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To celebrate Halloween, we decided to throw a Gingerbread Haunted House Decorating Party, which might become a traditional from now on! My kids had so much fun!
Halloween is in 3 weeks and I just can’t believe it! Who thinks this season is too short? Or is it just me? This season is my absolute favorite and I really wish we had more time to enjoy Fall and all the fun this season brings. It goes by too fast!
I am all for creating sweet memories through our parties and I hope these ideas inspire you to do the same this Fall season.
GINGERBREAD HAUNTED HOUSE DECORATING ACTIVITY
First step is to purchase the mini Halloween Gingerbread House decorating kits in advance. I purchased our kits at Target. They have the gingerbread house in a much bigger size, but I decided to go with the mini ones for a fun & quick activity.
Tip 1: To avoid chaos during the party, assemble the houses two days before the party and allow them to dry completely before the kids start decorating them.
SET UP A KID-FRIENDLY TABLETOP
I am simply smitten by this Peanuts collection by Pottery Barn Kids. It’s such a classic theme that will never go out of style. These are pieces I know I will treasure for many years to come!
To add more texture, I layered the Snoopy plates with gingham chargers. Coordinating fabric napkins, utensils, placemats and tumblers complemented each place setting.
CANDY CORN INSPIRED FLORAL CENTERPIECE? YES, PLEASE!
Can we talk about this Candy Corn inspired Floral Arrangement? Carnations never looked so pretty!
My friend Amanda Barkley is an amazing floral designer and I feel blessed for living only 5 minutes away from her. I was looking for pretty florals with a young feel that would be perfect for a kids celebration. I had a black cauldron in my inventory from last year’s Halloween Party and it was the perfect piece to display the florals.
Tip: To keep your florals fresh and fluffy, gently spray them with water using a spray bottle. If possible, keep your arrangement in the fridge until the party starts.
LET THEM EAT SWEET TREATS
My kids have a big sweet tooth and to avoid too much sweet indulgence before meal time, I normally host our parties after lunch so they can enjoy a treat or two. After all the fun they had decorating their haunted houses, they enjoyed Halloween inspired treats, such as decorating cookies, donuts and cupcakes.
DIY A SPOOKY BALLOON GARLAND
I love incorporating at least one DIY decor element into my parties. It adds more of a personal touch and it normally doesn’t involve hours of preparation and tons of craft supplies.
For a fun backdrop, I whipped up a balloon garland in coordinating colors and finished the look by adding a spooky touch with webs and spiders. It’s a trendy and inexpensive DIY decor idea that will absolutely add an eye-catching detail to your set up.
Tip: You can start putting your garland together two days before the event. The best part? You don’t need helium! A ballon pump will do the trick.
I hope you enjoyed this fun Halloween Party idea and feel inspired to host your own. Make it a fun play date for the kids and invite friends over for an afternoon of decorating fun and laughter.
Happy planning, dear friends! I can’t wait to see what you create this season!
Styling and Photography: Andressa Hara, creative director at Twinkle Twinkle Little Party
Peanut Tabletop, BOO Luminary, Light up tree & Table and Chairs: Pottery Barn Kids
Candy Corn Florals: Amanda Barkley
Decorated Cookies: One Sweet Shoppe
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