How to Throw a Star Trek Theme Party
Captain, we can't hold out much longer. We need to have a Star Trek party!
Maybe you're a big fan yourself, or you just want to do something special for the Trekkie in your life. You really don't need much of a reason to have a Star Trek party.
Set a Cosmic Mood
Turn your space into, well, space, by creating a backdrop for your party venue. Designate one room as the bridge of the USS Enterprise (or Voyager, if that's how you roll). Use cardboard, poster board, or plywood and get out your chalk, paint, or other art medium of your choice. Use these to create twilight-filled windows, instrument panels, and other things you might find on board a spaceship.
Elsewhere in your party place, you can black out the walls (using the aforementioned art supplies; it is highly recommended that you don't paint anything black, ever). Use paint or stickers to affix twinkling stars to the black backdrop, so you can surround your guests in the wonder and mystery of the cosmos.
Pick up a couple bags of foam balls from a craft store or site and use your latent artistic skills to paint them in the image of real and imaginary planets. Hang them from the ceiling using fishing line. If you're super lazy (which is totally okay), you can just place the planet-balls in bowls or baskets around the house. It's better than nothing.
Captain Kirk's Chewy Sugar Cookies
Replicator, Make Me Some Space Cookies!
If you want to serve a homemade treat, but aren't up for making anything elaborate, start with sugar cookies. They are so easy that anyone can make them. Plus, who doesn't like them? It's a sugar cookie.
Here's a super-easy sugar cookie recipe that you can totally make.
2 sticks of butter, softened
1 3/4 cups of sugar, set aside 1/4 cup in a small bowl for later
2 1/4 cups of flour
1/2 cups baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a large cookie sheet with non-stick spray and set it aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar for about 3 minutes. Then, add the egg and mix until ingredients are well blended.
Next, stir in the flour, baking powder, salt, and vanilla extract.
Stir until dough forms (if it's too sticky, add small amounts of flour until it reaches the right consistency).
Shape dough into small balls. Roll each one in the bowl of sugar you set aside earlier, then place them about 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet.
For extra credit, roll the dough out to about 1/4 inch thickness and use space-themed cookie cutters to make moon, star, and planet shapes.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until they just start to brown.
Serve an Out-of-This-World Cocktail
Bailey's Irish Creme
Float on top: Sambuca
Light on fire and sprinkle with cinnamon to see the tail sparkle! (see video below)
You may want to start with these and switch to something less fiery once you've had a few.
Remember not to let your spaced-out guests drive home!
Watch the Bailey's Comet fly - so cool!!
Look The Part
No Star Trek party would be complete without character costumes. Klingons, and Vulcans, and Borg - oh my!
Theme party etiquette dictates that the host/hostess dress up accordingly. Get yourself a sexy Uhura look with a short dress, high boots, and a poufy hairdo. Captain Kirk (or any of the subsequent captains, for that matter) can be emulated by donning slim-fitting black slacks, black shoes, and a solid color shirt. Top them off with communicator pins and you're good to go. You can fashion a faux communicator out of paper, cardboard, foil, or whatever you can think of - or pick up a 'real' one from Amazon.
You can even purchase a full-on replica uniform if you're really deep into this thing.
A Far-Out Playlist
Don't forget to make a playlist that includes all your best space-themed jams. "Star Man," "Ground Control To Major Tom," and "Rocket Man" are obvious additions. "Drops of Jupiter" and "Counting Stars" are some solid choices, too. It's entirely up to you whether Madonna's "Lucky Star" makes the cut.
Jason Mraz Revisits "Rocket Man"
© 2009 Arby Bourne