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6 Scary Good Halloween Party Ideas

17 Sep

HalloweenHalloween is my favorite holiday!  I love everything from the costumes to the candy to the decorations.  If you’re planning a party for kids or adults (or both), we have six ideas to help get your party started from food to decorations.

1. Witches Potion

photo credit: womansday.com

We love this punch recipe for both kid and adult parties.  We found this recipe on WomansDay.com and it’s super easy!  We would simply add vodka for an adult party.  You can garnish drinks with gummy worms, plastic spiders or snakes. 

INGREDIENTS:
  • 8 c. ice
  • 1-liter bottle lemon-lime soda
  • 1 qt. lemonade
  • 1 c. pomegranate juice
  • tubes red decorating gel
DIRECTIONS:
  1. Place ice cubes in a large pitcher or glasses. Add soda and lemonade and stir to blend.
  2. Gently add pomegranate juice at the top of the pitcher or glasses to keep the color concentrated.
  3. Squeeze some gel on the lip of the glasses and pitcher.

2. Stay for a Bite Party Supplies

Stay for a Bite Party Decorations

Bring on the scary good times with personalized Halloween party supplies! We love the Stay for a Bite collection where you can personalize your cups, napkins, plates, favor boxes and much more to impress your guests.


3. Spooky Ice Cubes

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One of the easiest and most fun way to add some fun to your Halloween party is to freeze plastic spiders in ice to make your drinks extra spooky! Simply use ice cube trays, add small plastic spiders and fill with water and freeze.  Note:  Be careful with small children as this may pose a choking hazard.  


4. Spiderweb Nachos

photo credit: womansday.com

These spiderweb nachos from womansday.com are not only adorable by delicious!  Serve with tortilla chips for a great party snack.

INGREDIENTS
BEAN LAYER:
  • can lowfat refried black or pinto beans
  • 1/4 c. chopped cilantro
  • 2 tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 tbsp. hot Mexican chili powder
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • large plum tomatoes
MIDDLE LAYER:
  • 1 1/2 c. thick and chunky salsa
  • 1 c. shredded Mexican cheese blend
GUACAMOLE LAYER:
  • ripe Hass avocados
  • 3 tbsp. lime juice
  • 2 tbsp. minced red onion
  • large jalapeno chiles
  • 1 tsp. salt
WEB:
  • 1 c. reduced fat sour cream
Decoration: a clean plastic toy spider
DIRECTIONS
  1. Make Bean Layer: Scrape the mixture onto a 12- to 14-in. round serving plate and smooth into a 10-in. circle with a spatula. Arrange tomato slices around edge of bean layer to make a border.
  2. Make Middle Layer: Drain salsa in a strainer to get rid of excess juice. Spread over bean mixture, leaving some of the bean layer showing around the edge. Sprinkle cheese over salsa, leaving some of the salsa layer showing.
  3. Make Guacamole Layer: Halve avocados; remove seeds and spoon flesh into a medium bowl. Add lime juice, onion, jalapeños and salt, and mash until fairly smooth. Spoon over cheese layer and spread into an even layer.
  4. Make Web: Place sour cream in a ziptop bag; seal bag and snip a small tip off one corner. Pipe a spiderweb design over guacamole and onto the plate. Decorate with toy spider. Serve with tortilla chips.

5. Party Favors

Halloween Pumpkin Hanging Gift Tags with Organza Bags

No matter if you’re throwing a kid or adult party, everyone loves a favor!  Our personalized Halloween Pumpkin Hanging Gift Tags come with organza bags ready for adding your favorite candies.


6. Glittery Pumpkins

photo credit: HGTV.com

A great way to add some fun Halloween decor is to decorate your own black glitter pumpkins!  They look great on front porches, tabletops and fireplace mantles.  We found this DIY tutorial on HGTV.com.

Happy Halloween!

XO,

Jennifer

(Easy) Halloween Tabletop Decorating

26 Oct

Halloween is just a few days away!  Have you decorated yet?  Or do you wait until the last minute?  I have a few cute (and easy) ideas to help you decorate a tabletop in no time and be ready for trick-or-treaters and guests if you’re having a get together.

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To make this entryway table sPoOkY for Halloween, I used a frame I already had.  I bought a sheet of Halloween window clings (you can find at most party stores), and put it on the glass of the frame.  Easy and effective!  I added some “bones” I found at my local dollar store for added effect.

 

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I also added some LED pumpkins that add a fun effect at night when lit up.  The glittery sign can be purchased at a store like Hobby Lobby.  Of course, I added some personalized napkins from The Stationery Studio for the beverages and food.  This tabletop display is set-up for an adult drinking area for my get together.  But this can easily be set-up for a kids party.  You can add some Halloween punch with dry ice for a fun effect.  This is also a great idea for your entryway table where you set-up for your trick-or-treaters on Halloween.

Share your Halloween decorating ideas!  We’d love to hear what easy and fun ways you decorate.

xoxo,

Jennifer

 

What Happens When Skeletons Come Out of the Closet

31 Oct

Happy Halloween!  Trick-or-treaters will be knocking on doors looking for candy and carved pumpkins will be glowing into the night.  Halloween is my favorite holiday.  How could I not love it?  The vibrant colors of leaves changing, the crisp air, caramel apples, pumpkin lattes (wait … pumpkin EVERYTHING!).  And of course, the costumes.  That’s why Halloween is so fun.  Besides the costumes, I love seeing yards decorated with tombstones, gigantic spiders and ghosts.  So when I read about a family in South Carolina that decorates their porch with skeletons, I had to see what they did.  To my amazement, this family changes the scene on their porch every day until Halloween during the month of October.  The creativity is just amazing!  These are a few of my favorite scenes they’ve created this year.

1D274907053435-ss-141021-skeletons-23.blocks_desktop_mediumI love the X-Ray showing the skeleton with clothes!

1D274907053598-ss-141021-skeletons-08.blocks_desktop_mediumA scene from the Hitchcock movie “The Birds” … love it!

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ss-141021-skeletons-07.ss_fullTime for Mr. Bubble

Honestly, I don’t know how this family thinks of all these great ideas or how they have the time!  Do you create awe-inspiring Halloween scenes on your lawn or porch?  Or do you have neighbors that go all out with great ideas?  I would love to see what you do!  I am always looking for inspiration for Halloween decorating. Either way, enjoy your Halloween and have fun sneaking in a few candy bars for yourself between the trick-or-treaters!

xoxo,

Jennifer

Source:  Pictures from Today.com