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.
Frightfully Fun Kids' Table
For the kids' table, start with a playful palette of bright purples, oranges, and greens for your table linens and partyware.
Kids' Halloween Place Setting
Use patterned scrapbook paper for place mats and embellish forks with novelty orange spider rings. Set a small, decorated sugar cookie or Halloween toy near the edge of each plate as a special treat.
Sources: Reminisce witches brew collection, allyscraps.com. Spider rings mega pack, partycity.com.
Spooky Spider Ring
A novelty orange spider ring adds a creepy touch to plastic utensils.
Source: Spider rings mega pack, partycity.com.
Googly Eye Cups
Instantly bring kids-size paper cups to life by gluing on plastic googly eyes. These colorful cups bring an extra element fun to the table!
Festive orange soda or juice packaged in funky bottles helps set the spooky party scene.
Silly Pumpkin Centerpiece
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.
Grown-Up Ghouls' and Boys' Table
Start with the same palette of purples, oranges, and greens for the adult table's partyware, but incorporate a black tablecloth and orange table runner for a more sophisticated feel.
Editor's Tip: The orange table runner pictured here is actually an inexpensive window panel available in-store at IKEA.
Adults' Table Tricks-and-Treats
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.
For a look that coordinates with the kids' centerpiece but is decidedly more adult, fill simple glass vases with floating candles and opaque white vase gems. Adorn the vases with Halloween window-gel silhouettes.
Source: Clear Glass Cylinder Vase, save-on-crafts.com.
Adorn champagne flutes or wineglasses with pipe cleaners in your favorite festive colors.
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.
Festive Party Favors
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.