This year, God has smiled down upon us. Why? Because May the Fourth and Cinco de Mayo finally fall on a weekend. Try to contain your excitement.
For those who aren’t familiar 一 and who didn’t have a scientist father who raised them on nerdy TV and movies (Star Trek and Lost in Space ftw!) 一 May the Fourth is an unofficial fan-created holiday that celebrates the Star Wars franchise. It, of course, derives from the phrase “May the force be with you,” which is the Jedi equivalent of us saying “God be with you” to someone when we part ways. For the rest of us, it gives us an excuse to get together with our nerd friends and have an epic Star Wars marathon. And now, with nine movies in the Star Wars oeuvre, you can literally spend days viewing these films in whatever order you deem most relevant.
I know what you’re thinking. How could you possibly watch all nine movies in one day? Luckily for us, Revenge of the Fifth now exists, which is a play on Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. However, people also tend to celebrate Revenge of the Sixth, which is also a play on Revenge of the Sith… At any rate, whichever day you choose, you now have 2-3 days to have a full-on Star Wars viewing party.
But wait: Cinco de Mayo is on Saturday! Well, I have a solution. I propose that rather than choose between Star Wars and Cinco de Mayo, why not combine the two for a legendary space-age fiesta?
I’m just going to acknowledge right here that this sounds really weird. These two things don’t normally go together…but if you like Star Wars and usually celebrate Cinco de Mayo (which does not celebrate Mexican independence but rather Mexico’s victory over Napoleon III, just FYI), this could be a lighthearted and entertaining way to have a party that’s unique, creative, and memorable. Like my good friend Shayne once said so eloquently: “Celebrate the rebels’ defeat of the Empire by also commemorating the Mexican army’s victory over the French empire on May 5, 1862. Tacos and Star Wars, anyone?” Also, Leia's famous buns were inspired by a strong female Mexican revolutionary. So really, this is a match made in the heavens.
If you still have doubts, just think 一 you get to watch lightsaber fights in space while also stuffing your face with delicious Mexican food and margaritas. Umm who doesn’t want that?
Last year, I threw a “marathon” viewing party of my own (I think we watched two movies), and I had a ton of fun making a punny Star Wars–themed menu that the others seemed to enjoy. So for this Star Wars Cinco de Mayo, I thought I’d share and expand on those so you can put together your own bash. Below are some ideas for food and drink menus and 一 wait for it 一 a Star Wars lotería game. Feel free to pick and choose your favorites.
Admiral Ackbar’s Snack Bar
“It’s a trap!”
- Enchi-Landos (enchiladas)
- Ewok-amole and Salsa (guac and salsa)
- Trooper Scoopers (chips)
- At-Atacos (tacos)
- Jyn Ers-elotes (elotes)
- Tauntaun Meat (carne asada, chicken, adobada, etc.)
- Alde-rice and Dagobeans (rice and beans)
- The Dark Sides: onions, cilantro, lime, rice, beans
“There is a great disturbance in the Force.”
- Portion Bread (pan dulce)
- Lightsabers (churros or iced pretzel rods)
- Wookie Cookies
- AndOreos (Oreos)
“This place can be a little rough.”
- Jawa Juice (licuados)
- Yoda Soda (regular soda 一 extra points for Mountain Dew)
- Bantha Milk (horchata)
- Darth Maulgaritas
- Coronascant (Corona)
- Micheleía (Michelada)
- Dos Parcec-quis (Dos Equis)
- Han Sol-o (Sol)
- Tecat-ooine (Tecate)
- Darth Modelo (Modelo Negra)
- Imperial Stout (Any other beer)
“A game of chance”
If you need a break from your epic marathon, play a few rounds of Space Lotería. I mean, come on, how amazing are these? This pack comes with 10 tablas, 54 cards, and a bag of beans ($20).
For a couple of margarita recipes, check out our previous post on the Cocktail Equation.
And for more Star Wars party-throwing ideas, check out our Pinterest board.
And remember: iUsa la fuerza!