spooky story party: favors

After finding these adorable little bags on etsy we knew we needed them for our spooky story party favors.   Because part of the inspiration for this party was to give us 20-somethings a chance to relive the fun of Halloween’s past we wanted to make sure everyone went home with a little candy treat.   The bags were hung with book page covered clothespins from our skull garland above the fireplace.

We filled the bags with a few bite sized pieces of candy and then labeled them with either a trick or treat sticker.  Even though all the bags were filled almost the same candy everyone still had fun deciding if they were more of a “trick” or treat” person. Which are you?

spooky story party: food

Just like with our decorations we showed you yesterday, we decided to try and keep things simple when it came to food and drinks at this spooky story party.  The party was held in the late afternoon so we had a few savory and a few sweet snacks.

For savory we had asparagus and prosciutto squares, chili dip, and turkey wraps.  For sweet snacks we had pumpkin bread, candy corn cookies, and everyone’s favorite twix trifles.

The recipe for twix trifles came from Gimme Some Oven.  We loved this new and more sophisticated take on an old favorite.  That was how we wanted this party to feel a more grown up version of those scare yourself silly get-togethers that  took place after trick or treating.  The recipe was simple and sinfully delicious.

We made food labels using printable orange stickers and backing them on our shimmer paper that we used on our invitations.  We kept our drinks secret by covering up most of the labels, but frequent guests to our house knew what is their favorite drink.

And of course no Halloween party is complete without candy corn!

spooky story party: decorations

We wanted to keep our decorations frightfully simple at this party.  Using the classic Halloween colors of black and orange with accents made from the pages of an old book. Our book pages became buntings, table runners, and drink wraps.  Pumpkins, spiders, and skulls also graced our tables.  The silverware caddy we made last week fit in beautifully with the rest of our table.

We used black and orange ribbon where we needed a pop of color on our tables that were draped in black cloth.  Soda was labeled with “Drink if you Dare” stickers and guests were advised to pick their poison from a sign that resembled the invitation.

After all this decorating we were still left with about 200 pages from our book.  On Friday we’ll be sharing some other ideas for those leftover book pages.  Come back tomorrow for more about our spooky story menu.

spooky story party

At a recent meeting of my book club we started talking about some of our favorite childhood spooky stories.  We laughed a lot as we shared memories of scaring ourselves silly with stories, such as the one about the woman with the ribbon always tied around her neck or picking up a hitchhiking ghost on Halloween night.

This inspired a Spooky Story Party, using Halloween stories as an inspiration for a get together.  We told more of
our favorite scary stories and enjoyed some delicious treats.  Today’s post is about our invitations.

Using four layers of paper we made our invitations.  The bottom layer was made using a black/brown shimmer paper.  On top of that we added a belt made from a page of a well read book.   An orange scalloped edged card was placed on top of that.  Finally the invitation was completed with tea stained paper with the important party information.  Using tea to stain our paper was an easy way to give our plain white paper an aged and spooky look.  The invitations were mailed out in coordinating orange envelopes.

What are some spooky stories you always love to listen to or tell? We’d love to hear!