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Send the signal that this is no ordinary buffet with an eerie table covering conjured from yards of gauzy cheesecloth. Illuminate the room in gothic style with blood-dripping candles, and add ambiance with a do-it-yourself foam candelabra.
Keep up tradition with a guest book. Burn the edges of paper and age the pages with splatters of ink. Push a feather into the top of a pen and station it in a vintage-look stand made with paper-covered wood findings. Then finish with a welcome message on a framed piece of plywood painted with chalkboard paint.
On the invitation, ask guests to come in formerly-worn formal wear. Shop consignment stores and secondhand shops for grim get-ups at a budget-friendly price.
Typically the center of attention at a wedding, the cake table puts a spooky spin on tradition. A card table is covered in muslin and edged with black tulle gathered into swags held by ribbon loops. The "cake" is a trio of paper-covered hatboxes aged with paint. Black-painted mums, doily napkins, and nut-filled espresso cups finish off the display.
In true Hallowedding fashion, the bride-and-groom cake topper is replaced by a skeletal version. The bride's veil is fashioned from a piece of black tulle and the groom is decked out in a miniature bow tie and top hat.
Every wedding reception has a gift table. For this macabre display, paper-covered boxes are filled with the usual trappings (a toaster and blender) as well as an unexpected surprise (a skull).
Top off your spooky ensemble with a corsage that's sure to frighten all your party guests.
For a simple bridal bouquet, arrange a few black and white blooms, then wrap the stems with black ribbon.
Cast an eerie shadow over the room with this easy-to-make spiderweb lampshade.
Body Bits Dip is a hearty spread, despite its gruesome presentation, and pairs perfectly with the appropriately colored Red Pepper Dip. Although not Halloween-themed, the Walnut-Feta Yogurt dip equals its creepier counterparts in taste. To serve, place each dip in a glass dish and nestle inside hollowed pumpkins.
Guests will gasp when they discover a fruited "eyeball" floating in their fruit punch.
Send guests home with another grim reminder of your party; take their photos with the Grim Reaper behind an oversize frame. Give the pictures as unique favors.
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