This year for Halloween, Iv stepped up my game decoration wise. After all why not make the most out of a celebration. I decided to create a a white and gold flower garland for the fireplace in the entrance to our home.
I took white roses and hydrangeas and placed in floral foam draped across the fireplace. I than added some white and gold pumpkins ( regular orange ones spray painted) to add the Halloween element along with large church candles placed in clear vases. Finally a little dried eucalyptus which I spray painted gold added to the front and there you have it. It was super easy and quick to do and I think it adds a nice bit of drama to our hallway.
I hope you like it?
I Love to celebrate all of the seasonal events and Halloween is no exception. Last year while I was visiting London, I popped by Peggy Porschen (take a look, here)for some tea and Inspiration and fell in love with the pastel Halloween theme. So I decided why not create my own version.
I invited a couple of my favourite (but camera shy) girlfriends around to enjoy a pre Halloween warm up for an evening of dinner and gossip.
I did have to laugh when I was styling and shooting this because it was so hot in Spain this day, and in no way autumnal feeling...#spanishproblems
The pumpkins were regular faux orange ones which I spray painted pink, white or gold along with the dried eucalyptus on the place settings (I can re use this for Christmas)
Its so lovely to create magical evenings for your friends don't you think?
If your one of my regular readers, you'll know all about my Annual Summer party.
Each year we invite our friends from the UK to our home in southern Spain for a weekend of party's, beach days and Spanish explorations.
This year my theme was "Belle- chella" (see what I did there)
Every year, the theme starts with a jumping off point. It might be a colour, an item iv purchased or something inspirational on Pinterest (you can check out my boards HERE)
I have to admit, this party theme is my favourite so far. It was alot of work... from sourcing all of the items, to setting up under the Spanish heat to creating the florals, all of which I do myself with a helping hand from the hubb's. Whilst in the throws of execution I do ask why I do this to myself (ha ha)
As I said the hubb's and I plan and execute the entire weekend ourselves (he is surprisingly creative and very handy) But honestly... it is sooooo rewarding. I couldn't love doing it anymore.
We used a large custom tee pee as a backdrop (did you see the little lace window btw...heart eyes!) And used wooden palettes as a long low table. You can usually pic these up for free if you ask shop owners or DIY stores. This was actually pretty difficult for me living in Spain and only knowing a little Spanish. You can however buy them from amazon (HERE)
I found the most gorgeous vintage place settings from a vintage collector called a vintage affair, (the lovely lady has a super cute stall at Altrincham market in the so I pop by when im in the uk) and they really helped to bring the theme to life. Gold cutlery, crystal glasses and candlesticks added a touch of glamour
I made an 8ft table length runner filled with roses, peony's, Lisianthus, hydrangeas, tiny baby pink spray roses and every kind of greenery I could lay my hands on...
I found some super cute teepee party favour boxes and filled them with fresh macrons. Aren't they just the cutest thing ever!!!
And we set up a fully stocked bar for guests to create their own cocktail or recreate my signature Seville orange G and T. I'll post the recipe on the blog soon, as its very simple but utterly delicious
We set up little pockets of cocktail seating for guests to catch up and enjoy the garden. We added mini cactus and fresh peonies to the bar and occasional tables with gold tealights to add extra ambience when the sun goes down.
And of course its not a celebration without cake, so my husband made his signature chocolate cake which I dressed with fresh fruit and roses ...I get all the best jobs!
When the sun started to set we switched on the fairy lights and bistro bulbs and lit every candle we could find. Now that was a job on its own....
I made my lavender and rose petal bath salts for the guests as favours (recipe here)
We lined the entire swimming pool with pillar candles of various sizes in glass hurricane jars, some floating in water. In between we laid tiny tea lights to create a layered effect.
We laid rugs in contrasting fabrics and patterns on the floor to create texture and interest and places soft cushions for our guests to sit on to make things as comfortable as possible.
And as the sun set, we lit flaming torched filled with citronella to create a path from the house to the party. Its really created a magical ambience and smelled incredible (as well as keeping those pesky mossies at bay)
We made a simple Spanish style buffet for the guests followed by cheese and chocolate cake. We wanted to enjoy the evening with our guests rather than being in the kitchen all night so it worked really well for us.
The whole evening was totally worth it to see my lovely friends faces when they arrived at the house. The had no idea we had planned the party or them, I had told them we were having wine and nibbles. The moment was absolutely priceless and made all the effort worthwhile.
We ate, drank and chatted the night away totally excited to spend the weekend together and create some fabulous new memory's
I hope you enjoyed these photos as much as I enjoyed putting the party together!
A Travel, Beauty and Lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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