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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Friday the 13th


So Friday the 13th is coming up this Friday...do you have any plans to celebrate everyone's superstitions??? Well, here are a few ideas in case you want to celebrate this "unlucky" day....

There are 3 ways to go with this theme:

First, you may be thinking of going the gory route in honor of the movie, Friday the 13th. This is where hockey masked Jason Voorhees, who drowned at Camp Crystal Lake as a boy due to the negligence of the camp staff, decides to commit mass murders. If so, this is easy...just pull out all your scary Halloween decorations with hockey masks, machete's, fake blood, and throw in some ripped and bloody camping supplies and you're good to go!



The second, and most popular way to celebrate this day is to deal with people's Superstitions! Obviously, if your friends take superstitions very seriously, they should not come to the party or they will be extremely offended. So, find 12 of your closest friends to come and then you'll have 13 people partying it up on the 13th!


Decor should either be all black or black and white....representing lucky and unlucky. There are a few must for decorating...black cats, a ladder set up for your guest to walk under when they enter the house, open umbrellas around the house or as centerpieces, large sea salt spilling out of shakers, a few pennies facing down, a mirror that looks broken (use candle wax or a black marker to make "cracks"), also use sidewalk chalk to make cracks on your entry steps and sidewalk, and some hats on the table.






When you do decorate or make food, display items in groups of 13. Make this evening a little spooky with candles all over the house. You can even ask your guest to wear all black. It may also be fun to watch some scary movies, tell ghost stories or even invite a psychic to the party.

Your playlist should include a few favorite songs....
  • "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder
  • "Black Magic Woman by Fleetwood Mac
  • "Only Superstition" by Coldplay
  • "Witchy Woman" by The Eagles
  • "Good Luck, Bad Luck" by Lynard Skynard
  • "Witchcraft" by Frank Sinatra
  • "Evil Eye" by Black Crowes

Here are some Common Superstitions:
  1. Friday the thirteenth is an unlucky day
  2. A rabbit's foot brings good luck
  3. An apple a day keeps the doctor away
  4. To find a four-leaf clover is to find good luck
  5. If you walk under a ladder, you will have bad luck
  6. If a black cat crosses your path you will have bad luck
  7. To break a mirror will bring you seven years bad luck
  8. To open an umbrella in the house is to bring bad luck
  9. To find a horseshoe brings good luck
  10. Step on a crack, break your mother's back
  11. You can break a bad luck spell by turning seven times in a clockwise circle
  12. Garlic protects from evil spirits and vampires
  13. Our fate is written in the stars
  14. At the end of a rainbow is a pot of gold
  15. Clothes worn inside out will bring good luck
  16. Wearing your birthstone will bring you good luck
  17. If you blow out all of the candles on your birthday cake with the first breath you will get whatever you wish for
  18. To have a wish come true using a wishbone, two people make a wish, then take hold of each end of the bone and pull it until it separates. The person with the longer end gets his or her wish
  19. An itchy palm means money will come your way
  20. A beginner will always have good luck: beginner's luck
  21. A cat has nine lives
  22. Eating fish makes you smart
  23. Toads cause warts
  24. A cricket in the house brings good luck
  25. Crossing your fingers helps to avoid bad luck and helps a wish come true
  26. It is bad luck to sing at the table
  27. It is bad luck to sleep on a table
  28. After receiving a container of food, the container should never be returned empty
  29. A lock of hair from a baby's first haircut should be kept for good luck
  30. A bird that comes in your window brings bad luck
  31. To refuse a kiss under mistletoe causes bad luck
  32. Goldfish in the pond bring good luck
  33. Goldfish in the house bring bad luck
  34. For good luck, wear new clothes on Easter
  35. An acorn at the window can keep lightning out of the house
  36. If the bottom of your feet itch, you will make a trip
  37. When a dog howls, death is near
  38. It is bad luck to chase someone with a broom
  39. A sailor wearing an earring cannot drown
  40. To find a penny heads up, brings good luck
  41. To cure a sty, rub it with a gold wedding band
  42. Animals can talk at midnight on Christmas Eve
  43. A drowned woman floats face up, a drowned man floats face down
  44. A person cannot drown before going under three times
  45. To drop a fork means a woman will visit
  46. To drop a knife means a man will visit
  47. To drop a spoon means a child will visit
  48. To drop a dishcloth means bad luck is coming
  49. If you shiver, someone is casting a shadow on your grave
  50. To make a happy marriage, the bride must wear: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue
  51. The wedding veil protects the bride from the evil eye
  52. Washing a car will bring rain
  53. You must get out of bed on the same side you got in on or you will have bad luck
  54. Evil spirits cannot harm you when you are standing in a circle
  55. A cat will try to take the breath from a baby
  56. Warm hands, cold heart
  57. Cold hands, warm heart
  58. It is unlucky to rock an empty rocking chair
  59. To kill an albatross is to cause bad luck to the ship and all upon it
  60. Wearing an opal when it is not your birthstone is bad luck
  61. Smell dandelions, wet the bed
  62. To give someone a purse or wallet without money in it will bring that person bad luck
  63. A forked branch, held with a fork in each hand, will dip and point when it passes over water
  64. Friday the thirteenth is an unlucky day
  65. A rabbit's foot brings good luck
  66. An apple a day keeps the doctor away
  67. To find a four-leaf clover is to find good luck
  68. If you walk under a ladder, you will have bad luck
  69. If a black cat crosses your path you will have bad luck
  70. To break a mirror will bring you seven years bad luck
  71. To open an umbrella in the house is to bring bad luck
  72. To find a horseshoe brings good luck
  73. Step on a crack, break your mother's back
  74. You can break a bad luck spell by turning seven times in a clockwise circle
  75. Garlic protects from evil spirits and vampires
  76. Our fate is written in the stars
  77. At the end of a rainbow is a pot of gold
  78. Clothes worn inside out will bring good luck
  79. Wearing your birthstone will bring you good luck
  80. If you blow out all of the candles on your birthday cake with the first breath you will get whatever you wish for
  81. To have a wish come true using a wishbone, two people make a wish, then take hold of each end of the bone and pull it until it separates. The person with the longer end gets his or her wish
  82. An itchy palm means money will come your way
  83. A beginner will always have good luck: beginner's luck
  84. A cat has nine lives
  85. Eating fish makes you smart
  86. Toads cause warts
  87. A cricket in the house brings good luck
  88. Crossing your fingers helps to avoid bad luck and helps a wish come true It is bad luck to sing at the table
  89. It is bad luck to sleep on a table
  90. After receiving a container of food, the container should never be returned empty
  91. A lock of hair from a baby's first haircut should be kept for good luck
  92. A bird that comes in your window brings bad luck
  93. To refuse a kiss under mistletoe causes bad luck
  94. Goldfish in the pond bring good luck
  95. Goldfish in the house bring bad luck
  96. For good luck, wear new clothes on Easter
  97. An acorn at the window can keep lightning out of the house
  98. If the bottom of your feet itch, you will make a trip
  99. When a dog howls, death is near
  100. It is bad luck to chase someone with a broom
  101. A sailor wearing an earring cannot drown
  102. To find a penny heads up, brings good luck
  103. To cure a sty, rub it with a gold wedding band
  104. Animals can talk at midnight on Christmas Eve
  105. A drowned woman floats face up, a drowned man floats face down
  106. A person cannot drown before going under three times
  107. To drop a fork means a woman will visit
  108. To drop a knife means a man will visit
  109. To drop a spoon means a child will visit
  110. To drop a dishcloth means bad luck is coming
  111. If you shiver, someone is casting a shadow on your grave
  112. To make a happy marriage, the bride must wear: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue
  113. The wedding veil protects the bride from the evil eye
  114. Washing a car will bring rain
  115. You must get out of bed on the same side you got in on or you will have bad luck
  116. Evil spirits cannot harm you when you are standing in a circle
  117. A cat will try to take the breath from a baby
  118. Warm hands, cold heart
  119. Cold hands, warm heart
  120. It is unlucky to rock an empty rocking chair
  121. To kill an albatross is to cause bad luck to the ship and all upon it
  122. Wearing an opal when it is not your birthstone is bad luck
  123. Smell dandelions, wet the bed
  124. To give someone a purse or wallet without money in it will bring that person bad luck
  125. A forked branch, held with a fork in each hand, will dip and point when it passes over water

For food, you can be very creative here by going gory or sticking to the "unlucky" theme. 

Chicken feet are considered a delicacy all over Europe. Look for them at your local butcher shop and follow a hot and spicy recipe, as that is how they are traditionally served. 

Black squid pasta might freak out your pals...but adding a few dollops of fresh ricotta and parsley will round it out nicely. 

Black Pudding (also known as blood pudding) is actually a British delicacy. Yes it is made using pig's blood, but it also incorporate onions, pork fat, oatmeal and other ingredients. 

A horseshoe-shaped cake is a fun way to wrap up the party. Use Wilton's pan and decorate yourself or order one from your favorite bakery. Pair it with a few chocolate-covered fortune cookies for fun. 

Chicken wings may be the best because of the legend that your luck can fly away. 

Anything white, like eggs or white cheese, is perfect because white is a Chinese symbol of death.


The third way to celebrate Friday the 13th is to decorate with all "Lucky" items. 

Include good luck charms such as a rabbits foot, acorns, four-leaf clovers, ladybugs, horseshoes, crystals, wish bones, rainbows & a pot of gold, the number 7, dream catchers, coins, elephants, shooting stars, wishing well, ect.  Here's a list of 27 Good Luck Charms used around the world that you could decorate with: 27 Good Luck Charms

Serve lucky foods like the ones in this link by Martha Stewart: Lucky Foods as well as this one: Lucky Foods

Common Lucky Foods:
  • Grapes
  • Lentils & Beans "shapes of small coins"
  • Fish "swim forwards"
  • Black Eyed Peas "humility, inviting good fortune"
  • Circular Food "shapes of coins for wealth or things coming full circle"
  • Long noodles "longevity of life"
  • Green foods like spinach "color of money"
  • Pork "fat of the pork brings prosperity"
  • Cornbread "gold food represents prosperity"
  • Pomegranates "smashed on the floor in Greece"

Hope you have a fun and "lucky" day!
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