Posts Tagged ‘Halloween’

Creepy Chic Halloween

Looking for a more chic way to celebrate this Halloween? Christine of Just Loverly has some great sophisticated handmade designs that will set your Halloween decor apart from the rest.

In her own words, Christine says, “Just because itโ€™s Halloween doesnโ€™t mean your dรฉcor has to be unsightly!” I couldn’t agree more! Check out her great designs:

I love the pairing of traditional Halloween colors and unexpected patterns like the black and white damask seen on the Halloween banner. These creepy chic Halloween napkins are actually hand stamped! The napkins have 2 different images: one with a spider hanging from a chandelier and the other with a Victorian chair hosting black crows. Love them! And of course, no spooky sip would be complete without one of these themed straw toppers to tie it all together.

Be sure to check out these Halloween themed cocktails when planning your creepy chic Halloween party.

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You asked! Our Halloween Party

Today I am receiving so many emails, tweets, and messages asking if I had a Halloween party and email inquires like (as one reader put it), “Why are you starving us of your party pictures?” that I decided to throw up a few pictures from our party. Oh, and of course I had a party, did you really doubt me?

I wanted to do a little something to keep the kiddos (and their parents) busy pre trick-or-treating time.

The Halloween invites sent out to the little monsters.

Some of the simple DIY Halloween decor. The Halloween wine glasses were made by rubbing on scrapbook transfers. They come right off with a quick soak in warm water.

Sweets (of course).

These were a big hit, simple DIY Halloween Treats. Spider web cupcakes (inspired by Eddie Ross), doughnut hole eye balls and marshmallow pops made up a haunting Halloween dessert table.

Simple party favors were made using paper lunch sacs, white shipping labels, and a creepy spider web font. Placed atop a table near a “haunted” tree.

It was a fun time for the kids. A little lunch, a few Halloween games, prizes, and a lot of sugar! What more can a kid ask for?

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Pick Your Poison

Need to mix up some toxic Halloween theme cocktails? Try one of these 5 very festive {and spooky} drinks!

1. Sour Apple Spritzers

You’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • Lemon wedge
  • Crushed ice
  • 1 cup sour-apple cocktail mix
  • 4 cups club soda

To Make:

Combine sugar, cinnamon and coarse salt in a small bowl, then pour onto a saucer. Use lemon wedge to moisten rims of 8 martini glasses. Overturn each glass onto saucer and twist to coat rim. Fill a pitcher with crushed ice. Pour in sour-apple cocktail mix and club soda. Strain into glasses and serve.

recipe via MyRecipes.com

2. Black Widow

See this creepy recipes at Talk of Tomatoes

Other Halloween theme cocktails:

3. Ghost in a Graveyard, 4. Screwed-Up Screwdriver & the 5. Berry Scary Martini

{are all from Martha Stewart Get these ghostly recipes here}.

Now, which one should I serve?

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Pumpkin + Whoopie Pies = Love

Looking for something new to whip up this Halloween? While on the hunt for new pumpkin dessert ideas, I came across this recipe. I am going to try these Mini Pumpkin Whoopie Pies from Martha Stewart. What do you think? I am guessing that they are going to be our new favorite!

Ingredients

Makes about 20

  • FOR THE COOKIES
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch-process)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • FOR THE FILLING
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup canned solid pack pumpkin
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg

Directions

  1. Prepare cookies: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl; set aside.
  2. Place butter, shortening, and sugars into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on high speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add egg; mix until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Mix in half the flour mixture, then the milk and vanilla. Mix in remaining flour mixture.
  3. Drop about 2 teaspoons dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spacing 2 inches apart. Bake until cookies spring back when lightly touched, 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer baking sheets to wire racks and let cool 10 minutes. Remove cookies from baking sheets and transfer to wire racks using a spatula; let cool completely.
  4. Prepare filling: In the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together cream cheese, butter and confectioners’ sugar on medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg; whip until smooth, scraping down the bowl as necessary.
  5. Pipe or spoon about 2 teaspoons filling on the flat sides of half the cookies. Sandwich with remaining cookies, keeping the flat sides down.


Mini Pumpkin Whoopie Pies recipe via MarthaStewart.com

And since we are talking about pumpkin desserts, I’m going to remind you of my all-time-favorite Pumpkin Shake recipe. You’re welcome.

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Halloween Paper Goods

If you are thinking about hosting a Halloween party (or just looking for a creative way to make the day more festive), here is my advice: start with the basics. A very simple (and non-intimidating) way to create a pulled together party look is to start with printed plates and napkins. I know, simple right? Even though paper plates and napkins might seem… well too simple, they are a great way to create a themed look with out all the fuss or stress. Check out these festive Halloween paper goods from Plates & Napkins. They would be a great base for any Halloween party theme.

Halloween Paper Goods

These festive prints would be great for a Halloween themed party for either kids or adults. The more basic prints like stripes and polka dots, could be paired with more fun elements like candy and favors for a children’s party. The more sophisticated prints like the damask and filigree could easily be paired with candelabras and more formal or classy decorations.

For more whimsical and fun decor, order your Halloween paper plates in a spooky design. These are playful but could easily be “dressed up” by adding solid napkins and a solid table cloth or runner to your table. Above from left to right: Midnight Madness, Bonehead and Batty.

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Spooky Party Decor

If you haven’t already, now is the time to start thinking about your spooky Halloween Party Decor. Plan all of your spooky party details now and you will be all set to enjoy a fabulously frightful night! Here are a few of my favorite items this year:

1. Spider Web Table Runner {via Pottery Barn $49.00} 2. Glittery Skulls in purple, silver and green {via Plum Party $15.00 each} 3. Skeleton Hand Glasses {via Oriental Trading Co. $19.99 per doz} 4. Skull Punch Bowl Set {via Plum Party $42.00}

5. Skull Cocktail Collection {Pottery Barn $19.00-$24.00} 6. Deluxe Party Lab Kit {Plum Party $29.99} 7. Skeleton Swirls Party Invitation {Tiny Prints $0.99 each} 8. Skull Appetizer Plate {Pottery Barn $7.00}

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