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Casual Vintage Halloween (23 photos)


Casual Vintage Halloween

  • The Paper Moon Party Co.:

    I think this might be my favorite Halloween party on HWTM. You did a lovely job really integrating all the details and the photos are gorgeous!

    • August 26, 2012 at 1:48PM
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    I love it! where did you purchases the paper fans???

    • September 29, 2014 at 8:41AM
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I was recently asked to create some Halloween inspiration for creative consultant, Nili Stevens and one of my favorite stores, Where's the Party. I was inspired by some of their vintage/kitsch Halloween items and decided I wanted to incorporate my favorite finds from the store with some everyday items most women have on hand. We envisioned a casual get together for the adults while the kids were out trick or treating. We would serve warm "Vampire Chili" (recipe available at, throw together an easy and elegant "Ghostly Greens" salad with french bread, and of course a few "Witches Brews." Once the kids returned home with their loot, what could be better than inviting everyone outside around the fire pit to tell scary stories and make s'mores?!  Nili happens to love and collect all things vintage, so I decided on a muted color palette, using a piece of burlap (bought at Joann's Fabric, currently on sale for $2.99 a yard) as a table runner to ground everything. Burlap is great because you can mix in antiqued silver pieces and/or white serving dishes and they all create a great canvas for your food and decor. We also used some grass woven table runners and woven trivets to add some depth and texture to the table. You could also use some dyed cheesecloth for even more texture. I used these great vampire teeth to hold buffet cards. If you can't find these, you might try plastic ones from the costume store. Another favorite find of mine from Where's the Party, were the skeleton spine candlesticks I put in my black candelabra found at Home Goods a few years ago. I also love to use bits of moss to decorate for Halloween, as you can see under the "Ghostly Greens" buffet card. One large bag of moss from Michaels can probably decorate your Halloween table and your front door. Stick it under and in between your pumpkins. The paper daisies/fans and honeycombs hanging above the table add a nice pop of color. You can purchase these or you can make the large paper accordion fold wheels to achieve the same effect. Martha has a great tutorial here:  The spooky letters are also from Where's the Party, but you could recreate this using Kraft or wood letters from your craft store.  We also used some vintage silverware in vintage cups, and mixed some great Halloween napkins and paper plates we found. My favorite part is the s'more station on the outdoor patio and firepit. These jars we found from Where's the Party were so adorable, but if you can't get these, different sized mason jars topped with some mini pumpkins from the craft store or apothecary jars with some Halloween ribbon will do!

Jackie Culmer Photography and Design
Newport Beach, CA
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