Thanks to all of the vampires and werewolves and fairies (oh my!) on HBO's True Blood, the drama serves as the perfect inspiration for a Halloween party.
Gordon, who has worked with Madonna and Sarah Jessica Parker, suggests changing bulbs to black or red ones. "It gives the entire ambiance a glamorous, vampire environment,” Gordon explains to Us.
Instead of floweres, fill vases with bouquets of branches. Then scatter votive or taper candles around the room (make sure the flames are at a safe distance away from the branches).
Drape sheer black fabric around the entryway or porch (stock up at a local fabric store). "The effect is haunting," says Gordon.
For the finishing touch, set the Bon Temps scene and play a CD of nature sounds (think chirping crickets and whistling wind).
Snacks and Drinks
Set up a monochromatic sweets bar for guests to sink their teeth into. Fill bowls, jars, and vases with red candies like jellybeans, Red Hots, wax lips and more.
Also, serve "just-bitten" red velvet cupcakes: Add two tear-shaped drops of red decorating gel to the tops. (For a ready-made bite-size version, check out Baked by Melissa ($37.50 for 50 mini-cupcakes).)
Then stock the bar with, what else, Tru Blood ($16 for four). The individually bottled blood-orange soda pairs well with orange vodka or reposado tequila.
Make your own Blood Red Margarita with Solerno Blood Orange Liquer created for Us by celebrity mixologist Charlotte Voisey.
Blood Red Margarita
- 1 1/2 oz Milagro Silver Tequila
- 3/4 oz Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
- 1/4 oz Campari
- 1 oz pink grapefruit juice
- 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
- 1/2 oz simple syrup
Combine ingredients and shake well. Serve over fresh ice in a tall glass.
Garnish with half a strawberry and a lime wheel.