How to Plan a Last Minute Halloween Party

how to plan a last minute halloween party

Now, from the description, you can guess what this post is going to be about. I love party planning so much, but sometimes you just don’t have time until the last minute. Hopefully, you’ve told your friends about it but just haven’t gotten around to planning what you’ll serve to eat or drink or what decorations you’ll need. Well, no fear here’s the most simple way to pull off a Pinterest last minute Halloween Party!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A budget
  • An extra set of hands (or maybe two or three sets depending on how big your party is)
  • Orange or Black Tablecloth (simple fabric will work just as well)
  • 3 to 5 pieces serveware (this includes trays and chip bowls)
  • Happy Halloween Garland (or something to that effect)
  • A nice centerpiece- something that speaks spooky
  • Napkins, silverware, plates oh my!
  • Snacks! (Go with anything simple like cookies, chips and cupcakes. Can’t forget a good pre-made veggie plate)
  • Drinks (Again, you’ve got to be simple. Think soda or 12-packs)
  • A table or counter to display everything

Most of these items you can easily get on a budget at Dollar Tree, but it is really important to set an amount that you want to spend and stick to it. The point is to do this last minute, have a quick and easy setup, and for the party to be affordable.

So here we go!


Coming up with a budget is one of the hardest things, but depending on how many people are coming, sometimes you’re able to eyeball it. I’d say that you could get away with $100 for a 10 person party if you’re being really smart about it.

Where to buy?

Aim to get the bulk of stuff from Dollar Tree. I recently saw some really cute Halloween serveware and decorations there, and you can’t beat the prices. You can also find chips, cookies, and candies there. In the photo above, I got the cupcakes from a grocery store, but to be honest, you probably could get away with 12-15 of these types of cupcakes. Usually, the grocery store has decorative baked goods out, but beware, they do come at a price. Remmber this is a last minute Halloween party!

What color scheme should I go with?

This is a Halloween edition, so orange and black are highly appropriate. Orange plates and napkins paired with black silverware makes for a nice combo, and you can even throw in some Reese’s. However, this is your party, and I always advocate for doing you!

What kind of arrangement should I do?

Everybody’s tastes are different, but try to create an easy line for your guests to follow. Plates, napkins, and silverware first, then maybe chips and a vegetable tray. Finish it off with dessert and drinks! This is last minute, and if your guests are anything like ones I’ve had in the past, they’ll show up for free food and drinks, especially if they’re trying to pre-game.

Last, but most importantly, enjoy! This is your party (even though it’s a last minute Halloween party), and you’ve got to live it up. Sure, it’s stressful, but it’s totally worth it in the end.

For more Halloween posts, check out the Halloween archives. And If you love to party and love to know how to throw a festive get-together, click here.

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