Sunday, October 16, 2016

Halloween happenings 2016

This year we made a couple of new gravestones to commemorate happenings around here. One being Hurricane Matthew. We know there was a lot of devastation and it was nothing to joke about. We were fortunate to have our house in tact and nobody got hurt.  But since we have a bit of a dark side, we made this:

Poor cousin Pat.  But really, the horror was when this happened: Who gets killed by a falling street sign??

People in our neighborhood will appreciate the gravestone after seeing the Street sign that has been on the ground now for weeks. 

Where is the City government when you need them?

It was fun decorating our new home. We have realized that we have a lot more space to fill and many fun opportunities for some fun DIY projects.  Here is part of our entry way. 

This is the left side of our fireplace. I think we could do a lot more with this area. Again, future DIY projects galore.

Our "Eat, Drink, and Be Scary" picture that I made a few years ago, an Owl Snow globe, and a black and white chevron pumpkin.

Across the mantel I put some bat garland, owl lights, a crow, and a black candle.

I found some branches in the woods next to our house and spray painted them black. Michaels was having a great sale on Halloween decor so I bought these crows and hot glued them on.

My kids love the fact that we have a few Halloween stuffed animals around that come out in October.

We rigged another branch above our island with more crows.

Our gallery wall got a few swaps of Halloween prints and we have a cute place for our Halloween nutcrackers now.

The Breakfast nook looks a little Macabre or Dia De Los Muertas with the vintage black and white tablecloth and red roses.  

Outside things get even scarier. We want our house to be creepy and spooky with a Haunted House feel. Hopefully we'll add some things every year. 

This "Beware" sign is the perfect pot urn decoration.

Joe found this fun big spider and rigged it to our house using Command Strips. I love this view looking up too. Definitely spooky.

My Fall Mums aren't scary, but a must have for the season.

By the front door we added plastic spiders with putty and found a cool eye ball door ringer at Target.

Our Mummy has come out of hiding. I think he might scare a kid or two.

Out in the yard we have our gravestones and this year added some cool zombie hands.

I found these sparkly light up trees for the yard at Big Lots along with another big strobe light that we'll get out on Halloween and a fun bat projector light that shines Bats flying across the house.

My daughter decided to bedazzle a pumpkin with glittery rinestones in the shape of a cat.

Lots of blooming mums by the mailbox this year. White mums, purple Mums, Climbing Carolina Aster that is now blooming, and purple Asters.


Thanks for viewing our Halloween house this year. We honestly are excited to continually make it scarier each year. We'll post a Halloween night pic after the Holiday to show you our family themed costumes and what our house looks like on Halloween night.

Happy Halloweeeeeeen!!! 🎃


Saturday, September 17, 2016

6th birthday Bird party

Another great birthday in the books.  The birthday party for my daughter who just turned 6 was a bird themed party. Based on her real desire to some day own parakeets. Well, luckily a friend bought her a bird that sings. Here's how we decorated and went with her theme.

Simple tassel garland across the hutch.

Martha Stewart paper lanterns and wheels.

Her name garland across the mantel.

I made simple vanilla cupcakes with a TON of frosting. The bird picks and cupcake liners are designed by Meri Meri.

The chocolate bird nests are super easy and fun, especially for a bird party.

I found little bird cut outs for the food area.

Each child decorated white paper bags with foam circles to make a bird body with feathers and eyes. They wrote their names on their bags and used them later on for a "bird egg" hunt.

E. waiting for her friends to show up. She's wearing an owl dress from this cute line at Target called "Cat and Jack."

Fruit kabobs. My daughter had fun making these and the kids loved them.

Lots of crackers, cheese, and things to nibble on.

Bird Nest with eggs in it (pretzels and marshmallows.)

I don't know why, but I thought ants on a log would be something a bird would eat, so it seemed to fit.

Deviled eggs make another good bird themed food.

The bag making activity took a good 15 minutes. We did this first so they would be dry for the egg hunt.

Had to sneak in for a quick pic!

The finished bird bag.

Joe cut out 15 birdhouses from fence pickets. The kids each painted one and they happily painted for a good 30 minutes.

I wish I had taken a photo the whole basket of eggs, but they turned out really cute. We used plastic Easter eggs and I spray painted them with stone spray to give them a speckled egg look. We filled them with felt bird stickers, jelly beans, plastic balls, and tootsie rolls. One special egg had a silver bird charm.

 A bird theme party was super fun and super easy.  Her love of animals must come from me. We'd have a whole zoo at home if my kids had their way.


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