No proper Star Wars party should be without a Star Wars Cantina or Chalmun’s Cantina, as it is actually called. Cos-play can be serious work, and lots of costumes are really warm (just ask my daughter after wearing her Chewie costume for 4 hours). So you need to make sure your guests are well hydrated. Just promise that all lightsabers are checked at the entrance – we suspect all your guests will want to leave with all their limbs intact.
Cheese is a marvelous thing. I do like a great Gouda with grapes, or a beautiful Basque with black olives (green olives are actually better, but doesn’t sound as poetic). Many of our friends roll their eyes when I tell them they can’t start eating yet because the cheese has to “breathe” first (Thank you Jason for teaching me that trick!!! Amy, thank you for encouraging my “habit”!). I have been accused of being a cheese snob more than once, but I prefer the work “enthusiast”. So when we came up with the idea of a Tosche-ese Station last year, I was almost overwhelmed by the possibilities. After several trips to the cheese counter at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and Meijer, and confusing the heck out of the friendly staff with questions such as “which cheese will separate less when molding”, we finally settled on this spread.