A Star Wars Dinner Party
This week I had the pleasure of working with caterer, Nataliya Vakulenko on a Star Wars-themed birthday party. As I mentioned in an earlier post, the client and wife of the Star Wars fan gave us one point of direction: "It should be classic - like the characters are attending a dinner party." I was thrilled with the chance to take something that could otherwise come across kitschy and turn it into something elegant and fun for all the guests.
As Nataliya created a delicious menu of bacon wrapped fingerling potatoes, kale salad with persimmons, roasted green beans, short ribs, polenta and dark chocolate cake with ganache filling, I worked to turn said items into something thematic: R2-D2 Potatoes, Jar Jar Beans, Jawa Ribs and of course... Darth Chocolate cake with Jaba the Nut frosting. We also served hot cider and minty lime water which also donned Star Wars themed names.
One of my favorite elements of the party planning process is going to the local flower marts and creating florals that fit the theme. While I do not necessarily love artificial dyes or fake florals, these happen to feature some dyed blue and gold filler to pull in the theme colors.
The DIY decor elements were really fun to make including "Use the Forks, Luke" forks, homemade Star Garland, Star Wars Madlib birthday cards for guests to fill out, and "May The Force Be With You" mugs with Light Saber Pretzel Sticks as the party favor. All of these DIY items, including customized labels, can be purchased on the Rise to the Occasions Etsy shop.