Welcome back to Totally Lit Parties, a feature in which Corrie shows you how to throw YA-themed parties!
Hollywood secrets, new love, adventure -- Everything Leads to You has it all, and it's the perfect way to celebrate the start of summer.
For my invitations I made a record with a letter inside containing the party details. Trace a circle onto cardstock, cut it out, and color it to look like a record. (For added authenticity, make it a Patsy Cline record!) I found my small envelopes on Etsy, but you can make them yourself instead. For the invitation 'letter', I used blank business cards.
What to Wear
When Ava goes to the penthouse, she has to 'look the part' to make sure they’ll let her in. Use a character generator to give everyone an identity, then match your clothing choices to the character.
If dressing like a character isn’t your thing, aim for Hollywood casual or California chic so that you look effortlessly cool but comfortable for partying.
• Estate or Garage Sale: Emi and Charlotte make incredible secondhand finds both for movie sets and their own lives. Look up estate or garage sales near you to find some treasures of your own.
• Old Hollywood: Clyde represents the American Western. Connect to the nostalgia of Old Hollywood by watching a classic. If you’re stumped, check out the AFI Top 100 list.
• Botanical Prints: Emi orders botanical prints for decorating Juniper’s room. While the prints are gorgeous, they turn out to not be right for the film and end up unused.
Make your own botanical prints with paper, acrylic paint, and leaves. Choose leaves that have strong veins to help provide a contrast (e.g., mint leaves). Coat the leaf in a thin layer of paint; it might take several tries to figure out the right amount. Press the leave paint-side down onto the paper, and apply pressure to create the imprint. Some leaves will hold up to multiple prints, but others won’t.
• Olive Oil Cake: Ava brings over the ingredients for olive oil cake to celebrate her movie offer. As she makes the cake, she shares a little bit about her backstory, and the scene is exactly the sort of thing Emi would see as a small but perfect movie moment. Share stories while cooking with your friends -- and you’ll get to enjoy the cake together, too.
• Film Dreams: Shoot your own movie using the book, your imagination, or a favorite show or movie as inspiration. Think about the meaning behind every prop like Emi, get into a character’s head like Ava, and execute a vision like Theo.
• Local Gems: Whether it’s knowing the location with the right aesthetic, the perfect place to shop, or the best food for brainstorming, part of making a movie is knowing where to find what you need. Take a tour around your town with stops at your guests' 'perfect spots' for food, fun, entertainment, or artistic value.
• Solve a Mystery: Emi and Charlotte find a letter in a record that turns into a summer-long mission to figure out what happened to Caroline. Solve your own mystery through 5 Minute Mysteries, a website that contains hundreds of short mysteries to solve. You can even create your own mystery league to continue solving mysteries long after the party is over.
• Do Something Epic: All Toby asks of Emi is that she do something epic, without saying anything else on the subject. Take his advice; the rest is up to you.
Tasty Business and Boozy Beverages
Homemade or otherwise, olive oil cake is a must for your party. Enjoy it with Ethiopian iced tea (recipe here). Another great snack to serve are plain (not ginger, not lemon) cookies. For something more substantial, order your favorite take-out; it'll be much better than Emi’s burnt toast.
Do you have any other Everything Leads to You-themed party ideas? Let us know in the comments!
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.