October 22, 2014

A SPOOKTACULAR SOIREE + 5 TIPS FOR A PERFECT HALLOWEEN PARTY

invitations via minted

find the tutorial for the tassel chandelier right here


find the tutorial for my painted pumpkins right here






napkins made by sara







 where's my little mermaid rock when I need it? 

(find the tutorial for my DIY mermaid costume right here)

the hostesses with the mostestes ;)


PHOTOGRAPHY BY SARA WALK

Back in July, Sara, from Tell Love and Chocolate, and I hosted a backyard dinner party with some of our friends. After all the work we put into it, we swore we wouldn't host another one for a long time, but then Halloween started rolling around and we couldn't let the chance for a Halloween party pass us by, so the idea for our Spooktacular Soiree was born. I haven't been to a real Halloween party since I was a freshman in high school (and many of my friends were the same), so it was an absolute BLAST to dress up in costume and spend a night with friends.

With more than a week left til Halloween, there's still tons of time to throw a little party with your friends, so in addition to all the party ideas in the photos above, here's Five Tips for an Easy and Perfect Halloween Party you can throw together this weekend!

And check out more great holiday party ideas over on Jo-Ann's project hub, or search the hashtag #DIYforHalloween!



1. Go Potluck Style. With all the invitations, decor, set up, and stresses that come with being a party hostess, the last thing you want to worry about is feeding everyone. Make it easy on yourself and pass out dinner assignments with the invitations. We asked guests to bring "Halloween or Fall Themed Dishes," and we ended up with the most creative, delicious, and festive food!

2. Make Costumes Mandatory. When we threw the floral affair party over the summer, we everyone dress in all white, and this time we asked everyone to wear their Halloween costume. Having everyone dressed up makes the party feel cohesive and creates an ambiance that shouldn't be missed! Plus, it's fun to see everyone's creativity in their costumes -- we had some girls go all out!

3. Make a Photobooth. If you're all dressed up in costumes, give your friends a chance to show them off! Plus, who doesn't love a photobooth? We hung a fun spiderweb backdrop, and then set up the camera on the tripod and used a remote and the timer and let everyone go to town!

4. Have at least one activity. We didn't get any pictures of it, but we had a donut eating contest -- you know, where the donuts hang from string and you have to eat them with your hands behind your back? Having some kind of fun activity gets people laughing, having fun, and breaks up the party a bit so you're not just sitting and eating dinner the entire time. (At our Floral Affair we had everyone make their own floral crowns!)

5. Don't forget the music! Music is everything at parties -- it completely sets the mood and keeps any awkward silences at bay. We chose the Halloween Party Pandora Station and it was perfect. A good mix of spooky and festive tunes, and even a few jams that had everyone out of their chairs and dancing!

 Now go throw a Halloween party!!


A huge thanks to Minted for the gorgeous invitations, and to Caravan Shoppe for the perfect photo backdrop

This post was created in partnership with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores

October 20, 2014

TASSEL CHANDELIER TUTORIAL










Last week, Sara, from Tell Love and Chocolate, and I hosted a Halloween party. We'll share a full recap of the party later this week, but today we've teamed up with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft store to bring you a super cool Halloween tutorial of a project we did for the party -- a Tassel Chandelier!

Sara came up with this super cool idea and it looked amazing hanging above our long table under the twinkle lights.

My favorite thing about this project is that it's so customizable -- try different sizes of branches, or different sizes, colors, and numbers of tassels to make your chandelier completely unique. Also, they're a gorgeous fixture for above your table, like we did for our party, but you could also mount it above your fireplace, on your door in place of a wreath, on your wall, or above a door...the possibilities are practically endless!

Click through to find the super easy tutorial!

October 17, 2014

HOMEMADE HALLOWEEN: DIY DISNEY PRINCESS HALLOWEEN COSTUMES

To finish off my week of Homemade Halloween costumes, I'm super excited to show you the three adult costumes I made this year. I'm really not into dressing up for Halloween now that I have kids, but coming up with, sewing, and styling these Disney Princess costumes was SO much fun that I just might do this every year.

Plus, when I teamed up with Sara from Tell, Love, and Chocolate to throw a Halloween costume party last night, I had three costumes to choose from!

(you can see pictures from the party over on my instagram!)






Tutorials for all three princesses are over on SheKnows -- hop over and check them out


Oh, and a huge thanks to Leanne for being my Elsa model ;) 
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