Halloween is only two weeks away, and you know what that means: soon you’ll have plenty of chances to scare yourself stiff watching all the old horror movies on television! I don’t know about you, but I think Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 film The Birds is still one of scariest movies I’ve ever seen. The Master of Suspense knew a thing or two about humor, too, and we’d like to think he would very much approve of our “Birds”-inspired Halloween fête. So without further ado, may we present a few of our fowl-est Halloween ideas

A vintage table below an ominous bird chandelier awaited our guests at Mercury Hall.

We paired a twig runner with striped black-and-white linens to offset our Bird & Crown dinnerware by Mary Carol. The custom menu featured a roast squab entree and dove chocolate mousse dessert. Each plate was garnished with one loose feather.


Ash created the custom floral arrangements using black urn vases and dark, velvety red roses. The vintage bird statue was graciously lent to us by my grandmother. A loose base of dried hay was the final touch to our tabletop “nest.”

A pretty bird cage from LOOT Vintage Rentals served as decor for the drink buffet. (There was much debate over whether or not the bird should be in the cage, or have “escaped.”) In the end we decided a sly hostess would reposition the bird mid-party when her guests weren’t looking!

Ash created a gorgeous berry garland for us to drape over the cage.

We spray-painted inexpensive faux birds black. At less than a dollar a piece, it was easy to form a large flock.

Guests enjoyed sinfully delicious caramel apples from Sara Townsend of Sara Belle’s Bakery.

Sara also created these bird-shaped sugar cookies with black icing especially for us. (And she’ll be sharing the DIY later today!)

With it’s beautiful stained glass windows and vintage charm, Mercury Hall in South Austin was the perfect location for our spooky soirée.

A classic bloody mary cocktail provided just the right splash of color against our neutral palette.


Two found twigs were transformed by Chanel into our creepy chandelier covered with birds. Cristina sported one of our favorite current Halloween looks: black nail polish!

With the help of a few bright lamps and one large bed sheet we created a fun photo-booth idea for guests to try out. The shadow puppets were created from poster board and taped onto wooden sticks. Guests could experiment with creating their own “backgrounds” for each other to pose in front of. With the help our friend Melanie Grizzel, we were able to achieve the perfect lighting!

I posed in front of the bed sheet while Cristina and Chanel created the bird shadows in the back.

Guests were encouraged to don Hitchcock-esque attire. Chanel went for authenticity with a green tweed skirt!


Chanel and I hammed it up while Cristina provided shadows. This entire party concept was a blast, but we had so much fun with the photo booth. Having a few props on hand (like the vintage gloves and hat) helped us to loosen up and have fun with it… We’re already thinking up ideas for next year!

*Special thanks goes to Mercury HallThe Byrd CollectiveSara Belle’s BakeryLOOT Vintage Rentals and She-N-He Photography and Design for their contributions to this project.

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  1. 1
    Kathryn October 16, 2012 at 6:01 am

    This is the best idea for a halloween party ever!

    • Jennifer Rose Smith October 16, 2012 at 8:28 am

      Thank you, Kathryn! We had such a blast with this one.

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    Leigh October 16, 2012 at 8:11 am

    This is so fun! Such a perfectly classy and fun way to celebrate Halloween!

    • Jennifer Rose Smith October 16, 2012 at 8:28 am

      Thanks, Leigh!

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    Yelle October 16, 2012 at 8:20 am

    I adore that table with the birds perched above it. So great!

    • Jennifer Rose Smith October 16, 2012 at 8:29 am

      Thank you, Yelle. The table came from LOOT Vintage Rentals. Isn’t it amazing?

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    ash October 16, 2012 at 8:59 am

    the photos turned out great! such a fun way for me to get back to work! xo

    • Jennifer Rose Smith October 16, 2012 at 9:59 am

      We couldn’t have done it without you, Ash! We are so thankful you are on the mend!!! Beautiful work, as always.

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    Liz October 16, 2012 at 9:11 am

    This has to be my favorite idea for a Halloween party yet! I am a huge fan of Alfred Hitchcock, so any event that brings his work into play, is a winner in my book. Love how all the details and decor came together. Nice work, ladies!

    • Jennifer Rose Smith October 16, 2012 at 10:01 am

      Thanks so much, Liz! I adore Alfred Hitchcock movies, too. Both for the suspense and the amazing style. Vertigo and Rear Window are two of my other favorites.

      • Liz October 16, 2012 at 11:07 am

        Rear Window is by far my favorite! Love Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly in that one and how Hitchcock created stories of life (and murder) happening through a rear window. Vertigo and Dial M for Murder aren’t far behind:)

        • Jennifer Rose Smith October 16, 2012 at 11:23 am

          Yes – her wardrobe is to die for in Rear Window! I’m really excited about this new movie coming out, too: http://joannagoddard.blogspot.com/2012/10/hitchcock-movie.html

          • Liz October 16, 2012 at 12:34 pm

            That movie looks amazing. I will definitely have to see it 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing! I hadn’t even heard about it!

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    Xio { A Styled Fete } October 16, 2012 at 9:38 am

    I LOVE the shadows photo booth idea!! Totally creative! Awesome job!!

    • Jennifer Rose Smith October 16, 2012 at 10:03 am

      Thank you so much, Xio! We had so much fun with the photo booth. Kind of want to do it again on actual Halloween!

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    Monica October 16, 2012 at 9:42 am

    i am just OBSESSED with this! that movie completely creeps me out (i actually have never seen it…) but know enough about it and alfred hitchcock that i think this was SUCH a perfect inspiration/theme for being spooky-chic! love the photobooth idea. so fun!

    • Jennifer Rose Smith October 16, 2012 at 10:04 am

      Thanks, Monica! Yes, beware of the movie if the idea creeps you out… you’ll never look at a flock of birds in a tree the same way again. Very scary!!!

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    classiq October 16, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Fabulous! A fantastic idea for a Halloween party!

    • Jennifer Rose Smith October 16, 2012 at 10:06 am

      Thanks so much, Ada! We had a lot of fun with it.

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    leslie October 16, 2012 at 10:36 am

    I adore that camel coat! Where did you find it?

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    chris October 16, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    What a great party! Love all the special spooky touches – And Jennifter, you are owning that Tippi Hedren look!

    • Jennifer Rose Smith October 16, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      Thanks, Chris! I think I was born in the wrong era… I love gloves and hats!

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    Lindsay {Everistta} October 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    That movie still creeps me out! I love the inspiration though. Very cool and a fun take on Halloween!

    • Jennifer Rose Smith October 16, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      I know. So creepy! I first saw it in junior high. It really stays with you!

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    Danielle Waisner October 16, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    The best Halloween Party idea I have ever seen! I love that photo-booth with the bird background!

    • Jennifer Rose Smith October 16, 2012 at 3:37 pm

      Wow! Thank you so much, Danielle! We may be doing a DIY that shows exactly how we did the background sometime in the next week, so stay tuned…

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    invitation consultants October 18, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    a little spooky – a lot fun!

    • Jennifer Rose Smith October 18, 2012 at 3:27 pm

      Yes! Thank you, we had SO much fun with this!

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    Alexandra October 22, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    This is such a good idea, I love theme parties on Halloween, and this one looks beyond classy!

    • Jennifer Rose Smith October 22, 2012 at 8:51 pm

      Thanks, Alexandra!!!

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    K. Sharp November 27, 2012 at 3:52 am

    Thanks for the amazing ideas Jenifer! While I try and experiment with new decorative ideas every year, I just can’t get enough of the lanterns. This year I am thinking of making one with orange peels. Hope it works!

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    Addison Whitbeck November 24, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    SO much classy fun here. Just curious, though. Not one woman wears a hat or veil or, good lord, open-toed shoes in THE BIRDS. Why did you go in that direction?

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    victoria taylor October 26, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Loved this setting….the movie “the Birds” is a classic! great theme!