simple spray painted pumpkins

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This weekend was beautiful and we packed each day with baking new Halloween treats (some dairy free for us moms who deal with food allergies), decorating pumpkins (the super easy way) and spending time with some great friends. 

I’ll share the treats soon, but I wanted to start with the pumpkins. I’ve never been much for cleaning out pumpkins. It’s messy and in Ohio some years it can just be down right cold. Long story short, I look for alternatives. This year we thought we would go the super easy route and just spray paint the pumpkins so that the kids could help (at least a little; it’s too toxic for them without a mask and taking breaks every 30 seconds or so).

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I started by going to Better Homes and Gardens and letting the boys select their own template. My oldest chose a Frankenstein stencil and my youngest chose a spooky skeleton stencil. (We also made a “Enter if you DARE” stencil with a cricut and circle punch.) Next we cut out the stencils and attached them to the pumpkins. For the Frankenstein pumpkin and Enter if you DARE pumpkins we wanted a menacing effect so we just attached the stencils with hot glue, leaving the edges up so that some of the paint would get in around the stencil. For the spooky pumpkin we wanted harder lines so we covered the area with painters tape, attached the template and then I trimmed it out with a straight edge.

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Using a piece of burlap to protect the grass, we lightly sprayed both pumpkins with a constant back-and-forth motion, allowed them to dry and then peeled off the stencils.

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The entire process took about an hour and the boys were thrilled with the outcome!

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apple pie pops

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As all of you know, I’m a huge Better Homes & Gardens fan. Well when Dina from the Buttercream blog posted this beautiful pictorial (and this is only half of it) of the smart and yummy treat shown in the September 2010 issue of BHG (page 28 with recipe on page 212), I just knew I had to share.  

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These beauties, along with my “harvest” collection, will grace my Thanksgiving kids table this year, but likely as the BHG leaf version since I already own that cookie cutter. {wink} Happy Monday everyone!

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easy Halloween candy apples

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Hi everyone! I’m Amy from Living Locurto and thrilled to be guest posting today for Kim. As a fellow party girl, I thought sharing one of my favorite recipes would be the perfect topic for today. I served these last year at my Halloween Boofett and they were the hit of the party! Make these for any fall event and your guest will love them! You can also wrap them up with a bow for teachers gifts as well. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 bag (14 Oz.) Caramels
  • 8 Apples
  • 8 Wooden Sticks(or real sticks from outside for a rustic touch)
  • 1 Large Bar of Your Favorite Candy Bar (I used Snickers)
  • 1 Cup Melted Chocolate Chips

And here are a few simple instructions: 

  1. Melt the caramels in a microwave safe dish for about 3 to 5 minutes until melted.
  2. Put sticks in the apples.
  3. Melt chocolate in the microwave. Chop up the candy bars.
  4. Dip apples in caramel and roll in the candy bar.
  5. Place on a cupcake wrapper and pipe chocolate over the apple.

YUM!

I hope you’ll visit my blog for lots of free printables and fun! Thanks for having me here today Kim. I’m sure you’re having a wonderful time at Disney!! – Amy

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autumn pasta party

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As the weather gets cooler, it seems our meals get a bit more hearty. What would the fall and winter months be without soup, chili, and everyone’s favorite, pasta? With that in mind, I put together an inspiration board to help you think about hosting a cozy Pasta Party with friends.

The atmosphere should be casual and inviting with organic centerpieces, simple place settings, and plenty of wine! The adorable name card holders shown are an interesting and unique detail. Keep appetizers to a minimum to save room for the main meal. These small antipasti skewers are just the right size. Speaking of the main meal, I love the idea of serving a pasta bar with a few different pasta varieties, as well as two or three different sauces to try. You could have red sauce and white sauce, meatballs on the side to add, and freshly grated cheese. Or for another twist you could have guests bring their own secret recipe and have a sauce showdown!

Serve individual sized tiramisu in cocktail glasses, along with espresso, to keep the conversation lively throughout the night. As a parting favor for your guests, wrap a small potted herb such as rosemary or thyme, in burlap tied with twine.

There’s no better way to spend quality time with friends than over a casual Autumn meal.

Credits:
Pastas, Table  settingAppetizer, Place card setting, Wine, PastaTiramisu 

Guest blogger, Chris of Celebrations At Home

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pumpkin art

Born and raised in Las Vegas, the three of us sisters shared rooms, shared clothes and now share a passion for all things crafty. Seven months ago we decided to start a little blog called eighteen25 to share our ideas with others. Today, we are pretty excited to be guests here at The Celebration Shoppe.  
 
Supplies:
  • frame of your choice (we used an 8×10 oval from Hobby Lobby and also an older frame we already had with three 4×6 openings)
  • styrofoam pumpkins (bought ours at Hobby Lobby)
  • patterned paper (bought at Hobby Lobby too)
  • sharp chef’s knife
  • glue gun

 

How to:

  • Place the patterned paper in your frame. You can leave the glass where it is or move it behind the paper.
  • Cut your pumpkin in half, but behind the stem. With the styrofoam pumpkins, you should be able to push the knife straight through.
  • Hot glue the pumpkin onto the glass or onto the paper.

That’s it!!!!

three simple steps and you’re done.
 
Thanks so much for having us Kim!

-Jennifer, Jamie and Jodie

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Halloween pinwheel lollipop

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When we were putting together our Candy Corn collection photo shoot I made these quick little pinwheel lollipops using two colors of crepe paper, double sided tape and our cupcake pick circles.  A quick and fun favor for all the little ghosts and goblins at your Halloween bash this year!

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At least my little sugar goblins loved them! {wink}

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spooked pumpkin 25% off!

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The new spooked pumpkin printables collection is finally in the shoppe and just in time for us to offer it at 25% off all this week! The entire collection offers:

  • two witch faces (one each frowning and smiling),
  • two witch hats,
  • two cupcake wrappers,
  • the “Try one if you dare…” tag,
  • the  “Have a sweet, my pretty!” tag,
  • a mayhem muffins mat, and
  • the spooked pumpkin cello topper

all for $11.25 this week!

Hop over and check out fun pictures of the entire collection in our sneak peek post or head on into the shoppe for 25% off this collection and discounts on several other Halloween items. Happy Monday everyone!

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bewitched!

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It has been a wonderful week for the shoppe and for me personally. So wonderful in fact that I’ve not gotten done all the things I had planned to do. That said they are on the list, like showing you every last detail of my son’s science birthday party, but not today. Today, I’m heading into a weekend of fall festivals and family fun so when I got home this afternoon and spotted this bewitching dessert idea in this month’s issue of Parenting magazine, I just had to share.

Pick up a copy for all the details on how to make this spooky dessert and several others, plus some really fun DIY Halloween costume ideas. I think the mail man was my favorite. {wink}

Happy weekend everyone!

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scarecrow cookie pops

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I was browsing around for fun ideas to go with our new Harvest collection and I came upon these darling scarecrow cookies from Cindy at Skip To My Lou (she thinks the original idea might have come from Family Fun magazine).

I love how there is minimal icing work needed to create such a cute cookie. And what about that adorable little hay bale she used for her pop stand!? I used one in our Harvest collection photo shoot just for styling. They’re a little messy, but very fun. And we picked ours up at a gift shop for less than a dollar!

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harvest collection, part II

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Now that dessert tables are all the rage, brought on by the talented Amy Atlas, all of our new collections offer dessert table tags, coordinating pattern mats and sometimes frame mattes with clever sayings. For the Harvest collection there are two styles of dessert tags: the pumpkin (above) and the scarecrow (below). (See what you missed in the part I post!)

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These tags are also adorable as placecards, especially when tied to a yummy caramel apple and embellished with ribbon!

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And in addition to our scarecrow cupcake pick and wrapper,

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 this collection also offers lovely pumpkin picks and wrappers in a perfect fall palette.

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Here’s a closer look at those yummy butter cookies hand decorated by Sue of Sweet Tooth Cottage.

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She also printed our designs on sugar paper and made these

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and these. I love the plaid! (See the mat underneath the cookie. It comes with the printable collection, as does the blue gingham!)

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And you can’t forget the favors. Our cellos for this collection are the perfect palette for fall candy. We used M&Ms and Reeces Cups, both a perfect match!

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We also have pumpkin favor tags. I attached them to lollipop sticks, embellished them with ribbon and speared a caramel and chocolate drizzle apple. But you could just as easily tie them to a goody bag, or insert them in a pail of goodies. The possibilities are truly endless with a little imagination!

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And round out your table with our napkin rings (both the pumpkin and scarecrow designs available) plus

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our pennant banner showcasing our adorable little scarecrow for the final touch.

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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