Life hasn't been the same since "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" left the air. But now, thank the Lord, we have "Reaper" Tuesday nights on The CW. In the same vein as "Buffy," "Reaper" makes us love to hate hell with its demons, evildoers and, oh yeah, the devil himself playing the role of Bosley from "Charlie's Angels" (well, sort of). It seems mild-mannered slacker Sam (Bret Harrison) has been recruited by the devil to hunt down escapees from hell with little more than a Dirt Devil and a prayer. His misfortune is our fun. Call your friends and tell them to get the hell over to your place it's time to party!
Setting the scene: Working in a big-box home-improvement superstore as Sam does sounds like hell on Earth, so you need to combine the classic accouterments of Dante's hell with the horrific details associated with acres of plumbing supplies and paint swatches. Change all your light bulbs to red ones and paint flames on everything in sight. Print "Invitations to Hell" on labels that will fit over cans of Sterno and send the flammable items to your guests along with small stones that will have to represent brimstone. Tell them to bring the Sterno and the stones because on party night you "plan to burn like the circles of hell" or at least keep the cocktail weenies warm.
Attire: Anything red devil tails or horns, aprons from your local home-improvement superstore ... you get the idea.
On the menu: We'd like to get Gordon Ramsay to cater, but our budget is limited. Make deviled eggs, devil's food cake, bananas flambe and for a beverage, we suggest a pitcher of Blue Devil Cocktails. Mmm, in the morning you'll feel like hell.
On the hi-fi: "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" by Charlie Daniels; "Old Devil Moon" by Frank Sinatra; "Like a Prayer" by Madonna; "Faith" by George Michael; "Sympathy for the Devil" by the Rolling Stones; "Highway to Hell" by AC/DC; "Shout at the Devil" by Motley Crue.
The showstopper: While a trip to Home Depot feels like hell to many of us, it might make more of an impression on your guests to move the party to Devil's Island off the coast of French Guiana. It was used by the French as a penal colony from the mid-1800s to just after World War II and was legendary for its quality of life or lack thereof. While you can't actually get on Devil's Island, tourists can check out the old prison facilities on Ile Royale just a short distance away.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times