This post is sponsored by Target.All photos and text in this post are copyrighted to Soiree Event Design and may NOT be copied from this site and used in any way without permission from the owner. Pinning images, of course, is allowed and encouraged. Hey, party peeps! Have you been to Target lately? If so, you already know the hot new trend of the fall season is gold and plaid! Today, I’m going to show you how you can get in on this hot new trend all season long—starting with this Halloween Glam Dinner Party using some staple and trendy items that will get you through the entire holiday season including Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve using my entertaining tips and tricks!
HALLOWEEN GLAM DINNER PARTY DINING TABLE!
TIP #1: STOCK UP ON STAPLE DINING ITEMS FOR A DINNER PARTY FOR EIGHT!
I happen to have a dining table that’s big enough to seat eight guests, so I stock up on staple dining items in quantities of eight. Since most dinnerware sets come in sets of four, I have to buy two sets of everything, including my all-white dinnerware and wine glasses. If you have a smaller or larger table, just adjust this tip to your dining table’s maximum seating capacity. GIRLFRIEND TIP: Total score on my last Target run! I have been eyeing these amazing gold cutlery sets for a while now. I really wanted to add them to my staple items, but I was always apprehensive since they were pricier than I wanted to spend. I just kept looking at them every time I went to Target—which guys, is a lot! This weekend, I visited my beautiful cutlery once again and they were on clearance for half price! Oh yeah! Now I can add eight sets of these to my staple items stash! Don’t be afraid to stalk your favorite items to see when they get marked down. You can totally score on items you really want and build up your staple dining items.
TIP #2: MIX TRENDY GOLD AND PLAID ITEMS IN WITH YOUR STAPLE ITEMS!
When decorating my dining table, there are a few items I have on-hand all year, including candlesticks, plate chargers, and runners. For this Halloween dinner party, I simply started with all my staple items and then layered on top Halloween-themed decor that matched my gold-and-black color scheme. Lastly, I added trendy plaid napkins and plates to accent the table and made a “BOO” word centerpiece from lighted marquee letters I found at Target as well. GIRLFRIEND TIP: When shopping for this party theme, I was on a mission to find black-and-gold plaid Halloween plates, but I couldn’t find any. Instead, I saw these disposable plaid plates in the party section and a spider garland in the Halloween section and decided to make some myself! It’s super easy! Just cut the spiders off the garland’s string and place them in the middle of the plates. That’s it. Be sure not to eat on these. They are only decorative and should be removed from your dining table right before you serve your dinner.
HALLOWEEN GLAM DINNER PARTY TRICK-OR-TREAT CANDY BAR!
Halloween is all about trick-or-treating and adults love it just as much as kids! At least I do! For an adult-themed dinner party, offer a variety of adult favorites, such as chocolate truffles, chocolate caramel Rolos, almond Hershey Kisses, and Jelly Belly jelly beans. Did I mention chocolate goes great with wine? Perfect for dinner parties!
TIP #1: USE WRAPPING PAPER INSTEAD OF A LINEN TABLE RUNNER!
I use this tip all the time and, in fact, I am always visiting the wrapping-paper section on the lookout for cool designs that I can add to my party decor. For this, I totally scored when I found a wrapping paper that matched the black-and-gold plaid items I already had in my cart! GIRLFRIEND TIP: Be sure to secure the end of the wrapping paper to the back of your table and then let the other end rest on the floor in front of your table still on the roll. This will give the needed weight to the wrapping paper so it doesn’t curl up.
TIP #2: USE TRAYS AND BOWLS THAT CAN BE USED AGAIN IN ANOTHER THEME!
When shopping, I came across these fabulous gold metallic candy bowls held up by spooky black talons! I instantly was in love with these, but it was more than I wanted to spend on four Halloween-themed bowls I would use only once. But after further examination, I saw that the bowls weren’t attached to the talon bases! I could use them as-is for my Halloween party and then just use the gold bowls by themselves for my upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas parties! YUP, totally bought all four! GIRLFRIEND TIP: When looking for candy containers, think outside the box and use glasses like these plaid glasses that were perfect to hold rock candy.
HALLOWEEN GLAM DINNER PARTY FAVOR BAR CART!
A bar cart is a staple item we should all have. It can be used in so many different ways for holiday entertaining. Since this was a seated dinner party, I decided to use the bar cart not for drinks, but as a favor bar. I placed these gold metallic pouches (for the ladies) and plaid gift bags (for the men) next to the candy table so guests could fill them up themselves with the candy to take home with them.
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