About Tara


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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Geeky-Yet-Inspirational Quotes for Grads


This past weekend I got to see my baby brother graduate from law school. How crazy is that? I was full of pride, giggles about how everyone looked like wizards, and thoughts of “what am I doing with my life.” I’m guessing many of you are going through similar thoughts and feelings as you or your family/friends graduate this spring. Whether they’re graduating from college, high school, or pre-school, it’s important to give some bits of wisdom and inspiration. But what do you do when your brother’s now officially smarter than you? You turn to the greats. 

Below is a collection of geeky inspirational quotes. Use them for your graduates or whenever you need a quick pick-me-up. Have a favorite quote that’s not listed here? Add it in the comments! (A special thanks to those of you who tweeted me your fave links! Also, holy cow you all love your Firefly quotes!) 

“Do or do not, there is no try.” Yoda, Star Wars Episode V, The Empire Strikes Back

“You don’t need a reason to help people.” Zidane Tribal, Final Fantasy IX

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” Gandalf, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

“Never give up, never surrender!” Commander Peter Quincy Taggert, Galaxy Quest

“Be excellent to each other. Party on, Dudes!” Bill and Ted, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure

“It’s dangerous to go alone. Take this!” The Legend of Zelda

“No power in the ‘verse can stop me.” River Tam, Firefly

“I aim to misbehave.” Mal Reynolds, Firefly

“Everything’s shiny, Cap’n. Not to fret.” Kaylee Frye, Firefly

“We are who we choose to be.” Green Goblin, Spider-Man

“If someone asks you if you’re a god, you say YES!” – Winston, Ghostbusters

“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.” Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter

“If you can’t take a little bloody nose, maybe you oughtta go back home and crawl under your bed. It’s not safe out here. It’s wondrous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross; but it’s not for the timid.” — Q, Star Trek: The Next Generation

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear, Dune

“With great power there must also come — great responsibility.”  – Amazing Fantasy #15 

“I believe that when we leave a place, part of it goes with us and part of us remains. Go anywhere in the station when it is quiet, and just listen. After a while, you will hear the echoes of all our conversations, every thought and word we’ve exchanged. Long after we are gone, our voices will linger in these walls for as long as this place remains. But I will admit that the part of me that is going will very much miss the part of you that is staying.” G’kar, Babylon 5

“Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple.” – Willy Wonka, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Attend Crypticon and Help Out Camp Promise!

Camp Promise Crypticon

Camp Promise Attendees getting in the Crypticon mood at their “Monster Mash” dance!


Crypticon is a fantastic event for all things horror, and is one of the few places where you can get your cheeks pinched by Doug Jones, play zombie tag, AND meet Bigfoot all at the same place. And this year, you can add one more thing to that list: assisting an awesome camp.

Camp Promise, a barrier-free, week-long overnight camp for kids, teens, and adults with muscular dystrophy or select neuromuscular diseases, is working with Crypticon to provide you pre-sale tickets on their site. If you purchase your Crypticon tickets from them, all of the proceeds go towards Camp Promise-West, held in Vaughn, Washington this summer. Plus, buying your tickets from them in advance will save you $25 off the door price! The camp is free to all of its campers, so your Crypticon ticket will help pay for someone to attend.

So grab your tickets now and tell your friends! Want to read up more on Camp Promise or find out how you can volunteer? Check out CampPromise.org.

Already got your Crypticon ticket but still want to help out? Camp Promise is looking for horror-themed donations for the silent auction they’ll be holding at Crypticon. Contact me if you have something, and I’ll pass you along to the camp director!


The Geeky Hostess is 4!


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


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

May the 4th

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!


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!


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!


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.