When it comes to Halloween party ideas, I like to keep it fun, festive, and easy! This Pick Your Poison Prosecco bar is the perfect way to display cocktails and party food for your adults-only Halloween party. With a mix-your-own drink station fit for a crowd and Halloween shot recipes like the Vampire Bite, this BOO-zy party will be the hit of the season!
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Prosecco has been my go-to drink for years, whether it’s sipping it poolside with friends or toasting flutes of it on New Years. Seems only natural that I’d find a way to weave it into Halloween too with this spooky Pick Your Poison Prosecco bar. In addition to the cocktail mixers, the Vampire Bite shots in test tubes are my new favorite and super easy to make. Plus, it’s a two-fer: this spooky yet chic Prosecco bar doubles as your Halloween decorations!
How to Set Up A Prosecco Bar
Your guests will have a blast mixing their own Prosecco concoctions! My favorite brand is La Marca but any type will work. Have a bunch of Prosecco bottles chilled in the fridge and bring them out a few at a time so they don’t get too warm. I placed in a bucket of ice to be on the safe side.
Now for the fun part! Add your mixers to various sized flasks and beakers. I found these at Michaels if you can believe it, but you can also buy authentic scientific beakers as well. Everything looks put together gathered on a tray.
You can label each beaker, or make the mixing of unknown juices part of the fun.
The mixers I used for the Prosecco were:
- orange juice
- peach nectar
- pomegranate juice
- cranberry juice
- Ocean Spray has a line of Mocktail mixers, I used the pink one 🙂
We found these fun skull cocktail picks and added raspberries and blueberries. A Pyrex cup of rosemary stems made for yummy stirrers as well.
Vampire Bite Shot Recipe
Another quick and spooky cocktail I whipped up was the Vampire Bite. They’re simply mini Bloody Marys in test tubes, aren’t they fun?! To make: set out a shallow dish filled with water and a small bowl with a mixture of salt and paprika inside. First I dipped the test tube into the water, and then rimmed with the salt/paprika mix and placed in the test tube stand.
Then, I mixed premade Bloody Mary mix with vodka and poured into each test tube using a funnel.
It took all of 5 minutes to make, but it’s like WOAH. And super delicious!
DIY Halloween Decorations
To set the stage, I draped my octopus canvases with a black dyed cheesecloth I picked up at my local supermarket’s Halloween section. You can use regular cheesecloth too, it’ll look just as creepy… though the octopus peeking through kinda does add to it, right?
Then, I laid a buffalo plaid tablecloth over the top of my sideboard (I purchased mine at Michaels, but here’s a similar black and white buffalo plaid runner— for me, I love having linens I can reuse from season to season, that tablecloth is just as pretty at Christmas time.)
Next to the sideboard, I placed our gold bar cart. Mine is was a HomeGoods score, but this gold mirrored bar cart is similar. It was the perfect spot to hold the wine glasses and a few decor pieces from our Halloween decoration stash, like that thrift store oil I spray painted black a few years ago.
On top of the buffet, I layered items I already had either in my Halloween bin or from around the house. An old alarm clock:
A tarnished silver goblet topped with a pumpkin:
A framed chalkboard you can use throughout the year, with ‘Pick Your Poison’ scrawled on it:
Faux mercury glass skull on a snakeskin tray (weird, I already had both in my home):
And of course, FAIRY LIGHTS! They make everything better, we use them for every. single. party.
I didn’t focus much on food, but these blue corn tortilla chips fit the theme nicely with zero effort on my part.
How to Make a Halloween Floral Arrangement
Perhaps my favorite part of the entire thing (okay, let’s be real, aside from the Prosecco) was the ‘spooky chic’ Halloween floral arrangement. Most well-balanced floral arrangements have three things: something tall, something for the middle, and something that drapes down. So I scouted out faux florals in those styles at Michaels and came up with this:
We found half of the items in the Halloween section and the rest in the regular faux flower section. So be sure to check out both if you’re browsing for ideas! We loved this color combo but you can go more traditional with black/orange, or extra ‘Hot Topic’ with black/red, or super purple or all green or whatever floats your Halloween boat. I like that we can reuse the purple/green pieces during the spring.
Since it’s in a clear vase, the filler mattered too. These plastic skulls are super creepy and cool! We got those at Michaels too, but if you don’t have one nearby here’s a similar version.
All in all, it turned out al’ight. Now I just need my friends to come on over to help me finish off these Halloween cocktails (y’all know who you are, get on over here!)
Cheers to a Halloween party full of fun and ‘BOOs’ for you and your friends!
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