Thursday, October 29, 2009

Here's looking at you!

I was asked to make Jello Jigglers for my daughters school Halloween Party. Instead of making the traditional ones using cookie cutters I decided to make jello eyeballs instead. I looked on the web and couldn't find exactly what I had in mind so I made up my own design. I used plastic Easter eggs as the mold and found royal icing eyes at a local cake decorating store. I finished them by putting them in mini cupcake liners so they would be easier to pass out to all of the kids. They were relatively easy to make, looked fun and the kids gobbled them up. Some of the parents commented that these would be just as fun for an adult Halloween party.
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Halloween Wreath

I could never find just the right wreath to hang on my door for Halloween so, I decided to make my own a few years ago. I spray painted a grape vine wreath black and then added some leaves, bittersweet vines, candy corn and orange twinkle lights and a few glitter spiders. When I had kids I thought it would be fun to use it as a sort of three dimensional scrapbook, so every year I add a new picture of them on Halloween. When they are older I hope they will enjoy looking back on all of their adorable costumes, I know I will!
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Little Pumpkin

Last year we had my sons Christening the week before Halloween. He has red hair so I made this little tree and wrote "Thank you" with much love, from your little pumpkin. I spray painted a branch with black paint and put it inside a chalkboard pail. I hung little paper shopping bags on the branches that I personalized and filled with individually wrapped pumpkin truffles. This year I will be using it for party favors at our Halloween party. It would be just as fun to let the kids decorate it with candy garlands and homemade ornaments. The possibilities are endless!

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Want s'more?

Looking for something fun and different to bring to a Halloween party that both kids and adults will love? Make a s'mores platter! I cut chocolate graham crackers into the shape of a bat with a cookie cutter then, loaded the platter with marshmallows, and mini sized Hershey bars. For the final touch I wrapped a brown and white gingham ribbon around a bunch of bamboo skewers to roast the marshmallow on. A simple and fun snack for all!

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Monday, October 5, 2009

"House Boo-tiful"

My dining room is black and white; the perfect backdrop for Halloween decorating! There are so many fun and unique candles, garland, and even signs that I have started a nice little collection to disperse amongst my house in October. Halloween doesn't have to be all about the candy... use things you already have around the house, add some pumpkins or dried hydrangeas and then some fun details to make a sophisticated display.
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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Happy Haunting!!

Today is the first day of October and so the countdown to Halloween begins! We have one of these adorable calendars from Pottery Barn Kids The perfect place to hide les petits présents for my little ones. Here are some of the things I will be putting in our calendar this year:
~Halloween band aids for all of our "boo-boo's"
~orange hot cocoa packets with ghost shaped marshmallows
~pumpkin shaped twinkle pops
~Ghoulish Giggles "What is a ghost's favorite fruit?" (Boonanas)
~tiny pumpkin shaped lip gloss
~gift certificates to go to the pumpkin patch and/or a shopping trip to get costumes
~face paint
~tiny cookie cutters with the promise to bake and decorate yummy treats
~Halloween socks
.....and little notes leading them on treasure hunts to find bigger items that don't fit in the calendar....Halloween t-shirts, books, and movies!
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