Entertaining

Superhero Ice Cubes

On beautiful days in Seattle (like today), the whole city stops to stare out the window, take walks, fill patio seating, and look for a nice cold beverage.

If you’re entertaining on a day like that, these ice trays will make your beverages a bit more super. The Marvel tray makes ice shaped like The Thing, Captain America, The Hulk, and Iron Man. Want to add a few heroes to your party? You can also pick up Spider-Man and Batman trays.

The Marvel tray is $11.00 and available at Amazon.com

(Source: Geek Alerts)

The Geeks in the Seattle Met!

Mr. Geek and I were thrilled to find ourselves front and center in the Met pages for attending Shindig’s Cinefresco launch party. What is Cinefresco, you say? It’s a brand new outdoor-movie party that comes to you! You can’t go wrong with popcorn, drinks, a photo booth, lawn chairs, vintage blankets and an old-timey movie. Check it all out at www.cinefresco.com. Looking for a quirky, lovely company to throw you the best bash ever? Make sure you take a look at all of Shindig’s offerings here.

Unique Sandwich Cutters

It’s the first day of Spring, and dreams of sunny picnics and lazy afternoon tea parties have entered my head. Little sandwiches are a go-to at both of these events, but it’s best to avoid the cliche triangles, circles, and squares. Dress your sandwiches up with these fun sandwich cutters!

DynoBytes Sandwich Crust Cutter
Who doesn’t love dinosaurs? $4.49.

Bat Bytes Sandwich Crust Cutters
Perfect meal for a Dark Knight marathon before the newest movie comes out. $6.69.

Puzzle Bites Sandwich Cutter
These sandwiches will be the hit of your game night! $7.50.

Crustache Crust Cutter
Whether you’re playing “spot the hipster” in the park or just need a quick disguise on your lunch break, these mustache sandwiches will do the job. $5.95.

What’s your favorite sandwich recipe? I’m partial to Nutella and Banana. (Does that even count as a sandwich anymore, or is it just dessert?)

Job Hunters Trailer

I’ve been hard at work on the web series “Job Hunters” for the past few months, and am thrilled to present the release of our trailer! The series premieres online on April 4th, but you can see the first episode before the rest of the internet at Emerald City Comicon on April 1st. We’ll be hosting a panel at 2pm in room 2AB.

So what have I been doing on this series? I’m a co-producer, co-writer and actor, and have also been handling the business-side of the series, the marketing, and the craft services. Can you believe I’ve been providing them with food for months and haven’t yet brought in any cupcakes? This may need to be remedied soon.

 

You can find out more about Job Hunters at www.watchjobhunters.com. 

Dinner Party with UncommonGoods

One of my resolutions this year was to have more “grown-up” dinner parties. This means less people over, cloth napkins, and meals that don’t involve calling Domino’s.

However, it’s me, and I still like to have a fun theme or activity planned. UncommonGoods came to the rescue with some fun products for me to review, and I thought it was the perfect chance to invite some friends over and make a night out of it.

UncommonGoods is an amazing shop, featuring tons of unique home goods and gift ideas–perfect for a host/hostess gift or a unique wedding/shower gift. They allow you to vote on which products you think they should carry next, ensuring that everything they sell is actually wanted. They also make gift-giving super easy by sorting their most popular items into gift guides based on the recipient: check out their “Gifts for Wife” section here and their “Gifts for Husband” section here. (I’ve actually found great gift ideas in both of those for men and women of all marital statuses!).

Mr. Geek and I, along with our friends Katrina and Rob, enjoyed cheddar and beer fondue while catching up and playing with some of their items. Take a look below for the items, our reviews, and a chance to win a $50 gift certificate!

Fortune Teller Napkins

Although these are called “napkins”, I wouldn’t recommend actually using them as such. They’re way cooler as a toy, and make a cute table decoration/ice breaker. We started dinner by reading each other our fortunes, and had a great time reliving the “cootie catcher” days of our childhoods. The fortunes are more friendly pieces of wisdom, and seem to be appropriate for all ages. They were ok, but not super compelling. The most interesting part of this was calling the images shown on the catcher by the longest names possible, making our friends spell it out on the spot.

Table Topics: Original

We’ve never had trouble starting conversation with our friends, but Table Topics made it even easier. The attractive cube (that now resides on our coffee table) is full of ice breaker questions that can lead to some quick laughs or a thought-provoking discussion. We went through a majority of the cube in one sitting because we just kept wanting to talk and explore more questions. A favorite from the night was the question, “if you could change one thing about the way you look what would it be?” While the rest of us gave standard responses regarding trimming down parts of our body, Mr. Geek was adamant that he would have a third arm growing out of his chest. It would be very practical and never in the way, he argued.

Our dinner party ended up going hours longer than we expected as we got caught up in conversation and delicious food. Thank you, UncommonGoods, for helping make it a wonderful night!

Want to throw an amazing dinner party of your own? I’d highly recommend checking out UncommonGoods for that little something extra. If your dinner parties are less beer and more sippy cups, they even have some fun things for kids. Check out the adorable Construction Plate and Utensils!

Ok, the moment you’ve been waiting for:

Enter to win a $50 Gift Certificate!

You can enter by doing any (or all) of the following things–leave a comment for each thing you did so they can count as a separate entry! A winner will be randomly selected at noon PST on Thursday, March 8th and announced later that day.

  1. Tweet a link to UncommonGoods’ “Gifts for Wife” page.
  2. Sign up for the UncommonGoods email list.
  3. Vote on a product using UncommonGoods’ voting tool.
  4. Follow The Geeky Hostess on Twitter.
  5. “Like” The Geeky Hostess on Facebook.

Good Luck!

EDIT: We have our winner! Random.org selected comment #52, which was Monica Hudak! Congrats Monica, I’ll be in touch over email!

Disclosure: UncommonGoods provided me with the products shown above and the $50 gift certificate in exchange for a review. The review is my own opinion.

Saturday Morning Cartoon Party

This past weekend, I put together a little party for a small group of friends. We’ve all been super busy and stressed out lately, so I chose a mellow theme: Come over in the late morning in your pajamas and enjoy some breakfast while watching the cartoons you loved as a kid. It was the perfect excuse for everyone to just veg out for a couple hours!

Food:

-Sugary Breakfast Cereal. Ask everyone for their favorites. I pre-opened the boxes and hid small prizes in the cereal–folks got pretty excited when they found them! Bowls and milk were available for traditionalists, and cups were available for those who wanted to mix n’ match cereal and munch on it like popcorn.

-Toaster Treats. I am a huge fan of Toaster Strudels, so I made sure we had some on hand as well as some Eggos.

-Scrambled Egg Cups. These are a super easy snack or breakfast to have on hand–you can even make them in advance and throw one in the microwave for 20 seconds on your way out the door. See the recipe below.

Drink:
-Tea, Coffee, Cocoa, Milk, and Orange Juice. Because we’re no longer children, I also provided champagne for those who wanted to make mimosas.

Entertainment:
In the invite, I asked each guest to provide me with the name of their favorite nostalgic cartoon. Netflix has a lot available to get you started, including Rugrats, X-Men, Rocko’s Modern Life, and Invader Zim. We watched an episode of each cartoon we had available, which made for a fun trip down memory lane. It also introduced a lot of people to cartoons they’d never seen before!

Suggestions for your own Saturday Morning Cartoon Party:
-Block out 3+ hours for this. I scheduled 2, and once we started watching cartoons, we kept wanting to watch more. The party would have gone on for 6 hours if I let it.
-2 words: Blanket Forts.
-Encourage people to take boxes of cereal home with them. I am currently enjoying cereal for breakfast, snacks, and dessert. I expect I will be doing this for at least a month.

Make your own Super-Easy Scrambled Egg Cups (Makes 9):

Ingredients:

  • 8 Eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • dashes of salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp of parsley
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 pieces of cooked bacon, crumbled
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and prep muffin tins by spraying with cooking oil.

    Whisk Together eggs and milk. Add in salt, pepper, and parsley. Mix.

    Mix in cheddar cheese.

    Scoop mixture into the muffin tins, filling each 2/3 of the way. Top with crumbled bacon.

    Bake in the oven for 13 minutes (or until the eggs are cooked through).

    Enjoy!

    What was your favorite cartoon growing up? And did you have a Saturday morning breakfast ritual?

    Saber Champagne Like a Champ

    With New Year’s Eve around the corner, it’s time to start planning your party attire and practicing your best ice breakers and tricks. Blow your guests away by sabering a champagne bottle when the clock strikes midnight! (If you’re at someone else’s home, PLEASE ask their permission first!)

    New York Times’ “T Magazine” fills you in on the details to saber like a champ. (For instance, did you know that any dull object will break the bottle neck? I vote you do it with a sonic screwdriver.)

    If you end up sabering, get some video and leave a link in the comments!

    Use Science to be the Life of the Party

    Now that all the holiday party invites are arriving in your inbox, you need to start practicing your party tricks and effortless banter. These tricks will guarantee the kids table (and that one drunk party goer) will think you’re just a bit magical.

    Did you try the rotating foot one? Ridiculous.

    (Sources: Neatorama and GeekGirlCon.)