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Decorating for Halloween 2012

Posted by Wendy Moyle on July 29, 2012

Decorations change with times and tastes, but the basics remain the same. Evaluate the room you’re decorating for size and setup, then select your pieces working from large Halloween decorations down to the accents. Be sure to incorporate Halloween party supplies that are new for 2012 as well as those that are just new boo to you!

Halloween Walls
Your choices in decorating walls range from fabrics to patterned papers to murals. Think about covering the wall that stands opposite the entrance, and placing free-standing Halloween decorations in front of it for depth. One setup we like this year is to hang a Cemetery Gates illustration in the largest size the wall (and your budget) allows, and placing a pair of zombie silhouettes or tombstones in front of it. Silhouettes work even in a smaller room – some might eat brains but never a lot of precious floor space! Experiment with different illustrations and silhouettes.

Halloween Entrances
Another spot for a large decoration is the main entrance. For 2012 we like a spider web door topper/entrance or a five-foot corex lighted skull from our collection of outdoor Halloween decorations. Keep in mind that just because something is tough enough to withstand October weather doesn’t mean it can’t be used indoors! Think about using them on the inside of the doorway so guests can enjoy them all evening long.

Halloween Centers
If your space is large enough, you’ll want a large decoration right in the center that everyone can see from anywhere in the room. This could be a chandelier or other large hanging decoration, a large free-standing decoration, or both. We really like trees for Halloween 2012 because there is such a wonderful selection of styles and materials, and sizes go all the way to the magnificent Spooky Balloon Tree from Halloween Props that is 8’X8’ when fully assembled.

You can incorporate trees into smaller spaces as well. Just choose skinnier trees, put them in corners or flank doorways with them.

Halloween Lighting
A Halloween party is one of the events where we usually are looking to provide subdued and/or flickering lighting. Find Halloween-themed lanterns, string lights and a darling lighted ghost (which would look terrific in a grouping with one of the above-mentioned trees) in Halloween Lights, but do visit Boo-tique for some imposing and deliciously creepy tabletop candelabra, too.

Halloween Finishes
Finish the rest of your walls and windows with cutouts, garland, or drapes of spider-patterned gossamer.

Try to incorporate little surprises into your decorating, such as customized bottle labels that coordinate with the décor, or radiant balloon lights (which cannot be seen in black balloons, but work fine with other colors of latex balloons).

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Our Favorite Halloween Party Favors

Posted by Wendy Moyle on July 22, 2012

Our idea of proper Halloween party favors involves sweets and a bite – or rather, bit – of the unexpected. Here’s how to deliver treats and favors to your Halloween party guests and trick-or-treaters.

Edible Party Favors
Let’s start with lollipops. We love chocolate in a lollipop, but if your preference or climate doesn’t agree, check out the yummy fruit swirl options. Personalize lollipops in a Halloween design and custom message (see examples at right).

Display lollipop favors as centerpieces for parties by anchoring them in floral foam and gems placed inside orange pails. Create a pleasing array by staggering the lollipops by height a little. Finish with Halloween sticker decals or simply tie a black or purple ribbon around the outside of each pail; place one or three pails on each table depending on the lengths of your tables. Encourage plucking at will.

If you prefer a favor at each guest’s place setting, lay out lollipops just as you would table utensils. Another option is to select another type of treat and put it into individual containers such as customized Halloween candy jars or cookie tins, for which plenty of Halloween designs are available as well.

Wearable Halloween Party Favors
We like theme-matching for wearables as far as possible because it’s easy and fun for all ages. For a vampire party, provide fangs; for a pirate party, put out the skeleton goblets. Some folks’ idea of a scary party is a 1980s party, in which case you’d want to shop the wigs and half-gloves and such.

More generally, masks are natural Halloween accompaniments. We like the Monster Mania set for the really young kiddos.

Glow party favors, likewise, are naturals for Halloween because of their eeriness, and they have a fairly wide appeal. Select glow sticks, fangs and swords for young trick-or-treaters and glow “jewelry” like rings and bracelets for older partyoers. Glowing stadium cups are a terrific Halloween favor choice when you have a large enough crowd that you are looking to buy in bulk.

Grownup Halloween Favors
By this we mean cocktails. We like shopping Boo-tique for a distinctive candelabra for the bar, then stocking it with Halloween-witty beverage napkins and covering bottles with personalized bottle labels. You will also want to know that we’ve added a line of ceramic coasters to our personalized Halloween coasters in trendy designs that your friends will love to take home and reuse.

Wrap It Up
Mummy had mad skills in this, and we like to carry on the tradition. Use our bloody gauze panels to create bags for party candy, wax lips, skull rings and little plastic spiders. Cut strips for self-ties to hold the bags closed or use black ribbon or pieces of bloody bandages decoration.

If you are looking for something a bit more sophisticated, stalk our line of Halloween favor boxes. We’re particularly enjoying the new gable boxes, which conveniently now come in black and orange. Put Halloween sticker decals on them as described above with the pails.

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