One of my favorite aspects of Halloween is that it seems so much easier to get people together. I love mingling with old friends though sadly, this time of year seems like the only time I get to see some of them 😦
Each year, I start a little earlier when it comes down to planning for my epic Halloween party. My friends and I try harder each year to create a more mind-blowing spectacle. Last year, our theme was ‘Witches and Wizards’ where we created a giant bulbous cauldron and a few other props. From the ceiling of my friend’s garage we hung floating candles and customized several old pieces of furniture from goodwill.
My favorite prop was absolutely the cauldron–the endlessly bubbly dry ice definitely created the magical atmosphere. I ended up camping out in the corner with my Halloween tarot cards by Kipling West (a MUST for any fellow Halloween addicts out there) and really enjoyed reading the fortunes of the party goers.
This year, we are doing a Viking/Skyrim theme but its been more challenging than last year. Firstly, everyone seems to have more life going on and less time to meet up. For me, I don’t really know how to conceptualize Viking/Skyrim-inspired decor. I think I overthink it, not really sure how to create decorations that scream ‘Skyrim‘ when you instantly gaze upon it. Magical books, cauldrons, and crystal balls automatically give that ‘witchy’ feel but with Vikings I really wasn’t sure where to start.
Researching Skyrim, I saw a pattern of textures and colors but mostly fantasy tavern artifacts such as mugs and stone walls. I’m super faithful to themes when it comes to decorating, mostly because I believe that being consistent really makes a more impressive atmosphere. However, I just don’t feel consistent with the theme. I sometimes feel more Skyrim, sometimes too fantasy taverny, sometimes too historical Vikingy. Ahh the artist’s dilemma haha. Only me.
Here’s a few decorations so far, I’m not really sure how I’m doing. My hope is that the party will still be enchanting/magical.
Yup, I bought this pumpkin because it was an easy decoration piece #cheater.
This piece has been the most difficult to conceptualize–and the paint wouldn’t stick to it it’s bland white surface with any sort of ease.
I feel like SOMEBODY’S IS WATCHING ME. ^_^
Metallic glass orb thingie…yeah I wasn’t sure what I was going with this, I use this decoration every year lol.
I had a lot of fun converting an old wooden into this adorable pumpkin bed.
Complete with a Yggdrasil seal. I will be also using this seal in the invitations and I really like adding that additional bit of cohesion.
My super top secret Halloween plans. Keeping this away from the friends, I am hoping that they will like everything. I’m unsure only because I don’t feel confident in my approach this year.
Last year was easy, this year, more artistically challenging hahaha.