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Last month we had the amazing opportunity to attend ComicCon for the first time. Baby Ben was absolutely mesmerized by all of the Star Wars characters and has since been playing/sleeping with his light saber that we got for him as a souvenir.
Since my Mother in Law is in town from Switzerland this year, we decided to have a birthday party for him so that she could celebrate with him. When I took him to Walmart to pick the decorations, he immediately picked the Star Wars Rebels theme.
With three kids and endless summer camps as well as multiple road trips, I knew that this party had to be done on a budget. My husband calls me the most expensive party planner on earth (because of the amount I usually spend on party planning), so this was quite a challenge. I wanted to make it is just as cute and special as I usually do when I plan my daughter's birthday party.
Normally I usually make everything by hand as far as decorations. For this party I enlisted the help of Disney Star Wars Rebels-themed American Greetings party supplies and let me tell you it cut down on so much stress!
For the initial party table set up, I wanted the backdrop to look like a star studded galaxy. I nailed a string of tinsel globe lights to the wall then placed a black plastic tablecloth over them. I then made tiny holes where the globes were and pushed it through. It definitely added a galaxy theme to the table.
I used the cute Star Wars Rebels cups and stuffed them with trinkets from the Party Favor Pack. The children loved them and the parents loved even more that their children were not going home with a bag full of more candy.
The party food was of course my favorite part of the tablescape. We served a variety of Star Wars related food that the parents and children went crazy over.
The Chewbacca Chocolate Cupcakes were especially popular because they were so delicious.
This party was definitely out of my element, but made my new Star Wars Rebels loving child one happy Birthday Boy!
- 1 ¾ cups all purpose flour
- 2 cups granulated white sugar
- ¾ cup unsweetened Special Dark cocoa powder (or regular cocoa powder)
- 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup buttermilk
- ½ cup butter , melted
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup stron coffee
- 4 oz . semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 3 Tbs . heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon . vanilla extract
- ⅛ teaspoon . salt
- Chocolate Jimmies for decoration
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 muffin pans with cupcake liners.
In the bowl of your mixer, combine all dry ingredients.
Add eggs, buttermilk, melted butter and vanilla and mix on low until combined.
With a wooden spoon, stir in coffee. Batter will be runny.
Fill cupcake liners ⅔ full and bake for 18-20 minutes or until a knife is inserted and comes out clean.
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler, constantly stirring with a wooden spoon to avoid burning.
Stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
Let cool to room temperature.In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, combine the confectioners’ sugar, butter, cream, the vanilla and salt and beat on low speed until combined, about 1 minute.
Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Increase the speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes, then reduce the speed to low.
Add the chocolate and beat until combined, then increase the speed to medium and beat for 1 minute more.If the frosting is dry, add more milk, 1 tsp. at a time, until it is creamy but still holds peaks. Makes about 2 cups.
Frost cupcakes and garnish with chocolate jimmies.