Halloween parties usually get the spooky treatment or the cute treatment. But we love Carrie Waller’s totally glam, sparkly Halloween party ideas. We shouldn’t be surprised at her unique Halloween vision, though; she’s the creative mind behind Dream Green DIY, after all.
She created this Halloween party tablescape for our Halloween Style Challenge— we sent mystery boxes of Home Depot fall and Halloween decorations to our favorite design and DIY bloggers. Then we stood back to let the bloggers create amazing Halloween and harvest decor and party ideas.
This whole room is full of her clever DIY touches, but we’re especially impressed with how Carrie totally hacked a couple of Home Depot Halloween wreaths to serve as her glamorous table decorations.
Read on for Carrie’s distinctive Halloween party ideas, so you can create this distinctive, sophisticated look for your own Halloween get together.
Halloween in our house is one fun affair. Dishes inexplicably fill with candy (who can resist the clearance section at the grocery store?), glittery accessories seem to magically appear on nearly every surface, and my husband and I indulge in goofy antics all throughout the month of October. And this year, with the help of the Home Depot, we went all out with a dinner party set for four and filled to the brim with spooky-yet-sophisticated style.
It all started with a theme and a color scheme. To get my holiday dinner party off on the right foot, I first decided on a spooky palette of black, purple and green. I’m always looking to break away from the standard holiday color scheme, so I wanted to try something outside of the orange-and-black box. I adore the understated, almost elegant, interplay between that moody plum color with ebony and ghoulish green.
Touches of gold throughout the tablescape also helped to seamlessly incorporate the holiday soirée into our everyday decor. Metallic flatware matches our faux bois chargers, while a gorgeous table runner added another touch of neutral shimmer. DIY Spooky Skull Place Cards made from toothpicks, washi tape and skull candles finish off the place settings in true All Hallow’s Eve fashion.
As for the collection of glittery pumpkins scattered across the tabletop? All of it came from one spooky purple and black wreath! With a handful of wreaths surrounding me in my studio, I spent time carefully dismantling the different glittered pieces from the foam wreath form and was able to use them as the basis for my table decor. It was a cinch, and I’m excited to be able to reuse each piece year after year. And, of course, as you can see pictured above I kept one wreath all in one piece to top my decked-out bar cart arrangement.
Speaking of, to give my bar cart a little bit more festive flair, I continued my black, purple and green scheme with large glass bottles, a purple-filled arrangement in a brass vase and a mason jar full of green and gray paper straws. I also filled an assortment of decorative apothecary jars with water and food dye, and then used wood veneer tags to denote Halloween-themed brew ingredients. A chocolate cake was the oh-so-sweet finishing touch.
Wondering about my “Boo” pumpkin centerpiece? Well, happily, it took just a few minutes in my studio to make using a craft store foam pumpkin, a Pumpkin Carving Dremel tool and a large handful of purple branches pulled from those same spooky wreaths. I first cut off the top of the pumpkin using the Dremel, and then filled the hollow opening with the branches. To complete the centerpiece, I used a black Sharpie marker to draw on a quick cursive “Boo.”
Finally, in my humble opinion, no Halloween-themed bash is complete without a few mascots! I added a bendable foam and felt bat to the back of each dining room chair by looping the wings over the backs of the seats, and also set a light up vulture to the side of the bar cart. I think these final touches are easily my Halloween-obsessed husband’s favorite details.
With a little pre-planning and a few clever DIY touches, you too can enjoy a festive, stress-free holiday dinner party. From our family to yours—may you have a treat-filled, fun and fabulous Halloween!
See more photos of Carrie’s glam Halloween decor on her blog.
Carrie Waller is a freelance writer, designer and blogger living in Lynchburg, Virginia with her husband, John, and pets Rocky, Luna and Ginny. She writes about DIY, design trends and life on her blog Dream Green DIY. You can see her very distinctive style with Christmas decor here on The Home Depot blog in Christmas Decorating: Christmas Trees And Coffee Cups.
The mystery box of Halloween decorations The Home Depot sent to Carrie included these items (some are no longer available):
- Spooky Purple and Black Halloween Wreath
- Skull Candle Set
- 24 in. Bat Decor
- 48 in. 100-Light Spider Web
- Lighted Tinsel Halloween Vulture
- Halloween LED Glitter Votives
Visit The Home Depot’s online Holiday Decorations Department for everything you need to decorate your home for Halloween and fall.