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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harvest collection, part I

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I’ve mentioned before that the little scarecrow is my favorite part of our new Harvest collection so I simply had to start with him! I love the orange and blue color palette and the plaid pattern of his scarf. Notice the plaid inlay on the cake plate; it will also come with the collection and the possibilities there are endless!

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And here’s a shot of these little guys on a cake plate embellished with felt leaves (topped with Reeses cups), ribbon and crepe paper.

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A tighter shot of the cake plate edge so you can see the assembly (ribbon adhered with a glue gun and crepe attached at varying lengths with double sided tape). Don’t be afraid to play with textures and materials. Sometimes the best things come from tinkering with all the supplies in your craft room!

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While I’m sharing sweets, these adorable cookies were crafted by Sue of Sweet Tooth Cottage. Some of you have asked if these cookies could be available for purchase. Stay tuned because big news is coming!

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Beverage wrappers are a must to tie your table together and these are perfect for sodas and water bottles. Or bring your centerpiece in by using these wrappers to dress up a hurricane filled with your favorite fall treats or flowers.

And who can forget these adorable straw slips that make finding your drink so much easier?! I suggest tying the straw on with yellow raffia allowing your guests to select a beverage and get back to mingling quickly, plus it really helps keep down lines if you’re serving buffet style.

So many more photos to come and thanks to all of you who have been patient with us as we bring this collection to life. I realize Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away in Canada so we will be working diligently to get the entire collection into the shoppe quickly!

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BHG tricks & treats issue

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I’m a huge fan of Better Homes and Gardens magazine and I simply can’t wait each year until they publish their special issues, particularly their “tricks & treats” issue each fall. And the 2010 issue does not disappoint! It’s full of wonderful ideas for a multitude of parties ranging from adult only to bright and whimsy for all ages to a monster for preschoolers!

And that’s not all! It offers some adorable homemade costume ideas too. My favorite is the “feathered friend!” And in true BHG style it also offers a TON of decorating ideas (the one next to the cover is part of the “Dead & Breakfast Inn” article).

If you love this season and you love to throw a party, you simply must pick up a copy!

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