The up surge of vampire fans over the last few years has spurred new fun foods, gifts, party themes clothing and more. I am more than happy to admit that I am a vampire story fan. My fandom is not new though, more than 30 years ago I became hooked on the mystic and coolness of vampires with my introduction to the book Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice. I’m a fan of the Twilight books, though not so much the movies. It was not until True Blood that I became inspired to create vampire themed party foods, favors, candy wrappers, t-shirts, mugs, popcorn wrappers and party buckets. Since my guest and I had great fun bringing in season three of True Blood complete with foods, drinks and party favors, I thought I’d share our menu and favor design ideas.
1) Create the mood for your party
I went with red light bulbs in the living room lamps, a black table cloth for the table, black plates and eating utensils. I found great True Blood themed invites that only needed to be printed and filled in at http://truebloodwiki.hbo.com/page/True+Blood+Party+Invites, however you can always design your own using your own themed pictures or words. Decide ahead of time if you want your guest to come in their own vampire themed creations or if you will pick a theme from a particular book or show.
2) Choose the food theme for your party
This will make it easier to create your menu or give your guest food ideas if you are doing a potluck. For my True Blood season three party I went with a Louisiana food theme, which was great as it made it easy for my guest to find potluck food ideas to bring.
3) Choose what style of beverages to tie in with your food theme
I chose to do all blood/vampire themed drinks. All the guest at my party were over 21 so we did drinks with alcohol, like vampire slushies, vampire glamour Jell-O shots and the non-alcoholic True Blood beverage.
4) Theme your table decorations to fit your party
There are so many places that have ready table ware complete with the right colors, crazy favors and centerpieces.
5) Be sure to give your guest themed gifts to take home and remember your party by
I created vampire themed candy wrappers, blood dripped martini glasses and bundled them with bottles of the True Blood drink.