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Tami Hern, organizer of the sneak peek screening of "Twilight" balances a fake apple on her head in a photo booth.

HAYDEN - As the Twilight era was moving quickly toward closure Thursday evening, no one was brooding at the Hayden Cinema 6.

A flock of fans gathered in the movie theater's lobby for a private VIP party, a last celebration of all things Twilight before the 10 p.m. screening of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," the fifth and final installment of the wildly popular series featuring otherworldly romance and rivalries.

Party guests danced and played games as they prepared to bid adieu to Edward, Bella, Jacob and the rest of the Twilight gang. For some, it was a bittersweet send-off.

"It's been kind of a big part of our lives," said Lucy Miller.

The Post Falls 24-year-old said she and her friends looked forward to each of the films based on author Stephenie Meyer's four fantasy romance novels.

Tara Warner, of Coeur d'Alene, said she was sad, that she would miss the franchise.

The Hayden Cinema 6 lobby was tricked out in the series' trademark dark and sparkly motif, with a little bit of disco thrown in. A DJ cranked out popular dance tunes as a bubble fog machine added a smokey haze to the room. Gothic-style candles, fake diamonds and rubies and feathers sat atop tables covered with black velvet. There were white chess pieces, red ribbons, apples and white and red tulips placed throughout the room, the images found on the covers of Meyer's books.

Some of the guests came out in costume.

Kristen Taylor, of Coeur d'Alene, and Alesha McCully, of Hayden, in their 30s, in makeup and capes, were among the older party guests.

"We're senior vampires," McCully said, laughing.

They had worn vampire fangs earlier, Taylor said, but the teeth just weren't working for them, so they took them out.

Curtis Deming, the theater's owner, said tickets for the final Twilight installment were essentially sold out by 8 p.m. Thursday.

Refreshments included candies disguised as "Dr. Cullen's Blood Pellets" and bottled water labeled "Type B" and "Type A."

The girls-only VIP bash was organized by Tami Hern, a Coeur d'Alene woman with a penchant for parties. Thursday's party was Hern's third Twilight event. She hosted a party a year ago at Riverstone, when the first chapter of "Breaking Dawn" opened.

"We've got a lot of teenagers who wanted to come out and have some good, clean fun, and I love to throw parties," Hern said. "We've got a lot of mothers and daughters here tonight."

Denali Connella, 11, of Coeur d'Alene, attended with her mother, and by answering a trivia question correctly (that Jacob, the werewolf is actually a shape-shifter) won herself a bag of treats that included favors from Bella and Edward's wedding.

During the party, they held a bone marrow donor drive, and 100 people signed up and had the inside of their cheeks swabbed. The swabs will be sent to an organization and added to a donor matching system, Hern said.

Party favors included bags of dirt from Forks, Wash., where the saga begins, and from Italy, where it ends.

"We'll have a moment of silence at the end as we say goodbye to Twilight," Hern said.

VIP tickets cost $27 and they covered the cost of the party only, Hern said.

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