Growing up, I watched the Star Wars movies with my dad. I loved the stories of adventure and good vs. evil and silly characters like a worrisome droid named C3P0 and then Luke whose father turned out to be one of the worst guys in the entire universe. I mean, what would you do if you found out that your father aided in the great massacre of the Jedi Knights?
In the last year, we have let Tommy watch the original three movies and he quickly fell in love with the Star Wars stories too. We have saber battles and fly invisible space ships on a regular basis in our house. And you should have seen the shock and horror on his face when he found out that Darth Vader turned out to be Luke's father. He kept saying, "Darth Vader is his dad!"
Naturally, when all of the talk began about his big 5th birthday party, he quickly changed his mind from wanting a dinosaur party to having a Star Wars party instead. And being the Star Wars fan that I am, I was totally okay with this. It was probably harder for me to reign myself in because I was the one who wanted to go all out.
Yesterday, I finally got to see my vision for his Star Wars party play out. It was probably my most favorite birthday party of all time - and it has to be, because we've told Tommy it's his last "big" birthday party for awhile. After all, five is a huge milestone in a kid's life. I mean, it's like half of ten.
Decorations were a blast to make. I started with a big back-drop that I made from two black plastic table cloths. Todd's mom splattered them with white paint to look like stars. The Star Wars logo was just cut out from cardboard and painted.
Of course I had several Pinterest hacks like making Imperial fighter ships out of black paper lanterns and scrapbook paper. I love how they turned out but I can't say the same for my X-wing which wasn't nearly as successful. Even Tommy said it looked like an X-wing but it wasn't very good. As I was hot gluing a red solo cup on to a cheap paper lantern I had to wonder what George Lucas would think if he saw what I was doing.
The food was creatively named after characters in the movie. Like Chewbacca's Chips and Dip, Ewokookies, Vader Veggies, Jabba the Hutt Dogs, Luke Skywater, Yoda Soda and my personal favorite Obi-Wan Kabobies, which was nothing more than fruit on skewers.
My awesome friend Meghann made an R2D2 cake. There was no way I could have done that with icing - she is amazing. And my birthday party hero for making it happen.
I even got into the spirit and dressed Jedi-ish. With accessories and everything. Naturally.
Tommy had informed me before the party that he was planning on being a Jedi but turning to the dark side at his party because he was done being a Jedi. And sure enough - he did.
And now, we have a five year old. A soon-to-be Kindergartender. I'm not exactly sure where these five years have gone, but I'm pretty sure it goes by as quickly as they say it does. Because it doesn't seem like it was that long ago that I was holding Tommy in his footed sleepers and singing him to sleep and now he's this big boy that loves Star Wars and is starting to read and can count to 100 and even has future wife picked out.
Tommy is smart, tender-hearted, cautious, playful, energetic, creative, imaginative and he loves music just like me. I'm so proud to be his mama. Celebrating his life, making a big deal out of his birthday, will always be one of my greatest joys because he is one of my greatest gifts.
I love you Jedi Tommy. Oops, I mean Darth Tommy. Jedi or dark side, I do love you so.