Geeky British Party!

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”

brit party

 

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:

Harry Potter
Doctor Who
Monty Python
Sherlock
Shakespeare
It Crowd
Alice in Wonderland
Peter Pan
JRR Tolkien
Mary Poppins
Winnie the Pooh
King Arthur
Torchwood
Downton Abbey
James Bond
Beatles / British invasion
Eddie Izzard
Stephen Fry / Hugh Laurie
Peter Pan
Peter Rabbit
Guy Fawkes
Vicar of Dibley
Black Adder
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Robin Hood
Father Ted
Mrs Brown’s Boys
Brave
Austin Powers
Red Dwarf
… (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

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?

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)

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.

 

I am the eggman

I am the eggman deviled eggs.”goo goo goo joob”

To make the “pretty” egg swirl, use a pastry or frosting bag with a star tip.

 

Dowager Countess Chicken Salad Tea Sandwiches

Dowager Countess Chicken Salad Tea Sandwiches

 

"Always bring a banana to a party!" - 10th Doctor

“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.

Because Gingers have no souls.

 

A Bit of Fry and Laurie

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.

 

Marshmellow adipose

Marshmellow adipose

the fat walks right into your tummy

…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.

 

Cassandra Pizza

Cassandra Pizza

 

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!

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!

second star to the right and straight on ’till morning!

 

Fish n Chips. Get it? HA!

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.

Tots + curry dip.
The potato reference is from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

 

 

Smarties Cereal

Smarties Cereal

 

Sir Issac Fig Netwtons, Jammy Dodgers, Shortbread. Elsewhere, we have "Cake or death" ala Eddie Izzard.

Sir Issac Fig Netwtons, Jammy Dodgers, Shortbread.
Elsewhere, we have “Cake or death” ala Eddie Izzard.

 

Rummy Pooh Bears

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.

rummy bears

 

Sir Francis BACON!!!  tee hee!

Sir Francis BACON!!!
tee hee!

 

Ollivander's wands (pretzel sticks with dip)

Ollivander’s wands
(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!

Bring us a SHRUBBERY!

 

"I'm in an Ethical Pickle" Gotta love the IT crowd

“I’m in an Ethical Pickle”
Gotta love the IT crowd

 

Dalek Cupcakes, brought in by another friend of ours!

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)

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:

http://www.pinterest.com/museinitiative/british-geek-party-ideas/

 

 

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

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

things you drink brew dog

 

 

 

OR click here to learn about my walk over the O2 in London- you can do it too!

top of the o2

 


 

  • Have you had any similar geeky / awesome parties? Share your stories and links below!
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Spoilers

Why do people feel the need to give away the surprise moment in a story, the twist of a plot, or the end of a sporting event

 

If you haven’t yet gathered, this post is about

Spoilers!

 

(…. but no spoiler alert. For any series or movie.  (yes, even Game of Thrones.) I promise guys. It would be silly of me to do a rant of sorts about spoilers AND give away a spoiler in the process.)

 

river song spoilers

from mahmusecomics.com

 

I find it sad that I cannot mention to some people that I began watching a new TV series, or am about to watch a certain movie.  They don’t respect my desire to discover the story on my own time, in my own way.

 

I shared that I began watching Orange is the New Black and had someone “promise no spoilers” but then give a vague spoiler (hello, I’m smart enough to get it folks!!), thus spoiling what is one of the main thru-lines.

 

Not too long ago, a facebook friend gave a huge Game of Thrones spoiler away on their timeline THE MOMENT it happened. Now, I was watching it too at the same time –either way, I had read the books, so I knew what was going to happen– but it bothered me that they posted this so carelessly and ruined the episode for their friends.

 

 

from the-siren.com

 

People, it’s simple:

WARN BEFORE YOU POST SPOILERS!

 

If you want to talk about something that happened in a story and you know it would be a surprise to anyone who is not where you are in the story:

  1. Post “SPOILER ALERT!!!!” very obviously early on in your post
  2. Give space before you actually write the spoiler
  3. …like this…
  4. It gives people time to realize they’re chasing a white rabbit… because perhaps they don’t want to….
  5. Then post the spoiler

 

Simple.  And then your friends *might* still like you.

 

Geico pig is showing you what NOT to do:

 

 

So, why do people do this to each other?

I feel as though anyone who does the spoiling is like the kid on the playground in elementary school chanting “I know something you don’t know….nah nah nah naah naaaaah!”

 

It seems as though they only care about themselves and how exciting it is that they know this secret — they are part of the “in club” because they’re in the know. This feeling is so exciting, they don’t realize they’re not showing respect and care to the other person. They’re not allowing the other person to experience the story on their own time.

 

from blog.webjournalist.org

 

Is this REALLY a big deal?  No, not really.  We’re not withholding the cure for cancer, nor removing all unicorns from the face of the planet, nor anything equally horrific.  But we’re ruining a story!

 

Perhaps it’s the theatre major in me. I love a good story. Heck, I love a bad story. Spoiling the story is like ripping the writer’s soul out of the piece. -It is like removing the READER‘S soul out of the piece. It is removing the joy of the journey.

 

We read a book – or watch a show/movie- to enjoy the journey; to experience what the characters experience.  To see parts of ourselves in the characters and feel the exultation of their joy, the deepness of their sorrow, the thrill of their triumph.  We go on this journey because we want to get wrapped up in their story, to be transported to their world, to be part of something bigger than ourselves.

 

 

And to take that away from someone is pretty small.

 

 

 

So just don’t spoil things, k guys?

friends don't let friends spoil stories.

from awholelotofnothing.net

 

 

 

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Geeky Cupcakes!! Star Wars + Superheroes

Most of my friends know that I’m a bit of a geek - so I figured I should be sure you all knew this too!  :)

Geeky cupcakes star wars superheroes DC marvel

Once in a while I have an itch to make some geeky cupcakes!  (I will share more later, never you worry!)  I do not claim to be a professional decorator by any means, but it’s definitely a fun thing to do- and is a hit with the right people!

I apologize in advance for the poor photography.  In the future, I will take better/more photos of projects in order to properly share them with you!

 

star wars cupcakes R2-D2 Death Star Yoda Chewbacca Wookie

Star Wars Cupcakes!!!

I made these geeky star wars cupcakes for my friend’s birthday- they were a huge hit!  While DEFINITELY not a professional decorator by any means, I enjoy the art and silliness that goes into these.  I especially love the enjoyment my friends get from the geeky cupcakes- imperfections and all.  I know I could make much prettier designs using fondant, but I just don’t like the taste as much as real frosting.

There are 5 designs in the star wars cupcake series:

  • R2-D2- Light Blue background. White body with blue and black detail.
  • Death Star- White background with black sprinkles.  Black detail over top.
  • Yoda- Background of white it is.  Green, white and black detail you see, hmmm?
  • Chewbacca- no background, just brown “fur” using the standard round piping tip.  Black and White detail.
  • Letters- The base layer is a swirl using the star tip.  Lettering is done with the round tip.  Any contrasting colors will do.  I added green sprinkles to the word “force.”

 

Marvel DC Superhero spiderman batman green lantern superman captain america

 Superhero cupcakes!

 

There are 5 designs in the superhero cupcake series:

  • Batman- Orange background with black detail. Mini cupcakes.
  • Superman- Blue background. Red and yellow S via the star tip.
  • Green Lantern- White background with green detail.  Mini cupcakes.
  • Captain America- Blue background. Detail in white and red using the round tip.  Mini cupcakes.
  • Spiderman- Red background.  Black detail using the round tip and large white round sprinkle eyes.

 

image from wilton tips

This is the standard round piping tip I use for detail work and lettering when frosting.

 

A few notes and tips when trying these designs:

  • I personally use gel to color my icing.  It can be found in some grocery stores, but definitely easy to find in Michaels or other craft stores. Liquid food coloring will work as well, but it makes your frosting a bit more watery. If you need to use this option, you can always add a little powdered sugar to help stiffen it back up.
  • PURCHASE BLACK GEL! I’ve tried making black (or grey) by mixing various colors together.  It works, but it’s extremely annoying.  Just purchase black.  It’s worth it.
  • If you need to make brown icing and don’t have brown gel, you can use coca powder.  This will cause your frosting to have a chocolatey taste as well.  You may add some milk (of any type) to make it more runny if needed, as the cocoa powder will make it dry.
  • Once you fill your icing bag, stick it in the refrigerator for a few minutes.  Colder icing will create a stronger form (best used for writing letters, drawing Chewbacca’s fur, and doing detail work).
  • When drawing Yoda’s head or R2-D2’s body, I kept my icing warm (and slightly runny), so that I could mush it around in order to draw the figure more cleanly.

 

 

As a final homage to awesome geeky cake decorating, I present you with these two cakes, made by/for friends of mine:

 

tardis cake wedding

Yes, my friends- this is indeed a Tardis wedding cake topper! Thanks to Kayla and Chad for having an awesome wedding cake topper, and to Brian for the photo!  Extra thanks for allowing me to showcase it here!

 

minion cake despicable me

It’s a minion cake! Visit Custom Cakes by Dawn for more awesome cakes! (based in Ireland)

 

(for those who know that I have MORE geeky cupcakes out there to share…. don’t worry- I will be sharing those at some point too)

 

  • Which cupcake design is your favorite?  Do you have any geeky cake designs you would like to share?
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