I don’t think I’ve ever really mentioned my love for Doctor Who before. It was one of those shows Netflix recommended to me based on something else I watched. I had a newborn and two toddlers (why yes, I am crazy), was brain dead and wanted to watch something to get me through those sleepless nights. It was perfect.
It took me a bit to warm up to that first season, but by season two I was hooked. Soon my husband began watching, and over the next few seasons my kids would wander in to get a late night drink of water (seriously, why are they suddenly thirsty at bedtime?!?) and grew to love it, too.
If you aren’t familiar with Doctor Who, it is a British show about a time traveler. He saves the world, he regenerates, he has a sonic screwdriver that fixes just about everything … what’s not to love?!? Check it out on Netflix or BBC America.
So the 50th Anniversary special is almost here …
To celebrate, I made a fun printable and wanted to share a few Doctor Who party ideas we’ll be implementing when we watch the anniversary special.
The most important menu item at our party is fish fingers & custard. My daughter is obsessed with Amy Pond who is, in Reese’s opinion, the best companion. She has red hair like my daughter and is sassy and funny, and the fish fingers & custard episode is hilarious and so memorable. Especially when you are seven.
If you have the time, Bakingdom’s Fish Fingers & Custard recipe is awesome. I found Walkers Shortbread Cookies at Target that look remarkably like fish fingers. Or at least what I remember those puppies to look like. The back side has this rippled imprint that kinda sorta looks like breading. Put some vanilla pudding in a pretty container, plop in a cookie and voila! Fish fingers & custard.
My friend Maria of Love & Sugar Kisses is a Doctor Who fanatic, too, and made chocolate-covered Oreos with a Tardis on top. The detail is amazing. Did I mention they are Oreos? Yum.
To save myself some time, I picked up Vanilla Bean cupcakes from Target. Those things are awesome! Put them in another cupcake liner to fancy it up a bit and top with my free printable toppers. (Download link and cupcake topper instructions below).
I served lemonade and tossed in some blueberries for color. If you really want to go all out, serve a blue sports drink. I topped my drink dispenser with a Fez I picked up from US Toy. They have a huge selection of Doctor Who stuff.
Because popcorn and Doctor Who is a family tradition for us, I jazzed up our typical popcorn with some candy. It is so good with a mix of sweet, salty and crunchy goodness. I served it in pails from Target’s dollar spot lined with waxed blue gingham paper from Michael’s, and then attached a party circle with a clothespin.
So now for the good stuff. “Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey” is a Doctor Who reference, of course. And it’s a fun name for a snack. Kids like anything with a silly name.
FYI, if you ever need to occupy a three-year-old for at least thirty minutes, have him be your “helper” and pick out all of the blue and red M&M’s from two large bags.
Back to that recipe …
Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Popcorn Stuff
- 6 cups of popcorn (feel free to add more or less), any unpopped kernels removed
- 3 squares of almond bark (vanilla or chocolate)
- pretzels (love the Tardis-y shape of the square ones)
- candy (I used a mix of blue and red peanut butter and plain M&M’s, and some Nestle Buncha Crunch for good measure)
- Get a baking sheet out and line with a silicone mat, wax paper or aluminum foil.
- Spread your popcorn out in a thin layer.
- Melt your almond bark in the microwave until smooth. You will need to stir in 30-second increments to avoid scorching your almond bark (ick!).
- Drizzle melted almond bark over popcorn until evenly distributed.*
- Drop candy and pretzels onto the popcorn. There are no exact measurements here, just kind of add whatever amounts look good to you. I eyeball it, but peanut butter M&Ms get preferential treatment in my book.
- Give it a nice little stir.
- Allow the popcorn mix to cool and the bark to harden.
- Break up into smaller pieces and serve!
* Some people like to dump everything into a bowl, pour the almond bark on, give it a good stir, and then lay it on a cookie sheet to cool, but I find it breaks the popcorn and gets more gloppy. Either method is fine.
So now for the freebie!
Download your Doctor Who Inspired Party Circles.
- white card stock or matte photo paper
- a 2″ craft punch
- lollipop sticks
- glue dots or tape
Print these party circles on white card stock or matte photo paper (my favorite), available from office supply stores. Craft punches and lollipop sticks are available from hobby stores in the scrap book and baking sections, respectively.
To assemble, punch out your party circles using your craft punch and tape to your lollipop stick. If you are feeling fancy, you can layer them over another paper (like I did with the glitter stock using a larger flourish punch) or by tying on a ribbon.
Fez and Mini Tardis toy| US Toy
Cupcakes, cookies, small metal pails (hello, dollar spot!), paper straws and such | Target
Tardis Chocolate-covered Oreos | Love & Sugar Kisses
Vintage Milk Bottles | Sugar Confetti Shop
Scrap paper, waxed blue gingham paper and ribbon | Michael’s
Soooo … anyone else as excited as I am to see David Tennant again? <cue the choir of angels>