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Steampunk Party Decorations

Hello Good People,

I am hosting a Steampunk Halloween Party at my home. I was wondering if any one had
any ideas of how to decorate my home in Steampunk themes. I would love to decorate my home in a Victorian or
mad scientist sort of way, but on the cheap. In the past I have done Halloween Parties and
have decorations saved from past Halloween parties. Is their some way to blend the two
Any ideas would be appreciated.
I have a Dinning room, Living room, Sun room, Kitchen, 2 Bathrooms, Hallways, Library, and a Stairway to transform. I really
would like to change the look of my home for the party.

I would also like to say how much I enjoy this live journal community and all the creative people on it.

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tzel
Aug. 25th, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
You can frequently find scientific glassware for cheap at university sales or online. They are great for serving drinks and such or just placing around the house. As a note, both tonic water and mountain dew react to black lights so they can be put in beakers and set near a black light for a nice eerie effect.
elizard100
Aug. 25th, 2009 02:46 am (UTC)
I was going to do that but opted for a Harry Potter theme instead for this year. What I had been planning to do though was a Victorian Haunted house. I was thinking lots of spooky black ornate things, candelabras, gauzy torn curtains, cobwebs, furniture draped with dark fabrics, doilies on everything.

Martha Stewart actually has some wonderful photos on her website that give examples of this very kind of thing. I've put the link below along with some other good ones for Victorian Hallowe'en decorations.

I had seen some pumpkins that were painted white and had stars cut out of them that had an interesting effect. You might try something like that. Or even giving the pumpkins a golden glow and then cutting out gears, etc.

Dollar stores often have cool jars and bottles or start saving your glass jars and ask friends to do the same. You can wash off the labels and cover the existing lids with some rough burlap and some twine to look more freaky. I've gotten those sea creatures from dollar stores before that grow when you add them to water. I've gotten the snakes and all sorts of things and then put them in a bucket of water a few days in advance so that they got all big and distorted. Last time I did that for a pirate party a couple of years ago and we put them in large glass jars at the party and they looked really grotesque.

Good luck and please post some photos! Here are some links that may prove useful:

http://www.womansday.com/Articles/Family-Lifestyle/Holidays/Halloween-Craft-Victorian-Pumpkins.html

http://www.bhg.com/holidays/halloween/indoor-decorating/spell-binding-halloween-decorations/

http://www.angelfire.com/nc2/musings/VictorianHalloweenSpells.html

http://www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/creepy-crafts?&lpgStart=1¤tslide=1¤tChapter=1#ms-global-breadcrumbs
elizard100
Aug. 25th, 2009 04:31 am (UTC)
Here's something else:

http://www.dadcando.com/default_MAKING.asp?project=VictorianDomedDisplayCase&catagory=Wizardry_and_Magic&lhs=Wizardry_and_Magic

These appear to be made out of 2L pop bottles with the bottom and the neck cut off and with a dollar store candle stand on the bottom and some sort of embellishment on the top. Very cheap for a party where you may want to display all sorts of creepy Hallowe'en items.
unclrashid
Aug. 25th, 2009 05:07 am (UTC)
One small idea I've wanted to do for some time now, but I just haven't done a Halloween party:

One time we had leftover (seedless) watermelon and trying to use it up, I put it through the food processor (chopping blade)and made watermelon nectar. Very delicious, and also good with lemon or lime. I found that if you let it sit in the fridge overnight, it will seperate into 2/3 "serum" and 1/3 "blood cells". I'm not sure watermelon is available at Halloween, but you could make ahead and freeze if necessary.
hildekitten
Aug. 25th, 2009 08:22 am (UTC)
Next Gatehouse Gazette is going to have some steampunk Hallowe'en printables ;)
Release will be soon :)
kukla_tko42
Aug. 25th, 2009 02:09 pm (UTC)
Michael's (the craft store) now has some really steamy items in their scrapbooking section; gears, cogs, keys, and the like. They're reasonably priced.

Also, go to your local Halloween shop and look for the Nightmare On Elm Street "Scene Setters". It's a roll of printed plastic that you put up on the walls (temporarily) for ambiance.
The Nightmare On Elm Street set includes a backdrop of *rusty steam pipes* with a golden background. It's lovely. We used it at a local con with a Steampunk Theme.

Also, visit the local "Teacher's Store" for cut-outs with old-fashioned science themes.
breltard95
Aug. 25th, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
Man, I miss living in a neighborhood that got trick-or-treaters. And in a house big enough to have a party in! Halloween decorating was always the most fun time of the year. Le sigh.

Anyway: party stores often have packages of metallic latex balloons. Clusters of those could add to a steampunk atmosphere.
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