My friend Ali came over and brought Lucas the cutest garland fromMeri Meri. We hung it up between the living room and stairs early to start getting festive. We also put a Halloween sign on the door that we printed from Anders Ruff.
Everyone had an idea for DIY decorations this year. These are two that I loved so I thought I would share.
My friend Carolyn Hunt makes the cutest tangerine pumpkins that are perfect decorations. Here is how you can make them at home:
Slice top off orange. Run a small knife or scraper around inside to hollow it out. Scoop out the orange segments and reserve for filling. Carve or draw (with non-toxic pen) a small pumpkin face on one side of the orange. Use a paper towel to gently soak up any remaining juice inside the oranges. Dice up fruit, including the reserved orange segments and fill each cup. Set the lid back on top and serve.
My friend Ally Bernstein makes mummy candles out of mason jars that are super easy to make and add a festive touch. She takes gauze and pulls it apart so it’s holey and loose. Then she wraps it around the mason jar and glues the ends to stick. Put on eyes and they’re done!
Candy, Candy, and more Candy. Buying variety packs and serving them in bowls is always easy and cute. But also get creative with traditional candy!
Instead of buying the traditional M&Ms, get the Halloween packs (black and orange)
In bowls of solid color candy such as malt balls, white chocolate covered raisins or pretzels, add some candy corn to spice it up.
Whip up some sugar free orange Jello to freeze for popsicles
Buy Halloween candy but make sure you have healthy snacks as well. I like Popchips because they are a healthier alternative to chips and kids love them too.
We baked the orange flavor cookies at home and used cookie cutters to cut them out in Halloween shapes. We used Stevia instead of sugar and gluten free flour. They still tasted great.
Cookie Decorating How To
Buy the cookies and then decorate accordingly to the Halloween theme.
We used Honest Kids juice packs. They are Honest Tea's line of organic, low-sugar, fruit-flavored juice pouches and come in flavors like “Appley Ever After” and “Goodness Grapeness.” We also had plenty of waters.
We used our Halloween glasses we bought at target from Lucas’ first Halloween party and we filled them with coconut water from Vita Coco and served them on a tray.
We had Good Greens nutritional bars in the chocolate peanut butter flavor. Make sure all your kids can eat peanuts.
Popchips in sweet potato and barbeque flavors.
Hammond’s Lollipops are a favorite of Lucas’s they make a huge variety of classic candies that are perfect for Halloween like the Halloween Art Candy, uniquely handcrafted hardy candies into fun Halloween shapes like ghost, pumpkins, and Frankenstein, and the festive All Natural Black and Orange Lollipops. They are hand-pulled, twisted, and shaped using classic Halloween colors of orange and black, perfect for party décor or guest favors.
Fruit Skewers that we decorated to look like Halloween shapes.
Lucas and I went to the pumpkin patch and bought mini pumpkins for the kids to decorate.
We hired our friend Jillian Yee-Pham from 2 Hearts B1 to do arts and crafts with the kids like pumpkin decorating. Jillian is a great designer who specializes in creative services like event design, presentation, and calligraphy.
The cookies and the pumpkins were the perfect gift bags for the kids to take home.
Hire a photographer or be your own and send all of the guests’ pictures from the party in a framed card after the party as a remembrance.
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