Saturday, June 23, 2012

Barnercon: A Comic-Con Themed Party

A few months ago, we hosted a Beatles themed party that was a ton of fun to plan. We loved coming up with themed drinks and food related to Beatles songs. So for our next party, my husband and I decided to channel our inner geek and throw a Comic-Con themed party. Named Barnercon after our last name, Barner, this party was a hilarious blend of Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, True Blood, Harry Potter, and Dr. Who. It took up a ridiculous amount of time to plan in the weeks leading up to the party, but was worth it.

My friend Harriet made this amazing pull apart bread shaped like the Star Trek logo.

Death Star Watermelon Vodka (Star Wars)
Fully armed and operational battle melon. 

1. Using wood carving tools, carve watermelon in shape of Death Star. Be careful not to carve to deep.
2. Cut hole in top large enough for ladle to fit through.
3. Scoop out watermelon using large spoon and put in bowl. 
4. In batches, puree watermelon in a blender with 1 cup vodka and 1 cup sparkling water.
5. Fill watermelon with watermelon vodka. Put extra juice in a pitcher to refill watermelon later on. 

Blood Wine (Star Trek)
Blood Wine is a popular Klingon alcoholic beverage, often consumed as part of celebratory occasions. Traditionally, Klingon Blood Wine is about twice as potent as whiskey and cannot be tolerated by most humans. Klingon captains and generals are fond of carrying several barrels of their favorite vintages to celebrate victories.

1. In cocktail shaker, combine 1 shot whiskey, 1 shot gold tequila, 3 shots cranberry juice, and a dash of grenadine.
2. Shake vigorously and strain into martini glass.

Fire and Ice Margarita (Game of Thrones)
Featuring tropical fruits enjoyed by the Free Cities tinged with spice. This drink is scorching, but fire cannot kill a dragon.

1. In a jar, combine 1 cup gold tequila with a few dried red chilis. Let sit for 2 hours and then remove chilis. 
2. In a blender, combine 1 cup diced mango, 1/2 cup chili infused tequila, 1/2 cup triple sec, 1/2 red jalapeno, and 1 tablespoon sugar. Blend until smooth.
3. Be warned--this drink is intense! 

Spinach and Feta Cylon Raiders (Battlestar Galactica)
Makes 18 cyclon raiders

1/4 cup diced onion
2 cups diced spinach
1 garlic clove, minced
8 ounces light cream cheese
4 ounces feta cheese
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 packages crescent rolls 
1 teaspoon oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
Red pepper for garnish

1. Heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Add spinach and saute about 10 minutes.
2. In food processor, combine spinach mixture with cream cheese, feta, oregano, salt, and pepper. Pulse until mixture is combined. 
3. Open crescent rolls package. At end of each triangle of dough, add about 1 tablespoon of spinach mixture. Roll up.
4. Bend corners of dough to shape like cylon raider. Add strip of red pepper for the cylon raider's eye. 
5. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes, or until browned. 

Romulan Ale (Star Trek)
A highly intoxicating alcoholic beverage of Romulan origin with a characteristic blue color. Despite being illegal in the Federation from the early 2280s to the late 2370s, Captain James T. Kirk served it at a state dinner with Chancellor Gorkon of the Klingon High Council in 2293. During the Dominion War, the alliance between the Federation and the Romulans briefly lifted the embargo on Romulan Ale.

1. Combine 1 shot vodka, 1 shot Blue Curaçao, 2 shots lemonade, and ice.
2. Shake vigorously and strain into martini glass.

Ambrosia (Battlestar Galactica)
Named for the drink of the gods, Ambrosia is rare and highly prized by survivors of the Colonial Fleet. The drink is especially enjoyed by Colonel Saul and Ellen Tigh.

In pitcher, combine 2 cups Midori liquor, 1 cup Blue Curaçao, and juice from 2 limes. Add plenty of ice.

Virgin Chilled Carbonated Blood (True Blood)
Served only in the finest vampire establishments. Cruelty free and all willingly donated. Note the citrusy finish.

In pitcher, combine 2 cups Blood Orange San Pellegrino, 1 cup cranberry juice, 1 cup ginger ale, 1/2 cup orange juice, 1/4 cup lemon juice, and 1/4 cup grenadine. Add fresh mint and plenty of ice. 

Our drink menu
We also had fun decorating our apartment:

The door to our apartment. This is a beach towel we bought at Think Geek.

This way to the Ministry of Magic.

Love these Star Wars propaganda posters

We also found Harry Potter propaganda posters

And Dr. Who propaganda posters

On our back porch: Have you seen these droids?

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