Scandal in Bohemia: A Sherlock Halloween Party

I guess I should just come out and say it. Just in case you haven’t figured it out on your own.

I’m a nerd.

Books, movies, TV shows, pretty much anything with a plot, I can get behind. There are few things I will go full nerd for, but BBC’s Sherlock is one of them. 

My splendid writer’s group threw a Halloween party last week in honor of the splendid show. Everyone was invited for evening tea and asked to come in costume. My friend and fellow
Inklykr, Anna let us host at her house and helped me put the party together and I am so proud of the result. The pictures below are the results of a spectacular evening! Hopefully you will be inspired for your own murder mystery party or a Sherlock series three viewing party on January 19!

Both above and below are pictures are pictures of our tea table. Everyone looked splendid and really enjoyed the look of the dining room. The long black candles were my favorite touch! The candles added a great effect on such a rainy Halloween night. The table runner was made up of pages from The Return of Sherlock Holmes and the placemats were full-page spreads from an obscure novel I found falling apart at a used bookstore. I hated tearing apart the books, but the look was totally worth it.

Our food table decorations are pictured above. I printed off antique poison labels and taped them to empty glass bottles my mom and Anna had around the house and from various antique shops. I also came across an old battlefield map which looked great beside my Complete Sherlock Holmes. Anna also let us use her antique Underwood typewriter to put on the desk in her entryway. She made a wonderful arrangement on the desk which is pictured above center.

No party is worth its salt without a photobooth! Above, you can see we’ve made our own copy of the wallpaper, which you can print for yourself here. (It’s not perfect, but in the pictures, can you really tell? We printed eight panels on 11×17 paper to cover our photo-space.) Anna made the amazing props which we all had plenty of fun with.

For my costume, I decided to go as Irene Adler from the second season. I’m not a big cosplay person, but I figured this was a go-big-or-go-home affair, so I paired my peplum top with my white pencil skirt and called it good. My mom was a life-saver with my hair. I found a great tutorial online, but found it too difficult to do myself. The make-up was fairly simple. Green eye-liner and red-lipstick and you’ve got Irene. Here’s a great make-up tutorial that explains pretty much what I did to achieve the look.

I had such a wonderful time on Thursday and am so proud of how everything turned out. Pin and share the pictures and let me know what you think!

5 thoughts on “Scandal in Bohemia: A Sherlock Halloween Party

  1. Oh my goodness, I can't even say how much this post made me happy. We are huge Sherlock fans, and are squealing with delight until January. All our friends who watch bootlegs are gloating about having seen it already, but I'm not ready for it to be over yet…even though it hasn't started. Part of the fun is the suspense, waiting week to week for the next episode!

    I found your singleness blog first, and hopped over here. I absolutely love both of your blogs–you're very much a lady after my own heart (except I do love cats, haha)! I am now married, but I didn't marry as young as my friends, and during my season of singleness, I wanted so much of what you've done here. Just to wait well. I also vowed to never forget what it was like to be single, and the Lord has left a stone of remembrance in my heart–and a special place–for singleness. There's something very, very special and unique about that journey with God, and there are times I even miss the things God was doing in my life then.

    Thank you for the pleasant read, amazing pictures, and the kindredness I found here, sister!


  2. Jen, you have no idea how encouraging it was to receive this comment! And I'm glad you enjoyed this post. I had a blast putting on the party. And let me tell you, January cannot come soon enough! I totally agree with you, the agony of the wait is half the beauty. I pine after new episodes in hope of a wonderful pay off in a couple months.

    Thank you for sharing a bit of your story. I love hearing about God's faithfulness on the journey of singleness of other women and am thankful for women like yourself that are willing to glean what they can from such seasons. Having women like yourself who have been there and understand have been a wonderful blessing to me.

    I just checked out your blog and was incredibly pleased by what I found there! I am always looking for guest bloggers. If you're game, please feel free to email me! I'd love it!


  3. Awwww, it was a lovely pleasure getting this comment back! 🙂 I would be tickled to death to guest post. I haven't had much of an opportunity to do that, and since I already adore your blog, it would be a delightful honor!


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