Simple design ideas for this year’s Halloween party

Because it is relatively untethered to religious affiliations or gift-giving pressures, Halloween feels like a “free” holiday. It can be anything you want it to be – an excuse to wear something wacky at work, to cuddle up and watch a scary movie, to host a party, or to ignore altogether. If you are the party-hosting type, that freedom goes for your decorations too.

I’m always looking for new ideas for Halloween decorations that take the day beyond the harsh black and orange color palette and jack o’ lanterns on the mantle. I recently came across this blog post showing a Halloween party designed by Michelle Rogers Styling that I really loved, and I wanted to share it with you.

I think what I like most about these decorations is the color palette. Instead of the traditional orange and black, this Halloween party makes use of an elegant, forest green where the orange accents come through in cream-colored balloons and cushions, gold or amber glassware and earth-toned floral arrangements on the tables. Rogers also included these gray-black, almost metallic, taper candles that provide another striking accent color. What you’re left with is a scene that is decidedly Halloween, but also very elegant and interesting to look at.

When designing and decorating for a party, the colors you use are a great way to tie everything together and set the mood for the evening. I find a lot of holidays we celebrate come with traditional colors that we all think of, but broadening that color pallette to include different shades of each color – especially lighter and more earth-toned shades – can take your decorations to the next level.

To that end, keep in mind your cushions, candles and tableware when you’re decorating this year. These are staples of pretty much any gathering, and with a little intentionality they can become the foundation for the color scheme of your party.

At Urban Collective located in Barkley Village, we always have various glassware options and accent pillows on hand, and I’d love to chat with you and brainstorm new ideas for your Halloween party decor.