Several months ago I “strewed” our Netflix queue with “Doctor Who” and waited for my daughter to watch it and become addicted. Which is precisely what happened. In a matter of weeks, she’d watched all 80 something episodes of the more current seriesvand I’d started TiVoing the new season for her. She was totally hooked. I knew she’d like it… because she’s smart and quirky and funny and geeky… just like every other fan of that show that I know. What I didn’t know was how much she’d love it. Or that I’d fall in love with it too. So naturally, I loved the idea of hosting a Doctor Who birthday party when the girl brought it up to me. I did not, however, love the idea of having to deal with the party right after Christmas but such is the luck when your child is born on New Year’s Day.
Having a New Year’s birthday, however, made for an interesting birthday party angle. I sent Facebook invites encouraging everyone to join us as we stepped on the TARDIS and traveled forward in time to the year 2013 to celebrate Ronin’s 7th birthday. Costumes were encouraged (sadly, no one came in a costume though we did have someone come in a handmade Doctor shirt which was awesome).
For Halloween, Ronin’s grandmother made her a TARDIS dress and TARDIS hat. So, obviously, we pulled that back out for the party! We also had a blue table cloth covered in silver star confetti, blue balloons, and blue and white candles which went on the largest, most perfect birthday cupcake for the special birthday girl. The cupcakes on top were baked in a yellow cup and the ones on the two bottom shelves were baked in blue cups. These color choices were used to symbolize the light on the top of the TARDIS and the bottom symbolized the TARDIS itself. I made the TARDIS toppers myself… by printing out the TARDIS pictures on my printer and taping them to toothpicks. So easy and so cheap!
Now I will share my recipe for the amazing cupcakes!
Gluten Free, Dairy Free “Sonic” Screwdriver (Orange) Yellow Birthday Cupcakes
- 2 cups Pamela’s Pancake and Baking Mix (this mix has small amounts of milk in it… this recipe can easily be made dairy free if you used simply another gf basic baking mix that didn’t have milk in it)
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 1 cup sugar (I used coconut)
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon orange extract
Preheat oven to 350.
Separate egg yolks from the whites. Whip the egg whites with a mixer until they form stiff peaks (I used a hand mixer).
In another bowl beat together butter, baking mix, and sugar. Beat at medium speed for 1 minute. Then add 1/4 cup milk, vanilla and orange extracts. Mix again at medium speed for one minute. Add remaining milk and egg yolks, and beat for an additional minute. Then fold in the stiffened egg whites.
Spoon batter into cupcake papers until they are just over half full. Bake for about 20-25 minutes. Check the centers with a toothpick!
I topped them with a simple vegan cream cheese icing.
Finding decorations and party favors for the party was a lot of fun! My daughter and I spent some time making blue beaded bracelets for each guest. We printed out a color sheet of the TARDIS for everyone to color while they watched the scene where the 11th Doctor met Amy Pond. Most of the children in attendance didn’t know anything about the Doctor and his companion so I did some relatively simple explaining and let the scenes speak for themselves.
Of course, we had to serve Doctor-related snacks in addition to the cupcakes.
Gluten free fish sticks are costly. But vegan vanilla pudding makes for a perfectly acceptable and tasty “custard”. 🙂
Of course we had to serve something in honor of Amelia Pond. These ginger cookies did quite nicely.
The yogurt dip was amazing. So Delicious Coconut Vanilla yogurt with agave and some lemon juice. Perfection!
Not pictured here but I did serve a Doctor inspired drink. We aren’t big on sodas in our house. In fact, the only ones allowed are by a brand called Zevia and since they are quite costly, we rarely buy them at all. But for this special occasion, we served Mulled Doctor Zevia from the crock pot. Here is a recipe for mulled Doctor Pepper. I wasn’t crazy about it to be honest. But it was still fun to have a Doctor drink!
Of course, the highlight of the party were the games! Whovian or not, the kids all loved to
While I cannot take credit for the idea of Weeping Angel Freeze Tag, I will happily explain my own version that I created to fit the needs for the party. Originally I had planned to use our (dark) garage but it was being occupied by a sleeping daddy so I made up my own version. Each Weeping Angel had to stand in a laundry basket which kept them in one spot. They could move around in the basket, reaching with arms and torso, but they had to stay in the basket. With Doctor Who music playing in the background, the kids each tried to escape being touched by the creepy kid in the mask. This kept them very entertained for much longer than I ever imagined possible! Lots of laughter and exercise! Fun was had by all! Print your own Weeping Angel mask here.
Despite having no idea what any of this stuff was in reference to, I believe Ronin’s girl friends enjoyed themselves.
Thanks for time traveling into the future with us! Happy New Year and Happy 50th Anniversary to Doctor Who!
And an extra special thank you to all of the Secret Santas who helped make this a particularly timey wimey holiday season for my daughter. You. Are. Amazing.