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10.30.2013

{real party} it's a spider halloween party!

I can't believe I'm actually posting about our Halloween party on a timely fashion. Considering I yet have to post about G's 1st and 2nd birthday parties, this is good! Hopefully after Halloween I'll be able to catch up. I have some parties to share and a nursery design that it's almost finished. Promise, I have good stuff to come.


We started our Halloween festivities last weekend with this little party we hosted for L and G's cousins and a few friends. L was very excited and had been talking about the party for days. G on the other hand was a little cranky that day. He didn't nap and refused to wear his costume. Fortunately I had bought him skeleton pajamas, so at least we wore that.

This party was inspired by last year's party spider cupcakes {that my sister-in-law and niece made}. For weeks I'd been brainstorming ideas but nothing popped. Then a few days before the party, while looking at some pictures of last year's party to send to Wee Westchester, I saw the cupcakes and got inspired. A Halloween spider party! I wanted to re-use most of last year's decorations but didn't want to repeat the look, so I added  purple to the black-orange-white color combo and designed a few paper goods with a spider theme.

{I've been using crepe paper streamers as a table background for almost every party I did this year, 
like this one. Really, it's so easy. And the possibilities endless. 
The pennant, paper fans and spiders on the wall are from last year}
{halloween cookies}
 {I made some spider web tags and labels to dress up the lollipops and candy containers}
 {It could not be a Halloween party without candy!}
 {I made the same face fruit platter as last year. It was quick and easy and looked good on the table}
{I found these lentil chips in Trader Joe's. My new addiction. G likes them, too. L not so much}
 {I could not think of an easiest way to dress up a table. Bottle labels}
 {I saw this napkins at Tjmaxx and how I could not buy them!}
 {I had planned to bake some cupcakes. I wanted to make spider cupcakes but I didn't have 
enough time. I know, the story of my life! So I had to run to the store to get some}
 {I found the spider web favor bags at Michael's and filled them with pop corn and chocolate chips}
 {last minute I had the idea to use a little white branch to hang a plastic spider. I don't think anyone notice but I thought it tied with the theme so well and served as the center of the table}
{this was another last minute decoration. One wall was completely empty. Somehow I remembered 
seeing this idea somewhere. One black balloon, 6 long pieces of crepe paper, a little piece of 
card stock for the eyes, tape, 2 minutes, done. This has to be the easiest, cheapest and cutest 
halloween decoration!}
 {I used the top of a bookcase, that I covered with some purple striped fabric I had,
to set up the favor bags and a game}
{I've had these purple paper bags since our wedding. I bought too many at the time and although
I have used them in other projects I still had some left. I added a simple halloween tag for
pretty favor bags}
{I had all these ideas for games, but couldn't execute on time. I resorted to last year 
"guess how many" game}
{when I covered the bookshelves that hold G's toys, it didn't occurred to me that it could serve as
a background for a photo booth. It wasn't until a cranky G stood there and I snapped a pic that I
saw it. After that I asked the kids to pose there. Some did, some didn't. You can't win all, right?}

Kids ran around, played and had treats. Besides the "guess how many", we played "musical pumpkin",  made mummies with toilet paper and had a costume contest {that L won on his category!}. I also set up a small craft table for the little kids. It was a little chaotic to be honest and probably a bit more organization with the games would have been nice, but we had a good time. And most important the kids seemed to enjoy all the craziness. 

Right after everyone left, all the boys went right to sleep, including M. Everyone was exhausted. Me? Well, someone had to clean up. But I did it happily thinking about the nice time just spent with family and friends.

Happy Halloween!

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