Welcome to the blog tour for A Wrinkle in Time! In honour of the upcoming release of the film adaptation (March 9th), our resident Totally Lit Parties expert Corrie has put together a themed party planning guide!
I could not be more pumped for the new A Wrinkle in Time movie, so obviously I celebrated the best way I know how: with a party!
For the invitations, keep it simple with a card that mimics Mrs. Who’s explanation of the tesseract. Fold a 6” x 12” piece of scrapbook paper at the 2, 4, 8, and 10-inch marks. Use a hole punch and brads to attach a piece of yarn that stretches across the unfolded length of the card. I drew a cute little ant on the front of my card, as well as two more ants 'walking' across the taut yarn above the party details when the card is open. Use washi tape if the cardstock doesn't stay closed on its own.
For an added wrinkle, create the invitations with galaxy paper and silver or gold ink.
What to Wear
Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin all dress in ordinary clothes, but there's plenty of otherworldly inspiration.
• Mrs. Whatsit - “several scarves of assorted colors were tied about the head, and a man’s felt hat perched atop. A shocking pink stole was knotted about a rough overcoat, and black rubber boots covered the feet.”
• Happy Medium - “She wore a turban of beautiful pale mauve silk, and a long, flowing, purple satin gown.”
Other great costume ideas include the Red Man and Aunt Beast.
• Take a Hike: Charles Wallace finds the house of Mrs. Who, Whs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Which while wandering around the wooded area near the Murrys' farmhouse. Check out a local trail or take a stroll through a neighborhood park and see what you can discover.
• Love Letters: Mrs. Murry never gives up hope that her husband will return, writing and mailing him letters every week. Write your own (romantic or not) love letter and send it off!
• Dance Class: While on Uriel, the trio sees creatures moving in “what Meg was sure must be some kind of dance.” Try your hand (or feet) at a dance style of your choosing.
• Jump: When they first get to Camazotz, the trio encounters a neighborhood where all the kids are either bouncing balls or jumping rope in perfect synchronization. Grab a jump rope or two and learn some cool jump rope tricks. Take turns being the ones swinging and jumping. If you need some inspiration, check out some double Dutch competition videos.
• Chameleon: Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin try not to stick out too much when they first arrive in Camazotz, but they end up giving themselves away. Recreate this attempt to fit in when you don’t quite know the rules by playing Chameleon. In this game, everyone (except the chameleon) knows the secret word. Then, everyone takes a turn saying a word related to the secret word, trying to prove they know what it is. Everyone is on the lookout for the Chameleon, and the Chameleon is trying to figure out the secret word before they get caught.
• Trapped: When the kids finally find Mr. Murry, “he stood quietly as though frozen in a column of ice.” Recreate this with several different options, depending on how permanent you want the results to be. For mine, I put a Lego minifig into a clear container with a sealable lid and used aqua beads to mimic the suspension aspect. Once water was added, the beads turned translucent. This setup can be taken apart and reassembled over and over again. For something more permanent, a two-part epoxy or clear resin will do the trick.
• Glasses: Mrs. Who gives Meg glasses that allow her to see the prison cell that held her dad. See the world differently by making your own 3D glasses. I used a cheap pair of children’s sunglasses for my frames, but they can also be made from cardboard or paper. To make the lenses, you will need red and blue Sharpies and a sandwich bag. Trace the shape of the lens onto the sandwich bag. Color each lens, cut them out, and adhere them to the frames using hot glue or tape. Find a 3D videos on YouTube to test out your new specs.
• Watercolor: When Meg is reunited with Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which, and Mrs. Whatsit, they appear to her like a watercolor with blurred edges and colors running together. Make your own watercolors without the paint, with watercolor paper, small bowls of water, paint brushes, and water-soluble markers. Start by drawing your design on the paper using the markers. Then wet the paint brushes and run them over the marker lines to soften lines and blend the colors. After the paper dries, you can apply more layers of marker and water. A similar effect can be achieved with Sharpies and rubbing alcohol.
• See the Movie: Of course, the movie will be in theaters March 9th, so making it a group event is a must!
Tasty Business and Boozy Beverages
Before Meg and Charles Wallace set out on their adventure, they're with Mrs. Murry in the kitchen late at night during a storm, enjoying hot cocoa and sandwiches. The next morning, Mrs. Murry makes everyone French toast. All of these would be fine options for your menu.
You could also serve your guests the Red Man's turkey dinner for Meg and Calvin (although not the one that tastes like sand to Charles Wallace). Alternatively, explore the grocery store for anything similar to the "strange fruits and beads" that Aunt Beast would eat. The Gold Rush would be my suggestion as a stand-in for the indescribably delicious drink that Meg is given during her recovery, but any of your favorite drinks that packs a punch and tastes great will do.
A Wrinkle in Time Blog Tour
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A Wrinkle in Time will be in theatres on March 9th, and the movie tie-in edition of the book is available now.
Corrie Golando lives in Lafayette, IN, with her husband and two greyhounds. She spent 10 years as a middle school/high school English teacher, and her students gave her a love for all things YA. When she's not working at the high school library, she is writing fanfiction and doing something crafty. She has a love of all things coated in glitter, much to her husband's horror.