I’m usually not all that into Halloween décor – I can pretty much take it or leave it – but now that I have the boo-tique, I actually get excited for the holiday each year! Getting to see the ghouls all dolled up, strutting their stuff in their costumes makes me absolutely giddy! I used to wear mine for WEEKS before the actual holiday itself when I was a kid, because let’s face it, one day of costume fun is NEVER enough. So I figured, why not host a night of tricks and treats for all the boo-tiful little ghouls in our community? And better yet, since it’s a drop-off event, their parents get to enjoy all the amazing restaurants our downtown has to offer sans little people interruption! Win win!
Now, when I said I get excited about Halloween, I should clarify...I like the cutesy, girly, watered down kid-friendly version. Because momma don’t play with that scary, spooky stuff! I was the kid who slept with a nightlight until I was 15 (or I might still, but that’s beside the point). Anywho...as I was dreaming up this year’s décor, all I had stuck in my head was a color scheme of purple, black, white and silver, with a girly ghost wearing a tutu and a bow in her hair. I immediately reached out to Jen of Jen T by Design, and somehow after seeing the absolutely HIDEOUS sketch of a ghost I sent her, she was able to design the most swoon-worthy ghost you’ve ever seen!
From there everything just fell into place. Target just happened to have some mini ghost piñatas that I was able to “doll up” with a tutu and bow, and I gave a few pumpkins I already had on hand from previous years a little marble painted makeover.
I needed something to fill in the blank space under the balloon arch, and immediately thought, well ghosts say “boo”, so, what could be more fitting?!
I gave boo a little light purple spray paint, and then let my OCD tendencies have the night off, while I got to work splattering them. If you’ve never spray painted a mylar balloon, you might freak out a little at first like I did – they lose a little bit of air for some reason. But after letting the paint dry, they miraculously puffed back up, so crisis averted. Whew! I couldn’t love the result of the dessert backdrop more. Those marble balloons are everything!!
Speaking of desserts...how about little miss ghost topping the sprinkled cake? Love that she had her shining moment!
We added some chocolate drizzled Oreo pops, because let’s face it, I’m addicted to them lately.
And can we talk about the sugar cookie pops?! I mean fab-boo-lous barely even scratches the surface to describe them! That ghost was cut out by hand and the others were literally painted. I might be a whiz with some hot glue, but man, my girl Mel is AMAZING with some dough!
The dessert table will also serve as a “trick or treat” station, with little trinkets I picked up at the local dollar store, as well as these adorable hair ties from Plum Polka Dot.
I opted for a “craft cart” as opposed to setting up a full table of crafts. Love that the littles will be able to choose which craft to start with, then move onto the next when they’re ready. Both the masks and the wooden pumpkins are from Oriental Trading, and I can’t wait to see the littles work their witchy ways with them! The fabric backdrop is easy to move so we can shift it as needed when we take our big group picture at the end of the night.
Last but certainly not least, our table was decorated with a mix of marbled and sequin pumpkins, and of course one of the cuuuute ghost piñatas. To save on budget, I used a strip of gift-wrap as the runner, then topped it off with some “spider web” to add a bit more dimension. The pumpkin containers were perfect for little chocolates, and added just the right pop of color.
And I would be remiss not to mention the ghost chair covers! For one they’re NO SEW, which is always a win in my book, but dang if I don’t toot my horn with how boo-tilicious they turned out!
I cannot wait to see all the ghouls’ faces light up when they enter the boo-tique!! I hope you have a boo-tiful Halloween filled with no tricks, just treats!
Party Styling: Made of Sugar and Spice
Photography: Moments by Maredith
Graphic Design: Jen T. by Design
Sugar Cookies: @sayanythingbakery on Instagram
Balloons: Shop Sweet Lulu
Hair Ties: Plum Polka Dot
Plates, napkins, table runner, white pumpkins, mini ghost piñatas: Target