|love breaking out the martini glasses at home|
I don't know about you but most of family and friends think that I am crazy. This twilight obsession has taken over my life and most of the people around me don't share my passion. So, instead of curing myself of this malady I decided to throw a party. The main purpose was to bring together the disconnected friends I had that were also twihards. Keep in mind there is minimal debauchery at this party as a few of the guests had just had babies. All good clean and elegant fun despite the super strong martinis - I swear I followed the recipe exactly.
First thing I did of course was went shopping. After all, I needed a new machine to make invites. Why
I was inspired by these beautiful handmade twilightations from Lyssabz's etsy shop. Very pretty.
|twilightations from Lyssabz's on etsy|
But when it comes to crafts I like to make my own and I love a good trip to Michael's. There on the shelf for 40% off was the last pink Cricut machine in stock. For those of you non scrapbookers the Cricut is a personal electronic cutter.
|special pink edition for The Cure|
It's like a CAD machine that you use in drafting except that it cuts instead of draws. You can buy pricey cartridges for it or you can buy a software called Sure Cuts A Lot that lets you design, and hence cut, anything you want.
That's how I made these
|Black paper cut out with the Cricut|
|See the shiny paper I used underneath?|
|My first party with a dress code|
After all the spray glue fumes, I had a headache for two days. Worth it for pretty cards sent out in the mail to my friends.
I don't cook. I can reheat and follow a basic recipe for lasagna but dinner parties are my husband's thing. There was no way I was asking him to cook for this soiree since he was helping to get the kids out of the house. So, I enlisted the help of a good girlfriend JR. She is a party planner/caterer when she is not at her full time job in health care and caring for her two teenage boys.
JR is not a twilight fan. She might have seen the first film once? (I think she has now become a Taycob fan since New Moon.) But she loves a dinner party and was super excited.
Here's what she came up with
Twilight Dinner Menu
Assorted Cheese platter
Edward’s Red Apple Amuse Bouche
Red delicious apple with asiago
and caramelized onion wrapped in crispy pancetta
Bella’s Spinach Salad
Tender baby spinach salad topped with pecans and blue cheese,
drizzled with a warm bacon dressing
Cullen Family Blood Orange Granita
“Ice cold” frozen blood orange granita
topped with fresh cracked pepper
Port Angeles Mushroom Ravioli
Shittake, chanterelle and enoki stuffed ravioli topped
with white wine butter reduction, garnished with arugula
profiteroles, strawberries, marshmallows
Twilight Red Velvet Cupcakes
Of course the only thing I contributed other than paying for the ingredients was the chocolate fountain and cupcakes. None of the women in my family can cook but we can all make dessert.
These are the only twilight cupcakes I've ever made *shock.* I'll have to devote a whole post to the process of getting the edible silver twilight on there.
goodiesI am a fan of favour bags. My friend DQ is kind of an expert at them but I went these alone.
I filled these bags I bought at Michaels with
strawberry shampoo (on sale for a buck each at save-on foods)
|For non-twihards, this is Bella's shampoo|
new moon chocolate from Dazzled by Twilight in Forks
|Only 5 Edwards in a bag of 22 chocolates|
twilight magnets from Chapters
|DQ went all over town getting these|
apple candles from Ikea
|Don't mind the 3 - yes, I know you can count|
I would have loved to put some jewelry in there but I put my money into buying the decorations :)
decorI spent my money on this
|Edward in my living room|
Sorry about the fuzzy image but I figure it was more real than a stock web pic. I ordered him online before new moon was released. Tough bugger to get a hold of since it seemed to be only sold in the UK. Managed to order it from Yahoo through some guy in the US. Did not want to ask how he got one because I didn't care.
Mr. TC was kind enough to drive me down across to Point Roberts, WA to pick up Edward. When the border guard asked me what we were picking up he had trouble understanding "vampire cardboard cut-out." He was not happy looking. As soon as we said "twilight" he started howling with laughter and asking if it was this Edward guy. Apparently his daughter loves twilight and he even asked me where I ordered it from. Twilight saves the day again!
My friend ML brought along her mini Edward and Bella to the party to keep big Edward company.
Mr. TC also brought the TV down from our room into the living room so we had the Twilight movie running in the background all night.
|Lovely tablecloth from JR|
Tea lights everywhere and I had wonderful help stringing glowing Christmas lights all over. I wanted to reproduce the dance scene lighting from the movie and it worked.
My mom and son helped me set the table (that is the most enabling I've ever had from them).
I put a small selection of my twilight stuff out too.
|Top right - framed KStew and RPattz autographed photo next to my|
Stephenie Meyer autographed book - nice to bring them out of the safe.
I usually have my autographed stuff locked up away from the kiddies. So nice to let them out to be loved. Oh, the red booklet is a copy of a rough draft script from Twilight.
stuff I made them do (nothing nasty)
After everyone had their blood orange martini, I got down to business.
Just coming back from Forks the week before I was armed with the most kick ass quiz encompassing all four books. I'm not going to post it here because I want you all to head to Forks with the Twitarded crew and get your own copy at the Chamber of Commerce.
Prizes included a New Moon movie companion guide
and a 5X7 photo autographed by Nikki Reed and Elizabeth Reaser. Both generously donated by dinner guests. Other things were stickers from Dazzled by Twilight and also, my personal favourite, Twilight Magnetic Poetry (note they don't sell this online anymore, photo below is only one I can find nowadays).
|Twilight magnetic poetry|
Lastly we cracked open my new Twilight Scene It game.
Everyone drove home sober but full of JR's yummy food and loaded up prizes and goodies.
To the women in this photo, thank you ladies for a lovely time. We'll have to throw another one for the release of Eclipse. I'm guessing there will be more drinking now that the kiddies are growing up.