Thursday, October 28, 2010

Halloween - Adorable Trick or Treaters

Enjoy the Halloween eye candy!



I want to use this idea for MYSELF next year!


My favorite!!!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Halloween - Wizard of Oz party

All You

I am sure you have movies that you watch at certain times of year. White Christmas for Christmas, Something's Gotta Give for the summer, You've Got Mail for the fall, and Wizard of Oz for Halloween. Those are just some of my picks for the holidays and seasons. Wizard of Oz is full of imagination and the perfect theme for a Halloween party.


This cute Oz invite from Etsy sets the tone of the party. It obviously looks to be a kids party but if you want a more grown up look make your own.
Adult invite idea:
  • Cut yellow card stock to the size of invitation you want
  • Print the party info. in the center of the invitation
  • Buy or make your own ruby red slipper stickers and past at the bottom corner of the invite
  • You have an instant Wizard of Oz invitation
Ask your guests to dress up as characters from the movie to make it even more fun.

Party 411

If you have the time, go to your local Lowes and pick up some pavers and paint them yellow to make a yellow brick road up your sidewalk or even for a small doormat.

Amy Atlas via Project Wedding

Fill the party location with green decor and food. Your party is now being held in the Emerald City!


These fun witch cupcakes are perfect for the party. If I ever saw a "not scary" witch this would be it. Perfect for a kid-friendly party.


These "baskets" and "Toto's" are an adorable idea for party favors. Fill the baskets with Halloween goodies and have your guests clicking their heels back home.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Halloween - Fun with Googly Eyes

I don't now of a kid (or adult for that matter) who does not have fun with googly eyes. I've used them on birthday invitations and crafts for my kids but never did I think of putting them on my pumpkins. This is a fun and not-so-scary Halloween project that your kids will request for years to come.

I was watching Martha Stewart and saw her making this CUTE bracelets and vowed to make them too. Googly eyes can be attached to any fashion accessory. (Martha covered Michael Kors shoes with googly eyes this morning....Payless shoes I can do but NOT Michael Kors) Make a trip to your local dollar store for a pack of googly eyes and have fun!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Halloween - Candy Corn

When I hear the word Halloween the first candy that comes to mind is candy corn and candy pumpkins. The sweet and tangy mixture is quite addictive. There are SO many uses for the candy and inspiration for decor that I just had to share.

This is a great whimsical decoration that kid and adult will love. The tissue paper pom poms come in a Martha Stewart craft kit and from my own experience they are very easy to make. Hang them over your food table or hang them from your ceiling throughout the room.

I know I say this a lot but I LOVE this idea! This has got to be one of the cheapest decorating idea's I know of. Go to the dollar store and buy several bags of candy corn and spread them out in a table runner form on your table. TA DA!!!

A clear vase, pillar candle and a vase filler are wonderful for any space you like to change with the seasons or holidays. Using candy corn as your filler for this Halloween season adds color and nostalgia to your table. Another option would be to omit the candle completely and fill varying sizes of clear vases with different levels of candy corn and arrange on your dining room table or candy buffet.

Finding ways to create the look of candy corn with other foods is not all that hard. This candy corn parfait is a light dessert option for your Halloween party this year. 

Hilarious! If you don't make this cake for Halloween you should save the idea for April Fools. This is just a fun cake idea that is extremely easy to make and would be a wonderful dessert to make with kids. It consists of cake, vanilla frosting, candy corn (stuck into iced cake with yellow end facing out) and green fondant. Now that is a vegetable most kids would enjoy!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Halloween - So many ways to Celebrate!

Every holiday is celebrated differently in each home and Halloween is no exception. Our family chooses to celebrate the gift of imagination on Halloween. My husband and I love to watch our two girls when they are "pretend playing" and Halloween is an extension of that for us.

This week I will share some Halloween decorations, food, party ideas and some adorable kids costumes that I adore. However you chose to celebrate the season be sure to have fun doing it.
Happy Halloween!!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Pumpkin Creatures

I saw this image in Martha Stewarts magazine years ago and fell in love with the whole them of pumpkin creatures.


I love how they use the stem of the pumpkin in the design as well.

Ladies Home Journal

This is for those of you who don't want to get your hands messy with carving a pumpkin.
How cute?!?!?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Pumpkin Illumination

These pumpkins are beautiful both day and night. Arrange them on your mantel or entryway table. Kids will love them!

I LOVE this idea!!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Pumpkin Firepit

I don't know how pumpkin carving goes at your house but at mine I empty the pumpkins of their innards and my husband carves the pumpkins. I then roast all of the pumpkin seeds (thankfully this is done ONCE a year) and we enjoy our beautiful pumpkins Halloween night. 

Ever since I first saw this picture of a pumpkin "fire pit" I've wanted to create it for a fall party at my home. The only thing holding me back is the number of pumpkins I would have to "gut". This beautiful pumpkin "fire pit" is a great idea for your fall or Halloween party. Please send me pictures if you recreate this. I would love to post your efforts!

Monday, October 18, 2010


Country Living

It is this time of year that my family, like most, likes to pull out the movie It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and other fall favorites. Pumpkins are a decorating staple for me when the first leaf changes color and the variations in color, shape and size seems to grow every year.  It is no longer just about the big orange pumpkin anymore!
This week will mostly be a show and tell of my favorite pumpkin decorating ideas with a little commentary on the side. Enjoy!

Fall Entertaining - Cheese and Wine (or grape juice)

Better Homes and Gardens

Anytime is a good time to throw a party or have your close friends and family over. You don't need to break the bank to provide a lavish spread every time you want people over. I think a cheese and wine party is a wonderful way to have food for your guests but do so on a budget. You might hear the word wine and think "there goes my grocery bill right now" or "what if I don't drink alcoholic beverages". Not a problem.

A great place to buy good and inexpensive wine is Costco. The same wine that my husband and I drink at restaurants we can find at Costco for less than $10. If you don't drink alcoholic beverages I would suggest finding a delicious cider recipe or substitute club soda for the alcohol in your mixed drink recipes. Sparkling grape juice is yummy and still gives the pretty bottle appearance you may be wanting on your table.

Steve Giralt

One of the wonderful things about a wine and cheese party is that the food serves as beautiful decoration as well. Just look at the clumps of juicy grapes, bowels of plump figs and plates of cheese. Many of these things can be bought weeks in advance so you are not overwhelmed with a large bill as the party nears. This would be a wonderful party to hold on Halloween if you did not want to celebrate with costumes and candy. Celebrate the time of harvest and beautiful friendships.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fall Entertaining - Firepit and S'mores

You're killing me Smalls! These are s'more's stuff! Alrite now pay attention. First you take the graham, you stick the chocolate on the graham. Then you roast the 'mallow. When the 'mallows flaming... you stick it on the chocolate. Then cover with the other end. Then you scarf. Kind of messy, but good! (As said by Ham Porter in the movie Sandlot)

S'mores are the epitome of comfort snack to me. If the day has been long and hard my husband and I will pour ourselves a tall glass of milk and make s'mores in the microwave. You may think that the only way to make a s'more is over a fire but I beg to differ. 

This wonderful invention, that I use, can have you eating s'mores in seconds. I HIGHLY recommend it.
However, this entry is not about making s'mores in your microwave. The Fall is a wonderful time to light up the fire pit and hold a S'more Making party.

This gourmet s'mores table, that was inspired by Jennifer of Cookie Creatives, is exactly what I imagine a s'mores making station to be. There a various flavors of marshmallows, types of graham cracker (honey, chocolate and you could even have cinnamon) and things to sprinkle such as salted nuts and toasted coconut.
The galvanized buckets are perfect containers for the marshmallows and easy to find and Michaels and Walmart. Labeling the s'mores fixings helps avoid a traffic jam at the table.

Your imagination is really the limit of your s'mores making combination's. This tasty treat is made up of gingersnaps, marshmallow and caramel filled chocolate. YUM! You can even include fruit such as bananas and strawberries on your sweet sandwich.

No party is complete without party favors. This adorable package of s'mores fixings is sure to send your guest away happy.

With the holiday's fast approaching I thought I would include a quick gift idea for you. This is a simple, inexpensive and sweet gift that would be great for teachers, neighbors, hostess gifts or for yourself after the stress of holiday planning.
I hope you enjoyed this delicious ideas for a S'mores party and don't forget to share the fun with those you love!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Fall Entertaining - Porch Dining


I have noticed a new concept, to me, showing up in many of the magazines that I subscribe to. The concept being to take your formal dining room furniture and transform your screen covered porch or sun room into your dining space. This is only temporary of course but a wonderful way to enjoy the cooling temperatures in a more formal setting. 

In the October issue of Better Homes and Gardens there is an article entitled Natural Attraction that includes a pictures of an informal dining area on the porch. (I've searched everywhere for a digital copy of the article but could not find 49) I love the fall decor of pumpkins placed randomly about the table and a large vase of leaves and flowers at the end of the table. Large bowls of soup, wedges of cheese and loaves of bread complete the fall meal.

Not only do you need to bring your formal dining furniture outdoors but include your fine china and fancy glasses as well. Just look at the beautiful backdrop of fall foliage and I think nature showed up in her best dress.
I have to mention one more periodical that I have garnered a lot of ideas from (in general) for formal porch dining. The Southern Living Easy Entertaining special publication is loaded with goodies. The article entitled Celebrate the Harvest served as the inspiration for this post and illustrates the topic beautifully. It is on newsstands until mid December so PLEASE go out and buy it.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Fall Entertaining - Backyard Movie

Southern Living

I have always liked the idea of having a movie screening for all of your friends in your own backyard. Most seasons are generally conducive for an outdoor movie but the fall just seems made for it. Assuming you have the equipment necessary to show your movie outdoors I'll help you with the extras to make the movie even more enjoyable for everyone.

Pottery Barn

Grab some quilts, blankets and throw pillows to throw on the ground for comfy seating. Be sure to include some chairs for the rear seating so those who don't care to "slum it" on the ground have a comfy seat as well.

Ideal Home

Be sure to have a large basket full of rolled throws for those of us who like to snuggle with something (or someone) while we watch a movie.

Fill inexpensive fabric bins, that can be found at Walmart or Target, with lots of movie munchies. Have bowls of popped popcorn distributed throughout the viewing area.

 Colorado Backyard Movies

 If there are little one's watching the movie be sure to include fun things like glow-in-the dark bracelets and necklaces for them to wear. The dark may scare some children and flashlights would ruin the movie viewing experience.

A backyard movie is a fun entertainment option you can share with your friends and family. Be sure to buy your tickets soon!!!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Fall - More Inviting Entries

One of the many great things about Fall is the abundance of natural things you can use to decorate with. Leaves, acorns, pumpkins, gourds....the list goes on. Pumpkins are one of my favorite Fall things and I will devote an entire week of my blog to the many uses of pumpkins.

I like this take on displaying your house number in a festive manner. Most people don't think of carving pumpkins for a practical purpose but I like the different approach.

It is at this time of year that I begin filling pots with things that will stay green from now until next spring. I am not the best waterer in the cold months so things usually stay green until Christmas and I am back to bare pots. This year I vow to be more attentive. (I will let you know how that goes)
This assortment of pumpkins and simplicity of evergreens is beautiful and very welcoming.

I have used kale and winter cabbage to decorate my front porch for many years and have never thought to incorporate white lights into them. This is a beautiful display and can span through the holidays of fall and winter.

Whatever the season, a decorated entry to your home is like a warm hug to all who visit. 
Make it your own and have fun with it!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Fall - An Inviting Entry

What better way to announce to your neighbors that fall has come to your home than to dress up your front porch? Fall foliage is a great filler and brings a punch of color to the area you want to dress up. I know my dad, and many of you who rake piles of leaves every fall, would shake your head at the thought of BUYING leaves to decorate with but do it anyway. Silk leaves are bug free and can be used year after year. I would recommend buying leaf garland for use on tables, mantles and other flat areas you want decorate. (Michaels has a great selection every year) Buy branches of fall foliage to fill tin buckets or vases for a beautiful and dramatic affect. 

Better Homes and Gardens

Finding a classy wreath for any season can be a daunting task. I fail to understand why some people feel the need to pack every kind of flower, twig, name it into ONE wreath. I have found that when you find one item, be it wheat, red berries, a flower....anything....and build an entire wreath of that object you have a very clean and welcoming wreath. The wreaths above are beautiful examples.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Fall - So Much to Celebrate

Fall is hands down my favorite season and I think I live in one of the best places to experience it. The Shenandoah Valley show's off this time of year and it should. The mountains are splashed with color, there are harvest festivals and pumpkins patches to explore every weekend and college football in abundance.

For the next several months I will be sharing ideas of how to celebrate the season and its' holiday's and soak in every maple leaf, adorable costume and thankful moment.