With Halloween only a few weeks away, your party planning should be in full swing. This season, you should think twice before picking up the rubber bats and spiders and instead, be bringing more sophistication into your spooky night. There are a few ideas that you should consider to make sure you have a classy, yet eerie, event with products that you would want to use all year round.
In terms of setting the mood, think about using long, dark fabrics, such as drapes for your windows. These curtains do not have to be black with cobwebs on them. Instead, they can be dark grey with perhaps a black damask pattern—really any pattern that suits you as long as they are dark. Maroon, orange, dark purple, and gold are other options besides black and grey that can provide a sense of fall that will get guests into the Halloween spirit.
You should have a display table, one that does not have messy confetti or silly string—unless you are hosting an event with children because then they could help. But if you are throwing an adult affair, again, think of fabric for your table. The same suggestions also apply to table décor. You do not need to buy expensive tablecloths, instead look at fabric stores, like Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, which charges roughly $4 per yard depending on the fabric. Measure your table so that you have the right dimension to cut out. Overall, this is a way to pick out patterns and fabrics of your choice without giving you the feeling that you are spending too much on the party.
Once you have the table and windows figured out, you should focus on your centerpieces. If you are having an adult party, a combination of white, black or red candles can be the best centerpieces to evoke the Halloween spirit. You can be extravagant with candelabras or lanterns. For a bolder yet subtle look, you can use a table runner, which can also be bought at a fabric store. Just make sure that it is a color that stands out against your tablecloth.
As a throwback piece on your table, fill a bowl—that matches your décor, with candy so that your guests can feel more relaxed as they get to relive their trick-or-treating days. This will be a nostalgic part of your presentation that could also include a combination of food, drinks, and favors.
Because these are pieces that you chose with your personal taste in mind, there will be no need to keep them locked away in a decorations closet for the whole year. Instead, you can mix them up with other seasonal trends for a fun twist. You can pick décor pieces that can transcend into the rest of the holiday season.
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