Twilight Party

Now you are probably wondering why a mature lady like me- notice I did not say old lady- would want to involve herself in Twilight? It’s fun-ny. A handsome teenage vampire who has this charming magnetism attracts this clumsy, sullen, mature beyond her years- or is she?- human teenager. Our book club chose to read Twilight as a few of us have pre-teens or teenagers exposed to this book. It produced a lively discussion and we then decided to watch the movie together as well. My neighbor Theresa hosted and we watched Twilight all curled up together on her fluffy sofa. Some of us had been completely sucked into the series reading all four books and thirsting for more, while others have never even heard of Twilight and the cult following that it has created. So with a bunch of OME’s (Oh My Edward!) exclaimed the Forks Dorks enjoyed this teen sensation.

I always find it fun to have theme inspired treats at gatherings like this and came up with a few goodies to share. Theresa had provided plenty of red drinks for this BYOB- bring your own blood- event. She served red wine, red seltzers, and some bubbly water. She also served up generous bowls of popcorn and pretzels.

Since Edward has this tongue-in-cheek way of describing his family’s dietary choice as “vegetarian” as they only dine on animals and not humans a vegetarian dish was in order. Spinach Artichoke Dip is a great crowd pleasing dip touting rich cheese and herb flavors.

Fire and Ice Shrimp is a spicy shrimp dish when served up cold is delicious. I usually make this shrimp dish with the shells still on the shrimp for a nice peel and eat style meal but thought that that would be too messy for our movie night. This dish makes plenty of sauce and can be served as a meal over rice if you leave the shells off. The ladies liked the name of this dish, named appropriately for Edward and Bella’s differing body temperatures.

Lastly we needed something sweet, rich, and chocolaty. My Cream Cheese Sheet Cake was a perfect medium for piping various Twilight themed words such as Edward, Vampire, Wolf, Bella, blood types, and OME. The cake was served on Forks.

We had so much fun watching this movie that we have decided to watch more movies together especially ones made after books we have read in book club. Twilight the movie was not as good as the book, the acting was weak and some of the cast was not near what any of us had pictured while reading the book. I pictured James Franco as Edward. Who did you picture? But I do have to say that the music was beautiful, the scenary was breathtaking, and my favorite scene was the baseball game for the music, artistic appeal, and color.

Thanks Theresa for hosting, it was a bloody good time!

Fire and Ice Shrimp
2 pounds medium sized shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/3 cup canola oil
1/2 cup soy sauce
fresh ginger, 3 inch piece peeled and chopped
1 T. vermouth
4 bunches scallions cut into thirds
1/4 cup sugar
1 T. red pepper flakes

Put shrimp in hot oil and saute until just pink. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for about 5 minutes. Do not over cook. Can be served hot or cold. Makes plenty of sauce to be served with rice or plain as an appetizer.

I am so far behind in blogging, commenting, and reading my favorite blogs. I miss you guys! Now with spring in the air, I have been busy. I am still reorganizing the BRK, we painted and changed some bedrooms around- with the help of Ma and Dad, went away for Spring Break, had company-Ma and Dad, and built a raised garden at school for my Botany students with the help of my Dad- he did most of the work. I have so much to tell you and so many posts to write. I still have my own gardens to work on but it has gotten cold agian. Some day.


  1. Rindy R
    Posted April 20, 2009 at 6:43 AM | Permalink

    So glad to see your back – what a fun party. I had the whole series of books in my hand at Costco – and put them down. It looked like too much of a commitment this time of year! You make me want to go back and buy them.

  2. Sabrina
    Posted April 20, 2009 at 8:05 AM | Permalink

    The ‘Forks Cake’ is hilarious! Love that idea. Great job. Oh, and I will definitely try the shrimp.
    I agree that the movie wasn’t near as good as the book but that is usually the case.
    Can’t wait to hear about your busy week. Welcome back.

  3. noble pig
    Posted April 20, 2009 at 10:53 AM | Permalink

    Seriously, what an awesome party! That is just all so creative. thanks for sharing with us!

  4. Kate
    Posted April 20, 2009 at 11:31 AM | Permalink

    I *completely* agree that James Franco would have made a fantastic Edward Cullen. I have not seen the movie — my adult sister has — but did read the book at her insistence. We both agree James Franco would have been perfect casting.

  5. That Girl
    Posted April 20, 2009 at 12:01 PM | Permalink

    Thatboy LOVED the series, but I have never been so annoyed by a book in my whole life. I got so angry reading it that I was advised not to continue the rest of the series. Nevertheless the movie came out on Thatboy’s birthday so I got to see it in theaters. I actually found it 100 times more bearable than the book.

  6. Maria
    Posted April 20, 2009 at 12:14 PM | Permalink

    I haven’t seen the movie yet. I read the books though. Fun snack ideas!

  7. Grace
    Posted April 20, 2009 at 12:43 PM | Permalink

    and here i thought you’d dropped off the face of the earth! welcome back, and with a cute party idea, no less. looks like loads of fun, and i haven’t even hopped aboard the twilight train yet. 🙂

  8. Dawn
    Posted April 20, 2009 at 12:57 PM | Permalink

    fork dorks! LOL you so crazy!
    I tried to get into all that twilight stuff…nothing
    :::start the crickets chirping:::

    Love that cheese sheet cake!

  9. Sara
    Posted April 20, 2009 at 3:09 PM | Permalink

    I totally want those shrimp, oh and that cake too :). Looks like a fun party!

  10. Cottonpickinfarm
    Posted April 20, 2009 at 5:44 PM | Permalink

    I read the books, then let my 14 year old daughter read them. Then we went to the movie together.

    What a fun idea to read and discuss it in your book club! Love your creative ideas. I wish I were there with you.

    I’ve been to Port Angeles and Forks, WA. It is really a lot like they described in the books.


  11. EAT!
    Posted April 20, 2009 at 7:32 PM | Permalink

    So I am behind the times and haven’t read the book or seen the movie. I read as slow as molasses or maybe I just have a short attention span.

    I could really get into reading if I knew there was a party with such good food involved.

    I am off to find my library card.

  12. Sheila
    Posted April 20, 2009 at 8:05 PM | Permalink

    I haven’t read or seen this but I love having theme parties and it looks and sounds like you had a great time.

    I have been missing from the blog world, too. Life has taken a turn for the busy and there is just not time to blog right now. It happens. I look forward to reading your posts when you are able to share with us!

  13. unconfidentialcook
    Posted April 20, 2009 at 8:39 PM | Permalink

    My daughter would have loved this party–she has read all the Twilight books twelve times each! Those shrimp look so good!

  14. Peter M
    Posted April 21, 2009 at 6:37 AM | Permalink

    You're not the only one a little busier…no worries. I'm diggin' the name and look of fire & shrimp…almost! Now I'm singing Pat Benatar's Fire & Ice! lol

  15. Sophie
    Posted April 21, 2009 at 12:20 PM | Permalink

    This is such a cute and fun idea! I love the themed dishes. I just hope that vegetarian dip is ‘vegetarian’ in human terms and not Edward’s :D!

  16. biz319
    Posted April 21, 2009 at 4:55 PM | Permalink

    besides the shrimp – I loved the fork cake!!

    My sister’s sister-in-law has had her lawn forked before – I’d never heard of it before then!

    Don’t worry about how often you post – you’ve been busy . . . we’ll be here when you get back! 😀

  17. Jenn@slim-shoppin
    Posted April 21, 2009 at 5:31 PM | Permalink

    What a great party!

    That sounded like a great group to be with and the food looked awesome, especially the shrimp and the cake!!

    Thanks for sharing with us!

  18. Elyse
    Posted April 21, 2009 at 11:07 PM | Permalink

    Awww, sounds like you guys had a totally excellent time!! What a fun thing to do. And I just loved your themed foods. Those shrimp look incredible. Oh, and by the way, I ADORE James Franco!

  19. The Duo Dishes
    Posted April 23, 2009 at 1:04 PM | Permalink

    Just saw this lovely shrimp dish and had to let you know that it sounds delicious. A little sweet and spicy with the tang of soy sauce. Love that.

  20. Mara (The Wedding Cabaret)
    Posted April 27, 2009 at 12:32 PM | Permalink
  21. Ingrid
    Posted April 29, 2009 at 10:53 AM | Permalink

    How fun! I enjoyed the books myself though wasn’t crazy about the last one.

    You did a great keeping the themed goodies. Thanks for the recipe. My kids love shrimp especially when they have a kick to them.

  22. Anonymous
    Posted August 6, 2009 at 12:07 PM | Permalink

    This looks like a fun idea! My friends and I have been trying to get together for theme nights and I LOVED the Twilight series and the movie! Can't wait for the New Moon movie sequel to come out in November! Thanks for these fun ideas!

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