DIY paper pumpkin lantern

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Browsing around this morning I found these on the hostess blog (from three wheels turning). They are just too adorable and super easy to make. The kids will have a blast. Here’s what you’ll need:

• 1-2 pieces of orange construction paper
• 1 piece of green construction paper
• 1 piece of brown construction paper
• scissors
• paper cutter (optional)
• paper clips and/or stapler
• string

And here are the simple steps:

  1. Cut the orange pieces of construction paper into 1″ wide strips (each strip will be 1″ x 11″). Then, shorten some of the strips so that you have (1) 6″, (2) 7″, (2) 9″, and (2) 11″ long pieces.
  2. Gather the strips of paper together (with the ends flush) and place the smallest one in the middle. Order them by size so that the largest strip is on the outside. Secure with a paper clip or staple (I prefer the paper clip so that I can keep adding more elements). Line up the opposite ends so that they are together like the top.
  3. Cut a brown strip of paper 1/4″ by 3″ long for the stem. To make it curl, wrap the paper around a pencil and hold it in place while you count to 20 (or sing the ABC song).
    Cut out two leaf shapes from the green paper (ours were sort of like pairs of bunny ears).
  4. Add the stem, leaves, and a piece of string to the paper clip at the top.

Hang up and enjoy!

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creepy mummy cupcakes

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Okay, so they’re really not that creepy. They’re actually kind of cute and oh so easy to make. You’ll need:

  • white icing (cream cheese is best!)
  • #46 icing tip
  • resealable bag (freezer weight)
  • connector
  • Skittles (for dairy free) or M&Ms

And here are the simple steps:

  1. Snip the corner of your resealable bag, insert a connector and fill with icing. Add the tip, you’ll be using the flat side, and connector ring. (You can find these in the baking section for a dollar.)
  2. Place your Skittles or M&Ms (AKA eyes) on your cupcake.
  3. Starting at the bottom, pipe rows of icing overlapping every once in a while to give it the appearance of strips of fabric.

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3. Happy baking! (Oh, and you can find the batty napkins in our Halloween decor.)

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crashing witch cupcakes

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Having a little fun with my boys this weekend we created our version of the crashing witch cupcake to go with our Halloween decor. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • can white icing
  • orange food coloring
  • black writing icing tube
  • tangerine candy cane (or any other flavor you want)
  • Starburst (one square per shoe)
  • resealable freezer weight bags
  • #233 grass tip
  • connector
  • black and orange sprinkles

And here are the super simple steps:

  1. Ice your cupcake with white icing and sprinkle with orange and black dots.
  2. Tint a heaping tablespoon of icing orange and place in a resealable bag with a #233 tip (grass tip) and a connector.
  3. Pipe her ragged dress in the center of the cupcake.
  4. Break your candy cane in half.
  5. Heat two Starburst in the microwave for 8-10 seconds and then mold them into the shape of shoes on the candy cane ends.
  6. Pipe shoe laces onto the shoes with the tube of black writing icing. (Allow it to set for a few minutes before inserting it into your cupcake so that it doesn’t run.)
  7. Insert your witch legs (AKA candy canes) into the center of your cupcake.

Hope you love making these as much as we did. Happy baking!

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creative spider cakes

I just had to share these desserts; they really left me spinning! {wink} 

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This first set is from Not Martha. I love the simplicity and the creativity. Not too scary, but oh so much fun. You can find more pictures including details about how to make these for yourself on her blog.

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The classic web cupcake and black and white spider cake from Country Living are perfect for an elegant evening and will likely grace one of many dessert stations at my annual Halloween party. 

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And last but not least, Fancy Flours offers the perfect way to dress up your cake plate with paper spider webs. Lovely!

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pull-a-part owl cupcakes

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I was browsing through my many Halloween decorating books for inspiration staging my own Halloween party this year and I ran across this great pull-a-part owl cupcake from Matthew Mead’s 2008 Halloween Tricks and Treats book.

So many of us are into owls right now and not just for Halloween. I myself have three invitations in my shoppe sporting this nightly creature. As is, this guy would be perfect for my campout invitation and with a few color changes and maybe a nicer demeanor he could be perfect for my owl fun birthday party or owl couple baby shower.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 30 unfrosted cupcakes
  • 4 cans icing
  • 2 chocolate glazed jimmy-topped donuts
  • 2 black jelly beans
  • Orange, red and brown gel food coloring
  • Resealable bags (freezer weight) with couplers
  • #199 fine cut tip
  • #2 and #5 round tips
  • Offset spatula

And here’s how you pull it together {wink}:

  1. Arrange cupcakes on large round platter (shown at 16″ diameter)
  2. Spoon 3/4 cup icing into a small bowl and tint with 23 drops of orange food coloring and 10 drops of red food coloring, mixing until blended for the beak. Spoon 1/4 cup frosting into a second bowl and tint with brown food coloring for accents. Take out 2 large dollops of icing and then tint the remaining 3 cups with 30 drops of orange food coloring, 9 drops of red food coloring and 6 drops of red food coloring.
  3. Fit a resealable bag witha  #199 tip. Fill the bag with the orange icing. Cover the top of the assembled cupcakes with “feather” peaks as shown. For each peak, hold the bag straight up with the tip against the cake; squeeze the bag, keeping the tip in the icing until the peak forms; stop the pressure and reposition the tip for the next peak. Work from the center out, rotating the plate; refill the bag as needed.
  4. Place the donut tops on the frosted cake for eyes. Remember those two large dollops of icing you kept out, now pipe them into the center of the donuts for the whites of his eyes and top them with a jelly bean. For the beak, use a spoon to place 3 dollops of frosting on the cake: start with a largish dollop near the eyes, then add 2 dollops below it, each smaller than the previous. Run the spatula under hot water until heated, dry thoroughly and use to contour the beak as shown.
  5. Fit another resealable bag with the #5 tip and fill it with brown icing. Hold the bag at a n angle and pipe the brown outline onto the cake as shown. Change the tip to a #2 and pipe on the squiggle details.

Enjoy and make sure and check out Matthew’s 2009 Halloween book. You can see a preview at MatthewMeadStyle.com.

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witch pretzels & frankentreats

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I have to admit I’m really getting in the mood for the spookiest holiday of the year. This weekend my boys and I started practicing our decorating skills with a few ghastly treats, namely these witch-on-a-stick pretzels and frankentreats from Parenting Magazine’s October 2008 issue.

Witch-on-a-stick how to:

  1. Cut off the tops of pretzel rods and set aside.
  2. Melt one cup of white chocolate chips, 1 Tbs shortening and a few drops of green gel food coloring and stir until smooth.
  3. Dip the cut end of the pretzels into the chocolate, covering the top 2 inches. Place the sticks on wax paper and sprinkles the sides of each with coconut  flakes to form hair.
  4. Top each with a Hershey’s Kiss and refrigerate until the chocolate has hardened. Draw on eyes, nose and mouth with black decorating icing (available in tubes) and fisih by covering the Kiss too with black or purple. Yum!

Frankentreats:

  1. Start wtih a packaged (or homemade) Rice Krispies Treat, and push each one into a wooken skewer; set aside.
  2. Melt one cup of white-chocolate chips and one Tbs shortening; stir in green or neon-green gel food coloring (colored melting chocolate is available at most craft stores).
  3. Spoon melted chocolate over all sides of the treats or brush them with a silicone brush then place them on wax paper, upright, to dry.
  4. Embellish them with M&M eyes and ears, gummy worm mouths, Jujubes neck bolts and then refrigerate them until the chocolate hardens.
  5. Top them off by drawing on hair with black icing and doting the eyes.
  6. Finally remove the skewers and serve!

Get ready for your Halloween bash with a few ghastly details of your own from our shoppe!

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introducing batty

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And the last of our 2009 Halloween designs, but certainly not least, is our new “batty” invitation and decor. We specifically designed this invite for those who wanted more modern than scary and we believe our knarly tree is just the trick {pun intended; giggle}.

Visit our holiday shoppe to explore all of these invitations and the fun and whimsical decor to match. It’s never too early to start planning your next bash!

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introducing martinis & mayhem

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Halloween isn’t just for little ghosts and goblins. Big witches and warlocks need a little fun too and our new “martinis & mayhem” custom invitation is perfect for the occasion, from the modern style of the pinstripe background to the whimsical style of the BOO! glass marker. And you must check out our sleek “eek!” party decor too. {wink}

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introducing drop in

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Our new “drop in” invitation is super fun from the spooky spider to the polka dot “BOO!” and it’s perfect for a Halloween block party or open house. We have not only the table runner and treat bags shown, but also dessert plates, beverage napkins, pumpkin paper lanters and more. Holiday supplies are limited so don’t delay. You’ll be haunted if you miss out! {giggle}

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introducing haunted

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We’ve launched our 2009 Halloween party invitations and decor and I have to admit I’m excited. This design in particular is known as “haunted” and as you can see is accompanied by a spooky centerpiece and bat cupcake toppers, plus much much more. Take a peek at the entire Halloween collection!

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