Monday, 17 October 2016

Halloween tea party ideas with HomeSense

It's that orange time of year, isn't it? The shops are pumpkin-ed up to the max and spooky costumes and decorations are beginning to emerge...

For a bat obsessed boy, it's better than Christmas. And setting him loose in HomeSense, with its massive range of brilliant Halloween outfits, interiors ideas and edible treats, was a delight to watch.

He almost hyperventilated at the sight of it all! We narrowed down our – not an easy ask – and headed home with our spooky wares, ready for an early Halloween tea party with friends.

The kids dressed up in their new costumes. T couldn't believe his eyes when he saw the winged gargoyle costume! Look at that marbled fabric and shaped tail! It even has little matching gloves attached.

And for A? The grim reaper. This costume is easy to pull over your normal clothes, covering them with a black gown, torn white fabric and a chain. The mask goes on under the hood and, teamed with the skull-adorned scythe, is really quite scary!

I always think the simple ideas are the best, so our Halloween menu featured old favourites and kid-friendly options:

Hot dogs 
Chipolatas in brioche buns with oodles of ketchup

Cupcakes and scary toppers
A classic fairy cake – bite in and jam oozes out

Red, of course!

Spooky satsumas
Classic pumpkin faces drawn on with a Sharpie

Chocolate ghosts and a paper pumpkin filled with sherbets

I love novelty partyware and the plates and cups we chose were perfect – I was excited to see they are by ace stationery brand Meri Meri, whose products are always ace. The square plates were decorated with smily skulls, pumpkins, witches and ghosts, as were the cake toppers. But best of all? The orange and white striped cups with stick on bats and flappy wings!

And no Halloween tea party would be complete without a range of tricks, too. On the table we scattered bats and snakes, spiders and other spooky creatures. The boys each chose a Halloween snow globe – one a black glittered raven atop a pumpkin (it even plays a scary tune), the other a stone, winged creature on a plinth. They love them.

And three real pumpkins from the shop down the road plus autumnal heathers finished the table off perfectly.

The kids couldn't believe they got to enjoy Halloween early this year, and even our two black kittens joined in the fun.

Want to recreate our party? Here's what we bought from HomeSense:

Gargoyle and Grim Reaper costumes – £16.99
Spooky snow globes – £12.99-£14.99
Pumpkin filled with sweets – £5.99
Ghost chocolates – £1.99
Paper plates – £1.99
Napkins – £2.99
Bat cups – £2.99
Cupcake toppers – £4.99

This is a collaborative post. Thanks so much to HomeSense for making my little goth very happy!

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