Entertaining guru Jennifer Sbranti shows how to use bright colors and funky patterns to create fun Halloween party table decorations that are playful enough for kids and hip enough for adults.
Halloween fun knows no age limits. For a party that caters to both kids and adults, it's a great idea to create separate -- yet coordinating -- tables that obviously differentiate between the two age groups. Festive place settings, silly pumpkins, and terrific treats are the perfect recipe for a great party.
For the kids' table, start with a playful palette of bright purples, oranges, and greens for your table linens and partyware.
A novelty orange spider ring adds a creepy touch to plastic utensils.
Source: Spider rings mega pack, partycity.com.
Festive orange soda or juice packaged in funky bottles helps set the spooky party scene.
Instead of using a traditional pumpkin for a centerpiece, create your own cute pumpkin creature from an orange glass bubble vase and a small house plant. Set the plant inside the vase and attach two large googly eyes and a construction paper mouth to the outside.
For a finishing touch, sprinkle glittery purple, orange, and black spiders around the kids' table centerpiece.
Source: Spider table sprinkles, buycostumes.com.
Editor's Tip: The orange table runner pictured here is actually an inexpensive window panel available in-store at IKEA.
Use only one pattern for place mats to keep the table from feeling too busy. Try classic white plates and black plastic spiders on the adult table in lieu of the colorful plates and spiders on the kids' table.
Place coffin-shaped boxes of skeleton-piece chocolates on the adults' table for fun decorative accents that double as after-dinner treats.
Source: Coffin Chocolates, redenvelope.com.
Send guests off with cool Chinese take-out boxes filled with leftover treats, candy, or cookies guests decorated at the party.
For your party favor boxes, choose a fun pattern that matches your theme. Embellish the boxes with spooky sayings and plastic spiders.