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Our house just can't give the "hotel" vibe, so we're going with a haunted B&B theme. This came about largely because I've been dying to incorporate skeleton keys and some other factors* into a party for years and I'm finally going for it.

Long ways to go! All I know for sure is that the save the date, which I want to send by the end of the month, will include one of the note card sets (featuring a key motif) I've hoarded & an oversize metal key (from Michaels). I'm using the small white boxes from last year** and just need to decide on wording & get some fun packing material. Also, if I need to give any kind of back story or put a little package together for the invitation (also like last year).

We'll ask guests to come as guests (current or long-term) or staff. The current guest option gives an out to those who refuse to wear costumes. Long-term would be any period ghostly guest. Last year was the first time we asked people to wear costumes. Most people participated, but there are always one or two who won't (small guest list).

I know that I'm not great at executing all of the ideas I get, so I'm going to keep the decor simple: white sheets on all the furniture, "cobwebs," etc. But I do want to create a check-in desk with a message area, board of keys, etc. I think I can swing an elevator effect over a doorway I'd like to block off. I picked up an amazing old suitcase (such an interesting shape) that I'm going to chain up - IF I can find one of those baby toys that bounce around.

I look forward to seeing what everyone else is up to.

*House of the Long Shadows (movie) and Seven Keys to Baldpate (book movie was loooooosely based on). In both stories, a man thinks he's the sole inhabitant of a property (manor or inn), with the only key, but people keep showing up - all with keys. I also just like skeleton keys.

**Trying to use what I can from last year, as long as it makes sense (not going to force it)
 

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We did the Haunted B&B a couple of years ago. Everyone loved it - especially since we have been renovating our house for a B&B.
I got a pin made at Things Remembered that said "Inn Creeeper"
Got some old vintage suitcases to put by the check-in desk and an arm sticking out.
My invites were like a B&B Brochure.
I had a honeymoon suite with skeleton bride and groom.

One to have fun with!
 

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I too would love to follow along!
I've been working on a hotel/motel/B&B for two years now. I keep getting distracted and changing what exactly it is. So we settled on calling it an 'Inn'. Kind of a small hotel combo Dead & Breakfast style. LOL (I really need to learn to focus.) haha
 
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