Ever been to a party that’s just kinda gross? One that makes you feel uncomfortable as soon as you walk in the door, and the first thing you want to do when you get home is take a shower? No? Hmm. Well, after this party you will have.
There’s something about Dexter, starring Michael C. Hall and airing Sundays on CBS, that grays that area between right and wrong, between guilt and innocence, and that, kids, is exactly why we want to party to it. So let’s stick it to the man (assuming he’s guilty of something), then cover our tracks to avoid suspicion.

Setting the scene:
A little cleaving never hurt anybody — oh wait, yes it has. Even so, you’ve got to admire someone who takes the law into his own hands and helps even the body count against the bad guys. So let’s re-create a crime scene. First, get yourself a carpet remnant — this could get messy. Check out the video Blood Spatter 101 on the show’s official Web site and then re-create a great gory mess by taking a spaghetti-sauce-soaked sponge to the middle of the floor and hitting it hard with a hammer. You now have blood spatter. Then hire a local college kid to play a victim and have him or her lie in the middle of the living room floor surrounded by a chalk outline for the entire evening. Have folders (also available at the special features section of the official site) of Dexter’s victims lying around for perusal. Another interesting visual is Rorschach tests done in blood red instead of black.

We suggest rubber gloves, ponchos, booties and plastic goggles if you want to remain clean. But true followers can pre-spatter white shirts or lab coats for some authenticity. We also like anything from the Dexter store.

On the menu:
The promos for this show make breakfast the most violent act since the Inquisition. Try liver served on a postage scale, pate on a produce scale and, of course, Bloody Marys.

On the hi-fi:
Blood, Sweat & Tears Greatest Hits or just play the Dexter soundtrack, which features the show’s theme song, original score, and a host of Cuban and Latin songs to help re-create the Miami vibe.

The showstopper:
If you really want to hear some frightfully amusing tales of murder from the Greater Miami area, why not hire former Miami Herald police beat reporter and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edna Buchanan to speak at the party? Trust us, this gal makes murder entertaining.

Posted by:Michael Korb