...I know, Halloween is so done right now. But I want to share my thoughts and photos anyway.
I really enjoy using pinterest to get ideas for holidays and parties. One rule I have for pinterest is to never pin anything that I can't recreate or afford (in the short term, anyway). I don't want pinterest to be a fantasy wish list, I want it to have real things that I can make or do or buy or decorate.
For Halloween I came up with a lot of ideas.
The first thing I wanted was some sort of garland for the ceiling between the kitchen and dining room. I also knew I wanted to hang tissue paper pom poms, which I found a pack of three by Martha Stewart for $3 at TJ Maxx, score! I hung those over the island and they are still there. I'm hoping to keep them up through Thanksgiving and then replace them with something more Christmasy.
I got my Bat Garland idea from here. I used her template and spent an afternoon cutting out bats from cardstock I bought on Amazon. I'm really happy with how this turned out.
The inspiration is on the left, mine is on the right for these collages.
I used this site for the cake and the toppers. I tried using her pdf as a stencil but it was very intricate so I tried printing it on black cardstock and it left a shadow so I could cut the bats out that way. I was not easy attaching tiny paper bats to super thin wire when you have 2 hours before your party and you haven't showered or started cooking dinner (shaky hand syndrome) and the cats are like "oh, toy!" so keep that in mind. I had the bats cut out in advance and I should have gone ahead and glued them to wire. Also I'm not a neat cake person. I don't like leveling cakes especially when it was obvious I was missing a couple layers to match my inspiration cake. I used a cake box for the cake but made the frosting homemade. Next time I'd do it all homemade, it was lacking for me.
For my tablescape I really fell for the matte black pumpkin from here. I actually first used chalk paint and then ordered a sample pot of seriously matte black paint hoping for a more matte effect. In the end I could not obtain what I was looking for. This was a fail and because I went with the sample pot I spent more money that I would have liked on this project.
I don't know how I found this bouquet but I really liked the white flowers with the black feathers. I found a feather at Michaels and used grocery store roses. They have since really opened up and look even more stunning. I got the vase from TJ Maxx. The pumpkins are $2 from Target but I spent like $15 on paint like an idiot.
The party was not, it was one of our greatest parties. I made Jambalaya and it was so good. We had nine people total gathered around our little table and we had more trick-or-treaters than ever before and all the kids wore costumes! It's always really upsets me when kids can't afford trick-or-treat costumes. We almost ran out of candy!
I hope your Halloween was wonderful too.