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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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!
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.