Andrea and I are spending the day enjoying time with our kids, but we will be back with a normal post on Friday! See you then and have a happy halloween!
I've never decorated for halloween before (besides carved pumpkins outside the door). We never get trick or treaters and I figured since no one seemed to care in our household I wouldn't bother... but that wasn't the case this year! A couple weeks ago my four year old asked me when we were going to put up our halloween decorations, so I figured if he wanted to decorate, he should help me with it!
So below you see our grand door. Both my boys made the little ghosts on the door, and my four year old made the ghost on the wall, along with a spider and bat at a primary halloween party. The extra bat, spider, and awesome monster eye were all left over decorations from that party that I gladly snagged!
I printed and cut out the banner, and my son helped me tape string to the back of it so we could hang it. When I thought we were done with our fun decorating afternoon he wasn't done with his scissors and tape fun, so the three white squares and random tape are what he referred to as his "masterpiece" so I let him go for it until he got bored 2 minutes later.
You see the pumpkin on the left? After my husband made multiple comments about how he was dreading carving pumpkins (he's always hated that) I decided to take pity on him this year so my kids and I picked out a Funkin pumpkin to surprise him with from Joannes. It's a fake (but surprisingly realistic looking) pumpkin that you can carve. My kids helped him decide on a "spooky face" and were very happy with the results. We have a fake candle to light up the pumpkin that's on a timer, so at 6pm it automatically lights up and will shut off five hours later at 11pm.
Here are the tutorials for the fun diy's we have on our door if you need last minute halloween decoration ideas -
So there you have it! All the fun, simple halloween crafts we decorated our door with. Here is a really pretty DIY Andrea posted last year. Are you throwing a halloween party? Here is a post to help you get inspired!
Do you decorate for Halloween? I haven't in the past. We mostly celebrate by reading spooky Halloween books and attending lots of great parties. But I am tempted to try this DIY for lacey tight vases, this is the sort of Halloween decoration that I can get behind. I even already have all the items. It just so happens that yesterday I discovered I had a hole in some of my tights, and I have a few vases from my wedding, so I think that pretty much seals the deal. Lacey Tight Vases it is. If you'd like to join me, the whole tutorial can be found here.
Halloween and I have an interesting relationship. On one hand, I think its a purely fun "holiday" and its always nice to have a reason to pull out some fun decorations and have an excuse for a party. On the other hand, I think its silly, in a pointless kind of way, and definitely need help getting motivated to get ready for it (I'm sure my boys costumes will get done at the very last minute). So to help myself, and probably some of you out there, get even more excited for Halloween, here are some fun party tables that are pretty awesome (click on 'source' to get linked back to its original website and to see more detailed images!) -
Aren't these tables so fun? I love looking at a good spread of not only pretty, but yummy things too. If you are throwing a party and want to create a look similar to these (even if its not for Halloween), here are some things to consider-
1- Backdrop. You'll need something to go behind the display table for added interest and drama. A simple banner, cute sign, or pretty sheet/table cloth pinned on the wall are all great.
2- Cute trays or dishes. These don't need to be expensive! I typically see food displayed on white dishes, so if you want to invest in some, look at your local Ross, TJ Maxx, or Home Goods... they always have cute inexpensive options.
3- Add height. Taller things go in the back, shorter things in the front. To add height you can use cake stands (you can even make your own out of an old candle stick and a plates!), tall glass canisters (also look for these at Ross/TJ Maxx/Home Goods... they are way cheaper there!), or a box or tray to set things on. If you don't have any cute boxes you can always find a cardboard box in the size you need, and cover it with wrapping paper or fabric.
4- Make it look balanced. The table doesn't have to be perfectly symmetrical, but it should look balanced, with the focal point in the back middle of the table. To do this, pair things with similar visual weight and height on opposite sides of the table.
5- You can use more than just food for your display. Incorporate fun decorations that go with the theme of the party into the table for added interest.
6- Printables. This one is optional, but you'd be surprised how big of a difference having coordinating labels makes in tying your whole display together. There are a lot of free options for this around the web, and some of the sources above also have free printables listed!
What is your favorite part about Halloween? I think mine is taking my boys to a pumpkin patch and letting them pick out one pumpkin to bring home... that always makes for an enjoyable festive outing!