Fab Friday – FREE Halloween Printables

There is still time to download and print some fun Halloween goodies!  I’ve found a few FAB free printables for you this week…

From The Sweetest Occasion, some super cute labels and an invite, and candy wrapper:



From Bargain Briana, “mustache” halloween cards for your kids to give to their friends… or for YOU to give to YOUR friends!



And some “Boo” printables from Designs by Miss Mandy… love them!

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Halloween Fun!

We’ve got just over a week to finish Halloween preparations and put up any last minute decor… are you ready?  I’ve got a few ideas for you today to enhance your Halloween fun!

From Rachel Ray, 36 different Pumpkin decorating designs!!  Check out the slideshow of ideas to create the most fun pumpkins ever!


And also from Rachel Ray, 25 MORE wacky and adorable ways to decorate your pumpkins! Many are no carve pumpkin decorations!



From BHG, some fab DIY Halloween crafts for making your treats extra special!  LOTS of great DIY here!




From I Wash, You Dry… a seriously cute idea for Halloween Marshmallow Pops!  I LOVE THESE!! Terrific Halloween treats to make with kids!


And from Listotic, a slideshow of 16 awesome homemade Halloween decorations!  Using items you already have (mostly), some GREAT ideas for decorating, with or without the kids!



FREE Halloween Printables

I have some fun FREE printables links for you today – and they just happen to be Halloween printables for all your party and Halloween plans!  Check ’em out…

From Finding My Aloha, some super cute owl, pumpkin and bat printables:

From Catch My Party, several favor tags and party printables, in fun Halloween themes and colors:

And from Paper Squid, some simple but super cute cupcake topper printables:

Even More Halloween Party Planning!

We’ve already talked about Halloween Party Planning HERE… and HERE… but there are just SO MANY great ideas out there, we are talking about it again!  Are you ready for some fabulous inspiration?  Here we go!

From Better Homes and Gardens, a BUNCH of great Halloween cake ideas.  All easy to do, and fun for all ages! Make sure you scroll through ALL 18 Halloween cake pictures!

If there weren’t enough cake decorating ideas in the last post, check out this one from the Cooking Channel…. a detailed how to make a SPIDER cake!

Looking for a wreath for your front door?  Check out this one from all things simple.  Her original DIY post is for a red wreath, but you can easily use orange to make it, and add the spider, as shown below. Her tutorial is “How to make a Halloween Wreath 101”:)

And for some ADORABLE party favor/treats, visit How Does She for a tutorial on making these Halloween Cookie Pops:  She gives step-by-step instructions on how to make oreo cookie sucker pops that I’m sure you’ll use again and again depending on the holiday or event.

HGTV.com has a post with 21 different favor and Halloween game ideas for your next Halloween party.  Here is one of my favorites:

And finally, from Cookies and Cups, check out this DIY tutorial for making Witches Broom Cupcakes.  Wait til you see how the broom is made – *genius*!

We may have ONE more Halloween post coming next week… Until then… BOO!

How to Carve a Pumpkin – FREE stencils and ideas

Did you know you can get FREE pumpkin carving stencils?  Click on over to BHG and check out all their stencils and tutorials for making YOUR Halloween Pumpkin the BEST on the BLOCK!

Do you have plans for your pumpkin yet?  Share your carving ideas or tips in our comments!

More Halloween Party Planning

We had SO much fun with the last Halloween Party Planning post, we decided to do one (or two) more posts with Halloween ideas!  Here is our next installment of Halloween Party Planning!

For a super cute favor or party snack, check out these Pumpkin Rice Crispy Treats, from the High Heeled Hostess:

Remember the Dracula teeth from the last post?  Here is another tutorial for an even SCARIER mouthy Halloween snack, from the Food Network:

Need a wreath for the front door?  Check out this SO fun tutorial for making Animal Eyes Halloween Wreath, from Crafts Unleashed.  Super simple, but OH SO effective with the “Boo” effect.

And what about a party game or two?  Get FREE Printable Halloween Bingo card sets from Makoodle – SO fun!

My boys are OBSESSED with Mummies, and you can bet I will be serving these Halloween Mummies from Our Best Bites this year!  Perfect party food!  (Be sure to click through and see a few MORE great ideas for Halloween Party Food too!)

And one more idea for the decoration category… lawn ghosts!  Save On Crafts offers a super easy tutorial, with just a few items… for a VERY spooky effect!

Be sure to check back again soon… as we will have at least one more Halloween Party Planning post before Halloween!  If you have any great ideas, or posts we can feature, we’d love to hear from you!

Fall Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

Way, WAY back in the day, I was a fall baby… and so was my younger brother.  Through the years, my mother planned quite a few fall birthday parties.  Searching for inspiration for today’s post brought it all flooding back!

First up… the PUMPKIN cake!

Here is a quick recipe for a pumpkin shaped cake:

But, maybe that isn’t quite pumpkin-y enough?  How about this one, from Stonewall Kitchen?

AND… look what I found!  A pumpkin shaped  cake pan set from amazon:

So… fall party pumpkin cake, check.

On to goodie bags and favors!  An adorable owl goodie bag, from babble.com:

How about some OWL S’mores… OH yea!  (from The Savvy Moms Guide, who, by the way, has quite a few fun ideas for a Thanksgiving theme party):

For tons of inspiration, I recently found (and fell in love with) Hostess with the Mostess.  One of the features that I can’t get enough of is the photo album section – party planners (and moms) can upload their party photos into albums for all to see!  When searching, I found this ADORABLE Rustic Fall party album.  Check out the fun (and funny!) “rotten pumpkin teeth” goodie bags:

And you simply MUST LOOK at all the photos from this elegant Halloween or Thanksgiving party album (again, from Hostess with the Mostess) including the stunning autumn cake below:

I’m so inspired to have a fall party… it’s just too bad my kids’ birthdays are in March and April!

Last Minute Halloween Printables, Easy Halloween Decor, and More!

It’s almost here… Halloween!  My kids have been counting down the days since October began, so other than getting a couple more bags of candy (to replace the candy we are bound to eat this weekend), my family is pretty much ready for the 31st.

Even so, I couldn’t help looking around for some last-minute ideas for Halloween crafting and celebrating and Halloween party planning.  I was specifically looking for last-minute Halloween printables to keep the kids busy while we wait impatiently for Monday, but I found…oh, so much more!  Check it out…

Adorable Pretzel Skeleton Homemade Halloween Treats perfect for the school party:

Candy Corn Parfait, from BakedBree.com:

Easy Halloween Cupcakes, from What the Fruitcake: (SO cute)

And check out these amazing candle holders… they are APPLES!  Perfect for the harvest party decor:

Speaking of candles, I am SO in love with these Frosted Glass Candle Holders for fabulous and easy Halloween decor… read HOW to make them HERE:

I couldn’t pass up sharing the next photo.  Talk about a simple way to decorate the house with mini-pumpkins.  DIY jack-o-lanterns, made out of ORANGES!

I promised printables, didn’t I?  Well, how about these free Halloween Printable Silhouettes from No Biggie:

AND…these Halloween treat bag toppers from Blooming Homestead:

Yeah, I just THOUGHT I was ready for Halloween.  How about you?

Happy Thursday, everyone!

Wednesday Whimsy – Halloween edition

Probably because I have small children, I am often attracted to the whimsical in life.  (Maybe it’s because I have very WHIMSICAL small children). (Are all small children whimsical, or just mine?) (I probably should stop writing this post in parentheses).

Where was I?  Oh yes… over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been surfing around Pinterest looking at Halloween costumes, fun Halloween crafts and decorations, Halloween sweet treats and Halloween cookies, Halloween printables… well, all things Halloween.  I found myself pinning the whimsical and sweet, versus the scary and gory. (Again, the small children affect this decision, I’m sure).  I think there is room in a Diva’s life for whimsy, so here are a few fun things I found.


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MORE cute:

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LOVE these: (click HERE for quick tutorial on how to make them)

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I will be making some of these FOR SURE:

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My nine year old was a mummy last year, and plans to be one again this year. I don’t THINK he is too old to appreciate these mummy cupcakes:

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Sugary AND Salty Broomsticks.. not sure about eating them, but I LOVE the look. You can read the tutorial HERE.

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And I couldn’t end a post without SOME form of pumpkins! These aren’t pink, but I think it’s a VERY clever idea… you can click HERE to read the tutorial on making your own photo pumpkins:

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Happy Wednesday, folks!

Thrifty Thursday – Halloween Decorating

The other day a friend asked me if I was all ready for Halloween, and if I was done decorating.  And then she launched into a story about how she and her husband use the Halloween pumpkin decorations for both Halloween AND Thanksgiving by simply turning the jack-o-lanterns around after the 31st.  Apparently besides all the pumpkins they use INSIDE, they also have a 5 foot jack-o-lantern that sits outside… with his toothy grin showing until the day after Halloween… and then he sits backwards through Thanksgiving.

I blinked a few times as she spoke, and realized (quietly in my own head)… I don’t really do that well when it comes to decorating OR preparing for Halloween.

In an effort to do a better job THIS year, I’ve been scouring the Internet and bloggy world and Pinterest, looking for cute… inexpensive… easy… ideas!

You want to see what I found, right?

From HGTV.com, a tutorial on how to make these adorable peek-a-book pumpkins:


Table of Treats idea, from Gordon Gossip.  She used a photo from Good Housekeeping as an inspiration, and explains how to re-create it!

Monogram Pumpkin Tutorial, from the Butlers blog.  We have been painting pumpkins pink around here, but I think I’m just as in love with these white monogrammed pumpkins.

Halloween Flowers, from One Charming Party.  Talk about a fabulous look!  She details the individual flower arrangements, so be sure to click through to see more!

And as I look back through these photos (and the other links I bookmarked but didn’t share), I realize I’m a white and black Halloween kind of girl.  Over half of my links show classy black-and-white decorations! Maybe next week I’ll share the few COLORFUL Halloween decorating ideas I found.

What are YOU doing to decorate for Halloween this year?