How-To: Hogwarts Inspired Floating Candles & Witch Hats

If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw that my main decorating project for Halloween this year was hanging floating candles and witch hats in my entryway for a super magical, Harry Potter-esque effect. I absolutely loved the way it turned out and seemingly so did everyone else because I got a TON of questions asking how I did it, so I thought I’d share the how-to. Spoiler: It couldn’t be easier.

All you need is clear fishing line, a sewing needle, scissors, clear command strips if you’re renting (or staples if you own), witch hats, battery operated taper candles, and a ladder.

I started with the witch hats because they took up more space so I wanted to have their placement established before the candles. Cut pieces of fishing line in varying lengths so the hats hang at different heights, and then use the sewing needle to thread a piece of fishing line through the top of each hat. You want to thread the line through the top of the hat in a perpendicular direction to the hat itself, so that it eventually hangs straight. Pull the line through so each end is even and then tie it off in a double knot. Choose where you want to place each hat and either apply a command strip in each location or use a staple gun to adhere the string to the ceiling.

Then move on to the candles. Put batteries in each candle (it’s a pain in the butt to do this after the fact.) Again, cut pieces of fishing line in varying lengths so the candles also float at different heights. Tie the line around the taper candle – either you can wrap it around the lower half of the candle a few times or tie a knot around where the “flame” starts (I did the latter.) Tie off the string in a double knot and repeat the process of finding your preferred candle places & attaching them to the ceiling.

Viola! So simple, so magical, so much fun!

Halloween Cheese Board

One of the best parts of my job is the content creation I do for our clients who we manage social media accounts for. It’s a constant push to be creative and improve my photography skills, but it’s also really great motivation to do picture-perfect seasonal activities all the time because it’s good subject material for content!

One of our accounts needed a moody Halloween themed charcuterie board, so I stepped up to the plate. (Please be aware that I make & finalize the content concepts/calendars, so by “stepping up to the plate” I mean “I gave myself an excuse to do this.”) The result was so cute I just had to share!

Look, I’m not the cheese board expert in the family. But I know how to make whatever I’m working with look appropriately festive. So while I can’t be like, “I have it on full authority that you should pair the following three cheeses…” I can be like, “This is how you make it SpOoKy!”

To make a Halloween cheeseboard, start with the cheese: You need a bleu cheese. Not only is it freakin’ delicious (don’t @ me) but the mold looks appropriately creepy. Next go with a hard, orange cheese that you can slice or cube…because of the color, duh! I think rounding it out with a creamy cheese is best because I love a creamy/stinky cheese but honestly make your board however you want.

Next up you’ve got the cured meats: I think it’s hard to go wrong with prosciutto and salami because…it looks closest to something you might find in/on the body. Sorry about that last sentence.

Accoutrements: Cornichons, mixed olives, and nuts add to the dark and moody color palate. You can round this effect out with fruits like blackberries, grapes, and pomegranate seeds (think black/red). I like to add in fig spread, again because it’s a darker color for a moodier effect but also because figs taste like fall to me. And obviously, you need a vehicle. I used these mini toasts because I needed to add in a French component for the client and this was a French brand.

When you assemble your board, get extra Halloween vibes by adding in a mini pumpkin or two. Put plastic spiders strategically on the board to freak guests out. “Stab” a cheese knife into one of the cheeses for a murderous effect, and it never hurts to have a skeleton hand that looks like it wants in on the action.

So much fun, right? I swear that themed cheese/charcuterie boards just taste better. Hopefully this is good inspiration for next year!