Spooky Halloween Dinner Party with Cricut and Martha Stewart

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Grab your ghouls and ghoul-friends because this Spooky Halloween Dinner Party is one they won’t want to miss! If you’re looking for a casual way to celebrate Halloween with your friends, this ghastly gathering is for you!

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If you’ve been to Michaels lately, you’ve probably seen Martha Stewart’s line of “Celebrations” party goodies. There are more than 10 themes available on the Michaels shelves, including a brand new Halloween line!

The new line is eerily awesome, and full of spooktacular pieces! Mix and match your favorites to create a hauntingly horrific Halloween get-together for you and your best pals!

For this frightening feast, we used the skull & snake pieces, then built around that. Some of my favorite elements are the placemats, which are really fun and add cool visual interest to the table, and I loooove the dimensional bats!!! Don’t they look so awesome flying up the wall?

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Each place setting consisted of a Martha Stewart placemat, skull plate, skull & snake napkin, and a skull cup. I used black and white ribbon that I had on hand to secure the cutlery together, then topped it with a skull toy to tie in with the Martha goodies and add some dimension.

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To create the centerpiece, I draped some shear black fabric down the center of the table. A mix of candles, lanterns, pumpkins, leaves, and pinecones were displayed sporadically down the table to add a little dose of color and a warm glow.

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The focal point of the Halloween Dinner Party was the fang-tastic backdrop. I pulled out an old large frame that I’d picked up from a thrift store years ago, propped it onto the table, then draped the Martha “Happy Halloween” banner across it. I adhered those fabulous little bats to the wall around one side of the frame, then hung some mesh gold-flecked pom-poms to the other side to balance out the look. Who knew that a backdrop could look so classy but chilling at the same time?

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The natural elements and candles were carried over to the favor table to create a cohesive look.

I fell in love with the little “toxic” favor bottles in the Martha line, and had to incorporate them into the party. Aren’t they fun?!! Fill them with tiny treats for your guests to take home…such an easy favor idea!

I wanted the snake bags to have a gold element to help tie them into the rest of the decor, so they got a little jazzing up, thanks to my Cricut® Explore Air™ 2 Special Edition, Martha Stewart Machine Bundle, available only at Michaels.

I’m all about adding personalized touches to things, and I absolutely love how I can use the Martha machine to personalize my celebrations!

The Martha Bundle includes 25 exclusive Martha Stewart Projects, and this exclusive skull image is one of them. There are thousands of additional images and projects available in Cricut’s Design Space, and you can totally add/create your own images, too, if that’s your thing. SO many possibilities!!!

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To add the skull to the favor bag, I used Gold Cricut Foil Iron-On. You could totally use Cricut Adhesive Foil, if you prefer, but the iron-on is what I had on hand. The machine can cut over 100 materials, so really, the sky is the limit! ;)

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To get the most perfect cut, set the Smart Set Dial on that beautiful pearlized machine to “Custom” and choose the exact material that you will be cutting. For this project, we chose “Foil-Iron-On.”

When working with iron on, be sure to place the material shiny-side-down on the mat, and make sure to click “mirror image” prior to cutting.

Once the images are cut, use the weeding tool that is included with the bundle to weed away the negative vinyl.

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To adhere the iron-on to the favor bag, I used my Cricut EasyPress2. If you don’t have an EasyPress, you can use an iron, but the EasyPress is ideal for setting the perfect temperature and providing even heat distribution. There is a waxy finish on the bag, so place an old, thin napkin or piece of fabric over it so that it doesn’t stick to your EP2 or iron.

Preheat the bag for about 5 seconds, then position the carrier sheet onto the bag, foil-side-down. Heat according to this guide (because I used an EasyPress Mat, my recommended settings were 295 degrees for 30 seconds). Flip the bag over and heat the back side for an additional 15 seconds.

Peel the carrier sheet away.

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So cool, right? I love how that simple little project really elevated the look of the bags to the next level. Look how nicely it complements the banner now!

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So there you have it! A really creeptacular way to spend an enchanting evening with your besties!

I hope you’ve been inspired, and I hope you’ll give some of these ideas a try!

As always, be sure to tag me on social media so I can see your creations. Links to my social media pages are below.

Happy Halloween!!!

Be sure to check out these other posts I did in partnership with Cricut and Martha Stewart:

If you like these ideas, please "Like," "Pin," "Share" or "Tweet!"  Or, you can just shout it from the rooftops, if that's your thing.  Thanks bunches!!!  :) 

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"Bad to the Bone" 80s-Inspired Halloween Party

Thanks to Oriental Trading Company for providing me with fabulous products for this post. All ideas and opinions found in this post are my own.

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Bust out the Aqua Net, shoulder pads, and jelly shoes…we’re bringing the 80s back, baby!

This “Bad to the Bone” 80s-Inspired Halloween Party was so much fun to plan! Bright colors and abstract art elements + skeletons and pumpkins = an 80s Halloween Party that is totally rad…and bad…to the bone. ;)

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Just about everything that was used to make this party come to life was from Oriental Trading. They have such an awesome selection of party goodies, and at such great prices!

I started off by decorating the table with lots of color and patterns. Teal plates sat atop black and white chevron dinner plates to add a splash of color, and pink napkins with black flatware finished off each place setting. To really made the place settings “pop”, I tucked Halloween candy inside cardboard craft rolls and created festive 80s-inspired party crackers to use as place markers. Not only did they look totally gnarly on the table, they doubled as party favors! Get the how to for these fun place markers here.

Oriental Trading’s skeleton print cups were an awesome fit for our “Bad to the Bone” theme (and actually inspired the dancing skeletons in the backdrop). I added some abstract washi tape to the rim of each cup to help it tie into the decor, then added some orange striped straws for a finishing touch.

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What’s a Halloween Party without pumpkins? Pumpkins of different sizes served as the centerpieces for our table. They sat on top of an 80s-inspired abstract table runner that I DIY’d out of Oriental Trading paint chip circles, card stock, and pipe cleaners. It was, like, totally awesome, dude! Get the DIY here.
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The backdrop for the dessert/favor cart just may have been my fave part of the entire party. How fun is that “Bad to the Bone” text with dancing skeletons?!! I whipped up a design that I liked, then uploaded it into Cricut’s Design Space. My Cricut machine cut the backdrop out perfectly, and so fast! I used transfer tape to transfer the text and images to the wall and keep the letters in position. If you’d like to replicate the look, the projects can be found in Design Space here and here.

To give the backdrop some color, I strung more paint chip circles with black baker’s twine, then hung it kind of randomly around the text. Card stock shapes and pipe cleaners filled in the empty spaces to make the backdrop look complete.

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For a totally tubular favor table, Oriental Trading is the place to stock up! Most of their favor goodies are available by the dozen, which is the perfect quantity for a small Halloween party!

We served up bone-shaped erasers, bright plush skulls, bag-of-bones jacks games, and Halloween candy that we tucked inside little black pails.

With the help of the Xyron sticker machine, we transformed card stock shapes, paint chip circles, and ric-rac into stickers that we used to jazz up the favor containers. They looked sooooo totally rad, dude!!! Check out the DIY 80s-Inspired Favor Bucket Tutorial here.
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Cupcakes were decorated with brush-stroke-chocolate fans, candy corn, skulls, and assorted sprinkles for the perfect Halloween treat. To give them visual interest, I displayed them on black and white popcorn boxes.

Such a “Bad to the Bone” 80s-Inspired Halloween Party, huh? If you decide to throw one yourself, I hope you have as much fun as I did!

Be sure to check out the DIYs for the Halloween Party Crackers, and 80s-Inspired Table Runner, and 80s-Inspired Favor Buckets to make your party complete.

Happy Halloween!

If you like these ideas, please "Like," "Pin," "Share" or "Tweet!"  Or, you can just shout it from the rooftops, if that's your thing.  Thanks bunches!!!  :) 

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