Home Entertaining, Lifestyle
The Making of an Elegant Halloween
The easy way to make your Halloween Party an elegant event.
If you know anything about me, you know that I love this time of year. It’s the best season for home entertaining. The absolute best time to have parties – as many as you like! And, the first party of the season is always Halloween.
Halloween parties come in all sizes and shapes. A friend of mine is a film art professional. He, his wife and their grown kids get together and turn the family home into the perfect haunted house complete with strobe lights, sound effects, props of all kinds and huge dry ice fog pumps that lay an entire blanket of “fog” over the back yard.
In Southern California we have a lot of theater and film people, so the costumes can get quite elaborate. Last year, another friend of mine went to a costume party as the Headless Horseman – complete with a horse! And, another friend (a professional body builder) came to the same party as a very convincing Captain America.
I always aim for elegant sophistication for my parties – large or small – casual or formal – and this goes for Halloween as well. After 20 plus years as a restauranteur, I always have a plan – lists and everything on my calendar – but the point of any party to is to have fun so I make sure there’s plenty of that! For instance, a Halloween party is the perfect excuse for adults to dress up like crazy. If you want a costume party, pick a theme – favorite cartoon characters, TV characters from your favorite TV show, et cetera. Keep the focus on the fun.
Think about the drinks you can serve. A great Halloween “welcome” cocktail is a Black Widow – mix black vodka (yes there is such a thing) and cranberry juice over a large ice cube in a highball glass and have them at the door so that when guests arrive the party gets started immediately!
Plan the décor and keep it elegant. The best way to do that is to keep it simple and consistent. Black is a great background for any pop of color – think orange or “old gold”- and it’s perfect for the holiday! I use black chargers, black metal candlesticks with black candles, and silky gold napkins.
Don’t forget your centerpiece for your table whether it’s buffet or plated dinner. Find black twig pumpkins, dark colored vines, maybe even some real pumpkins (small and in different colors) and column candles (these can be black or white) in different sizes. Add in a skull or two and you have your “set.” Just remember that some electronic props – you know, like the ones that laugh hysterically if you get close – will get VERY old as the evening progresses.
Keep it simple, keep it black with pops of color, and have fun!