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Your Halloween Party doesn’t have to be all Guts and Gore, we added a little Glitz and Glam to this Haunted Hollywood Party!
Haunted Hollywood Party
For this Halloween Party, we wanted all things Classic Hollywood! Think the old 40’s Hollywood Glitz and Glam, complete with Red Carpet, Paparazzi, Stars, and of course Murder and Intrigue.
What better place for a bunch of characters to come party?
The Hottest Invite In Town
We created the outside of the envelope with stamps and embossing ink to create the glittery gold effects…
The inspiration for this Invitation came from the Oscars. We wanted a large envelope reminiscent of the kind of envelopes they open to announce the winners of each category… So we created the envelope with a large square sheet of cardstock, folded onto itself with the announcement inside, and their own VIP pass included too… Sealed with a gold seal of course!
We just had to include popcorn into our plans, so we also delivered bags of Caramel Corn right before the party as a reminder, and to keep people excited and hyped!
Red Carpet Entrance
From the minute our guests arrived, they knew what kind of night they were in for! Of course, I think a few neighbors were a little jealous!
We are all about the drama, and here are some of our best Scenes!
This deceased Director directed our guests down the Red Carpet…
and straight to the VIP Entrance into our Main Party area!
Of course, we have to haunt it a little too!
I LOVE this Vignette that greeted guests as they descended the stairs…
Along the red carpet down the stairs, we framed couple photos from our previous Halloween party for our Wall of Fame! It was a fun addition since many of the guests in the pics were in attendance.
It made for a fun reminder and new keepsake!
What would Haunted Hollywood be without a little Murder and intrigue along our Hollywood Stars Walk of Fame!
When the guests finally made it into our main Party room… they knew they were in for a Four-Star Feast!
Since our party was set in Glamorous Hollywood, we didn’t want just another potluck buffet on paper plates, we wanted a formal affair to remember!
Since we were serving 30 people, we didn’t have enough of the same settings to match everyone. So Patty and I pulled our resources, and we set each place with mismatched white dinnerware, mismatched stemware, and mismatched silverware. It was imperfectly coordinated, and actually looked great!
We tagged each glass with a Skull ring to hold a label with each guests name!
Each setting had it’s own name card that we thoughts were the right balance of glam and creepy. We used foldover cards embellished with black punched flowers, topped with a little red bling. They served a dual purpose too. We had a mixed group of guests, so we thoughtfully placed people next to someone they knew one side and someone they didn’t on the other. It helped stir things up a little too!
When hosting so many, we wanted to keep everyone together as much as possible, so we cleared a room in the basement and set four long tables together into one big U shape for a glamorous banquet feel!
A Little Glitz and Glam
The trick for this party was balancing the glitz and glam of Hollywood with the macabre and creepy for Halloween! So all along, our colors were black, red, and gold!
We had four long tables to decorate, and while we wanted it to feel cohesive, we didn’t want it to feel matchy matchy, so we varied our centerpieces with similar elements. We spread little groups of elements within our theme down the tables to create interest in our centerpieces. We used gold candles, red hurricanes, varied pedestals and holders. We threw little creepy elements in with the more glamorous for a fun effect. We used gauzy cheesecloth down all the lengths of the tables as runners. To combine some glam with classic Halloween, we gilded pumpkins with gold spray paint and gold glitter too! They were some of our favorites!!
This guy was probably our absolute favorite element of the whole party and that is saying A LOT! Patty found old Ken dolls and spray painted them Gold, and mounted them on wood painted black. Of course, then she had to make them a little creepy, so she added a little “blood.” But I LOVE the knife in his fro, it makes me smile!
Here is a Gold glittered pumpkin by our Concessions area, LOVE it!! We also glittered some Dollar Store Skulls for some more creepy Glam!
We hung some Gold stars from the ceiling, some movie posters on the Wall, and of course created our own “Hollywood” sign… and the stage was set!
And the Oscar goes to…
What is a Halloween party without a costume contest? So for our Best Costume Awards, we had a Ballot Station…
Since it was a Couples party, we gave Awards for Individuals and Couples… Best Themed, Scariest, Funniest, Most Creative, etc. etc…
What award would be more appropriate for our Best Costume Awards than our Creepy Gold Oscar!? (I love when party elements are dual purpose!) We even let the winners give Acceptance Speeches!
Our haunted buffet station is all set and ready for all the wonderful food our guests will be bringing!
It’s a Hollywood party! We have to have Concessions, so here is our Popcorn snack station!
We created different food stations around the room to help with flow and traffic and encourage mingling… so we had a Concessions station, Dessert Station, Drink Station, and of course the main buffet area!
Here is our Dessert Station
Mix Your Own Drink
We wanted to guests to get creative and have fun with their drink choices, so we created our own Mocktail Bar…
Besides having some fun with our “Billboards,” we highlighted a couple Hollywood inspired Drinks, and included the recipes to get them started!
Put out some sodas, juices, lot’s of ice, and some garnishes, and you have a simple, but inspiring Mocktail Bar!
The stage is set … Bring on the Paparazzi!
We created this backdrop to take pictures of each couple! We later printed the photos and gave it to them as a Thank You and reminder of our Fun night!
Patty created this cute clapboard with simple cardboard and chalkboard paint! What a great easy way to remember the main details from the Party!
Chris and I interpreted the theme a little more loosely, we came as Bollywood Stars! (and even WON the costume contest for Best Themed!)
And of course, the Hostesses with the Mostesses!
and they all Partied Happily Ever After!