DEAR READERS AND NEW VISITORS....MY BLOG IS HAVING A FEW TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES,THE CIRCLE WITH THE DASH WHERE A PHOTO SHOULD BE. I AM SLOWLY GOING BACK RELOADING THEM!

10.30.2009

Fiesta Friday - Halloween Fiestas

Tomorrow is Halloween, so today we'll celebrate with some inspiring parties, decor and treats from around the Web...
Halloween Sweet and Saucy cupcake

A finger-lickin' good cupcake from My Sweet and Saucy.

Halloween Kara's Party Ideas

Kara's Party Ideas' chic Halloween dinner.

Eddie Ross black candy buffet

Eddie Ross black doilies

A inspiring candy buffet and cocktail party in black, both from Eddie Ross.

FrankenmellowsI could plan a Monster Mash around these Frankenmellows from Flickr user Matthew Harris.

Halloween Fantasy Celebrations

A Halloween affair from Fantasy Celebrations (photo via HWTM)

Halloween Party Box

I love these candy jars from Party Box Designs...large vases are so versatile.

Halloween Pirate Party

Even though this is a Pirate birthday party, it still makes a perfect Halloween theme.

10.29.2009

Ecostore Giveaway Winner!

And the winner is .... jeffsgal212...please email me so I can give them your info to claim your prize! Congrats and thanks for playing!

10.28.2009

BCA Wednesday - Fight With Style

Style Network Fight With Style


Partnered with City Of Hope, check out Style Network's Fight With Style, chockful of informative goodies like how to make a tender-loving-cancer-care (TLCC) kit for the woman in your life fighting breast cancer and a breast health checklist. And did you know there is a new way to do your self breast-exam? I certainly did not, and I have just justified the many wasted hours sitting here in front of my computer.

10.27.2009

Tuesday Tutorial - Monster Eyeball Cookies/Monster Slime/Monster Treats

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY OF MY ECOSTORE GIVEAWAY!!!

It's a monster of a post today! Remember Friday's Monster Mash Bash? I'm sharing how I made the eyeball cookies; and I received a few emails asking about our Monster Slime, so I'll throw that in too! What's great about all today's projects, they are super-easy to do, especially for last-minute treats and activities.

We'll kick off with last-minute cuteness for classroom parties. We can't bring homemade goods to school, so I (in my mind!!!) am always pressed for something unique to bring in. A sale over the weekend on on FrankenBerry and BooBerry cereal was too good to resist. A stash of cello bags and Halloween scrapbook paper has brought forth special treats for our parties this week....

FrankenBerry treat bags
Eyeball Cookies
1 can of store-bought vanilla frosting
your favorite sugar cookie dough (mine was a store-bought kit that makes 15)
green icing color or food coloring (optional; you can have white eyeballs)
Life Savers Gummies - Wild Berries
mini chocolate chips
red writing icing
cooling rack
wax paper

unfrosted Monster Eyeball cookies1. Roll cookie dough into balls about the size of ping-pong balls. My recipe had the baking temp down to 325 for 18-24 minutes; the lower temp is needed to keep the cookies from flattening out, and tweak the baking time accordingly.

frosting Monster Eyeball Cookies2. Lay a sheet of wax paper under cooling rack to catch your frosting; once your cookies are cool, melt frosting in the microwave for 25-40 seconds until it is the consistency of heavy cream and flows easily over cookies. I used a microwave-safe glass measuring cup to make life easier.

3. Let frosting cool, about 10-15 minutes and remove cookies with a spatula.

Monster Eyeball cookies4. Using the red icing, start from the center of the cookie (so there is enough frosting to keep the candy on) to draw your veins, add a mini chocolate chip to the Life Saver and add to cookie.

Monster Slime
Monster Slime ingredientsNote - I like to make a big bottle of the borax solution and keep it in the fridge so we are ready for slime anytime! Borax can be found in the laundry department of your favorite grocery or box store.

The ratio is one tablespoon of borax per cup of water. Mix well until almost all the borax is dissolved. It's a tricky bugger, with a few flakes left on the bottom, since unless you have like all day to shake it up, there is always a little borax that doesn't dissolve.

Oh yeah, wash your hands before and after playing with slime and in a Ziploc bag in the fridge, it will keep forever. And oh yeah, this is NOT edible.

This recipe makes 1 individual batch of slime
1/4 cup white glue
1/4 cup water
concentrated liquid watercolor (found mine at Michael's, but I think food coloring would work too)
Popsicle stick
Monster Slime glue/water1. Mix glue and water.

Monster Slime glue/water/color2. Add a few drops of color into the glue solution and mix well.

Monster Slime solution3. Slowly add your borax solution while stirring until you get a nice gelatinous mass.

Monster Slime 24. Here's the best part - reach in and pull the mass out and start kneading and squeezing it like bread dough. In a few moments you will have a nice blob that looks like play dough, but will be nice and oozy when you stop playing with it.

finished Monster SlimeTrust me, you will love it!
Entertain Exchange

10.26.2009

Free Halloween Downloads

Down to the Halloween party wire? Check out these free downloads....

Pumpkin Petunia Halloween download...Pumpkin Petunia's download has cupcake toppers, note sheets and treat bag stickers....

Accent The Party Halloween download...Accent The Party also has cupcake toppers and matching napkin holders....

Babalisme Halloween download...Babalisme's has a Halloweenie dress-up for boys and girls...

Olie Bollen Halloween download...Oliebollen has an iron-on decal to dress up a t-shirt or treat bag...

Phyllis Hoffman Celebrates Halloween download...Phyllis Hoffman Celebrates has masks for yourself or your pumpkin....

In Good Company Halloween download...In Good Company has blood type labels.

10.25.2009

Drink Of The Week - Halloween Drink Garnishes

Today's D.O.W. isn't a drink recipe, instead, we'll take a peek at some fab ways to make even an ordinary drink supremely divine.
Halloween garnish ideasUse strawberry or raspberry puree to add streams of "blood" down the sides of the glass for light hued drinks or drizzles of blood-red grenadine down the sides of the glass for milk-based drinks. Irish cream curdles as a reaction to this lime-based beverage, creating realistic strands of "brain." Don't let the simplicity of gummy worms fool you; floating in a foamy drink, they are a Halloween classic.
Halloween fruit garnishesHead to the produce section for these creations! A spooky clementine pumpkin is a little labor-intensive but worth the effect. Go batty for these garnishes, but don't serve to your vegan friends. I heart the bedeviled skewer...slipping in the nutrition and coolness factor is perfect. Bug your guests with this maraschino cherry and lime creation.

Need more inspiration? Check out my post with a link to a fab broomstick tutorial; last year's post is chock full of ghastly garnish gems.

10.23.2009

Fiesta Friday/Real Party - Monster Mash Bash

Monster Mash Bash pennantSo, last year's Mad Scientist's Lab Halloween party was a bit much, so I've decided to alternate my holiday parties, so this year small Halloween party, big Christmas party. I fell in love with Target's Monster Mash line, so I let that be my inspiration.
Monster Mash Bash room
monster mash Bash centerpiece
Monster Mash Bash monster fingersEveryone loved the Monster Fingers.
Monster Mash Bash party bagsYou know I love to decorate paper bags. These are filled with themed pencils, glowsticks, vials filled with gummy body parts and these comp books (clearanced for dirt cheap after the Back-To-School rush) I covered with scrapbook paper.

These fun monster pillows from Oriental Trading make new friends, especially inspiring while watching Pixar's Monsters, Inc. Monster Mash Bash pillow table
Monster Mash Bash pillows
How cute are these eggs? Perfect for our Monster Egg Hunt!Monster Mash Bash monster eggs
Monster Mash Bash egg hunt


And the party couldn't be complete without making monster cupcakes!
Monster Mash Bash slimeWe also made our infamous Monster Slime, although once again, no damn pictures because it gets pretty messy, and I'm am the Slime Control Supervisor. That just means I'm too busy making sure everyone's slime comes out right because I'm adding the borax solution to each bowl. Too much makes a gooey mess, so all I have to show is the end result...
Monster Mash Bash piped cupcakes
Monster Mash Bash trick or treat bag
Monster Mash Bash eyeball cookiesFor my second Monster Mash Bash, we made monster trick or treat bags. I made the cupcakes instead, and needed something to do with all the frosting, so I covered cookie balls and made these cute Monster Eyeball Cookies. Come back for my next Tuesday Tutorial and I'll clue you on how to make them, they are perfect as a last-minute party treat!

10.22.2009

Tuesday Tip (On A Thursday) - Giveaway Love

Ecostore giveawayOK, maybe you all didn't see my giveaway on Tuesday? $25 worth of free stuff? Hello? Anyone?

And here are a few more to spur you into the "I Wanna Win Free Stuff Mode"

Beau-Coup favor giveawayHalf-Baked is hosting a $75 Beau-Coup favor giveaway; I heart all their stuff!

Oh Baby! is giving away a $30 Michael's gift card (thanks Chris @ Celebrations at Home for the the heads up!)....

Rose's Heavenly Cakes giveawayCupcakes Take The Cake is giving away two copies of Rose's Heavenly Cakes full of fabulous cakes, cupcakes, the works and are teaming up with Reynolds for a pack of Halloween baking foils and cups!

Fancy Fortune Cookie giveawayA giant fortune cookie from Fancy Fortune Cookie is just what you need, right? Go over to The Bewitchin' Kitchen and check them out.

Halloween DIY giveawayFor those of you handy with a sewing machine, win a $50 bundle of Halloween e-book downloads full of every DIY Halloween project possible over at Designs by Vanessa.

Enter for a chance to a $2000 modern nursery from 2Modern.