Party Decorating Ideas
Start the party decorations outdoors Ė create a
graveyard in your front yard or at your door entrance. Make or purchase
tombstones and add silly epitaphs about your guests. Write scary
Halloween messages or body outlines on your front walk using colored
chalk or washable fluorescent paint. Hang ghost and glow in the
dark bats from trees and bushes.
Use a plastic cauldron partially filled with hot
water, then add some dry ice and a glow stick to create an eerie
centerpiece for your table.
Create creepy centerpieces by filling vases with dried flowers, brown
leaves, and empty branches. Tie a black ribbon bow around each
centerpiece and place around the room.
Purchase a Paper-Mache' hatbox, large
piece of orange felt (enough to cover box), and black felt
(for decoration). Trace the outline of the top and bottom of the
hatbox onto the orange felt. Cut the felt about 1 - 1/1/4inch(s)
above the traced line so you can wrap it over the box's top and bottom
edges. Apply glue to the hatbox and adhere the felt strips to the
box. You will have to smooth it with your hands as go to along to
get out all of the wrinkles. Fold the felt over the top edge and glue it
down. Then fold the other end under the bottom of the box and glue it
down. Cut out details using the black felt (hole punch dots,
strips of felt, scalloped edged strips) and decorate the covered box.
Fill the box with colorful silk Mums.
Black and orange crepe paper can be
used to add color to your party table. Hang crepe paper from the bottom
of tables for a neat effect. Plastic rats crawling on the food
table is a great effect.
Purchase a bunch of pumpkins in a
variety of sizes. Equally divide them into three groups: One to
keep orange, one to paint white and one to paint black. Once the
paint has dried decorate the pumpkins by writing words on them (BOO!,
Trick or Treat, 31), Splatter with paint, Drip lines of paint, paint a
face, paint poka dots, add some scalloped edging. Use these to
Create some Halloween garland.
You can use almost anything to create the garland: images downloaded
from the internet, a roll of tickets stubs, old playing cards, old
holiday cards, craft rosettes. Creating craft rosettes: Glue two cupcake
liners together (be creative use foil, white, orange and Halloween
design). Create a medallion and add a sticker, or button to
the middle and a folded length of ribbon to the back if desired.
Glue or tape your items in sporadic order to a length of twine -- now
you have your garland. Note: The rosettes (minus the ribbon) can
also be used to decorate the front of a goodie bag!
Hang glow-in-the-dark bats, skeletons and spiders from the ceilings.
Use lots of fake spider webs in doorways, walls and windows. Donít
forget the spiders to go with the webs.
Use torn cheesecloth to create a
tablecloth then add mini ears of Indian corn, pumpkins and gourds to embellish your
Halloween party table.
Consider a fog machine to add to the event.
Create a display stand for cupcakes
or food. Paint a wooden candle stick and two wooden plates (one
slightly smaller than the other) with black acrylic craft paint and let
dry. Decoupage Halloween scrapbook paper onto the top of each
plate and let dry. Cover with two light coats of Mod Podge. Remove
the inner ring from an embroidery hoop and glue it to the bottom of the
large plate. This will create an elevated base. Glue the
small dish to the top of the candle stick. Glue the bottom of the
candle stick to the top, center of the large dish to create a tiered
stand. Be sure to use a heavy duty glue. Once the glue is dried
add some decorative fabric trim to the edges. Now for the topper:
print two copies of a black cat from the internet in desired size (about
4 inches) and cut out each. Add some black glitter to the pictures
to make them sparkle. Shake off excess glitter when dry.
Glue a toothpick vertically to the back bottom of one of the images so
that it extends past the image on the bottom. Then glue the second
picture to the first so that there are face images on each side.
Take four cupcake liners in Halloween colors, flatten and poke the
toothpick through the center to form a ruffled collar for the cat.
Take a paper cup and wrap it with crepe paper to cover and then poke the
toothpick through the bottom of the cup to make a base. Place
topper on the display stand.
Always dim all normal lighting to create a spooky environment. Consider
black lights or strobe lights to add an eerie touch to your party.
Use scary Halloween tapes with music and creepy sounds outside or in an
entryway to set the stage. Make a scarecrow and put him in a place to
greet your guest.
Create some mummy pumpkins to add to
Plastic or foam pumpkin
Can of spray starch
Scissors and tacky or hot glue
How to Make it...
Cut the cheesecloth into strips
Place cheesecloth strips into a
cardboard box to minimize mess and drench the fabric with spray starch.
Place the drenched fabric on the
pumpkin in a layered fashion until it is all covered. If pieces
are dry it will not stick. Once finished glue on the googly eyes
and let dry overnight.