Tips on Halloween Party Ideas for Adults
Halloween is looming! Many of us will be driven to break out the fake cobwebs and plastic skulls to prepare for our annual Halloween events. However, Halloween isn’t just a time for what you can find at a chain party store.
The difficulty with Halloween is that it is not often equated with elegance or refinement. Many events have difficulty hitting the theme, either straying too far in an attempt to be original, or falling flat with dry ice, cauldrons, and fake spiders.
This year, leave the spiderwebs and skeletons behind in favor of a more elegant execution. You can easily weave this look into any large-scale event for the Halloween lover in your life.
Below, we’ve detailed our mock-up Halloween party theme ideas and included a few Halloween party ideas for adults to make sure the day or night stays elegant!
Party Idea #1: Have a Neutral Color Palette
For our Halloween party decorations mock-up above we chose a color palette of willow green, plum, silver, and black. The subtle colors help the table setting stay on the theme without being too overpowering, such as using orange and purple.
The foundation of our table setting is a glitz sequin fabric tablecloth in willow green. It’s important to incorporate many interesting textures into your table setting, and our sequin fabric adds a lot of visual interest to the space.
Party Idea #2: Keep Everything Polished
We love bright orange curly willow as much as anyone, but a sophisticated party may not be the best place for it. In our Halloween party themes for adults mock up we chose satin linens in purple and black for a sleek start to our look. You may also want to add burnt orange napkins for accents.
To ensure your vision is cohesive for a large-scale event, set one table exactly as you want it as a sample table. From there you can instruct your event crew to replicate the table exactly. This helps ensure uniformity as the crew will have a sample reference to compare their work.
Another great tip to help your party set up run smoothly is to give specialized tasks to several crew members. Having crew members tackle a whole table at a time may lead to accidental decor mistakes.
If someone is in charge of only place setting they are more likely to be identical, which is the mark of a professional event. Your choice of dinnerware is just as important as the table linens. Pick up our beaded charger plates, plates/cutlery, and satin napkins to actualize your own Halloween party ideas for adults.
Party Idea #3: Think About Every Aspect
Though you can stop after the table linens, it’s the additional touches that take an event from good to great. For our chair covers we chose a delicate self-tie cover adorned with an organza chair cap. These Halloween party decorations for adults add another layer of visual interest to your decor.
Likewise, a centerpiece is vital to the aesthetic of the event. We selected our silver candelabra centerpiece and topped it with a faux flower arrangement.
This piece works well because it doesn’t take the theme of the table setting too literally. Rather than selecting a cliché skull-shaped vase or plastic cauldron, our candelabra is both elegant in its own right while referencing a more antique, perhaps haunted, feel.
The combination of the refined crystals and the floral arrangement in our selected color scheme gives the overall effect of an eerie mansion. Floral arrangements are a great opportunity to tie your color scheme together and include a few pops of color. (Our arrangement features a few small yellow accents that pop against our black draping.)
Party Idea #4: Spooky Tablescape
When it comes to thinking of adult Halloween party themes, it's all about setting the mood, and your tablescape can be the focal point of your eerie soirée. Forget the typical orange and black decor; think dark elegance with a twist of the macabre.
Deep purples, rich blacks, and splashes of blood red can create an atmosphere that's both chic and chilling. Start by selecting a location that provides an atmospheric backdrop – it could be your dining room, an outdoor patio, or a dimly lit area with a touch of mystery. Set the stage for an unforgettable night.
Use a black event tablecloth as a base and think of it as a blank canvas. It sets the foundation for the dark elegance you're aiming for. Now, let your imagination run wild. You can add more black to it like black charger plates, black lace table runners, and dark-shaded utensils.
At the same time, you can accentuate it with silver candelabras, adorned with dripping blood-red candles. This will cast an enchanting and slightly eerie glow across the table.
Mix in some dark roses placed in antique vases to add a touch of Gothic romance to the scene. Scatter faux spiderwebs discreetly along the table edges for that bewitching finishing touch.
To truly impress your adult guests, select dinnerware that combines black and silver elements for a sophisticated look. Complement this with elegant glassware that shimmers under the candlelight.
Top it all off with personalized place cards, shaped like tombstones, to add a fun and unique twist. Each guest's name etched onto a faux tombstone adds a personal touch that will make your Halloween tablescape a memorable and interactive part of the evening. With this combination of the eerie and the elegant, your Halloween party for adults will be a night to remember, as your guests dine in a world where darkness meets delight.
Details About Our Refined Halloween Mock-Up
Difficulty Level: ★★★☆☆(mid difficulty)
Set Up Time: Approx. 40 minutes with drapes depending on the number of tables
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Celebrate Halloween in a Unique and Exciting Way
We hope you find these Halloween party ideas for adults useful and incorporate them into your next large-scale event! Don’t forget to check out our Halloween Pinterest board for inspiration while planning.
Check out CV Linens for all the event draping needs for your event while you take care of your Halloween party must-haves. We also offer an extensive line of tablecloths on sale, which can help with your easy-to-do Halloween party ideas.