Carefree Blonde

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

How To: Create A Ghouls Night In

October makes my heart happy. I love all things fall and Halloween... Like low key crazy about it. There's something magical to me about slightly cooler weather, apple picking, pumpkin carving, and trick-or-treating. What's not to love!? I was super excited and inspired when Oriental Trading Company reached out wanting to inspire some Halloween creativity and sent a few items to make my vision come to life. The first thing that came to my mind was a fabulously creepy Ghouls Night Out (or technically in).  Hosting a themed dinner is a great way to get the Halloween festivities underway! So invite your fellow witches, ghosts, and goblins for a chic spooky dinner in!

Note: For the best themed dinner party learn what to do yourself and what to outsource. Trying to do everything yourself (including food) can be way too stressful and it's fun to get other people involved to make your Pinterest dreams come true!  This tablescape is a perfect example of DIY, professional, and guest contributions. 


1. Snake placemats- To make  these placemats, I used three bags of these snakes and painted them black. Once painted, I used a round placemat from the dollar store as a template and hot glued them together. I needed 8 place settings and had to spread out the snakes more than I would have liked. To give it more of a pile of snakes look I would make sure to get 6 bags of the snakes.

2. Smell My Feet Treats- These cinnamon pecans and almonds are amazing and so easy to make. I used this recipe here. The only thing I changed was adding way more nuts. Instead of using 3 cups use 6-7 otherwise there is way too much of the cinnamon sugar mixture. The tags were made (by my sweet mom) using stamping up stamps. I just took a colored pencil to add a little more detail.

3. Table Spider Webbing- Ok, so I had never heard of this before but my friend Jackie over at blooming heights told me you can create realistic spider webs using hot glue and two pieces of styrofoam! Y'all it works and is fairly easy to do. Just slather one side of the foam with hot glue and then rub the two pieces together and pull apart for your almost too real looking spider web!


1. Floral Skull Centerpiece & Bronze Candlesticks- I knew for this event, I wanted the centerpiece to really stand out. I'm all for DIY but there are just some things better left to the professionals. I mean as soon as I saw what Jackie from Blooming Hites did after I explained my vision I was blown away with how gorgeous this skull centerpiece turned out. Definitely exceeded what I had envisioned! Another thing I love about Blooming Hites is they offer decor rentals like these bronze candlestick holders which really added to the spooky classy vibe. It's so nice to rent a few items when you don't want to have to purchase everything yourself. If you're in the Atlanta area, you need to check out Blooming Hites for your next event. Their style, customer service, and flower boutique in Roswell GA are all top notch. Check out their IG @bloominghites

Guest Contributions:

1. Food- I sometimes still feel like I need to do everything myself and end up getting way too stressed out. There's a few different ways you can get some help in this area. With a themed party like this, ask your guests to bring their spookiest side. This is a great way to find new recipes and get your guests involved. To make it even more fun,  do a mini contest for the most creative side dish! The other option that would be super helpful especially if you have a specific menu in mind is to give a few guests that want to help a recipe to bring for you. This will still give you control over the spread while taking a little pressure off your shoulders.


I love finding unique decorations that stand out without breaking the bank ya feel me? Oriental Trading Company has some AMAZING decorations to bring your event to the next level.

1. Table Runner
2. Black Linen Napkins
3. Giant Rat Skeleton
4. Black Drinking Goblets
5. Placemat Snakes

Both the Skull for the centerpiece and skeleton hands were found at Target. I couldn't find the hands online but the skull bowl is Here .

A few more fun ghouls night out ideas or witches night out ideas I'd love to do.

1. Make your own Halloween candy bowl at a pottery painting shop (similar to those sip and stroke venues)

2. Hocus Pocus Movie Night

3. Wicked Witch Caramel Apple Bar

4. Halloween Craft Night (Wreaths, signs, any other fun DIY Halloween Project)

I hope this got your spooky juices flowing! There are so many fun things you can do this time of year and Oriental Trading Company is a great one stop shop for all your spooky fantasies. What are some of your favorite Halloween activities? I'd love some more ideas!

Special Thanks:

Oriental Trading Company for sponsoring this post

Mosaic Photographics for their amazing photos and ability to capture my vision. Y'all this couple does an amazing job with event photos especially weddings and life events. They also photograph for company events so make you check them out. Make sure to mention "CAREFREEBLONDE" for 15% off your next mini Session

Blooming Hites for their amazing floral talent and decor rentals

My Sister in law for letting me take over her dining table!


  1. Your vision turned out amazing! I LOVE all the details you did! PS- You have a baby that's only a few days old and you can still blog like a rockstar!

  2. These photos are amazing! I'm obsessed with how well everything turned out!

    1. Aww thanks Paige!! Not going to lie I am too lol! It was one of those rare times that I had an idea and I actually was able to execute it how I wanted so that was a fun surprise lol. Thanks for the love!


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