Post # 1
I’ve been thinking about how to decorate our awkward, recently remodeled cocktail hour space lately. On one hand, it is a mezzanine with gorgeous art deco banisters overlooking the gorgeous art deco hotel lobby…. and on the other hand it is plain white walls and a couple HORRIBLE cherub statues that I will be asking about depositing elsewhere that night. Ick.
Our reception is very fun. Polks dots, black and white, red, aqua, horror movies, candy, costumes, branches. lol. We are very into the fact that our night is Halloween weekend (damn you 2009, stealing my Halloween saturday!).
I’ve been thinking of maybe doing the cocktail hour in more “traditional” Halloween decor. Pumpkins, black feathers, candles, etc, but I wasn’t sure if it would be too over the top. Here are some pictures I gathered to kind of give you an idea of what i’m thinking. Kind of Halloween meets Pottery Barn. lol
Any ideas on how to pull this off? Is this even a good idea?
Post # 3
over the top isn’t in my vocabulary. I love your inspiration pictures. And if the cherubs aren’t “disposable”, get some great/funny halloween masks for them!
Post # 4
I love it! This is such a cute idea, fun and classy at the same time! Definitely not over the top 🙂
Post # 5
@VA- lol! I wouldnt even have thought of that. These statues are soooo butt-ugly. Oh man. I cant even believe it.
Post # 6
Love it, sounds like so much fun. I agree with VM- if you’re stuck with the cherubs, dress them up! Fauxtobooth props-check!
Post # 7
Seriously, that’s halloween done right.
Post # 8
I’m glad you guys think its good. I was a little nervous that it would come out like a kids Halloween party. Classy Halloween, thats exactly what I was going for.
Post # 9
Great inspirational pictures, who would have thought that pottery barn meets halloween worked so well together. A new one for me, go for it, I totally love it. It looks like so much fun!
Post # 10
Love your inspirational pics! One of my “other weddings” is a Halloween soire with similar decor 🙂 Glad someone is having it!
Post # 11
oh wow, i love this idea…. i think is so not over the top…. i think its gonna look great!!
Post # 12
I love it!!! I found some more pictures of pumpkin decor, hope they can help you out! You are going to have so much fun coming up with ideas!!!
Post # 13
I’m a date twin, and while not doing a halloween theme, totally get your inspiration and think it will work just great! Only thing is, I would be kind of miffed to walk into a reception and see cherub’s (Christian symbol) covered in halloween stuff or “dressed up” or “masked” as something else. I say, if you don’t like them and they are moveable… just move them or leave them be…
I’m confused though, did the venue get remodeled after you signed a contract? And they added corny cherub statues?
Post # 14
i love love love it. so cute. my FI saw the photos and said “white pumpkins?” 😛
Post # 15
@KLP- The venue was undergoing MASSIVE renovation when I booked the contract. They are adding a modern tower onto the back of the historic hotel that is going to contain million dollar condos and a new, giant Grand Ballroom. Everything except the ballroom that we booked was being changed, our ballroom got restored last year. They did it first because it’s from 1926 and it took almost a year to strip and restore all the molding and stuffs.
This is out ceremony/reception space:
The Mezzanine and lobby were in the process when I did the tour and booked. The lobby and the mezzanine level are also original to the building are just got restored to the same colors as the ballroom. The issue with the renovation being that the mezzanine level used to have meeting rooms and they tore them out, so the back walls of a good portion of it are now plain white drywall. Totally do not match. The ridiculous cherubs/angels/whatever they are showed up after the renovation. I saw them when I did my tasting. The site coordinator agrees that they are awful and is trying to get rid of them. SO, hopefully she will succeed.
This is the lobby level before the restoration, you can just see the railing of the mezzanine at the top. The doors directly to the right are the doors to my ballroom.
Haha. That turned out really long.
@Daisy- Thanks for the pics! Those “pumpkin lanterns” are neat.
Post # 16
I LOVE HALLOWEEN.
Even looking at your pics makes my heart SO HAPPY. I would check out back issues of Martha Stewart October issues. Her Halloween issues MAKE MY LIFE.