Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Door Decor

I literally saw a post by Amy of Living Locurto on Facebook this morning, ran to my party supply stash, and within minutes...seriously minutes...had the cutest Halloween door ever!


Want to make your house the coolest on the block for the trick-or-treaters tonight?

It's sooo easy!  Visit Amy's blog here for the easy DIY and a few more fun ideas!

Happy Halloween!  :)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Halloween ~ Gettin' Crafty With Martha!


We typically go all-out on Halloween at our house, and each year we try to do something a little different .

Martha Stewart's Halloween books are always one of my fave go-to resources for inspiration, and people are always raving about what we create. 

Here's a little stroll down memory lane, that may just inspire you to create some spooky fun of your own this year.  :)

Halloween Crafts with Cardstock


These cardstock spooky owls stood guard at our front door. 

I used glow-in-the-dark crepe paper for their eyes for an extra creepy effect.
They were awesome!

Spray paint a few branches black and you've got yourself some super easy Halloween decor!


These guys continued to haunt our party area inside.

I tucked them into the scene-setter "woods" adhered to our wall, and their glowing eyes and white brows gave just the right effect.

We used a blacklight and it looked great!


I spent A LOT of time cutting out dozens of mice for this project, only to find out that Martha now sells these little critters! 

While I love the way they turned out, next time I would definitely spend the $4 and buy them.  (You can get yours here).


We had a party in our basement, and the staircase leading upstairs was dark...only lit with a string of blacklights.

This was perfect, because all you could see were the shadowed silhouettes of the mice and they looked real!  They were a definite conversation piece.

Check out this cool pic that my hubby snapped, which happened to catch our kitty cat looking like he just enjoyed a "mice" meal.  :)


Such a funny pic!

Getting Crafty with Paper Towels


You may remember this picture from our Black Light Party.

This "head waiter" was featured in Martha's Halloween book last year and I just thought it was so cool!

It's just a head form covered in coffee-stained paper towels.  Isn't it neat?

When we discovered that tonic water glows in black light, this table set-up just seemed like the perfect idea.

I used Martha's same coffee-stained paper towel idea and transformed my son and his friend into absolutely amazing mummies!


They looked so good they were barely recognizable!


They sat on our porch and handed out candy that year, and it is still probably our most talked out trick-or-treat night ever.

Neighbors kept coming back to our house over and over just to see these guys.

No one could tell if they were real and they gave some pretty good scares that night.

Such fun!

I don't know about you, but this has definitely put me in the Halloween spirit!

I hope it's inspired you to create some Halloween fun of your own.

Happy Crafting!  :)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Halloween ~ Wicked Cool Party Favors!


At first glance, these cute little witches hats look like a super adorable decoration for your Halloween party...



...but they're not!

They're actually party favors with a surprised hidden inside!


How cool is that?  Wicked cool, right?

And you can use different papers and embellishments to customize them any way you want to.
So fun!

Get full DIY instructions on how to make these little Halloween party favors on my guest post over on All Things for Mom.

You're gonna love it over there!  :)



Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The New Website is Here!!!

It's here, it's here!  At long, loooong last, the all new Passion-for-Parties.com has arrived!

Boy, I tell ya.  Designing this new site has been a true labor of love. 
8 months of labor. 
Almost as long as pregnancy labor. 
And I may have even experienced contractions.  ;)

So, needless to say, I'm thrilled to show off my new baby to you! 
Take a look at some of the fun new features:


The home page now showcases featured party inspiration.
This brings new, popular and seasonal ideas right to the forefront.
All you need to do is click.  :)

If you're looking for something specific, a search bar is now located in the top right corner of each page.  Use it to find exactly what you're looking for in a flash.

And to make it even easier for you to keep up to date with the latest party inspiration, we've added networking buttons to each page.
Choose to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or get new posts delivered right to you via e-mail or RSS.  Easy peasy!

You'll also find related links at the bottom of each page to make sure you find all of the inspiration that you're looking for.

For example, if you're visiting our Birthday Cake Design Gallery, at the bottom of the page you'll find links to cake recipes, frosting recipes, and tips for making creative birthday cakes.

LOVE that feature!

The "Hot Deals" section, located in the right sidebar, is where you'll get access to special promotions, discount codes and sales that are going on at some of the best party vendors around.
Will definitely come in handy if you're a bargain hunter like me.  :)


Along with the new layout comes space for you to promote your business to our growing fan base!
Our media kit details the ways that we can help your grow your business.
For more information, contact me here.

So, please, GO CHECK IT OUT!
If you love it, I'd be ecstatic if you'd follow, subscribe, and visit often!
And please, share it with your friends!
The more the merrier!

And if you're so inclined, leave me some feedback.  I'd love to know what you think!
Thanks so much for all of your support!  :)
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