The Haunted Mansion

You guys! I've got an eerie and spooktackular Halloween party for you that I did with my great friend Holland of Champagne and Sweet Tea! We can not wait to show you every cob web, spider, bat and smokey potion picture! We stayed with a black and white color scheme and mixed metals. A couple of DIY's and a trick with dry ice landed us a fun and spooky Halloween party!

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It all started with me wanting a statement wall! I knew bats would be a fun idea to come out of the fireplace and fly up over to the ceiling and down into our balloon garland. We hand cut 70 bats from cardstock! HA! But the final product was worth it! My husband and I are huge Halloween lovers, so this display gets to stay up all month long! Our eerie black tree is from Grandin Road. It's an outdoor piece, but for parties, it's ok to bring the outdoors in! Cotton webbing from the Dollar Tree is great to get the creepy old look! We hung black netting, also from Dollar Tree, on my shutters and hung the balloon garland over top. Never under estimate the Dollar Tree! Simple black and white balloons with webbing, spiders and spooky netting goes a long way! The only thing we bought for this whole party was our cocktail and dry ice! Look around your house for added decor, ask friends to borrow pieces that fit your theme and go through your holiday bins from last year! In my bins, I found a new bag of cotton webbing, black spider cut outs I forgot I had from years ago, and netting that looked ruined from candle wax. But the way I placed it, you would never see it! Just get creative!

Table details: I used black plates that I had from the Dollar Tree - Yes, I shop there quite often apparently! The acrylic place cards are by The Crazy Bunny Lady on Etsy. I love showcasing Amanda's work! She was so sweet and generous to send me a set! They look amazing against the black plate. Plain white napkins were folded into the rectangle and pinched together, tied with twine. I placed a spider cut out over the center. The black sheer runner is from Amazon. I'll be doing a post on how easy it was to make that cute cake too!

The awesome skeleton hand flutes are Holland's and they are from Pottery Barn! We used dry ice to make this spooky affect! Some dry ice fun facts: 1. It's cheap! Only $1.99/ lb at my local grocery store! 2. You definitely need to wear cloth gloves to touch it and it should be handled by adults only. We kept it in my kitchen sink and chiseled it with a screw driver. Holland was the dry ice master! 3. No matter how much you add to your beverage, it will not dilute it or change its flavor! BUT you must wait until the dry ice has completely evaporated before consuming. Eventually the smoke wears off and you can tell there is none left.

Our cocktail was Sparkling Cider Mimosas! Just add some champagne to sparkling apple cider! It's delicious and, with just 2 ingredients, so easy!

Drink Up Acrylic Sign

After dark was even better! We had so much fun putting this together! Scroll to the bottom for some video footage! Is anyone else throwing a Halloween party?!

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