Halloween parties can be a lot of fun, but you don’t have to settle for mass-printed paper decorations and a punchbowl full of candy to complete your theme. With a little imagination and a DIY spirit you can transform your gathering from vague to vogue.
Pumpkin ice buckets
Store your cold beverages in hollowed-out pumpkins and fill in the remaining gaps with ice. For a more eerie look use white pumpkins. Don’t carve a face into the gourd or you will have a watery mess on your hands.
It’s hard to keep a consistent theme when your guests come dressed as a ghost, The Joker and a space ninja. Instead of costumes, encourage your guests to come in a limited formal wear and supply them them with masks. Consider black tuxedos for the men and white dresses for the women, such as ones from our line of cotton sleepwear. You can purchase a collection of masquerade domino masks or even create your own felt animal masks to liven things up.
It’s one thing to create mixed drinks along a theme, but it pays to go one step further and give them a striking visual tie-in. Consider getting black sugar to rim the glasses and add whole blackberries into the mix, or try classic drinks like a brain hemorrhage or blood-red sangria.
Party by candlelight
Create some good mood lighting by unscrewing or disabling all the lights and use expressive candles instead. The dim lighting will give the party an inky atmosphere. You can opt for clusters of thick white candles and mix it up with a few skull-shaped candles here and there. Just make sure you have some type of barrier to restrict the melted wax so it doesn’t spill onto the carpet.
It’s routine to see a mix of orange and black candy in a dish during Halloween. Make your display stand out by limiting your candy to a single color, such as all red or all white candies in a clear glass dish. You can order bulk M&Ms and jelly beans in any color and mix in marshmallows or licorice.
Ginger Jars, Blue and White Summer Design
Jacaranda Living Launches It Spin on Ginger Jars
Jacaranda Living, the high-end soft furnishings company, is launching a new collection of embroidered linens, featuring the classic blue Ginger Jar on natural and white palettes. The blue and white Ginger Jars are beautiful décor accents that Jacaranda Living is excited to have added to their collection of bed and bath linens.
Why the Ginger jar?
Ginger Jars were first introduced by the Chinese as a storage canister for food staples (including ginger) in 221 BC. The different patterns decorating them had different significances. For example, many of the blue and white ones had the character for double happiness and were given as wedding gifts. “We chose the patterns with flowers for our embroidery designs because of our love for flowers at Jacaranda Living!” says founder, Cathy Deale.
The accent pieces add an unexpected and fresh complement to any room. A Tissue Box Cover and Guest Towel featuring the embroidered Ginger Jar can transform a bathroom. The throw pillows scatted on a white couch, or the boudoir on a bed. Choose from the blue and white collection for a crisp, timeless look, or the blue on natural linen that is so admired today.
So, are Ginger Jars part of a trend or are they just one of those beautiful accent items that started out serving a purpose and became a classic and enduring decorating staple? “We think that like the candle, which started out to fill a need for light and now fills our need for ambiance, it’s here to stay!”
About Jacaranda Living
Jacaranda Living manufactures high quality bed, bath and table linens, ladies’ cotton sleepwear, children’s cotton leisurewear and baby clothing.
Cathy Deale founded the company in 2004 when she introduced the hand-embroidered waffle weave guest towels made in South Africa to retail gift and linen stores in Boston. Since those humble beginnings, Jacaranda Living has grown significantly to make a positive impact on the livelihood of those African women and many more who contribute to our collection. Jacaranda Living has expanded their line of products, so we have more items made in socially responsible environments from different parts of the world, too.