We had a super fun Halloween filled with three parties in the rain and lots of trick or treating! My daughter has been eating candy all weekend. Tomorrow a bunch of it secretly goes in the trash. Do you do the same thing?
Wishing you a peaceful and bright week ahead. I'm already looking forward to Thanksgiving.
Here are 10 scary Halloween parties from our site! These parties are filled with lots of eyeballs, poisonous brews, brains, severed hands, black ravens, blood everywhere (even on cakes), and more skulls than you can image!
Given that it's Halloween today, I thought these parties would definitely put you in the mood! So start looking and getting squeamish...
Shauna Krantz from Ella and Annie Magazine, is here with a fabric hanging lights DIY that can beautifully illuminate to any holiday or room.
I first saw these fabric lights on the Land of Nod blog and fell in love. I wanted to create a mini version for my daughter’s bedrooms, the perfect night lights for bedtime: pretty, fun and enchanting.
They would add an extra special touch to your outdoor porch, balcony, or even fireplace mantel! Simple supplies, affordable to create, and fun for you and the kids! The fabric you choose can change with the seasons or coordinate with your home decor.
Set of 50 mini LED lights (this is 12.5 ft, but you can make as long as you like)
5 oz clear white plastic cups ( I got the great value brand at Walmart, set of 80)
Begin by printing the template. Cut template out and trace onto fabric. I use pencil and trace lightly the shape of the template. Depending on how many lights you bought that will be how many fabric shapes you cut out. I believe you can buy a strand of as little as 25 lights. I bought 50 which will be about 12 ½ feet of lights. Trim one end of each fabric piece with pinking shears. This will prevent the fabric from fraying.
Cut out desired amount of fabric shapes. Set aside. Grab your drill. Using a drill bit slightly smaller than the light, drill a hole in the center of the bottom of the cups. I stacked 10 + cups at a time and then drilled through the stack. See video:
Separate cups. Using foam paint brush. Brush the Mod Podge onto the entire cup except for rim and bottom. Working quickly apply first fabric piece, slowly working your way around cup. Wipe off excess glue. See video
Repeat with all cups and fabric pieces. Allow fabric to dry at least 20-30 minutes.
Attach lights to cups. Place one hand inside of cup for resistance. Gently twist light through drill hole being careful not to crack the cups. See video:
Note: if you make your drill holes too large the cups will just fall off. If you make the drill holes too small the lights will crack the cups.
Please Note: Do not leave the lights unattended or on for extended use. All children should be supervised in the crafting process and when lights are in use. Best to have an adult do the drilling step in the process.
Kristen and Missy from Sweetly Chic Events & Designs are here with a beautiful fall monogram wreath DIY. It's such a beautiful way to decorate for Thanksgiving.
We just love everything about fall; the crisp air, the changing leaves and of course, all the fabulous seasonal decor! And what better way to greet the season and your guests than with a new, stylish fall wreath!
With this simple tutorial and a few fantastic supplies, you will be on your way to welcoming the harvest with a little bit of glitz and glam!
Fall Monogram Wreath DIY
Wooden monogram (we used one by Ten23Designs but you can find a variety at your local craft store)
Foam paint brush
Miniature craft pumpkins & gourds
Hot glue gun
1. Gather your foam brush, your paint, and your monogram.
2. Carefully apply your paint to your monogram, being careful to coat well.
2. Using a small amount of hot glue, adhere your wooden monogram to your grapevine wreath.
3. Next, gather your accent details, we started with a few gold gourds and pumpkins.
4. Feel free to add an array of coordinating artificial flowers and a feather or two to add a bit of glam to your fall project!
5. Begin arranging and adhering your pumpkins, gourds, and florals with a touch of hot glue.
6. Continue arranging your festive decor until your wreath is complete.
You now have a fabulous piece of fall decor that will perfectly accentuate the coming season and all the fantastic things it has to offer!
A special thanks to Ten23Designs for supplying us with this custom monogram!
Shauna Krantz from Ella and Annie Magazine, is here with her easy holiday cookie mix party favor DIY. What a great way to give something special to your holiday guests and friends!
I learned young the art of homemade gifts from my mothers. Maybe there is some misconception about homemade gifts. You often feel you’re being cheap, right? Well I want to stop you right there!
Cheap is far from homemade. Homemade to me, means love, time, and energy. Homemade is unique. Your family and friends will not receive another gift like yours. These gifts are affordable, easy, and yummy to say the least!
What you need: (note: 2 jars, split recipe in half when adding to jars and make sure to cut butter and eggs in half when adding recipe tag to jars).
2 16 oz. mason jars or one 32 oz large jar
Fabric scraps cut
Ribbon or twine
Recipe card template
Start by cutting your fabric scraps into 5x5 or 6x6” squares (depending on size of jars you use). Set aside.
Decide how many jars you are making and in what sizes. Clean and dry thoroughly the jars.
Recipe: (adapted from Nestle)
2 1⁄4 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp powdered vanilla (like vanilla extract in powder form)
3⁄4 cup sugar
3⁄4 cup light brown sugar, packed
12 oz bag of your favorite chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, vanilla chips etc. I used butterscotch.
2 large eggs
1 cup salted butter, melted
1 cup chopped nuts ( optional )
In a medium bowl combine flour, baking soda and powdered vanilla. Mix. In a separate bowl combine sugars and mix. Tip: mix sugar with hands to remove any lumps.
Begin to layer ingredients. Start with flour. If using two jars make sure to cut ingredients in half. Next, add the sugar mixture on top of the flour. Lastly, add chocolate chips, nuts, etc.
Place the jars round lid on top. Cover with your pre-cut fabric square ( I also used pinking shears to give a pretty edge on the fabric and prevent fraying ) and screw on the cap over the fabric. Add ribbon or twine to attach the recipe card or create a pretty finished look!
I'm always looking for cute Halloween treats to serve my little guests (read: daughter and friends). So here's a roundup of some of the things I've made. I kept them all very simple so anyone (including kids) can make them. I've got cookies, pretzels, and even ice cream sandwiches all dressed up for the holiday!
Shauna Krantz, our new contributor, and the brains behind the beautiful Ella and Annie Magazine, is here with a great shabby chic ruffled wreath DIY for fall. Take it away, Shauna...
I am so excited to have created this ruffled wreath tutorial for Catch My Party! The original inspiration came from the AO at Home blog. Beautiful tutorial, however, I like a few more step-by-step details when I’m following a tutorial, so I thought I would create my own for you!
2 yards of fabric, 36-44” wide ( I used unbleached muslin)
12” wooden embroidery hoop
Ribbon (I used a glittered ribbon with wire from Offray, found at Joann’s)
Sewing machine or needle and thread
Note: on the finished sides of fabric cut the very edges and tear down sides. This way all edges of fabric have a unfinished looked.
Take your fabric and fold lengthwise in half. Do this two more times until you have 8 layers of fabric.
They will be about 4.5” wide and 72” long. On the fold cut 1⁄2”.
Begin to rip your first strip.
Take a quick look at this video to get a better idea of how to tear your layers.
Continue to tear layers until all 8 strips are complete.
Set aside 4 of your strips. With the remaining 4 we will now mark where you will sew. Take one strip and fold in half lengthwise. Use your fingernail to make a crease down the fold or you can iron the fold.
Unfold. The crease should be the middle of your strip. Using a ruler mark a half inch on each side of the crease. You do not need a special fabric pencil for this. To be honest, I always use a real pencil! Don’t use pen or marker though. Marke every few inches down the center of fabric.
Repeat for three additional strips.
Take one of the marked strips and place on top of one of the unmarked strips. Using sewing machine (faster) or needle and thread, sew in a straight line following the guides you have made. Repeat on second half of strip. You have now created a tubing for the wooden hoop. You will repeat this process until you have 4 strips with tubing.
Only using the outer hoop, slide your first set of strips onto the hoop.
It is difficult at first because of the metal piece that secures the hoop, but once you get the hang of it, they slide on super easy. Repeat with all four sets of strips.
Fasten the hoop together with provided screw.
Disperse the fabric evenly throughout the wreath.
Cut ribbon and loop around wreath. Hang your beautiful work of art! I love this wreath. It is timeless and easy, and can be made with a variety of fabric to pair with each season.