Star Wars Cocktails

ThinkGeek recently reached out to me about showcasing some of their Star Wars items, and my mind went in overdrive  on what I could do. I decided to throw a Star Wars Cantina-themed potluck, and to use some ThinkGeek items to inspire and create themed drinks. I’ll show you the party soon, but for now, let’s make some geeky drinks!

The Death Star

Death Star Cocktail

What do you make when you have a Death Star ice sphere? A Death Star drink, of course! “The Death Star” is an actual cocktail, I found out, that’s pretty similar to a Long Island Iced Tea. It’s POTENT . As it should be. (And seriously, whether you want to make the drink or not, the Death Star ice sphere is one of my new favorite things. It’s super easy to fill, looks amazing, and really classes up a glass of whiskey.)

Death Star Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Jagermeister
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1 oz whiskey
  • 2 oz sweet and sour mix
  • 2 oz (or more) cola

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients into a glass with a Death Star ice sphere in it.
  2. Stir to mix ingredients.
  3. Enjoy!

Blue Milk(shake)

Blue Milk

You can’t have a Star Wars party without blue milk, right? I decided to make a drink that was a bit more fun: a blue milkshake! R2-D2 helped me out with measuring the ingredients. (Aren’t the R2-D2 measuring cups the CUTEST?)

Blue Milkshake Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream (the whiter the better!)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tsp blue Jell-O powder
  • blue food coloring (optional)

Directions:

  1. Mix the milk and Jell-O powder together.
  2. Pour the milk/Jell-O mixture and ice cream in a blender.
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. Add a few drops of blue food coloring to heighten the color, mix until even.
  5. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

The Sith Lord

Sith Lord

I received the lightsaber ice pop maker and instantly knew what I was going to do with Luke’s lightsabers: Mountain Dew. Duh. What else. But What would be fitting for ol’ Darth Vader’s? It hit me in the soda aisle: Mountain Dew Code Red. The dark force of the Mountain Dews. I placed a tsp of cherry vodka in the ice pop mold and filled the rest of it (approximately 1/3 cup) up with the Code Red. A bit of vodka makes it a bit more “naughty” without preventing it from freezing. Creating the ice pop made me decide to make the drink form as well. It’s super easy and quite tasty!

Sith Lord Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 shot cherry vodka
  • 1 can Mountain Dew: Code Red

Directions:

  • Fill a highball with ice.
  • Pour in the vodka shot, fill the rest of the way with the Mountain Dew.
  • Enjoy!

Lightsaber Trio

Just be careful when you’re eating those ice pops. REMEMBER: IT’S A LIGHTSABER! THAT’S A LIGHTSABER IN YOUR MOUTH!

What’s your go-to Star Wars drink? Will you be trying any of these?

(And a big shout-out to ThinkGeek for supplying the amazing tools to make these drinks! Check them out at ThinkGeek.com!)

Marshmallows + Instagram = Boomf

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Marshmallows and Instagram, the next great match since marshmallows and hot chocolate? James Middleton (yes, brother to that Middleton) seems to think so.

His company, Boomf (named after the sound the package of marshmallows makes when it lands on your doorstep), will take 9 Instagram pics of your choice and place them on beautiful square marshmallows, perfect for roasting, dunking, or eating straight. They’re a bit pricey at around $26, but I can see them making a beautiful gift for marshmallow lovers or a fun accent to a marshmallow bar at a wedding or event.

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Would you spend $26 for 9 Instagrammed marshmallows? And what pics would you put on them? (See more at boomf.com!)

Make a little “Something” with this Baking Mold

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A fellow Kickstarter creator has created “something” that I think you’ll all enjoy. This silicone baking mold can help you make punny gifts all the time forever. “Just a little something for you!” “I got you something!” “Something old, something new…”

Yes. The mold is of the word “something.” You can use it for cakes, chocolate, breads, jello, ice, soap, and whatever else you can imagine.

So if you like puns as much as I do, go pledge now! You can get the mold, a book of recipes/ideas, and more goodies for $38.

What “something” would you make with your mold?

 

Happy “Hug a Geek” Day!

Is he teaching me to be lighthearted and playful, or did he forget he was holding me and is about to drop me? There's no way to know. Ever.

Is he teaching me to be lighthearted and playful, or did he forget he was holding me and is about to drop me? There’s no way to know. Ever.

Last year I decided May 29th would be unofficial “Hug a Geek” Day. Why? Well, that’s when I married Mr. Geek! 3 years ago today we said “I Do” (with a secret “So Say We All” hidden into the vows), and on our anniversary I like to reminisce a bit on relationships with geeks. Two years ago I talked about geek love (and why it’s so great). Last year I talked about how common geek attributes translate into a relationship. This year? I want to chat about the way your relationships change you (hopefully for the better!).

As I’ve mentioned before, Mr. Geek is responsible for a lot of my geekiness. Before him I had never played D&D, never played European board games, and probably wouldn’t have set foot into PAX. But there’s so much more. He is more outgoing than I am, more adventurous, and more creative. He encourages me to travel, try new things, get out of the house, spend time with friends, and achieve my various goals. I joke that I’d be a mean ol’ recluse if it weren’t for him, but I think there’s some truth in that. Without someone to remind me to have fun, I would work non-stop. And even when he’s not specifically telling me to do something, he’s still inspiring me. His sense of humor makes me step up my game. (I still get really proud when I can make him laugh!) His intelligence makes me want to learn more. And his outlook on life wants me to match his positivity and drive.

So today, go hug the geeks in your life, whether they’re your partner, family member, or friend. Let them know that you’re a better person because of them, and tell them why. (Or better yet, give them a shout-out in the comments!)

(And for those interested, here is the obligatory wedding video link I post every year!)

Adorable Fandom Wedding Invitations

Fandom Wedding Invites

If you’re planning a geeky or fandom-centric wedding, then you’ve gotta check out these printable invites. Paperling has created four new sets of invitations based on couples from some of your favorite movies and shows: Battlestar Galactica, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars. And the best part? For $45 you will receive a customized template with your invitation, save the date, RSVP card, and Thank You card. That means you can go and print them on the paper you want for the cost you want. You can even choose between four fonts and if you’d rather have a colored or white background.

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This seems like an adorable, fun, and cost effective way to get wedding invites, especially if you’re having a themed wedding around any of these fandoms!

Are you adding geeky elements to your wedding invitations?

A Meaningful, Geeky Wedding in 5 Minutes

Last week, I saw a beautiful wedding. I wasn’t invited and the ceremony took 5 minutes, but I could tell just by watching that it was significant, meaningful, and perfect for the couple. The couple had met at a previous Ignite talk after both giving talks themselves.

Take a look then check out my thoughts on what made this such an incredible wedding:

So good, right? I’m in love with this for the following reasons:

1. The couple incorporated something special and personal to them (Ignite).

2. The ceremony was extremely inclusive in multiple ways. Not only did it include all who were at Ignite (or who watched the video), but it showed their awareness of and inclusion of those who are not in committed relationships or those in committed relationships with different sexual orientations.

3. The vows were respectful and meaningful. They are not only vows that the two of them can uphold in their marriage, but ones that all of us could consider and hold in any of our relationships. Plus, they included adorable mentions of their cat complete with fun diagrams!

So, join me in congratulating Teresa and Noah on their union and on giving the best Ignite speech I’ve seen.

Geeky-Yet-Inspirational Quotes for Grads

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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!

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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!

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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?