Keegan’s Doctor Who Party Part II (Food and Fun)

Click here for Part I where I introduce the cast/guests!  (The people are the best part of the party, and the guests were fabulous sports about getting in character and having a blast!)

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!

Create-Your-Own-Timelord-Shirt and Pin-the-bow-tie-on-the-Doctor

Create-Your-Own-Timelord-Shirt and Pin-the-bow-tie-on-the-Doctor

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.

Left photo: Keianna made that Police Box for Keegan for Christmas!  The children do amazing things out in the woodshop.  Right Photo: Time-War-chant for a jumping game

Left photo: Keianna made that Police Box for Keegan for Christmas! The children do amazing things out in the woodshop. Right Photo: Time-War-chant for a jumping game

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!

Top to bottom & left to right: Caramel filled dalek and tardis chocolates, crunchy bow tie pasta, Adipose pops (for dunking in hot cocoa), bow tie napkins/utensils, garland decor, Fez shaped candy (Rolos)

Top to bottom & left to right: Caramel filled dalek and tardis chocolates, crunchy bow tie pasta, Adipose pops (for dunking in hot cocoa), bow tie napkins/utensils, garland decor, Fez shaped candy (Rolos)

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:

Lunch:
Fish Fingers
Custard
Bow Tie Pasta Alfredo
Fruit Salad With Bananas

Tea (and Cocoa) served by a Dalek:
Jammie Dodgers (Linzer Cookies)
Adapose Pops
Cruncy Bow Tie Snacks
Filled Chocolate Tardis and Daleks
Candy Fezzes

Dinner:
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

Food References:
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”

“Would-you-care-for-some-TEA???”
—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”

Guess WHO turns 10? Post I of II

Keegan turned 10 early this month and celebrated in Whovian Style.  In this post, I share the invites and introduce the attendants.  Food and activities will be posted later this weekend in Part II.

First the invitations!  Tardis-blue and styled after those the Doctor mailed in the episode Impossible Astronaut.

Invitations: (2nd photo is from my phone--I was behind-schedule getting them mailed!)

Invitations: (2nd photo is from my phone–I was behind-schedule getting them mailed!)

Invitations include date, time and GPS coordinates.  (GPS coordinates blurred here, as we might not have enough jammie dodgers for all of you!)

Below: The party cast–because the people are what make it all fun!

Left to right: Martha Jones (Kiffanie), The Tenth Doctor (Keegan, our birthday boy), Rose Tyler (my niece, KT), and  Dalek Caan (Kieran)

Left to right: Martha Jones (Kiffanie), The Tenth Doctor (Keegan, our birthday boy), Rose Tyler (my niece, KT), and Dalek Caan (Kieran)

Left Photo: Amelia Pond (Kendra) and Rory Williams(My brother-in-law, Jim); Right Photo: Ponds again. with River Song (me) in the middle

Left Photo: Amelia Pond (Kendra) and Rory Williams(My brother-in-law, Jim); Right Photo: Ponds again. with River Song (me) in the middle

Left to right: Wilfred Mott, Donna's Grandfather (my Dad), Jenny, The Doctor's Daughter (Keianna), Clara Oswald (Kaira), and the 11th Doctor (My nephew, C.J.)

Left to right: Wilfred Mott, Donna’s Grandfather (my Dad), Jenny, The Doctor’s Daughter (Keianna), Clara Oswald (Kaira), and the 11th Doctor (My nephew, CJ)

Left to right: Harriet Jones, Former Prime Minister (my mom),

Left to right: Harriet Jones, Former Prime Minister (my mom), “Margaret Blane” Slitheen (my mother-in-law), River Song (me), and the 11th Doctor again (my nephew, CJ)

Left Photo: Sarah Jane (my sister, Lorelle), and K-9 (Our dog Toffee); Right Photo: Sarah Jane and K-9 again with the 4th Doctor (My Father-In-Law)

Left Photo: Sarah Jane (my sister, Lorelle), and K-9 (Our dog Toffee); Right Photo: Sarah Jane and K-9 again with the 4th Doctor (My Father-In-Law)

The Master (Ken), and the 10th Doctor (Keegan)

The Master (Ken), and the 10th Doctor (Keegan)

Stay tuned to find out about the food and activities!

Sisters and Brothers: Living the Dream

The hands below belong to my four youngest children; Clockwise from lower left: Kiffanie (flowers), Keianna (flowers and swirls), Kieran (dragon), and Keegan (Tardis).  The paint-artist did a great job considering she’d never heard  of a Tardis before.  When Keegan requested a Tardis her brain translated to “tortoise”, and Keegan was a bit perplexed when she said, “So browns and greens, right?”  He answered, “No, blue, please,” which caused her to pause and clarify, turning to Google-image-search on her phone to save the day!

“I have a dream that one day, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.” -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“I have a dream that one day, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.” -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Today we’ll help the younger children remember Martin Luther King Jr.  We keep going around and around trying to help them remember both Martin Luther and Martin Luther King Junior simultaneously, because they seem to mix up these two fine men with similar names.  Each MLK day, we ask them, “Do you remember who Martin Luther King Junior is?”  And get replies like, “Oh, yes, he nailed those papers to the Wittenburg door to protest people buying indulgences and stuff in the Roman Catholic Church.”  Then, on Reformation Day, we’ll ask who Martin Luther is, and get, “Oh, yes!  He spoke in peaceful protest so that all people could see each other as equal  no matter what skin tone.”

This YouTube video is a good resource, and at least my youngers will be watching it today as a refresher course in MLK  (Although a cartoon, it is very well done and complete–with the exception of Martin Luther King Jr’s speech being edited out due to copy write issues.)

We’ll also listen to the full content of his speech over lunch:

 

Retro-Blogging: 2014 Birthdays

Despite lack of blog chronicling, each child aged another year.  Two children had birthdays already in 2015, but before I blog those, I’ll devote a post to commemorating the birthdays of 2014.

January 6th, 2014: Keegan’s 9th Birthday: (He’s 10 now, but I’m still catching up.)

Keegan's 9th Birthday: January 2014 (Yes, He's 10 Now)

Keegan’s 9th Birthday: January 2014 (Yes, He’s 10 Now)

January 10, 2014 Kendra’s 12th Birthday:(A year ago yesterday–now she’s a teen!)

Kendra's 12th birthday (A Year Ago, Yesterday)

Kendra’s 12th birthday (A Year Ago, Yesterday)

March 25, 2014 Kieran’s 8th Birthday: Lots of Dragons! (And evidence of recent chicken pox on his cute little face)

Kieran's 9th Birthday (Last March)

Kieran’s 9th Birthday (Last March)

September 13, 2014: Kiffanie’s 7th Birthday: 

Kiffanie turns 7 with a Ballerina Birthday (among other gifts, such as a Rainbow Loom, she received a tutu and ballet shoes!)

Kiffanie turns 7 with a Ballerina Birthday (among other gifts, such as a Rainbow Loom, she received a tutu and ballet shoes!)

November 28, 2014: Kaira turns 15!  She’ll be studying for that learner’s permit any time!

Kaira Turns 15!  She's a delightful young lady!

Kaira Turns 15! She’s a delightful young lady!

December 18, 2014: Keianna’s 11th Birthday:

Finally more recent history: Keianna Turns 11 (A week before Christmas)

Finally more recent history: Keianna Turns 11 (A week before Christmas)

Bullk blogging: There you have it-playing catch up from an entire year.

A Special Banquet and Golden Sparkles

With very little adult assistance, the girls in a local group organized a special banquet for their dads and grandfathers.  Three of the eldest young-ladies (Kaira and two of her friends) each headed a group of younger girls to plan a particular aspect of the evening.  By all accounts it was a great success and a grand time was had by all! (I stayed home baking cookies with the boys and my mom;  we had fun too, but were decked in flour instead of fancy outfits.)

Below is a photo of the handsome gents and the young ladies on their way to this special evening.  And bonus pictures of Kiffanie, because she was especially delighted with glitzy, golden, ensemble.

And I’m at least three birthday’s behind in blog-chronicling special events… bad, bad mommy-blogger am I!