We had a great time hosting a Halloween party for Olivia and her friends this weekend. You know I love a good party – and I love Halloween! It has always been one of my favorite holidays. I hope by having fun get togethers for Halloween that Olivia will grow to love this holiday too. She is intrigued by the thought of Halloween this year. She is starting to get the idea, but not really sure what to make of it. She loves asking people what are they going to be for Halloween.
Ok – let’s get to the party!
I made the invitations. I found the picture of the witch in the cauldron online and I just loved it. The font is called CRACKED and it is perfect for Halloween. I decorated the envelopes with stickers from A.C. Moore. And believe it or not- they stayed on even being delivered through the mail! (Yes – I asked people when they RSVPed!)
I used the same image and font for the menu cards – which I printed on labels then affixed them to some YUM Halloween cardstock. I attached plastic spiders with glue dots for a little something extra spooky!
Healthy Halloween Snack Ideas I got right from Pinterest… I wanted healthy options for the kids at the party – and I found all of these creative ideas right on Pinterest. All were incredibly easy to make – and were show stoppers at the party! I joked with my guests that I feel that I was more creative before Pinterest! I used to think about how to make parties creative – now I cheat and just search it or google it. It’s like Cliff Notes! (showing my age with that reference!)
We had three “bars” at the party. A kids’ bar complete with fun plastic cups with googly eyes, orange and black striped straws and soda with Halloween bottle liners. Martha Stewart has printables for these bottle liners that you can DIY and craft and make really cute – or you can do what I did and buy these from Party City and just peel the stickers and slap them on the bottles! The two adult bars were a witches’ cauldron full of “brew” and a Hot Butter Cider station.
Here is my delicious recipe for Hot Buttered Cider:
I gallon apple cider, 1/3 cup brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, allspice, cloves, 1 ½ cups rum, butter, apple slice
Heat cider, rum, brown sugar and spices in a pan on the stove. Keep warm throughout the party. Pour in a cup, add a pat of butter and a cinnamon stick.
1 (16 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 (5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
1 (15 ounce) can solid pack pumpkin
cinnamon and nutmeg
In a large bowl, mix together instant vanilla pudding mix, pumpkin and spices. Fold in the thawed frozen whipped topping. Chill in the refrigerator. Serve with Vanilla wafers and Ginger Snap cookies.
Green Sparkle Pumpkin Centerpiece from Target. Olivia picked it out! I also used pumpkin erasers to help decorate the table.
I took all of these pics before guests arrived and then was so caught up in having fun at the party – I didn’t take any pictures of all the cute kids in costume! But we had a range of adorable outfits: Ladybug, Mouse, Pop Star, Princess Fairy, Iron Man, Rapunzel, and Minnie Mouse. They did a fun holiday craft of painting trick-or- treat goody bags and making paper bag pumpkins and witch faces.
No party is complete without party favor bags, with matching labels and stickers. Gift bags included candy, Halloween stickers and bookmarks, pencils, game booklets, plastic spiders, and topped off with more candy!
Thank you to everyone who came out to Olivia’s Halloween party! We had a great time and hope you did too!
Happy Halloween everyone!
I love making corn muffins in the fall. I like them to be a little bit sweeter so they can also serve as a dessert.
Here is my corn muffin recipe:
1 cup of corn meal, 1 cup of flour, 1/2 cup of sugar, 3 teaspoons of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 cup of oil, 2/3 cup of milk, 2 eggs beaten. Preheat oven to 400 degrees, combine corn meal, flour, sugar and baking powder. Mix oil, egg and milk together before adding to the dry ingredients.
Bake in a greased cupcake tin or use cupcake liners for 20 – 25 minutes.
I used Meri Meri Happy Harvest Cupcake Decorating Kit. It was from last year and I don’t see it on the website this year, but there are still a lot of different cute options. Of course I loved this one since it included owls!
Here is the plate of muffins I made for Back to School Night at Olivia’s school.
I also made pumpkin cookies. These turned out delicious. Maybe because I didn’t really make them – Betty Crocker did! Here is the prepackaged mix I used: Betty Crocker Pumpkin Spice Cookie. Just add water and butter!
I made the cookies the night before and stored them overnight in the fridge. I put them in a tightly sealed tupperware container with a piece of bread. I took them out about an hour before bringing them to back to school night. They were still soft!
Both of these are very easy – hope you try them out! Let me know if you do and what you think. These are both a big hit in my house. We are very close to the 500th comment – so if you want to win a prize – leave a comment below.
Happy Fall Treats!
Happy Wednesday – you have made it to midweek – the weekend is almost here. I’m glad to be back at My Color-Coded Life after a minor and successful surgery. I’m back on the mend and feeling good. The back -to – school time is in full swing as kids are entering their third and fourth weeks back. Fall is the universal “get organized, get systems in place” time of year. That’s very true in my household right now!
Do you ever have a situation where you have a big organization project to do and you just don’t have time to tackle it all? So it will sit there – all piled up, in an awful mess? Today’s Helpful Hump-day Hint is a half-step solution to this problem!
Don’t have time to do a full-room top to bottom organizational overhaul (even if the room needs it?)
HHH#1 - Use over the door shoe organizer to hold objects that are not shoes and begin to organize a space.
I have not had time to fully unpack and set up my crafting area in my new house. And it has been driving me crazy! I would say – I can’t set that up yet because… enter a million excuses here … I want a different craft table, I want to redo the dresser that is going to house all my craft supplies, we need to paint the room (after removing the wallpaper)…the list of excuses could go on and on. So as a “quick fix,” I got an over-the-door shoe organizer and put in as many craft supplies as I could. This unpacked several boxes, cleared drawer space for paper supplies, and cleared two surfaces so now I can actually do some work!
Here it is:
(check out the crazy striped wall paper! You will see that come down in a reveal post one day!)
These is an inexpensive one from WalMart. I bought two more for the two hall closets too. I splurged and bought a more expensive one from Bed Bath and Beyond – the Real Simple Multi-pocket organizer for my basement door. Larger pockets and comes with labels. Woo- hoo! I love labels!
How are you getting organized as you get back into your routines?
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Thanks for reading and Happy Hump-day!
Happy Friday everyone and happy last weekend of summer. I hope whatever plans you have for this long weekend will be relaxing and peaceful before the air starts to cool, the coffee turns pumpkin flavored, and the kids get on the school buses!
Here are all the things I am loving this week!
On TV -
Sidebar – has Louis gone off the deep end??
On the Computer -
On the sales rack -
In the kitchen -
On my Twitter Feed -
For the kids -
What are some of your favorite things this week? How are you organizing for fall? Leave me a comment and let me know. I had a great summer and I hope you did too. As always, thanks for reading. Have a great Labor Day weekend everyone!
It’s been five months since we moved into our new house and we have made a lot of progress. I haven’t done any reveal posts yet simply because I haven’t felt like any one room is really done. But then I realized — this is me! I will never think anything is done — so get on and show off what we have accomplished so far!
The most “done” room at this point is our dining room. Let’s remember what it looked like when we bought the house.
So there was a lot to do! Strip all the wallpaper and borders, paint the walls, remove chair rail and paint that, remove the mirrors and wooden shutters… the list goes on! The wallpaper was SO hard to get off in this room! It was really stuck on there. I made me seriously consider – could I live with this?? But alas – we got it all down!
So here is what our dining room looks like now ….drumroll….imagine Niecy Nash of Clean House is about to pull off your blindfold…
We painted the walls a pale yellow and the trim and chair rail a bright white. We removed the mirrors and the wooden storm doors.
We actually kept the green on the butler door to the kitchen – not sure if it will stay forever – I am trying it out!
We installed two wooden shelves to the left of the patio doors.
Under the shelves is an antique wooden desk for Olivia (mine from my childhood.) The small wicker bin next to the ice box has all of her arts & crafts supplies for when she wants to draw at her desk.
We also removed the wooden shutters off the window. Still on the to-do list – hang the broom (the one Larry and I jumped at our wedding) over entrance to the living room. The big wicker basket under the window is filled with Olivia’s play food and toy kitchen items, because this is not a magazine shoot, I actually live here, and I have a toddler who has more stuff than you can even imagine!
After living in our house for a few months, I realized that I was always using my laptop at the dining room table. It is a great place to spread out all of my things – whether bill paying, blogging, or doing things for work. I began to think that maybe I wanted my desk to be in the dining room. Then I remembered this old bookcase and thought – this will be great for all my cookbooks and the larger shelf in the middle can serve as a work station. So this is where I keep my laptop, magazines, and my home organizational binder. Everything is right at my finger tips and easy to move to the large table when I work.
When I placed the bookcase in the corner, I immediately remembered the cover to one of my HGTV magazines. I think I want to redo this bookcase like this one. What do you think?
What’s still left to do in this room?
A curtain for the window (maybe a yellow gingham one I have from Olivia’s nursery), wall switch plates for the light switches (I saw beautiful ceramic ones at the Philadelphia Art Museum – but they were quite pricey), hang a few more pictures, with a few lower on the wall near Olivia’s desk so she can see some art at her eye level, and possibly redoing that bookcase.
What do you think? This is my first “reveal” post so I hope you like it! Leave me a comment and let me know!
Happy Friday + one day, or as it is commonly known, Saturday! It was my wedding anniversary yesterday, so I published a special post and saved my usually weekly My Friday Favorites post for today.
Let’s jump right in and talk about what I am loving this week!
On the Page -
On the Computer -
On my Pinterest Board – I’ve been toying with the idea of painting one piece of furniture in my bedroom turquoise, maybe the dresser, or wardrobe, or vanity … here are some inspirations I have seen on Pinterest while I mull over this idea!
as seen on JOYWORKS
as seen on Simply Chic Treasures
as seen on Absolute Sunday
On the sales rack -
Of course once I am on the Better Homes and Gardens website – it is a huge slippery slope – I can click away for hours! I landed on this article Colorful Kitchen Cabinets. I LOVE the idea of cabinets with color — but I always wonder if once I do it – will I like it? I have to be realistic – how often will my kitchen look like these pics? It’s just like the no-doors-on-the cabinets idea or open shelving. These look GORGEOUS in the magazines with all of the beautiful matching white china lined up. But how good will it look with my Dora the Explorer plastic cups?
Here are two kitchens that did catch my eye.
On the Wish List -
For the kids -
I noticed that there was an aqua/blue/turquoise theme to my favorites this week – so I made a new My Friday Favorites logo – what do you think? It still goes with my apple green world – but a nice beach-y look for August I think! (I even wore a turquoise dress out last night and I have a turquoise pedicure. So I guess I am loving the color turquoise this week, too!)
Those are my favorites this week. What are some of your favorites? Leave me a comment and let me know. As always, thanks for reading. Have a great weekend everyone!
Happy 5th Anniversary to my husband Larry – here we are through the years!
Here’s to many more years together! xoxo
*I will publish my usual Friday post, My Friday Favorites, tomorrow.*
Believe it or not there are only two more weekends until Labor Day weekend. This makes me sad! I love summer. Everything seems to slow down and it gives you time to just relax. Fall is a season I love too though, and to make lemonade out of lemons it is also nice to get back to routines! I am making three master lists of what I would like to accomplish as these precious summer weekends wind down
HHH#1 - Make a list of anything left we want to do with Olivia this summer. Museums, Day Trips, Parks, Playgrounds – what did we do already that she loved and want to do one more time (she asks every single time we get in the car if we are going to Sesame Place… I’m serious – every time, can you imagine her disappointment when we pull up to the grocery store??), What places have we not gotten to yet and want to try out. Next cross reference this list to our calendars and pencil in the events!
HHH#2 - Make a back to school list for Olivia and a “Back to the Grind” list for Larry and I. This will absolutely entail a trip to Staples (one of my fav stores! Colorful markers and binders and post-it notes!) Olivia is staring pre-school so we got her first supply list.
HHH#3 - It’s Google Calendar time! Time to make sure all of our ducks are in a row, babysitters confirmed, activities in place, social calendar blocked off, and a master house-to-do list timeline. We have taken it easy from home renovations this summer, but we want to get back on track to have some more rooms redone by the holidays. We will be planning and programming the months of September – December. I am hoping this fall will include a 40th (!) birthday party for me, a Halloween party for Olivia, and some sort of holiday open house. Time to get the party planning juices flowing and inspirational folders going!
For more on how my family manages our Google Calendar – check out this post: How to Keep Track of Your Schedule.
How are you getting organized for the fall? Leave me a comment with a helpful hump-day hint!
I think I have attended my last Bridal Shower! (Except for my nieces and next generation bridal showers) So what does that mean? Bring on the baby showers I guess!! But if it was my last one of my generation – it was a very elegant one to end with. My friend, Angela, who I made the Bridal Survival Kit for (read about it here: A Bridal Survival Kit) had a beautiful bridal shower. Her Maid of Honor and Bridesmaid did a wonderful job creating a fabulous event for her.
Here are some of the things I thought made the day extra special:
Vintage Family Wedding Photos
Wine for All Occasions Gift
For example – your first fight.. ha ha!
Beautiful Dessert Table
Delicious Red Velvet Cupcakes – individually wrapped with lace – gorgeous!
Personalized Wine bottles – with a picture of Angela and her soon-to-be-hubby! (My friend Leigh won a bottle with her awesome shower games skills.)
Wine and Dessert. Yummy, right?
and a beautiful Bride-to-Be!
Congrats Angela (and her amazing bridal party for a top-notch event), can’t wait for the wedding!