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Published May 14th 2013
Embrace your inner lunatic with a super moon/full moon party
If weather permits the night sky in the Earth's Southern Hemisphere will be bathed in brighter-than-usual light when a 'Super Moon' makes its presence felt on Sunday 23rd June, 2013. In Melbourne the full moon will rise at around 9.33pm.
What is a Super Moon? The phenomenon known as the Super Full Moon occurs when the distance between Earth and its moon are at their closest, and the moon may appear 14% larger, and also brighter than usual. In 2013 the 9.30pm rising is a more family-friendly prospect that it may be in other years. You can calculate the moon rising in other locations here.
So what might a Super Moon Party, or a Full Moon Party, look like?
There are a variety of approaches depending on your clientele. Will your gathering be outside, or behind large windows? A 'Lunatics Lounge' with comfy chairs or beanbags may appeal, or perhaps your party will hone in on moon trivia and games, or footage of moon landings? Consider your party goers and decide whether you'll provide something for everyone, or streamline your 'attractions'.
Dressing the Space Silver and white are a spacey option that will add to the atmosphere. White will also lighten outdoor areas at night time. Wrap deciduous tree trunks in silver foil and suspend foil balls from the branches with fishing line. Complete lunatics can take this idea further and cover downpipes, bannisters, pillars and the letterbox.
You can also drape your house with clear fairy lights if you have them. Old Christmas stock could come in handy. Serviettes featuring stars, and starry decorations could make a mid-year appearance.
Lighting Lighting is an important consideration, and shouldn't detract from the moon as the guest of honour. In any case, the state of the moon will hopefully bathe you in soft moonlight. Bear in mind that it will be pretty dark before the moon makes an appearance. Dot tealight candles along interior window sills, or make use of transparent lanterns outside. If your indoor lights have dimmers, now would be the time to use them. A crackling fire in an outdoor location is also a lovely idea.
Music Background music can add to your party, and there are many songs that refer to the moon. 40 Songs about the moon. Classical buffs may prefer Beethoven's 'Moonlight Sonata' or Dvorak's 'Song to the Moon'. Alternatively, invite a musician or two to provide gentle background music on piano or acoustic guitar.
Dress Code Make it a white and silver dress code for guests, or else favourite science fiction characters if they're into dressing up. Invite guests to bring cameras so they can take photos as the moon rises.
What you serve is a personal choice. Perhaps you will weigh into the theme with items in a crescent shape. Here are a few other suggestions:
Cheese Platter (the moon is made of cheese isn't it?) Blue Moon Cheese, Midnight Moon Cheese and crackers. Mooncakes – traditional Cantonese food Martha Stewart's Stars and Moon Cake Craters of the Moon Cake, with imaginative instructions to engage space nuts in the moon adventure process of mixing.
Milky Way chocolate bars (rather than Mars Bars)
Moonrock cakes – ok so they're rock cakes with a twist.
Depending on when your party begins, and the age group involved, you will require more or less entertainment. You could have a moonwalking, or howling at the moon contests, but you'd better be on good terms with your neighbours!
Telescopes are not as uncommon as you think. Ask around to find out if friends or acquaintances have a telescope and would be prepared to bring it along. Some organisation hire, but they are generally in high demand for events such as this, and chances of getting one for this event are probably limited. Still worth a shot though.
The information from each of these sites can be milked to create your own moon trivia game if that's your bag.
If you start early enough you might make it a film night party before the main event at 9.30pm. There are plenty of films about the moon, including Apollo 13 and Wallace and Gromit's A Grand Day out' which can of course be procured from your local video hirer. Films about moon / space are listed here.
All that stands in your way now is the will, and inclement weather. You're welcome to share more ideas and feedback in the comments box. Happy Lunatic-ing.