How to throw an elegant but entertaining Halloween party using these 16 chic decor ideas for any Halloween event or dinner party you are hosting this October.
It’s always been a desire of mine to host a classy Halloween party. Something about dry ice cocktails, mysterious decor and awesome food elements bring serious inspiration to my entertaining passion. I’ve not reached that age that dressing up and going to a crowded bar on Halloween night simply is not appealing anymore. In fact, the past few years Halloween nights have consisted of making spiked apple cider, cuddling up and turning on Hocus Pocus, and other related Halloween movies. While it has been a good change of pace then the years spent having 3 different costumes for each night during the Halloween Weekend, (hellllllo, college..you were SO fun!), I am hoping by this time next year, John and I will be able to host a Halloween event of our own! In the meantime, I searched high and low for the best possible decor inspiration and tips if you are throwing a party of your own!
If you’re hosting a Halloween themed dinner party or would like to provide appetizers for your guests (which I always deem necessary if you are serving alcohol), there are tons of ways to cook up some treats and goodies into Halloween themed bites thanks to trusty Pinterest. If you want to go the fancier route with quality appetizers and a full meal, focus on textured and colored foods to really play off the Halloween theme. Think dark squid ink colored pasta, seasonal produce like figs, brussels sprouts, and persimmons and don’t forget to provide protein to sustain your guests. I personally love the use of dark linens, apothecary jars and moody hues of the food similar to this gorgeous all black Halloween dinner party. Once you have your menu, adding the finishing touches on a table is easy!
What is a Halloween party without spilling over dry ice and an epic, interesting dessert bar for your guests to “oooh” and “ahhh” over?! Adding dry ice at a beverage station will catch guests eyes, and will make serving up cocktails throughout the party just so much fun! During a party, you never want to be solely serving your guests or preparing drinks, so consider setting up a Halloween bar car with simple beverages that guests can help them selves to when they are ready for a refill so you won’t have too!
A great substitute to the classic Halloween candy I really gravitate to is this Olallieberry Chocolate Layer Cake that would look great on a dessert bar. The gold flakes add a touch of elegance and the dark display of chocolate frosting is simply mouth-watering! Set the stunning cake on a gorgeous marble and gold stand, supply small plates with a cake cutter and you’re good to go!
Black Candy Apples and Pumpkin Bruschetta will be a serious talking point at your event, if you do it right! The recipes and methods of creating these two goodies are simple and delicious. Pro tip: black candy can be a bit messy and may turn teeth dark during consumption, so consider gifting them as a party favor with a little note letting guests know instead of serving them at your event!
Not necessarily spooky, but fabulous nonetheless is a DIY Pumpkin Ice Bucket. To create, hallow out a pumpkin, paint the exterior white and add ice for an instant way to chill your beverages. If you desire a more haunted look, paint the pumpkin matte black instead of white. Pair the set up with classic gold rimmed coupes or stylish martini glasses and get ready to pop the bubbly on Hallow’s Eve!
The two of these inventive ideas are relatively simple but instantly take haunted to the next level and will fit in seamlessly at your event. If you happen to own a small glass dome, purchase a rubber snake, spray paint it white and mold it into a striking position with wire. Pair this DIY with ‘spirits’ made from foam mannequins with cheesecloth attached via clear glue. For an extra touch, place a fan on low-speed near the ‘spirits’ to watch them move delicately during the Halloween event.
With a little creatively, you can create no carve DIY pumpkins into something interesting and non-generic that scream Halloween! This Fresh Floral Moon Pumpkin could tie into many different themes, and allows completely control of what color flowers you want to use in the moon shape itself. I can’t help but imagine how classy black flowers would appear against the black matte paint, too!
What’s a Halloween party without replacing bottle labels with something spooky and bone chilling instead? These free apothecary printables will upgrade the wine, liquor and beer bottles you are serving to provide an instant conversation starter for guests. If you’re not displaying bottles of alcohol, you can create something similar as decoration instead for the same creative effect. Thrift stores and shops like the Goodwill always have many of these that you can purchase cheaply, or use bottles you have lying around your kitchen such as wine and olive oil bottles.
Additionally, this quick and easy Tortured Candle DIY will take less than 5 minutes and require simple standard white pilar candles, a red candle for dripping wax onto the white candles and short black nails to insert into the candle. So spooky, yet so simple! Elevate on holders for an extra touch.
This DIY Floral Skull Centerpiece creates a series statement that would work especially wonderful on a tablescape for a Halloween dinner. When choosing the florals for your bouquet, go with deep colors and funky looking stems for the greatest impact. Purchase a vase skull here and get to arranging!
Marble balloons are popping up everywhere and I am totally onboard with the chic and modern look they give off! If plain balloons are more your style but you want to make it a tad more interesting, add some netting over a plain balloon for a seriously cool and inventive look. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different colors to tie into with your existing decorations or party theme colors, too!
As highlighted previously in my 30 Minute DIY Pumpkin article, these constellation pumpkins are so unique and give off just the right amount of flicker for a mystical, astronomical vibe that can be displaced anywhere at your event. As always, choose pumpkins with interesting stems too!
Perhaps one of the easiest DIY’s that make a bold statement are these Painted Black Branches. Add long candlesticks in gold holders, and all your guests will praise you as a creative genius!
All in all, you really can’t go wrong with hosting a Halloween event and I can just about guarantee that most people are still wondering what to do for Halloween! To keep a modern feel, I suggest straying away from cheesy decorations, and instead use the ideas in this guide to create a memorable event!
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