Halloween Party Design with Guest, Anders Ruff

Photo Credit: Anders Ruff

Today we feature a special Halloween guest post from the party design specialists at Anders Ruff. Take a look at their fabulous Halloween decor and menu ideas:

Halloween is right around the corner and there are so many ways to celebrate and decorate for Halloween. Our latest printable design collection, the Haunted Halloween collection, is the perfect mix of spooky and whimsical. Whether you need to send in classroom treats, pack up trick or treat bags or decorate a party for Halloween, printables are an economical and easy way to spruce up the ordinary.

We have loads of inspiration for decor, crafts, desserts and styling in our recent Haunted Halloween photo shoot. You will see our printable party decor throughout the photo shoot and will notice how the printables can take your party to the next level.

Photo Credit: Anders Ruff

We used a mix of antiques (books, cameras, medicine bottles, paper documents from the early 1900s, an old clock & typewriter, shutters and window panes) to give that haunted house feel.

The backdrop was an olive green silk that had embroidered tree branch looking detail and it was the perfect fabric to give a haunted forest look. We tea-stained a cheesecloth (DIY) to drape over the table for depth and interest. The old columns were the perfect side decor to anchor the table because they reminded us of the columns of an old haunted house.

Photo Credit: Anders Ruff

Bat sugar cookies (From Firefly Confections) were hung from the ceiling as if they were swooping through the air. We couldn’t do this shoot without a black cat! (Thanks to our local humane society!) The kids dressed up as the classic witch and mummy. (Amazing costumes from Made by Morgan!)

Photo Credit: Anders Ruff

Since we didn’t want to scare our little goblins away, festive treats such as hanging bat cookies, pumpkin & owl cookies, mummy-mallows (mummy-head marshmallows), boo-meringues (meringue ghosts), white chocolate drizzled caramel apples, chocolate skeleton keys were displayed. These treats gave a kid-friendly feel to the setup while still showing unique ideas for desserts.

Photo Credit: Anders Ruff

Our focal point of the main dessert table was an antique typewriter where we displayed pumpkin and owl cookies, plus witch’s spells from our printable collection. Printable pennants embellished with some graphic mock-Polaroids (also included in the printable collection!) looked amazing on the front of the dessert buffet!

We used accents of old-school cameras to accessorize the table and flowed well when it was mixed in with the haunted house photography/banner (in the printable package).

The chocolate skeleton keys were the perfect touch!  I made these and LOVED the way they turned out! We recently wrote up a tutorial on how to make your own chocolate skeleton keys!  It is incredibly easy and fun! Take a look at the tutorial from our weekly Ruff Draft.

Photo Credit: Anders Ruff

Old medicine bottles wrapped in our graphic designs were used to display the Mummy-mallows and Boo-meringues (which I made the night before!)

We made inverted book displays (DIY) out of old beat up books and used varying sizes to add height and dimension. Here are the instructions (in one of our Weekly Ruff Draft columns) on how to make your own inverted book display!

A vintage ammo box was used to hold caramel apples and an antique door knob was set up to hold the chocolate skeleton keys (DIY – we will be showing how to make these on our new website soon www.andersruff.com). We made these chocolate skeleton keys from key molds and also our printable key template that is included in the printable collection. We also made the caramel apples (DIY) and drizzled white chocolate horizontally to carry through the same “look” as the wrapped mummy treats (and model!).

We wanted to show a more eclectic way to serve cupcakes so Got What It Cakes layered the cupcakes in mason jars topped off with chocolate spider webs.

Photo Credit: Anders Ruff

A side bar was perfect to display our bat-juice (apple cider) and other small treats. We used hues of burnt orange, olive greens and natural creams & browns. Our printable graphics included modern polka-dots, skeleton stripes, vintage bead-board stripes, and classic tweed patterns. Harry Potter served as some inspiration for witch spells and potions. We also included real haunted house photography for our main banner.

We used old shutters and a window pane for our backdrop – a simple prop that gives a bold statement. More antique books, cameras and medicine bottles were displayed to hold our treats. We added some Spanish moss for another spooky element. We also created a printable square Trick or Treat banner to offset the scene.

Our drink tray was wrapped with old paper documents (DIY). This was so easy to do and gave one of our modern trays a new look. The bat juice (cider) you see is in mini canning jars with an old fashioned candy stick straw.

Photo Credit: Anders Ruff

Popcorn cones (made out of our printable patterned papers and embellished with a printable party logo) were filled with fresh popcorn and strung along the table with mini-clothes pins, so the kids could easily take them off to eat.  We piped chocolate cobwebs (DIY) to add to the tops of some of the popcorn cones as well. Mini-candy bar wrappers embellished the tiny chocolates.

We displayed a wooden box filled with candies that were packaged in cellophane bags and sealed shut with our printable bag toppers. The kids loved passing this around – and what a great way to pass out your trick or treat candies!

We are offering our Complete Printable Haunted Halloween Design Collection in our shop (33 pages of FAB-Boo-lous printables perfect for your own Halloween party, classroom treats or home decor!)

Anders Ruff has given you tons of fabulous ideas for designing an absolutely stunning Halloween party. But of course no event is complete without fun activities and entertainment. When going down your Halloween party planning checklist make sure you consider all of the fun and spooky entertainment options that are available for your ghoulish get-together. Hiring a magician, sword swallower, fortune teller or live band to play your favorite spooky tunes is the perfect way to take your party to the next level!  With great entertainment and activities you are sure to throw a monster of a bash!

– Complete Event Styling, Graphic Design and Haunted Halloween Printables: Anders Ruff Custom Designs
– Photography: Becca Bond Photography
– Cupcakes: Got What It Cakes
– Cookies: Firefly Confections
– Boo Merengues, Skeleton Keys & Mummy Mallows: Homemade by Anders Ruff 
– Witch & Mummy Outfits: Made by Morgan
– Label Material: OnlineLabels.com
– Cello Bags: Nashville Wraps
– Skeleton Key Molds: Mold Shop

We’d love to hear what you think about this Halloween party design.  Let us know in the comments below.  

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