By now, you’re all likely well aware of my geeky tendencies. You’re also likely aware of my love for hosting events. Here is an example of how those items came together in:
A Geeky British Party!!
Another awesome geeky friend of mine had a birthday about a week prior to mine, so we decided to throw a joint birthday party of geekery. Not wanting to leave people out by choosing just one geekdom, we decided to give it the theme of “Birthday Invasion of the British Geekdom”
Just in case you have any sort of inkling for doing this sort of thing, here’s a list of the fandoms we pulled from for inspiration:
Alice in Wonderland
Winnie the Pooh
Beatles / British invasion
Stephen Fry / Hugh Laurie
Vicar of Dibley
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Mrs Brown’s Boys
… (etc) …
Yeah, that’s a lot of stuff. But oh boy was it fun to come up with ideas. We planned games (and wrote a few ourselves), asked people to dress up, made themed food and drinks, and added plenty of fun decor to the house.
I certainly cannot fit all of this into one post, so I will begin with our food planning. Some items were simply British but most had some geeky theme:
FOOD (with geeky British twists)
The restaurant at the end of the universe (just one of our tables full of food)
Including plenty of Brit foods such as marmite, HP sauce, Nando’s sauce, Malt vinegar, Hobnobs, and more.
Though this is the only photo of the Edamame, which we named “Silurian Pods.”
Cucumberbatch sandwiches- get it?
Bread (with the crust cut off, of course), cream cheese, and cucumbers.
Because I like flavor, I added some extra herbs and seasonings to my cream cheese. I did it the same way as when I made avocado cucumber triscuit snacks (click here for the recipe).
Mrs. Loveitt’s meat pies from Sweeny Todd (sans human)
I wanted to make something like a pastie, which are quite popular in the UK. I knew it would be easier to handle at a party than making a pot pie. These came out great! Writing out the recipe takes a bit too much for this post, perhaps I’ll do another post on it later.
To make the “pretty” egg swirl, use a pastry or frosting bag with a star tip.
Dowager Countess Chicken Salad Tea Sandwiches
“Always bring a banana to a party!” – 10th Doctor
I also somehow missed getting a photo of my bowtie pasta salad (because bowties are cool). Too bad.
Because Gingers have no souls.
A Bit of Fry and Laurie
If you haven’t seen the show- go do it. It’s sketch comedy with two fantastic british actors: Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie.
…the fat walks right into your tummy
These little guys were easily made using large and mini marshmallows. Glue the arms and legs on using frosting (or cream cheese) and draw faces on them using frosting. Even one of those little frosting gel pens would work.
Here’s a photo of Cassandra (the last human) with Rose Tyler (from withanaccent.com)
One of our friends brought us this awesome homemade Cassandra pizza! If you don’t know Cassandra, check the photo above. She’s the last human, a character we all love to despise from Doctor Who.
Neverland (with hook’s ship), so long and thanks for all the fish. Merging geekdoms is fun!
second star to the right and straight on ’till morning!
Fish n Chips. Get it? HA!
Neither of us like fish, so we didn’t want to cook any. This was a great alternative- and punny
Tots + curry dip.
The potato reference is from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Sir Issac Fig Netwtons, Jammy Dodgers, Shortbread.
Elsewhere, we have “Cake or death” ala Eddie Izzard.
Rummy Pooh Bears
I actually have a post on this one! If you’d like to know how to make Rummy bears (they’re very easy), click here. I serve them in shot glasses to make it easier to have a single serving, but while they’re “marinating,” I leave them all together.
Sir Francis BACON!!!
(pretzel sticks with dip)
Nearby we also had “strawberry fields forever” and “apple records” for dipping. Sadly, I forgot to set out the Brie for “let it Brie.”
Bring us a SHRUBBERY!
“I’m in an Ethical Pickle”
Gotta love the IT crowd
Dalek Cupcakes, brought in by another friend of ours (who came dressed as Ferb to the party)
As for the cupcakes, we were able to “exterminate” them.
Just a spoonful of sugar from Mary Poppins
(in reality, they’re pumpkin cake pops)
Note that we did not serve SPAM. Because “I don’t like SPAM!”
Drinks! (with geeky British twists)
I wasn’t cool enough to get photos of the drinks we came up with. Sorry guys, guess I was too busy having fun by then. But here’s a quick list of some of our drink options:
– Butterbeer! (alcoholic)
– Your father’s Pimm’s cup (it’s like a normal pimm’s cup, but with added elderflower liquor. “Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!“)
– Pumpkin juice (ala Harry Potter)
– Mad Hatter’s Tea
– Champagne Supernova (a twist on a mimosa)
– Assorted fitting malt beverages including Monty Python’s Holy (gr)Ale, Hobgoblin (we called it gringott’s ale), Samuel Smith’s hard cider (from Apple records).
– Sonic Screwdriver (Vodka and OJ with a twist)
– Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster (mountain dew)
If you’d like more ideas, visit our pinterest folder that was used for a lot of our inspiration:
Thanks to all of our friends who showed up and humoured us with their dressing up (I wish I got more photos!!) and playing our games. We had a great time!
geeky british party friends
Thank you all for reading! Stay tuned for more posts about this party including our made-up games, costumes, and fun decoration ideas!
Interested in seeing other British things?
click here to learn about my visit to Brew Dog pub in London
OR click here to learn about my walk over the O2 in London- you can do it too!
- Have you had any similar geeky / awesome parties? Share your stories and links below!