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This Halloween, I think my girls are finally too old to trick-or-treat. (Cue the mom tears.) But I thought it might be fun for the girls to celebrate Halloween with their friends. And we know that kids love candy at every age! So I set up a little Halloween candy table in my entrance hall for the girls and for their friends. I’m thinking they can have a few friends over, watch a movie like “Hocus Pocus,” hand out candy to our Trick or Treaters, and snack throughout the night.

How to Style a Halloween Candy Table by The Party Teacher

Candy Table Backdrop

I started with his wooden Happy Halloween sign from Tuesday Morning. I love that it lights up for night time. The orange and black of the sign inspired a traditional Halloween color palette. Can’t go wrong with the classics!

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To protect the dresser I have in the front hall, I added some orange fabric with mini black dots, a Walmart find. It only took about a yard and a half, folded over, to give me the coverage I needed with a little drape on either side.

To complete the backdrop, I added die cut bats. I thought about making my own on my Silhouette Cameo, but they are are so inexpensive that I’m really glad I just bought these. (Rule number one of finding ways to party all year long is to cut corners whenever possible!) The bats come with fold lines and are a great weight, so it’s easy to get that 3-D effect. Just add the enclosed little stickers to the back and arrange them however you like. I added a few directly to the sign and my dresser.

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To the front of the dresser, I tied my latest Halloween Bunting. I love the orange and black satin ribbons and how they’re accented with the orange and white polkadot ribbon. But I can’t get over this spiderweb ribbon. It is my new favorite. You can grab this Halloween Bunting or any of my other Halloween buntings in the shop.

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Halloween Candy & Treats

For Halloween, I always like to serve desserts, but I don’t think it’s necessary to have a full cake. Halloween is the time where everybody likes to just graze and nosh.

Haunted house cookies: My splurge were these cookies from The Cookie Riveter. Lacey designed haunted houses and bats to coordinate with our sign and I just love what she did with them — they’re tasty too!

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You can see more of Lacey’s cookies (she used to be called Guilty Confections) in so many of my parties:

Cotton candy ghosts: I wanted the rest of the treats to blend with the sign. So I chose white cotton candy and decided to make ghosts out of it. I used my ice cream glasses — a lucky thrift store find — and then hand-cut out little ghost faces for each glass. it was fun making different expressions for each ghost. This is just black card stock attached with a little glue dot. Fold over the card stock accordion-style to cut out multiple faces at one time.

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TIP: Add cotton candy to your glasses using tongs so your fingers don’t get sticky. Wait until just before your party to add the cotton candy because it tends to shrink once it’s exposed to the air.

Batty ghost cupcakes: The cupcakes are store-bought. (Remember? easy — you don’t need to make everything by hand to have a fun and cute party.) For each cupcake, I added a ghost Peep on a toothpick and then the smallest bats attached to lollipop sticks.

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Serving Pieces

And of course it wouldn’t be Halloween without our favorite candies. This long black tray came from Hobby lobby years ago. I think I first used it in my Nancy Drew mystery party, back when the girls turned 8. (Sobs.)

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The three black cake stands are great because they are metal, so they work well outside or inside. (Outside, you don’t need to worry about the stands breaking and they are also easier to transport.) Not many cookies fit on the smallest cake stand, but I don’t worry about that — just refill them from the kitchen as needed.

TIP: One of the things I teach in The Party Course is that if you are just starting to build your party serving pieces collection, start with white. White works for every party. After you have all the basics in white, black is a good secondary color to build on.

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TIP: Once your table is all set, step back and take a few photos of it with your phone. Looking at the photos will help you notice any little placement issues that you want to correct. I don’t know why the photo “sees” things that the naked eye doesn’t, but trust me on this. After I looked at my snapshots, I moved the napkins, forks and drink bottles.

Another topic I go deep on in The Party Course and in Dessert Tables 101 is how to arrange your dessert or candy table. This is an asymmetrical arrangement — just one of several dessert table layouts I demo for you in the course and the e-book.

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party drinks

Soda is a special treat in our house; this is Jarritos soda. Jones and Izze also make colored, fruity sodas that blend well with party color palettes. I added sprinkles to the rims of the mini plastic bottles. It’s an easy trick that you can re-create with light Karo syrup and nonpareils. If you don’t have syrup on hand, store-bought vanilla cake frosting does the trick as well. I’ll have a simple tutorial for that up tomorrow.

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So that’s my Halloween plan — it will be easy enough to re-create on the actual day. In the meantime, I’m musing about some ideas with our posable skeleton. So who knows — you may see a second Halloween set up this year!

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