Last year in October, Sara from Tell Love and Party and I threw a fun Halloween party with our friends. You can read all about it here.  This year, we carried on the tradition with our second annual party, and although I shared a small sneak peek on instagram, we’re excited to share all the details from this fun Halloween dinner party tonight.

Also, there’s still time to throw your own party, so check out my five tips for throwing a successful Halloween party right here!

When Sara and I were coming up with a theme for this year’s party, we wanted to do something completely different than last year, which was more spooky and muted. So this year we went with more of a bright and whimsical color palette — pink, orange, and then of course black and white. We used these geometric wedding invitations from Minted as our inspiration, and customized the colors using their free color customization tools (it’s only free for a limited time, fyi!).

Minted Halloween Party Invitations
Minted Geometric Halloween Party Invitations

We found a perfect outdoor party location outside a friend’s community clubhouse, and nestled the tables between two big trees, strung the lights between the trees, and set our food and treat tables up against the tennis court. Of course the tennis court was a giant eyesore (along with some big signs nailed up on it), so we bought a giant roll of black paper and covered up for nice blank slate.

For the table, we set up six of these 6-foot folding tables (set up two across and three long to make one giant table), and covered them with this striped jersey from Jo-Ann’s (we used 7 yards). The placemats are black paper from Jo-Ann’s, the plates are from IKEA, the napkins are these ones from World Market, and the napkin rings were an easy DIY by Sara  — she’s sharing the tutorial on her blog today!

For the centerpiece, we wanted something simple but dramatic, so we bought 80 various sizes of bottles of soda from World Market, ripped off the labels and emptied them out, and then dipped the bottoms in pink and orange paint. We topped them off with simple taper candles from IKEA. Sadly it was just slightly too windy to light them! Then to make sure it felt Halloween-ish, we scattered mini pumpkins (from Trader Joe’s) throughout the bottles. 
Merrick's Art | Whimsical Halloween Party
Merrick's Art | Halloween Party Place Setting
Merrick's Art | Geometric Halloween Party
Merrick's Art | Pink and Orange Halloween Party
Merrick's Art | Dipped Bottles Table Centerpiece
Since we were doing a potluck, we knew the food table would look unorganized and messy, so Sara focused on the dessert table the most. We had Jana bring her famous sugar cookies (which of course turned out amazing), Tara brought a nothing bundt cake with the cutest cake topper (she designed it herself and then cut it out with her Sizzix), and Chelsea made some amazing chocolate cupcakes with white chocolate spider web tops.  We also had pink and orange candy from World Market and little paper bags for people to take them home. 
The food and treat table backdrops were also made by Sara and Tara — the letters were cut by the Sizzix, and Sara made the pink and orange geometric hanging backdrops with fabric from Jo-Ann’s. 
Merrick's Art | Halloween Party Dessert Table
Merrick's Art | Geometric Spider Halloween Sugar Cookies
Merrick's Art | Geometric BOO Cake Topper
Since it was a Halloween costume party, we made a little 1st Prize package with goodies from World Market. They have the cutest holiday decor, all at amazing price points, so it was fun to gather up a few fun things without spending a fortune. Check out all their Halloween decor right here.  
Merrick's Art | World Market Party Pack

We also set up our traditional party photobooth inside the clubhouse and had a tripod and camera remote so people could go crazy and take their own photos. The backdrop was some fabric borrowed from Tara (also used here), and the flag bunting was made by Sara with fabric from Jo-Ann’s.

Merrick's Art | Halloween Party

I love that this is becoming a tradition for us — parties are the best way to make the holidays fun, and of course a great way to spend time with friends. There’s still time before Halloween…get your friends together and do something amazing!

Also, if you have any questions about any other party details I might have left out, leave a comment!

a huge thanks to Minted, World Market, and Jo-Ann’s for sponsoring this party!  | photos by rad and happy and tell love and party



  1. Paige Cassandra Flamm says:

    These pictures are all so gorgeous! You ladies know how to throw a great party!



  2. Jessica says:

    This is such a fun and cute party! I would have never thought to use those colors and I really love it. 🙂
    Unique Geek

  3. so fun! Now I want to put together a halloween party like this! Adorable<3

  4. Julia | BunnyBaubles says:

    Merrick, I wanted to let you know that the photos for this post are not showing up for me! I am not sure if it is the new site?

  5. Denial says:

    Thanks for sharing, this is a great preparation for the party. When I was preparing a bucks party in Melbourne for my friend, I also had to sweat a lot and come up with something very cool and thematic. I knew that for him this is an important night and wanted to see it passed at the height of

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