Country Ghost Party: Decor + Food + Table Decorations

Post by Aimée Lowry & Bettijo B. Hirschi from PagingSupermom.com
Country Ghost Party

Wow. I just went through all the pictures from Harrison’s Spooky Country Ghost third birthday party! There’s a lot to share, so I’m dividing everything up into a couple posts. Today we’ll talk about the Decor + Food Table, in a few days we’ll cover the invitations!

Per Harrison’s request, rather than decorating with a lot of ghosts, we decided to have each little guest come as a spooky spirit. The invitation provided a white bed sheet with basic instructions for each guest to come appropriately disguised. The little ghosts did not disappoint!

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My friend Jenn from JennV Photography was on hand to capture the ghosts and all the party details. For a complete round-up of the photobooth pictures, check out Jenn’s site. I especially loved these ghosts!

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Isn’t that mustache sticker fun? Liam, our mustache-wearing ghost was a little wild, so we reinforced the sticker to the sheet with a glue gun for some extra staying power, and it worked great.

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My favorite part of the entire party is Harrison’s outfit. I love his striped socks with his black Converse and white ghost costume. It’s so three! And I love that he INSISTED that he and Liam wear their skeleton pajama tops under their ghost costume… because under “real” ghosts are skeleton bones, right? I just love his logic.

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As guests came to the door they were greeted with a ghostly banner, floating bubbles (from our bubble machine) and a spooky ghost peeping through the window. (Yes, we use the word spooky quite loosely here — keep in mind Harrison turned three!)

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The peeping window ghosts were made from a roll of kraft paper. Bettijo drew the ghost free-hand, cut it out then drew eyes and a mouth onto both sides of the paper with a black marker. We taped the ghosts to our front window and the back door.

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Since our front room is still piano-less, we had plenty of space to set up a quick photobooth. I covered our bookshelves with a kraft paper roll. I simply used painters’ tape to attach the paper to the top of the shelves and secured it with more tape along the bottom. Next, we covered our carpet with a tarp from our painting bin. The straw bales were purchased at a local feed store to give our spooky ghosts something to stand or sit on. Then we grabbed a few things from my fall décor stash—extra pumpkins, leaves and a wire basket.

The chalkboard is leftover scrap wood that Bettijo had in her barn. She painted it with chalkboard paint and brought it over as a last-minute addition. She even had the pitch fork in her barn, too. (Her barn is full of all sorts of inspiring things… but that’s a different post for a different day!)

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My favorite booth detail is this awesome crate! I spotted a wood crate tutorial on one of my favorite DIY blogs, and I knew immediately that the photobooth needed it to complete the country feel. Bettijo’s husband Heath was working on a few other wood projects, so he kindly added this to his list! To fit our needs, he make the crate a bit taller and slightly smaller. (Our finished size is roughly 12″x24″.) Can you believe it? Thank you, Heath! (And thank you The House of Smiths for the awesome tutorial!)

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After a quick picture, our little ghostly guests made their way into the kitchen for dinner. To keep in line with the country ghost theme, I planned for the food to be essentially colorless. Our menu included Debbie’s Ghostly White Bean Chili with toppings, white cheddar mac+cheese, cantaloupe and boo biscuits with a butter bar. I made country food labels attached with clothespins.

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The food table was made more rustic with my (and Bettijo’s) new obsession: wood slabs from Save on Crafts. Not only did the slabs add height where needed, they also served as hot pads under the chili and mac+cheese. Plus, they were the perfect country touch! The smaller wood slabs were used to present the chili garnishes as well as the paper goods and utensils. Aren’t they fabulous?!

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The ghosts hovering in the corner over the food were also simple to make. (At least it looked simple as I watched Bettijo finish assembling them while I wrapped up the last-minute food preparartions. Thank goodness for friends when it comes to hosting parties, right?) To make the hanging ghosts, inflate and knot a white balloon. Tie a piece of string around the knot. Using a wide-eyed sewing needle, poke the string through the center of a piece of light-weight fabric. Hang. If desired glue oval construction-paper eyes onto the fabric.

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    These are also perfect for Halloween. They also being a ghost and the ghost really scare me.