Hospitality Helps for Halloween Get-Togethers
Halloween dinner parties may be quite popular for adults. After all, why should children have all the fun with trick or treating and costuming for this autumn holiday? Many adults choose to host Halloween dinner parties with themes, such as creepy movie marathons or murder mystery games.
Need some hospitality helps for a Halloween get-together?
Halloween Dinner Party Timing
Although Halloween Night may seem like an opportune time for a Halloween dinner party, this probably is not the case at all. A Halloween hosts or hostess may become frazzled indeed, if trick or treaters ring the doorbell repeatedly throughout the dinner party.
Halloween dinner parties may be held any week in October, particularly during the weekends approaching October 31st.
Halloween Dinner Party Invitations
Printed party invitations, sent through the regular mail, add more festivity to a Halloween dinner party than simple email invitations or social networking bulletin postings (such as MySpace or Facebook).
Stationary stores and greeting card shops sell Halloween party cards and invitations. Halloween note cards may be transformed into party invitations with simple rubber stamp formats (including blanks for the party’s date, time, place and RXVP information).
Free printable Halloween party invitations may be found at 123PrintCards.com, HooverWebDesign.com, Invitation-Nation.com and other websites.
Halloween dinner party invitations should be mailed at least two weeks before the event. Invitations need to specify whether children are invited to attend with their parents or if the dinner party is for grownups only.
Halloween Dinner Party Attire
At a Halloween dinner party, should guests wear costumes? Certainly, a masquerade party may be entertaining for Halloween. A masquerade party might even include prizes for best costume, funniest costume, best costumed pair, scariest costume and other criteria.
The invitations should clearly state whether the Halloween dinner party is a costumed occasion, a formal fete or a casual get-together.
Halloween Dinner Party Décor
A skilled host or hostess will likely create a seasonal atmosphere for a Halloween dinner party. Because this is likely to be an adult affair, the party décor may steer away from cartoonish cutouts of Halloween characters and even ghoulish gore.
A simple autumn display may be most appropriate for a classy Halloween dinner party. Small pumpkins or gourds may be used as candle holders. Grapevine wreaths may surround vases of autumn flowers (real or silk) or bowls of fruit.
However, if the entertainment includes a clown, magician, murder mystery, an Oktoberfest polka band or other special entertainment, then the decorating may well reflect this theme.
Halloween Dinner Party Table Setting
The table setting is the focus of any well-planned dinner party. For a Halloween theme, the banquet table might be draped with a dark tablecloth (in an earthy fall hue). Real or artificial autumn leaves may be spread out on the tablecloth. For a neat effect, clear plastic tablecloth may seal the entire look. (Clear plastic tablecloth may be purchased by the yard in fabric stores.)
In place of Halloween place cards at the table, why not purchase several small demi-masks, and write guests’ names on these instead? (DiscountPartySuppliersWarehouse, for example, offers a dozen half-masks in various colors for less than $5.)
Halloween Dinner Party Menu
What should be served at a Halloween dinner party? The menu, of course, is up to the host or hostess. From pizzas to potages, steaks to stews, good food adds to the pleasure of good company.
Of course, themed menus are particularly appropriate for holidays, such as Halloween. For an example, check out “Halloween Party Menu Ideas – a Festive Feast for Your Favorite Friends.”