HOW I STAGED A GAME OF THRONES THEMED PARTY, part 1
It’s been long since October 8 2011, the night I threw a birthday bash inspired by the fantastic work of George R.R. Martin and the spot-on HBO adaptation. For some reason, I didn’t post anything about it on any social network back then. Now, I reflect on how it came to be and the final product, which was everything I hoped it to be (and more) thanks, in no small part, to the help of family and friends. Let’s dig in…
• The project
With HBO’s new series lighting my geek world in fire, I immediately knew what I wanted to do for my birthday: celebrate it, ICE AND FIRE-STYLE, with an elaborate themed party that’d stay inside a limited budget (of about $100 bucks), and that’d be monetary accessible to my guests as well. That last part was particularly important, as every one of them needed to choose a character to role-play as and buy their own costume to portray it. My standards are pretty high, so anyone in just plain rags wouldn’t have cut it for me…and everyone knew it.
• Facebook as an event organizer
Two months before the proposed date of the party, I started a Facebook “Event” page to get the planning and hype rolling amongst my friends and family. This turned out to be an invaluable resource of communication between the guests and me (as the host). It also opened a direct channel of discussion on where to find the best deals on costumes, party ideas, etc. As crazy as this might sound, the planning (and consequently, the end product) benefitted from this IMMENSELY.
• “Win or die” week
As the date approached I gathered dozens of pieces of carton, huge and small, from unused displays at the store I work in and recruited help in the form of two of my best friends, Ana and Nicolmarí, and my mom to assist me in the creation of the decorations that’d grace the entrance to the house and what we’d already deemed “The Throne Room”, (or my house’s garage where the actual party would take place). After stocking up on paint and yards upon yards of red and white fabric to create a decent number of house banners, we started work on them. Crafts have never been my thing, but I ended up hand painting the vast majority of the banners myself. Cray-cray.
We also started work on the Iron Throne, an on-the-budget replica of the iconic seat of power of Westeros as seen in the TV series. As days pressed on and the work intensified, the house became a construction zone full of cardboard and fabric debris, paint stains on the flooring and increasing amounts of stress. Saturday (the day of the party) arrived and with it the time to install all the decorations we’ve worked on so hard for the previous 4 days. That day saw the Iron Throne finally come to fruition. It was such a fantastic sight for all of us to see everything as previously envisioned come together in such a great way and with only hours to spare.
Coming up NEXT!
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