Sweeney Todd Party #tbt

In the spirit of Throwback Thursday, I thought I would share a past party I hosted. I picked a fun one from nine (I can’t believe it’s been that long!) years ago. Enjoy this look back at a college kid entertaining friends on a tight budget!

The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

As I have mentioned on my About Me page, I have been involved with theatre for many years (more than half of my life!). One of my favorite musicals is Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. I’ve also always been a Tim Burton fan, and when I learned about his film version of the show, I was excited.

Sweenet Todd excitement
A photo of me the night I went to see it in theaters – proof of my excitement.

Needless to say, once the movie came out on DVD, I bought it.  Not too long afterward, I learned that there was a Friday the 13th coming up.  What a perfect day to have a viewing party!

You Can’t Imagine the Rapture In Store…

I invited a handful of friends, and strongly encouraged everyone to wear costumes. What’s a good viewing party without related costumes?

I dressed up as Mrs. Lovett, as she is one of my dream roles and makes for a fun costume.  To create her look, I used a white blouse I already owned, a corset I had purchased a while before (because everyone needs a good corset!), and I grabbed two skirts from my local Goodwill – one white and one black.  I finished the look off with curtains from my mother’s upstairs room (yes, really – use what you have!) and baby powder in my hair.

A couple friends dressed up in costumes as well – they were inspired by the character of Johanna.

Mrs. Lovett
The final result – don’t the curtains look great?

We fried meat pies (not made out of people, in case you were worried) and served strawberry cake.  I took an old tablecloth and added some hand prints and blood splatters with red tempura paint.  I also cut some cardboard and created a cute little Fleet Street sign.

After dinner we all snuggled up and watched the movie – we had a blast!  It was inexpensive, simple, and tons of fun!

These are my friends…


Fleet Street
You can’t imagine the rapture in store, just inside of this door.


Johanna and Mrs. Lovett


meat pie
There you’ll sample Mrs. Lovett’s meat pies…


Mrs. Lovett
I really loved this costume.


There you have it!  As you can see, I’ve always had a creative knack for a fun get-together.  I really enjoyed this party, and I feel like maybe one day I should re-do it and make it really big.  Perhaps for Halloween one year?

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