The leaves are turning into a golden a crisp and gently falling in the breeze. Halloween is haunting us just around the corner. Here is a mood board to help inspire a creepy, yet chic Halloween celebration. Be careful, the tingle of goosebumps might run down your spine.
Bone Collector: The tricked out appetizer plates will surely make your head spin. (Pottery Barn; $5)
Fright Invite: Custom invites with a cauldron full of skulls and eerie font will haunt your guests’ mailboxes. (Wheeler Studios; $2)
Gourd-geous Garland: DIY garland directions are easy to follow and can be hung anywhere for instant harvest decor. The gourds are aplenty at your local grocer.
Fierce Fireplace: Drape dark ivy around your mantle to add a somber feeling to the space.
Painted Pumpkins: Why carve when you can paint? Forget the standard Jack-0-Lantern look, paint spider webs or outline the trunk of a tree on your pumpkin.
Dreadful Drinks: Set up a drink bar and print off the recipe cards for each drink. The black vodka sets the tone for all three drinks.
Wicked Welcome: Before your guests enter your haunted house, have them wipe their wearing feet on this welcome mat. (CB2; $20)
Feather Your Nest: Set the tone for the party with a feathery wreath for your front door. Want a cheaper options? Make one yourself. Buy a metal wreath (Target; $30)
Bat Cave: Place removable bat vinyl decals on the walls of your house to instantly increase the haunt factor. Remove when you are done and save for next year. (Wilson’s Graphics;$30)
Sinister Sweets: Create a food buffet with a theme centered on color. Don’t forget to include dark chocolate!
Any other ideas? What are you going to be for Halloween? We have four parties to attend (that’s what happens when Halloween falls on a Saturday) and I am still tossing around ideas.
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Happy 4th of July! I hope you had yesterday off and were able to celebrate a bit. Sleep in, fire up the grill and get ready to get dangerous with some fireworks. (Side note: I am not encouraging you to be dangerous).
If you need a festive dessert, Martha Stewart has a yummy raspberry and cookie recipe that will knock your socks off.
Vanilla-Raspberry Sundaes with Spoon-Shaped Cookies
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It doesn’t take much to add pizazz to a party. Joanna, from LotusHaus Blog, made the basic Father’s BBQ into a fun fiesta with bright colors and flavorful dishes. For flowers, she bought grocery store bouquets and placed single red and yellow votives for more color. The tablecloth and runner were found at a local discount store and the colors really make the space pop. I love seeing intimate parties with such flare, it will make anyone feel more special. She did a great job of keeping it cheap and bringing the fiesta to an otherwise standard BBQ. Lastly, she switched up the blah hamburger and hot dog menu to fit the theme: carne asada with aqua-mole salsa and spanish rice and beans. Luckily, she did not post pictures of the food, because my peanut butter and jelly sandwich is not doing a good job of holding me over.
Did you celebrate Fathers’ Day? What did you do?
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Happy Cinco de Mayo! I hope you are celebrating the Batalla de Puebla with a margarita. If you need party ideas, check out my recent Mayo Party post, Hostess’ post on 10 Unique Margarita Flavors and evite.com for more fun fiesta ideas.
Side note: I’ve been busy with a few projects, so my postings were not frequent last week. But I promise more posts are to come!
Kevin and I (Halloween 2006)
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Posted in Celebrations, Events by Color, Green, Holidays, Mood Boards, tagged bash, green, holiday, mood board, shamrock, St Patrick's Day Party on March 5, 2009|
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As a child, I could barely remember to change out of my pjs let alone wear green on a certain day. St Patrick’s day was never a big celebration. I mean, we didn’t have party at school, so it really didn’t count in my book. As a kid, if it was a true holiday, the party was required. As I get older, I see that Halloween and St Patrick’s Day are two of the biggest events celebrated. It could be just the town I live in (Portland, Oregon) and these two holidays (I say holiday, since it is treated as such) are HUGE! They are almost 6 months apart, so maybe we just need something to celebrate.
This is not for the budget friendly. You help ease your nerves; just put it into perspective…you are helping our economy by spending!
- Earthy elements: Since the tent has high ceilings, having a tall flower arrangements can help bring the ceiling down. Using twigs, reindeer moss and modern square vases, these arrangements are sleek and beautiful.
- Sights and Sounds: Find a local Céilí dancing group and ask if they will perform for some entertainment. Céilí (pronounced: kay-lee) means party is similar to square dancing but the footwork is more complex. In addition to the dancers, hiring a bagpipe player will make a dramatic impression on your guests. If you weren’t a beer drinker before, hearing the bagpipes will surely cause you to grab a pint.
- Fabric of our lives: Fabric can also be very beneficial. Drape the fabric from the ceiling and create a more intimate space and adding some color at the same time. Start from the middle and work your way out. It will also cover that unsightly metal.
- Lights & Camera: Add these lights to set the mood for a party. These will hang below the fabric and create a great ambiance without taking up valuable floor space.
- Hot Potato: For something hot, crispy and delicious, have a deni fryer on site. I highly suggest having a sober cooker manning the station all night. When you pull out a fresh batch, just watch the crowds around the table get thicker.
- Here’s your sign: Order a few of these personalized signs to claim your space. The themed pub signs will surely be a conversation starter.
- Custom Coasters: Your guests need a place to set their drink down when they are grabbing some grub. Order some personalized coasters to help prevent watermarks. Well, seriously, it is more of a table accessory.
- Serveware: Of course you need green cups, plates, napkins, utensils etc. Find them in various shades of green.
- Warm my buns: These outdoor space heaters will help your guests stay toasty.
- Rent a tent: If you have a yard big enough for a tent. Rent one! If you have adjoining driveways, another option is asking your neighbor to share the space. If you do this, you must invite them to the party ;).
- To you, from me: There are a million options out there for invitations. Find ones that suit your needs.
- Bead Me: To make things more festive, order a gross of the beads. Everyone needs 144 green shamrock beads.
Artichoke and Leek dip and Irish Brown Bread
Fresh vegetable tray
Fresh fried potatoes
Izze green apple soda
Cheese plate and fruit
Irish coffees and a keg in Guinness
Homemade Irish Corned Beef and Vegetables
Oatmeal Stout Brownies (use green dye for the cream cheese mixture)
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