Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A Midnight Dinner Party

Back in August my book club read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. We all fell in love with this magical story about a circus that arrives without warning, and we were so inspired by the book and its quirky, nighttime revelries that we decided to have our own Midnight Dinner Party like the ones thrown by the characters in the book. Sunny and I got to work planning the party, Carly from book group sent out black and white invitations, and the result was magical midnight merrymaking!

We had this party on the roof of Little Shop of Stories, which we transformed into a black-and-white circus.

We wanted the party to be whimsical and offbeat so we had two "trees" at the party...a black tree of regret and a white tree of hope, and guests could tie their hopes and regrets to the trees.

Each guest was given white and dark chocolate caramel corn. Here's the recipe...it takes some time to make, but it's super delicious and made for great favors in the popcorn containers.

 Since we had the party on the roof at night, we had no lighting other than the lights downtown, so we used tons of lanterns and candles. We had the party in October, and my brother just so happens to be a master pumpkin carver, so I asked him to carve some pumpkins based on the book (which he had read.) Here's what he came up with:

Isn't he crazy talented???!!

We decorated the table with lots of goodies from Party City, and a homemade table runner I made out of silky clown fabric from the costume section at Hancocks. Don't look at the seams! It's actually very crooked! Everything was black and white (of course!)

 Everyone showed up in black and white (and red) attire. We had around thirty people attend our dinner.

Terra the magnificent passed out Tarot Cards and read everyone's fortune in between the dozen courses we were served. My sister-in-law, Ashley Clemence, owns Graft in Grayson, and came out for the evening to cater our event. She served us delicious courses like brisket ravioli, twice baked potato skins, and red velvet cheese cake brownies.

It was three in the morning before everyone left. We were all exhausted the next day, but it was worth it! If you haven't read The Night Circus, I recommend you read it asap and then have a Midnight Dinner Party of your own! In the meantime, you're welcome to visit the Catch All Book Group. Happy reading!

1 comment:

Jeff Rivera said...

Thanks for sharing the photos.
It looks like an amazing party and I'm sure you enjoyed your time.
A party inspired by a book is my favorite.
Also thanks for the book recommendation I was looking for books to add to my to-read list and I think it's an interesting book.

Jeff Rivera