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.

Hello!

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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  • Sticking with my winter theme, it’s Frosty! Ok, this one is a great example of why I love the internet. I saw an AMAZING frosty photo on an Instagram feature account and took a screenshot because I was dying to recreate it. Normally I make sure I have the artists handle in the screenshot so I can tag them if I ever do try it, but somehow missed it this time. To find her, I took to YouTube to find @victorialyn ’s tutorial, and I’m completely blown away with not only the makeup, but the production quality of her videos. I know how much time and effort something like that takes and they are so much fun to watch, even if you don’t plan on doing the makeup in the tutorial. I love finding new artists to follow and be inspired by! #frosty #frostythesnowman #winter
  • The last look at my Frostbite! What other injury makeups could be considered "Holiday"? or at least timely for winter? Or should I do something more glam next? I have half a mind to save more gory winter looks for January when i'm no longer feeling the warm and fuzzies when it snows! #winter #frostbite #frostbitemakeup #sfx #sfxmua
  • "Walking in a Winter Wonderland"
Im really pleased with how this turned out! I know it's no super glamorous but creating actual injuries and skin conditions is a great challenge. I'll spare you the reference material, but it was fun trying to re-create the blistering, as gross as that sounds. Stay warm my friends! #frostbite #frostbitemakeup #winterwonderland #sfxmakeup #sfxmua
  • "Baby it's cold outside."
This look inspired by a 3 hour drive in a blizzard last weekend. It actually wasn't too bad, mostly just excruciatingly slow, but living in SD, I know how dangerous it can be going off the road in bad conditions. #frostbite #SFX #sfxmakeup #brrrrrr #sfxwound
  • “Oh Chucky look at us. We belong dead”
Last one of Tiffany.... which iconic horror villain should I do next? Tell me your favorites! #horrormovies #brideofchucky #tiffanyvalentine #chucky #brideofchuckymakeup #horrorfan
  • “I’ll kill anybody, but I’ll only sleep with someone I love.”
A girl has to have standards!!! 😂
Personally I loved Jennifer Tilly as Tiffany Valentine, how about you? #brideofchucky #tiffanyvalentine #chucky #chuckycosplay
  • "Barbie, eat your heart out."
You can't do Chucky without Tiffany! I apparently have super thick eyebrows because I felt they were incredibly difficult to cover properly, though I probably just need more practice blocking them out. I also know the doll didn't have bangs, but the actress did, so I felt like this blonde wig still did the trick. #brideofchucky #chucky #brideofchuckymakeup #tiffanyvalentine #cosplay
  • This anatomy work was a ton of fun to do! I might have to try something like it again soon. I also liked that I could keep it on much longer than I do any of my face makeup, and even left it on overnight (with liberal amounts of barrier spray) to show family the next day. I usually have to wash it off and head to bed, so it was a rare treat to show it to others! #bodyartist #anatomyart #anatomymakeup #sciencenerd
  • My first look over 200 likes!! 🤩🤩 Seriously, I 💜you guys, and it couldn’t be on a more special makeup to me. I’ve wanted to do this makeup for awhile now, because I actually struggle greatly with my hands. While this isn’t 100% anatomically correct, all of the structures in my wrists that I have had surgery on (on both hands!) are here. Because of a neck injury when I was young, I’ve had a ton of nerve and tendon issues stemming from where in my neck was damaged and I’m lucky to have had good surgeons and insurance to do what was necessary to keep me healthy. I do have to do a lot to keep my hands and arms in the best of shape (daily stretches, wearing braces at night, KT tape) but I’m so thankful that I can keep doing the things I love... like doing makeup! #chronicpain #chronicpainwarrior #anatomyart #anatomymakeup #bodypaint

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