More Dr. Who Party

Last weekend we had our 12 year old’s Dr. Who party at Monster Mini Golf in Seekonk.

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I made an effort to have some cool Dr. Who themed treats and a neat Tardis backdrop along with some printables.  I will be making Dr. Who printables available for free download soon.  In the meantime, here are the free custard cupcake wrappers.

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I am putting the Tardis printables below here for FREE. The only one I didn’t list here is the “police telephone” sign that I used. I may do it in an update with a file you can type the birthday person’s name in.

St. John Ambulance Sign (print 1)
Tardis Windows (print 4)
Wood Grain Panels 1 & Wood Grain Panels 2 (print 3 each)
Black Public Call sign (print 1)

I also want to do a tutorial on how I made it, but I haven’t had time yet. Here is the quick and dirty details:

I used an old tri-fold board that my son had used for a science project.  I cut one of the cardboard flaps off one side and added it to the other side. This gave me two equal sections instead of three.  I made the top out of cardboard boxes cut into the shape of the tardis roof and covered the whole thing in blue construction paper.  I added black construction paper at the top to give me the Public Call box area, and then used the printables to add details.

Check out my previous post on how to make the fish finger cookies. I decided for the custard cupcakes, that a white chocolate ganache would look best. What I should have done though, since I used chocolate cupcakes, is to lightly frost the chocolate cupcakes with white buttercream frosting before  attempting to dip them in ganache.  It would have made the coverage easier.

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For the Dalek cupcakes, I used printables from Wyzant on Deviant Art. Instead of dying the frosting all different colors, I used colored ganache to dip the frosting. It was MESSY, but cute enough. Recipe for microwave ganache can be found here.

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I was really determined to make cool cookies this time.  The Daleks turned out the best, and I did not get a good up-close picture of them (figures).

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I think they were cute. The only drawback to cookie cupcake toppers is that they are heavy. So make them small if possible.

The cake was a simple round cake with buttercream frosting. I printed mini figures of Dr. Who, Clara and my son with a “happy birthday” sign to add decoration to the cake, and used one of the Tardis cookies to make it look like the Tardis had landed on the cake.  I am not a baker, but this was fun to do, and it looked pretty good too.

If I had had more time, I would have used some of these amazing Dr. Who paper craft printables from Cyberdrone on Deviant Art, but my week didn’t turn out like I had imagined.

If you want to see more pictures, check out my post on Catch My Party.

Dr. Who Birthday prep

Hello bloggosfriends!

It has been a long, long while, and although I still do not have time to get back into the party business like I wish I could, my son’s 12th birthday is coming up and he asked for a great theme: Dr. Who!   His birthday party is next weekend, and with Christmas so close, it’s always a challenge to get together a great all-out party for him like I have for his brother in June.   Plus the cold weather limits our choices for venues.  I haven’t done a party at home for him in years – it’s just too much for my little house!

Two years ago, he asked for an Adventure Time party that is still the #1 download from my blog.  Last year, we did Tron at a Lazer Tag place, and it was a bit more rushed, although he was happy with the results.  This year, I’ve already started on some of the decorations which I can make available for free (non-personalized) when the party is all done.

With two big events for Dr. Who just freshly finished (50th Anniversary special The Day of the Doctor, and the final episode for Matt Smith’s 11th Doctor (aka 13th generation, plus Christmas special) it’s an excellent time for a Dr. Who party.

I started by photoshopping my son’s picture into this image to create the invitation. I always go back to this tutorial on how to cut someone out of a picture.  I cut my son out of his picture, cut the doctor out of his pic and layered them on top of each other.

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I was going to do more Tardis and bowtie-type stuff for the other printables, but my son loves the image so much, we just stuck with that for the cupcake wrappers and welcome sign. I used these free fonts: Dalek Assiduous and Heavy Data.  I found the latest Dr. Who logo here.

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Last year, we did King sized candy bars for party favors since his friends are getting a little too big for goodie bags, and a candy table is too much to bring to a venue like this one.  Here’s this year’s wrappers:

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So that’s as far as I have gotten with the printables.  I have plans to make a Tardis back drop (will attempt to create a tutorials with printables for another post).

But what I did TODAY was test-run treats for the party.  I’ve seen on other websites that people had made fish stick (aka fish finger) cookies and “custard” (aka pudding) for their parties. I found this video on how to make the cookies.

If you don’t want to watch the video, this recipe is in the description:

Fish Fingers & Custard
*for the “fish finger” cookies*
• 1 lb. butter, softened
•1 cup powdered sugar
• 3 cups flour
• 1/2 cup corn starch
• 1 pkg graham crackers

*for the pudding*
• 2 cups milk 
• 1 box instant pudding (any flavor)

Preheat oven to 325° F.
Prepare pudding according to directions on the box.
Set aside.
In a separate bowl, mix butter and powdered sugar
until lemony yellow (about 3 minutes). Slowly add
flour and corn starch until fully incorporated.
Shape dough into fish finger shapes and roll in
crushed graham crackers. Place on ungreased
cookie sheet and bake for 11-15 minutes or until
golden brown. Serve with pudding and enjoy!

For me, these cookies turned out light and “biscuitty”.  I halved the recipe above, added a teaspoon of salt and some vanilla extract. It took the full 15 minutes on a parchment lined cookie sheet for these cookies to harden up. This yielded about 36 very realistic looking “fish finger” cookies.

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I wanted to see if I could make a cupcake look like “custard” (or pudding for us over the pond). I just used a plain buttercream frosting for these, but later this week, I’m going to see how it might look if I dip the cupcakes in two different kinds of ganache to give them a glossy-pudding-like appearance.  And maybe I will fill the cupcakes with some pudding for an extra surprise! Will update…

Finally, I wanted to try something different this year with his cake or cupcakes. I thought if I made some Dr. Who themed cookies, I could use them as cupcake toppers.  Now, I’m not the greatest cookie decorator, and so the test run cookies were to determine how we should go about this – and even if it should be attempted my me at all.

Since I couldn’t find my decorating tips, the cookies came out kind of like hilarious Pinterest fail pictures. I will post them here so you can have a laugh. I’m not sure if I’m going to try it again (I liked the effect of what looked like an army of Daleks and Weeping Angels ganging up on the Tardis (especially after the 2013 Christmas special where the invitation picture came from). And if we stick with the cookie-toppers, I don’t know if we will just leave them with the indents in them and not try to decorate them at all or use some other method.  The fondant did look ok, but it’s sooo sweet with the sugar cookie and cupcake (sugar OVERLOAD!)  And the cookies were too heavy for the cupcakes.  Lots of kinks to work out on this one.  I may just end up making a cake!

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If you’d like to imitate these hilarious results, you can find the recipe for the sugar cookies here, the recipe for the fondant here, and the recipe for royal icing here. I ordered the cookie cutters from Amazon and Ebay.

So that is all for now! Will update soon.

Free Design Programs

Hello friends, it’s been a while!  For those of you don’t know, I have not been posting because I had a major (catastrophic) failure of the hard drive where all my design work was.  We’re still in limbo with whether or not the data can be saved, and until then, I am on hold.

Also, we had some life changes, and I am now homeschooling both of my children.  It is very time consuming and leaves little time for new design.  I have resigned myself to this current situation – my kids HAVE to come first.

Meanwhile, one of my freebie posts has totally exploded – it’s the Adventure Time Freebie.  Lots of people are really happy to find it since, like me, they couldn’t find a commercial product on the market.  People have been overwhelmingly gracious, and I feel like I have made this world a better place.

One question I get asked A LOT is what kind of software to use to do design.  I have the Adobe programs, but not everyone can afford these.  I just found this great article on 12 FREE alternatives to the Adobe suite, and I thought I would pass it along.

FreeVector.com is a really fantastic resource for backgrounds, graphics and patterns.  This article is the bomb!

http://www.freevector.com/news/free-design-programs/

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Hope this helps you, and until I’m back in the swing with things, Party On!

Krysten

Glee full printable party *FREE*

Hello friends!

Better late than ever, I always say!

Here it is – the full Glee printable party – FREEBIE!  Chock full of text boxes for you to customize on your own for your next Season-Ender (or Premiere) party or birthday.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FILE

(click on the top right “download” button!)

  • Customizable invitations
  • Customizable address labels
  • Cupcake wrappers
  • 2 1/2″ party circles
  • Banquet table tags
  • Customizable banner
  • 4 different colored favor boxes
  • Water bottle wrappers
  • Welcome Sign

Here’s some images so that you can get a peek at what’s inside.

Cupcake Toppers

Welcome Sign

Banquet Table Tags

Multi-Colored Favor Boxes

If you would like me to customize this printable by adding a picture of your favorite Gleek, modify the invitation and welcome sign, etc.  email me at clickableparty@gmail.com.  Otherwise, party on!

Best,

Krysten

Hunger Games Link Party

Hello friends and followers!

Check out this blog’s link party for all things “Hunger Games”  You know the premiere is right around the corner, and everyone is so excited!  The cool thing about Hunger Games is that the series really appeals to both boys and girls, young and old.  It’s a really well written series.

Of course, I’ve had my Hunger Games printable since last summer when we had my son’s party, so I am listed too.

Available in my Etsy Shop.


Oh, and don’t worry, I didn’t forget about the Glee printable – we’ve had some technical difficulties as of late.  It should be posted by the end of the day – plenty of time before the 2nd half of the season!

Best,

Krysten