Why didn’t the ghost dance at the Halloween party? Because he had no body to dance with! ;)
Happy almost Halloween, friends! I absolutely adore Halloween and love dressing up each year. Past costumes include the Michael Jackson Thriller look, the Joker, Willy Wonka and Cruella De Vil. I’m always looking for a good Halloween party to dress up for, so this week, let’s focus on how to throw your own spooky soiree (and then you can invite me!).
Step One: The Decor
A really easy way to get a bunch of Halloween decor like plates, glasses, napkins and other decor is a Spooky Soiree Party Perfected Box. It helps take care of the little details that will tie up all the loose ends for your party so you can focus on the rest. Head here to check it out.
Halloween is a really fun holiday to decorate for because I think there are so many easy DIY crafts you can do to help decorate for a party. I have tons of them saved on my Pinterest that you can browse through, but I’ll touch on couple favorites here.
The first one is for the lazy folks out there - don’t worry, you are understood here. This is such a simple way to make your bathroom spooky - just some red, washable paint. Add a couple of fall candles and the bathroom is set!
Next up: a cheap option. Head to your local Dollar Tree and you’ll find most of these supplies there. You’ll need a foam skull, some black (or something for your party’s color scheme) paint, a small glass and some fake flowers (white, or your color scheme). Get the rest of the instructions here.
Another reason Halloween decor is fun? A lot of it can involve food. I think this Jack-O-Lantern chips and dip is so cute and funny.
Step Two: The Playlist
Don’t be the ghost in our joke - invite other people to your party and have a petrifying playlist. A few must-have songs to put on it:
There are a few playlist suggestions saved on my Pinterest - head here to check it out.
Step Three: The Food
Again, this is a place where you can easily mix decor in, which is a ton of fun. For example, the chips and dip Jack-O-Lantern I shared above makes for frightening finger food.
For something that’s a bit more substantial, try making Jack-O-Lantern stuffed peppers. They may take some really good knife skills, but if you nail them your guests won’t stop gushing over them.
And of course, you can’t forget dessert. There are so many different things you could do for some sweet, spooky treats at your party, like Jello worms, brain cake, black candy apples, or different flavored caramel apple slices.
Step Four: The Drinks
Finally, let’s talk BOOze. First, it looks like a purple people eater to me. With blue curacao, grenadine, and cranberry juice, this drink is super sweet and tasty.
If you’ve got someone willing to play bartender for the night or want to show off your own skills, The Red Queen cocktail looks absolutely delicious and chilling. It’s made with cranberry juice, Hendricks gin, St Germain Elderflower liqueur and lemon juice. The full recipe is here.
And, of course, you can’t go wrong with some champagne or wine out of the gold champagne flutes that come in the Spooky Soiree Party Perfected Box.
And that’s it! All you need now is a great costume and your party shoes. Have a fabulous fright night, party people!
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