About Tara

http://www.geekyhostess.com

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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The Geeky Hostess is 4!

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It’s the 4th anniversary of when I sat down and wrote my first post for The Geeky Hostess. In 2010, I started the blog so I could give myself an excuse to learn more about throwing dinner parties, cooking, baking (I don’t think I even owned cupcake tins then!), etiquette, and home decor. I’ve learned a lot and still have a long way to go!

Thank you all for joining me here at geekyhostess.com. Four years later I still absolutely love working on this site, and I’m excited to see what happens with it this next year. I’m currently working on creating and fulfilling the Geeky Sprinkles, and as those come to fruition, you’ll see the Geeky Hostess site becoming much more than a blog. I have grand plans that I can’t wait to put into place! In the meantime, I hope to keep writing fun posts and coming up with recipes and parties for you all. If you have suggestions on things you’d like to see as I embark on a new year, let me know in the comments or email me! I love hearing from you.

So if you’re looking for an excuse to have a cupcake today, you’ve got it. Just tell people you’re celebrating the Geeky Hostess.

Get Ready for a Geeky Weekend!

While everyone else seems to be prepping for an extended pre-Cinco de Mayo weekend (don’t get me wrong, I will eat tacos at some point), my mind’s on a few other geeky holidays coming up. Check them out below and let me know how you’ll be celebrating this weekend!

Saturday: Free Comic Book Day

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Gather your friends and families and go visit your Friendly Local Comic Shop! The stores that choose to participate will have free comics and fun activities planned. See something you love that isn’t free? Buy it! It costs money for the comic stores to put this day on, and you’re helping your local economy by making a purchase! Click the link above to find a participating store near you!

Sunday: International Star Wars Day

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May the Fourth be with you! Take some time on May 4th to watch Star Wars, or just go shopping with all of the great Star Wars deals out there! The link above takes you to a list being compiled on starwars.com.

Monday: Geeky Hostess turns 4!

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Well, it’s not an official holiday yet, but I’ll be celebrating! I’ll save the sappy post for later, but now you all have a couple days notice to start making and sending me cupcakes. You’re gonna do that, right?

 

WIN The New Espionage Cosmetics “Curses” Collection!

Espionage Curses Espionage Cosmetics is releasing a new collection today–a set of glitters named after your favorite fictional curse words. The set includes “Gorram,” “Frak,” “Zark,” and “Frell,” and these glitters are GORGEOUS. And because they love you, they want to give one of you a set for free! Just enter below for your chance to win! A new product launch isn’t all Espionage has up its sleeve: Tomorrow (May 1st) is their 3 year anniversary and they’re going to celebrate by having a sale and featuring five new mask nail wraps in a variety of colors! The winner of our contest will ALSO receive the mask nail wraps! So, enter below and then pop on over to EspionageCosmetics.com to check out their goods, and stop by their Facebook page and congratulate them on the new launch and 3 years of making nerdy makeup!

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Help Support a Nerdy Tea Company!

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Friday Afternoon Tea is in the middle of a Kickstarter to help “level up” their business. They’ll be using the money to get better packaging, sell at more conventions, and get their brand out there. But why do you care? Because Friday Afternoon Tea is a geeky tea company. And not only do they create tea blends based on geeky things, their tea is delicious. I tried the Bard’s blend (yes, they have blends based on different classes, and yes, the Bard blend has SPRINKLES in it), and it was amazing!

By donating to the Kickstarter, you’ll receive tea of your choice, and you’ll be helping out an awesome small business. Donate $50, and you will even get a custom tea blend made just for you!

The Kickstarter’s only running until Saturday and it’s close to hitting its goal, but not there yet. Please donate and share with your friends!

 

Amazon Created a Star Wars Store!

May the Fourth is coming up quick…are you ready for International Star Wars Day?

This year even Amazon’s getting in on the act to help  you prep. They’ve created a Star Wars Store that has a little bit of everything, including limited edition headphones. And you know those lightsabers you’ve always wanted? They’re 35% off, meaning they’re all available for under $100 a piece. Just click through here or click on the image above.

How are you prepping for International Star Wars Day?

The Geeky Hostess is on Tumblr!

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So, I finally did it. I started using my Tumblr account. I’m scared and excited. I have no idea what I’m doing.

You can find me here: geekyhostess.tumblr.com

The tumblr account is going to be similar to my Twitter account: my personal account under the Geeky Hostess name. Which means you’ll find lots of geekery and parties and cupcakes and geek fashion, but you’ll also find random nonsense that made me want to click on the arrow button thing which I believe is reblog. I’m learning, guys.

Are you on Tumblr? Any accounts I need to follow? Any tips for me? I’m sure you’ll be hearing more from me and my Tumblr account as I learn more about it!

R2-D2 Measuring Cup Set

11be_sw_r2d2_measuring_cup_set I got way too excited when I saw this item come up in ThinkGeek’s email today. This R2-D2 measuring cup set looks adorable on your kitchen counter, and is actually super practical. Take a look at all it holds: 11be_sw_r2d2_measuring_cup_set_sizes_embedThis is a licensed ThinkGeek exclusive, and you can get it for only $19.99. It seems like the perfect host gift, wedding gift, or “whoops, all of my measuring cups mysteriously broke, guess I have to get new ones” gift for yourself.

Will you be picking one up? What character would you like to see made into measuring cups?

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

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

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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?