Eat, Drink, & Be Scary: A Sophisticated Halloween Soiree

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On Wednesday, we showed you a fun and festive Halloween party plan. Today, we scare up some style by showcasing the darker side of sophistication with a hauntingly beautiful spread!


To keep things polished and chic, start with a color scheme based in inky black, then add touches of metallic gold, scarlet red, and some twinkling lights.


We created eerie-yet-elegant place settings with metallic chargers, gleaming gold flatware, shiny brass shot glasses, and our skeleton-printed Macabre and Cheese Plate Set.


Our striking centerpiece was made using a standard styrofoam hat form, which can be found at most large craft supply stores. To create more defined facial features, we used a black paint pen to draw brows, and then outlined the eyes and lips. Once dry, we set about spray painting — but be careful!

Spray paint can literally melt styrofoam. We found the texture to be an interesting element, and held the can a bit closer to create a bumpy, borderline-scaly effect!


Of course, this sophisticated soiree wouldn’t be complete without something scary-good to sip! Everyone knows and loves the classic Shirley Temple, which is simply made with lemon-lime soda and grenadine — for a Halloween-worthy twist, we partially filled plastic prop syringes with the grenadine.

If you want to make this an adults-only beverage, just add a splash of flavored vodka or gin!


Last, but not least, we added some ambience by stringing copper-wired lights down the center of the table and through the centerpiece, and lighting a few candles (set on very-appropriate holders).

Finito! This boo-tiful tablescape is done, and ready to dazzle your dinner guests.

+What kind of Halloween soiree suits your style?

About Natalie

As the owner of three small, fluffy dogs, Natalie has accepted the fact that dog hair being everywhere and on everything is just part of her lifestyle now. She cannot stop decorating (and redecorating) her home, and lives by Robert Venturi's words, "Less is a bore." Fresh flowers, floral print dresses, and a good gin and tonic are just a few of her favorite things.

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