Friday, October 13th 2017

Halloween Decor Tips and Tricks

In honor of Friday the 13th, and with Halloween quickly approaching, our decor department wanted to take the time to share a few tips and tricks on how to make some Halloween inspired decor. Here are a few ideas that are sure to have your guests raving!

Collage of images of Halloween Decor

Tip #1: Use What You Have

It is so common for me to look at a picture of something creative and want to replicate that thing exactly. The problem? It rarely ever turns out exactly right, and it’s so easy to get frustrated. It took me a while to learn that in order to have a truly great design, it needs to encompass elements of novelty. One thing that we have a surplus of here at Utah Food Services is decor. We have acquired half a warehouse of decor over the years, and it seems to never stop growing. I know that its easy to look at a company and think “that’s easy for you to say… Use what you have” but, seriously, take a look at what you have and start exploring ways you can use it toward your design goal. If you look closely at the pictures attached, you’ll notice that not all of the elements included are “traditional” Halloween decor. The lamps have been used in weddings and fundraisers, the branches on the shelves originated from an Italian themed party, the Haybales are from our western collection, and the cobweb-covered trees are from our Christmas collection. Start by asking yourself what can I make out of what I already have? It will save you time and money (and storage space).

Tip #2: Stick to a Theme

When building an atmosphere for an event, it’s a good idea to keep your goals in mind. If you are going for a spooky theme, stick with things that are reasonably scary. One thing that we did in this “Mad Science Lab” was put our realistic looking tarantula into a glass jar with a lid and then obstructed the view to warrant a second look and have guests question if was actually alive. We honestly had a lot of fun making this “Mad Science Lab”, it was all about the detail in this room. Our goal was to make guests take a second look and notice the details. Each of our bud vases (repurposed from a prior event) contained a unique spooky element. We even stole some gloves, goggles, and a hazmat suit from our actual supply closet.

Halloween decor Mad Scientist display

Tip #3: Have Fun

It sounds so cliche, but we have honestly found it to be true! If you are stressing too much about getting everything done perfectly, then you’re not doing it right. Not only does an element of fun enhance your willingness to work on the project, but its also a doorway to finding passion in your design work. The projects that we have fun with always seem to yield the best results!


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