Explore some creative ideas that will provide the inspiration needed to plan the event.
The idea of hosting a cocktail party with a Halloween theme has come to mind, but choosing the right combination of decorations, drinks, and foods seems to be a challenge. In fact, it won’t take long to come up with a plan and make sure everything is in place well before the guests arrive. Here are some ideas that will provide the inspiration needed to plan the event.
While there’s always the option of buying decorations, why not make some at home? The kids can help and the result is some interesting touches that capture the spirit of the holiday. One essential is to invest in several skeins of black yard.
Use the yarn to create spider webs of different lengths and widths. It’s easy enough to stretch them from an overhead lighting fixture toward one or more walls. They can also be used to dress up door facings, windows, and any other spot the host desires. Attach some plastic spiders to finish off the look.
White sheeting, a black marker, some string, and a basketball is all it takes to create a ghost to grace some area in the room. The sheet goes over the basketball. Use string to tie off the basketball and draw eyes and a mouth on the ghost head. The string also makes it easy to mount the ghost in place and create the effect of something waiting for the guests with open arms.
Offer a blood punch as the centerpiece of the beverages. Red wine and some type of clear soda will do the trick. Float peeled grapes in the punch to serve as eyeballs.
Pumpkin flavored beverages are a must for the cocktail party. Pumpkin spices can be added to coffee creamers and create an interesting variation on Irish coffee.
It doesn’t take much to convert a cheese ball into a pumpkin shape. Surround the cheese ball with whole grain crackers and a knife that’s decorated with some black ribbon.
Chicken salad can take on a new look by using food coloring to turn the mixture orange. Make finger sandwiches using a black bread like pumpernickel.
Some sweets are a must, so bake cookies in the shapes of witches, goblins, and ghosts. Chocolate cake layers can be cubed and decorated using frosting tinted with orange food coloring.
Halloween offers all sorts of possibilities for hosting a great cocktail party. With a little imagination, the results will amuse and delight the guests.