Halloween dinner party
The kids always have fun on Halloween, but this year, I wanted to throw a dinner party just for the adults on Halloween night.Â I thought it would be fun to class up the typical trick-or-treat night with a nice sit-down dinner in my rarely-used dining room.Â I went with a standard Halloween color scheme (black, orange, purple) but tried to give it a sophisticated edge.Â Here are some pictures of the finished dinner party space.Â Below, I will break down some of the details for you!Â I hope you like it.
I like to set a party’s mood with the invitations.Â For this one, I used a chandelier stamp and black ink on the top of a sheet of vellum.Â I carefully went over the stamped image with a fine tip glue pen and shook my Crafty Chica black glitter on top. I love glitter; it’s just a thing with me.Â As an extra little touch, I added orange glitter to the flames on the candles.Â Cute so far, huh?
The vellum is see-through, so you can see that I used a “party information” rubber stamp to add party details to the yellow card stock that I put underneath the vellum.Â I attached the top sheet of vellum to the bottom sheet of card stock with a simple brad at the top of the chandelier chain.Â Next to the wording, I drew a candle to the left of the party information.Â The invites are simple and inexpensive… my favorite kind!
The table runner
Remember when Chica taught me to sew a hem?Â Well, I put that skill to use and made a simple, orange table runner to go on top of my purchased black table cloth.Â I made the runner as long of the table cloth (102 inches).Â Then I used the Simply Screen chandelier stencil and Simply Screen black paint to add a great touch to each end of my table runner.Â (See our post on Simply Screen to view a short video on how to use the stencil system.)
I just love how the black shows up against that orange.Â I definitely used traditional Halloween colors in a very non-traditional theme, and it works!
I had enough fabric left over from my table runner to make some coordinating napkins.Â Again, just use the simple hem technique Chica showed us to make them look finished.Â To customize them, I used the same chandelier stamp from the invitations to stamp a design onto the napkin. The ink came from my archival jumbo black ink pad that I love so much.
I folded my napkin like how I wanted it to be on the table and lined up the stamp.Â If you try this and find that your image isn’t quite dark enough for your taste, or if you missed a spot when stamping, then use a Crafty Chica permanent fabric marker to fill in the image.
I didn’t have to use the fabric marker on all the stamped images, just a couple where I hadn’t quite pressed hard enough to transfer the entire chandelier.
For table centerpieces, I used two glitter candelabras and a glitter chandelier hung from my normal chandelier as the centerpiece to the table.Â On a side table in my dining room, I used some simple orange hurricane vases with candles in them and placed them on top of a piece of shiny black fabric that I had in my stash.Â I found the two masks at my local Pier One store and really liked how they looked.Â So, on the table they went.
I found some other decoration items that I didn’t get a chance to use, but would’ve gone well with my table. For example, I found a neat glittered chandelier kit as well as some mini tombstones and the ubiquitous skull.
And what Halloween party would be complete without a scary black cat? Okay, maybe she isn’t scary, but my cat is black and happened to be in the dining room when I was taking pictures!
The table settings
To set the table, I chose purple chargers with simple clear glass plates on top. To make the place setting a bit more personal, I then used my Cricut machine to cut out the names of my guests from Cricut vinyl that I adhered to the middle of the charger. It shows through the clear plates perfectly! I absolutely love the effect, and I know that this simple technique could be used for any table setting.
(By the way, if you’re wondering what that ruler is doing in the picture, I was using Chica’s technique for lining up and centering stickers. Love it!)
The party favors
My inspiration for the favors was these clear disposable wine glasses that I had bought for another party, but never used. I liked the shape and the little pedestal-like stem they had. To make them match my color scheme, I used my ColorArtz airbrush and some Mango Tango and the Purple People Eater paint pouches to spray the glasses in two coordinating colors. (Since the paint is non-toxic and I put them upside down when painting to keep any paint from getting inside, they are safe for food, although I wouldn’t use them for anything liquid.) Next, I took my Cricut machine and cut out the phrase “Thank You” in black paper. I made the words sticky with my Xyron sticker machine and then simply stuck them to each glass. Once the cups are decorated, they can be filled with pretty much anything. I chose purple and orange Hershey’s Kisses. I liked how they matched my color scheme but the possibilities for filling these cups are truly endless.
To display my favor cups, I used a candelabra that I had found at a thrift store and transformed to suit the party. After I use it for this dinner party, I will alter it again to hold cupcakes. All I did was to remove the plastic, dangling pieces from it so that I could spray paint the entire thing black. I was really just looking for an excuse to spray paint something!
To bling it up a bit, I used the Mango Tango paint pouch again to spray some of the larger plastic faux crystal pieces before reattaching them. I only sprayed one side of them.
To add a bit of purple to the stand, I sorted through my massive collection of acrylic gemstones to find the purple ones. I stuck each purple one to a Glue Dot and then placed them on either side of some of the ends.
I think my tablescape for the party is all set. Now it is time to start planning the menu!