Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Halloween Dinner Fun

I absolutely love Halloween. Today I went grocery shopping for items for a Halloween dinner and I got a little carried away. I ended up with enough stuff for two dinners. So we had a fun Halloween themed dinner tonight and then on Halloween we will have another dinner.

While I was at Fry's though I picked up some nice plastic orange plates for $1.00 each. When I got home I had each of my kids pick out a pumpkin face and we put a vinyl face on to make a jack-o-lantern. And yes I did wash them after I put the vinyl on before we used them. So easy, so fun, and we can use them again.

For our cups I just used paper cups and put black vinyl on for ghost eyes and served milk. I was originally planning on using our glass cups which are much bigger so the eyes on these are a little big... I first saw this idea on pinterest. http://www.tastespotting.com/detail/4596 It would also be cute to do a pumpkin face and serve orange soda, but I wanted to go a little healthier than soda so we did the ghosts.

For the food we just did kid friendly familiar foods. We had everyone make their own "Monster Pizza". Everyone made their own face on a whole wheat English muffin.

We also had "monster chompers", apples that are cut in quarters with a sliver cut out of the middle with almond slices. I've never seen apple slices disappear so quickly at my house before. I guess I need to spruce up our afternoon snacks.

And of course for dessert tonight we went with the classic graveyard pudding.

While I don't know that we had one brand new idea at our dinner it sure is fun to mix and match ideas and make your own fun Halloween for your family.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Family Is...

I absolutely love what one of my good friend's ordered and we put up at her house today!
I think this is such an adorable idea to accent your family pictures.

This is a fun way to describe and personalize your home.

How would you describe your family?

Friday, October 21, 2011

Spice Up Your Witch Hat

Dressing up as a witch is absolutely one of my favorite costumes! You can be scary, you can be cute and you can be funky. Every witch costume definitely needs a hat though! And after today I also think that my Halloween decor will not seem complete without a fun witch hat!

I see so many possibilities for ways to spruce up your witch hat, but I will share what I did with you today.

So this is what I started with... just your basic black hat.

I think that it would be adorable to add a boa to this and some beading, but today I went a different route... tulle. I used a spool of tulle that I got from Hobby Lobby and I made a loop with it and hand sewed it to the hat. I did 2 or 3 loops about every inch all the way around the hat.

Next I added two feathery clips and a flower which I made into a clip. I also purchased these items at Hobby Lobby.

I thought about just gluing these to the hat, but I decided to just clip them to the tulle so that when Halloween is over they would be removable and available to wear year round.

I love all of the possibilities that Halloween brings! Have a great weekend everyone:).

Friday, October 7, 2011

Halloween Craft

I want to share with you this super fun, easy and cheap craft that a very good friend of mine shared with me. These jars are my kids favorite Halloween decoration and even the 10 year old boys that come over to carpool can't get enough of these either. They are always rearranging them and admiring them:).

So this is what you need for this craft:

An empty glass jar. Any size jar is great and having different shapes is super fun
Tissue Paper
Mod Podge
Paint Brush

The 1st step is to cut your tissue paper in strips. We did about 1" strips. Next paint the Mod Podge on your jar in strips and glue the paper on. After that has dried apply your faces. I of course used vinyl, but you could cut faces out of tissue paper if you'd like. The last step was to add a thin black ribbon to the top of the jar to "finish" off the look. We did that with a dob of hot glue. You can put in the battery operated lights, or small candles to light up at night. The kids love how they glow. They are super cute. Thanks T for sharing this idea with me. I had to pass it along so you and your gremlins can enjoy them as much as we are:).

Monday, October 3, 2011

My Pumpkin Patch

A couple of years ago I saw in Better Homes and Garden that they decorated the carve-able pumpkins that you can buy at craft stores. This quickly became one of my all time favorite things to do for fall! (I can't wait to show you my Thanksgiving pumpkin also).

I love this Off With Your Head pumpkin. I started by placing the vinyl on the pumpkin first. Then I took ribbon, and I used the kind that's 50 cents a spool for this one and corsage pins to adhere the ribbon down the ridges. I did every other ridge roughly and finished off each ribbon with a dab of hot glue underneath. It's fun for Halloween and let's be honest, some days I wish I could get away with saying "Off with your head" when something isn't going so smoothly. This is a fast, easy craft. If you can find a pumpkin on clearance then it is very affordable too!

I love this beaded pumpkin. First a friend of mine helped me sketch the design on the pumpkin and then I started gluing different sized beads with hot glue on the design. this pumpkins was very time consuming and got a little pricey with all of the beads, but it is such a fun addition.

I think the eek! is adorable. I found the spider at Michael's last year and I think that it totally makes the pumpkin!

I hope everyone has had a great start to fall! Halloween is one of my favorite Holidays! Please message me if you'd like to order vinyl for a your carve-able pumpkin kristin@signaturecreationsllc.com It usually runs about $1.50 for this kind of decal. Happy Monday everyone!