With just a few dollars and a few supplies, I turned a “Cousin It” looking bush/tree in my front yard into a Halloween MONSTER! Let me explain how you can DIY your own Monster Tree Eyes to spookifiy (or add hilarity) to your yard for Halloween!
Halloween is my favorite holiday. This year I will have a two week old newborn, which I am ecstatic about, but I know it is going to limit my ability to participate in all the festivities of the best holiday of the year. I host a Halloween party for my husbands family each year, but this year I’ve let them know that someone else is going to have to play party host. Thinking of holding my sweet new baby and getting in as much snuggle time as possible makes it all feel worth it. I really can’t wait to have a newborn, they are magical (albeit exhausting).
Last year I created some really easy and inexpensive decorations for our party that I want to share with you:
Easy Halloween Party Decorations:
Halloween Party Backdrop:
I went to a local party supply store where they sell the colorful butcher paper by the yard. I purchased a few yards of each color and made pinwheels by cutting strips and folding them accordion style and then stapling them together, pinching them and hot gluing them in the center. Then I arranged them how I wanted them and hot glued them at the connection points so they would all hang together. On the back I added a large length of yarn so I could hang it from some nails on my wall (where I normally have a large painting hanging).
To add a fun sparkly element, I used Elmer’s School Glue to draw a spider web on wax paper and then coated them in glitter and let them dry. Then all I had to do was shake the glitter off and carefully peel the web from the paper. They were pretty delicate, but they added the perfect touch! A few plastic spider rings (with the ring part cut off) finished the look.
Halloween Party Food:
This large black tin “cauldron” was the perfect vessel to hold lots of ice cold sodas!
To please the masses, I kept lunch pretty simple. We did Papa Murphy’s pizza, chips, veggies and dip, fruit and cream cups and a slushy Witch’s Brew.
It took just a few minutes to create these Mummy Cups and everyone LOVED them! I took white crepe paper and wrapped it around each cup and glued two Wiggle Eyes to each cup.
I tried to make Candy Corn Fruit Cups, but learned that using real whipped cream instead of the stablized stuff from a can or tub just made a melty mess. They were still delicious though. 🙂 I used pineapple tidbits as the bottom layer then mandarin oranges and topped it with a large dollop (that deflated) of whipped cream and added two candy eyes.
The Witches Brew was simple and delicious. It was lime sherbet and sprite in a punch bowl. It was green and frothy and sweet.
Around the light fixtures in the kitchen and family room I added balloons and hanging cardstock bats that were cut using my Silhouette Cutting Machine (if you are a frequent crafter, this is a must-have-machine!). But, if you prefer, you can just purchase some Bat Cut-Outs for a few dollars.
To flank the sides of the food table I used crepe paper streamers to fill the wall – super simple and super inexpensive!
The table decorations were simple since we use them for crafting – I set out my Spider Web Placemats, on table plastic table cloths that were $1 each at WalMart, bowls of candy and had a plastic cauldron with balloons as a centerpiece.
See, you really can make easy and inexpensive Halloween Party Decorations to elevate your holiday festivities!! Happy Halloween!
Here is where you can find all the fun Halloween Kids Crafts and Party Activities we did at the party!
My sister and I love to craft together – but we both like things that are easy and inexpensive. The glittered Halloween pumpkins I’m sharing with you today were all her idea and that’s why they are so cute.The Dollar Store happens to be one of my favorite places to shop – we’ve discussed that here before.These are easy and inexpensive, plus I can’t resist a little sparkle!
Dollar Store Glittered Halloween Pumpkins
Last weekend while the boys were at the BYU football game, we had a girls night. We ate pizza and popcorn and made these glittered pumpkins. The pumpkins were purchased at Dollar Tree for $1 each.
We used a foam brush to paint them with a bit of Mod Podge. (Below, I’m helping my daughter Lucy spread the mod podge on the pumpkin)
Then we sprinkled the glorious glitter on them and let them dry. (Below, Susan chose clear glitter and it gave the pumpkin a sugared look. My favorite ended up being the gold, but I think I’d like to try one with black glitter too!)
See I told you it was simple & affordable. They were easy enough for the girls to do, and inexpensive enough that if they didn’t turn out great (which they did) it wasn’t a big deal! Not only are they cute and sparkly, but it was SO much fun for us and the girls. You can’t put a price on that!
Now we are ready to Celebrate Halloween with these super easy and inexpensive decorations! Don’t be afraid to add a little sparkle and glitter to Dollar Store Halloween pumpkins to give them that extra pop! /This is such a fun, easy and inexpensive activity to do with your family. What color of glitter will you choose?
Each October my good friend Meridee hosts a Witches Tea. It is an event I look forward to more than most. It involves incredible food, adorable decorations, great friends, getting a hat all decorated and I don’t have to do any of the planning (which is a rare treat).
We are all invited to dress up or at lease wear a decorated witches hat for the festivities and asked to bring an appetizer type dish to share. It is so much fun to see the creative hats, and even more fun to taste all the wonderful dips, dishes and desserts everyone brings. We all get to vote on our favorite hats in the categories of best overall, funniest & scariest and prizes are handed out.
Here are a few of the fun witches:
Meridee decorates her home from top to bottom – just look at her piano display (this is maybe 10% of the decor)
The food is always a highlight. In addition to various teas, she also serves hot chocolate and makes the most incredible bacon and cheese dip. I literally save my calories all day and then when she brings it out I can’t help myself. I’ll be posting the recipe soon, it is amazing, but you’ll be shocked when you see what goes in it – just remember it is a holiday and you don’t eat that way all the time and then you won’t feel guilty indulging in it a little (or one pans worth).
A few of the witches enjoying the evening:
Me and my daughter Lucy having a ball!
So, get your girlfriends together or make it a neighborhood night for the ladies and get to know new people. Host your own Witches Tea party this year and you’ll be cackling at how much fun it is!!