Just as the delirious obsession for the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy began to ebb, the movie trailer broke, fanning the flames of fandom back to a fever pitch in anticipation of Valentine’s Day 2015. Millions of women all over the world are making plans with their girlfriends to go see the movie. Get ready for a pre-screening party with these simple tips.
Sometimes it isn’t the party but how you are invited. Who wouldn’t like to get an email invitation from the CEO of Grey Enterprises himself? Create a fictitious email account and use it to invite your friends. Or send out party invitations worded like a contract and see if you can get them to sign up!
You cannot go wrong with helicopter balloons. Every woman wants a ride on Charlie Tango. Create “Keep Calm” posters. Fold black napkins into ties. Or go all read and name the room “Red Room of Pain”. Decorate a closet door to look like an open elevator with the caption “What is it about elevators?” Cover the tables in clothes and accessories in varying shades of grey. Use red to emphasize certain attributes around the room. And don’t forget the “Laters Baby” sign on the back of the door so your guests can bite their lip when they see it as they leave.
Mr. Grey makes certain everyone around him eats. No party is complete without 50 Shades-themed foods. You can serve SUB-missive sandwiches and bowtie TIE ME UP pasta salad. Chocolate cupcakes with a cherry on top or vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting make sweet and sassy desserts. Decorate small cookies like elevator buttons or cut sugar cookies in the shape of a right hand. For drinks, well, Christian and Ana were never without wine nearby. Given the winter season release of the movie, a warm cup of Twinings tea will hit the spot as well. For warmer climates, let’s not forget Ana’s safe word: a popsicle will cool things off in more ways than one.
The books abound with possible trinkets to send away with your guests. Plastic handcuffs, masks, miniature riding crops, feathers, masks, handcuff key chains, blindfolds… there are no hard limits here. Let your imagination carry you.