Katy Perry as Hillary Clinton is NEXT LEVEL.
Your guests won’t believe you made these yourself.
These makeup looks are so good, it’s scary.
You’ll be sleeping with the lights on after watching these horror flicks.
Halloween is better when you share it with your bestie.
Shots as scary as the hangover they’ll give you.
Do you prefer the finer things in life? If you and your friends love nothing more than a nice sophisticated evening, there are ways you can create a perfect stylish party atmosphere. Whether you’re planning a Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas themed party, it doesn’t have to be tacky. You can invest in sophisticated costumes from top companies such as Morph Costumes. There are also plenty of stylish décor ideas you can make use of. Below you’ll find some of the best tips to get you started.
Focus on the lighting
The lighting is one of the main things that set the scene for your party. There are a wide variety of lighting available from novelty to luxury. When you’re looking to create a stylish, elegant theme, you ideally want to focus on soft lighting. Think candles, light dimmers and beautiful chandeliers. Wall mounted candle lamps are a fantastic addition to any sophisticated party. They are also perfect for Halloween style parties where dim lighting is essential.
Prime Location has an excellent guide on your modern, stylish lighting options.
Creating a stylish Halloween party atmosphere
You may think it’s difficult to plan a stylish Halloween party, but there’s one simple tip that will change that. Instead of focusing on the bright neon pumpkins, opt for a dark gothic theme. Gothic style tableware is an absolute must. Intricate detailed goblets and long white candle centrepieces work particularly well.
Creating a stylish Thanksgiving party atmosphere
Thanksgiving is a time to get together with friends and family. If you’re looking for a more elegant, stylish atmosphere then aim to make it cosy. As featured on Family Holiday, real pumpkins filled with lighting and fall leaves can make an excellent decoration. Candles in fall style vases are also a great idea. Focus on burnt orange colours and warm browns for the best effect. Fake fruit and twigs are also great to use as decorations.
Creating a stylish Christmas party atmosphere
Forget novelty Christmas songs, mistletoe and singing Santa’s if you want to create a stylish party atmosphere! Christmas is one of the easiest occasions to create a stylish party ambience. Focus on deep red and green décor. If you look online you’ll be able to find stylish, elegant garlands. The ones with pine cones, red bows and attached white lights are particularly elegant and would look great above an open fireplace. This is another occasion where candles will also work well.
A stylish atmosphere can be achieved by following just a few simple tips. These include:
- Don’t clutter up the room with too much décor
- Provide comfortable seating
- Avoid anything that has a novelty theme
- Focus on dim lighting
You can find all kinds of ideas online if you’re struggling for information. Of course, once you’ve got your home kitted out, you then need to focus on your outfit. It is possible to have a stylish costume party. Providing you avoid everything to do with tacky, novelty decorations you should easily be able to create a more sophisticated ambience.
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By Sophie Davidson
Who wins the Halloween 2014 celebrity costume party? The latest Princess of Pop, Taylor Swift, is scoring more popularity points as a unicorn, but is it enough to surpass Scream Queen Heidi Klum? Although, let us remember Halloween isn’t really about celebrities… it’s about their kids! (We’re talking about you North West)
Rihanna and friends went as the Ninja Turtles
Blue Ivy Carter and mumma Bey went as Michael and Janet Jackson.
Speaking of adorable celebrity children, here is North West as cutest skunk we’ve ever encountered…
Here is North West’s mum as a skeleton
Meanwhile, Kim’s little sis Kendall Jenner was hanging out with her brother Luigi – or Cara Delevingne.
All hail! Heidi Klum as the most perfect human-butterfly we have ever seen.
Iggy Azalea and her pal went as the girls from White Chicks
Kelly Osborne as Margot Tenenbaum
The two babes in the center are Kate Hudson and her mother, Goldie Hawn. But the real question is, who are all their incredibly attractive friends?
Last, but not least…. NPH and family! Look out Ben Affleck – there is a cuter Batman in town.
2014 was a great effort guys, but I think we’re all still recovering from last year…
And the year before…
Okay, they win.
Images via Daily Life, Mamamia and Buzzfeed
Spruce up your Halloween party by trying some of these deliciously spooky cocktail ideas which your guests are sure to love.
Packed with tasty fruits, sweets, and our favourite SKYY VODKA, below are just a few easy and spine-chilling cocktails which you can recreate yourself.
SKYY Black Widow
45ml SKYY Vodka
15ml Triple Sec
45ml pomegranate juice
5ml fresh lemon juice
5ml raspberry syrup or raspberry ice cream
Plastic spider to garnish
1. Draw a spider web on the inside of a chilled martini glass with raspberry syrup.
2. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into the glass. Garnish with a plastic spider!
SKYY Red Zombie
45ml SKYY Vodka
15ml maple syrup
30ml orange juice
1⁄2 a passion fruit
10ml fresh lime juice
2 lychees and raspberries to garnish
1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
2. For the garnish, stuff lychees with raspberries to make the red zombie eyes.
Grab your own 700mL bottle of SKYY VODKA from leading liquor retailers for $35
What’s your favourite Halloween-themed cocktail?
Trick-or-treat etiquette is rarely agreed upon and pushed boundaries can crack even the most harmonious neighborhoods. We are all guilty of forgetting our manners amid the frenzy that surrounds free candy and fun costumes. Be on your best behaviour this Halloween with these trick-or-treat dos and don’ts.
DO: Remember trick-or-treating is for kids
While there’s nothing wrong with throwing a Halloween party for you and your wine-loving friends, bear in mind that you shouldn’t go around asking for candy above the age of 12 unless you’re accompanied by a minor.
DON’T: Harrass your neighbors
If a neighbor hasn’t turned their porch light on, or if you knock on the door and nobody answers, the resident is either not at home, or deliberately avoiding you. Don’t try to shake the candy out of an unwilling participant.
DO: Be prepared
It’s tough having to tell wanting witches and baby vampires that you’re all out of candy. Stock up and pace yourself. If you’re all out of the good stuff, turn your outside lights off or put a sign on your door telling the kiddies to try the next house.
DON’T: Be a grouch
You’re not a bad person for loathing the idea of local cherubs knocking on your door all night. But remember it is only one night of the year, and a festive one at that. Don’t let your sourpuss ruin little Sally’s night.
Always remember to accompany your kids or know their whereabouts, and check their loot when they return home to ensure there aren’t any nasty surprises in the haul. It always helps to just go through a few pedestrian safety or stranger danger rules.
DON’T: Ask for seconds
Giving candy to one of the greedy brats from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a sure way to guarantee that neighbour won’t be participating next year. Sharing is caring, there should be plenty to go around.
DO: Be polite
This is the most important rule of Trick-or-Treating. Remind your kids of their manners and that saying “thank you” is non-negotiable in the trick-or-treat contract. If you’re with your kids, throw in a thank you on your behalf to show your appreciation.
With Halloween celebrations just around the corner, new research from Colgate has revealed that parents are expected to dish out an additional $22 million on sugary treats this Friday.
The research has found that according to parents, 780,000 kids in the peak age group for trick or treating (6-14-year-olds) have at least one cavity. While tooth decay is considered to be Australia’s most common chronic disease for children, it’s also one that is almost entirely preventable.
Dr Sue Cartwright, scientific affairs manager at Colgate Oral Care, says that there are ways to help protect children’s teeth from the harmful effects of sugar.
“During periods such as Halloween, when there is an increase in sugar consumption, regular brushing to remove sticky sugar from around children’s teeth, and even using a toothpaste with sugar acid neutralising technology, will be useful in minimising possible long term damage. At the end of the day, the best protection is to emphasise good dental hygiene especially after children have consumed sugary treats — preferably the best brushing they have done all week,” she said.
Top tips to help children brush from Dr Susan Cartwright:
- Start early with babies – as soon as the first tooth erupts
- Make brushing a game – sing along, tell a story
- Make brushing a part of the bath routine
- Set the example – show children how you brush your own teeth
- Use age appropriate brushes and paste
- Always brush after the last food/drink has been consumed and at one other time in the day
- Always assist children under the age of 8 years
Image via The Huffington Post
Does your little one have high hopes of dressing up this Halloween? Costume shopping doesn’t have to be painful, instead you can impress them with your face-painting skills, and create a unique look they will truly adore.
All you need is 3-4 brushes in a few different shapes, a cosmetic sponge, and some face-paints (remember, you can always mix colours together if you stick to the basics).
A perfect costume which is perfect for both boys and girls! You can experiment with different colours, but if you wanted to stay true to this classic costume, all you need is red, blue, black and white paint to accentuate those edges.
1. Start on a clean, dry, face. While this may seem difficult to accomplish on a younger child, you can always distract them if you have another friend in the room. Use a baby wipe to make the face super-clean, and allow to dry naturally.
2. Since we’re focusing a lot of the product around the eyes, it’s important to work with the child’s eyes closed for most of the time. With a thin paintbrush, carefully draw a spiders web starting from the nose, and extending outwards above the eyebrow, around the eyes, and watch it just connect under the bridge of the nose.
3. Use the red paint brush and a cosmetic sponge to fill-in any of the gaps. If you’re feeling really confident, go ahead and draw a spider on the bridge of their nose. It’s super-easy and should connect with the web – genius!
4. A white or silver paint is the last step since it will accentuate the features of the spider webs, and make it stand out like they’re 3D. Always start on one side of the face – this will allow you to finish up nice and easy before the child get’s unsettled.
Who doesn’t love a little pumpkin during Halloween, that’s what it’s all about! This is much easier if you have a sturdy hand, or if you’re working with an older child.
1. If you’re feeling uncertain about drawing a pumpkin, think of it has connecting two halves of a circle. Work on the cheek since there’s so much more room as opposed to anywhere else on the face!
2. After you’ve drawn the pumpkin, highlight the main areas with a thin brush dipped in black paint. Draw in any weeds with a thin, green colour to complete the overall look.
3. If the child is getting fussy, give them a small hand-held mirror so they can look at themselves while you work – it always works a treat!
- Choose colours which are quick-drying and won’t transfer on their clothes throughout the day/night. Although some of these paints might seem a little costly, it’s always best to do your research before buying any face-paints.
- To avoid buying a huge pack of paint brushes (half of which you won’t end up using), choose just one thin brush. This will allow you to draw really thin lines, and you can also paint a larger surface area as well.
- If your child is super-fussy and won’t sit still, give them a snack. Anything that will take their mind off of what they’re doing is always a good thing!
Images via Face Painting UK, Hub Pages
October 31 is just around the corner and Crystal Head Vodka have been working hard all year on the right concoctions for you to serve at your Halloween party. Here are a few ideas:
2 oz Crystal Head Vodka
2 oz Coconut Water
½ oz simple syrup
2 blackberry mint ice cubes
Blackberry mint ice cubes
- For the blackberry mint ice cubes, muddle fresh blackberries and mint with a small amount of water. Pour into an ice cube tray and freeze.
- In a shaker half-filled with ice add Crystal Head Vodka, coconut water and syrup.
- Shake well and strain into martini glass.
- Add blackberry mint ice cubes.
Look into my eyes
1 ½ oz Crystal Head Vodka
1 oz soju or 1 oz zipang
3 oz coconut water
1 whole lycee
1 Maraschino cherry
- In a shaker, muddle blackberries with a splash of CHV.
- Add in ice, remaining vodka, ty ku and coconut water.
- Shake well then pour entire contents into a rocks glass.
- Garnish with lychee made to look like an eyeball. Place cherry in the open centre of lychee.
Out of my Head
1 ½ oz Crystal Head Vodka
1 oz Galliano
1 scoop vanilla ice cream
1 scoop ice
1 tsp simple syrup
½ oz grenadine or 1 oz. pink cream soda
- Add all ingredients except for grenadine/cream soda into a blender and blend until thick and smooth.
- Pour into a glass and top with grenadine or cream soda.
Black & Blue
½ oz Crystal Head Vodka
½ oz premium coffee liquer
½ oz blue caracao
½ oz black sambuca
- Add all ingredients into a shot glass
Recipes courtesy of Crystal head Vodka
Why not go all out this Halloween and visit the home of Dracula? Transylvania is a region in central Romania, said to be home to the man who inspired Bram Stoker’s infamous blood-sucking Count. On top of being home to pop culture’s first vampire, Transylvania is full of beautiful mountains, forests, historic towns and… bears!
The Carpathian Mountain range stretches from the edges of Austria, through Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Ukraine and right through the middle of Romania. The mountains are covered in the kind of mystical pine forests you would imagine in a fairytale. Within the mountains are villages and lodges, and unique scenery only discoverable by those daring to take a walk in the wilderness.
Visit the bears
Sadly, bears in this part of the world often fall victim to capture, to be used for labour or in Circuses. To protect them from such vile torture Romania has sanctuaries to rehabilitate sick and injured bears. Libearty (see what they did there?) Sanctuary is a day-trip from Brasov, where you can see our large furry friends roaming green open spaces and running amok with their buddies in a safe environment.
There are three main historic townships in Transylvania: Brasov, Sibiu and Sighisoara. Each are unique offering antique clock towers, churches, town squares, cobblestone streets and brightly-colored architecture. Brasov is the largest of these towns and one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe. It is in the center of Romania, therefore making a great base to explore the countryside.
Finally, Dracula’s castle. Bran Castle was home to local character Vlad the Impaler – you can guess how he got his beloved nickname. Find out the true story behind the myth of Dracula while wandering the halls of his gothic lair. Learn about the history of the region… including their most favoured torture-methods. Bran Castle is a short bus-ride from Brasov.