With Halloween around the corner, why not experiment with some Halloween themed kitchen design for a seasonal dinner or drinks party or to welcome some terrifying trick or treaters! It’s an opportunity to let your hair down and have a bit of fun with family and friends which we could all benefit from right now. Try your hand at carving some pumpkins on the kitchen island, decorate the dining table with a spooky centrepiece or wiz up some Pumpkin Punch or Magical Mulled Wine to wash down with handmade cookies. Whatever your age, here are some fun ideas to enjoy in your family kitchen this halloween.
You never grow out of carving a pumpkin, a wonderful activity to engage the whole family. From picking out your very own pumpkin straight from the field to carving it together at the kitchen island and bring it to life with tea-light candles. Why not take a visit to Red House Farm, who have joined forces with Dunham Massey Ice Cream Farm, where you choose your own pumpkin and then enjoy an ice cream afterwards? Take a look on their website for more details.
Once you’ve purchased your pumpkins it’s time to let your imagination run wild. Create elaborate carvings with candles and accessories or simply have fun painting your pumpkin. And when you have finished your masterpiece, give it pride of place in your kitchen diner or pop it outside on your doorstep. Alternatively, if you want a more natural look, a collection of pumpkins can look amazing simply displayed on a kitchen island or doorstep.
Kitchen table Centrepieces
An essential part of decorating your kitchen for Halloween has to be the table centrepiece for the kitchen island or dining room table. Nothing is off limits, have fun and be creative; you can play safe with natural autumnal colours, fruit and foliage, or go for a more spooky feel with spiders and skeletons with a purple and neon colour schemes. Add some black and orange candles to create atmosphere, and don’t forget to set a dinner place for the skeleton!
Creepy sweet decorations
A bowl of sweets or treats is one of the easiest solutions to decorate your kitchen work surface and goes down very well with guests, particularly if there is a hairy hand or a family of spiders amongst the mix! A whole host of spooky sweets are available at most supermarkets. Take a look in Waitrose. But if you’ve invested in fabulous kitchen appliances, why not use them to create some homemade spooky cakes or biscuits? How about a Frankenstein cake or bat biscuits?
There are lots of creepy recipes available at the Good Housekeeping website.
Halloween Lighting and tableware
Transform the atmosphere in your kitchen by replacing your existing light bulbs with spooky green and orange coloured lights and hang some black netting and cobwebs from the ceiling to diffuse the light. Invest in some Halloween themed crockery like these beautiful plates and cups from Emma Bridgewaterwhich can be used for years to come.
Fun and games in the kitchen
Why not try apple bobbing in a Belfast sink, or making toffee apples? Buy a Halloween Witch Pinata kit or a ‘Stick the Nose on the Witch’ game. The simplest old fashioned games can be the most fun especially when you and the family are all dressed in Halloween themed outfits.
Go for it, from Spiderman to Satan, Witches and Wizards, Devils and Dracula, it’s a time to express yourself! You can let yourself go dressing up in the comfort of your own family kitchen, and lets not forget your furry friends outfits!
After all the fun activities in the kitchen you’ll need to quench your thirst. How about some Liquid Web Cocktails or a Pomegranate Rum Punch? Have a look at the Country Living website for the recipes and more ideas.
And for the children, decorate soft drinks with jelly snakes, eyeball gobstoppers and skull shaped ice cubes.
Enjoy the Halloween preparations in your kitchen and if you would like any advice on designing a new handmade kitchen, why not give us a call on 01614837821 for a free design consultation.