Posts Tagged ‘Pumpkin’

Thanksgiving Wall Decor, Hanukkah Party Ideas and Pumpkin Spice Cake in Jars

I wanted to share the posts I did for Spoonful this week...

Here's some ideas for Thanksgiving wall decor, including free printables! ThanksgivingWallDecor

Hanukkah is coming up soon, here's some lovely ideas for hosting a Hanukkah party! hanukkahparties

If you like desserts in jars, check out this recipe for pumpkin spice cake layered with cream cheese frosting!


For more party ideas and inspiration, check out all my posts on Spoonful!

Halloween Candy Chandelier DIY


Halloween candy is so fun to use as decoration. Look what I made today to hang over my Halloween buffet table... a candy pumpkin chandelier. It was so easy to make and looks so cool hanging in my dining room (although my daughter keeps trying to steal the pumpkins)!




  • Foam ring (6 inch diameter)
  • Candy pumpkins (I used  30)
  • 28 gauge wire
  • Needle
  • Black tulle cut into 2 inch strips.
  • Black ribbon

Cut 6 pieces of wire into 18-24 inches long strands. I like to vary the length of the strands.

Using a needle, poke holes into each of the candy pumpkins from top to bottom.

Tie a knot at the end of one of the pieces of wire.

Thread a candy pumpkin onto the wire.

Tie another knot in the wire about 3 inches above the first pumpkin.

Thread another candy pumpkin.

Repeat until you added 5 pumpkins to the strand. Repeat until you have 6 strands.

Tie the wires onto the foam ring.

Wrap the ring with strips of tulle until completely covered. Attach with pins or Glue Dots.

Tie ribbons onto the ring to hang.


If you've made any candy decorations for Halloween, I'd love to see them. Please email me a photo at jillian(at)catchmyparty(dot)com.

4 Favorite Parties of the Week - Oct. 6th

I love seeing your fall/Halloween parties showing up on our site! Take a look at this incredibly fun pumpkin patch painting birthday! I've also got some other birthdays to show you... a beautiful Minnie Mouse party from South Africa, a creative Peppa Pig party with great cut-out characters, and a clever Zelda 10th birthday party based on the video game!

4-favorite-parties-of-the-day-oct-6Clockwise from top left:

Can't wait to see your creativity this week!


{DIY} How I Carved These Cute Pumpkins!

Honestly, I've never been good at carving pumpkins. Mine always turn out looking so juvenile, it's a little embarrassing. :)

So yesterday I decided to try out pumpkin carving templates. I don't know why I'd never thought of this before, maybe because I thought they'd be hard and weren't worth the money. Well these I got for FREE from HP and they were super easy to use and look how awesome my pumpkins turned out!

Here's how I did it...

First I printed the templates from here. You can print them on HP Brochure and Flyer Paper so the templates are a little thicker and easier to manage.

Here's Lainey helping me choose which template to try first.

I cut off the top of the pumpkin and removed the seeds and pulp.

I taped the template to the front of the pumpkin, not worrying about making it look too perfect.

And here's the best part... Using a black ball point pen, I poked little holes in the pumpkin using the template as my guide.

When I took the paper off, I knew exactly where to cut... brilliant!

I used this pumpkin carving kit I found at Target. The little saw was the most helpful tool, but I still needed to use my small kitchen knife to get out the big chunks of pumpkin.

And here's how my first pumpkin turned out.

A little clean-up, some lit votive candles inside and... voila! My first two carved pumpkins of the year!

As Halloween gets closer I will definitely be doing this again. It's really simple and I loved the results!! After all these years, I now know the secret to a great carved pumpkin!



DIY TUTORIAL: How to Make Jeweled Pumpkins

I saw these jeweled pumpkins on Glory's blog Glorious Treats and thought they looked so elegant and expensive.

It turns out Glory created these used Martha Stewart Glitter (in onyx) and Martha Stewart Arts & Craft Glue, and that was it!


jeweled-pumpkin-diy-halloweenCheck out the whole tutorial here.

Think of all the permutations you could make with different designs and different colored glitter...

FREE Halloween Party Printables from Love Party Printables

My friend Ana from Love Party Printables, has designed another adorable set of FREE Halloween party printables for us! I'm calling this our "Boo" collection and how sweet are these little trick-or-treaters?!

The collection includes: invitations, party circles, drink flags, tented cards, a "Happy Halloween" banner, party labels, napkin rings, water bottle labels, party labels, and favor tags. There is everything you'll need to throw a fab-boo-lous (I couldn't help myself) party.





Here's what some of the files look like...


Party circles

Favor tags

Drink flags

Party labels

"Happy Halloween" banner

Thank you, Ana, for this insanely cute collection!!

To learn more about Ana, please visit her at Love Party Printables.

Need more inspiration? Check out all of our free Halloween printables and Halloween parties on our site.

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