Hillary’s Picks for a Halloween Cocktail Party

When stars shoot and owls hoot, and bats fly in and out,
When fire’s blue and candles too, then witches are about.
‘Tis the season for a Halloween party of rare sensation.
Follow my tips, and it’s sure to be quite the inspiration!

Set the tone (eco-style), and pick from one of the many fabulous Halloween invites from Paperless Post.
Invitation from Paperless Post

Make a grand entrance for your guests with these tasteful but spirited luminarias. Don’t forget to put sand in the bottom so they don’t blow away!
Spooky Luminarias from Grandin Road

I’m a big fan of “imbibe upon entrance!” Set up a bar area, made spooktacular by a fog machine, right where guests enter the party.
Pumpkin Punch Bowl from Pottery Barn

Lillian Vernon is my secret source for cheap and chic decorations. Case in point, LOVING these spider web cocktail coasters!
Spider Web Coasters from Lillian Vernon

You may want to order extra of these bad boys because your guests are definitely going to try to swipe these gorgeous bottle stoppers!
Wine Stoppers from Grandin Road

Black cheese cloth and tapestry like this one are the easiest way to transform a space. Covering a power room head to toe in this would be amazing! Just keep candles far away from the cloth!
Black Tapestry from Target

I love these skeleton tumblers so much that I’d use them year round in my bar. Who doesn’t appreciate a dash of humor around alcohol?!
Skeleton Tumblers from Target

The devil is in the details, so to speak! It is details like this that guests will remember and copy for their Halloween party!
Bone Ice Cubes from Z Gallerie

These sparkly critters make for great buffet decor!
Glitter Spiders from Z Gallerie

This is the perfect bowl to stash Halloween candy for guests to grab on their way home. I recommend getting two or three and having different kinds of candy in each. Place orange paper bags nearby so they can take ample goodies!
Candy Bowl from Sur la Table

Of course, you’d have to have a Halloween party every year just for an excuse to break out your “good Halloween china!”
Plates from West Elm

Try surrounding this ghouly drink dispenser with moss so the hands appear to be coming out of the earth. Creepy!
Skeleton Hand Drink Dispenser from Pottery Barn

And what is a holiday without an appropriate door wreath? If you’d run out of time to make your own, this will do in a pinch!
Wreath from Target

Happy Halloween! XO

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