I had a Star Wars cat party for my 40th birthday. Here’s what made it happen.
The star of the party
This cake was so incredible it made my sister cry. This is the work of Claudia's genius at Sweet Heather Anne bakery in Ann Arbor, MI. Layered with Citrus Almond and Lemon Damson Plum flavors, it was as delicious as it was charming and beautiful. I can’t recommend Sweet Heather Anne highly enough.
Many of these were borrowed or adapted from other Star Wars parties, but NONE OF THEM INCLUDED CATS!
Death Star Watermelon
The watermelon was actually sliced in half and the melon was prepared as balls, which you could eat directly out of the bottom of the Death Star. Here’s a vine of it being carefully halved. (Kudos to my sister!)
Jabba the Hummus
Premade hummus shaped using spoons and toothpicks, with slivered almonds, paprika, and black peppercorns for the eyes. A piece of pickled ginger for the disgusting Leia-licking tongue. Surrounded by a bed a Hello Kitty-cut cucumber, jicama, and carrots (Hello Kitty veggie cutter).
We stamped some cheese slices with the veggie cutter too, but with mixed results, and we forgot to put them out on the table anyway.
Dip into the Sarlacc Pit
A hollowed sourdough round filled with roasted red pepper hummus. Slivered almonds provided the teeth, and some wiggly red pepper slices provided the tentacles. Surrounded by carrot sticks, jicama, and more red pepper.
Easily made in advance - skewers of red and green grapes (which side are you on?) with tinfoil handles.
This dish was inspired by this idea and this design for a Challahsaurus. I made the Challah from a standard recipe found online (I like this one) and then shaped it into a tauntaun-shaped braid of my own devising, with a tinfoil ball holding up one of its little arms.
The result was a little wonky, with a piece of the braid coming detached at the back, the bottom arm spreading too much, and the shape falling apart a little. I might try to make it more upright and three-dimensional if I were to do it again. Still, it was delicious.
The “guts”were this delicious Asian vermicelli salad, which everyone loved.
Since the meal was a bit more Asian-themed, we went with fresh summer rolls for our “purritos.”They were sufficiently intestiny-looking to nicely complement the tauntaun guts.
Spinach and feta pie fighters
These disappeared faster than a Millennium Falcon in hyperdrive, so we didn’t even have a chance to get a great picture. These were a vegetarian riff on this recipe with a super buttery crust. The smaller ones were made with the Millennium Falcon cookie cutters from this set.
U Can Has Cheezburger
No pics of these either! These were cheeseburger sliders, prepared handily by Han Solo.
Although plans included making something like these cat sushi rolls, we decided this was outside our skill level. So we ordered fresh sushi locally and presented it in on The Catwalk.
We seemed to be too busy drinking for much in the way of pics!
The Mos Eisley Cantina provided samplings from both the Dark Side (Negra Modelo) and Light Side (Tecate), as well as Obi Wine Kenobi.
However, the force seemed to be with Greedo Mojitos served in green glasses which were quite delicious and popular, adopted from this recipe and quadrupled in a large drink dispenser (which required stirring from time to time).
A frozen Han Solo provided the ice in this tray, but no matter how many times I boiled distilled water, I never quite got the ice crystal clear. I’d recommend this tray for chocolate or other candy instead of ice. (Note: I also tried make Jello-style Flan Solo in this mold, and while the caramel turned out fantastic, the flan did not work at all. It might work in this larger mold).
Yoda Soda was also a hit with the younger Jedis, based on this standard recipe.
Death Star Pinata
You’re not a Jedi if you don’t take out at least one Death Star, so I made a pinata from papier-mache based on tutorials like this and this. I added four layers of paper, then spray-painted it with gray paint and added the details with a Sharpie. The grid-like structure of the paper underneath offers a nice texture that didn’t demand much more detailing.
It ended up quite sturdy, with several whacks of a lightsaber-colored broom handle to take it out. We filled it with Tootsie Pops and dark chocolate.
It’s not easy to find Star Wars cat costumes, but this customizable Spreadshirt tee fit the bill.
I couldn’t resist how adorable the Star Wars cat pincushions from FatCatCrafts are, so I got Luke and Yoda.
Of course, eBay and thrift stores (and my own collection) provided a cheap set of Star Wars Pez, a Hoth micro machine set, and assorted kitty figurines, and Party City’s Kitty Cat Glasses were actually kind of fantastic. Lots of other decor - tablecloths, etc. - came from Party City, though luckily we were able to reuse stuff from previous Star Wars parties (as my sister points out, I have a lot in common with 13-year old boys).
Lastly, these inexpensive food labels from SimoneMadeIt on Etsy are customizable and easy to use - just print them out on glossy photo paper and cut ‘em out. The Etsy store has a larger set with more options for signage, too.
Oh, and here’s the Spotify playlist for the shindig.
Hope this roundup is helpful to future Star Wars cat party planning. May the 40th be with you!