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ELEVATE YOUR VIRTUAL HALLOWEEN PARTY

Halloween 2020 filling you with dread? Get spooky with Damn Good Shindig instead! DGS is an LA based event design company specializing in bringing your favorite fandoms to life. This spooky season we’ve created a new video series - Damn Good Creations, that explores how to throw an awesome Zoom Halloween party. Follow Damn Good Shindig, and get ready for some witchy good times full of DIY crafts, inspiration, dollar store finds, and ideas to elevate your Halloween at Home 2020.

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choose your episode of our halloween at home series

 
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episode 1

A PARTY'S BREWING

This week we will dive into inspiration for our bash, go hunting at the dollar store and give you an inside look at our design process.

 

episode 1 downloads

boards of inspiration

materials/shopping list

(subject to change minimally)

party in a box

​ We will be making our boxes to look like grimoires - an essential tool for every witch.

  • A box that you can make look like a book - try finding something that has a good height to it, so you can fit all the party goodies in it. Also should be able to open from the long edge, or be made to do so to open like a book. 

  • Hot glue, glue gun

  • Plastic bugs, frogs, skeletons, bats, butterflies, snakes, eyeballs - anything to decorate your cover with

  • Some twine or other textures to make borders 

  • Paper towels - something with little to no pattern, definitely not flowers or anything cutesy.

  • Mod podge

  • Black, metallic, gold, brown paints

  • Paint brushes

virtual background

Available for download in the Episode 2 section below!

hats & crowns

For your elevated Zoom party every witch should don some festive head accessory. 

  • Witches Hat or headband

  • Wire

  • Plastic bugs, frogs, skeletons, bats, butterflies, snakes, eyeballs - anything to decorate your hat or crown with

  • Fake Flowers - dried , or matching color scheme

  • Twigs and sticks

  • Rocks or crystals

  • Hot glue, glue gun

foreground element / decor

​We will be gifting our celestial candles to guests, making spell casting that much easier

  • Black prayer candles - one for each guest

  • White paint

  • Paper towel

  • Four 3/4" Round foam brushes 

  • Xacto blade

  • Sharpie

  • Needle nose pliers or something to poke with!

  • Natural ribbon (like rafia or natural twine)

  • Sprigs of lavender, twigs, or spooky leaves

themed treats

It's a witches tea and that means it needs exciting treats to go along with it. Full recipes will be available for download on our website shortly.

  • Soul Cake Recipe  - food processor or blender will be needed

  • Purple and black rock crystal candy

  • Bat cookies

  • Bewitched Bramblecakes Recipe

invitations

We will be making moon inspired invitations to go along with our color scheme and witchy aesthetic

  • Matte Sticker Paper to print invitation on

  • Black 5 x 7 flat cards

  • Black A7 envelopes

  • Gold sharpie pen

  • Celestial stickers

  • Spooky stamps from USPS

  • White, purple and iridescent paint

  • Good paintbrush or old tooth brush to flick paint

  • Water

themed drinks

Our amazing friend  - LA’s very own Booze Runner is concocting a unique recipe for us and we will release that recipe before that episode.

  • Small potion bottles to section out ingredients

  • Sticker paper to label ingredients

  • See Episode 6!

activity

We’re going to be splitting up our spell’s ingredients so every guest will have a portion and will need to work together to make the spell work. 

  • Spell incantation (See Episode 5 for printable)

  • Parchment paper to print out spell

  • Miniature cauldrons - 1 per guest

  • Potion ingredients: Dried herbs, colored water, spooky candy or plastic insect figurines, fake flowers/natural elements, etc. Get creative!

  • Potion bottles, various sizes with corks, enough to store 1 ingredient per guest

  • Parchment paper to write ingredient name on

  • Large Cauldron - for party host

  • Dry ice - for party host

  • Water - for party host

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episode 2

immerse yourself

This week we’re getting to the bottom of what immersive experiences mean to us, and bringing you two killer DIYS for our witches tea party. Learn how to make bewitching invitations and celestial foreground decor to elevate your Halloween at Home 2020.

 

Episode 2 crafts

moon phase candle

moon invitation

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invitation downloads

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For a Witches' Tea

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episode 3

Party in a Box!

This week we’re turning our delivery boxes into spooky magical grimoires. Party in a box is not just for Halloween at Home, 2020 - we’ll talk about the many ways we can transform this unique tool to fit any theme.

 

Episode 3 craft

Grimoire spell book boxes

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episode 4

Witchy Attire

Our party is getting closer, do you know what you’re wearing? This week Damn Good Creations is back with Episode 4, which happens to be all about witchy fashion. We’re going all out on the perfect costume accessories, inspiration and DIY tutorials to make excellent additions to you and your guests’ bewitching looks.

 

Episode 4 craft

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episode 5

experience a spell

This week we’re talking about an essential part of any party, the experience. Virtual events can still create an experience for your guests with some creative thinking. We’ll walk you through some easy ideas for any party, and specifically create a witchy activity - a spell to bring good vibes into the world.

 

Episode 5

potion recipe download

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Trick or treat - yes please! We're brewing up a lovely spread for our witches tea party. This week we will be making a ton of tasty treats, from spooky baked goods to bewitching adult beverages, you’re not going to want to miss these recipes! Tune in to start making your own magic in the kitchen.

episode 6

Bewitching Treats & Tea

Episode 6

witches' brew recipe download

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treat recipes

Brambleberry Cupcakes

Ingredients

For the Cupcakes:

  • 1½ c. all-purpose flour

  • 1½ c. granulated sugar

  • 3/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1½ tsp. baking soda

  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder

  • 3/4 tsp. coarse kosher sea salt - not fine

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1/4 c. sour cream

  • ½ c. buttermilk (can add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to vegan milk as alternative)

  • 3/4 c. warm water 

  • 1/4 c. vegetable oil

  • 1½ tsp. vanilla extract

  • 2 oz. finely chopped semisweet chocolate or any chocolate you want.

 

For the Blackberry Buttercream

  • 5 cups powdered Sugar

  • 2 cups Unsalted Butter, at room temperature

  • 3/4 cup Blackberry Jam

instructions

Add Flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a large bowl.

  1. Whisk together

  2. In the same bowl, add eggs, sour cream, buttermilk, warm water, vegetable oil, vanilla extract.

  3. Cream together until batter is smooth

  4. Add finely chopped chocolate, mix in.

  5. Pour even amounts into lined cupcake trays

  6. Bake at 350 for about 22 minutes, check and make sure batter doesn’t come off toothpick before taking out of oven

  7. Let cool

  8. Make frosting - add butter to a new bowl

  9. Cream the butter, slowly add powdered sugar one cup at a time and cream together. 

  10. When basic buttercream frosting is achieved, add blackberry jam and blend together.

  11. Put frosting into a piping bag and frost your completely cooled cupcakes.

  12. Decorate with edible gold flecks and purple sugar

Soulcakes

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups Flour

  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder

  • 2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

  • 1 tsp Salt

  • 1 c Sugar

  • 12 TBS Vegan Stick Butter

  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

  • 1/4 c Plain Vegan Yogurt

  • 1/2 c Plant Milk

  • 1/2 c hazelnuts chopped up

instructions

  1. Mix flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and salt in a bowl, set aside.

  2. Cut up butter into chunks, add to new bowl

  3. Add sugar and vanilla extract, cream together

  4. Add yogurt, whip together

  5. COMBINE A LITTLE AT A TIME the DRY & WET ingredients

  6. Chop up hazelnuts, add them to mixture

  7. CHILL 20 MINS IN FREEZER

  8. Roll out dough, cut into circle cakes, about 1/4” thick

  9. Place on parchment paper lined baking trays

  10. Cut out pentagram design with knife on top of each cake

  11. Wash tops of cakes with milk and sprinkle sugar on top

  12. BAKE AT 425 FOR 15-20 MINUTES

Bat Lemon Cookies​

Ingredients

Cookies:

  • 2 cups flour

  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt

  • 3/4 cup soften butter

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice

  • 1 egg

 

Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 tablespoon of milk

  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice

 

For the look:

  • Black food dye

  • Purple decorative sugar

  • Bat cookie cutter

instructions

  1. Mix flour, baking powder, salt in a bowl, set aside.

  2. Cream together soften butter and sugar in new bowl

  3. Add vanilla extract, lemon juice and egg - whip together

  4. COMBINE A LITTLE AT A TIME the DRY & WET ingredients

  5. ADD BLACK FOOD COLORING and mix.

  6. CHILL 1-2 HOURS IN FRIDGE

  7. Roll out dough, cut into bat shapes, place onto parchment lined baking trays

  8. CHILL FOR 15 MINUTES

  9. SPRINKLE WITH SUGAR

  10. BAKE AT 350 FOR 9MIN

  11. Make glaze - whisk together powdered sugar, vanilla extract, lemon juice and milk - add food coloring if you want.

  12. Let cookies cool for a few minutes, glaze and sprinkle sugar on top.

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episode 7

A Witches Tea

Something Wicked this way comes, and it's the finale episode of Halloween at Home 2020. In this episode we will go over every element that makes up our virtual witches tea party, from bewitching invitations to tasty treats - we’re going to talk about all the things you need to have a spooky and safe halloween. Thanks for following along with us this halloween, stay spooky witches! xoxo

 

Episode 7

witches tea

Final tablescape for an intimate witchy tea party

By Damn Good Shindig:

Custom painted witchy tea set

Decorated cake stands

Candle/Floral Centerpiece

Natural dyed napkins

Soulcakes

Cupcakes

Bat Cookies

Witches Brew Cocktail

Merengues, Lavender Honey Tea Syrup, and Spell Lollipops by asyouwitchconfections.com/

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