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Admit it: You've read Twilight (and all its sequels) and loved every page -- and so did your friends. With Eclipse hitting movie theaters on June 30, it's prime time to host a Twilight-themed party. Take your cues from the best-selling series for everything from menu to décor to throw a bash that's sure to be a bloody good time. Here's how!
Tempt Your Guests
Let friends know that this is a Twilight-themed party with an invitation that uses quotes from the book and words like "tempt" and "thirsty." If you're really ambitious, you could download the font used on the books' covers, which is called Zephyr. But any gothic-looking script will do. Alternately, you can even send an Eclipse e-card through a site for the new film!
Create A Cullen Interior
A vampire-themed party is usually full of coffins, cobwebs and ravens, but the blood-suckers of Stephenie Meyer's series lead a decidedly civilian life, and you should decorate accordingly. While darkness is predictable, dimming the lights is a must; romantic twinkle lights like the ones Alice Cullen loves and glowing candles will set the mood. You can also display your own copies of the books -- you'll get extra points with guests if you blow them up on a color copier for larger images to display on the walls. For music, there's no better choice than the soundtrack to the first film.
Set A Twilight Table
As guests arrive, designate them as either a 'werewolf' or a 'vampire,' and seat them on opposite sides of the table to pay tribute to the border drawn between these two supernatural beings. If you're really committed to your theme, rent or buy black table linens, otherwise white ones will do just fine.
You can take the details of your table setting right from the covers of the Twilight books. For a centerpiece, an arrangement of ruffled tulips like the red-and-white Parrot Tulip on the cover of New Moon would be ideal. But if you can't find them, you can recreate the effect with white carnations by soaking their stems in red food dye a few hours before the party.
Surround your bouquet with chess pieces to allude to Breaking Dawn (you can buy an inexpensive set and spray paint half the pieces red or just use the white pieces from one you already own). Mark each place setting with a red apple like the one on the front of Twilight; tie a name card to each apple's stem and write out the guest's name with a calligraphy pen and bottled ink, so you can make drops of ink to look like splattered blood. Finally, use lengths of red satin ribbon, which harkens back to Eclipse, as napkin rings.
Make Bella-Worthy Bites
While Edward dines on blood, you'll have to have some human-appropriate food at your fete. In an ode to Edward and Bella's first date, serve store-bought mushroom ravioli with a homemade blood-red sauce, like marinara. Keep the Italian theme going with a loaf of Super Garlic Parmesan Bread, which as we learn from Edward won't fend off any vampires -- though it might ward off potential dates! An All About the Heart salad made with hearts of palm, hearts of romaine and blood-red tomatoes will round out the meal. True Twilight fans may notice that this vegetarian menu gives a sly nod to the Cullen's "vegetarian" ways.
For dessert, opt for Red Velvet Cupcakes, frosted with Creamy Vanilla Frosting. Make the sweets vampire-worthy by putting bite marks into each cake; use a narrow tip from a pastry bag to bore two holes into the top of each cake (wipe it off before each puncture) and fill the cavities with store-bought red gel icing to look like blood.
Quench Their Thirst
With dinner, blood-red wine is an obvious choice, but you can also get creative with your cocktail selections. As guests arrive, serve Blood Orange Mimosas or Ginger Pomegranate Champagne cocktails -- both of which look like Edwards's bloody drink of choice. For a libation with a little more kick, a bourbon and blood orange blast is one bloody stiff drink. Go the extra mile and purchase glass test tubes and a stand from a medical supply store to serve your bloody concoctions -- your guests will do a double take when they see the "blood" on display.
Keep the Fans Happy
While Eclipse is in theaters, you can plan your party for an early evening hour and usher all your guests to a screening of the new film at a local theater. If you prefer to stay at home, rent a copy of Twilight and/or New Moon and screen it at your party. You can also test the mettle of your Twilight-crazed friends by taking our trivia quiz (you can download it ahead of time and have enough copies to pass around to your guests) or devise a trivia game based on the books: Ask each guest to bring index cards with questions and answers related to the series and use all of these cards to see who knows Bella, Edward and Jacob's story best.
You've got the right food, the right décor and the right activities -- now all you need are your fellow Twi-Hards for the perfect celebration.
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