Mad Like Alyce

Love Halloween but want to host a more adult friendly themed party? Never fear, you can still host an elegant Halloween soiree fit for the Pumpkin King himself!

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You don’t even need to purchase fancy dinnerware. Black & White striped and orange cocktail napkins dressed up plain white dinnerware with ease.

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A fancy tablecloth is also not on the list, as simple decorative tissue goes  a long way!

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Are you a wine aficionado? Or simply put… a fan of wine? Then you might have a few spare bottles lying around, which make a fantastic centerpiece! Cut the remaining seal from the neck, and use steel wool to scrape and clean away the labels. Then squeeze tapered orange candles into the neck for some evening ambiance.

If you would like, use a sharp knife to cut the candles into different lengths, and if you want one fairly short but it keeps slipping into the bottle, use the cork to hold it in place by forcing the cork in past the top of the neck, and setting the candle on top.

pumpkin glass

I have been known to drink wine out of many suspect vessels in my day, but these pumpkin champagne flutes are my favorite! I lucked out and found these amazing flutes at Savers for just $1 each, and they already had green glass stems. All I had to do was give them a once over with orange and glitter paint, and they were as perfect as if they came straight from the pumpkin patch. Make them for yourself!

frothing pumpkin glasses

Want to serve a ghoulish brew? Fog Juice Party Punch is a great option for both alcoholic and non-alcoholic gatherings. But really, anything you put in these is going to feel pretty fancy, not going to lie.

snake and spider stew

Dinner can be as complex or as simple as you would like to make it. Sticking with the Nightmare Before Christmas theme, I decided to serve Oogie Boogie’s specialty, Snake and Spider stew. Soups and Chili’s are great this time of year, and are even better for parties since you can make it well in advance. This particular recipe is one of my all-time favorites, Spicy Black Bean Soup! Simply add a plastic spider to your garnish and you are good to go.

Not including food/beverage, here is what I used to pull off the look. Work with what you have and sprinkle in cheaper paper goods to create a great party look!

  • Black & White striped paper cocktail napkins
  • Orange paper cocktail napkins
  • Orange tissue paper
  • 4 Green glass wine bottles (saved from before)
  • Orange tapered candles
  • Plastic spiders
  • Pumpkin Patch Champagne Flutes

Paired with my existing white dinnerware, black serving dish, and silverware.

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Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!

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  • The top 9 for madlikealyce! It has been a fantastic year, trying out all kinds of new things and really expanding on my love for makeup and cosplay. Thank you to all of my AMAZING FRIENDS AND FOLLOWERS who have been with me on this journey. I can wait until my shoulder has healed enough to get back to it, I have a whole LIST of things I am dying to try! In the meantime, I’m at least back to writing on the blog, so make sure to check me out there, Link in bio. ❤️ you all!
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  • When I first saw @miss_stryx post her challenge, it really shook me. What AM I most afraid of? My first thought... was everything. Which made me realize that honestly, my biggest fear is losing control of my PTSD. I was diagnosed with PTSD 9 years ago, but it  took a good few years before I really understood what that even meant and how it impacted how I felt each day. It took even more years of counseling and amazing support from my friends and family before I was able to really get control of it. I'm happy to say that I'm now at a place where I live with PTSD but it doesn't control me. That being said, I'm always terrified of what might happen if it would spiral away from me again.
My second greatest fear is something that has plagued me from my childhood, but became an outright phobia and trigger once I developed PTSD. That is a fear of needles.  Shots, giving blood, and especially IVs.  Then it hit me... what is the perfect combination of both of these  fears? A lobotomy. A very controversial treatment used in the past on people with mental illness, involving a huge needle. 
From that terrifying vision came an awesome collaboration with some really great friends, and filmed and edited by the INSANELY talented @jibclimmer to complete my first ever horror short film. I'm so thankful to have so many talented and wonderful people that were willing and excited about making this vision a reality. I hope this isn't too dark for you guys, but I totally understand if it is! The idea actually terrified me and I put myself in the very center of it! Ultimately, filming this was actually not scary at all, as I have such incredible friends, and I was in a safe space the entire time. This particular version of the film is not the final version, since we were limited to 60 seconds on Instagram. Very soon we hope to have the entire short film up and posted and I will make sure to let you all know when that is live on YouTube! It is with great pleasure that I present to you my entry for round 1 of the #StrykingFEAR contest.
  • What would you do if you foresaw the telling of your own death? Here are some stills of my round 2 entry for the #StrykingFEAR contest. To see  the backstory on my Undead fortune-teller,  check out my last post for a quick short film introduction. The 2 part tutorial video should hopefully be up on the blog shortly!
  • For round 2 of the #StrykingFEAR contest, the character I was initially least excited about was the fortune teller. Why? Because fortune tellers are usually great beauty makeups. While I love doing horror looks, I really can't say I'm great shakes at beauty makeup. And then it hit me... what a great opportunity to do something outside my comfort zone AND something familiar with a two part makeup? I borrowed a crystal ball from a friend, ordered tarot cards, and learned a little bit on how to do a reading and pulled together an ending to this fortune teller's story… or should I say beginning?
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  • Good things happen when you leave the apartment for the first time in a week! These must've gotten dropped off when I was taking a nap, I opened my front door to find this gorgeous Halloween bouquet on my doormat from @bkbecker! I just can't get over those adorable bats!!! #ihavethebestfriends #halloween

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