Halloween Party 2019–Viking

Halloween Party 2019–Viking

For this year’s soiree, the plan is to continue with the same theme as last year–viking. Viking is a tough theme for me to conceptualize and I tend to decorate in a theme of an old fantasy tavern. Lots of autumn tones and unusual knickknacks. My hope for this year is that I’ll be able to find the time to learn runes so that I’ll be able to do a reading for the guests.

I had bought a set last year, but just never found the time to learn them. It feels like that is common struggle with me–things that I want to learn, but it just seems like I never have the time to learn it. A lack of proper time management is the culprit for sure. Here are a few decorations that I’ve collected/crafted:

Pumpkin a barrel, hoping it comes off fantasy taverny.

Kids these days don’t seem to play with swords, I ended up lucking out finding this sword in the outdoor play aisle of all places. It’s actually bubbles contained within a sword. The hilt twists off the sword to reveal an epic bubble wand.

Autumn corn in a basket. LOL, nothing fancy about this one.

I can’t wait to start decorating ^___^

Halloween Party 2018–Mostly thoughts on Last Year

Halloween Party 2018–Mostly thoughts on Last Year

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.

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Yup, I bought this pumpkin because it was an easy decoration piece #cheater.

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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.

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I feel like SOMEBODY’S IS WATCHING ME. ^_^

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Metallic glass orb thingie…yeah I wasn’t sure what I was going with this, I use this decoration every year lol.

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I had a lot of fun converting an old wooden into this adorable pumpkin bed.

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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.

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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.

 

 

The Best Halloween from Dollar Tree

The Best Halloween from Dollar Tree

I have to laugh at myself, because I keep thinking I don’t have a specific Halloween style. I must be “all over the place” but this isn’t true. I really go for the cheap, cutesy stuff.

It’s my way of “rebelling” from the demands of society. In the professional world, I hate how everything has to be serious and organized. It’s so fucking boring. Everything has to be “a certain way” and “serious” and all drives me crazy. Why can’t things just be junky and chaotic?

So that’s why my Halloween is unorganized and excessive. I just like being free when I decorate to just throw things wherever without all of the stupid rules.

My love of the maximalist life is what often draws me to the Dollar Store. Ahhh the D.S., the place of affordability–where I can dump piles of stuff into my cart and leave knowing that I can still buy food. Halloween is where I really love to indulge, and the Dollar Store never fails to amuse me with the amount of cute they stock.

Here are a few goodies I’ve picked up this season. The best part is, if you see anything you like, you know it isn’t expensive or elusive.

ENJOY ^__^

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I love the sparkle of this sign. The quality is really nice for something you only paid $1 for.

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Wahhhhhh! Who can say no to this adorable scaredy-cat! I found this hidden under tons of garlands. I think if this cat had been more visible, there would have been none left.

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The true reason why I found this cat so endearing…

IMG_9811 A gorgeous bouquet with a creepy eye in the center. They offered them in black, purple or burgundy.

IMG_9812 A sweet pointy witch hat.

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These bone champagne glasses are really bright and shiny. Perfect for someone who likes bright, fun colors.

The total cost for these decorations pictured…$6.00!!