January is a sea of birthday parties for me and mine, and we had an extra one to factor in this year – friends from Sydney came down for a holiday and took an opportunity to hold a Doctor Who party for their three year old daughter on the grounds that she doesn’t have any friends back home who know their sonic screwdrivers from their fish fingers.
Oh, you need a small group of boys and girls who are rabidly interested in Doctor Who? Why yes, we CAN help with that…
We ended up with four families, nine children, all in costume, plus a TARDIS play set and a ridiculous amount of Doctor Who themed food, culminating in a gingerbread TARDIS full of jelly babies.
I was called in to make Ood cupcakes on the grounds that figuring out cheats methods to do ridiculously complicated cake requests is basically my super power.
To make your Ood cupcakes, simply take a good cupcake (we had dairy & gluten free chocolate mud cake for reasons), cover it in white frosting and cut a small triangle in one side. Stuff the ends of 3 lolly snakes or sour worms in the hole, for tentacles. Tic-tacs make brilliant Ood eyes.
The speaking balls were cake pops, the same cake mixture following basic cake pop instructions (you need a proper mould). We found that rolling them in icing and then sprinkles was really hard unless it was quite runny icing that you then let drip off almost completely. The rope is a sour strap – they’re not actually attached so much as artfully arranged, because I ran out of frosting patience.
You could of course use marshmallows for speaking balls, which would be way less hassle. But I had cake pop trays to experiment with!
I should have made more.
We also had great fun leafing through Dining With the Doctor, a very creative collection of New Who themed recipes, but in the end Iz only made one for the party: the strawberry Cybermen.
There were costumes galore, from discreet Dalek related outfits for the older kids, to monsters, Doctors and a fabulously convincing Amelia Pond. I finally made Raeli the Dalek skirt I had been promising her, though sadly the sequins were a bit of a bust – they all fell off throughout the party. Back to the drawing board, I think…
Amazingly, Jem squeezed into her TARDIS dress for the third summer running (when you make awesome cosplay things for your kids, always go two sizes too big!) which led to the adorable sight of her standing inside the TARDIS play tent saying “I am inside myself” while the more fannish adults around her said “yes dear, that’s called recursion.” This never got old.
Oscar also updated his Cyberman costume which has lasted for the same amount of time (dating back to Raeli’s Doctor Who birthday party two summers ago). Not long after the party we watched the Tenth Planet together and his Mum and I spent the whole time chatting to Osc about future Cyber related cosplay options. Boy likes Cybermen.
You’d think we would have had enough of dress ups and themed cake after that, but it was only the beginning! Raeli requested a Hobbit cake for her birthday, on about three days notice, having developed a very recent obsession thanks to a) Lego b) my stepmother’s visit to Hobbiton and c) finally watching the first Hobbit movie. She likes Gollum best, promptly read the chapter with the riddles in our nice Folio Society edition and then handed the book back, satisfied.
Pinterest came to my rescue and I knocked up this old thing. It is mostly chocolate frosting, with the flowers, windows & doors made from roll-out white icing I had in the cupboard. The girls made the flowers and Raeli decorated the garden herself with some help from Tehani’s Gwynne who was staying with us. Lovely work.
Then last weekend there was a Bat party. I wasn’t required to cake for that one, but Jem did costume up.