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Tara is the Geeky Hostess. Lover of entertaining, decorating, and gift-giving with a personal and geeky flair. Have a question on Geek entertaining or etiquette? Email her at tara@geekyhostess.com !

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George R. R. Martin: Wedding Planner?

We’ve all been thinking it. What would our wedding be like if it was in one of George R. R. Martin’s books? College Humor put together a great video that gives us an idea…

(NSFW: Language and some spoilers for the most recent episode)

One of my engaged friends posted this on her fiance’s Facebook wall. Sorry, but I’m gonna have to turn down my invitation if you end up going in this direction with your wedding.

Recipe: Nerd Cupcakes

Nerd Cupcake 1

If you are what you eat, I should have made these a long time ago.

Nerd Cupcake 2

These tart lemon cupcakes have bursts of Nerd flavor as you bite into them. The frosting is a buttercream flavored with a bit of Tropical Punch Kool-Aid liquid. It’s fruity and delicious, whether or not you consider yourself a nerd. Best of all? They’re pretty ridiculously easy to make.

Nerd Cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • Box of Lemon Cake Mix
  • Ingredients listed on the cake mix box (usually oil, water, and eggs)
  • A box of Rainbow Nerds (about 1/2 cup)

Directions:

Preheat the oven per the cake box instructions. Line 24 cupcake cups with wrappers.

Mix together the cake mix and the ingredients listed on the back of the box.

Once it’s fully mixed, fold the Nerds into the cake batter.

Fill the cupcake wrappers 2/3 full with the cupcake batter.

Bake according to instructions on the back of the box, or until cupcakes are golden and a toothpick stuck in the middle comes out clean.

Let cupcakes cool on a baking rack while you prepare the frosting.

Tropical Punch Buttercream

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups (6 sticks) of unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 6 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 TBS Tropical Punch Kool-Aid Liquid (comes in a tiny squeezable container)

Directions:

Place the butter in a mixer and mix until light, smooth, and fluffy.

Add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, mixing in between each cup.

Using a spatula, scrape the sides and the mixer and mix again until butter and sugar are fully mixed.

Add the Kool-Aid liquid and mix on low until incorporated.

Mix at a higher speed for a couple minutes until frosting has an even consistency and appears light and fluffy.

Add more Kool-Aid to taste, mix thoroughly.

Using a large pastry tip, frost the cooled cupcakes. Top with more Rainbow Nerds.

Enjoy!

 

Jägermeister Gets You Ready for the Game of Thrones Premiere

Everyone’s excited for tonight’s season premiere of Game of Thrones, and that includes Jägermeister. They’ve created Game of Thrones cocktails that’ll be the star of your premiere party!

The Wildling Toddy

Wildling Toddy

  • 2 part Hot Apple Cider
  • 1 part Jägermeister
  • 1/4 part Grand Marnier
  • Sugar Cube
  • Apple Slice for Garnish

Add the sugar cube, grand Marnier, and Jägermeister. Add the boiling hot cider and stir until the sugar cube dissolves. Garnish with the apple slice.

Tyrell Bed of Roses

Tyrell Bed Of Roses

  • 2 part Jägermeister
  • 1/2 part Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 part Grenadine

Combine all ingredients in a shaker and add ice. Shake well, strain into a martini glass and serve.

The Imp’s Revenge

Imp's Revenge

  • 1 1/2 part Dry Vermouth
  • 3/4 part Jägermeister
  • 3/4 part Benedictine
  • 2 dashes of bitters

Combine the ingredients in a mixing glass and add ice. Stir until well chilled and strain into a chilled martini glass. Serve.

Don’t have the time/ingredients to get that fancy? Then go for “Dany’s Deer and a Beer,” which is a shot of Jäger followed by Ommegang’s Fire & Blood Red Ale. I have mine ready to go!

What will you be drinking/serving at your Game of Thrones viewing party?

Fashion First Aid: Your Cosplay/Convention/Life Survival Kit

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I don’t know about you, but it takes me FOREVER to get dressed in the morning, especially if I have something important like an interview, a convention, or an event planned. Will this outfit be comfortable? flattering? Make me sweat? Do I have the right bra for it? Is it going to show too much cleav? Will the shoes end up hurting? Are there pockets? I often drive myself crazy just figuring out any potential issues that could arise and try to solve them before I leave the house.

Fashion First Aid came to my rescue last week when they sent me their Fashion First Aid Kit and a copy of their book “The Dirty Side of Fashion.” With the kit, I don’t need to worry about all of the above issues before I leave the house–I can just pack up some of their goodies and deal with problems if/when they happen. (For instance, when Stan Lee walks by you at a convention and you break into a nervous/excited sweat, not that I’m speaking from experience…)

I’m not taking a trip or attending a con without these products in my bag. I’m going to be the Macgyver of all fashion-related problems and the savior of my cosplaying and fashion-forward friends everywhere. The Fashion First Aid Kit includes:

  • Collar and hat protectors
  • Tattoo and skin shields
  • Temporary sticky pockets
  • Disposable underarm shields
  • Adhesive wardrobe tape
  • Racer back bra clips
  • Deodorant, drip & drool erasers

And once you’re back home and need to know how to clean your outfit, “The Dirty Side of Fashion” comes in. As the main laundry-cleaner of the household, I thought I knew my stuff. But this book goes into specific types of stains and materials, and suggests the best ways to clean them (as well as how often you actually need to clean). It sounds a bit dry, but the book is actually fascinating, and gave me a lot of tips I can’t wait to try out!

Why am I bragging about all of this stuff? Because you can WIN it! Fashion First Aid will be sending one of you their Fashion First Aid Kit and the book “The Dirty Side of Fashion.” Just enter the Rafflecopter below!
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The Ultimate Fandom Necklace

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I met Amanda, owner of Amery Studios at Emerald City Comicon, and fell in love with her jewelry line. It’s gorgeous and nerdy, what more could you want? She showed me a couple of different pieces, and then stopped at this one. “Are you familiar with nerdfighters? It says ‘Don’t Forget to Be Awesome’ on it. And I make them in all of the Hogwarts house colors.” I stopped her right there. “And it’s in Gallifreyan?” I responded. “Yep!” she said. One necklace that works for three fandoms? I clearly needed to have it.

Love Doctor Who, Harry Potter, and the “awesome” message of the nerdfighter movement? Then you also need this piece. I chose a Ravenclaw-colored necklace since I was sorted into that house in Pottermore and the colors also happen to match the TARDIS, making it the perfect piece to go with my TARDIS dress, skirt, or any other blue clothing.

Are those not your fandoms? Check out Amery Studios anyway. You’re sure to find something you’ll love!

 

ECCC Vendors

Phew! Emerald City Comicon took way more out of me than I thought. I had a great time on panels, at screenings, and meeting people, but ended up being too tired to function for multiple days after. The con may have ended on Sunday, but I’m just now ready to start talking about all of the cool things I saw! Starting with: Vendors. I spend most of my time at conventions in the exhibit hall, and this was no exception. There were old favorites (like Espionage Cosmetics and CuteBricks) and a bunch of new folks that I fell in love with. You need to check out the following folks immediately:

We Love Fine

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I’ve been an admirer of WeLoveFine for a while, but finally bought my first pair of leggings from them on Saturday and wore them on Sunday. They were super comfy and I got lots of compliments! I can already see more legging purchases in my future…

Daily Lovelies

Daily Lovelies

 

Yes, I have a weakness for geeky cosmetics. And yes, I already have too much. But when I found the adorable Daily Lovelies, I couldn’t resist grabbing some to try! I purchased the gorgeous and glittery “Who’d Want Me for a Flatmate?” (seen above), and “I Solemnly Swear I’m Up To No Good,” a shimmery neutral that has already become my go-to eyeshadow base.

The Truffle Cottage

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I unfortunately didn’t get to try these truffles, but that didn’t stop me from staring at them every time I passed by the booth. I mean, they have chocolate truffles in the shapes of the Ghostbusters and Superman logos, and Iron Man’s head, and they have large TARDIS truffles, and…and…you just have to check them out. And if you’re ever looking for a gift for me, you know where to find it.

Zoms

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I’ve seen Zoms at a few different conventions, and I always have to stop to ooh and aww over the cutest plush zombie the world’s ever seen. They’ve grown to include a few different types of plushies, and I hear they have some really cool new ones that they’ll be launching soon.

Were you at ECCC? What exhibitors did you fall in love with?

I’ll be profiling one more vendor in detail tomorrow, so stay tuned!

Gritty Mario Reboot: The Four Players

“The Four Players” have been around since November, but I just got around to watching them this week. I was expecting some fun little videos showing grittier sides of the four player characters in Super Mario Bros., but I was blown away at the quality. There’s great acting, singing, and special effects (that even include puppetry!) I really enjoyed watching these interpretations. If you’ve got an extra 15 minutes or so, check these out:

Taco Bell Launches Breakfast, Gift Store

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Taco Bell conquered the 4th meal, so they’re going back to Meal #1, and you can have it in your mouth starting tomorrow morning. (I’m personally excited for the AM Crunchwrap and the Cinnabon Delights, but I’ll most likely try one of everything because I want to treat my tastebuds and punish my body.)

But did you know Taco Bell is MORE than just meals? I believe they’re starting to take over the world as the hot new lifestyle brand, and they’re starting with their fabulous Live Mas store.

Live Mas Store

The store says that it’s “Coming Soon” and it currently only has a limited amount of items for sale, so I’m looking forward to what else they may come out with. I’ve heard rumors of pajamas and bedding based on their breakfast line. My wallet is ready.

What are you more excited for? The Taco Bell breakfast or the Live Mas store?

Seattle Mini Maker Faire Recap

Seattle Mini Maker Faire

Over the weekend, I got to check out the Seattle Mini Maker Faire at the EMP, and it was really, really cool. There are SO many local maker groups in the Seattle area alone! I learned of some maker spaces and tool libraries near me, saw a lot of kids and families get to make things, and found practical day-to-day uses for a lot of science. A few exhibitors stood out to me as ones that would be at home on The Geeky Hostess, and I’ve profiled them all below for you! Check them out and feel inspired, as if you’re at your own digital mini maker faire!

Tinkerine

Tinkerine

This was my first stop and also some of the most colorful 3D printed-objects I saw during the day. Tinkerine is a 3D Printer manufacturer, and you can buy one of their three models pre-assembled or save $300 and put it together yourself. Their printers range in price from $999-$1900, and include your first filament spool (normally $45). They have more filament colors than I’ve seen anywhere else. If I was interested in picking up a 3D printer, I’d seriously consider these guys.

SeattleLumin.com

SeattleLumin

If you like things that light up, then you’d love SeattleLumin.com. They sell everything  you need to make yourself or other things glow–from EL Wire, Drivers, and Kits, to premade items. If you want to make your clothes or bike glow, these are the folks to talk to. (The picture you see above were of some flashing plug and play kits they had available for purchase. The blurriness is what happens when I tried to get a pick of them all lit up at the same time. Let’s just pretend it’s supposed to be artsy.)

Ill Gotten Games

Ill Gotten Games

Il Gotten Games is a game development company out of Bellingham. They were showing off a variety of awesome miniatures and games they’ve created with a 3D printer, which totally makes me want to buy one. (Creating your own miniatures??? Seriously, how cool would that be?) They’ve also recently launched a Kickstarter for an RPG they’re creating! Check it out!

Hack Your Clothes

Hack Your Clothes

Jennifer, the creator of Hack Your Clothes wants to help people learn to sew and “hack” their clothes to get pieces that fit them perfectly and that they love. She currently has a site and offers weekly sessions where she’ll oversee your projects and assist you as you need it. Want to take in a dress, make a corset, or create a great costume from scratch? She can help! And I hear that she’ll be opening up a studio in the Seattle area sometime soon. I’ll let you all know as soon as it opens! (She also blogs often about cleaning and restoring old sewing machines which is a really cool read! Check it out!)

Scroll Wood Shop

Scroll Wood Shop

As I walked by this booth, I had to get a closer look. There was a man making puzzles out of tiny objects (seen here with postage stamps adhered to wood) entirely by hand. All using a scroll saw. Scroll Wood Shop has an Etsy page available, where you can purchase these handmade puzzles or have a custom one created with stamps of your choice, or even from a business card. I also love their jigsaw coasters–they would make a super cute gift for gaming/puzzle enthusiasts!

You can stay up to date on future Maker Faires in the Seattle area by visiting makerfaireseattle.com. I’m definitely looking forward to checking out the next one! Have you been to a Maker Faire before? Are you an avid 3D printer, arduino, or woodworking maker? 

Win Tickets to Wedlocks

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My friend and geeky event-planner extraordinaire Kelli Bielema is hosting a really fun event this weekend and she wants to give YOU free tickets! It’s in Seattle on Sunday,  March 30th, which is during Emerald City Comicon, but if you didn’t get tickets or just need a break on Sunday afternoon, you’ve gotta check it out. (You could walk between the location and the convention center!)

The event is Wedlocks: a day where a bunch of salons, makeup artists, and beauty experts all gather in the same room and let you try them out and ask questions. Although originally created to help brides and wedding parties find the right look for their wedding, the event is open to anyone. I’m excited to go just to get to know new trends, check out some local talent in the area, and to feel pampered and extra pretty after mini makeovers! Bonus, since Kelli is involved, I’m guessing most of the vendors at the event will be geek/offbeat-friendly. So don’t be afraid to ask questions and try out more risky looks! (Also, there’s going to be photo booths and COTTON CANDY.)

Want to attend and get pampered with me? Then start gathering your friends, because the winner will receive a code good for FOUR free tickets! Just enter below. I’ll notify the winner on Friday!

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