Saturday, July 3, 2010

Balloon Time helium balloon kit giveaway! And tips on hosting a vampire party. - ended

I never thought I'd be intrigued by vampires. As a kid stuff like that scared the crap out of me. When Twilight came out it took me months to jump on the band wagon and read it. I did though and was sucked in just like so many others. 

The same thing happened with True Blood on HBO. My husband watched the first season and I wasn't the slightest bit interested. Then I read Twilight and became somewhat intrigued by vampires, so I watched the second season of True Blood. And of course I'm hooked and can't wait for Sunday nights to watch each new episode of season 3! I've read all the books now too.

And you better believe I'll be dragging the hubs along to see Eclipse very soon!

Now I'm not much for hosting parties; frankly my house is never neat enough to make me feel like the work involved wouldn't suck all the fun out of it for me. Yeah, I'm that lazy. And that antisocial.

Anyway, I know some of my readers do like to host parties (and probably have much neater houses than I do) so when I was contacted by Balloon Time with tips on how to throw a vampire party and the offer to sponsor a Balloon Time giveaway, I figured why the heck not!

I've used Balloon Time kits before for the boys birthday parties and other than struggling the first time to get the tank to work, because I was being a complete idiot and turning the valve the wrong way (boy did I feel like a dumb-ass), it was super easy and convenient. Cheaper and easier than going somewhere to get the balloons blown up for us. The last time we did that Rich lost a bunch of them trying to get them in the car because it was so windy.

So here is the information from Penny Warner about hosting a vampire party! Go to the end of this post and you can enter to win a Balloon Time helium balloon kit.

Celebrate Your Favorite Vampires with a Premiere Party at Home
Vampire Parties are all the rage, thanks to books, TV shows, and movies like “Twilight,” “True Blood,” and “Vampire Diaries.” Whether you’re a fan of vampire Team Edward or werewolf Team Jacob, barmaid Sookie Stackhouse and vampire Bill Compton, or good/evil vampire brothers Stefan and Damon Salvatore, you can host a Night of the Living Dead party to celebrate a birthday, Halloween, or the latest vampire episode.

There are lots of vampire-related party supplies available, but you can easily make your own invitations and personalize them to your theme. For a Coffin Invitation, fold a sheet of black construction paper in half. Draw the shape of a coffin on the paper, making sure one side of the coffin is on the fold. Cut out the coffin and write “Do not open until midnight” or “Open at your own risk” on the front using a sparkly pen. Or you can type it up on the computer using a spooky font, print it, cut it out, and glue it to the front. Next find a picture of your favorite vampire on the Internet or in a fan magazine and copy it for each invitation. Open the coffin and glue the picture on the right-hand side. On the opposite side, write the party details. For added fun, cut out drops of “blood” from red paper and place them in the envelope. Or add a set of vampire teeth.

Ask your guests to come as their favorite vampire—or werewolf—past or present. When they arrive, offer them face paints, vampire teeth, and vials of fake blood to add to their costumes. Make simple capes out of black fabric and hand them out to guests.

Create a gothic atmosphere with helium-inflated black and red balloons. Tie the balloons onto furniture, to backs of chairs, and float them to the ceiling. Turn the lights down and light candles, or string holiday lights around the room. Replace regular light bulbs with black lights and red bulbs. Make a giant coffin using a large appliance box. Paint it black, add a string of garlic or a wooden cross to the top, and place it in the center of the room to use for setting out snacks. Place vampire fangs, garlic, and plastic bats around the room or hang them from the ceiling. Cover your mirrors and black out your windows. Set the table with a black cloth and bright red paper products. Use vampire teeth as napkin rings. Make a centerpiece using a glass bowl, fill it with red tinted water, and float black candles. Make some personalized tombstones from cardboard or foam, and write epitaphs on them for each guest. Set them around the room. Play Clair de Lune, Muse, and Coldplay music in the background.

Games and Activities
Team Trivia. Divide guests into two teams and have them answer trivia questions about vampires and such from “Twilight,” “True Blood,” or “Vampire Diaries.”
Quote the Vampire. Write down quotes from the vampire books or shows and have guests try to identify the speaker.
Vamping Vampires. Write down scenes from your favorite vampire film, book, or show, and have guests act them out for one another to guess.
Vampire Shirt. Let guests make their own t-shirts with their favorite vampires or sayings on them. Print pictures of vampires and sayings on iron-on paper using the computer, and then let guests iron them on and decorate with glitter glue, sequins, and other embellishments.
Vampire Videos. Watch videos of your favorite vampire films or TV shows. Don’t forget the originals, such as “Dracula,” or the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

Serve lots of red-colored food to satisfy that thirst for blood—red licorice, sliced red peppers, strawberries, red apples, red salsa with red tortilla chips, French fries with ketchup dip. Ask the bakery to tint a loaf of bread red, then make sandwiches with red jam. Cut out bat-shaped cookies, bake them, and spread with chocolate icing.

Offer a variety of red-colored drinks for the vampire guests, such as tomato juice, cranberry juice cocktail, red punch, red sports drink, etc. Freeze gummy worms in red water to make ice cubes for the drinks.

Make a coffin-shaped or tombstone-shaped red velvet cake, covered with chocolate icing. 

Give the vampires plastic teeth, black capes, fake blood, posters of hot vampires, face painting makeup, videos of the shows, or other vampire related gifts—there are lots available!

Penny Warner has more than 25 years of experience as an author and party planner. She has published more than 50 books, including 16 specific to parties. Additionally, Warner writes a weekly newspaper column on family life, penned a column for Sesame Street Parents magazine and has appeared on several regional and national TV morning programs. Her latest books include LADIES’ NIGHT, HOW TO HOST A KILLER PARTY, and HOW TO CRASH A KILLER BASH.

Balloon Time is the leading brand of consumer helium balloon kits in North America. Balloon Time kits feature a helium-filled tank, latex or foil balloons and ribbon, and are available at national retail chains, party goods and grocery stores nationwide. For more information, visit


To enter to win all you need to do is leave a comment on this blog post and tell me what kind of party you would host!

For an extra entries you can do the following:

1. Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter with a link back to this post. You can tweet once a day. Make sure you come back here and leave a comment on this post each time.

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Don't forget to include your email address in the comment. I know you have to include it to publish the comment, but unless it is actually within the body of the comment or you have email enabled on your Blogger profile I can't see it.

You have until midnight on Friday July 16, 2010 to enter. I'll announce the winner that weekend. Again, don't forget to leave your email so I can contact you!

US mailing addresses only.

Full disclosure:  Balloon Time is sponsoring this giveaway and will provide the winner with a voucher can be redeemed at a local store (a retailer locator is available on the Balloon Time website at The only compensation I am receiving for this giveaway is the joy of offering something fun to my readers! ;)


coliebear said...

I would host an under the sea themed party.

abfantom said...

I would like to get Balloon Time's 50 Latex Balloon Kit for my daughter's dinosaur themed birthday party.

abfantom at yahoo dot com

The House of Sprout said...

Bruiser's birthday is up next in our family and we are super into rescue vehicles...trying to develop a theme around that!

Kristen said...

I want to host a movie themed party.

couponboss at gmail dot com

Laurie said...

We would host a Breast Cancer Awareness themed party to raise fund for Susan G. Komen.


smilekisses said...

I would have a back-to-school party for my daughter and her friends.

The Taylor Bunch said...

we have 6 kids so it would be used for birthday parties
jonilynntaylor at gmail dot com

Missybeez said...

I would host a Hollywood Glam Party.

mogrill said...

Im hosting a hawaiian theme beach party this summer. This would be perfect!
Thanks for the chance.

jakiesmom said...

i would do a start of preschool party for my son
nannypanpan at

Super Blogger Girl! said...

I would host a clothign exchange party, i have been wanting to throw one of those for a long time!!!

Crystal said...

I would use it for band practices. Everyone likes balloons!
cyclona66(at) aol dot com

Chip said...

Am hosting a going away party for a friend and her family. I know the kids would love this.

Trisha D. said...

a birthday party for my twins, then its a 3way birthday after then, then it my other twins 6 bdays in the next 2 months!

amanda said...

I'm a teacher, and I think I'd host an end of the semester class party.

macd9900 at gmail dot com

jsc123 said...

This would be perfect for my sons 4th birthday party in September.
Thank you so much for the giveaway.


jennem said...

A DInosaur Dig party.
Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

Amanda said...

I would host a star wars party for my boys!
winnieayala at yahoo dot com

jmajor4870 said...

i would have a princess themed party for my grand daughter.

Deborah said...

I'd host a "welcome home" party for my son, daughter-in-law and my first grandbaby when they visit while on leave from the USAF next December. I can't wait!

crystalf said...

My daughter's birthday party is in a couple of weeks so I would use it for that. We are having a softball party for her since that's her favorite thing in the whole world. lol Thank you!

A Mom's Take said...

I would use these at the upcoming church daddy daughter dance I'm in charge of putting together! :)
janel_marie at yahoo dot com

Bakersdozen said...

I would use this for my daughter's upcoming birthday. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

mail4rosey said...

We have two family birthdays coming up this summmer; I'll be hosting them both and this would surely come in handy.

Donna said...

My daughter wouldove it for her birthday.

Gianna said...

A birthday party!

Party store said...

I’ve reading with full of interest. He’s certainly raised my awareness.