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Halloween Party :: The Swamp Soiree!

I've always loved Halloween - what kid doesn't? Free candy and playing dress up? Count me in. And as I've aged that sentiment certainly hasn't changed much - but the celebrations definitely have! We've gone from scandalous costumes at college house parties that last late into the night, to trick-or-treat gathering with friends who have their own kiddos. But that doesn't mean we've stopped having fun...

swamp soiree2So for this Halloween, I dreamed up a swampy little soiree just for us... with swamp sips and snacks, dripping moss, and creepy crawlies that even the kids can appreciate...

swamp soiree halloween party // coco kelley

Mossy cheese balls and cocktails foaming with egg whites suit the menu and theme perfectly, while dollar-store painted bugs and snakes creep through the setting...

swamp soiree halloween party // coco kelley

swamp soiree halloween party // coco kelley

We cut down an old branch to set the backdrop to the table - and covered it with plenty of cobwebs. Then, we finished off the wall with a mossy wreath (DIY coming!) adorned with a few creepy friends...

swamp soiree halloween party // coco kelley

swamp halloween table

swamp soiree halloween party // coco kelley

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This setting is really all about the layers and layers of green and foliage that lends to that swampy feel - which actually makes it really easy to replicate! You can find the mossy urn right here.

swamp soiree halloween party // coco kelley

swamp soiree halloween party // coco kelley

The key to a classy Halloween party is, of course, choosing a few items that, despite being covered in moss, gauze, cobwebs, snakes and bugs will still shine - like these fabulous snake candleholders and gold-rimmed glassware.

Here's how you can get the look ::

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photography by meghan klein // styling by cassandra lavalle for coco+kelley

want more halloween ideas? check out last year's tabletop inspired by gotham city and the year before that when we created what might be my favorite - a table set for midnight in the garden.