11 Oct

A Lush VAMPIRE-Style Dinner Party

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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!).

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

vampire dinner party ideas twilight halloween


“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.

vampire dinner party ideas twilight halloween

vampire dinner party ideas twilight halloween

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.

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

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

vampire dinner party ideas twilight halloween

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

vampire dinner party ideas twilight halloween

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!”


Photos by: Katie Horrell

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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!

October 11, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Rosario Garcia SAYS:

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

October 11, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Paula {Frog Prince Paperie} SAYS:

Beautifully done!

October 11, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Desiree Cherisse SAYS:

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

October 11, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Carrie @ The Sweet Spot Candy Bar SAYS:

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

October 11, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Danielle SAYS:

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

October 11, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Amy @ Blowout Party! SAYS:

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

October 11, 2010 at 4:40 pm

hiyaluv SAYS:

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

October 11, 2010 at 6:18 pm

Tanya SAYS:

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

October 11, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Audrey @ Sweet Cheeks Tasty Treats SAYS:

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

October 11, 2010 at 8:11 pm

internationalwed.com SAYS:

Very nice photos and scene! lovely

October 12, 2010 at 3:51 am

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!

October 12, 2010 at 5:56 am

Maureen Anders of Anders Ruff Custom Designs SAYS:

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

October 12, 2010 at 7:05 am

Ashlee C. SAYS:

Red is my favorite color. What a sexy dinner party.

October 12, 2010 at 10:05 am

Ashley J SAYS:

So cool! I am forwarding this on to people I know having Halloween parties!


October 12, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor SAYS:

Very cool! Spooktackular really! Can’t quite decide what accessories I love the most… the candles dripping in blood or the vampire inspired menu. Really awesome ideas!

October 13, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Patty Martinez SAYS:

This is just amazing!!

October 13, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Terri SAYS:

I love this! It would be such a great idea for a Halloween dinner party!

October 17, 2010 at 7:51 pm
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