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It’s the most wonderful day of the year! It’s Halloweenie Roast day which means I am running around like a mad woman putting the finishing touches on my annual Halloween party. Tonight, my friends will show up in killer costumes, and we’ll gather around the bonfire, drink witches brew and celebrate Halloween.
I can’t wait!
If you subscribe to my weekly email, Treats Not Tricks, you’ve already had your sneak peek at my party this year, which is a villains theme. (Totally self-serving because I’ve been dying to dress up as Maleficent for years.)
Today I’m sharing it on the blog – then keep an eye out because over the next two weeks, I’ll be sharing photos from the party to cure your Halloween blues.
Here’s your sneak peek at Halloweenie Roast 2017:
I’ll admit…it took me a lot longer than usual to get inspired with this theme, and I’m not entirely sure why because it’s a GREAT one for a Halloween party. I had a lot of ideas floating around in my head and wasn’t able to narrow them down, I guess.
But once I found this invitation idea, the ball was rolling:
I drew MAJOR inspiration from this and came up with my own:
Since I went heavy on black and purple last year with my Tim Burton theme, I wanted to steer clear of purple all together. Instead, I decided black, grey/silver and lime green would be my party colors.
Early on, I found mugshots of Disney villains in my Pinterest searches. It dovetailed perfectly with another problem I’ve been trying to solve: how to simplify costume voting.
While most of my friends know each other, some only see each other – in costume – at Halloweenie Roast every year. My BFF (and fave photographer) Amanda suggested Polaroid-style photos of everyone we could hang up somewhere, write names on and use for voting.
Genius, right? So I bought myself an Instax camera on sale this summer and have been slowing buying up film with 50-60% off coupons at Michaels. Last weekend, I made my backdrop using just butcher paper and a black marker. I also grabbed this letter board on Amazon to be my arrest placard.
I’m REALLY excited to unveil this to my friends as I welcome them to the party this year!
Because I knew this Halloween season, in particular, would be busy I decided I wanted to keep my decor pretty simple. I’ve always loved the look of recycled wine bottles topped with taper candles and flowers, so that’s the decor look I’m going for!
I have a few blackbirds to mix in, as well as two goodies I picked up Thursday on clearance at Joann as well as a printable or two I created. I also fell in love with the idea of having strings of green lights all over for back-lighting. I was pretty sure I had seen them somewhere while Halloween hunting this year, and I was right – Walmart had them!
Overall, I want things to feel creepy and dark, just like a villain’s lair.
I also fell in love with the idea of caramel apples because, after all, villains are infamous for handing out poison apples! I loved the pop of acid green against the caramel, and I gave mine a twist…but for that, you’ll have to wait for the post-party photos.
To keep my green theme going, I decided I wanted an acid green cocktail for my witches brew this year. While I liked the look of this one, the recipe didn’t excite me…so I went back to my tried and true (and always popular) margaritas.
Halloweenie Roasters will be sipping on sour apple margaritas tonight, with a garnish bar that includes green apple slices, lime wedges and jalapenos!
As for everything else I have in store? Well…you’ll just have to tune into Instagram tonight after 7 p.m. CST. I’m hoping to post some story updates and maybe even jump on Instagram live a few times to share my party with you guys. Follow along here.
Are you hosting a Halloween party this year?
I’d love to see your photos – tag me in them on social media. If not, well, we can change that.
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