It’s November which means that Sci-Fi Month is finally upon us – hurrah! To kick things off, I’m going to do a little post on a Star Trek-themed party I recently threw, in the hope that it’ll save you a bit of time when the time comes for you to throw your own (because that time will come, people).
The first thing I did was to download and print out this banner, which I hung above the food. The banner is free to download and there’s loads of other Star Trek-themed party printables on the same website.
I cheated a bit with the rest of the decorations, doing a Google search for cool fan-designed Star Trek posters that I then printed out and hung around the house.
There are so many amazing ideas for Star Trek-themed food and drink on the internet that I wanted to make about twenty different things but I only had one day off work so I had to limit myself to just a few.
Drinks-wise, I used this recipe to make Romulan Ale and the one listed here for Klingon Blood Wine – Worf Style. I then printed out this fab logo for the Romulan Ale (which I poured into glasses shaped like pineapples which, I admit, was not exactly intimidating), and the label in this blog post for the Klingon Blood Wine (which was delicious, by the way!). If you’re looking for any other drinks, head over to Star Trek Themed Drinks which has recipes for pretty much every Trek drink you can think of.
For the food, I used these cookie cutters to make biscuits (and then didn’t have time to decorate them, but they still looked pretty cool), and then put most of my efforts into creating a cellular peptide cake. The cake used in Star Trek: The Next Generation was vanilla, but since it represented Deanna Troi, I went with a chocolate cake with mint chocolate icing instead.
I ordered a bunch of Star Trek board games from eBay (only the best for my guests, don’t you know), ending up with Star Trek: The Final Frontier (basically the game Sorry! with a Star Trek twist), Star Trek: The Next Generation – Romulan Challenge (which came with an incredibly complicated board that bamboozled us almost completely as we had left it until quite late to play and were more than a bit tipsy) and Scene It? Star Trek (which has been on my Amazon wishlist for years and which we never actually played *cough*).
I also printed out Star Trek bingo sheets in case we wanted to watch old Star Trek episodes and play a drinking game. As it happened, we got so drunk playing a drinking game watching the pilot episode of Discovery (pro-tip: do not drink every time someone says ‘Klingons!’), we never made it to any of the other series… In case you’re more hardcore than we were, here are the links to the bingo sheets I had planned to use:
- Star Trek (General)
- Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 1
- Star Trek: Deep Space 9
- Star Trek: Voyager
Okay, so food, drink, decoration and activities were all covered. But what about prizes? Any party worth anything needs prizes! I found some nifty printable magnetic paper at Poundland (£1 for 2 sheets) and used it to print Star Trek paper dolls. Who doesn’t like magnets, right? Due to not having had the sense to buy more than one pack of the magnetic paper, I only used two of the sets I found, but there were loads of good ones, so I’m linking all the ones I found below:
- Mr. Spock Paper Dolls
- Boldly Going Paper Dolls
- Star Trek: The Paper Doll
- Star Trek: The Paper Doll – Deanna Troi Edition
- Paper Dolls on SpockLives.com
Magnetic paper dolls, whilst awesome, do not make a prize in and of themselves so I also made packs of Star Trek-themed colouring-in sheets, mazes and crossword puzzles, doing basic Google searches for each one, and opting largely for the hilarious colouring-in sheets that are available from Star Trek: The Animated Series.
And that, my friends, is how you throw a Star Trek party if your name is Lorraine and you’re mostly concerned with booze.