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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  • Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more. 
Super excited that my family is NOT doing gifts this year! We are all just bringing a side dish, dessert, and a board game for some quality family time. What are you doing for Christmas? #thegrinchwhostolechristmas #whoville #grinch #grinchchristmas #christmasmovies #grinchmas
  • Even if I wanted to go, my schedule wouldn't allow it! 4 o'clock: wallow in self pity. 4:30: stare into the abyss. 5 o'clock: solve world hunger (tell no one). 5:30: jazzercise. 6:30: dinner with me, I can't cancel that again! 7 o'clock: wrestle with my self loathing. I'm booked! Course if I bump the loathing to 9 I can still be done in time to lay in bed, stare at the ceiling and slip slowly into madness. But what would I wear! #thegrinchwhostolechristmas #whoville #grinch #grinchchristmas #christmasmovies
  • "I'm gunna throw up... and then I'm going to DIIIIIIIEEEEEEEE!"
Probably my favorite line in the entire movie, so much so that it has stuck with me for years. This is often how my anxiety feels like, and I think of this line from the Grinch often when I'm struggling, even at the height of summer! So, the Grinch is a bit near and dear to my heart, and no one will ever take Jim Carrey's place in my heart, even if if it does grow three sizes. #grinch #thegrinchthatstolechristmas #christmas #grinchmakeup
  • I’ve never actually smoked a day in my life. #frosty #frostythesnowman #glamfrosty #winter #wintermakeup
  • One of the reasons I liked this makeup so much was the incredibly simple nose. I’ve tried some looks in the past and I don’t know if it was the white face, orange nose, or just my lack of makeup experience, but I hated them. Instead of trying to literally draw a carrot, this is just a nod in that direction. Also, I’m not one for glitter but I really dig these eyes! Good thing I like them, because I still have glitter on my face. #glitter #frosty #wintermakeup
  • 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

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