So here we are. Six years old and no Star Wars party.
How and why and, more importantly, why not?
Don’t get me wrong. Preparations had begun, at least research-wise. I don’t really cook or bake but I do have a way with putting things togeteher. I also have very good Googling skills. So I had a growing folder of resources and links.
But first, what happened?
Matthew’s birthday was to be on the first day when school came back after the mid-year term break. That alone was a challenge, because it meant sending invitations out a two weeks early. I had no invitations in mind but I thought, hey, maybe origami with a handwritten note will be a nice touch. I’ve done it before. But never a Star Wars kind. But I had my trusty list to consult. (I told you I was getting ready.)
And then, things started going in ways I did not like.
Matthew’s birthday was declared a holiday.
Dad had a project he couldn’t get out of.
Because of these, I thought of a Plan B: little weekend celebrations with relatives, birthday breakfast with the family, and then a party for classmates.
Yes, I still wanted the party to go through. Even if I had to do it all by myself.
At this point I was still ignoring a nagging little voice that kept saying, “Logistical nightmare.”
If it were just cake and candles and a birthday song, it would have been so easy. Order some food, had them delivered.
Instead, I ordered for a Stormtrooper. Seriously.
I talked to a friend who was part of the 501st Legion, “a fan-based organization for people who own and proudly wear the costumes of the Stormtroopers (and other Imperial characters) from the Star Wars movies.” Matthew met them at a Star Wars Lego event and, of course, he was smitten.
It was going on perfectly. I just wanted a surprise appearance and, after few covert private messages, we were set.
And then I canceled. I had to. There’s only so much I can do on my own. But I lost my artist (Dad), and that left me with little but my dreams. They’ll need to wait for next year. I already have my inspiration board consisting of other amazing examples, such as:
Sigh. I had a lot of good plans.
This better happen next year. Though I can imagine expectations will be slightly bigger.
(We did have a good birthday. Was Star Wars part of it? Of course. Tell you next time.)
Maybe next year?