Host A Halloween BOO Bash – 8 Creative Black & Orange Party Ideas

Want to host a BOO BASH this Halloween? Fun, and a bit spooky, but not gory. Perfect party plans for families with small kids… or people like me that prefer more treat than trick! {wink} 

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I have eight darling black and orange Halloween ideas to get you started and they’re all from some of my favorite party gals!

Monster eye cake – Carrie of The Cake Blog

FREE 3-D Halloween Bat Banner – from me!

FREE Halloween Trick-or-Treat Pillow Boxes – Bird of Bird’s Party

Clever and a bit Spooky Halloween Snack Labels – Jessica of Pen N Paper Flowers

Ghost Drink Stirrers – Chris of Celebrate At Home

Halloween Monster Pretzel Rods – Jillian of Catch My Party

Candy Corn Favor Pot – Mariah of Giggles Galore

FREE Halloween Cupcake Toppers – Kori Clark

I hope you’ll hop over for these ideas and so many others! These girls are talented and always giving things away for free. {grin}

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! 

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Make A Difference – Share A Meal and Help End Child Hunger in America

I’m taking a small break from talking about parties and crafts today to talk about something very important and dear to my heart: child hunger.

Project Sunlight: Feed The Children Campaign

Did you know that one in five children in America are food insecure? One in five! This number breaks my heart and brings tears to my eyes. And it’s not neglected children that need assistance. It’s often children from good homes that just need a little help getting by in today’s economy.

As a mom of two boys, I can’t image not being able to feed them. And not just feed them, but feed them healthy foods so that they can concentrate, learn and grow. I’m a firm believer that healthy eating habits young, are the foundation of a healthy life. These children, so many children… don’t even have the option.

Please watch this short video from Unilever. It will make your heart ache, but my hope is that it will also drive you to go out into your community and make a difference. Remember, small steps are better than no steps at all.

Learn more about how to get involved by going to ProjectSunlight.us.  You can also share your thoughts on twitter with #ShareAMeal or just search the hashtag to see how others are helping. The Project Sunlight team would love to hear from you!

Stop Child Hunger

I hope you’re inspired to make a difference!

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Decorating Pumpkins, Gourds & Squash With Studs

Living in Ohio there are pumpkins, gourds and acorn squash everywhere… And that means fall and Halloween crafts!

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I took my boys to this quaint little farmers market last week and saw these beautiful acorn squash. I couldn’t resist. They looked so much like ghost pumpkins, but for a fraction of the price. Having no idea what recipe I would ever make with them I grabbed several. I thought if nothing else I could use them for fall and Halloween décor. {wink}

So off to JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores (one of my happy places) I went to pick up some fun Halloween supplies for my entryway (can’t wait to show you!) and ran across studs! They have several different shapes and sizes to choose from. These are STUDD*D brand and I found them in the clothing section.

I immediately thought of my acorn squash and of making a grouping of monograms. I think they turned out beautifully and they were so easy!

You’ll need:

  • Pumpkin, gourd or squash
  • Metal studs
  • Pattern or idea for a shape
  • Paper towel

Since I only wanted to create numbers I didn’t use a template. Instead I arranged the numbers next to the squash before placing them to ensure proportion.

But these would work perfect for a more detailed carving pumpkin. Just place your carving template like normal, using one stud, mark the outline of the template, lift the template off and place all the final studs. If the template is really intricate I might even make the holes for 4-5 studs, place them and then more on to the next 4-5, just so you don’t get confused at the end.

And as you go, your pumpkin, gourd or squash might leak a bit of juice. The studs aren’t deep, but still. Use a papertowel to wipe away the juice.

Do you have a great pumpkin idea you’d like to share with JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores and their readers? Join us, share your ideas on JoAnn and tag social media posts with #DIY4Halloween

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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How To Hang A Photo Booth Backdrop – Easy Set-up And Tear-down

Do you love having photo booths at your parties? Me too! Do you hate trying to figure out how not to damage the walls that you so carefully and painstakingly painted? Me too! {wink} That’s why I’m so excited to share the newest product from Command!

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Command now has an entire line of party specific supplies and let me tell you, this party planning girl is ecstatic! It took me an entire month to talk my husband into painting this room and believe me… I wouldn’t put anything on it if I thought it were going to damage it because it might take me another month to get around to touching it up. {grin}

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The Command Mini Spring Clips are perfect for lightweight fabric. (NOTE: I have used glue dots to hang fabric before these because it’s strong… however it doesn’t come off easily. In this picture I used glue dots inside my clips. The glue holds heavier fabrics and the clips allow you to measure a straight line and they come off easy!)

I used the Banner Anchors for my tassels. All worry free!

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So here are the easy steps for setting up your photo booth:

  1. Level and place the Command Mini Spring Clips,
  2. Hang fabric,
  3. Place Command Banner Anchors,
  4. Hang tassels, and
  5. Add a few spooky props

What if you want to hang decorations from the ceiling?! Either for your photo booth or for other decorations? Command has that covered too!

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These clear Command Ceiling Hooks are perfect! You can barely see them!

I hope you’ll give the new Command products a try this party season. You can find them in the party isle at Wal-Mart!

And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Cake Photography Class & Huge Camera Giveaway

My super talented friend Carrie Sellman of The Cake Blog is sharing her talents in her new Craftsy.com class and I couldn’t be more proud for her!

Beautiful Cake Photography Class with Carrie Sellman

Not only do you need to hop over and check out Carrie’s class, you must go enter her camera giveaway in the next day. The prize is amazing! New camera, strap, cake stand, backdrop… oh my!

Cake Photography Class

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Witch Wands – Easy Halloween Party Treat

You can’t go wrong with a chocolate covered pretzel… especially one with a clever name! {wink}

Easy Halloween Chocolate Covered Pretzels | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

 

To make chocolate covered pretzels… or “witch wands”… you’ll need:

  • Pretzel rods
  • Orange melting chocolate*
  • Purple melting chocolate
  • Resealable bags
  • Wax paper

*Available from Wilton at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores

Easy steps:

  1. Line the pretzels up on a sheet of wax paper.
  2. Melt 6-8 chocolate discs in a resealable bags for 8 seconds at a time.
  3. Cut a small hole in one corner of the bag and drizzle the rods.
  4. Allow chocolate to set for about five minutes and apply second color.

And last but never least, display your treats in clever ways and with fun tags that get your guests giggling. You can find my Trick-or-Treat collection and these darling witch tags in my shoppe.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Black & Orange Halloween Banner With 3-D Bats – Free Party Printable

Halloween is in full swing around here and things are soooo busy. But it’s the good kinda busy! {wink}

Free Printable Bat Banner in Orange & Black | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

So with orange and black on the brain, I’ve created a fun 3-D bat banner just for you!

3-D Halloween Bat Banner With Kim Byers of The Celebration Shoppe

DOWNLOAD all 14 pieces and mix and match patterns. Then add the bats with foam adhesive squares to give the banner a bit of a 3-D effect!

Happy Halloween from me to you! Enjoy!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Rice Krispies Treats M&Ms Trail Mix – Movie Night Treat

One of our very favorite family activities is our weekly movie night. And snacks take a close second to the movie choice. Okay… sometimes it’s more important. {wink} Today I’m sharing one of our new favorite snacks, a Rice Krispies Treats M&Ms Trail Mix.

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For the full recipe and step-by-step photos of this easy Rice Krispies Treats idea, hop over to Kellogg’s for my latest post!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Easy Sew Halloween Placemat With Witch’s Hat Utensil Holder

Browsing around my JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store I stumbled on this darling witch silhouette design and was instantly inspired to make these easy sew placemats. And what do you think of my witch’s hat utensil holders?

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I’m personally in love! They look so cute on my island bar. (We just painted the kitchen a silver gray. I need to load some pics for you!)

And the best part… they take no time at all. I made my placemats 18.5 x 13.5″. You’ll need (per placemat):

  • Witch silhouette fabric (with the seasonal fabrics), 1/2 yard
  • Silver glitter polka dot fabric (in general fabric, on the wall in my JoAnn), less than an 1/8 yard (smallest you can purchase)
  • Wonder Under (comes in a roll 15″ x 15 yards)
  • Gray thread
  • Ruffle, 1/4 yard (has a mesh backing)
  • Clear ruler
  • Cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • Optional: Stitch in the Ditch sewing foot, Sewing clips

Easy Sew Halloween Placemats with Witch's Hat Utensil Holder | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Easy tutorial:

  1. Cut – cut out placemats (being careful to match up designs, I used her nose as a guide), 18.5″ x 13.5″
  2. Iron – iron Wonder Under to one side of fabric, line up and iron both sides together (thickens fabric without needing batting, could also use interfacing)
  3. Cut – cut out witch’s hats, 4 3.4″ across top and 7 1/8″ inches to tip
  4. Iron –  iron Wonder Under to one side of fabric, line up and iron both sides together
  5. Cut,  clip, sew – cut embellishment to length (slightly longer than hat), clip and use a large stitch. If you have a rubber stylus, use it to hold the ruffles out of the way.
  6. Measure, mark – measure placement on the placemat, mark
  7. Sew – with a .30 stitch, sew witch’s hat utensil holder in place
  8. Sew – with a .30 stitch, embellish the edge of the placemat, not necessary, but lovely

Easy Sew Halloween Placemats with Witch's Hat Utensil Holders | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

You can find all of the supplies for this project at JoAnn. And if you’ve not yet, you should sign up for their app. It’s full of coupons so you’ll never leave them at home again!

Happy National Sewing Month!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Rice Krispies Treats M&M’s Pie – Oh My!

I’m over the moon for my latest recipe for Kellogg’s. It’s a Rice Krispies Treats M&M Pie! Oh my! Its yummy and you can “build” it so many ways!

Rice Krispies Treats M&Ms Pie | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

I think my favorite is Rice Krispies Treats + marshmallow fluff + dark chocolate M&Ms… so good. And if you make it in a scone pie pan like this one, everyone in the family can build their own!

For the full recipe and step-by-step photos of this easy Rice Krispies Treats pie idea, hop over to Kellogg’s!

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