How to Halloween – An Inspiration Party
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Come on and Join the Party! Halloween is almost here, and we are looking forward to a family movie marathon in costumed splendor with treats galore. I’ll show you ours if you show us yours. Go ahead and inspire us with the crafts, décor, and costumes you’ve created, tried, designed, or decorated with. Feel free to drop your links to your blog post or Instagram post that shows off what you’ve done or whatever you’re planning. Fall themes are welcome as well.
One of my favorite things to do for the holidays is to create a tablescape. I usually reuse items from previous years and add 1 or 2 new things that I’ve found. I have looks that are my favorites like mercury glass, but my collection includes all kinds of items from Homegoods, Dollar Tree, and Target, mostly. Occasionally, something else creeps into the mix. One of my favorite things is this hanging banner that says, “Pick Your Poison”. It’s all about the deeper meaning of the words to me. Ultimately, we make choices everyday and sometimes, we are stuck, and the choices don’t really feel like much of an option. That’s when you just have to pick your poison, both are bad, but which one is less horrible?
Another favorite you’ll find on my table is my smoking cauldron. I’m torn between liking the minimalist feel of it by itself and wanting to go extraordinarily over the top visually with more, more pumpkins, more sparkle, more stuff! I must tell myself to settle down, no more. Being on a money diet helps, spend less, make more meaningful purchases – I’m trying.
- Main elements:
- 1 black lace web table runner (Amazon)
- 1 mercury glass candlestick (Homegoods)
- 1 black and silver witch hat (Dollar Tree)
- 1 mercury glass decanter (Homegoods)
- 3 black and white fabric pumpkins (Target)
- 2 fake books (Target)
- 1 bubbling cauldron (Grandin Road)
- 1 bouquet of fresh flowers (Aldi – my favorite place for fresh flowers $3.99!)
- 1 purple leaf candle ring (Target)
- 1 black twig candle ring
- 1 wooden witch hat (Target)
I really tried to tone it down this year. Less outside, more inside. But I kept it simple with some colorful paper fans, some monster hands coming out of the stairs (wish I had more but I wrapped most of them around a tree), flickering lights, black and gray Halloween gauze, and bats.
I love to create family costume themes for Halloween. Over the years, we’ve been cowboys, a Spanish dancer with a taco and Zorro, Peter Pan and Tinkerbell, a trio of Ancient Egyptians. It’s been so much fun to carry it on with my younger ones, this year, they have chosen to be Little Red Riding Hood (with a bow and arrow because she’s her own hero) and the Big Not So Bad Wolf. (Perfect for a Blue Hunter’s Moon which only happens every 18 – 19 years.)
Pumpkin Stress Balls Quick Craft
Fill orange, black, and white Halloween balloons with rice to create stress-relieving pumpkins. To get the feel of a real stress ball, fill the balloon, tap it down a bit, then fill some more until it’s completely full and can hold a shape when squeezed. If you have plain balloons, you can also draw jack-o-lantern faces on them instead.
Poison Pomegranate Spritz – Ingredients
- 1 1/2 oz. (3 tbsp.) dark rum
- 3 oz. Cran – pomegranate juice
- 6 oz. cranberry citrus sparkling water (or seltzer)
- Combine ice, rum, and cran-pomegranate juice in shaker.
- Pour into glass and top with sparkling water or seltzer.
Variations – for the kids or non-drinkers, just skip the rum.
- Add frozen fruit to your drink.
- Want more sparkle? Add some brew glitter – love this stuff! Be careful if you’re adding brew glitter to a spritz because there’s a reaction, it will erupt over the glass.