Prepping for Halloween with Yours Truly

Prepping for Halloween with Yours Truly

I know its only August, but Holiday season is creeping up on us FAST and it will be here before you know it!  So, as someone who likes to be prepared, I thought I would share a little spooky Halloween inspiration to get your wheels turning before its crunch time…

I absolutely love decorating for the Holidays.  Its such a festive time of year and I love gathering with friends and family and doing what I do best… DECORATING!  So, I’ve compiled photos from a party I styled to spark your imagination and possibly give you a blueprint for your next Halloween soiree.  And should you need an interior designer to assist in decorating your space for this deliciously spooky holiday, I know someone I can recommend. 😉

Halloween:

All photos are my own.

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Creating a unique centerpiece is a key factor in decorating for a party.  It creates a festive atmosphere, starts conversation, and sets the tone for the event.  I had a little too much fun at Hobby Lobby, Michaels and some other local stores shopping for the unique pieces used to decorate for the party and  “spook” the guests.

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Little glass owl candle votives were perfect for setting an eery mood.

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Candles create such a spooky ambience.  All of these candles are flameless to ensure none of the younger guests get burned.  The white “fingers” were curled them to make them look as though they are reaching out trying to grab the guests.  I also added some black eucalyptus and  black malleable twigs in there for the scent and visual interest.

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I wanted this party to be a sophisticated version of what people usually associate with Halloween, so my approach was a bit unusual.  I found the ceramic animal skulls at a local store and DIY-ed these little black birds in their nests under glass domes.  I made the base out of log coasters purchased at my local Michael’s arts and crafts store.  A little paint and stain made them the perfect platform for the little bird’s nests to rest upon.   Simple apothecary jars were filled with Spanish moss, branches draped with more moss, and spiders to channel a little Edgar Allen Poe ambience.

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What kind of Halloween party would be complete without bright pops of orange and black?  I found these amazing candle sticks at TJ Maxx and used LED flameless candles from World Market to ensure there was no wax dripping on the mantel. A damaged mirror was the ideal backdrop for the cling bats to adhere.

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Its fun to have different plates, bowls, and platters of differing heights to display the party food in a creative way.  I also added white lights underneath this black sheer fabric to create some visual interest and sophistication.

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 Again, flameless candles as safety should always be the first priority.  The ceramic animal skulls were a big hit!

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I put the vulture, a little Spanish moss and  twigs inside a tall candle holder and Voila!  Along with the skull, this became an instant centerpiece for the coffee table.

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The living room mantel was topped with more candle sticks from TJ Maxx and fun decorative letters spelling out the occasion.  Simple, but sophisticated.

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Here are some more fun tips for throwing a great Halloween party:

Fun Halloween Recipes from Southern Living.

DIY Decorating Tips from HGTV.

Best Halloween Music from Billboard.

My client loved the decorations and I received a lot of complements from her guest. Again, its never too soon to start planning for a fun Halloween party.  I hope these photos provide you with a little inspiration and if you need any help, you know where to find me… minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

Have any funny Halloween stories to share?  Leave them in the comment section… I can always use a good laugh!

Have a fabulous day!

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