There’s no season quite like spooky season, and we’re creeping it real with our top five Halloween dinner party tips, from table settings and spooky cocktails to gift ideas that are too cute to spook!
We’ve got a spooktacular setting that is sure to impress this Halloween, dotted with seasonal white pumpkins on a stone blue ground. It will be the talk of the table. Display our matching Pumpkins table runner, fabric placemats and napkins for the ultimate Halloween look. Dot little white pumpkins in between for that extra special touch! One thing we love about these table linens is that they can be used throughout Autumn each year.
Creating a pumpkin vase
No dinner party is complete without a beautiful flower display, and the lovely Donna from @thecountrygardenflorist created this incredible centrepiece for us.
- First, find a pumpkin large enough for your vase. We’ve chosen a white pumpkin, so it blends in with our table linens
- Once you’ve found a pumpkin, carefully slice off the top and scoop out the insides
- Then fill your vase with water and place it inside your pumpkin
- Add your seasonal flowers and foliage for a boo-tiful display
Cocktails to lift your spirits
Lift your spirits with our spooky cocktails, we've got an alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktail to please your guests...
Alcoholic: ‘Love at first bite’
- 20ml raspberry liqueur
- 25ml vodka
- a handful of frozen raspberries
- sugar to garnish (optional)
- champagne, to top up
- Chill a cocktail glass. Pour your vodka and raspberry liqueur into a cocktail shaker and add a handful of ice and a handful of frozen raspberries.
- Shake until the outside of the shaker feels very cold. If using the coloured sugar, dip the rim of your chilled glass into cold water, then into the sugar.
- Fine-strain the cocktail into your prepared glass and top with champagne.
- Add a frozen raspberry delicately on top.
Non-alcoholic: ‘Dracula’s punch’
- 2l cherry juice
- peel from 3 oranges
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- Medium sized chili, left whole
- 6 slices ginger
- Dracula's fangs sweets to serve (optional)
- Add your cherry juice, whole chilli, cinnamon sticks, orange peel, cloves and ginger to a large saucepan.
- Simmer for five minutes, then turn off the heat and leave to cool.
- Chill for at least four hours, or up to 2 days before serving, (if serving to young children remove the chilli after a few hours).
- Pour into a punch bowl and serve in mugs with a short straw.
- Dangle a fangs sweet from each mug.
Easy pumpkin soup recipe
This pumpkin soup recipe makes the perfect dinner party starter and is super easy to make!
- 2 tbsp rapeseed oil
- 2 large onions, finely chopped
- 1kg pumpkin, peeled, seeds removed and cut into
- 1cm dice Salt and Pepper
- 250ml veg stock
- 500ml milk
- 3 limes (juice and zest)
- To garnish - a few sprigs of coriander, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin oil and a drizzle of cream
- Heat the rapeseed oil in a large casserole pan, then add the chopped onion and fry for 5-6 minutes until soft and starting to take on a little colour.
- Add the chopped pumpkin and cook for 4-5 minutes.
- Add the vegetable stock and milk and bring to a simmer.
- Cook for 10-15 minutes until the pumpkin is tender.
- Blend using a stick blender or a liquidiser until smooth.
- Add half the lime juice, plus salt and pepper and taste
- Add the remaining juice according to your palate and serve hot with your chosen garnish.
Gourd-geous gift ideas for guests
No tricks here, just lots of treats with our selection of Halloween gifts for guests:
Halloween Mug – perfect for their pumpkin spiced latte, this Halloween mug is sure to make them smile. We’ve even used ours as a table favour topped with a mini white pumpkin.
Halloween Tea Towels – a seasonal delight, our tea towels are made from 100% cotton and come as a set of two. You could mix and match between guests with our spectacular scene tea towel and our pretty pumpkins.
Are you hosting a dinner party this Halloween? We'd love to hear your plans, let us know in the comments below!