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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Muggle Studies Classroom on: May 15, 2016 06:17:43 PM
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3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: Doctor Who Birthday Party! on: April 24, 2016 11:36:45 AM
Cool, thanks!  Cheesy
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Bigger-on-the-Inside TARDIS Party Invitations on: April 10, 2016 09:45:52 AM
Thanks, everybody!  Smiley

I like using rubber cement on thin paper...the smell will get ya, so make sure you have plenty of ventilation!

I hadn't considered rubber cement, I'll have to invest in some.  Thanks for the tip!
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Doctor Who Party Food Labels on: April 10, 2016 09:41:30 AM
Thanks everyone!  I had nearly as much fun planning and preparing for the party as I had actually attending it.  Cheesy
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Doctor Who Party Scavenger Hunt on: April 10, 2016 09:35:31 AM
I see what you did there...  Wink  Thanks, it was a lot of fun!
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Doctor Who Birthday Party! on: April 09, 2016 08:23:02 PM
I turned 30 last Saturday.  Two weeks before my birthday, my girlfriend said "Do you want to have a party this year?  I was thinking we could do a Doctor Who theme..." and that was the end of her involvement in the planning process because I took the idea and ran away with it.  Cheesy

I'm not good at documenting events while they're happening, so mostly I have aftermath photos.

Invitations

Outside:

(bigger-on-the)Inside:



Decorations

All the paper plates, napkins, cutlery, and table covers were TARDIS blue.  I put this poster on the front door (I moved it to my closet door after the party):


The crack in the universe!  It's made of cut black and white paper - I stacked them and cut both at once, then offset them to make the shadow and stuck them to the wall with a repositionable glue stick.  Then I colored on top of the white with chalk and smeared it down to look like the light shining through.


Silence posters.  The little strips say "YOU HAVE SEEN THEM" with a picture so you can remember what you've seen.


My cat was banished to the bedroom for the duration of the party since some of my guests were allergic.  I put a "KEEP OUT" sign on the bedroom door so no one would let her escape.



Food

I served grilled brats and burgers for the main course, and had a lot of sides and snacks for which I made Whovian labels.


The cake was a blue-and-white ice cream sheet cake which I Doctored up (see what I did there?) with a toy TARDIS (which was a Christmas tree ornament until I took the Santa hat off) and some sparkler candles (which were pretty cool, but they left ash on the icing).


We also made chocolate TARDIS and Dalek cupcake toppers using a mold from Amazon.  I think we used the wrong kind of chocolate for the Daleks, it ended up getting kind of gritty...


Oh, and we had Adipose marshmallows!  My mom and my girlfriend's mom made these, it was really cute to see them bonding over it.  Smiley



Games & Activities

I had season 1 playing for anyone who wanted to watch it.  I also set out my Doctor Who playing cards with some printouts I made of the rules for various card games: Spoons, Lies (also called "BS" and other, more colorful names), and War, with quotes from the Doctor relating to the themes.


I set up a photo booth with my webcam and a TARDIS tablecloth for a backdrop.  I put out props, masks, and signs for people to hold and had costumey bits on a hat rack nearby.



Make your own Sonic Screwdriver!  We bought a bunch of cheap keychain flashlights from Amazon, and before the party my dad and I cut screwdriver blanks from wooden dowels to fit the flashlights.  I set out all kinds of tools and materials and let my guests get creative.  There were pipe cleaners, metallic and regular Sharpies, six different colors of electrical tape, star-shaped sequins, metallic gold and silver duct tape, colorful parachute cord, and of course flat-backed glass marbles for the ends.



And my favorite activity: the scavenger hunt!  As my guests arrived, I handed them a River Song journal containing the first clue in a scavenger hunt that would take them all over the house, collecting more clues along the way, until they reached the place where I had hidden all the goodie bags and they could claim their well-deserved prize.



Goodie Bags
I used plain blue paper bags to keep with the TARDIS color scheme.  If I'd had more time, I would've made the goodie bags more exciting - I had planned to add more things and also make little labels explaining the stuff I chose.


And the goodies!  Space stickers, Jelly Babies (the Fourth Doctor's favorite snack), English Breakfast tea (as the Eighth Doctor says, "Never turn down tea when it's offered.  It's impolite, and that's how wars start."), a glow stick, a Milky Way bar (because space!), and a little tub of Play-Dough (because, according to the Fourth Doctor, "There's no point in being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes.")



I had a blast at my party, and I think my guests enjoyed it, too.  I might just have to turn 30 again next year.  Smiley
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Doctor Who Party Scavenger Hunt on: April 06, 2016 09:27:31 PM
Okay, this is the bit of my 30th-birthday Doctor Who party that I'm the most proud of.  I made a scavenger hunt for my guests, with clues hidden all over the house leading to goodie bags for everyone.



I made a total of twelve sets of ten puzzles (and I have only just noticed that one of the puzzles is missing from that picture, oops...).  I gave the first puzzle to each guest inside a printout of River Song's journal cover (I got the file for the printout from the BBC website - it's about halfway down under "Makes").  They had to solve each puzzle to find the location of the next.  I gave everyone a binder clip to keep their puzzles inside the journal covers.  If I'd had more time I would've made the journal covers into little folders, or worked out some kind of ring binding or clasp system to keep the collected puzzles inside, but the binder clips worked okay even if they were a little tacky.

I got the idea for the scavenger hunt from this website, which also has a lot of other Doctor Who party ideas, and a downloadable scavenger hunt you can print out.  I chose to make my own rather than use theirs because A) the way they made theirs work for anyone's house is by having each puzzle yield a numerical answer, and each number corresponds with an entry on a list of possible hiding places (I didn't want anyone to be able to just go down the list and look in all the hiding places one by one until they found everything) and B) you have to pay money for it.

I'm including all the puzzles I made here, in case anyone wants to use them for their own DW party (or just wants to solve them), but several of them lead to locations which are very specific to my house.  It should be fairly easy to adapt each one to your own needs, though.  (I highly recommend the GIMP for image editing, it's like Photoshop but free [and open source!])



The first puzzle explains a bit about how the scavenger hunt works.  I had several non-Whovian party attendees, and I did my best to make sure all of the puzzles could be solved by someone with no knowledge of the show.



I put my favorite Doctor on puzzle #2.  Smiley  This was also my subtle way of letting DW newbies know that the blue thing is called a TARDIS.



For the next one, I used this website to make a word search with a hidden message.  I put in what I wanted the message to say and threw a bunch of Whovian words into the word list, then tweaked the puzzle size and word list until the website produced a puzzle with a reasonable selection of words to find, and the right number of leftover letters so I could get my whole message in without any random letters at the end of it.



One of the later puzzles requires you to know what a Cyberman is, so I thought a match-the-Cybermen puzzle would be fun (considering there have been so many variations in their look over the years).



Color in the baddies, leave the good and neutral characters/symbols alone.



I did NOT want to go into the intricacies of the proper way to write in Loren Sherman's Circular Gallifreyan alphabet (but you should definitely check it out, it's awesome!), so I drew each individual letter as if it were a separate word and used that for my Translate Gallifreyan puzzle.



In retrospect, I should have had the Eleventh Doctor trying to find his fez rather than the Empty Child looking for his Mummy, because I felt kind of bad about the spoiler for "The Doctor Dances" and also it turns out that non-Whovians can't identify a fez on sight.  Oh well.  I made the maze in Microsoft Excel by creating a square grid of a reasonable size and writing my message in a squiggly path from one side to the other.  Then I used the drawing tool and drew a bunch of other squiggly paths to dead ends, put borders on the sides of each cell in the right places, and filled in the dead-end paths with letters (laying false trails as I did so, which fooled at least one person - I caught my girlfriend's mom looking for a tiger-shaped lunchbox on top of the fridge Smiley ).  I was originally planning on just Googling a free printable maze and writing my message on it (which would have been much easier and saved me loads of time), but I'm kind of a maze snob and I didn't like the looks of any of the ones I found, so I made my own.



I was a bit worried about this puzzle, when I had my girlfriend do a test-solve she couldn't tell that the line formed letters and she kept trying to figure out what it made a picture of.  I guess it worked out all right, though, since everyone who started the scavenger hunt was able to finish it...



This is when fez knowledge becomes necessary.  Previous puzzles let non-Whovians know what a TARDIS and a Cyberman look like, Sonic Screwdrivers and Adipose were named elsewhere in the party, and bananas, bow ties, guitars and scarves are pretty obvious, but I got a lot of questions like "Is the red thing a flowerpot?"



I don't think anybody found every TARDIS, but they all found enough to figure out where the final prizes were ("in bathtub").  I intentionally put the more important letters on the most obvious TARDISes (3B on a foot-high metal TARDIS bank on top of a bookshelf, 9B on the poster on the front door, 7T on the backdrop for the photo booth, 4A on the cake topper) and the less essential letters on TARDISes that were not so easy to spot (2N on a half-inch-high 3-D printed TARDIS on a shelf, 1I on a lanyard hanging in a corner of the craft room).

The scavenger hunt was a big hit at my party, and I hope you enjoy it as well.  Feel free to use my puzzles or modify them as you choose, just don't sell them or claim them as your own, of course.  And if you do use them and you want to link back to this post, that would be fab.  Smiley
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Doctor Who Party Food Labels on: April 06, 2016 06:09:53 AM
My 30th birthday was last Saturday, and I had a big Doctor Who party to celebrate.  I made a post for the entire party over on the Occasions and Holidays board, but I felt that the food labels I made deserved their own post so I could go into more detail about them ('cause let's be honest, I'm really proud of how they turned out).



Here they all are, minus the food they're supposed to label, because it didn't occur to me to take pictures of the party until after it was all over...

The main course was brats & burgers that my girlfriend (actually mostly my girlfriend's sister, I'll have to send her a thank-you card for it) cooked on the grill.  I didn't have cute labels for them, or the buns/cheese/lettuce/tomato/onions/condiments to put on them, but I tried to tie all the sides and snacks into the theme.  Since there were people at my party who had never watched Doctor Who, I wanted to make it clear how everything related to the show.  I figured the best way to do that was to have screenshots from the show with quotes about the food and also labels so they would know what was what.

I got the screenshots from this website and this website.  This collection of Doctor Who episode transcripts was also a valuable resource.  I made the actual labels in GIMP.

We had a fruit bowl with apples ("Apples are rubbish." - Eleventh Doctor), bananas ("Bananas are good." - Nine), and tangerines ("Nobody likes the tangerines." - Twelve)




For side dishes, there were baked beans ("Ah, you see.  Beans."/"Beans are evil.  Bad bad beans!" - Eleven) and pasta salad made with bow tie pasta ("Bow ties are cool." - Eleven).



There were also potato chips, which I labeled "Sontaran chips" ("I'm the clever one.  You're the potato one!" - Eleven [with Strax]), French Onion chip dip ("Have you met the French?  My god they know how to party!" - Ten), and a veggie tray which I didn't have a screenshot label for since I couldn't find screencaps of the Time Crash short - I wanted to use the bit where Ten says to Five "Not a lot of men can carry off a decorative vegetable."  I did label them "decorative vegetables," though.



As for desserts, I got some Jammie Dodgers from Publix ("TARDIS self-destruct...my ship goes, you all go with it."/"All right, it's a Jammie Dodger.  But I was promised tea!" - Eleven) and some lady fingers cookies to eat with the custard which I also got from Publix ("I know what I need...fish fingers and custard." - Eleven) - on the text label I printed "Fish Fingers and Custard" then crossed out "Fish" and wrote in "Lady."  Oh and we had Adipose marshmallows ("I'm waving at fat." - Donna Noble).




We also had cupcakes with chocolate TARDISes and Daleks on them, which I figured would not require labels, and a birthday cake which I turned Whovian by the simple expedient of dropping a toy TARDIS on top.  My girlfriend did take a few party pictures, so here's the only one of the food:



Feel free to use the labels for your own Doctor Who party!  I can send the original files to anyone who's interested - I actually printed them together, four to a page, with white space above them so they could be folded into free-standing tent shapes.  PM me your email address if you want them.  Smiley
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Bigger-on-the-Inside TARDIS Party Invitations on: April 05, 2016 12:13:21 PM
I turned 30 last Saturday and had a big Doctor Who party to celebrate.  These are the invitations I made for it.



The front is an image of the TARDIS printed on regular typing paper, with the doors cut so they'll open.



When you open the doors, an image of the TARDIS console room folds out to give you the party details.



The back has a festive Dalek.  Smiley  I printed the Dalek on card stock, and I sandwiched a piece of thick paper (the weight of thin cardboard, really) with a hole in it between the front and back pieces, so the triple thickness of the folded inside wouldn't warp the TARDIS doors when the card was closed.  I put everything together with a glue stick because I couldn't think of any other adhesive that wouldn't wrinkle the paper.

I was really pleased with how these came out, I even made an extra one so I could keep it.  Smiley
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