Saturday, June 2, 2012

Take the Party Outside

Decorating for your True Blood Party doesn't only include the inside of your house.  Add some props to the outside as well, making a great first impression with your guests.  Most of our outdoor decor is newly added to our party this year so we don't have photos of the complete setup, but we can tell you what you need and how to do it.  

First thing to be seen when you pull into the driveway is a Cardboard Cutout of ghost Mavis cradling a baby in her arms.  She will be standing next to a playpen that will have a creepy baby doll in it.  

True Blood Party Decor @ Northmans Party Vamps
Mavis Cutout
We couldn't find a baby doll that looked old enough to work for this prop, so we had to make our own.  We got a doll that we could work with at Goodwill for a couple bucks.  Picked up some crackle paint, and black and flesh colored acrylic paint.  Paint the dolls head, hands and feet with a layer of flesh colored paint first.  Then add a layer of crackle paint with a small amount of black paint in it, then another layer of crackle paint.   Last you will add a layer of black/flesh paint textured on with a sponge.  Be sure to let each layer dry completely before adding the next.  To finish the look, tea stain the dolls cloth body by using a sponge to apply the tea.

True Blood Party Decor @ Northmans Party Vamps

Since Russell Edgington will be returning from his cement grave this season, we had to include him in our party too.  Next to the sidewalk we will have a pile of busted cinder blocks with some chains thrown on top.  We used the Poster software that we use for the Cardboard Cutouts to make a sign to go with this display.  The sign is pieced together on a sheet of foam board and we will put a stake (no pun intended) on the back of it to stick it in the ground.

True Blood Party Decor @ Northmans Party Vamps

On either side of the front door we will have some vampire balloons that we found at a local party supply store.  These can be ordered online as well so if you like them check out EZParty.  On the front door will be our favorite welcome sign.

True Blood Party Decor @ Northmans Party VampsTrue Blood Party Decor @ Northmans Party Vamps

These should set the tone letting your Trubie guests know just what's in store for them when they walk through the door.

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