Halloween parties don’t just have to be for the little ones. Why not throw a grown-up cocktail party with chic and festive speakeasy decor, complete with an area for mixing concoctions, and a styled vignette for a film noir photo setup?
Choose a Theme and Go All Out!
I created a speakeasy scene with vintage decor and serveware, and gave guests a range of libations and a signature cocktail that I premixed ahead of time. For your party, make sure to stock your bar cart or side table with plenty of clean glasses, halloween cocktail napkins and fresh garnishes.
In keeping with the theme, I served my favorite wines in these Prohibition era-inspired glasses. Guests loved sipping libations from the fancy stemware; the experience helped them get into character for the glam photo-op later in the evening!
Transform a Corner Into a Haunted Vignette
I chose one area of my home and created a haunted vignette with “floating” paper roses and skeleton taxidermy. I simply tied a 45-inch fishing line to the ends of the Ivory Paper Roses and suspended them from my ceiling at varying heights to create dimension.
Don’t be afraid to pull from other departments to supplement your halloween decor! This Cement Pedestal Cloche elevates the look of this bird skeleton and can be integrated into the rest of your home decor after the holiday season. Cozy up your seating area with a few seasonal throw pillows, and keep snacks on coffee tables and side tables to discourage congregating in high-traffic areas (like the cocktail mixing station).
My sweet tooth called for this Sweet Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix with yogurt covered pretzels and crunchy popcorn! Black Iron Candelabras and Claw Footed Candle Holders holding solid black tapers added the perfect amount of scale and drama to my spooky-styled console.
Create High-Impact Art
I stenciled large letters onto a blank oversized canvas and filled them in with black acrylic paint (you can also use a sharpie). I stuck with a calligraphy piece to fit my film noir theme, but you can easily customize the word or phrase to suit the mood of your party.
Don’t Forget the Details
After picking up my Halloween decor and party supplies, I found beautiful jewelry and hair accessories to add the finishing touches on my 1930’s starlet costume. I used a dot of hot glue to attach plastic bugs and snakes to a gold cuff for a last minute costume idea.