A True Blood party will thrill your guests

Vampires seem to be a veritable pop culture phenomenon. From "Twilight" to "The Vampire Diaries," there has been no shortage of references to the mythical creatures.

However, HBO's series "True Blood" might be the "Twilight" for grown-ups. The series features all of the necessary characters that seem required of a vampire saga: a sweet-natured innocent human, a possessive but loving vampire and a friendly and loyal werewolf who never seems to get any action.

The series is based on the idea that vampires have always been among us, but have only been able to make their presence known when synthetic blood – brand name True Blood – was invented. They now live among the general population (at night) and even become entangled in human affairs.

The main character is Sookie Stackhouse, a down-to-earth waitress with southern charm, and her boyfriend is vampire Bill Compton, who's a veteran of the civil war.

Throw a True Blood party!

If you and your friends, like many Americans, can't get enough of the series, why not throw a "True Blood" party? This theme is fun all year round, but it might be especially entertaining for a Valentine's Day bash.

Begin by sending out party invitations that encourage your guests to come dressed as their favorite True Blood character. Those who come as
Bill Compton can wear a dress shirt and nice pants, with painted-on sideburns. Ladies who attend as Sookie Stackhouse might wear her Merlotte's waitressing outfit - a white t-shirt, black shorts and black Nikes.

Partygoers who prefer to come as Eric should wear black pants and a leather jacket and slick back their hair.

Of course, everyone should speak in southern accents!

Prepare for the vamps

To make your space truly worthy of a vampire party, fill it up with vampire party items like wax fangs, spooky wine bottle labels, or vampire paper goods like cocktail napkins that are printed with cheeky slogans like "Partying is in my blood."

You could also hang up banners with a vampire motif that can be customized with a slogan of your choice.

Don't be afraid to be a little bit cheesy or tongue-in-cheek with your vampire party. Hand out Halloween makeup kits at the start of the party so that any guests who forgot to apply their pallor can dust on some white face makeup or paint a trickle of blood on their mouth.

Serve-up some vampish cocktails

Obviously, you will want to offer your guests bloody marys. But if you feel like providing more of a variety of beverages, stay with the red theme. Mix up some rum and punch, or Shirley Temples.

Keep your drinks playful and toss in a few ice cubes with plastic spiders or bats frozen inside them, and serve the beverages in chalice-style cups.

Finish off the night with a vampire costume contest. Award party favors to the guests who most closely resemble a "True Blood" character, as well as partygoers who came decked out as an old-school vampire.

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