Easy Halloween Decor!

October 19
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Halloween is less than two weeks away!  And if you’re as busy as everyone else seems to be this year, you might not have all your decorations out for the season!  I used to go all out for Halloween…it really is one of our favorite holidays to decorate for!  But as the kids have grown, I’ve really tried to dial it back a notch when it comes to my Halloween decor and only go a little crazy when we have a party!  So today I’d like to share some of my simple displays and a few of my favorite things to make decorating easy!  If you don’t have a lot of time on your hands you can still add some spooktacular fun to your rooms…

cast a spell…

and get your Halloween decor ready!

A Whimsical Halloween Treat Table

October 16
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Setting a treat table for Halloween festivities can be such a fun and easy thing to do!  I don’t know if you noticed but the store shelves are bursting with bags of candies and treats…they practically jump right into the shopping cart! (that’s my excuse anyway!)  But the fact is that most of us will have an extra bag or two in preparation for all the trick-or-treaters who will soon be on our doorsteps!  So if you’re like me, you may already have some treats laying around making it easy to set up a candy bar to treat little ghosts and ghouls!  A treat table filled with candy and snacks is always fun for a party but you can even try one out for a holiday play-date or “just-because”…my favorite kind of celebration!  I’d love to share with you a whimsical treat table that I styled for Black Twine!  This party blueprint is packed with festivity but simple supplies and inexpensive goodies make it easy to set up for a fun, Halloween surprise!  Check out the sweet and spooky joy…

“eye” spy a Halloween treat table…

How to Make Hoot Owl Cookies

October 12
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Cookies are such a wonderful and easy treat…and when they’re perfectly fitting for the season I just can’t resist!  A few weeks ago I shared an outdoor celebration to welcome fall.  My family enjoyed the wonderful autumn weather and nibbled at a snack table while we waited for dinner to come off the grill!  When we were finished with our meal I served up one of our most favorite treats of the season…Hoot Owl Cookies!  I grew up nibbling on these sweets each fall and I’ve had so much fun baking them for my boys as they’ve grown!  So today I’d love to share this delicious and whimsical cookie recipe…treat your peeps and maybe start a new tradition of whipping up a batch when the cool winds begin to blow!  Whoooo’s ready for celebrating fall?

fun, fall cookies…”owl” bet you’ll love ’em!

A Pumpkin Decorating Party!

October 9
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Pumpkin decorating is one of my favorite things to do in the fall!  Whether it’s carving out spooky grins or painting it up in whimsical color, decorating a pumpkin is such a fun tradition and a great way to get a little creative!  My family always carves a pumpkin a few days before All Hallows’ Eve…but once you slice into that roly poly guy, the days are limited for his survival!  If you’re like me and can’t wait to get decorating the minute the calendar flips to October…a no-carve option is perfect for lasting through the holiday!  And as much fun as it is for me to celebrate this tradition with my family, it can also be a wonderful project to share with friends!  A pumpkin decorating party can be so much fun…and for the grown-ups too! Today I’d like to share a twist on pumpkin decorating that can last through the month and even into November…it’s also the perfect excuse to have some gal-pals in for some seasonal festivity!  You don’t necessarily have to decorate your pumpkin to look spooky…some paper, twine, flowers and glue can turn a craft pumpkin into a fall beauty that could also grace your Thanksgiving table!  So just because October often makes us think of ghosts and ghouls…see how much fun a different take on a traditional party can be!  Boho themed celebrations are all the rage…especially for a ladies night!  So today I’m so thrilled to share with you a cocktail party that includes decorating a pretty pumpkin!  Get crafty and join in on…

pumpkin decorating at a Boho Boo Bash!

Kid Friendly Beverage Cart!

October 5
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Beverage carts or drink stations are such an integral part of any party…we all serve drinks when we entertain so why not make the areas where we grab the sips festive too?  The best part of creating an area for drinks is that you can do it anywhere!  No bar cart? No problem!  Just find a small table, a sideboard in a dining room, or even a space on the kitchen counter…any of those areas can be simply decorated and filled with whatever libations you choose!  And if you do have a cart, the fact that it’s often referred to as a “bar” doesn’t mean it has to be filled with boozy choices!  It’s always a nice idea to offer up some non-alcoholic drinks at any event.  You can serve up sips of the season, flavored waters or even hot beverages!  Today I’d like to continue with my little dessert party and share the beverage cart that went along with the treats…and it was completely kid friendly!  It really isn’t a grand display…but a couple whimsical touches and deliciously simple drinks made my cart a fun addition to the party!  I’d love to share the easy sips I was serving…

cheers to the beverage cart!

Easy Ideas for an October Dessert Table!

October 2
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A dessert table is such a welcome sight any time of the year…but there’s something about October that gets me so excited to serve up some extra sugar!  All the Halloween candies and treats are just too delicious and to pass up…and we all know how plentiful they are leading up to trick-or-treat day!  You can find all your favorites dressed up in holiday colors so it’s the perfect season for creating a sugary treat to tempt all the ghosts and goblins who come calling!  Last Thursday I shared with you some easy and whimsical ways to set a Halloween table…today I’ll share the goodies that went with it!  You can easily fill up a dessert table with some simple treats and supplies that will make your party a spooky success!  See how effortless it can be to…

serve some sugar on a

Halloween dessert table!

Easy Ideas for a Halloween Tabletop!

September 28
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Table top decor is so much fun for any season…but one thing I love about Halloween is that you have the freedom to get a little whimsical without raising eyebrows!  Whether you go all-out spooky or just want to add some festive color to your table, you can find plenty of ways to dress a tabletop that’s perfect for your dinner party!  Today I’d like to share with you a fun centerpiece idea made from recycled decorations!  You know how much I love to recycle…and it can sure stretch your budget!  And to go with that centerpiece, I’m setting a simple and whimsical Halloween table to serve up some holiday sugar…so join me and my 8 legged friends for a little dessert!  Along came a spider to say…

it’s time for Halloween treats!

Day of the Dead Treats!

September 25
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Day of the Dead decor is a very popular Halloween theme!  This centuries old celebration is observed on November 1st & 2nd and is how Mexican and Mexican-Americans celebrate and honor the lives of those who have passed.  This holiday occurs near Halloween but is a colorful and much lighter celebration using symbols such as decorated skulls, butterflies and flowers!  Because of it’s beautiful, whimsical colors and decor it’s a really fun theme for all those who want something not so scary to celebrate the season!  I love it because it’s reminiscent of a fiesta…which is a fun twist on the traditional Halloween party!  And in my family, Halloween celebrations often include movies…which requires some treats and munchies!  Today I’d like to share easy ways to whip up a treat table perfect for scary OR not-so-scary movie viewing…with all the fun and flair of a holiday fiesta!

colorful, delightful, Day of the Dead treats!

Easy Ideas for Outdoor Entertaining

September 18

Happy Monday friends!

…and welcome to the first day of the 2017 Fall Blog Hop~celebrating all things autumn!

Fall party hop

I’m so thrilled to join 17 other completely talented and inspirational bloggers to bring you a week long celebration of one of my favorite seasons!  You can kick off the Hop beginning with my friend Deanna from Mirabelle Creations!  She is our host and organizational genius behind the festivities…so make sure to check her out and start all the fall fun from the beginning!  And if you’re popping over here from Giggle Hearts…I’m sure you loved her inspiring & creative Halloween crafts you can do with your kids!  If you missed it check it out here…and make sure to grab your free printable!

Giggle Hearts

I’m so happy you’re here on the first day of the hop…let me share with you some easy ideas for outdoor entertaining to celebrate the new season!

an outdoor celebration to welcome fall!

Simple Hot Cocoa Setup!

September 14

Hot cocoa is a favorite drink at my house…and when the first cool breezes blow I break out the fixin’s for a do-it-yourself cocoa station to take the chill off and satisfy tummies!  Whether you’re hosting an autumn party or just want to create a sweet surprise for your family, a hot cocoa buffet can be really easy to set up in a pinch!  I often keep the basic cocoa supplies in my kitchen all year long…it’s a chocolaty sip that’s even a favored drink on a cool summer evening!  But now that the unofficial end to summer has come and gone, it’s almost that time for sipping on warm drinks and snuggling around a fire!  I hope you can find some inspiration for your hot cocoa stations…no matter where you put them!

it’s hot cocoa time!