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Last Minute Fall & Halloween Invites

clock September 23, 2011 10:45 by author meghan

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Last minute Fall and Halloween invitations are on sale at 10% off! You've got just enough time to send out your invites for your killer Halloween party or to plan ahead for Thanksgiving. Ready to get into party mode? Me too! I'm still cracking away at my Halloween costume for this year. What are you going to be? Tweet me and let me know!

Having a Halloween party without costumes is impossible. If you are hosting a Halloween party then you are expecting at least some of your guests to show up in costume, and as the host they are expecting you to take the lead. Help your guests out by giving them a theme to work with, or some costume ideas. You can go retro, futuristic, movie themed, or anything else that strikes your fancy.

Ghost CoupleThe most important part of a costume party is immersion in the theme, especially for adult parties. If your guests feel like they are stepping into a little world of Halloween, the costumes they come in will feel fun instead of forced. The more elaborate the costume the better, so be sure that you have yourself dressed up without taking short cuts. That does not mean that you need to spend a fortune on your costume. Chances are you or someone in your household has enough make-up to avoid spending excess on overpriced Halloween face paint kits. You can also create brilliant colored creams by crushing up eye shadow and mixing it with a little lotion or petroleum jelly (like Vaseline). Or, mix a little with eye shadow into some lip gloss or balm if you plan on using it on your lips.

Don't be afraid to make alterations to old clothes to get a desired effect. Cutting up an old t-shirt to create a bandana, armband, or waist wrap. The more layers and details you can add, the better your costume will appear. Halloween costumes are all about fun and creativity, not the amount of money you spend!

Halloween Candy Buffet InvitationAnother thing that I am an absolute sucker for is gingerbread houses. Don't laugh—I would make one for every holiday if I could! One of the major reasons that kids love Halloween so much is the candy loot they get from trick-or-treating. As they are jumping in sugar-overloaded joy, you are probably cringing on the after effects of eating so much sugar—everything from the mood swings to the tooth aches. The real question is, how can you put that candy to good, fun use without being eaten and have the kids agree willingly? You already know where I'm going with this!

Encourage your kids to keep a few pieces of their favorites, and use the rest to make haunted candy houses, ghoul statuettes, or their very own nightmare creations! Who says that gingerbread houses are restricted to Christmas? If Jack Skellington can take over Christmas Town, then your kids can too. You can even host a Halloween party where you provide some well-selected candies for just the occasions. Be sure to have a variety of colors, a bit of frosting or marshmallow cream for glue, and some interesting sizes. The more candy involved, the more elaborate the result!

 

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Become a Pumpkin Carving Pro!

clock September 16, 2010 07:15 by author meghan

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It’s just about that time of year again! Get ready for Halloween and for an awesome pumpkin carving party. As the host, you will want to have your own pumpkin (for yourself or for your kids) to carve, but you might also want to have a pumpkin or two pre-carved to set the mood. Not a pumpkin carving pro? No problem! Here is some advice on how to make the perfect jack-o-lantern. You’ll totally impress your guests, and maybe even yourself.

 

  • Step 1: Pick a design. Scary or cute, recognizable characters or unique designs. Spend some time on first picking the theme and then creating a design for your pumpkin. If you lack the artistic skill to draw the pumpkin of your dreams, use the internet as your resource. There are tons of patterns available to get you started. Keep in mind that you don’t want to carve any huge holes into your pumpkin, as that will make the design difficult to discern. Thick lines and careful planning can be easy with amazing results for even the novice pumpkin carver!

  • Step 2: Pick your pumpkin. Once you have an idea of the design you want, it is time to start looking for the perfect pumpkin to fit the plan. If your design is tall or wide, you will want to search for a pumpkin to accommodate it. Spend some time going through the options at your local pumpkin patch for just the right size and shape.

  • Step 3: Get your tools. There are a wide variety of pumpkin carving tools and saws available. Everything from scoopers (for the guts) to pokers (for marking). You can even improvise with wood carving tools and various other types of knives. Think about your comfort level before picking the right choice for you. (There’s nothing wrong with a spoon and paring knife!)

  • Step 4: Remove the top. Possibly the trickiest part about carving a pumpkin is cutting a hole in the top. Draw a circle in washable marker around the stem if you need a guide, and make sure your opening is big enough to fit your entire fist into. Then, cut around the circle placing the knife at an inward angle to the stem. Once your lid comes free, the angled cut will enable you to replace it without worrying about it falling into your pumpkin.

  • Step 5: Clean it up. Remove all the guts, and scrape the sides of the pumpkin as much as you can. The thinner and cleaner the sides, the easier they will be to carve. Wash any bits off the outside of your pumpkin once you are done. (Don’t forget to set the seeds aside for roasting!)

  • Step 6: Design your pumpkin. Pick up your washable markers and begin drawing the design that you selected in Step 1. If you opted for a printed pattern, tape the pattern to your pumpkin’s face and begin poking holes through the paper and into the pumpkin to create a dotted-line guide for carving lines on the pumpkin itself.

  • Step 7: Begin carving. Use your tools, go slowly, and be very careful. All of your instruments are sharp and can cause some serious damage to yourself and your pumpkin. Take the extra time to carve at your own comfortable pace. Be sure if you have any children carving to attend to them constantly.

  • Step 8: Wash ‘em and light ‘em. Gently wipe off the outside of the pumpkin to remove any sticky guts or bits of pumpkin flesh that flaked off during carving. Then, place a votive candle inside and light it up!

 

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