When planning a Halloween party or holiday event, we look for every possible spectacle to dazzle guests and create the most memorable experience. But the biggest impact can often be gotten from the little touches, the unexpected thoughtful details that make every aspect of a Halloween party space or holiday table part of the experience. While not everyone can dash off custom haunted houses or recreate Whoville for one special day, every party can have a bit of dramatic flair, crafted by using the party decorations, home décor, and even the snack table to enhance the colors, mood, and theme that keep guests in the holiday spirit. Here are a few great ideas we found that make DIY Halloween decorations and holiday party decorating easy and fun for any size and budget.
Punch Up Pumpkins from Good Housekeeping
We love using holiday table decorations to tie in to a party’s visual theme, like these DIY centerpieces. Give a natural touch of beauty and wit to your Halloween party decorations and fall décor by creating these clever floral centerpieces made from fresh pumpkins. Whether your style is elegant, rustic or whimsical, your autumn table scape can bring everything together with a gorgeous splash of color. Fill your hollowed-out pumpkin with fresh flowers or even dried, and to keep your unique Halloween decoration lasting longer, hide a vase inside to hold the water.
Pick Your Poison from Good Housekeeping
Especially when creating your DIY Halloween decorations, props are the key to a wonderfully immersive party space. With this neat trick, you can create your very own spooky curiosity shop potions or snake-oil cures in just a few easy steps. Save a collection of varying jars and bottles, add a bit of dirt and age for a antiqued look, and paste on old-fashioned labels for whatever strikes your fancy. Pick your poison…or antidote. Let your imagination play with a wide variety of looks, then set them here and there or create your own display.
Dish It from Good Housekeeping
The best trick to creating a dazzling party table scape is thinking outside the box…or the china cabinet…and incorporating unique touches of the unexpected. Why use a plain old bowl when you can serve delicious treats and a colorful themed table? Instead of giving yourself another piece of after-event cleanup, serve your cider, punch, or soup in a hollowed-out pumpkin for an extra bit of Halloween party flair or rustic fall elegance.
Candy Candles from Woman’s Day
Nothing creates the perfect atmosphere better than well-placed candlelight. Whether you keep them on the mantle, bring them to the table as Halloween centerpieces, or spread them around your holiday party space, these clever candy-corn candles are a great way to add ambient light, warm mood, and a bit of whimsical style. And, while you’re at it, why stick to just candy corn? Stretch your party candles through the holidays by changing with the seasons from later fall themes to winter sparkle.
Glow in the Dark Drinks from Cute DIY Projects
When it comes to Halloween party decorations, we love to bring out our most unexpected wonders and spooky delights. And, with this clever tip, you can add a little magic to your beverage and snack table, too! By using tonic water that glows in the dark to make all your Halloween drinks, cakes, cookies, and sides, you can create a memorable and delicious treat.