We did two craft projects and two games. I planned additional games, but the cousins were having so much fun playing, it seemed a shame to interrupt them.
One craft project, painting wooden, magnetic bow ties, remained unphotographed. I was woefully neglectful about capturing action shots at the party. (Fortunately, I predicted I’d be more engrossed in living in the moment than capturing, so I snapped all the guests on arrival and pre-captured many of the themed touches before guests arrived.)
The second craft was bleach-art shirts! Each child made his or her own, using two sizes of bow-tie stencils, two sizes of Tardis stencils, q-tips, bleach, peroxide (to neutralize the bleach) and creativity.
Two messy crafts; one with paint, the other with bleach, and nothing damaged! Thanks especially to my sister (pictured below helping Keegan) who faithfully assisted!
We played two games; one was simply Pin-the-bow-tie-on-the-doctor. The other was pretending to be Jenny (The Doctor’s Daughter) and avoid the “laser beams” of a Chinese Jump Rope as everyone chanted the time-war-counting-rhyme.
Because Time-travel makes one hungry (and because the birthday boy is a very lean and hungry pre-teen!), food was an important feature of the day!
I didn’t get photos of the cupcakes with the edible ball bearings (chocolate-rapsberry deliciousness made by my mother-in-law) or my mom’s contribution of “jammie dodgers” (homemade linzer cookies). Both were brilliant! Each food item is a nod to some Doctor Who reference. (References listed below for those who enjoy such trivia.) I didn’t photograph the main dishes either, but you can read the menu below:
Bow Tie Pasta Alfredo
Fruit Salad With Bananas
Tea (and Cocoa) served by a Dalek:
Jammie Dodgers (Linzer Cookies)
Cruncy Bow Tie Snacks
Filled Chocolate Tardis and Daleks
Baked Sontaran (Potato) Bar (topping options include cheese sauce, cheeses, sour cream, grilled chicken, maybe salsa…)
Veggie Tray with Celery
Chocolate Raspberry Cup Cakes with Edible Ball Bearings
Peri: Doctor, why do you wear a stick of celery in your lapel?
The Doctor: Does it offend you?
Peri: No, just curious.
The Doctor: “Safety precaution. I’m allergic to certain gases in the praxis range of the spectrum.
Peri: Well, how does the celery help?
The Doctor: If the gas is present, the celery turns purple.
Peri: And then what do you do?The Doctor: I eat the celery. If nothing else, I’m sure it’s good for my teeth.
—5th Doctor and Peri, s. 21, e.6, “The Caves of Androzan”
“Always bring a banana to a party, Rose – bananas are good!”
—10th Doctor s 2, ep 4, “The Girl in the Fireplace”
“Did you ever have one of those little cakes with the crunchy ball bearings on top? Nobody else in this entire galaxy’s ever even bothered to make edible ball bearings. Genius!” [And later in the episode] “I can’t stress this enough. Ball bearings you can eat, masterpiece!”
—10th Doctor, s. 2, ep. 11, “Fear Her”
“An Adipose. It’s called an Adipose…. The fat just walks away”
—Mrs Foster, s. 4, ep. 1 “Partners in Crime”
“I know what I need! I need… I need… I need… fish fingers and custard!”
—11th Doctor, s 5, ep. 1, “The Eleventh Hour”
“Bow ties are cool”
—11th Doctor, s. 5, ep. 1, “The Eleventh Hour”
—Dalek, s. 5, ep. 3, “Victory of the Daleks”
“It’s a fez, I wear a fez now. Fezes are cool.”
—11th Doctor s. 5, ep 13, “The Big Bang”
“I’m going to need a SWAT team ready to mobilize, street-level maps covering all of Florida, a pot of coffee, twelve jammie dodgers and a fez.”
—11th Doctor s 6, ep. 1 “The Impossible Astronaut”
“Thank you Strax. And if I’m ever in the need of advice from a psychotic potato dwarf, you’ll certainly be the first to know.”
“I’m the clever one. You’re the potato one.”
—11th Doctor to Sontaran commander Strax s, 7 ep. 6, “The Snowmen”