Dork party ideas

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The cake is a lie in Portal but not to your guests.
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Any Lego nerd will love this invitation.
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A fun game? Live-action Tetris!
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People will love a zombie survival kit as a game prize.
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Nothing is geekier — or more awesome — than Pokemon kippot.
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Vulcan ears make a great party favor.
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The picture says it all. …
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Superman shirts with your kid’s initial make for a fun favor.
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Can’t get any more swank than a Lego lounge.
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Hand out Hobbit-feet socks to kids once their fancy shoes start to hurt them.
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Lightsaber chopsticks are pretty much the definition of nerdiness.
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Mix-and-match robot cupcakes anyone?
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Comic-strip onomatopoeias are great for identifying snacks on the candy bar.
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This old-school Nintendo console cake is for more than just two players.
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Pac Man won’t be the only one to gobble up this fun cake.
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We promise, by eating these zombie cookies you will not turn into a zombie.
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Instead of guests riding a bull, have them ride the way more nerd-friendly shark.
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Wii place cards are cool and gamer-approved geeky.
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Does you kid love Star Wars so much they could just eat it up? Now they literally can.
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Does your kid geek out in science class? We found the perfect design “element” for his bar mitzvah celebration.
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Your bar mitzvah kid will think these cufflinks are a triple-letter score!
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Allowing your guests to print their faces on a box of Nerds candy from a photo booth is a really fun and clever favor idea.
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Lego labels for you water bottles.
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What Star Wars geek wouldn’t want to smash a Darth Vader piñata?
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Who wouldn’t love Dr. Who cupcakes?
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Color your own comic book lunchbox is great activity and favor idea.
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Guests can build a Lego cake together.
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Guests will be saying “Deep space mine!” with these Star Trek pops.

Is you kid too busy translating his haftarah into klingon, building a bimah out of Legos, or combing his “Dr. Who” DVD collection to see if there is an episode he can use as a metaphor in his d’var Torah to help you plan his bar mitzvah reception? No worries! Create a party that can “boldly go where no other party has gone before” with a little help from Gandalf, Superman, Harry Potter, and Zelda with a nerd theme. Utilize our geektastic tips and your kid — and guests — will yell “Bazinga!”

Food

Create a cafeteria-style buffet for your school-loving sweetheart. Serve classic lunchtime foods like macaroni and cheese, chicken drumsticks, mashed potatoes, fish sticks, meatloaf, fries, baked ziti, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, ants on a log, pizza, juice boxes, and chocolate milk. Have cafeteria trays available for your guests to use to pick up their food. You may also choose to have table service for the adults at your reception. Serve freshly baked bread called “elvin lembas bread,” skirt steaks called “dragon meat,” or hard-boiled “alien eggs.” Bake periodic table cupcakes with each element written on the tops with fondant and lay them out on a colorful periodic table. You can also make Scrabble cupcakes with fondant tiles. Create “Doctor Who” inspired cupcakes with images of TARDIS and Cyber Leader (see above slide show). Make “Dexter –“ inspired donuts with a plastic knife in them and red jelly streaming out. Serve them on plastic cellophane wrap, just like Dexter would.

Decor

Name your tables after your favorite nerdy things. For example, one table can be your “Big Bang Theory” table, and another can be your “Pokemon” table. For your centerpieces, fill beakers with colorful liquids to look like a chemical laboratory, and have smoke come out of them using a smoke machine or dry ice. Hang a videogame character piñata like this space invader piñata for your friends to knock Wonka Nerds and Smarties out of. Carve out a pumpkin or a melon into a recreation of the Death Star. Scatter secondhand textbooks and geek-lit around the room like “Dune,” “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” “Ready Player One,” and books from the “Lord of the Rings,” “Game of Thrones,” and ‘Hunger Games,” series. Let motifs from epics inspire your decor, like leaving ink and quills by your sign-in book for your friends to write you a congratulatory message on their way in. In your restrooms, have a sign on the inside of the toilet seats that says “This way to the Ministry of Magic.” Hang posters of a geek’s favorite shows like “Stargate,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Firefly,” “Lost Girl,” “The Walking Dead,” “Fringe,” and “Continuum.”

Entertainment

Provide a photo booth with a variety of background images from your wildest, geekiest dreams. Have an image of the inside of Hogwarts, Alderaan (before it was blown up), the Enterprise, the Shire, Superman’s Fortress of Solitude, the Halo universe, a classroom, and a chemistry lab. Offer costumes for each background for your friends to dress up as Frodo with the ring or Luke with a lightsaber.

Hold a geeked-out “Ultimate nerd competition.” Start with comic book trivia. The winners of that can then take a math quiz. Have the winners of the quiz play a game of Scrabble. End your competition with a winners’ chess tournament to see who the ultimate nerd really is. The last person standing can win a prize, such as a TI calculator.

Giveaways

Give your guests an A+ giveaway. Create a goodie-two-shoes-bag with large, nerdy glasses, a pocket protector, suspenders, high socks, a protractor, Nerds candy, a superhero action figure, a dinosaur model-making kit, a comic book, and Pokeman trading cards. As another relatively cheap, nerdy gift, give them tickets to your local planetarium, museum, or aquarium.

For more ideas, check out our Pinterest page and click through our above slide show.

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