I saw so many incredible designs online (search Google images for "Clone Trooper cake") but know better than to think I have the patience for something that time consuming. I sourced it out to Susie Cakes and they did an incredible job. I backed up the vanilla cake with lemon cupcakes and topped them with Legos.
I am pretty picky about the quality of sweets my kids eat most of the year. But when it comes to times like Easter, Christmas and birthdays, I've been known to go out on a limb and buy some crap, disgusting stuff just because I know the sight of it will make my kids happy. This time it was these marshmallow pops:
Blech! I am certain to get blackballed by the mommies for sending these home ;) Woops! (Gulp.)
Daddy taught a Lego Spaceship clinic. There were some awesome creations!
The kid really wanted a pinata. I purchased a skull one, for Halloween, and recovered it in Clone Trooper details.
Cake and some of Luke Skywalkers blue Bantha milk.
A rare, family shot - oh, wait, half of us are missing!?