Thursday, October 30, 2014

{Sneak Peek} Little Miss Spider Party

Here is a look at the party thrown recently for my little ones. I've got loads of photos to go through - but will share all the fun on tomorrow's Halloween post!!!

Be sure to swing on by tomorrow and get more details!

Monday, October 27, 2014

{Guest Post} Halloween in a Box with Paper + Pop

It’s Andrea from Paper + Pop sharing an inexpensive way to celebrate Halloween across the miles – Halloween Fun in a Box.

I started doing this a few years ago when my kids were away at college, but it’s also a ‘sweet’ and inexpensive idea to spread a little Halloween fun with family and friends across the country.  You can go as big or small as you wish.  Sunny of Sunny by Design created the adorable gift tag and you can download it free from the link below.

Let’s get started!

Small/Medium Sturdy gift box (ULINE)
Halloween Candy (3 to 4 varieties) (Party City, Target)
Individual Food-Safe Candy Boxes (Pick Your Plum, Etsy)
Ribbon (lots!) (Michael’s Stores)
Halloween Tumbler (Dollar Tree)
Treat Bags (The TomKat Studio)
Holiday Straws, Halloween pencils, paper shred, glow sticks, tissues (Michael’s Stores)
Decorative Tissue

In the weeks before the holiday, I scour Target’s “Dollar Aisle,” Michael’s and our local “dollar” stores searching for the perfect yet inexpensive items to include.  I prefer using items that match my color scheme, but any combination is great.   I’m a “candy girl” at heart, but you can also find items other than sweets if you prefer.  You can even theme your box (i.e., Art, Baking, Crafts, etc.), especially when you know your recipient’s favorite hobby.  One year, I put together a ‘Baking Box’ for my daughter, filled with all kinds of cupcake liners, sprinkles, Halloween dish towels, orange “Dollar Store” measuring cups, some baking mitts and cookie cutters.  It was her favorite one and she reuses the items every year.

Fill your box with tissue and colorful paper shred.  Remove the candy from its original packaging and arrange in individual boxes (clear or solid) and decorate with ribbon and tags as you would a gift box.  It’s also fun when you’re sending to a family and you know each recipient’s favor sweets to individually tag.

Once the box is assembled, I secure with brown shipping paper, create a label and ship.  It’s such a great and inexpensive way to spread a little Halloween cheer across the miles.

Thank you, Keisha for having me and enjoy making memories this Halloween!

Download the printable tags here

Thursday, October 23, 2014

{Entertaining Ideas} Fall Tablescape Challenge

I have teamed up with some fellow party gals to share with all our readers different ways to set the scene for your fall holiday tables! We've gotten together, for a fun challenge to see what we can do with a mish-mash of items and a $25 budget to create a lovely fall tablescape.

Here were the rules:

Design a fall themed tablescape for $25 or less AND incorporate these items into your design:

1. Red Wagon
2. A pumpkin
3. Wheat Stalks
4. Apples
5 A wooden sign

So a group of talented party friends and I are sharing each of our tablescapes on our blogs.  You can read how each one completed the challenge by clicking on the link above each photo - Enjoy!  We also have a linky party at the end of the post where you can share your fall home decor ideas, tablescapes and recipes.

 Loving all the wonderful fall elements that Renee from Astonishing Cakes used to create a harvest inspired table.

Totally crushing on the Chevron burlap that Jessica from Everyday Party Magazine used as a focal point for her tablescape.

I've been a fan of Dawn, from Not Just a Mommy for years!  See how she created a charming rustic fall table.

I love all the sparkly fall elements in the table design created by Shannon of Painting Paris Pink.

I always adore how create and talented Ms. Sandra Garth of The Sweet Senstations is.  Look at how she completed her challenge and a VERY smart way!

....and here's how I created my tablescape using items from home and a few purchased pieces.

Items purchased for the table
$1 decorative leaves (Target)
$2 burlap daisies -2 each  (Target)
$3 Satin Ribbon (Michaels)
$5.70 Small Pumpkins (Giant)
$4 Felt Pumkins -4 each (Target)
$5.99 Wheat stalks (Michaels)

Total Spent: $21.69

So everything else was borrowed from my home or already part of my party stash (the wooden sign, woven placemats and melamine plates.  The apples, well, I forgot about them as part of the challenge, luckily, we had some in the fridge :).....I would prefer red ones for this table, but I think the green brightened it up a bit.  The red wagon was an almost forgotten find that I had for a baby shower thrown a few years back and never used - SCORE!  While most of the table looks elegant, the wagon filled with harvest fruits and veggies is really playful and fun! 

I hope you enjoyed seeing how we created a beautiful fall tablescape with just a few dollars. Be sure to check out all the other challenges 1. Astonishing Cakes   2.  Everyday Party Magazine    3.  Not Just a Mommy    4. Painting Paris Pink    5.The Sweet Senstations

......and make sure you link up your fall ideas below in the linky party!

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