11 Oct

A Lush VAMPIRE-Style Dinner Party

A Lush VAMPIRE Style Dinner Party

Courtney from Pizzazzerie recently styled an AMAZING Vampire-themed dinner party for a Nashville Lifestyles piece… how gorgeous is this?!

The shoot was inspired by Love at First Bite: The Complete Vampire Lover’s Cookbook, which boasts “more than 300 suckulent recipes” {very clever!}. I love this idea for a clever twist on Halloween celebrations… or a fun excuse to celebrate your favorite vampire themed books, movies, or tv shows (and there seem to be, oh… 1 or 2 of those!).

A Lush VAMPIRE Style Dinner Party

Read on for more hauntingly beautiful images and all the creative details, as explained by Courtney

A Lush VAMPIRE Style Dinner Party

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“When the publisher of Nashville Lifestyles magazine showed me “Love at First Bite: The Complete Vampire Lover’s Cookbook” in her office one day, we both knew it would make a fabulous feature for their October issue.

I got started right away pulling together all things black, red, and antique silver. We wanted to avoid anything too “Halloweeny” and tried to focus on chic and dark. The house we shot in had black ceilings, which really added to the dark and spooky atmosphere.

A Lush VAMPIRE Style Dinner Party

A Lush VAMPIRE Style Dinner Party

I used black velvet fabric as the table cover, topped with antique candelabras and tall red candle sticks. Candles were a main element of the table to add a spooky glow. To make the red dripped candles, I dripped a red candle on top of a white candle – and done! Placing mirrors down the center of the table created a ghastly reflection and a steady base for our candle sticks.

A Lush VAMPIRE Style Dinner Party

Using the Vampire Lovers’ Cookbook as my inspiration, I designed menus for each table setting including “Steak Through the Heart” and “Devil Hair Pasta“.

A Lush VAMPIRE Style Dinner Party

Our local Whole Foods has an amazing pastry chef who created some simple chocolate ganache mini cupcakes topped with red “blood drops.

A Lush VAMPIRE Style Dinner Party

Then I used Martha Stewart’s Vampire Wine Labels to adorn bottles of red wine.

A Lush VAMPIRE Style Dinner Party

Another fun trick is to buy Halloween Drink Color Dye and use it to color your cocktails black or red. We did this with a Vampire Blood Cocktail in my vintage champagne flutes (see image #2, above), and it was a super easy way to give the cocktails a Vampire-appropriate look!”

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Photos by: Katie Horrell

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24Comments

1
Tammy@Events By Tammy SAYS:

Wow! So creative. I love the menu and the candles.

Reply October 11, 2010 at 3:27 pm

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Jill Rigsby SAYS:

Every detail is incredible. I am obsessed with Pizzazzerie. Courtney definitely knows how to throw a fabulous party!

Reply October 11, 2010 at 3:52 pm

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Rosario Garcia SAYS:

It’s so pretty. I want to have one now.

Reply October 11, 2010 at 3:52 pm

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Paula {Frog Prince Paperie} SAYS:

Beautifully done!

Reply October 11, 2010 at 4:00 pm

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Desiree Cherisse SAYS:

This is so cool! I’ve already forwarded this blog URL to my family would probably want to do this!

Reply October 11, 2010 at 4:01 pm

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Carrie @ The Sweet Spot Candy Bar SAYS:

Awesome! But I would expect nothing less of Courtney! Sooo talented!

Reply October 11, 2010 at 4:15 pm

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Danielle SAYS:

This looks amazing! Very stylish, yet spooky! Looks like Dracula himself would throw a party like this!

Reply October 11, 2010 at 4:34 pm

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Amy @ Blowout Party! SAYS:

what a gorgeous and sophisticated take on halloween! courtney is the best!

Reply October 11, 2010 at 4:40 pm

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hiyaluv SAYS:

wow-this is so creative and truly amazing. :)gina

Reply October 11, 2010 at 6:18 pm

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Tanya SAYS:

I love the blood dripping candles! Courtney has incredible style!

Reply October 11, 2010 at 6:30 pm

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Audrey @ Sweet Cheeks Tasty Treats SAYS:

Love the scene you set here….Courtney thought of every detail as usual! Great work ;)

Reply October 11, 2010 at 8:11 pm

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internationalwed.com SAYS:

Very nice photos and scene! lovely

Reply October 12, 2010 at 3:51 am

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PartyMom SAYS:

I love all the details in this photo shoot-especially the layers of different shades of red with the black. It’s perfect for Halloween, but also could be held any other time of year. Great job Courtney!

Reply October 12, 2010 at 5:56 am

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Maureen Anders of Anders Ruff Custom Designs SAYS:

COURTNEY you did it again. Amazing! You did a beautiful job!

Reply October 12, 2010 at 7:05 am

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Tonya@TheScentedGift - Scentsy SAYS:

It’s so beautiful, love it. The blood drip on the menu looks so real

Reply October 12, 2010 at 8:38 am

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