If you’re not on Trick or Treat duty and throwing a monster bash instead, here are some tips on how to organize a Halloween party:
1) Pick a Theme. Will it be monsters, movie characters, celebrities, pirates, or a free for all? Depending on whether you are having a children’s or adult party, will help to determine the theme. If hosting a children’s party, be sure to have plenty of parental supervision. And if you decide ‘costumes required’ party or casual.
2) Invitations. Make a guest list and send out invitations 2 weeks before the party. Choose invitations that will go along with your theme and get creative. You can save time and money and buy invites from your local party supply store or have some fun and make them yourself. Remember to keep it simple and be budget conscious. E-mails are also a fast, easy, and eco-friendly way to send out invites. Be sure to specify details about the party. Indicate if it is an adult, children’s or all ages party. If it is going to be a themed party, make sure to include instructions regarding costumes and if they are required. Don’t forget to include directions to the party, beginning and ending times and any special announcements such as costume contests.
3) Décor. Prepare your decorations 1 week before the party. Buy them from a party store, OR make them yourself. Give your self enough time to decorate. Depending on the complexity of your decorations, begin decorating the day before, or have some guests arrive early the day of to help out. One of my favorite décor pieces this season are the Oversized Paper Jack-O-Lanterns. The set of 3 are perfect for indoors or under the moonlight and collapse down flat so when not in use they can be easily stored. Additional decoration tricks are throwing some white sheets over furniture to give an abandoned look. Replace regular light bulbs with black lights and red or green bulbs. Fog machines or dry ice in hot water always set a spooky mood. Fake spider webs are inexpensive and go a long way when decorating for Halloween and don’t forget the classic black and orange helium balloons to add instant spirit to your home.
4) Food and Drinks. Decide what type of food you will be providing and if you will provide a buffet table, simple refreshments and finger foods, delivery/take out or a potluck. Drinks will depend whether it is a children’s or adult party. Wine, cocktails, beer or a special Witch’s Brew is always fun! Drinks for the little ones can include fruit punch, soda, juice or a non-alcoholic Witch’s Brew. The perfect ice bucket or party tub can help you’re your drinks ice cold and refreshing the whole night through. And what’s a Halloween party without sweet treats? The dessert table should include cupcakes, cookies, ice cream, pumpkin pie and a bowl of candy. Whether young or old, it’s always a good thank your guests with a …