There are tons of Halloween party ideas involving candy, and party ideas for kids over on Pinterest. Fact.
We also love sharing loads of kid-friendly ideas here on the blog. Guilty as charged.
So this year, I decided to style a little Creepy n’ Chic Halloween cocktail bar to give you some ideas on DIY decorations and recipes for an adult-themed spooky soiree. Gruesome! 💀
Creepy n’ Chic Halloween Cocktail Party Ideas
Most of the decor consisted of skulls of some sort. Glass skull bottles, gold skulls (that was actually a money box from a dollar store!), plastic skeletons, skull drinks stirrers etc.
I also brought out my trusty black cages and crow that make an appearance every Halloween at our house!
I have a thing for crows, not in a creepy way or anything. But apparently, they are super intelligent birds and can even recognize human faces. There’s your daily does of nerd fact. You’re welcome! 😋
And you know how much I love DIY and crafts. So naturally, I had to also add a few crafty details to our cocktail bar. Nothing scary, though. Promise!
Printable Halloween Table Backdrop
Apart from the usual Halloween bar decor, I designed a large Halloween printable poster to act as my table backdrop.
At first, I wanted to make a real creepy, black twigs wreath. But let’s face it, ain’t nobody got time for that much DIY… so I resorted to my beloved printables to fill the blank wall behind the bar.
I must say, it turned out better than I expected and was super quick and easy (not to mention really cheap to make)!
I can’t get enough of these large posters to decorate my kids’ parties (as you probably saw here and here). So now I’m totally crushing on them for my Holiday parties too!
DIY Macabre Halloween Blooms
First things first – flowers! I used a mix of real blooms in a deep burgundy color and added some faux silk flowers that I spray painted black. Easy or what?!
Plus, the silk blooms helped to add fullness to the table arrangement while keeping costs down, and that’s always a huge bonus!
You could also spray paint eucalyptus branches or plumage to add to your bouquet. Basically, anything goes in this macabre floral arrangement.
DIY Bloody Halloween Candles
Next I attacked the candles. You can’t have Halloween party without creepy candles, right?
At first I thought of using black taper candles. But then I didn’t want anyone knocking candles over while making their cocktails (hot wax ain’t a good look, even for Halloween!).
So I decided to add chunky “bloody” candles to these pretty gold, glass terrariums. It gave the right amount of chic and creep to the table without much effort at all!
Full tutorial coming to the blog soon.
DIY Bloody Drinks Glasses
These “bloody” rimmed cocktail glasses mimic the “bloody” candles above and will be the talk of any Halloween cocktail party, for sure!
It’s so easy to do and creates a super creepy effect, not to mention that it transforms any glass into a Halloween-worthy goblet in minutes!
Tutorial coming next week.
Halloween Cocktails & Party Drinks
The whole point of setting up a cocktail bar for any party, is that your guests can play mixologists for the night and concoct their own drinks.
So I like to provide them with all the trimmings (spirits, wine, cocktail shakers, drink garnishes etc) and a little cocktail menu card with drink ideas and recipes to get their creative juices flowing.
Nonetheless, it’s also a cool idea to have a batch cocktail ready to serve to your thirsty guests as you greet them though the door.
I like to keep things simple. So I served one of my favorite drinks, a Kir (crème de cassis liqueur or Chambord topped with red wine). For a sparkling version, use champagne or sparkling wine instead of red wine (a Kir Royale).
I drink this cocktail in summer with ice, but its deep purple color makes it perfect for Halloween.
More Halloween cocktail recipes coming to the blog soon!
DIY Golden Skull Drink Stirrers
Any drink you serve will look extra creepy if you add golden skulls drink stirrers to your glasses! So chic too, right?!
The DIY tutorial is coming to the blog soon.
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Cristina Riches aka Bird, is the founder of BirdsParty.com. She’s also a creative mom of two, published author, graphic designer, magazine editor and unconditional party lover. Her party ideas have been featured on numerous publications such as Forbes.com, CNN Entertainment, Parenting Magazine and MarthaStewart.com; and she’s a regular party contributor to PBS Parents, Yum Food for Kids Magazine, Créative Magazine and HGTV.