Handsome Hubby and I hosted a Halloween Party on Saturday night.
Thanks to the generosity of Shawn from Seriously, HH and I were fabulous vampires. She loaned us these great costumes. We got compliments on them all night long and people were amazed to hear that a bloggy friend I’ve never actually had the pleasure of meeting in real life would mail these from Florida. (My make-up isn’t reading as scary in the pictures, but that is only because I’m next to Mr. White-Face here… I look like I’ve been in a tanning bed next to him!)
I spent weeks slowly pulling together the little details for this party. It is the type of thing that brings me joy. I had a blast doing it.
We set up a tent over our grass, but then decided against putting the canvas on. Instead we left the frame up and ran icicle lights along the framework, letting them “drip” into the middle, creating a chandelier effect for the table.
I had been collecting sticks and branches and spray painting them black. I suspended them from our patio cover.
I love how it turned out. The effect was exactly what I wanted. In addition to the branches, I took empty glass jars (jelly, spaghetti sauce, etc) and wrapped wire around them. I filled them halfway with rock salt and wedged taper candles in the salt. It was really cool. (Cheap and easy… you know how I love cheap and easy…)
My multi-use chandelier had been painted orange and it hung in front of our front window as guests walked up.
I draped black tulle around my temporary Halloween plates….
… and Grant and I spent some time tracing bats onto black card-stock, cutting them out and taping them to the wall. He had a great time creating a bat “colony.” Double stick tape and some black feather boas turned my lampshades into something Halloween-ish.
I had been hating my mantel, but 2 giant black branches made it better.
There is so much fun to be found in the details. I lit a red candle and let the red wax drip down the white candlesticks. Bat clip art popped into frames or temporarily glued onto a platter helps to add to the overall effect. (Did I mention cheap and easy? This was free and easy since I already had printer ink & paper and candles….)
Personally, I think the most important part of any party is The. Bar.
I decorated planters and used chandeliers I already had.
I’d never used this spiderwebby stuff. I like it.
For this planter, (which is not doing too well because the dog keeps hopping in there and trampling plants) I tossed in a few pumpkins and extra branches that I did not have time to spray paint. I spread the spiderwebs all over everything and put candles behind it all. The effect was great.
While the decor is fun, it is no good at all without good friends.
Snooki and this 80’s spandex/hair band rocker were my favorite costumes of the evening. (You have NO IDEA how normally buttoned down and reserved this rocker is in his real life. Hysterical!)
It was sooooo much fun. I had such a great time.
There were lots of things I had intended to do: Black roses made out of coffee filters…. paper mache spiders and pumpkins…. dry ice in jars, hanging from the patio cover along with the candles…
But here’s the thing: unless my party guests read my blog, they have no idea anything was missing. The only person who knows I didn’t get it all done is me. (And, well, you guys…)
I guess I’ll get to those things next year. For now, I better just concentrate on cleaning up the aftermath.