Spooky-Chic Halloween Party Ideas

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!


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Haunted Halloween Tablescape

    Set a dinner table guaranteed to impress even the most stylish ghouls and goblins with somber black and muted orange colors.

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Pretty Scary Centerpiece

    For a chic centerpiece, create three small, tight bunches of orange roses in white flower pots embellished with black ribbon.

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Halloween Place Setting

    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.

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Spooky Napkin Ring

    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.

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Creepy Crawly Drink Charms

    Slip plastic spider rings on the stems of wine glasses to increase the spook factor.

    SOURCE Spider rings: partycity.com

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Caution Candles

    Decorate votive candle holders with ominous phrases such as "corrosive," "caution," and "danger."

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Skeleton Sprinkles

    Embellish a black-covered table with skeleton parts for a creepy touch.

    SOURCE Skeleton-parts sprinkles: buycostumes.com

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Spooky Bar

    Create a quick and easy backdrop for your food, bar, or drink display using prop tombstones and decorative black crows. Set out black serving trays and beverage napkins with contemporary designs.

    SOURCE Feathered crows: orientaltrading.com.

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Skeleton Drink Charm

    Skeleton rings also evoke an eerie pall over an otherwise innocent-looking glass.

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Beware Tape

    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.

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Skull Napkin

    Black beverage napkins with trendy skull graphics are a frightful addition to a boo-tiful bar.

    SOURCE Napkins: partycity.com.

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Daunting Drinks

    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.

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Frightfully Fun Coffee Table

    Adorn black and orange candles with plastic skeletons to spook up any room.

    Editor's Tip: Place candy corn in small black-and-white bowls for a sweet treat.

    SOURCE Syntes konst bowls: ikea.com.

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Freakishly Simple Frames

    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.

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