Thursday, September 30, 2010
Today's find is a fun Halloween game called Pop Goes the Pumpkin. This version of a classic carnival game will thrill your guests as well as provide your party with a festive wall decoration. (I will note that this game may not be suitable for younger children. Six years and older would be my suggestion). Guests are given a pin or dart and take turns popping the mini "pumpkins" to discover confetti, candy, and whatever else the balloons are filled with. I think that this is a fun alternative to a pinata for an older group of kids.
Here are the instructions from Martha Stewart:
TOOLS AND MATERIALS
•4-by-5 1/2-foot piece of foam board
•2 yards of burlap or other fabric
•Removable hooks (such as Command hooks)
•Thirty-five 12-inch orange balloons
•Candy (small, thin types work best)
•Pump, for balloons (optional), joann.com
•Pushpins (or darts for bigger kids)
1. Cover foam board with burlap; secure in back with duct tape. Adhere it to wall with hooks.
2. Fill balloons with confetti (using a funnel) and candy. Leave a few treat-free to add to the suspense.
3. Inflate the balloons (a pump makes it faster); tie off with a knot. Attach balloons to board with T pins, in a pumpkin shape.
4. Cut a stem shape (download the template) from green paper, and secure with T pins.
5. Cut ribbon; tie onto pushpin handles to make them easier to hold on to (and find, if dropped).
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
The Banner and Gift area (the banner said "Adventure")
The Main Food Table included little hot dog boys in sleeping bags, Bug Juice, and trail mix.
The S'mores Buffet
The boys got a lesson in how to make wooden sailboats, sling shots, bow and arrows, and more.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
October is just a few short days away and on our street, that means that the Halloween "Booing" is about to begin. Each year someone starts the tradition by "Booing" a house with lots of fun Halloween treats (toys, candy, decorations, stickers, glow sticks...) for the kids. The Booed house then has to Boo another house and the tradition contiues until every house on our street has been "Booed". The kids love it and have so much fun trying to figure out who Booed who.
Kim of The TomKat Studio posted a FREE printable Boo Sign and Instructions a couple of weeks ago. Aren't they cute!
If your street or group of friends doesn't already do this Halloween tradition, give it a try and start the Booing. I gaurantee that your kids will LOVE IT and that it will stick for years to come.
Monday, September 27, 2010
I love outdoor parties and this Tea Party has a great outdoor setting! The Tutu bench is one of my favorite details and could be used for so many different party themes (princess, Angelina...).
This is my other favorite detail: a Cupcake Bouquet! Love it!!
CupKate's Event Design put together a beautiful party. Best of luck with your new venture!
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Check out these ADORABLE Spider Cupcake Holders. I mean, really! They are just so much fun (I couldn't upload the picture with the cupcakes in it...they are even cuter with actual cupcakes in them). What child wouldn't love these?
The Spooky Spider mug, dish towels, and plate would look great on a table with the Spider Web Runner down the middle. So fun!
Stop by Crate & Barrel and check out this fun Halloween collection!
Don't rake those leaves! Let nature provide a natural "carpet" for your setting.
You can mimic this natural fall table setting by using white plates and tan linen napkins to create a crisp and neutral background. Place Ginkgo leaves on a frayed piece of burlap at each place setting for a bright yellow accent and use mini white pumpkins for candlestick holders.
I love this "self-service" idea: Bundle each flatware setting with ivory ribbon, then stand them in a glass bowl filled with uncooked white rice. So simple, yet such an elegant look.
And finally, for all of those extra details (table centerpieces and decor around your table), gather sprigs of crab apples, white and yellow gourds, pumpkin seeds, white beans, tall wheat stalks, and white pumpkins to arrange in glass bowls and vases and display around your natural setting.
All photo images come from Better Homes and Gardens.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
These Folded Paper Halloween Hang-Ups are sure to bring some visual "WOW" to your party.
Fun Halloween Crackers to hold some special SPOOKY treats.
Want a unique and festive decoration that can carry over into the Thanksgiving holiday? Check out this Gourd Garland.
Think twice before you toss those used jars; give them a second life as cute Halloween decorations. Just paint them in pumpkin colors and give them funny faces to make these Jar-o'-Lanterns.
Black Cat Treat Boxes made out of black pressed-paper and upside down heart-shaped boxes. Get DIY directions here.
How cute are these Witch's Broom Favors!! Love it!
This Halloween Tablecloth is easy to make (with layered crepe paper) and will add lots of color to your table.
Who knows...maybe I will sneak in a little Halloween party after all ;) You will just have to wait and see!
Monday, September 20, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Aren't the colors just amazing. These pictures literally make me happy. I hope that you enjoy them as well!