This weekend my daughter, and 30 of her friends, dressed up in costumes and celebrated her 16th birthday with a gothic glam inspired spooktacular halloween party! I was thrilled when Tannis suggested a halloween theme party because it meant busting out the old yard haunt props that we hadn’t seen in over 5 years. (Yes, over 5 years since we decorated for halloween!!) Our love for the spooky, yet family friendly halloween decor would be the perfect backdrop for this gathering, but Tannis wanted to glam it up a bit.. after all, she is a young woman who loves bling! Thankfully, my friend Ginger was able to provide a lot of inspiration with creating the pretty side to this spooky decor, with the additions of ‘bling’ed out black and white pumpkins and crystal spiders. And of course, Sam would be in charge of the graveyard and eerie fog that would roll across the yard and into the party.. the graveyard made the perfect backdrop to our dessert table and helped fill in a lot of the ‘dead’ space in our backyard.. yes, I went there with that pun.
We have a long, narrow patio, and I wanted to create a lounge for the kids, so we brought out our large area rug from the living room, and my victorian era furniture from my studio to create comfortable seating. We hung our favorite changing portraits to help set the mood and they were very effective in spooking the unsuspecting teenagers arriving for the party. Of course, lots of flickering lights and candles and the scene was set. But when Mike, from Revolution DJ showed up with his professional lighting.. the look of the party hit an entirely new level. He and I hit it off really well when, for the first 10 minutes of the party, he played nothing but Haunted Mansion music. But the party was really for my daughter, so the playlist shifted from spooky to dance party and Ginger and I slipped into the house the watch the kids from a safe distance. I was so pleased to see so many kids dancing…again, props to Mike.. he did an amazing job with this teenage crowd.
It was a lot of work to put together this party, but so worth it..
Tannis’ Spooktacular 16th Halloween Birthday Party info:
cake and cake pops by Michelle’s Bakery
dance floor and cocktail tables/linens by Party Plus Rentals
DJ by Revolution DJ Services
Flapper Costume by BuyCostumes.com