Last-Minute Halloween Party Advice: Three Spooktacular Decorating Tips From The Swiss Colony

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Does planning a holiday party make you run away in fear? Tap your inner child for inspiration to decorate using food creatively.

Spooky sweet cupcakes from The Swiss Colony

Be a good mummy and serve up fun at your Halloween party!

There are many fun and affordable decorating ideas in your own refrigerator or pantry!

Does planning a holiday party make you run away in fear? Don’t despair - tap your inner child or borrow a kid in your own home for decorating inspiration using food creatively. Friends and family will be amazed by your edible displays.

Hans Wohlbier, art director for The Swiss Colony (, plays with food on a regular basis. His team at the specialty bakery assembles hundreds of food scenes in the company’s photo studio every year to add excitement to their catalogs and online shopping site.

“Even though we have myriad props at our disposal, there are fun and affordable ideas right in your refrigerator, cupboard or pantry,” says Wohlbier. For example, most people have enough on hand to craft a spooky graveyard scene. “Crackers can tun into gravestones with the help of some frosting, and crushed chocolate cookies become cemetery dirt.”

Whether you bake or buy treats to serve at the party, there are three simple ways to impress your Halloween party guests with your imagination:

1. Create visual impact with height. This is the secret of caterers everywhere who entice you in buffet lines. Use the same technique at home by using different sized boxes or baskets turned upside down and placed underneath a tablecloth. Add large cloth napkins for splashes of color on top of each hidden platform. A seasonal tip is to arrange a few small pumpkins together without the stems and place a serving platter on top. Make sure all “platforms” are stable and strong enough to hold the item you want to display.

2. Use unexpected household items for serving. A child’s toy dump truck can hold candy corn, and a fall colored flower pot with a piece of foam in the bottom works wonders to secure cake balls on a stick or black and orange lollipops. A small witches caldron lined with a heat proof dish can serve soup.

3. Develop new uses for food. Create a red or orange “pool” of prepared gelatin and top it with Halloween themed foil candy shapes. Or, tap your inner architect and build a spooky house out of chocolate petits fours and frosting and have black cat truffles guarding the entrance.

Wohlbier recommends a clever way to display treat bags for party guests. “Cut small branches and spray them with black paint. Drill a hole in the top of a few pumpkins. Place a branch in each hole and hang goodie bags from them.”

Decorating can be child’s play, so have fun with it!

NEW Swiss Colony Halloween Desserts:

Eyeball Truffles ($19.95), Pumpkin Bark(19.95), Mummy Cupcakes ($19.95), Jalapeno Peanut Brittle ($14.95), Witch Cake Roll ($29.95).

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Photography and samples are available.

About The Swiss Colony
Tucked in the hills of beautiful Monroe, Wisconsin, The Swiss Colony is a family-owned gift company sharing holiday warmth and smiles for 85 years. The company's award-winning food gifts are hand crafted with the highest quality ingredients, making seasonal entertaining and giving a joy.

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Kristina Hoffman
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