Monday, October 31, 2016

Creatures of the Night - The Aftermath

Goodness, haven't the last six weeks just flown by on large leathery wings? There has been so much to get ready for Creatures of the Night, the insomniac  feels she has been completely neglectful of her online world other than for purposes of promotion. Despite her absence, countless followers worldwide conveyed their delight in the event - liking and commenting on her posts, expressing their regret in being unable to attend, sending cards and gifts in the mail including the following envelope that arrived the day after the event, postmarked Wales and addressed to the insomniac  but with no return address:

Thank you ever so much, anonymous person ...

Your generous gift shall be framed and displayed
prominently in the Little Gothic Cottage. 

Many weeks were spent hunting and gathering props from various thrift and dollar stores, bringing the items home and transforming them into something more appealing unappealing. An entire week was devoted to perfecting the Black Martini recipe. A further two weeks were spent sewing outfits for herself and the long-suffering spouse. In retrospect, she may have waited slightly too long before beginning work on such a unique pattern as the Artistic Reform Tea Gown, which is quite different from most modern patterns although not terribly difficult - provided  one follows the instructions. It took two full days to sew on the thirty-five hook and eyes that hold the dress together, although one could probably have saved herself a bit of time by eliminating the last two five closures around the midsection, as they wouldn't do up anyway - that fact remained undiscovered until Friday evening, when it was far too late to do anything about it.

It was actually quite comfortable to wear, and will undergo
a few slight alterations to make it even moreso ...

The Long-Suffering Spouse aka Baron Samedi

The Photo Booth Coffin arriving a mere few hours before the guests themselves.

Those who follow the insomniac  on Instagram
will undoubtedly recognize #middlefingersteve, its creator ...

Behold ~ The Vampyre Tyler
trying out the new Photo Booth Coffin ...

Bugger off, Tyler. It's already spoken for.

L-R: Jessica Dolphin, Rachael, Cory, Meagan

Truly, every aspect of preparing for the event was immensely enjoyable, spoiled only by that one niggling worry, ever-present at the back of the insomniac's  mind - the Dreaded Dinner Speech. “Do I have to do it? Can I not pass this off to someone better qualified?”, she inquired of her event advisor. “Yes, you do.”, she replied. “This event is all about you and your brand. You can do this. Remember, everyone there wants you to succeed. You can't possibly be that bad a public speaker.”

And every day the week prior to the event, the spouse would ask, “Have you written your speech yet?” The response always being, “No. Not yet. I'm sure something will come to me one night when I can't sleep. Or maybe I'll just wing it. I wonder if it would be easier if I pretend it isn't really a speech at all, and merely a normal dinner conversation with 44 of my closest friends? Should I drink? I think I'm funnier after I've had a few. Oh, I don't know. Couldn't you just do it for me?”

At 11:00 pm the night before she sat down to write, making sure to include all the points she'd been instructed to, and none of those she was advised not to. Considering the condensed time frame it was actually a pretty decent speech, ranking right up there with some of her better blog posts.

After everyone was seated, the insomniac  vaguely remembers getting through most of the important information leading up to the first course, but instead of the Tentacled Calamari on a Bed of Wilted Greens, the Skewered Alligator Kabob came out in its stead and things went rapidly downhill. Speech revisions were needed, as the wording depended on the order the food arrived at the table; there was no pen handy in the non-existent pocket of the Artistic Reform Tea Gown to make said revisions; the harpist was playing such hauntingly beautiful music it seemed downright rude to interrupt her; people were laughing and chatting making it difficult to be heard ... it just seemed easiest to give up even trying to finish. Except for that one stellar moment when the insomniac decided to leap up from her chair and shout, “Who here ordered the boar?” and after a few guests hesitantly raised their hands (likely worried some dire consequence was about to befall them from having chosen that particular entrée), then bellowed, “Isn't that the best thing you've ever tasted?”. Possibly not her exact words - she may have tossed an expletive in there, too. The evening was kind of a blur by then.

The attention to detail the guests put into their costumes
nearly brought the insomniac  to tears ... truth.

Therefore, in future should you wish to hire the insomniac  for your next Creepy Event, know that she will take care of every minute detail from start to finish, as long as you understand she prefers to lurk anonymously in the shadows where she is most comfortable, and not dragged kicking and screaming (but mostly whimpering pathetically) into the limelight, where she is not. So you will also need to hire yourself a Qualified Emcee.

The insomniac  has added a Creatures of the Night 2016 photo album to the Insomniac's Attic Facebook Page (one of many important Social Media skills she has gleaned during the past six weeks) and would dearly love guests and staff to forward her any photos of the event so that she might share them with the rest of her darkly-inclined followers around the world.

To all the attendees of the inaugural Creatures of the Night Moonlight Soirée, the insomniac  wishes to express her profound gratitude in helping make this All Hallows' Eve one of the most memorable she's had in a very long time. Happy Hallowe'en, everyone. Blessed be. ❤

IA


I'd like to thank the following people who helped make this event the success it was: Erin Kergen, Event Manager Advisor and Social Media Expert; JJ Ludwig, Owner of the Rockyview Hotel; the Rockyview staff, all of whom went above and beyond that evening - Cory, Krista, Meagan, Rachael, Adele and Andrew; the amazing Psychic Medium Jessica Dolphin - Power of 3; our Haunted Harpist Adrienne Schipperus; the talented stylists at Boogaloo Hair Design; Tyler Kergen, Vampyre and Event Photographer. And finally Chef Cristian, who delighted us all with the most delicious meal, very little of which I was able to consume. Of the few things I actually remember from that evening, the Chardonnay sauce bathing the freshly-speared boar is definitely one of them.

Freshly-Speared Boar, Exotic Toadstool Risotto, Bloody Beets

A Note to the Offspring: When the time comes, please bury your Sainted Mother in her brand new Photo Booth Coffin (since it's a perfect fit and already paid for) wearing her Artistic Reform Tea Gown ... those last two five hook and eyes shouldn't be an issue once rigor mortis has set in. And can't you both just picture the mourners filing past the casket, remarking on its unusual burgundy lining (next project) and her stunning tea gown as they pay their final respects, and you reply, “Yeah, that was mum's thing - she enjoyed making things look creepy. She kinda had a knack for it.”

39 comments:

  1. What an event! The photo booth coffin is gorgeous. Worthy of a place among any collection of fine furnishings. I love your dress too - very Victorian mourning gown. I am sorry public speaking got in the way of your good time. I detest it and am always so relieved when it is over. Please share some of the items you thrifted and subsequent makeovers. I would love to see them. Happy Halloween. Glad to have you back in the blogsphere!

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    1. Isn't that coffin amazing, lady M? Because we were kind of rushed to get it finished, there might be a few additions made in future - like a viewing window or something. I really like the dress but again, because I was rushing, I sewed up the front wrong and it needs to be taken apart and redone. Still, I'll wear it again. :)

      I really wanted to do the emceeing even though I KNOW it's not my thing. Anyway, I never have to do it again! A lot of the items will be going back to the thrift store, but I did make a couple of things I'm keeping and will definitely share!

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  2. Ooops - forgot to comment on the long suffering spouse. He looks fabulous. I told Lord M he should be Baron Samedi as he has the top hat and walking stick but he declined. He just had a good chuckle over your long suffering spouse. His Lordship can relate!

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    1. He looked great, I agree! Just like His Lordship, it's definitely not his thing though. ;)

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  3. Oh, my!! Your Artistic Reform Tea Gown looks BEAUTIFUL!!! And the Spouse's outfit is utterly splendid too! You did a smashing job, Lynne! The pictures are wonderful!!

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    1. I've been saving both those fabrics for probably ten years, Emma. I knew it would come in handy some day! lol The spouse likes his new vest, and we got lucky at the thrift store finding his Ralph Lauren suit jacket for $10. The most expensive part of our outfits was his top hat, but I think that was totally worth it. Awwww, thank you!! ❤

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  4. You did a truly amazing job - This looks completely wonderful. I do love your gown and your husband's ensemble. Your talents know no bounds, dear lady.

    That freshly-speared boar made my mouth water and wow! That coffin, is it really yours?

    Congratulations on your success and Happy Halloween ♥

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    1. Thank you, Yvonne - so sweet of you to say!

      The boar was absolutely delightful, and I'm very sad I was too nervous to eat much of it. And yes - the coffin is now mine! Because it was finished to close to the event, we didn't get to complete it quite as planned. In future I will make a stained glass viewing window and rummage around in my fabric bins to line it with a burgundy satin I have stashed down there somewhere. lol

      Thank you so much! Happy belated Hallowe'en to you too! ❤

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  5. My goodness. I have great jealousy and sadness that I was unable to attend. But from the reading of your post, and seeing the pictures posted here, you have rivaled anything I have ever seen/attended, and that includes New Orleans (high praise here). And the long-suffering spouse... fabulous. I am off to look at more pictures on FB!

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    1. Wow, I really AM flattered you think it's as good as anything you've seen in NOLA, Debbi! One of the guests was telling me he'd spent Hallowe'en in Savannah and how many amazing events there were down there during October. Makes me really want to travel south one year so I can experience all those things myself! Didn't he look great? More pictures to follow ... :)

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  6. Always " planning the next event " I see! Hahahah! Well if you want it done right! (. Rolling on the floor laughing out loud! )
    Right out of amovie! Your hard work and non stop planning GLOWS! everywhere! Bravo Mistro ! You and your Top Hat escort where fabulous! You set the BAR high clever girl! Drop the mic, curtsy, no SLEEP! Huge applause and hugs! xoDebi

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    1. The one thing I'd change is that I wish I'd started planning this event way back in June, Debi! I like things done well ahead of time, so that when the inevitable occurs and I sew up my dress incorrectly, I have time to fix it. lol

      Baron Samedi looked great, didn't he? He even got his butt pinched a couple of times over in the saloon, so I guess we're not the only ones who thought so. lol ❤

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  7. Congratulations on such a successful event! You got through it, and now you're the owner of your own vampire's coffin. How neat is that? Lurking in the shadows or not, I suspect that the event's attendees would like a repeat performance next year. You now have a reputation to uphold.

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    1. Thank you, Nightwind! I did make it through, and it has been agreed that I never need try to do the emceeing myself at any future events so I can really enjoy them - meaning I can drink! lol

      I know! My own coffin. How cool. I think it'll be at hit at HorrorCon. ❤

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  8. Amazing. I agree with Nightwind. It will be hard to top this one and you know they will want to.

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    1. Thank you, Rhonda! And I think I'm ready to try ... we shall see. ❤

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  9. I am so impressed by your organizational and decorating talents! And I mourn for the fact that I couldn't be there. It looks and sounds like it was fantabulous (and I love boar).
    I miss chatting with you on FB. Happy Halloween!

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    1. Thank you, Ms. Misantropia! Give me a couple more days to recover and I'll be in touch on FB. Happy Hallowe'en to you! ❤

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  10. These photos and your wonderful writing style have made me feel as if I was there!! I have such a big smile on my face! :) Your gown is beautiful, your long-suffering-spouse so handsome, your guests so fabulous - what a delightful soiree! Blessed Samhain to you! ♥♥

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    1. Do you mean you could actually feel my embarrassment at the whole botched speech business? lol

      Thank you! I would definitely make that gown again - despite the 35 hooks and eyes, it really is a delight to wear. Those big billowy sleeves are very dramatic although you can't see them very well on the mannequin. I don't think anybody got a picture of me that night though so you could see them in action - surprise, surprise! ;) Blessed belated Samhain to you, Siobhan! ❤

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  11. Oh, that was an amazing event! You are a wonderful organizer! I loved the whole Halloween mood which we can see in the pictures, and listened to the harp - enchanting sound! Haunting sound indeed!
    The coffin photo booth - amazing invention!

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    1. It was such fun Hindustanka - I might need to do it again next year! The harpist was enchanting - I'm not sure I've ever actually heard one in person. I think I may have only seen them on TV!

      The coffin photo booth will get a lot of use at other conventions I attend, I'm sure. lol

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  12. OMG! That's AMAZING!!! Perfect Party!!! And the coffin photo booth...!!! So cool!!!

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    1. I think everyone had a good time, MK! I can't really remember, and not because I was drinking - just too darn nervous! lol I love my new coffin! I think it just needs a stained glass viewing window and it will be perfect. ;)

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  13. This is really amazing! Well done, I bet everybody had loads of fun. Wish I could have been there.

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    1. Thank you, Natalie! I think they had a lot of fun - I hope they did! I wish you could have been there too. I wish everybody out in blogland could have come. ❤

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  14. I adored every word of this post. Everything from your tendency to procrastinate--we are related, aren't we?--to your wit and creepy yum, which I'm more than surprised doesn't translate into public speaking. Then again, my writing skills always laugh at my lack of reading-aloud skills, so I guess I understand.

    Everything looks so wonderful--the people, the food, the coffin...

    One day, I might be able to attend. I wish, I wish, I wish...

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    1. Awwwwww thanks, Magaly! And I firmly believe I do my best work under pressure. lol

      Public speaking is definitely not my thing. I wanted to give it a good try though, thinking maybe now that I'm more “mature” it might not bother me so much. WRONG! Some things never change, I guess.

      I wish some day you'll be able to attend, too. But if not, we'll always have New York. ❤

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  15. Bravo and a standing ovation! Be still my beating Heart when I beheld that Gown against the backdrop of that Magnificent Mantel and Fireplace!!! These are the Events that Create great Anticipation and amazing Memories! Job well done... Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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    1. Thank you, Dawn! The gown does need some adjustments which unfortunately involve taking apart the bodice from the bottom, as the instructions were kind of vague and now it sits crooked. lol But I do love it, even if I can't get those last five hook and eyes done up! I had such a good time with this event, I'm starting to plan things for next year already - I think I'll just skip right through Christmas. ;)

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  16. What a fantastic event. Beautiful gown, wonderful decorations and fabulous location. Huzzah!

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  17. Think I started to comment on your post event synopsis and lost my internet connection a couple weeks back... First, kudos to your coffin builder, that is a beast to behold for sure! Yes, I could see that being stylish for your final sleep someday! Your husband is a great sport as well, looking all creepy in his costume. at least I hope that is his costume, if not, I suggest just a little more time in the sun might be in order. ;) I can only imagine the amount of work that goes into the details of such an event, the least of which is that amazing dress! Did I miss the photo of you in your dress? Mostly I just want to know where you find that level of energy. I'm so happy it was such a success and sounds like planning is already in order for next year. Very cool!

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    1. Your internet connection sounds a lot like our internet connection! Isn't the coffin amazing - it was very last minute, so it's definitely going in for some alterations. Stained glass viewing window, anyone? And yes, the spouse is definitely a good sport, although if I do another one next year I think I might be out of luck for an escort. There's a limit, you know. ;)

      NOBODY thought to get a picture of their hostess that night, Mark - can believe it?! And I had my hair done with bits of moss tangled up in it, I even wore makeup and matched my deathly pallor to the spouse's, plus my fangs were definitely on point! Bwahaha - sorry. As for my energy, it seems the more I have on my plate, the more energy I have - when there's not much to do, then I get bored and blue. Now if I could only learn to pile less of the things I don't much care for on that plate (like kale) and more of the things I absolutely love (mac and cheese), it would help. ;)

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  18. I love the pictures from you event! The tabledecorations looks amazing. And I really want that coffincabin that people where photographed in, haha!
    If I ever have a creepy event arranged I most definitly would like to hire you!

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    1. Thank you, Lesthi! I was a little sad I didn't have time after the restaurant closed for the day to decorate the tables as much as I would have liked - you know how I like everything to be CROWDED! I'm very excited about the coffin photo booth, and am going to probably write a blog post soon on How NOT to Line a Coffin. ;)

      Awwww, thanks! That means a lot. ❤

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  19. Oh, everything all just looks too, TOO divine! Here's hoping you will repeat the event in 2017! Now I'm off to your FB page to look at more photos!

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    1. Considering how nervous I was, it was still the most fun I've had in absolutely ages, Debra! I definitely want to repeat the experience again next year. :)

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