Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Welcome to the Witch Party! 2014

We had a wonderful time at this year's Witch Party! I think this was our best party yet in all the years we've been doing this. This year's theme (on top of the standard witch theme) was skeletons. These were the invitations. You might remember the chandelier envelopes and snippets of the cards from last year's After Halloween Target and Michaels Haul. You're going to see several things from that haul!

I loved that chandelier so I had to keep it. I cut apart the cards themselves and reassembled them as a sort of skeleton club scene. Then I drew some little skeletons and colored them in/glittered them.

The new toad was looking very dapper in his party attire:

You can see the back of him in the mirror. That cape was actually part of a (very small) dog outfit!

Me and my toad in our matching purple and black outfits:

I painted a bunch of little plastic skeletons with metallic paint. I was really happy with how these turned out.

As you can see with this little platinum skeleton, they're super poseable. The guests all ended up having fun making the skeletons do yoga poses. I wish I could do the stuff these little guys can do! They're very flexible.

The skeleton is sitting with the vintage bottle collection you might remember from past years.

The little skellies also became part of the flower arrangement: 

Thanks to Old Fashion Halloween, I found out about these awesome blinking skulls! The lights in their eyes change to all different colors. Blue to green to red to purple. They really light up in the dark! Believe it or not, these cool skulls can be found at Dollar Tree.

You might remember these little skulls from the package I was sent from I poked holes in them and stuck some heavy duty straws in them. The straws were probably intended for cake pops. These look like skull lollipops to me.

My mom and me:

A hat I put together from the package of supplies I got from the Target Haul last year.

This paper fan decoration's placement was another idea from Old Fashion Halloween:

Black and orange chips from Aldi:

The table was set with the skeleton decorations. I was inspired color-wise by those bright napkins. My little painted skeletons are holding the place cards.

This witch was a gift from a friend. Isn't she perfect?

I decided to try making some bone buns by cutting with a cookie cutter from a Pillsbury Dough Sheet. The sheets are probably made for pizzas but they worked fine for this too!

All cooked:

Skeletal salad tossers:

Baked Ziti:

The piratey little cupcakes! These were triple chocolate with the chocolate chips melted inside. Pretty addictive stuff. I like how that spider photobombed the picture.

The treat baggies with a black skull pattern:

I had a lot of fun decorating outside using some of the gifts I was sent, like the luminaries. The skulls on the luminaries were a perfect match with what I wanted to do. I lit a candle and placed it in the cauldron. The bones fit with the cauldron somehow.

Some of the skull illustrations are courtesy of The Graphics Fairy.

I was pretty proud of myself for what I did with this freestanding skull. I printed it out, cut it out and taped it to a small picture frame.

Remember this skeleton from my gift package? It got a little girly with the help of some cupcake wrappers and some duct tape.

The same glass candle holder I used with a bat last year but now with a skeletal hand.

Some really neat vintage looking garland from Dollar Tree:

Here's what the decorations looked like at night:

Dollar Tree helped once more with the fake candles inside these luminaries. What a brilliant blue glow they created!

I love all the contrast of this soft orange light with the bright blue.


Remember these two?

I love this photo! It's kind of blurry but it's one of my favorites from the night. Spooky and mysterious. This is actually the spider skull you see in my candy bowl each year for the trick-or-treaters.

To show you some details of my costume:

My hat had a veil that can be pulled down:

 My skull and crossbones earrings:

 That locket I pieced together from ebay pieces:

 Skull socks!

Our guests brought some really neat gifts for us! Those black, glittery candles are so cool. You just twist them and they light up.

I thought these would be those kind of gnarly tasting candies but they actually tasted like orange!

A cute picture frame and a festive farmers' market pumpkin:

I hope you enjoyed looking through these photos! I always look forward to sharing them. If you'd like to see pictures from parties past, here are some links to those posts:

Witch Party 2013

Witch Party 2012

Witch Party 2011

I'm planning the Halloween Blog Party for this Sunday! I'd love to have some more costumed photos from you guys so you can join in the fun!

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