Halloween Parties of the Past

Looking back at Halloween Parties of the Past // A Well Crafted Party

My favorite time of year is quickly approaching. Besides obsessively checking Brooklyn Limestone to see what Stephanie’s Halloween theme will be this year, I’m busy planning my own annual Halloween party. I’ve even got some Halloween posts up my sleeve for BEFORE the big day this year! I might have already thrown a small Halloween get-together over Labor Day weekend just so I could have some fun goodies for you.

Before I get to the new Halloween goodness (which will begin in October) I wanted to share a few of my favorites from the past few years. I’ve thrown a Halloween party each year since 2008. It has been the highlight of my year nearly every year. (The birth of my son pushed Halloween 2011 to second place, but it sure was close since I had a cute little baby to dress up as well as a fun party!)

2008— Haunted Halloween Dinner Party

Halloween Parties of the Past // A Well Crafted Party

2009— Bewitching Ball

Halloween Parties of the Past // A Well Crafted Party

2010— Mad Tea Party

Halloween Parties of the Past // A Well Crafted Party

2011— Costumes & Cocktails

Halloween Parties of the Past // A Well Crafted Party

2012— Traditional Black & Orange

Halloween Parties of the Past // A Well Crafted Party

2013— Fairytale Dinner Party

Halloween Parties of the Past // A Well Crafted Party

This year we are going a little bit more pop-culture with our theme. I’m actually having a bit of a hard time trying to figure out all in the little details for the party. But, I’ll be sure to give some hints closer to the big day. Look forward to lots of fresh Halloween posts this upcoming October. I’ve got a Fang-tastic party with great DIY details and free printables that I can’t wait to share! And, as October approaches, I’m going to be going back through some of my old parties to share some DIY details that never made it into the posts above!

 

 

A Fairytale Halloween

Fairytale Halloween // A Well Crafted Party

Happy Halloween!

For the past six years my husband and I have hosted a Halloween party at our home. We (or, should I say… I) love this holiday. I love the theatrical nature of it. I love the multitude of themes. I just love it.

We’ve done several different themes over the years. So, this year, when we were looking over our budget and schedules we were sad to have to tell everyone that we were not going to have a party. But, just like that, I found a full-time job after two years of searching and working from home part-time. Then, suddenly, the party was back on the table!

Without a ton of planning, we pulled off a fun Fairytale themed Halloween party over this past weekend. Our friends helped out a ton by bringing over food or beverages. We decorated the tables with items we had on had, found inexpensively at the grocery store, or made.

I was a terrible blogger (as I have been over this past month) and didn’t take any photos of the party before the party actually happened! Thankfully, I have two wonderful friends in Bee (The Spicy Bee) and Suzannah (Adventures in Dressmaking) who brought along their cameras and snapped some shots.

Fairytale Halloween // A Well Crafted Party

Cinderella’s Pumpkin Cupcakes made by Bee. Recipe is up on her blog today!

This post is going to take a bit to load because it is going to basically be a photo dump of the event. I’m sure I’ll come back to this party next year sharing all the little details. But, for today, I wanted to leave you with some fun Halloween pictures to help put you in the holiday spirit!

Fairytale Halloween // A Well Crafted Party
Fairytale Halloween // A Well Crafted Party
Fairytale Halloween // A Well Crafted Party
Fairytale Halloween // A Well Crafted Party
Fairytale Halloween // A Well Crafted Party
Fairytale Halloween // A Well Crafted Party
Fairytale Halloween // A Well Crafted Party
Fairytale Halloween // A Well Crafted Party
Fairytale Halloween // A Well Crafted Party
Fairytale Halloween // A Well Crafted Party
Fairytale Halloween // A Well Crafted Party

Fairytale Halloween // A Well Crafted Party

Jason and Suzannah— Iron Man and Black Widow (Iron Man is totally a Modern Day Fairytale, right?)

FairytaleHalloween07

Our little family as The Little Mermaid– 15 years later.

FairytaleHalloween10

Bee and her hubby as Little Red and her Lumberjack

I hope you all have a lovely and safe Halloween. Tonight the little guy is going trick or treating for the very first time!

Friday Finds: Favorite Halloween Posts

One of the coolest costumes of the year! My friends Brandon and Joan. 

Alrighty, Halloween is over and we are heading into the holiday season… but, I can’t let the Halloween season go by without sending out some linking props to some really awesome Halloween parties/posts that went out this week!

And, this one has nothing to do with Halloween… or parties… but, I found this article over being busy and needing to recharge, from Simple Organized Living, super helpful and interesting.
Did you post about Halloween? 
I’d love to see it… Link in the comments and I’ll stop by!
***Photos by the fabulous Macey of Motormouth Studios. ***

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween all… I am taking today off of blogging.
 I spent the whole day having a blast with this kid. I hope you all had the happiest of evenings!

What did you do for the holiday?

Free Halloween Printables in Use

Remember the Halloween Printables I created for all my lovely Facebook fans? Well, I decided to use them in my Halloween party this year as well! I think they really turned out cute in print! Photos were snapped by my good friend Macey from Motormouth Studio while she was off-duty. It is great to have talented friends!

The free printables are still available for download. Create some quick cupcake toppers or a Happy Halloween banner on the fly!

Click here to download the free Halloween printables

Weekend in Review: Microsoft, Babysitters, Halloween, and Anthropologie OH MY

I don’t think I stopped for one moment this weekend. It was all fun, but I’m exhausted today!

1) Friday, during the day, I met with my new friend Chelsey, from The Paper Mama, to check out the new Microsoft Surface. We had a nice little lunch and our kids behaved amazingly as we chatted with the Microsoft person about the new tablet. I also picked up the cutest pair of pants for the kiddo from H&M (style post coming sometime soon, I’m sure!) 2) Friday evening our friends Suzannah (from Adventures in Dressmaking) and her husband Jason picked up the kiddo and brought him out while the hubby and I stayed home to prep for our Halloween party. It was weird being at our home without our son. It was also really nice to get something done! 3 &4) Saturday was all about our Halloween Party. Check out A Well Crafted Party this week to see real party posts about the event! 5 &6) Sunday I had the awesome opportunity to craft some of the items for Anthropologie’s holiday window displays! I also was lucky enough to meet up with Macey (Motormouth Studio), Abby (Cheers), and Sam (Sam Rosen).

What did YOU do this weekend?

{Sneak Peek} Halloween 2012

Just a quick sneak peek of the upcoming {Real Party} Halloween post.
Check in over the next two days to see more pictures and get some last minute ideas before the holiday!
These great black & white photos were snapped by my friend Macey of Motormouth Studio.

Friday Finds: Free Halloween Printables 2012

I’m sort of addicted to printables. I use them in EVERY event I throw and sometimes even in my more simple dinner parties. It is just such an easy and inexpensive way pull an event together. While I do believe that a person who wants to invest in creating a beautiful/creative party should consider purchasing well-done printable sets. I also whole-heartily believe in free printables.

Friday Finds: Halloween Goodies

These past few weeks tons of Halloween goodies have been popping up on all the blogs I read. I myself am gearing up for the spooky holiday’s annual party and posts. Couldn’t help but share some of these links to seriously awesome Halloween freebies & tutorials.

Do you have some fantastic Halloween Inspiration to share? I’d love to hear about it or visit a link!

Halloween: Favorites of Years Past

I love Halloween. It is seriously my all time favorite holiday. I love the fantasy of it all. The make believe. I’m not too big of a fan of the horror or gore side… although, it can be fun for decor options. But, the dressing up, and the creativity that just permeates the holiday makes me incredibly excited as September rolls around and the leaves start changing.

Every year we throw a huge Halloween party. We spend months and months scheming and planning. This year, with our move and other stresses, we have decided to not go crazy. I’m sad about it. Really (probably unreasonably so) sad about it. But, hopefully I’ll get to take this year to spend planning out an even bigger and more awesome event for next Halloween.

I wanted to reminisce a bit on the past Halloweens before swamping the blog with a bunch of awesome inspiration for this year’s holiday. I have thousands of great Halloween memories. But, I wanted to share just a few with you.

My top 5 past Halloween memories:
 
1. My First Halloween with my Son!


I got his adorable Lion costume via Costumes 4 Less

 
2. Our Costumes

We had fun “couple” costumes for the past few years.
These two are my all time favorites:

Alice in Wonderland and The Mad Hare
Circus Family: Clown, Ring Leader, and a Lion

3. Mad Tea Party Backdrop

I spent a LONG time working on this backdrop. And, overall it was my favorite part of the Mad Tea Party. It even got a fan who did one for her own party!

4. Spider Wall
 
Spiders creep me out more than anything else. So, when I have a chance to decorate with spooky items I always go for the spider decor. Last year we created a huge spider nest along one wall.
Man, was it creepy.

5. Haunted Halloween Dinner Party Menu

I really, really love creating a good menu. And, Halloween is no exception. I had a blast creating a menu for the Haunted Halloween Dinner Party.

 

*This is a for profit blog. Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. I do not promote products or businesses that I don’t use myself. Items purchased from affiliate links help support the blogger that posted them. For more information on my advertising policy for find out ways to contribute to my coffee habit please head on over to my policies page!

Free Halloween Printables

Halloween is almost here!
If you are still gathering up the last of your Halloween party supplies or just now decided to throw something cute together then you might need some paper goods to tie things together. Thankfully CatchMyParty.com has several ADORABLE and free printables to choose from.

Party Prep: Halloween Menus

Every year Halloween is my party to throw.
I love to set different themes and really go all out for the event.
This means I spend a ton of time and thought working out the details of invitations, decor and menu.
And, while I love working out all of those details…
I really enjoy putting together a creepy, yet satisfying menu.

Found: Seriously Awesome Halloween Inspiration

Okay, I was puttering around enjoying reading some blogs when I came across this AMAZING party on Hostess with the Mostess. And, while I have some posts lined up for this week and the next I just had to share this find with you.

“Carnevil” Themed Halloween party from Stefanie of Brooklyn Limestone featured on Hostess with the Mostess
So, of course after drooling over the images I had to follow the link over to Brooklyn Limestone where I was FLOORED. The Halloween parties Stefanie throws and the decorations she puts out are AMAZING! Former themes include Spider Infestation, Mad House, Skeleton Invasion and the Freak Show. 

Welcome to the Mad House! Photo Credit: Brooklyn Limestone
I am also head over heels for her detailed party invitations!
I’m so inspired to really rev up my invitations next year.
Creature Survival Kit Halloween Invitation—Photo Credit: Brooklyn Limestone
So, go check out Brooklyn Limestone and get even more inspired for this year’s Halloween festivities!

{Friday Finds} A Well Crafted Halloween

Here at A Well Crafted Party we get really excited about the start of September…
because, it means that we can start working on HALLOWEEN!
Halloween is my holiday. I love the extravagance and playfulness of this holiday.
I love the fact that it can lend itself to so many different themes!
And, I love posting about Halloween.
So, I thought for today’s {Friday Finds}
I’d feature some of the Halloween posts that I featured last year.
Real Parties
For some fun REAL HALLOWEEN PARTIES check out:
Mad Tea Party: An Alice in Wonderland inspired dinner party
Bewitching Ball: A Masquerade Cocktail Party
Costumes
Recipes
Activities/Crafts
I’d LOVE for you to share some of your favorite Halloween posts
from around the blogosphere in the comments!
Also, are there any types of Halloween posts you are looking for this year? (i.e. certain crafts, themes or projects?)
Gotta Get Paid
Awesome Portland Events
Googleicious Ads
Super Sponsors
Check This Awesomeness Out
Past Posts
Follow Along


Follow on Bloglovin


Want the News?

Fill out this short little form to sign up for our newsletter. We promise not to overload your inbox and to send fresh new printables with each newsletter!

Free Printable Blog Planner