Yes, I know Halloween is over, but I cannot wait an entire year to share with you the Happy Haunts Birthday Spooktacular I threw on Saturday for my son’s 4th birthday.
For those in the northeast, you can recall how horrible the weather was – sleet, ice, rain, snow, and wind! While we were fortunate to not have the brunt of the storm, the uncooperative weather made it difficult for transporting all of the props and party elements to our venue.
A few weeks prior, guests were invited to our happy haunts party.
Guests entered the party through a graveyard filled with handmade tombstones. In a nod to Luca’s request for a party based on the Disney attraction, Haunted Mansion, our tombstones feature the same amusing epitaphs.
I used velvet and lace layers to add texture to the tables, tarnished silver candleabras (my awesome flea market find) with cobwebbing and small bust statues as centerpieces. Additional guest tables also featured vintage photos of eerie people, dimensional glittered haunted houses, and bust statues.
A coffin filled with reindeer moss, a glittered skeleton held the child’s placecards which sat upon an eggplant satin napkin and silver charger.
Activities included painting pumpkins, donut-on-a-string game, and wrap a mummy game.
Guests were asked to be wary of Hitchhiking Ghosts
Guests were also able to listen to a Madame fortune teller chant her seance spells from her crystal ball among bottles of elixirs and potions.
Food and drinks were given Halloween and Spookishly (yes, I just made up a new word!) appropriate names including Bat Wings (Buffalo Chicken Wings), Halloweenies, Monster Mashed Potato Bar, Earth Worms (Pasta Salad), Spellbinders (an adult cocktail), and Vampire Blood (kid friendly fruit punch served in a cauldron).
The dessert table featured an eggplant backdrop with black damask demon motif painted onto it drapped with creepy tea-stained cheesecloth. The chocolate and butterscotch tiered cake was designed by Elyse of Joy & Cake.
Sweets consisted of gluten free cupcakes with chocolate bats, caramel apples, black & white swirl lollipops, meringues, and chocolate bark.
At the favor display, guests were thanked and asked to hurry back to see us again.
Adults selected a mummy wrapped candy bar, the older children were given 2 classic horror novels, such as Frankenstein, tied with black glittered ribbon and adorned with a tag. The young children received a Magic 8 ball, assorted sweet treats, glow stick, and stickers.
Happy Birthday Luca!