When Pottery Barn asked us to help celebrate the arrival of their NEW Fall collections, I nearly fell off my chair!! Not only their stunning products epitomize exceptional style and quality, but the idea of working with Pottery Barn is just a dream come true!!
Needless to say, I'm beyond delighted to let you know we'll be partnering up with all this week to bring you lots of fabulous Halloween party ideas, starting with today's post on how to style a Halloween Blood Bar!!
Halloween is not just for kids, and this year we're really into the grown-up vibe and relishing the chance to style something other than candy bars or desserts tables - one that’s easy, fun and creative!
For this vampire fest, the styling focuses on special drinks and setting an eerie scene. The festively frightening look is inspired by all things bloody and vampiric!
Halloween Blood Bar - DIY PartyStyling and Decor
The setup is straightforward: a few impromptu bar stations with blood-themed cocktails, such as classic Bloody Marys served in test tubes, and platters and plates stacked with Gingerbread Vampire Cookies and other treats (recipes coming later in the week).
To cast a spell-binding glow on this bloody scene, place Pottery Barn's Drippy Wax Tapers in Iron Scroll Taper Candelabras, and scatter Mini Black Skull Candles about. Bottles can be topped with Pottery Barn's fabric toppers: Bat Wings, Witch Hat, Dracula’s Cape and Skull. Tables are set with Shiny Spooky Table Throws, featuring flying ravens, flowers and leaves that seem to blend for a subtle ombre effect.
Also included are a few recipes for easy-to-make-and-eat foods, and lots of free downloadable DIY cut-outs for embellishing your vampire lair - So be sure to check back all week to see all the goodies!! ;)
Halloween Blood Bar - DIY Party Printables
This is a casual party with various decor in the entry, hallway and along a mantel. It’s stocked with beverages and snacks, and decorated with spine-chilling accessories.
The decorating is made easy with lots of free printable Halloween-themed cutouts (coming later in the week) like the magnificently macabre printable invitations, lantern adornments, red vampire lips for drink straws and a “Blood Bar” banner.
The winning touch is black and white photocopies of portraits printed out and enhanced with fangs and dripping blood, then reframed.
Halloween Blood Bar - Styling The Blood Bar
At each beverage station, a dispenser is filled with a red drink and marked with a printable label stating blood type: Type O, Type A Negative, and so forth.
For wine bottles and liquor use Pottery Barn's Bat Wine Bottle Opener and our Bat Wings, Witch Hat, Dracula Cap and Skull Toppers once opened. Place bottles in their galvanized steel black-bat adorned Bat Ice Bucket.
Lots of glassware on hand is a must for this party. Double old-fashioneds as well as high balls and martini glasses are set out, along with wine and champagne flutes from Pottery Barn Library Barware collection. They’re handsome and distinctive, made of glass that really makes red drinks sparkle.
The Vampire Teeth Dispenser Stand is a wonderfully frightening flourish to one of the Large or Small Glass Drink Dispensers, filled with the red beverage of your choice.
Halloween Blood Bar - Party Appetizers Recipes
Masquerading as a casket, the Vampire Cheese Boxand Tools has everything for a gourmet cheese course: knives, slate markers and fun, bat-shaped picks.
To serve the Vampire Blood Tomato Soup, use test tubes on ice inside Pottery Barn's Antique Silver Serve Bowl.
For appetizers, Pottery Barn's classic Antique Silver Platter and 3-Tiered Stand show off treats like the Gingerbread Vampire Cookies. Porcelain Dracula Plates printed with vampire themed quotes are perfect for piles of nuts, crackers and sweets.
Since this party’s focus is on guests mingling and sampling different drinks, the food presentation is kept simple and easy. We suggest the Gingerbread Vampire Cookies (recipe coming later in the week) piled high on quotable Dracula Plates, and treats served in Pottery Barn's Bat Branch Condiment Set.
Hope you love the ideas too, and be sure to come back tomorrow for some more Halloween party ideas!
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Pottery Barn but opinions are entirely my own.
Cristina Riches aka Bird, is the founder of BirdsParty.com. She's also a creative mom of two, published author, graphic designer, magazine editor and unconditional party lover. Her party ideas have been featured on numerous publications such as Forbes.com, CNN Entertainment, Parenting Magazine and MarthaStewart.com; and she's a regular party contributor to PBS Parents, Yum Food for Kids Magazine, Créative Magazine and HGTV.