Entertaining guru Jennifer Sbranti shows us how to channel our sophisticated sides this Halloween with an ultracool dinner or cocktail party that's both spooky and chic!
Set a dinner table guaranteed to impress even the most stylish ghouls and goblins with somber black and muted orange colors.
For a chic centerpiece, create three small, tight bunches of orange roses in white flower pots embellished with black ribbon.
Create quick and easy placemats from orange-and-black scrapbook paper with a hip, modern design.
SOURCES Patterned paper: Making memories. Circle punch: crazyscraps.com.
Find scrapbook embellishments that match your paper design, and glue or string them on orange ribbon to create cute coordinating napkin rings.
SOURCE Buttons: Making Memories. Embellishments: crazyscraps.com.
Slip plastic spider rings on the stems of wine glasses to increase the spook factor.
SOURCE Spider rings: partycity.com
Decorate votive candle holders with ominous phrases such as "corrosive," "caution," and "danger."
Embellish a black-covered table with skeleton parts for a creepy touch.
SOURCE Skeleton-parts sprinkles: buycostumes.com
Skeleton rings also evoke an eerie pall over an otherwise innocent-looking glass.
Place "Beware" caution tape around the outside of the bar to warn your guests of the ghoulish drinks they may find.
SOURCE Beware tape: marthastewartcrafts.com.
Black beverage napkins with trendy skull graphics are a frightful addition to a boo-tiful bar.
SOURCE Napkins: partycity.com.
Choose mixers and liquor that coordinate with your color scheme, such as Monster Energy Drink's Khaos flavor, which comes packaged in an orange-and-black can.
For easy and inexpensive party decor accents, fill black, white, or silver frames with the same scrapbooking paper used on your table. Adorn the outside of the frame's glass panel with Halloween window gels, such as the black skull shown here.