Monthly Archives: October 2013

Party Themes

mardi gras masks


One of the harder ideas for party planning is coming up with a theme.  You want it to be fun, you want people to remember it – but MOST of all, you, THE HOST, should be able to enjoy your party too!

So – mild to wild – here are some suggestions…… and don’t worry – we have links for FOOD and for some GAMES and even – for those who have read the book – a follow up set of Book Club Questions that you can share with your party-goers, or plan a second to discuss the book!!

So – Simple party ideas :

A book club meeting – whether or not you’ve read the books – a book club is a great way to start a buzz:  check out the reviews and blog posts – show people how excited you are about the books – serve some snacks.   Yeah – basic and simple – but sometimes that works best for you and your friends.

You want to go one further – THEME your party by color or place (we’ve seen a great idea for a RED party) to match the book cover:  food and drink will all be red, guests asked to wear red.  Or go to Paris: serve french-inspired food, wine and cheese, set up a slide show on your computer with images from Paris….use Google earth to see the streets and imagine yourself there.  Play with funny french accents!    You can also use Los Angeles theme – dress up as your favorite stars and have a red carpet show – play dress up – have FUN with it.

Mexican Themed party – a pinata ? Tequila?  What about those who don’t drink? Or what if you want to make it non-alcoholic?  Mexican chocolate (with a touch of cayenne) makes a lovely hot cocoa…

Girls Night In party – remember the fun pajama parties when you were a kid? Have everyone come in lounge wear – then just get silly and have fun.  Play games, do makeup, play with the tattoos !

Storage Locker party – We all know that the journals that started this story were found in a storage locker.  So why not play with that idea? Go to the very back of your closet and dig out a bag-full of things you will never use.  Everyone at the party gets to search for a new ‘treasure’, and then donate the rest to your local church, salvation army,  or shelter.   You could even amp it up and run an auction with monopoly money – use the big winner’s bag as the door prize winner!

Wine Tasting party – you can also do this with vodkas, scotch, just about anything you want. Just be sure to have either cabs or a designated driver to get all of the attendees home safely!

Cookie Swap – it’s that season – everyone will bring a specific amount of cookies – packaged – you arrive with a bunch of your own cookies – you leave with a nice mix!

Giving Thanks party – for heroes for servicemen, the list goes on and on… perhaps ask your guests to bring items that you will send / give to the firestation (goodies – they love food) or send overseas to a serviceman.  You are only limited by your imagination!

What will come in your pack?  

A paperback copy of If I Were You: Inside Out # 1 by Lisa Renee Jones
Journals – like Rebecca’s Journals
Dragon Fans and Temporary Tattoos
Plus we will try to include some fun ‘customized’ items to supplement your party theme!
**** items can change at any time due to availability issues…****

Hosts:  will receive a t-shirt donated by XOXO After Dark

Adult themed parties:  we are getting a ‘mixed box’ of items from Adam and Eve: you can get some sexy goodies.

There are more bits to come or be added – please feel free to offer suggestions and ideas in the Facebook Group!


Hi there! This is a walk through to help you get started with Evite!

1. Go to

2. In the upper right corner click “Register”

3. Please fill out your information, or for easier access login with Facebook. Once you have completed the form, hit the green “Register” button.

4. On the next screen you will need to click the green “Create an Invitation” button
5. On the left hand side of the screen you will need to click “Upload Your Photo”

6. Please pick out a design for your invite. You will then see your invite and the stock photo that is already in place. Now click the camera icon that is on the stock photo:

7. A screen will pop up prompting you to pick your picture for the invite. At this time hit “Browse” and find the picture you have picked out for your invitation:

8. Once your photo is uploaded, scroll down and fill out the information about the party. Then on the right hand side pick your preferences for RSVP details. I suggest keeping the default setting and then you may change the answer options to your liking:

9. Below the “RSVP Style” section, click the “Notifications” and choose your preference.

10. Now click into the “Hide Guest List” section. This is an important section for our events. Please make sure the box next to “Make the guest list only visible to the host.” is NOT checked. The organizers of the parties will need access to the guest list from time to time and they need to be able to see it.

11. Guest Options is next. It will be easier on the organizers if everyone will register by themselves (with the exception of children) so it is recommended that you do not allow for guest options. Of course we encourage you to invite as many people as you can but, for head counts and other aspects it would be best if you did not allow guest options.

12. You are now done with your current screen and can hit continue at the bottom. The next screen will allow you to invite your friends by their email addresses. There are also options to input your email address book and grab names from there as well. Remember to separate email addresses by commas.

13. Once you have entered in all email addresses hit “Finish and Send” at the bottom

14. At the very top of the screen you have the option to share your invitation on Facebook and to view your invitation. Share if you would like but, then select “View This Invitation”

15. The page you are on now is the event page. The organizer will need this page url eventually. Here you can start a dialogue with your attendees and they can converse back. You can also keep track of who is coming and who is not able to make it. A big tool on this page is the option to “export to excel” this will allow you to have an Excel spreadsheet of everyone you invited and their responses. I’m sure the organizers will request this from you when the final tallies are being made for your party. You can also add pictures on your event’s wall and share to social media platforms from this page. Here you can also edit your invitation if there is any change and it will allow you to alert the attendees as well.

16. Congratulation you have created your event! We are so looking forward to having you  host these parties. Please let us know if you have any questions about the Evite process or anything else.

Reading Order for the Inside Out Trilogy

For those familiar with the series, there are also a set of novellas that are meant to accompany the full length books of the trilogy.  In fact, the reading order for this series is as follows,

Bestselling Author  Lisa Renée Jones » Inside Out fulllength

If I Were You: Inside Out Trilogy # 1 – full length novel  < This is the book option currently available to party attendees and hosts!  

Rebecca’s Lost Journals, Volume One: The Seduction

Rebecca’s Lost Journals, Volume Two: The Contract

Rebecca’s Lost Journals, Volume Three: His Submissive

Rebecca’s Lost Journals, Volume Four: My Master

Being Me: Inside Out Trilogy # 2  – full length novel 

The Master Undone: Inside Out Trilogy #2.5  novella length

Revealing Us: Inside Out Trilogy # 3 – full length novel 

Bestselling Author  Lisa Renée Jones » Inside Out Series Information

About Lisa Renee Jones

– New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed Inside Out Trilogy which has sold to more than ten countries for translation Lisa Renee Jones Headshotwith negotiations in process for more, and has now been optioned by STARZ Network for a cable television show, to be produced by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland).

Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 30 books with publishers such as Simon and Schuster, Avon, Kensington, Harlequin, NAL, Berkley and Elloras Cave, as well as crafting a successful indie career. Booklist says that Jones suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann.

Prior to publishing, Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

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