host a Martinis and Mayhem Halloween cocktail party

Martinis and Mayhem Cocktail Party | curated at TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Happy October! With lots of reasons to celebrate – birthdays, fall sports and a spooky holiday – my kids LOVE October parties. But, we adults want in on all the fun too!

If you’re lo0king for ideas for a more “groan-up” {hee, hee!} party, think about hosting a cocktail party! Here are some fantastic finds in black, orange and purple for your Halloween soiree for adults:

  1. Spider Candelabra via Pier 1
  2. Crow Wreath via William-Sonoma
  3. Haunted Halloween Harlequin Napkins via Plate and Napkins
  4. Apothecary Jar via Amazon.com
  5. Martini’s & Mayhem custom invitation via The Celebration Shoppe
  6. Collection de Paris Cold Beverage Drink Dispenser via Bed Bath and Beyond
  7. Smith & Hawken Glass Pumpkin Hurricane Lantern via Target
  8. Spider Web Cake Stand via Sur la Table
  9. Creepy Purple Light-Up Branches via Spirit Halloween
  10. Trick or Treat Halloween Printable beverage markers via The Celebration Shoppe
  11. Halloween Martini Glasses via Oriental Trading

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And don’t miss how to spruce up those jars with Kim’s Easy Halloween Apothecary Jars tutorial! Oh, and her Halloween punch recipe. You can give it a little kick if you like!

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

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itsy bitsy spider Halloween party


This morning I’m sharing Flavia of Fete a Fete black, white and orange Itsy Bitsy Spider Halloween party. The entire party was lovely, but I think my favorite idea is the science beaker glassware she used for the kids. So fun!

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The party details in Flavia’s words ~

The visual identity of this Halloween party was developed mainly from things I already had at home. Actually, this is how I settled on the color scheme black-white-orange: at first I thought about using black and white only, in part because I like the simplicity of these two timeless colors, but also because I had lots of leftover supplies in this color combination. I thought the addition of the orange brought warmth and playfulness. And it was very fitting, since it was going to be a party for both adults and children.

Next, the “theme”, which was slightly focused on spiders. It wasn’t intentional, but I noticed I was collecting a bunch of spider-related items (from previous holidays, stores, even recipes!) So, I focused on these little critters and the results range from “spider web cupcakes” to fake cobwebs to plastic spider rings snugged around wine glass stems.

 And a Halloween party calls for treat bags, right? Well, I had lots of food jars sitting around (I try to reuse everything I can) so I turned them into “treat jars”. I removed the label, painted the lids, wrapped a piece of black lace and orange ribbon around it, and added stamped tags. Voilà, my newly “upcycled” candy jars for guests to fill up with goodies to take home and devour later.

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

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introducing Trick or Treat

I’m so excited to share our new Trick or Treat Halloween collection with you this morning!

We shot this collection and our new harvest collection, which I plan to share with you next week, in late July. Both were photographed by my good friend Angie of Angie Arthur Photography and both on an actual working farm, Freeman’s Farm, not too far from my home. There was tons of rain and super hot days in July leading up to the shoot and then the day of was a mild 82 and beautiful. Thank goodness for us and for our little monsters!

This collection was inspired by traditional Halloween costumes. You know. The ones we wore as kids. Witches, mummies, Frankensteins (or Frankette in this case) and vampires. Okay, so maybe I was a princess a time or two… and maybe Strawberry Shortcake… but I digress.

I love Halloween, but I’m more of a “treat” kind of girl than “trick,” so I wanted to style a fun party without the fright. The farm turned out to be the perfect backdrop, a large white barn, raw wood interior, there were even a few real bats living in the barn. I’m glad to report that they didn’t come over to investigate.

For the table décor, we hung large pumpkin lanterns. 

I asked Sew Jewell to create table runners and chair backers monogrammed with the collection’s screech owl. Both are available in the shoppe with the rest of the collection and through Sew Jewell!

We designed an entire printables collection full of placecards, beverage wrappers, napkins rings, favor tags, cello toppers, banners, and much more!

We crafted several DIY ideas like the cauldron centerpiece and spider forks. I found mod orange and white polka dot tableware with black crepe placemats (both available in the shoppe). And the little glitter pumpkins holding the placecards are last year’s find from the dollar store.

For the dessert table, I raided the candy store. I mean, it is Halloween, right?! {innocent smile}.

And we invited guest’s in with a witchy grin.

For the cupcakes, playing on the name of the collection, we created “trick” and “treat” printable designs. You’ll notice that the “trick” cupcakes are a little wiggly. {wink}

We also created cello toppers, perfect for bulk candy confections that aren’t individually packaged or homemade sweets.

And we teamed up with our cookie partners at Sweet Tooth Cottage. As usual, their yummy butter cookies were to die for!  

Not to mention, owl-dorable. {I kill me!} Both cookie designs are available in shoppe with the rest of the collection (Baked, packaged and shipped from Sweet Tooth Cottage. Shipping cost included in the price.)

But my absolute favorite craft for this project…

are my monster pedestal candy dishes. Super simple to make and a great focal point for any spooky fun you have planned this season!

And last, but in no way least, 

are the fabulous costumes created by Sew Jewell, from the capes, to the skirts, to the mummy wrapping, it all turned out perfect! You can find the witch, Frankette and the vampire cape in her Etsy shoppe in the next day or so.

 And with all this cuteness, you must get tons of pictures so we created a few photo props just for the occasion.

Shop custom invitations, table decor, printables, custom cookies, table runners, and even t-shirts in the shoppe. And as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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marshmallow monsters

Playing around in the kitchen with my boys, I whipped up these marshmallow monsters. First I dipped all my marshmallows in green candy chocolate, available at most craft stores. I picked mine up at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores.

For the witch, her hat is the bottom half of a Keebler Sugar Cone and a Keebler Grasshopper cookie (painted with purple chocolate). Her hair is a Starburst (melted, rolled flat and cut into strands) and her nose is a purple candy corn.

For Frankenstein, his bolts are Smarties and his eyes are just small round yellow candies. Both are frighteningly simple. {wink}

As always, I hope you’re inspired! And stop over at Snackpicks.com for more of my Kellogg’s ideas.

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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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pumpkin crispy treats

Pumpkin Crispy Treats

You’ll likely notice that I use a lot of crispy cereal to make goodies (e.g., Pirate Pops). Since my youngest son has severe food allergies, they have proven to be a fun way to include him in all the fun party treats and the guests don’t even realize (or care) that the treats are egg and dairy free. I’ve outlined the easy steps on how to make these fun goodies for your Halloween bash.

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