The last two years I have been so busy with full time school and work that I haven’t been able to really enjoy the holidays, so this year I wanted to go all out with a Halloween dinner party.
Here is how I pulled it off and how I plan all of my gatherings.
First, you’ll want to start with your guest list, this can be tricky because depending on your space and budget not everyone will be able to come. So my advice here is to be selective and know that there may be room for everyone at a future event.
Next you’ll want to decide on a theme, I chose a coven theme because I love all things witchy and dark and it is an easy mood to get into. After all, there’s a little witch in all of us! Next, decide on an invite, personally, I like old school actual invitations, I think it adds a little something extra but you can also use evites!
I bought my invite template off of Esty, if you haven’t used these before they are a life saver! How it works is, you purchase the template and the store emails you the link to edit the invite, you make it your own and have them printed. I chose Staples for printing and bought my envelopes from Micheal’s. My pentagram wax stamp was from Amazon.
**As a rule I like to send out my invites a month before my event and request RSVPs two weeks prior**
Once you’ve chosen a theme, begin to map out your esthetic. What do you want for decor? What do you want your table setting to look like? Do you want assigned seating? If so, what will your place settings look like? For my tableware I used a local rental company called, Curated Events. They were amazing and helped my vision come to life! I got my overall vibe inspo from Pinterest, OF COURSE!
For my table setting I used dark red fall flowers, some spooky black cloth, skulls, crystals, spiders, crows and faux gold tarot cards.
For my place settings I used simple black card stock, my wax stamp, twine, a Palo Santo smudge stick, a crystal and a gold sharpie (to tie in with my tarot cards).
Next, decide on food & drinks. Do you want it to just be finger foods and hourse d’eourves or a full dinner? Or is getting your meal catered a better route?
Here was my menu:
- Halloween pasta shapes with harvest sauce and pork sausage
- Rainbow carrots with goddess dressing, mint and hazelnuts
What will be served for drinks? A punch, signature cocktail or table wine?
Hauntingly Delicious Huckleberry Punch
- 1 bottle of Huckleberry vodka
- 2 bottles of prosecco
- 1/2 liter of club soda
- 1/2 cup of lime juice
- 1 liter of ginger ale
What will be for dessert? For my event I decided to step out of the box and go with a candy themed charcuterie board and it was a hit! It’s a perfect nibble option for a group that is mixing and mingling. I also loved this idea because it sparks conversation while people are gathered around getting the sweetest belly aches from a candy overdose.
This dinner party was beyond fun, I’ve already started brewing up some ideas for next years party!