LAST MINUTE HALLOWEEN FUN


With Halloween just a day away, I am sharing some last minute ideas to make your holiday a little more festive and fabulous.  This topic hits close to home, as just a few weeks ago I found myself scrambling to re-work my son’s birthday party.  We were set to celebrate in a charming local pumpkin patch where I had scripted hay rides, pumpkin decorating and hay bale hopping –all set against the backdrop of magical mums & abundant sunshine.  Alas, Mother Nature did not cooperate and my best laid plans had to be scrapped.  Ruh-roh!  Fortunately, I was able to move the party to a nearby bowling alley and pulled it together in short order thanks to a helpful party rentals company, CVS and balloons galore!  The revised party:

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I found the orange favor bags on the backs of chairs at Chilly Bear, but a similar version is available at CVS (as are the plastic pumpkin buckets).

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Thankfully, some of the decor intended for the pumpkin patch was still salvageable (here, wooden letters spell out the birthday boy’s name).  I love these letters from Michael’s and you can easily paint them black (and/or sprinkle with glitter!!!), then prop them in front of small pumpkins to spell out “Boo!” or “Spooky, etc!”

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I dressed up these plain white cups for cider with stamps that I picked up at the Paper Source (stamps are also readily available at Michael’s).

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Grilled cheese is an easy snack for a pre trick-or-treating party — these would be so cute made with a pumpkin cookie cutter in honor of Halloween!

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Cupcakes from Dough & Co.  You can dress up your own with candy corns and your favorite seasonal candy…

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And the same goes for cookies!  Many seasonal shapes and flavors are currently available in grocery store bakery departments.  Make them your own with a little frosting and embelishment.

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Bowling buddies (I had my son’s shirt made at Chilly Bear)!

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And, here, the custom graphic that I was able to incorporate (pumpkin bowling, anyone?!?)  This is also the graphic that we used on the front of the “4” shirt.

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For favors, I filled the trick-or-treat bags with the “pumpkin pieces” that were intended for decorating purposes at the pumpkins patch…

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And, a cute little orange toy car.

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If you can’t find this Hape car at a local store, you can always fill cellophane bags with orange sizzle shred as a festive showcase for matchbox cars, plastic jewelry, figurines and other fun treasures.

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Next up, a Halloween themed school cocktail party where we worked to weave in the little ones’ handiwork.  Here, the young students’ personalized, bedazzled gourds take center stage on the mantle:

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More of the mantlepiece…

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And the sparkly squashes piled high on cake stands as a centerpiece:

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All you need to pull this off are gourds, rhinestone adhesives and some interesting places to tuck the pretty little pumpkins.  To top it all off, for high impact Halloween decor, you can’t go wrong with black vases filled with gorgeous orange tulips.  Finally, my friend sprinkled some sparkly beads on the tables — which worked with the overall playfulness of the Halloween theme.

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This was also the feel of the dinner party that I hosted this past weekend…complete with red wine served in spooky skull shot glasses (I sent these home as favors!)

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And more fun with black and orange pattern play:

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Finally, it’s not too late to introduce some goth into your home.  Shockingly, even preppy holdout Ralph Lauren has “gone goth.”  Take, for instance, this seemingly innocent RL Home living room vignette

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…which is populated by this spooky specter!

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I have to admit that this sparkly skull is a little too much for me, but I could warm to this crystal coffee table version

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Another photo of it…

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And these skull and cross bone place card holders?…

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Now these I HAVE to have!

Happy Haunting!

xo,

Cath

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