A Haunted Evening: How to Throw a Haute Halloween Dinner Party

Down here in sunny South Florida, we’re always looking for a good excuse to throw a dinner party – and Halloween is the perfect occasion. This October 31st, add a sophisticated twist to an otherwise spook-filled evening with trendy décor and scary-yummy surprises that are sure to give your guests those “oohs” and “AHHHs” the holiday calls for.

Here’s what to do:

Create a sparkly-scary tablescape
Setting your beautiful Rodolfo Dordoni dining table from Minotti? Get in the holiday spirit with a Halloween-themed tablescape befitting of a holiday affair. Start with a black velvet tablecloth and an autumn-hued runner, and top it with brass, polka-dot, or patterned pumpkin. Intersperse your table décor with antique black candleholders and tall, creamy candles to keep the fall season warm. Then, offset the smoking grey tabletop and metallic gold base of your “Catlin” stunner with black plates and flatware.

Add some fitting throw pillows
After dinner is served, invite your guests to the living room for cozy conversation and a decadent dessert. But before you do, put a Halloween twist on the coziest room in the house with some of Jonathan Adler’s orange and brown Siam silk pillows and black Mongolian lamb hair throw pillows.

Get your mantle in the spirit
A dressed-up mantle is essential to all fall and winter décor. This Halloween, give your mantle an added air of eerie elegance with Gothic candles at different heights, fresh flowers in hues of deep reds or oranges, and a real pumpkin or two. Throw in black lace, or maybe even a chalkboard with a fitting fall quote, and add a black Eames House Bird from Design Within Reach to give it that autumn-meets-Edgar-Allen-Poe feel.

Serve a cunningly-creepy cocktail
No dinner party is complete without drinks, so make sure the one you serve is in the Halloween spirit. Try a "The Darkest Night” cocktail: a mix of fresh muddled blackberries, bourbon, lemon juice and simple syrup, topped off with sparking water. Serve them in your Armani Casa Adige glasses, and line and coat the rims with honey and black sugar for a sweet and spooky touch.