Heaven and Hell Party
By Nikki Bogopolskaya
, last updated February 4, 2011
A Heaven and Hell themed party is a fun and light-hearted event for many times of year. Whether you want to throw this event around Halloween or in the middle of the winter leading up to Valentine's Day, you'll feel infectious enjoyment emanate throughout the party. The middle of winter can be the dreariest time of the year for many. It's cold, busy, and lacking excuse or reason for costumes and merriment. This year, instead of moping over grey and arctic temperatures, why not throw a just-for-fun bash for your friends? If you love costume parties and you need an excuse to throw one, this is a perfect option. Throwing your own is fabulously easy, and you can expect all to have a devilishly good time!
A Heaven and Hell party is best held in your (or a friends') home. Be sure to send invitations at least three weeks in advance so your friends have ample time to procure horns and halos. If you think it suits your friends, consider a date party. In this case, each invitee brings a guest, and they arrive as an angel/devil pair, thus creating an even distribution of heaven and hell. Although making your Heaven and Hell party a paired event is fun, it is not necessary. Do decide either way, and be sure to make your choice very clear on the invitation.
For decoration, head over to a local Party City or Walmart and purchase red and white accessories. If you are hosting around Valentine's Day, seek out Valentine's decorations for your heavenly portion of decor. Additionally, plenty of red streamers and sparkles will be perfect for hell. We recommend buying white streamers, confetti, table cloths, and gauze for heaven. A bridal decor store or website might be another good place to look. For hell, mimic this but with red. Designate an area of your home/party venue as "heaven" and a part as "hell," and decorate accordingly. Adjacent rooms decked out in contrasting styles provide for maximum wow-factor. Leave a basket of halos/horns (you can purchase these for about one dollar each at costume emporiums) at the entryway for those who feel underaccessorized. They'll serve as fun party favors after the fact as well.
Food and Alcohol
In keeping with the theme, serve red and white bites and drinks. For food, we recommend an array of traditional appetizers (cheeses, meats, vegetables) with Angel Cake in heaven and Red Velvet cake in hell. To keep your angels and devils happy, serve white wine and champagne in heaven and a mixed punch drink and red wine in hell. Choosing to serve only one mixed drink will minimize your stress as well. Cranberry punch (one part cranberry juice, one part soda water, one part vodka) or fruit punch (four parts fruit punch, two parts vodka, one part lemonade) are hassle free and easy to make.
Our favorite thing about costume parties is that they require no additional entertainment. People's getups are often enough! You'll be pleasantly surprised with your friends' creativity. The punch, champagne, and wine will surely keep partygoers energetic. For music, create an upbeat playlist of pop and hip-hop jams, and be sure to include any songs referencing your theme ("Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin, "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" by Bob Dylan, "Highway to Hell" by ACDC, "Sympathy for the Devil" by The Rolling Stones, etc). If your venue/home has the accommodations for karaoke, you may want to set it up for an evening of good laughs as well!