Every year I love to throw a Halloween Dinner Party. I like to think of it as going to dinner at the castle of Count Dracula. I’ve never taken that theme too literally (particularly because my house in no way resembles a Transylvanian castle), but I use this as guiding inspiration that steers me towards a more upscale, sophisticated event. Guests do not wear costumes, but rather they are asked to dress formal in black or dark colors.
We serve a multi-course meal, and a detailed, gory menu is provided at each place setting. Some regular menu favorites are “Bones and Blood” (breadsticks and marinara) served with “Dead Leaf Salad.” In years past the main course was “The Head of the Headless Horseman” (a pumpkin), stuffed with sauteed brains (hamburger), bird eyes (green peas), and crunchy albino beetles (water chestnuts). However this year I have decided to try serving a new main dish: “Layered Flesh and Blood” (lasagna).
I’ll be posting more on the actual party later, but today I wanted to share the invitations that I mailed out a couple weeks ago.
I like these party invites to feel about as formal as a wedding invitation. I have used black envelopes several times, and this year I found some dark purple, metallic envelopes that I thought would be fun and unexpected. Aimee helped me create this multi-colored invitation design using scrapbooking paper we found with a decidedly spooky damask featuring a deep-purple swirl that reminds us of a bat and ink blot along with silhouettes of birds and a bee.
Granted this design didn’t have the traditional Halloween colors, but both Aimee and I loved the look with the metallic purple envelopes and thought they had a creepy feel that was unexpected and fresh. Unfortunately after we had all 18 invites made, several critics (namely my sister and husband) gave us a thumbs down saying the invitations didn’t seem very Halloweenish. (To which I said, “Boo!”)
At my husband’s insistence, I then created a much simpler design on a sturdy off-white cardstock featuring a sparkly purple bat icon. This version received approval all around, and is what we ended up sending out.
So now I would like to know which invitation you like better. Does the first one read spooky to you at all? What say you??
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