Happy Halloween 2012

glow stick halloween treat 30 Handmade Days Eighteen25
Hope you have a rocking Halloween this year and be safe out there trick-or-treating! Here's what the boy is passing out in class today, a clever non-candy idea I found from that clever girl Mique from 30 Handmade Days at printables + Dollar Tree GID bracelets is cleverness indeed!

I know our thoughts are with our fellow Americans in New York and New Jersey battling through the aftermath of Sandy. My heart goes out to the families who have lost family and friends and I pray that those numbers don't continue to rise. New Jersey Governor Christie is kicking a*& and taking names and watching out for his peeps, and! Just like a governor should...

Tuesday Trend - Autumnal Vegetable Centerpieces

Cooler weather brings in seasonal harvest from apples and pumpkins to cabbage flowers in a glorious range of shades and colors. When it comes to a seasonal tablescape, why not look to autumn's harvest vegetables for a fresh and fabulous take?
veggie centerpieces leaf wheatgrass

Drink Of The Week - Spiked Jolly Rancher Punch

Sugar And Charm's  Spiked Jolly Rancher Punch makes my lips water! It's perfect if you have a large group coming and don't have the space for a DIY drink bar. I'm so adding this to my party to-do list! Visit her blog for the recipe.

Minted's New Party Decor

Minted party decor Christmas

My fabulous sponsor, Minted, is giving the crafty (and not so crafty) hostess the entertaining edge with their new line of decor for holiday parties, birthdays, baby showers, and other themes.

Minted party decor birthday

Every package was created and styled by indie designer and is chock full of goodies from customizable banners and party signs, to confetti, centerpieces, and favors. Plus, they are available in three pricing levels depending on how much party you want to have. In November, they'll be offering items a la carte.

I'm seriously in love with the Up, Up And Away package shown above, it's so bright and cheery! And make sure to check out the holiday parties, get everything you need to rock it out.

Free Halloween Printables/Free Shipping + Discount From Tiny Prints

Halloween Tic Tac printables

Today is a twofer of freebies! If you are STILL looking for free Halloween printables for parties and such, check out my Today's Mama round up of some of my faves, like these adorable ones from Somewhat Simple.

Tiny Prints sale plus free shipping

Tiny Prints is having a 20% OFF SITEWIDE sale plus FREE SHIPPING through next Tuesday, October 30 at 11:59pm PT. That's right!

Get on those holiday cards, address and gift labels, stat! Or get your election groove on!

 Both codes can be used: use the code OCT20SW for 20% off and code FREESHIP12 for free shpping.

BCA Wednesday - Think Before You Pink Toolkit

I wish I had received this sooner to share earlier in the month, but some pink products are available year round, so better late than never.

And disclaimer...this post is meant to inform, not to be judgey or point fingers. There are two sides to every story,  I'm just giving you a heads up!

As we all know, with anything charitable, there are those who would take advantage of the goodness of others. Buying a pink item may give you a warm feeling about contributing to a worthy cause, but paying for pink-ribbon products doesn’t necessarily mean you’re donating to breast cancer research or awareness.

Breast Cancer Action (BCAction) has created the Think Before You Pink® (TB4UP) Toolkit to provide you with useful tools for action to change the conversation about breast cancer.

Since 1990 BCAction has challenged the impact of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM). So far, the primary effect of BCAM has been to fill October with pink ribbon products to ostensibly raise awareness about breast cancer. Despite billions of dollars raised for the cause, BCAction continues to question just how far we’ve really come.

This TB4UP Toolkit is the first step in changing the conversation around breast cancer and pink ribbons. Inside, you will find information and tools to

• LEARN about the politics of breast cancer, the truth about pinkwashing, and the history of BCAction’s Think Before You Pink® campaign.

• SHARE what you learn about critical questions to ask before you buy pink, how to talk to friends and family about walks and runs, FAQs about pink fundraising, surprising answers to a Think Before You Pink® quiz, and how to effectively use social media to change the conversation.

• ACT to change the conversation by asking companies to sign the Pledge to Prevent Pinkwashing, launching your own Think Before You Pink® campaign, writing a letter to the editor, supporting legislation that will move us closer to a decrease in breast cancer diagnoses, and supporting the vast Breast Cancer Action community of women and men who want to end this epidemic.

Download your toolkit here.

Tuesday Tutorial - Witchy Craft Treat Container

And you thought you saw all my Halloween tricks for Halloweek! I couldn't wait for this one to go live. I'm thrilled to be sharing  my...if I may say so myself...very cute witchy craft treat container tutorial over on GigMasters.

Halloween With Cricut

Cricut Halloween
With Provo Craft’s line of Cricut cutting machines, you can throw a completely handmade spooky celebration that’s perfect for kids or adults. You have to go check out these two Halloween parties created with various cartridges and design software, there are so many great projects they've created like...

Drink Of The Week - Midnight Moon Apple Pie Moonshine

Midnight Moon Apple Pie Moonshine
How tasty does Midnight Moon Apple Pie Moonshine sound? That's right...old school moonshine.

I discovered this recipe from Buddha Belly when I came across their photo doing a search on apple pie cocktails.  And since I've never heard of Midnight Moon, I followed the white rabbit and also discovered  their line of fruit inclusions are hand-packed in traditional moonshine jars with real, honest-to-goodness fruit like strawberry, blackberry and cranberry.

Midnight Moonshine

Tuesday Tip (On A Friday) - Entertaining Recipes With Lucky Leaf

Lucky Leaf has a few great recipes I had the pleasure of creating this week....
First up, their Mini Cherry Pecan Pies...

It's definitely not prepared the way you would think and totally unexpected, the dough is mostly cream cheese! It does bake up nicely and since you spread the dough inside of a mini muffin tin, that's my kind of baking.

Tuesday Tip (On A Wednesday) - Half Price Shipping At Plates And Napkins

Before we get started on today's tip, it's time to announce the winner of my Downtown Tape giveaway!

Entry #152 Courtney Tucker

The winner has been emailed and has 48 hours to respond or an alternate winner will be drawn! Didn't win this time, that's ok, you know I'll always on the lookout to hook y'all up, everyone loves a freebie or a great deal.

Which leads me into today's fab sponsor Plates & Napkins is having a half price shipping deal!

BCA Wednesday (On A Monday) - Host A PINKoween Party

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and every year, I've continued  my BCA Wednesday series. My timing was really off this month, but that doesn't mean I haven't been thinking about it and I'll be back on track.  Please check out my Today's Mama post on how to throw a rocking fundraiser party or support or remember a loved one.  This printable from Frog Prince Paperie is a sobering fact we all have to remember.

Wedding Paperie Review

So in the blur that is my life, I forgot to share with y'all the adventures of my sister-in-law's wedding waaayyyy back in April. And I still do...but here's a great peek!

I was offered to review Wedding Paperie and we created the wedding announcements since it was too late to make the invitations.  I posted over on Today's Mama and shamefully forgot to mention it here. And yes, she is wearing a white was a beach wedding after all...and I love her but I hate her because well...she looks like this...and still does after her baby. Yes, the one on her lap. Yes, that baby...

Nope, I'm not bitter at all.

Fiesta Friday - Día De Los Muertos

Día De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is actually a multi day celebration. I see conflicting reports, from 3 days, October 31 to November 2 to only November 1 and 2.  But hey, any party that lasts more than a day is number 1 in my book! Plus, it's a holiday rich in tradition and folklore and has been celebrated for hundreds of years.

For those of you who celebrate or others looking for a fresh idea for their Halloween party, here are a few a few fab fiestas to get you inspired!
Dia De Los Muertos party Mirabella Creations
 This fun celebration from Mirabelle Creations features printables available for purchase.

Frankenweenie/Mad Scientist Party Ideas

Frankenweenie/Mad Scientist Halloween party ideas
Frankenweenie is out in theaters and it will be hot on the Halloween circuit this year! Check out my Today's Mama post for a few reanimated party ideas like this very clever table setting...

Washi Tape Giveaway From Downtown Tape

Downtown Tape washi tape striped rolls
All good things must come to an end...this is the last giveaway of our month+ giveaway partypalooza, and I know you will love it! Are you on the washi tape phenomenon train? There are oodles of ideas out there, take a peek back at yesterday's post...

Tuesday Trend - Washi Tape

Before we launch into today's exciting adventure...the winner of my Halloween Party In A Box giveaway...
Entry #92 - Carol Ann

The winner has been emailed and has 48 hours to respond or an alternate will be drawn!

Didn't win this time? That is ok because'll see later...
washi tape car track

Are you on the washi train yet? It is hot in the crafting and party world and there are so many amazing ideas that I just felt compelled to share a few like this ridiculously clever race track from Le Jardin De Juliete.

Rutherford Papers

Rutherford Papers logo
Let's give a big woo-hoo and welcome to my newest sponsor, Rutherford Papers! They are a online stationery boutique focused on providing quality products and exceptional service, handpicking designers to ensure that what is offered is something they can be proud of.

Rutherford Papers carries products from companies like Boatman Geller,  Devonshire Paper Company, Inviting Company and more. As their name suggest, they carry a variety of paper products from invitations for every type of celebration to announcements and everything in between. And they have a lot of in between...
Rutherford Papers holiday cards
Need custom holiday cards to carry you from Hanukkah or Christmas through New Year's? Check!
Tired of hand-addressing those many, many holiday cards out and need a custom address stamp? Check!

Rutherford Papers personalized labels and cards
Or you can coordinate your holiday cards with  holiday labels!
Does you child need thank you cards for gifts and pretty notes to send to grandmas? Check!

Rutherford Papers personalized gifts
And Rutherford Paper isn't just paper products...they have an assortment of personalized gifts like trays and ice buckets for your perfect hostess friend, or just a little pretty for yourself. They even carry custom phone cases for your SmartPhone!

Visit them for oodles more stuff and stalk them on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. Keep up with what's hot on their blog.

Drink Of The Week - Halloween Blood Bar

Paging Supermom One Charming Party Halloween Blood Bar
It gets no more awesomely clever than with the ladies of Paging Supermom's Blood Bar feature at One Charming Party.  Between the how-to's and free printables full of clever labeling, I'm seriously wanting to throw a party just to do this.  Go, stat! Check out the full party the bar is part of.

It's Halloweek!: Real Party/Fiesta Friday (On A Saturday) - Zombie Treat Table

zombie party treat table

We've been whooping it up all Halloweek and there is no better way to cap it off than with the grand reveal of my Zombie Party treat table.

It's Halloweek! Zombie Party Inspiration

Move over vampires, zombies are taking over this Halloween! I love, love, love AMC's The Walking Dead and I can't wait for the October 14 season premiere.  It inspired my zombie-themed Halloween table that premieres tomorrow, so today I'm sharing a few great ideas I came across.

Zombie Party The Walking Day party printables

The Walking Dead party table and printables from Hello My Sweet.

It's Halloweek!: Spooky Cauldrons + Frankenpops

Double, double toil and trouble
Fire burn, and caldron bubble. 
Fillet of a fenny snake 
In the cauldron boil and bake. 
Eye of newt, and toe of frog...

If you've read Macbeth, you know the famous words of the three witches. And if you are really clever, you'll   spy a few of their wretched ingredients floating in my cauldron.

It's Halloweek!: Coffin Treat Boxes

Before I launch into today's musings, it's time to announce the winner of our Monica Pedersen book giveaway!

Entry #43 - Creativities Galore 

The winner has already been emailed and has 48 hours to respond or an alternate winner will be drawn. Didn't win this time? That's ok, enter my current Halloween Party In A Box giveaway, going on now!
Wooden coffin treat boxes
What did one casket say to the other casket?
Is that you coffin? Need a cough drop?
Michaels always has the best wooden crafts and every time I go there, my mind starts reeling.  When I saw their unfinished coffin boxes, I knew they would make the perfect party treat boxes to share for Halloweek. You know what comes next, I assembled the team, including one of my new rolls of washi tape.

It's Halloweek!: Halloween Party In A Box Giveaway

Today, my ghoulish followers is my second and final Halloween giveaway.  It's October and you haven't started planning your Halloween party? {insert blood-curdling shriek!!!}

Today's ghoulish giveaway is a Halloween Party In A Box for you..this box actually! A little something from me to you and one of you will all of this...

{insert ominous organ music)

It's Halloweek!: Severed Finger Party Invites

Yeah! It's Day 2 of Halloweek! Did you catch Martha's drink shots last time? Today is about getting your party started right. I can't say it enough, I love a clever invite.

I've had these Paper Source muslin bags for awhile and paired with my stamp, I knew they'd make great invites. But what to put inside...
Halloween severed fingers party invite
When I saw these severed fingers at Dollar Tree, it was a done deal.  Pretty gross right? That's not real blood on the bag, just colored water drops. Just write the info on with a Sharpie and invite your guests to bring their bags back to fill with candy and treats at your party.
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