Monday, October 25, 2010

Witches Brew

The Witches! Wigs, Warts, Hats and Furs. Quite the motley crew, we were!
Since my home is small and I don't have a ton of room for hosting a large party, I decided to keep it small and invited only fourteen women. The invitation asked them to "come in their best witch's attire and bring a great appetizer to share".

I set the table and lit the candles, using all black and white and orange. I didn't go for the spooky, creepy feel, since we were all such elegant witches.

Using what I had on hand, I created some fun and funky type candle holders, including this orange Pier One decanter (that is awkward to pour out of anyway.) It made a great candleholder by putting a rose vase inside and sitting the black candle on top.

The black and white pumpkins were my new addition to my Halloween collection this fall. Selected by my daughter, Liza, they are two of my favorite pumpkins.

I set out black and silver chargers for the guest to put their appetizers on when they arrived, to keep things going along with the theme.

Of course, a little dry ice added to the punch is a must for a "brew".

This $1.69 cent hat is my most fabulous creation of the year! With embossing powder/glitter, a glue stamp and an awesome swirly rubber stamp, this hat is fantastic and so easy to make! Instructions are on my regular blog, here.

My favorite quote of the season: Eat, Drink, Be Scary! It's written in chalk on a piece of black cardstock scrap.

I debated and debated over whether to serve the brew from goblets or these canning pint jars. Goblets would have looked more elegant but, goblets spill easily and since we were moving about for the games and activities, I went with the jars. The tags, purchased long ago at Staples for a scrapbooking project, were then stamped 1 -14, so that everyone knew who's was who's. The number also indicated who was on which team later in the night for the games.

This Black Hat Society sign was downloaded from the internet and perfect for what we became by the end of the evening... friends connected in a new our black hats.

The easiest way to have a party is let the guests share in the cooking. I asked the gals to bring an appetizer or dessert and we had quite the spread. We could never eat it all, but we did put a good dent in it! Apples and caramel dip, a very delicious bread dip, cheesy salsa dip and chips, pumpkin roll, eclairs, layered chocolate caramel bars, seven layer cookies and beautiful tasty tarts! MMMM!

I served two brews for this party. The lime/pineapple slush, because, as my daughter says, "When else can you serve green drink?" and my favorite old standby with the white grape juice and gingerale!

Black, White and Swirls galore... kind of witchy and magical.

I'd made the large broom and hung the sign on the top,"Broom Parking" then tied these miniature versions of the broom along the banister as little thank you gifts to my guests. They all got to choose a broom as they were leaving. They added to the decor and were a fun little gift, too.


Pam said...

Love it!:-)

Nicole said...

Love your Halloween decor but would also love some recipes from this fabulous party.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Looks like you had a great night! Lots of Halloween fun:@)

Monique said...

Wonderful tablescape :) Now I see I should use light table cloth. My setting turn out a bit to dark :)

Barbara said...

This looks like a wonderful party! I love that your guests came in their finest attire. Happy Halloween!

Deb S. said...

This is a "WOW" table for sure! What a lucky bunch of witches!!! First time stopping by. Cant wait to see whats next!!!!

Entertaining Women said...

Broom Parking....I like it a lot! Your table is indeed and elegant take on Halloween. Great way to identify the drinking glasses and divide teams for games. Thank you for sharing your creative tablescape. Cherry Kay

Alycia Nichols said...

What a super fun idea!!! I'll bet all the witches just loved it! AND I am sure they were quite appreciative of your creative efforts! Have a great Halloween!!!

we three dogs and me said...

Oh what fun you must have had. I wish I was invited. Taking the pictures in the dark made it more fun.You had so many great ideas such as the little brooms and witches hat. Will visit again.