Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Halloween Decor Galore: Finished Product

For the Halloween decor this year, I was completely inspired by the Pottery Barn Glitter skulls I posted about earlier this month. However, we refused to pay $20 for a tiny little skull. Plus they are super easy to do. Just glue and glitter. Thankfully, we found some at Michael's Craft Store (which I will post about tomorrow- the "how to" of this Halloween segment.) Skulls became our underlying theme, as they were everywhere, but did it in a totally chic fashion.

Jeannie's house already had an orange and black theme, so we decided to stay in that color scheme. Paired with the black fluorescent light, which gave it the eerie "Nightmare before Christmas" tone, and the orange incandescent bulbs which added the romance to the ambiance, the space was completely transformed. It was so pretty and fun to do- especially on a budget. I love big creative endeavors like this.

This was the table you saw when you walked in. At two in the morning, it looked bare, so I ran outside and gathered fallen leaves to add to the mix. Like a graveyard.... A stylish one at that!

We used the black roses and white branches (Christmas decor was already in the stores) so the branches would glow in the black light.

Unfortunately my camera doesn't focus in the dark. But at least this gives the idea of a lounge-like set up we were trying to create.

I loved the crow, and would have put them everywhere, but only one made it in the shopping cart. The lone bird. The skull and bust was also a fabulous addition- 75% off for $6!!!

Carved pumpkins at midnight during the set up- possibly 1.5 bottles of wine in.
(Amy, Kyle, Jeannie)
Leave it up to Kyle to break out a skill saw for precision cuts.... Typical man!

This was taken the night before, prior to the installation of colored light bulbs. I made all of her frames crooked for a haunted/ abandoned house look. I actually realized this because I knocked off one of the frames and then went on a rampage shifting all of them. I then added the pipe cleaner spiders to the walls and frames. Actually looked great! And the pipe cleaners were only $2.

Center table with the cutest little glittered gargoyles..... disappointed you can't see it here in this image. (tomorrow...)

Orange bulbs- a great addition. I completely recommend changing the lighting for events.

See the wine glass on the right? Filled with spider rings..... by the end of the night, everyone was wearing them! For parties, I always recommend giving away something, in addition to food and drinks. In this case, we did prizes for costumes, glow sticks, glow bracelets. It is low budget, but adds an interactive element, which is a lot of fun.... like party favors, or wedding favors.

Jeannie was obsessed with doing masquerade masks. I was terrible at them, but they looked amazing in the lights.

All in all, it was so much fun. Planning parties is literally one of my favorite things to do. More posts to follow tomorrow, regarding the planning process. Hope you like what you saw!


The Designista

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