I absolutely love holidays of any kind, and Halloween is no exception. Since the birth of my daughter on Halloween seven years ago, I have grown to love the holiday even more. Each year we throw a costume party for her and her friends, and while I love colorful kid-themed Halloween parties, this year I wanted to throw a party for grown-ups only: a spooky, creepy affair complete with appetizers, cocktails, and friends.
With a mix of Halloween decorations and a few DIYs using their everyday collections, I was able to create the perfect Halloween dinner party. Follow along if you dare!
First off, let’s talk DIYs. Adding a few DIY touches to any party can really increase the gathering’s “wow” factor. After eyeing these blood dripped taper candles, I knew a black and red party would be perfect, so I created a few DIY pieces to incorporate more blood-red color into the decor.
How to Make Blood-Spattered Cloth Napkins
First up are the cloth napkins with terrifying blood splatters! World Market has a fantastic collection of solid colored buffet napkins that lend themselves well to easy DIY projects. Just use a bit of watered-down red multi-surface craft paint and a paint brush to splatter the “blood” paint on damp napkins. Let the paint dry and then iron them to add a super creepy accent to the festivities.
They are especially fun when paired with these paper pulp skulls-turned-soup serving dishes. Add a small bowl to the inside of the skull and serve your tomato soup with a few “skeleton bone” cheese curls for crunch. (Warning: this scary-good soup may not be for the faint of heart.)
How to Make Blood Red Stemware
For another easy DIY that your party guests will love, spray paint the bottom and stem of wine glasses with red spray paint (just be sure to leave the top part—where your mouth would go—unpainted). Serve water to your guests in these creepy “bleeding” glasses. Don’t forget the dry ice!
How to Make Spooky Tabletop Decor
For the rest of the party, black candelabras, metallic skulls, and this wine chilling witches cauldron (used as a black pasta/ red tomato sauce serving dish) add the perfect spooky touch. Pair them with an “eyeball” antipasto plate, black chips and salsa, and a plate of red velvet cupcakes with black licorice pieces. Your guests will be freaked out and well fed.
Last but not least, don’t forget the libations! A bar cart is awesome for a party, and is made even better when accompanied by a gold skeleton butler and a few flying bats. Bottles of Halloween themed wine and blood red cranberry cocktails look great on the cart and will put a smile on your adult guests face (drink responsibly you party vampires!).
I hope this has given you some ideas for your own grown-up Halloween spectacular!