Over the weekend, Jordan and I hosted our very first Halloween party. If you follow me on Instagram or have been keeping up with the blog you will know that I had a very clear vision for this party. Against all odds – the Australian climate, mainly – and through sheer determination, it somehow managed to all come together!
First things first, I did a lot of research when planning our first Halloween party. I perused Pinterest daily and hit all of the big Halloween suppliers in Townsville. Kmart, Big W, Spotlight – you name it and I went there.
My philosophy when making purchases was not to get anything too overly cheap looking. I also didn’t want to buy a lot of things that I couldn’t get multiple uses out of. Finally, I wanted to keep things somewhat tasteful. Is that the right word to describe Halloween decor? Probably not, but that was my thought process and I’m sticking to it.
Fake cobweb was probably one of the best and cheapest investments I made, Jordan applied it to our piano, book shelf and on hanging pictures on the wall and it was super effective! I got the cute glitter pumpkins and plastic spiders from Spotlight. I already had a huge bag of tea light candles and some holders so I displayed them in a couple of spots around the house. Candlelight makes everything seem spookier.
I found some old black and white photos of unsmiling children, printed them and popped them in existing frames we had at home. Such a simple yet effective decor idea.
I got the skull goblets from Kmart and filled them with American candy. I had to order the candy corn online and it was well worth the shipping price! So good.
A black plastic tablecloth and some purple, gold and silver sequins from the $2 shop really made our table pop. I wanted to use pops of gold on the table to tie in with the existing gold pieces around our house and it really came together.
These Rice Krispy Treats were one of the highlights of the night, they were so easy to make and looked the part too!
I got the sprinkles and eye balls from the supermarket.
Whats a Halloween party without a huge bucket of candy? I bought an assortment of chocolates and lollies and filled the bucket to the brim. We still have so many leftovers and I’m not mad about it at all!
I can’t throw a themed party without a themed cupcake, it’s just not something I’m capable of. These chocolate cupcakes were topped with vanilla icing and candy corn and I love how festive they turned out.
I got the miniature skeletons from the $2 shop and they were originally supposed to be strung up on some string. I decided to perch them on different things instead and even broke a few of them up and scattered their body parts around the table.
I made this Halloween sign by printing the letters on A4 paper and glueing the pieces onto coloured paper.
I got the pillar candles from Spotlight and displayed them on this gold tray from Kmart.
More spooky pictures.
Whats a party without balloons? I also strung up our new Christmas lights because I figured we might as well get two holidays out of them!
The crows were also a Spotlight buy, a friend of ours said they actually looked like they belonged with our existing decor…
Once the party was in full swing I insisted all of our guests get pictures in front of the spooky piano!
Props were obviously necessary!
We got a bunch of pizzas from Dominos, ate heaps of junk food and I’ve lost count of how many episodes of The Simpsons Tree House of Horror specials we watched.
After pizza we had dessert and everyone went home with a party bag stuffed full of goodies!
We also cracked out the disposable camera and while the photos certainly turned out very grainy, I always appreciate the aesthetic.
Thanks to all of our friends for believing in our first Halloween party, it was a great night all round!
Did you do anything to celebrate Halloween?