Monday, May 25, 2009

Your Parties: Tara's Twilight Party

Tara at has a blog dedicated to the planning of her 30th birthday party last spring. Here are some of the party highlights:

I wanted an invitation that was slightly elegant and not too frilly. I think I chose the perfect one. I love that it has the vellem wrap enclosed around it as well as the square sparkly jewel perfectly placed to keep it closed.I found these invitations in the wedding section at my local Wal-Mart. They are a Wilton product. The stock number is 1010-107. Wilton provides you with a website so you can easily personalize and print your own invitations. The directions were easy to follow and I had the invitations printed and assembled in less than 10 minutes!!!Invitation wording...

Tara is turning 30!

Please be her guest at a Dinner Party Celebration Saturday, May 30th at half past six in the evening
RSVP by May 20th
Dress: Goth Casual(red, black and white only!)

I sent out my save-the-dates! I am only having 10 guests (12 total when you count myself and my husband). It's a very small affair which allows me to be able to go all out for it! I decided to use the picture from my Polyvore creation as a little hint as to what my guests (most of whom have not read the books) will be experiencing at the party next month.


You'll notice each of the Twilight Saga books with an apple lying on top. I used a candle carver to cut a perfect hole in each apple to fit a tealight...the effect was awesome!
what Twilight/Vampiresk dinner party would be complete without blood dripping candles?!? The candles were EASY to make. Basically use an old candlestick holder or a bucket filled with sand and place white taper candles inside. Light a RED pillar candle and let the wax drip down the top of the taper candles.


I had a lot of fun putting together the drink station. I used a 3 foot round table that we normally have on our patio and covered it with a red linen. I used a water pitcher that belonged to my grandmother so those that didn't like soft drinks could have another option. The 3-tier silver stand is actually one of six that I own and used to rent out for weddings. I had thought about selling them at one point, but just couldn't part with them!!! I took 3 wine buckets that I had from once again doing weddings and filled them with ice and popped in some bottled sodas. We had Jones' Blood, Root-of-all-Evil Beer and Vampire Cola. Around the base of the wine buckets I added some clear dazzlers (like I did on just about every surface!!!) to give that vampire shimmer effect and then a few apples with red glitter that are actually part of my Christmas decor.


As I mentioned in my last post, the tablescape was pretty much my main focus for the party. It had to be creative and really set the mood for the entire party! I started with an 8 foot banquet table and covered it in a black floor length linen. I paired the linen with black chairs and red linen napkins. You'll also notice a little $2 feathered boa I purchased at Michael's to make my chair stand out from the others. I had close to thirty candles in glass and silver candlesticks in varying heights that I borrowed from my best friend's mom lining the center of the long table with red doilies underneath. Originally the doilies were there to catch any candle wax that dripped, but I made an executive design about an hour before the party and decided not to actually light the candles on the table due to everything being so tight in our living/dining room and that last thing I wanted to do was to start a fire. Several weeks ago I found a cheap chess game at Wal-Mart for $3. I decided to take the black pieces and spray paint them red and leave the white pieces as they were. I incorporated them into the table design. I also found inexpensive white tulips for $2 at Wal-Mart and spray painted them to look like blood was dripping off of them. My overall goal was to bring the covers of the books in the Twilight Saga to life. I had planned for the candelabra to go on the dining table, but it became apparent pretty early on that it was going to be to big so it was on my buffet instead. You'll notice the ribbon hanging down on it which was suppose to stand for Eclipse. Like with every other surface I used tons of little shiny pieces throughout to make everything sparkle like the Twilight vampires!

Here are the questions and answers...
1. What is the mascot for Forks High School? SPARTANS
2. How old was Bella when she spent her last Christmas in Forks, Washington?4
3. TRUE or FALSE: Author of Twilight, Stephanie Meyer, makes an appearance in the movie Twilight. TRUE
4. Before living in Forks, where do the Cullens say they lived? ALASKA
5. The Cullens do not consume human blood. Because of this, what do they call themselves? VEGETARIANS
6. Who does Bella borrow her prom dress from? ALICE
7. What is Bella's dad, Charlie's occupation? CHIEF OF POLICE
8. What instrument does Edward play? PIANO
9. TRUE or FALSE: Rosalie and Jasper are a couple. FALSE
10. What beach are the Cullens not allowed to set foot on? La Push
12. What is the color of Bella's bedding?
13. TRUE or FALSE: Edward was the first vampire that Carlisle made a part of his family. TRUE
14. What do vampires do when they are in the sun? SPARKLE/SHIMMER
15. What grade are Edward and Bella in? 11th
16. What is the Forks High School prom theme? MONTE CARLO
17. What is Bella's stepdad's name? PHIL
18. What dessert does Charlie order every Thursday? BERRY COBLER
19. Name the three nomadic vampires the Cullens and Bella encounter while playing baseball. LAURENT, VICTORIA AND JAMES
20. What city and state did Bella live in before moving to Forks, Washington? PHOENIX, ARIZONA
***What brand of beer does Charlie drink in the movie Twilight? RAINIER


It took me a while to come up with the place settings. I needed a way to incorporate the apple from the book Twilight, but also needed to find a way to incorporate Forks, Washington as well. As I was creating the menus it hit me that I could use the same card stock for the place cards and just have a fork stick right through it into an apple. It was kind of one of those things you do a double take just to make sure you're seeing what you're actually seeing. I really liked how it turned out. I purchased the forks at Wal-Mart for $3. You'll also notice the red stuff all over the menu and place cards. I actually used the same red candle wax I used to make the candles to pour over the card stock to make it look like blood. I LOVED how it turned out!What Twilight/Vamperisk-themed party would be complete without vampire teeth?!? I purchased these from Oriental Trading. I used them in a group photo later in the evening and also as my guest's take-home favors.

1 comment:

Dolly said...

Maggie, I love your parties and got hooked on your blog when I ran across some posts for twilight parties. I was just wondering if you are throw an eclipse party. If you are have have made lots of free printables that you could use and/or post. Here is a link:

I'm still working on a few more things as well. If you decide to post them please let me know.