Star Wars Birthday Party

Wow! Sam’s birthday was a great success and I am so happy to have that stress behind me! 🙂 6 weeks of Death Star pinata making, Light Saber making and Cake sculpting and decorating. I think I could sleep for a week!

So, this is what I learned the most…cake decorating is HARD work. Fondant is a nightmare for an over ambitious beginner who cannot seem to accept her limitations! 🙂 I have learned to appreciate professional bakers and decorators more than I ever did before. Watching “Ace of Cakes” is not sufficient training to make a 3-D Clone Trooper Helmet Cake that is not without some heavy duty flaws. Those guys make it look so easy…but I will never look at another beautifully decorated bakery cake and think…wow, why is that so expensive??? It is not the cost of materials that you are paying so much for…it is the experience, the amount of time that goes into crafting such a beautiful cake and the STRESS of wanting everything to turn out perfectly and put to a smile on the customer’s face.

Thank goodness my judge and jury were 6 year olds…they are very forgiving and somehow did not see all of the mistakes that I was fixating on!

I have seriously thought about “Photo-shopping” all of my blunders, but I will put my ego in check and let it all hang out. That is what this blog is all about…the good, the bad and the downright ugly!


Yeah...lumpy, bumpy and lopsided! LOL!!

Sam seemed to be impressed though and if you consider that his only alternative would have been cupcakes or a 9 x 13 “Pyrex” cake…I think he was excited to have this… So, if you have a young child with celiac disease or is gluten free for another reason and you, like me, have zero to very little cake decorating experience…go for it, you can do it too! While the cake may not be “perfect”… (but what in life is?), especially on the GF diet…what was perfect was the time I spent with my son and the special memories we made together. Sam will always remember this cake, not because I ordered a perfect cake but because we made a “Battle Tested” Clone Trooper together. Priceless.


5 9-inch Betty Crocker GF cakes and 1 cake mix made in a Pyrex bowl for the top of the helmet.


Working on the crumb coat


I am freaking out at this point...a sculptor I am not!


A minor resemblance...I think


profile of my lumpy, bumpy, lopsided clone trooper


I love 6 year old's smiles...they are all the same. I have a few photos with this exact look when I was his age!


The next few photos may look weird, but I blurred out the faces of the other kiddos for their protection.


I think they like it... (This is my buddy Kristen who so graciously opened her home to host the party for Garrett and Sam, she also made the very cool invitations...I didn't blur her face because she is not in the under 7 crowd!)

Star Wars Clone Tropper Invites(2)

Kristen designed and made the invitations on her Cricut

Star Wars Clone Tropper Invites-Inside(2)

Kristen is so creative, I love her attention to detail all the way down to the Star Wars Font!


Ahhh yes, this is my husband Mike asking all of the kids who would like to eat the "Clone Trooper's Brain."


And there he goes!


If you ever do a Star Wars/Clone Wars B-day party...if you do nothing else, you MUST make these pool noodle Light Sabers, they were a hit (pun intended).


Darth Vader even came to the party!


Death Star Pinata...


Daddy was really brave holding the beaten down pinata so the little ones could have a whack too...this is Luke and he is wearing shorts in October because he decided to sit in dog poo right before the party started!!


Candy galore...just enough to tide them over until Trick-Or-Treat night in a couple of weeks!

Star Wars Birthday Party – Crunch Time

Okay…I have A LOT of pent up anxious energy over my 3-D Clone Trooper helmet cake next week!! I know that in the end it will turn out fine, whether the end product is the actual cake or some really cool cupcakes… but I REALLY want to make this cake and have it actually look like a Clone Trooper Helmet!

So, in the meantime, instead of pacing back and forth, I put my nervous energy to work and made Light Sabers out of pool noodles to give as party favors…although I am quite sure they will end up as the entertainment of the evening… I better pack some Charmin so I can pad myself for protection from 30 swinging light sabers!

Light Sabers

These are really easy to make…just a bunch of skinny pool noodles, colored Duck Tape (the colors I used are Midnight Madness and Silver Coin), I bought both at Michael’s Craft Store. For an added touch, I used Scribbles 3-D Paint in Christmas Red to make a red “button” on the light saber handles.

So of course Sam thought they were cool…but then had the idea of making Darth Maul‘s double light saber…

Daur Maul's Saber Daurth Maul

Ahhh…if he could only be 5 3/4 years old forever 🙂

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