IMG_2280The remake of Mother, May I Sleep with Danger premiered recently, and I’m so excited to share my pictures from the viewing party that I hosted! We set a big projector in the backyard, and had a bunch of our closest friends over to watch the movie together. Twenty years ago starred in the original version of the movie, as the daughter. And in this James Franco/Lifetime remake which is celebrating the 20th anniversary, I now play the mom! At one point in my career I was known as the ” TV movie queen”, because I did so many of them, and Mother, May I Sleep With Danger was always the most beloved… So much so that it became a cult classic! And every time one of my TV movies premiered, I always hosted a viewing party and made my famous lasagna. It was a little tradition/superstition, so for this one I had to follow tradition, but with a new take (just like the remake). So for this party, since it was a warm summer evening, I decided to rent an inflatable movie screen and projector and screen it as a “backyard movie night”. We had chic lawn chairs set up with blankets and tiki torches. Dean made appetizers and cocktails, and I made T’s Famous Meaty Lasagna. Take a look!

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To keep with the party palette of red, black, gold and white, we served lots of rosé, red velvet cupcakes, black cherries, popcorn in vintage chic red & white striped bags and (my personal favorite) gold M&Ms.

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The spread tasted just as good as it looked!

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Kids (and adults) love mini Babybel cheese wheels, and the red and black packaging couldn’t be more fitting. These vintage-inspired “camp” lanterns were the perfect accessory for an al fresco screening.

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Vampire teeth worked as fun favors for the guests, and also as inventive cake and décor details. Loved that book title – I’ve survived a few. (The book was actually a prop from a recent Lifetime shoot!)

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Dean made the specialty cocktail of the evening called “Mother May I DRINK With Danger?” A strawberry- rhubarb (my fave!) lemonade w/vodka and topped with Prosecco and dry ice and a No Danger version minus the vodka and Prosecco.

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Movie time!

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Nighttime outside was the perfect setting to watch the movie…

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There’s James!

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Absolutely loved Leila George, who played my daughter in the film. Fun fact – Leila has acting in her blood (no pun intended). She is the daughter of actors Greta Scacchi and Vincent D’Onofrio.

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Zoe Sidel, who plays one of the beautiful vampires, also comes from long, a prolific line of talented thespians. She is the daughter of Rosanna Arquette.

And then to end the night we brought out what I’m pretty sure is the first ever #lesbianvampire cake! As a tribute to the movies theme! Disclaimer: the cake was brought out AFTER the kids went to bed. It was definitely for adult eyes only! And my culinary hubby and I made it together! 

Hope you liked seeing my pics from the party! Did you have a chance to watch the new MMISWD yet? Would love to hear what you thought!



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