Sunday, October 17, 2010

Pumpkin Party Recap...

















I have to say, I was a bit wigged out about having this party as I can get anxious and stressed easily. I am so glad I got over it and had this party as it was so much fun and it wasn't hard as I tried really hard to do a little each day leading up to the party. Not saying I didn't freak out the week leading up to the party, but at least no melt downs while people were here Saturday. Halloween is pretty much my favorite holiday, which I am sure anyone who has been to my house can attest to. I just can't get enough of it.

I was mighty proud of my food table. I used a lot of inspiration from blogs. (Don't you just love all the ideas out there blogs? I hardly even look at magazines anymore for ideas). I used It's always a Party at the Parker's idea of taking oreo cakesters (these taste just like whoopi pies, I didn't even know these existed until I saw the Shindigs blog entry), and jazzed them up with sprinkles. I brushed a small amount of honey around them to help the sprinkles stick.

The cupcake toppers that I won from Jen's Embellishing Life Every Day giveaway came right in time so I used some for some cupcakes I made (using a box mix and can icing), and for the others I used some creepy gummy candy from the dollar store to decorate the tops of the others. The cupcake stand I bought this past spring from Costco, and it really has come in handy for different celebrations. On the top of the cupcake stand I added a glittered skull purchased from the dollar store, and on the lower teir I got the "eek" decoration from Michael's. I made some white chocolate and sprinkle covered pretzels upon my husbands request as well.

Before the party I downloaded a kid's halloween music album on my ipod from Itunes, and hooked it up to our stereo to play at the party. My kids have been begging us to play it over and over again even today... Corniest music ever, but hey whatever amuses them...

I also added to the table some other decorations such as a witches hat that I bought from a fall festival I had been to earlier in the day. I also had my Eat Drink and be Scary printable framed. I never did get around to using the 5 yards of black tulle I had bought at Walmart, so I just used it draped around the table.

I had cooked BBQ in the crock pot, and made some mac and cheese, and had everyone everyone else bring a dish to share. The BBQ was the way to go, because it's fairly cheap, and easy as I had completed it the day before and just had to throw it back in the crock pot to heat up again for the party.

The kids started out in the backyard where we had set up some folding tables and chairs, and got busy painting or carving their pumpkins. Thankfully I had more then enough pumpkins to go around. I knew it would be messy, but man oh man. I had washable paint, but goodness.... my youngest ended up painting her own face, and one of our gutters on the side of the house lol. I had a lot of glitter which some of the kids fought over and threw all over the place (thank goodness we did this outside)

One of my friends brought face paint and did face painting. This went over well too, little kids are so appreciative of the little things, and were excited to get this done. My husband thought it would be hilarious to give his friends daughter a black beard, and drew glasses on her.

We took a break to eat while the pumpkins attempted to dry under all the layers of paint and glitter, and then did the pinata. I am happy to report the pinata did not fall apart from the weight of the candy, and it took a bunch of wackings before it split open. I was so proud of it, and glad I made it.

It was a lot of fun, the kids had a blast, and have asked me when we will do it again. I am pretty confident we will do this again next year.


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4 comments:

Jenny said...

SO fun! Great job, girl!

Jenny @ Embellishing Life said...

What a fun party! I am so glad you got the toppers in time! :)

Cher said...

Thanks for having us at the party-everyone looked like they had a great time!
P.S. I've been singing some of those songs for days now...

Whitney (for the rest of the Shouses) said...

So fun! I love all of your details!