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Tale of Horror Halloween Party
Invite guests to share in a night of literary horrors at an Edgar Allen Poe-theme party. Although the party is on the sophisticated side — in a creepy sort of way — it’s easy to pull together.
The Eyeball Assortment
In this canape platter, the “eyes” truly have it! There’s something for everyone, from mini meatballs to fresh mozzarella-and-tomato bites to a grape-and-prosciutto nibble. Inscribe the clever dish names on silk leaves and display next to the serving dish.
Spooky Still Life
Make ordinary objects a little creepier with a coat of black paint. Just a few simple steps and this discarded tree branch becomes a scary perch for menacing ravens. Find a tree branch (the more twisted and gnarled, the better) and spray-paint it black. Once dry, insert the branch in an urn or pot. Finish by placing a few black ravens on the branch.
Jack-o’-Lantern Flower Vase
Ditch the standard candle and brighten up your jack-o’-lantern with an arrangement of bold-hue harvest flowers. Cut the stems, arrange in a small vase, and set inside a carved pumpkin. A white Lumina pumpkin carved with a skeletal face makes this arrangement extra spooky.
Black Feather Wreath and Decorative Mirror
Dress up a large mirror with a feathery wreath and verses from The Raven for a spooky dining room decoration. To make the wreath, wrap two black feather boas around a wreath form. Knot the ends and tuck them under the feathers; add hanging wire. Attach a removable plastic hook to the mirror and use a black dry-erase marker to write words or phrases from the poem on the mirror. Hang the wreath from the plastic hook. Center a small faux bird in the wreath’s opening and attach it to the mirror using poster putty.
Poetic Place Setting
Continue the poem’s theme in your party place settings by using a black porcelain marker to write portions of The Raven on white chargers. For food-safe chargers, set the ink by heating the plates in the oven, following the marker manufacturer’s instructions. Add a haunting message from the poem to cream-color dish towels to use as napkins. Download our “nevermore” stencil, available below, and print. Use a crafts knife to cut out the text, leaving a silhouette stencil. Attach the stencil to the napkin with tape and use a fabric marker to write the word on the napkin; remove the stencil.
To make the name cards, spray smooth-sided stones with chalkboard paint; let dry. Use chalk to write each guest’s name on a stone.
Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Ah Angel. We will never forget you. In the 90s most young teens were in love with him, so that means the boys tried to emulate him. He had the tough boy appeal–dressed all in black, long trench coats (I mean, he was a vampire…), and a hint of a white tee shirt.
Get the look…
Marc New York Liam – Smooth Lamb Car Coat from Wilson’s Leather
White Tee from Calvin Klein
So What’s the deal with Angel? I don’t remember him.
Well…”Angel (formerly Angelus, previously Liam) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt for the television programs Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. He is played by actor David Boreanaz. Angel is a 242 year old vampire who is cursed with a soul, a punishment designed to make him suffer for his past crimes committed under the name Angelus. Like many characters in the Buffyverse, Angel goes through drastic changes. He starts out as a reluctant hero who stayed in the shadows, and ended up a dark, flawed, yet altruistic champion of mankind, seeking to voluntarily atone for his sins. In addition to the two television series, the character appears in the comic book continuations of both series.”
Unusual Flowers and/or Plants
1-800-FLOWERS.com has a wide variety of Valentine-appropriate flowers and gifts, all of which can be delivered directly to her home or workplace.
The Scoop: “Satsuki Azalea bonsai have been grown in Japan for centuries and are widely considered the premiere variety for this use. They bloom later in the Spring than other types, producing generous quantities of bright pink blossoms. Satsuki Azaleas are easily styled and their glossy green leaves deliver an attractive presentation even when the trees aren’t in bloom. These trees prefer an outdoor location with filtered sun to partial shade.”- from 1800flowers.com
From 1800Flowers: “Make their day glamorous and elegant–send an exotic surprise their way with this truly original bouquet of long-lasting, deep purple Dendrobium orchids. Send a 15-stem orchid bouquet or double their surprise with a 30-stem gathering oftropical beauties.”
Burberry Brit Sheer is a fresh, fruity-floral fragrance that is playful and vibrant, embodying the youthful spirit of Burberry Brit. Young and charismatic, the Burberry Brit girl embodies understated elegance and individuality. With a fresh, natural joie de vivre she has a passion for adventure and romance.
Notes: Bright Yuzu, Pineapple Leaves, Litchi, Mandarin, Grapes, Pink Peony, Peach Blossom, Nashi, White Musk and Creamy Amyris Woods.
Style:Seductive. Hypnotic. Sparkling.
Radiant, sensual, sophisticated, J’adore is a fragrance that celebrates the renaissance of extreme femininity and the power of spontaneous emotion with a brilliant bouquet of orchids, the velvet touch of Damascus plum, and the mellowness of amaranth wood.
Dior J’adore is an Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner.
Notes:Mandarin, Champaca Flowers, Ivy, African Orchid, Rose, Violet, Damascus Plum, Amaranth Wood, Blackberry Musk.
Style: For the confident, sensual woman who celebrates her femininity – this is Dior’s golden girl.
And what to wear on your special night out together? Try these Pink Pearl Silk Knot Cufflink Trio
Spa Choices, Pampering Gifts
Askmen.com says: “Help turn her own bathroom into a relaxing spa experience by getting her everything she needs to pamper herself. Start with some smells-good-enough-to-eat bath and body products. Don’t forget some candles, an essential oil burner or a reed diffuser to set the mood. You can get everything you need at The Body Shop.”
“This glamorous balconet bra makes its point with chic polka-dot embroidery and a sparkling center bow. Inspired by iconic Parisian fashion and crafted with a nod to European couturiers, this padded push-up and the rest of our Designer Collection pay homage to Victoria’s Secret’s seductive heritage.”
Self explanatory. Go with your gut.
Guide to Gift Giving
According to Hallmark (and your wife), it’s never too early to start looking for Valentine’s Day presents. And we all know men aren’t the greatest shoppers anyways–it’s against the evolutionary biological standard for men. But CLM is here, once again, to help you pry through the masses of gifts and pick the right one for your lady friend.
First, pick which “type” your lady embodies. No, we don’t like putting anyone in categories, but for this shopping effort on Valentine’s we will make an exception.
Is she Glitzy? Designer? Earthy? or Romantic?
Pick ONE or TWO:
For the Glitzy Lady:
Get her something that sparkles, it’s a no brainer. Every woman has her favorite jewelry staple, be it necklaces, rings,bracelets, earrings, or a mix of everything. Have a custom ring or necklace made for her, it doesn’t have to be an engagement ring, but if your serious, then maybe some kind of “promise” ring. Yes we’re taking it back old school. Good Old Mr. Hallmark forces us to! Forgive us please!
But really, don’t just go to the local department store and grab anything that sparkles. Put some kind of thought into it…meaning go to a local jeweler and actually design something. It could be in Sterling Silver or Platinum, add a few semi-precious stones and you have a one of a kind ring, necklace, or bracelet to give her. The trick is, you don’t want to fall into that “Kay Jewelers or Jared’s” trap that says she should have the same necklace and ring as every other woman in America. Put your mind and money together to create something beautiful.
Is she a Stunning Love Knot kind of gal?
For the Designer Lady:
A handbag. A watch. Anything by her favorite designer that she can use on the regular and be reminded of your love (and money). They go hand in hand, do they not? Hey V-Day can be kind of cut throat for the unemployed and taken. Take notice of the brand names she loves…is it Chanel? Micheal Kors? Coach? Valentino? Chanel lipstick with Chanel perfume is a start. A MK handbag and watch is another. A wallet and handbag from Coach is yet another.
Maybe surprise her and take her to her favorite designer store (or Barney’s/Saks/etc) and have her pick out what she wants. It’s not as romantic, but hey, if she loves labels let her pick it. If you pick it yourself, think about her style and figure out what will work with what she already owns: i.e. don’t buy her a gold watch if she only wears silver. Don’t buy her a Louis Vuitton bag if she can’t stand the idea of LV all over an item. Also shoes are another way to win her V Day affection: does she love new heels? How about some sparkly Jimmy Choos to wear to the restaurant you’ll be taking her.
Also, if you decide to go designer, don’t buy your gift from ebay or second hand. It’s just not the same, especially for Valentine’s Day.
For the Earthy Lady:
A hemp/eco friendly rucksack. A natural leather bag that will last a lifetime. A simple jewelry piece with silver and stone. An engraved keepsake, like jewelry box or monogrammed bag. Think of her interests…does she like to be cozy and comfortable? Get her plush winter boots from LL Bean. Does she like Mountain climbing? An insulated good quality jacket. Love tea? How about a clay tea pot with engraved cups?
A day trip or overnight stay in a log cabin overlooking a lake. A camping trip. A bed and breakfast in the mountains. Your lady will surely love it if you take her away for the weekend somewhere outdoors and romantic, get her a nice climbing/hiking bag made from Bison leather, and a classic tea pot to brew some love by the fire.
For the Romantic Lady:
Write her a song. Make her a jewelry box out of pine wood, engraved with your favorite quote. Flowers, but not just traditional roses, give her something different that will become her new “favorite flower.” Simple jewelry. Dinner over candlelight. Soft music playing. Chocolates. Framed picture of the two of you on a special trip or day. A photo book with pictures recounting your memories together. Take her to a lake side resort, catch your own fish, and cook it for dinner together. Buy her her favorite romantic movie and watch it together. A basket of dainty things: perfume, garter stockings, monogrammed handkerchiefs, silver earrings, a love note, massage oil, and candies.
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