UPDATE: Did you like the party printables I used for this Halloween party? You can find them (and more!) for purchase here and a matching pennant banner here. Check it out!
As I mentioned before, this year's Halloween celebration was going to be all about spiders, so here they are:
I made this invitation for our Halloween Party and printed them on cardstock to send out to our guests. I put this design together fairly quickly and am satisfied with the result. I know, it is a pretty basic card, but for someone like me, who is so unfamiliar with graphic design and photo editing, it is a real accomplishment :-)
I had an "adults-only" beverage station separate from the other food tables. The two drinks shown are a tangerine mimosa (champagne + tangerine juice) and a black cherry + black vodka "concoction", which I named Spidertinis and served in... oh well, martini glasses. You can purchase this "welcome" bunting here (digital file.)
I wet the rim of the glasses and then dipped them in orange and black sanding sugar.
I cut a plastic spider ring and wrapped it around a martini glass stem. You might want to add glitter to the spiders if it suits your fancy :-)This is a little trick I got from Martha Stewart: "bloody eyes" made out of lychees stuffed with maraschino cherries. They were the little surprise at the end of the drink picks...
My original idea was to get a handful of test tubes and use them as shot glasses, adding dry ice for a more "eerie" effect. Since I couldn't find neither dry ice nor a test tube stand that I liked, I poured the drinks in Erlenmeyer flasks for a "mad scientist" look, and decorated the "drinking glasses" with some adorned straws.
The buffet table from every angle...
Halloween-inspired fortune cookies. Black and orange in color with spooky messages inside...
"A crazy bat will get stuck in your hair"
Glass cylinders got a "facelift" with black, white and orange ribbons. I made polka dot "Boo" labels for the orange and black swirl lollipops.
Remember the upcycled jars from the previous post?Etsy. The black plate is a plastic charger plate from Party City.
Mercury glass candle holders give it a haunted mansion feeling...
Mini croissant sandwiches: Turkey, Swiss & Tomato; Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese & Chives; Roasted Eggplant, Smoked Mozzarella & BasilAfter a previous disappointing experience with my stovetop smoker, I am glad to report that this second time around, the homemade smoked chicken tasted divine! I was looking for an "upgrade" to a basic Waldorf salad and that added the rich flavor I was after...
Greek salad with mint oil. As a garnish, ghost-shaped potato chips found at Whole Foods Market. It is hard to see, but the paper cone has a spider web pattern against a black background.
Even the soups served were color-coordinated: Chipotle Black Bean and Organic Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper.
In fact, I focused on black and orange foods and beverages, like this black rice Thai-inspired salad with mangoes, cilantro and red bell pepper.
Detail of the punched out spider on the food tagNo Brazilian party (in the US at least) would be complete without "pão de queijo". Even better when it is made from scratch.
An overview of the main table, the buffet table and its surroundings
My "scary" family photos :-)
and some fake cobwebs all over!
I love how the spiders just dangle from this table runnerI dragged my dress form from my closet to be the "hostess" of the night. I threw an orange boa, a few bead necklaces and a "Happy Halloween" sign around its "neck" and had it greeting guests at the door.
(with a Jimmy Hendrix shirt underneath...) Three costumes later, and he was Batman by the end of the day...
No arguing about costumes here. Miss Piggy & Kermit, the frog.
I truly felt safe with all the super heroes at home that day...
Did you like the party printables I used for this Halloween party? You can find them (and more!) for purchase here and a matching pennant banner here. Check it out!