Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Halloweeen Party and Decor Ideas

A couple of months ago, I had to set up a Halloween party and pretend like it was October....in late July! It was all for an article in Southern Holiday Life magazine about kid and family friendly Halloween party tips. You can read that article HERE on page 57.  

Today, however, I wanted to focus on some details of this party that I didn't get to include in my article. All of these photos weren't chosen for the actual issue, so I thought I'd share with you today!

If you notice the Sanderson name, it's from one of my favorite Halloween movies, Hocus Pocus. The film was my inspiration for this party. I imagined the three Sanderson sisters setting up a fabulous buffet of yummy treats to lure the children in. "Come little children..." 

Decor Details

Some inexpensive decorating items I used were:
*Pots with black spray painted branches that I gleaned from my yard. I also stuck a few branched with leaves attached to give it a little texture, then I added some cheesecloth to look like spider webs.
*Old bottles as candle holders. I gathered some old bottles and put taper candles in them. I lit them a couple of days before to make them look old and drippy. I used these on the table and the buffet.
*Cheesecloth as spider webs. I even added the cheesecloth to the doorways for a spooky entry to the room. To make it look like webs, pull and stretch cloth very thin.
*The tablecloth is black cheesecloth. I found this at a local fabric store (Glen's in Sanford) and ripped holes in it and at the edges to make it look old and tattered. It wasn't actual cheesecloth, but it was almost exactly like it. It was very inexpensive.
*Let the food double as decor. I tried to stay with my chosen color scheme when I chose my food. I was using orange, purple, and green and I tried to let the foods showcase those colors.

Food Details

The purple pretzel rods dipped in white chocolate are witch's wands. The zombie brains beside it is actually just mini marshmallows, pretzels, and pecans stirred into almond bark. I spread the mixture onto wax paper and let it set. Then, I just broke into pieces.

These witches hats are just Oreos, Hershey Kisses, and pre-made frosting (the kind that comes in a tube.) Easy peasy. 

I used a pumpkin shaped cookie cutter to cut out ham and turkey sandwiches. 

The green punch was so delicious! If you missed the recipe for it, you can view it HERE

This was the first time I had ever done a Halloween party, and I have to say, it was one of the most fun to decorate for! I had a great time coming up with all of it! I hope you can maybe incorporate some of these ideas into your next Halloween shindig! 

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Halloween Potion Punch Recipe

If you've been searching for the perfect Halloween party punch recipe, then search no further. This recipe is simple and quick and tastes soooo yummy!The lime green color really makes it look like a potion.

This punch has been kid tested, and they all approved! So, make some for your Halloween party and drink up! 


Halloween Potion Punch
*Lime Hawaiian Punch, 1 Gallon
*Large can (46 0z.) of Pineapple juice
*One small bottle of Sunny D (10oz. or 11oz. That's an individually sized bottle.
*Green food coloring if desired.

Mix all together and chill. Serve and enjoy!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Fall Home Tour 2015 Part 2: Living Room and Entry

View part one of my fall home tour HERE!

Welcome back to part two of my fall home tour! Today, I'm sharing my living room and front entry. I have a neutral palette in my living room to start with; gray walls and gray furniture. So it's really easy for me to change accent colors in the room. I chose to add some bright pops of fall color for the season and it's playful and fun.

While adding the pops of color, I also tried to add some fall texture. A warm, cuddly throw, furry pillows and a velvet pillow and pumpkin. (Sources: throw blanket--TJ Maxx, white pillows--I made them with faux fur fabric, black and white pillow--Ikea, gather pillow--Target, orange velvet pumpkin--TJ Maxx).

Fall Essentials free printable from Jones Design Co.

At the end of July, I already had my front porch decorated for fall because I had to turn my Southern Holiday Life article in early. Since then, the front porch decorations was looking a little sad and worn out, so I replenished it with some mums (which weren't available in July), some new plants and pumpkins. 

Here's what my porch looked like for the SHL article:

And here it is now:

It's pretty simple. I have a really hard time keeping my mums looking pretty, by the way. I have this problem every year. For the most part, I have a green thumb but for some reason, mums are a problem for me. If anyone has any tips, I'd appreciate them! 

That's it for today! Hope you enjoyed!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Fall Home Tour Part 1: Kitchen and Dining

Hello! Welcome to my fall home tour! I had so much to show you that I decided to break up the tour into two posts. Today, I'm sharing my kitchen and dining room. Be sure to come back tomorrow for the living room and front entry. Now, let's get started!

I'll also be sharing some of the items I recently purchased, including those I bought at the Market on Chapel Hill, Scott Antiques Market, and the Yellow Daisy Festival. I usually do a post after the Chapel Market and I didn't this year, so I thought I could just kill two birds with one stone. This frame is in our side entry. We hang our keys and things here and I usually try to keep a wreath or something hanging on the frame. I found this banner at the Market in Urban Farmgirl's booth. I'm not one to take myself too seriously and I like a little bit of quirk in our home to keep things light. So cute!

I added only simple touches in the kitchen; a couple of grapevine balls and warm wood tones....

....and a pumpkin pie towel I also purchased from Urban Farmgirl at the Market.

This "Cups for Days" rack is also a new purchase. I snagged it on Decor Steals and I read that they only offer it a few times a year and it sells out pretty quickly. I'm so glad that I was able to get it before they sold out. I'd been eyeing them since I saw something similar on Fixer Upper. (They do have one on Joanna Gaines' website, although it's a little more expensive than the one I bought.) 

Distressed frame, Scott Antiques Market

This Spiked Cider Rewined candle smells so amazing. Such a great fall scent. I picked this candle up at the Market. I also saw these recently at the Yellow Daisy Festival at Stone Mountain, Georgia, but I'm not aware of anywhere local that sells them. (They are poured into recycled wine bottles.)

Antique Ceiling Tile Frame, Scott Antiques Market

I loved using wheat in my fall decorating this year!

I painted this white pumpkin about a month ago. I was inspired by some that I had seen on Pinterest and just had to make my own. 

Campfire mini sign, Kreations by Design on Etsy

I kept my dining table simple this year. The statement is the sheet music runner that coordinates with the grapevine wreaths. (Check out the tutorial for those HERE.)

The inspiration for the whole look this year was this free printable that I framed from Jones Design Company. Muted oranges, blues, and whites.

This area is kind of tricky for me to decorate. I think it was a built-in china cabinet originally, but when we moved in there weren't any shelves. (And obviously there still aren't). I think there were glass shelves here. Anywho, we usually set up all of the beverages here when we have company and it works out great. (Yet another project to complete on our very long list.)

And lastly, one of my favorite recent purchases.....this beautiful painted wooden sign from Susie Harris that I purchased at the Market on Chapel Hill.  She does such beautiful work! 

I've really enjoyed decorating for fall this year. The new gray paint color made everything so much easier for me since I didn't have to contend with that garish green. I hope you've enjoyed my tour and I would love for you to come back tomorrow for the rest of the tour!

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