Halloween goes all grown-up at this chic and stylish bridal shower party! To create this sleek, modern vibe, set a dramatic color palette that’s just this side of spooky. Then, lay out artful decorative accents that are so cleverly crafted, guests will be oohing and aahing at your creativity. And with edibles-as-decor-elements, you’d be amazed yourself at how budget-friendly the entire table display actually is. Want to know our scary little secrets? Read on! (*this post contains affiliate links)
Decorate Eerily Elegant Bridal Shower Tables
CHOOSE A BLACK AND WHITE PALETTE
Paint the entire scene in stark black and white, softened only by the glow of white pillar candles set on jeweled candle coasters. Then, bring in just a hint of orange here and there. Some great ideas? Edibles such as miniature pumpkins, orange beverages or cocktails, and appetizers made of smoked salmon. Such stylish and subtle ways to achieve that Halloween-is-for-adults-too look!
CONSTRUCT EDIBLE HALLOWEEN CENTERPIECES
Again, edible elements make a striking statement. We created truly innovative centerpieces using marshmallow “blooms” on wire skewers, mysterious-looking foliage made from black paper cut-outs, and sleek black table mats as display trays. For an added touch of drama, you can even incorporate black feathers in the centerpieces—reminiscent of ravens and crows.
KEEP THE PLACE SETTINGS AT A MINIMUM
Here, the sleek, minimalist look continues. Crisp white dinnerware and clear glassware are paired with black table napkins and modern, square coasters. Then, for an unexpected touch of whimsy, we crafted napkin rings out of that traditional Halloween treat, popcorn!
Instead of popcorn, you can also string together black and orange jelly beans, taffy, or soft candy corn to form napkin rings. And as scary place card holders, buy fake hands or eyeballs at a novelty shop and position these by each guest’s plate; or craft a spider accent for the menu cards. If you prefer something less graphic, create little black witch hats instead!
DECORATE YOUR DRINKWARE WITH BLACK RIBBONS
Even the glasses get some spooky spiffing up. Here, we’ve tied little organza ribbons in black to the stem of each wine glass. You can make it even “spookier” by placing little black pompoms with tiny wire legs inside the glasses to mimic creepy crawly creatures such as black widows.
SET A TABLECLOTH WITH A COBWEB LOOK
Who would have thought a plain white tablecloth could take on such an interesting spin? We fashioned a scary “cobweb” look by simply laying narrow satin ribbons in a random criss-cross fashion over the entire table. Then we inserted Ritz® cookies—edibles again!—amidst the ribbons to break the monotony of black and white, and bring in that fun element of surprise.
More decorating ideas from our other Halloween-themed posts:
- Halloween vignettes for your coffee tables to your entryway tables
- Elegant details for a Halloween theme in black, white, and green
- “Bewitched” theme for a glam Halloween bridal shower in black, white, and red
- Chic Halloween bridal shower in pink and black
- A stylish Halloween ladies’ night in
- An eerie Halloween wall of bats, spiders, and cobwebs
- DIY Halloween wedding welcome sign
“Hip Halloween” Party Favors
A Halloween theme for a bridal shower has a lot to do with recapturing the nostalgic feel of this occasion. So for party favors, think of creating goody bags for grownups that are filled with favorite childhood treats, such as caramel popcorn, candied fruits, and chocolate truffles. Simply bundle up the fillings in fabric wraps, and they’re ready to pop into the bag!
See the goody tote and treats we’ve found for you BELOW.
1 – Canvas Tote Witch, Trick or Treat – via Amazon
2 – Bulk Sleep Masks – via Dollar Tree
3 – Witch Better Have My Candy Black Mug – via Amazon
4 – Lindt LINDOR Chocolate Truffles – via Amazon
5 – Halloween “Hello Pumpqueen” Eyeshadow Palette (6 colors with shadow tip) – via Amazon
6 – Ariel Bombshell Nail Polish (in Planetary Turquoise Glitter) – via Julep
Looking for more Halloween party favor inspiration?
You could opt for edible favors like caramel apples, popcorn, or candy corn and present them elegantly at each guest’s place setting. Simply enclose them in cello wrap, then bundle them up in colorful fabric circles or place them in petite silver favor baskets
Thinking of themed favors on a budget? We have a roundup of easy and affordable DIY ideas your bridal shower guests will love!
What to Wear to a Halloween Bridal Shower
Although costumes are a big part of Halloween, there’s no need to require a costume dress code. After all, this is a grown up party. For this bridal shower, the ladies can come dressed in sleek black dresses with chic accessories in a Halloween hue such as an orange silk shawl or an elegant silk shantung purse.
If you want a real fun time, though, encourage guests to come dressed in a retro era style like the ‘80s. Or as any character they wish—in costumes like these playful finds below!
1 – Women’s Snow White Costume – via Amazon
2 – Women’s Native American Costume – via Amazon
3 – Star Wars Princess Leia Costume – via Amazon
4 – Gold Coast Socialite Costume – via Amazon
5 – Spanish Lady Costume – via Amazon
Halloween Bridal Shower Invitations
In keeping with the affordability angle of this party, make DIY invitations featuring whimsical cutouts of witches’ hats, pumpkins, or black cats. You can also go the eco-friendly way by sending out electronic invitations.
Or just as easy while being perfectly in theme, choose from ready-made invites like these!
1 – Vampire Bridal Shower Halloween Party Invitation – via Purple Trail
2 – Chalkboard Vintage Frame Halloween Party Invitation – via Purple Trail
3 – Halloween Witch Theme Bridal Shower Invitation – via Zazzle
4 – Halloween Couples Wedding Shower Invitation – via Zazzle
5 – Creepy Cobwebs Halloween Invitation – via Shutterfly
Serve Chilling Halloween Brews
Serve your bridal shower guests a variety of cocktails that are specially made with an eerie twist or presented in spookily stunning ways!
Think cool and creepy concoctions such as caramel martinis, candy corn cocktails, and Bloody Mary’s. Or for non-alcoholic beverages, even orange-colored soda pop or fresh orange juice can make hip drinks served up in tall iced glasses.
You can even create your own witches’ brew with green soda and syrup—or follow these creative recipes for Halloween witches’ brew, punch, and cocktails!
1 – Halloween Witches’ Brew – from Very Culinary
2 – Poison Apple Cocktail – from HGTV
3 – Witches’ Brew – from Li’l Luna
4 – Witch’s Brew Cocktail – from Recipe Diaries
5- Skinny Mini Halloween Cocktail: Spooky Witches’ Brew – from Hustle and Halcyon
Where to buy the needed green apple syrup for many of these Halloween cocktails? Check out these products from Amazon.
2 – Jones Soda Green Apple (12 oz. bottles, 12 pack)
Guest Book Ideas: Ghosts to Goblins
Instead of a traditional bridal shower guest book, have a wall-mounted canvas painted with Halloween-themed images from ghosts to goblins. Then guests can sign their names or write messages on this “artwork” and you can keep the completed masterpiece as a memento of this fun bridal shower. You can even make it part of your annual October home decor, as a sweet and spooky reminder of your Halloween-time wedding.
Another DIY option would be to craft a “witch’s cauldron” Halloween guest book for the ladies to drop their wishes and messages into, while it also serves as part of the spooky decor!
Halloween-themed Bridal Shower Activities
The bridal shower games and activities are another tantalizing element to plan “in theme.” You could go for a Halloween Glam Makeover Station where everyone gets to gather round and try out some beauty looks for the wedding—or just have fun goofing around with some ghoulish makeup effects.
Sweetly Spooky Halloween Treats
Miniature shaped cakes are the perfect way to surprise guests in a sweet way. Think of amusing themed designs such as pumpkins, black cats, or whimsical monsters. Stack them up into a towering centerpiece to grace the dessert table at your shower.
Candy Corn-inspired Desserts
You could also get creative with this classic Halloween treat, and come up with inventive candy corn desserts that are as decorative as they are yummy!
Since Halloween trick-or-treating is all about candy, a sweets station is an easy addition to the bridal shower setup. Just follow our “easiest candy table setup ever”!
Plus, we also have inspiration and tips for you to assemble a Halloween dessert table with treats beyond just candies.
And finally, here is our own take on a Spooktacular Sweets Table. It’s surprisingly easy and affordable, too, because we used store-bought baked goods, candies, and treats—then presented them in varied containers for a fancy party spread!
With all this inspiration, ideas, recipes, and product finds, you can definitely capture this chic Halloween look at your own bridal shower!
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