Congratulations dear reader
! You’ve endured my ubiquitous banter and tangential ramblings for two whole years
All I have to say is, yay you for surviving
Oh, and a HUGE THANKS
for coming back!
Two Halloweens and about a gazillion words ago I began writing for the Party Time Blog
. Remember that first story about my non-Halloween-costume-compliant son
? Update … he’s still non-compliant, but he sure does get a kick out of making sure my nephews celebrate the candy-filled evening to its full advantage.
He’s given us that.
And it is all about being thankful for what you’re given
So I’ve had a lot of fun creating and writing about all-things party for the last 721 days
. Hmmm … I wonder if the term “writing” could be construed as a bit of an understatement … I mean maybe the phrase “epic tale” would be more fitting to the huge quantities of verbiage you’ve had to wade through for the past two years. LOL.
But seriously dear reader, I hope you have found some inspiration here; some snippet of “I’ve gotta try that”
tucked in amongst the long-winded and sometimes incoherent musings of me.
Fingers crossed you have.
If nothing else, maybe a post or two has helped you cure an insufferable bought of insomnia
But enough of the mushy stuff …
So dear reader, to keep well with tradition
(I mean two years a tradition makes, right?) I present you with a little Halloween story … the story of Thuperman.
, aka Albert a mild-mannered and rather bookish Badger Meter Electronics shipping manager was Superman’s older
, and much more near-sighted, brother
who was challenged with a bit of a lisp
. For years he worked with a kind and dedicated speech pathologist to overcome his lispiness, but alas, it was to no avail … he just couldn’t seem to get those s’s to sssss.
So on one cold and rainy October 30th, his concerned and devoted wife replaced all the S’s on his shirts with Theta’s
… that’s Greek for “TH” in case you were wondering … and Thuperman was born
. The next day, he rose as a Phoenix sporting his baggy off-white thermal underwear, caped in a royal blue sheet and proudly showing off his red Theta-filled chest. Thuperman was not your ordinary super hero
. He could leap over stacks of tall shipping crates in a single bound. He could wrap a box with packing tape faster than a speeding bullet. And he could wear a set of thermal underwear like no one else!
So just who was this svelte, mustached man who could manage a day’s worth of electronics shipments without breaking a sweat?
He was … my dad
My even-though-you-were-desperate-for-a-costume-how-could-you-let-my-mother-talk-you-into-leaving-the-house-in-those-thermals dad.
I can still remember the Halloween eve when this costume was drummed up
. When my parents were giggling with delight as they made up this "thuper hero’s" back story and as they worked together to put the finishing touches on the "thuper thuit”.
It was super alright! Super highlarryus!
Did you notice the shipping tag pinned to the Theta? Yeah, its details like that that made the whole costume even more comical.
But this, this is one of my most favorite memories
And of course one of my most favorite pictures
… I mean really … it does explain a lot of why I am the way I am … for example, things such as my need for corrective lenses and, quite possibly, my inability to put together a fashionable outfit (right Nicole?). LOL.
OK, back to something more serious
(‘cause you know I’m all about the serious) ... let’s talk about a Hallowversary Party
A what? A Hallowversary Party!
Not sure what that is? Well, me either …
But I think it’s what’s pictured below ... a slightly romantic, slightly glam, Halloween dinner party complete with sugar-infused buffet dessert service
. A little evening's festivities I’m sure all of youhave been dying to host
Well, whatevah you want to call it, there are some fabulous (if I do say so myself) inspirational moments to see and incorporate
into your next shin-dig.
So let’s take a look … The Party Scene
My friend Jane (big huge shout out to Jane
!) was gracious, generous and crazy enough to help me plan, execute and house this party. We took over her backyard one late Saturday afternoon and moved just about all of the dining room furniture she had ever owned outside under the pergola.
I don’t know about you, but I think dining alfresco is fabulous
. Everything just seems to taste yummier when eaten outside imho. The Color Scheme
The inspiration for the night’s motif came from the new curtain fabric Jane had just ordered for her daughter’s room. See that beautiful black and white damask print
on the table? Not only will it make gorgeous valances and pillows, but it was a fabulous starting point for the party décor. The Bling Scheme
We decided to hit the black and white with splashes of silver
for that certain “wow” factor and to also make the tablescapes a bit more reflective under the candlelight
. Silver pumpkins? Why not! A can of metallic spray paint can do wonders for a set of cheap burnt orange plastic gourds.
And for that matter, it can transform a bundle of dead branches too! Scroll back up two pictures and take another look at the silvery branch backdrop behind the table
. The branches help to enclose the space, making it more intimate, plus they add an element of eeriness to the scene. But the backlighting helps too don’tcha think? Love what a pair of can lights can do for effect!
Along with the silver, we threw in some crystal elements to add additional sparkle and glam
. These candle chandeliers
have been collecting dust in my attic for a few years now. One day they will hang above my bathtub and provide soft ambient lighting (which I am sure I will look 10 pounds lighter under), but for this Saturday night, they illuminated our party table and help to cast a dreamy deckled glow.
Even the glittered centerpiece tree got a touch of bling with the addition of a few crystal chandelier drops
. I found these in the bridal aisle of the crafts store. I know! Who’d have thunk? So, lesson here: don’t forget to check out the bridal department when you are gathering party décor … there are tons of great finds there … it’s not all about cheesy “bride and groom” stuff anymore.
The shininess continues on the table in each of the place settings
. We used cut crystal glasses, high sheen silver chargers and silver-plated lidded pots. My mom brought the pots back from Turkey in anticipation of serving ice cream in them … she’s done it once … I think they call for a non-acidic soup myself … either way, they are shiny and almost shaped like a pumpkin which makes them a party two-fer. And you know I love a great two-fer!
Now I know you are already doing this, but in case there are some newbie tablescapers out there, don’t be afraid to mix and match your plate patterns
. If you make sure to keep the color stories in the same family and the scale of the patterns different, you’ll be fine to put a floral next to a geometric or a traditional motif against something more modern. Just remember two words … color and scale
. The Food Scene
In a perfect pretend party world
, the buffet table
would be filled with all kinds of delectable culinary delights.
Our Halloversary Party? Not so much. We decided to
serve things that are white and kid friendly
… kinda sounds like a category on $100,000 Pyramid with Dick Clark doesn’t it? … loved that show : ).
Anywho, for Jane and I it wasn’t about the food anyway
… we really just wanted to merchandize the goodies … to make it all look pretty
And I think we accomplished that.
But then, I might be a bit biased : ). Highlights of the buffet table?
- Plates and platters perched atop candlesticks for fabulous make-shift serving pieces
(see marshmallows, doughnuts and pumpkins).
- Cheese cloth and netting wrapped around table top
to tie pieces together, soften hard lines and add some additional color albeit another neutral.
- Spooky branch and coffin backdrop
… every Halloversary Party needs a coffin right? We even thought about using it serve from, but couldn’t get it to be the right height … how cool would that have been though ... maybe next year.
- Large bat cut outs added to the trees for one more layer of detail
. Jane cut them out of insulation board from the home improvement store and, you guessed it, spray painted them black and silver. From one $10 4’x8’ sheet, she got a ton of bats, so many I lost count.
It was a fabulous deal so I recommend if you have a need for large quantities of Styrofoam-like cut outs, head to the home improvement store. Bargain bats with a capital B. Our only suggestion … you might want to peel the plastic sheeting off before you spray paint. Even though it gives the project a cool hammered metal look, the paint can (and probably will) pull the sheeting off the board, causing the board to look warped in spots. If you’re going for a bubbly warped look, spray on. If not, peel first.
So … whatcha think? Are you now totally inspired to throw a Hallowversary Party this weekend
? Party, yes. Halloversary, maybe not so much. LOL.
Call it whatevah you’d like … just have fun taking a glam approach to the traditional Halloween party
… it would be an especially fab approach for a grown-ups only dinner
… well, minus the doughnuts and cupcakes … but I say, always keep the mallows on the table … leave no mallow behind : ). Well, have a safe and happy Halloween dear reader
! May your pillowcases be over flowing with full-size bar goodness and your face paint leave no traces of evidence the morning after. And thanks again for another year of patronage! I hope the next 721 days are just as inspiring and fun for us both!
I would love to hear from you, so leave a comment and I will do my best to figure out how to respond … even after 721 days there are still some things I have no clue how to do on here … like bullets … still can’t get them to appear where I want them … thankfully there’s a magic bullet fairy who always puts them in for me ... thank you Magic Bullet Fairy
wherever you are!
~ Elizabeth (ekb