7 Last Minute Halloween Party Tips

Can you even believe that Halloween is only 5 short days away? How scary! But never fear: even if the holiday snuck up on you it’s still not too late to throw together a fabulously chic Halloween bash. Just follow the tips below for a no-stress soiree on the fly!

1. Develop a gameplan

First and foremost, determine your amount of prep time and build your plan of attack around that. Then, decide which elements of the party you want to focus on. Are you a foodie? Put more energy into the menu than decor. If you try to overexert yourself on a limited timeframe you’ll burn out and miss the whole point of hosting a party in the first place…to have fun!

2. Pick a theme

Black and orange is a classic choice, or turn up the glam with blinged out skulls and pumpkins. I also love the simplicity of black and white. So modern! So stylish! Just stick with something simple and easy to find and/or create, which won’t be too hard since stores like Michael’s and JoAnn Fabrics are already deeply slashing prices on Halloween decorations to make room for Thanksgiving and Christmas inventory. Hostess with the Mostess has an extensive collection of swoon-worthy Halloween theme and decor ideas that I just love available here. I’m personally a huge fan of anything to do with skulls!

{Images via Hostess with the Mostess, Martha Stewart, and Pottery Barn}

3. Get scrappy

Hit up your local scrapbook store for different colored or patterned paper you can use to enhance your tabletop in creative and cost-efficeint ways. Can’t find napkin rings that work with your color scheme? The orange ones below are made of glittery foam sheets cut into strips, embellished with stick-on rhinestones and held together with glue dots. Placemats, party signs, and cones to hold candy or popcorn can all be created with nothing more than paper and glue.

{images above courtesy of Hostess with the Mostess}

4. Cut down on kitchen time

Save yourself some time by limiting your menu to just a few homemade dishes supplemented by catered or store-bought items with added personal touches.  For alcoholic beverages, offer only one signature cocktail, such as your favorite red cocktail served in a “blood” rimmed glass!

{Image and recipe courtesy of Hostess with the Mostess}

1 c. Sugar
1/2 c. Karo Syrup
1/2 c. Water
Red Food Coloring

Combine sugar, syrup and water. Cook without stirring to hard crack stage – which is 300 degrees F. Add food coloring.

Turn off heat. While the mixture is still hot, dunk the top of the cocktail glass into the mixture to create the red rim. If you need to do several glasses, keep the mixture hot so it lasts longer (instead of turning heat off, just reduce slightly).You can go anywhere from just along the very tip of the rim to part way down the glass – whichever you prefer. Flip the glass right side up to cool. The thick consistency of the mixture will cause “drips” as it hardens on the glass.

5. Focus on one Show Stopper

Since you have limited time, rather than putting your effort into many different little details pick one thing to be your Show Stopper. It could be the table settings, an awesome centerpiece, a candy buffet or even your cocktails.

6. Set the mood

An easy way to tie everything together is to party by candlelight! Any candles are fine, but if you have some extra time saved up you can try this idea from Hostess with the Mostess and use patterned tights or fishnets slipped over glass cylinders and tied with ribbon to create a more festive vibe. You can usually get at least 4 slips cut from each pair of stockings, more if your pillars are shorter.

If you prefer something a little more spooky, you can easily make these blood-dripped candles by lighting a red candle and dripping the melting wax on top of white candles.

7. Have Fun!

Bottom line: a happy host makes a happy party.



Filed under Holiday Parties, Theme Parties

2 responses to “7 Last Minute Halloween Party Tips

  1. chris wilsobn

    some very helpful tips for a halloween party. I will personally be using the bloody candles at my party this weekend…thank you for the ideas!!

  2. theresa

    Love it!!!!! Will be doing the bloody drinks and will send you a picture. Love you. Happy Hallo ween!!

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