Wednesday, October 30, 2013

May the Force Be With You

.....and also with you.

Last weekend my fellow Bauer grownups and I broke out our light sabers and performed a Jedi mind trick or two to pull off a surprise birthday party for everyone's favorite Poppy.

Can you guess the theme?

This year, the founding father of the Bauer Bunch turns the big 6-0. His actual birthday isn't until this weekend, which sweetened the surprise. We sweetened it even more by making it all about his favorite movie... trilogy? Sixogy? I obviously needed help from my sister-in-law and Google to make this happen, but we did it! My father-in-law's dimples were extra deep as he pulled into the parking lot filled with vehicles he recognized. Family members, friends from church, work colleagues, and people he's known for decades all stood at the ready, anxious to greet him and get the party started.

I would say the weather didn't exactly cooperate, but that would be a lie. We prepared the food in a different city about half an hour from the party location. At that particular place, it was raining cats and dogs. The freezing cold kind. I'm pretty sure we all prayed the whole commute and the rain slowed turned to mist once we arrived. It wasn't particularly good hair weather, but it was much better than it could have been. We zipped our jackets, pulled up our hoods, and set to work.

As far as decor goes, we learned a sad fact about the lifespan of streamers. When the air is full of moisture, streamers become papier-mâché in about 30 seconds. We also learned that tortilla chips revert back to tortillas, but that's beside the point. We still had a star-studded birthday banner, dangling likenesses of everyone's favorite Jedi, and outer space tablecloths. We went for a minimalist approach. Very hip.

What we lacked in decoration, however, we made up for in food. We started planning this party when I was pregnant, so it's been a long time coming. About a month ago we had a meeting of the minds to decide the most important aspect - the names of the food. Guests munched on a Hutt Dog or a Boba Burger and washed it down with their choice of Yoda Soda, Leia Lemonade, or Padawan Punch, poured straight into their own Hans Solo Cup. What's that? Amazing? Oh, I haven't even gotten to the best part. They topped their Vader Veggies with Droid Dip and finished the meal with a Wookie Cookie or three. You're loving it, you say? Wait! I have one more. I'll go ahead and admit I have no idea who this person is. I assume I've lost all credibility at this point, but when my SIL told me to use Lando Calrissian, the Internet gave me this:

Although the yummy food and soggy decorations were spectacular, the best part of this sixtieth shindig was spending time with a ton of people who love our Poppy. It was great to see many family members we hadn't seen in a while and it was fun to watch our children play together. There were cousins galore, y'all, and they had a blast together. And if you know my FIL, you know a pavilion full of family was the best kind of pavilion:

Happy 60th Birthday, Poppy! We love you!

{PS: Do you like Star Wars? Do you like Halloween? Don't go too far, then. A post that's right up your alley is on its way.}

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