Thursday, October 23, 2014

{Entertaining Ideas} Fall Tablescape Challenge

I have teamed up with some fellow party gals to share with all our readers different ways to set the scene for your fall holiday tables! We've gotten together, for a fun challenge to see what we can do with a mish-mash of items and a $25 budget to create a lovely fall tablescape.

Here were the rules:

Design a fall themed tablescape for $25 or less AND incorporate these items into your design:

1. Red Wagon
2. A pumpkin
3. Wheat Stalks
4. Apples
5 A wooden sign

So a group of talented party friends and I are sharing each of our tablescapes on our blogs.  You can read how each one completed the challenge by clicking on the link above each photo - Enjoy!  We also have a linky party at the end of the post where you can share your fall home decor ideas, tablescapes and recipes.

 Loving all the wonderful fall elements that Renee from Astonishing Cakes used to create a harvest inspired table.

Totally crushing on the Chevron burlap that Jessica from Everyday Party Magazine used as a focal point for her tablescape.

I've been a fan of Dawn, from Not Just a Mommy for years!  See how she created a charming rustic fall table.

I love all the sparkly fall elements in the table design created by Shannon of Painting Paris Pink.

I always adore how create and talented Ms. Sandra Garth of The Sweet Senstations is.  Look at how she completed her challenge and a VERY smart way!

....and here's how I created my tablescape using items from home and a few purchased pieces.

Items purchased for the table
$1 decorative leaves (Target)
$2 burlap daisies -2 each  (Target)
$3 Satin Ribbon (Michaels)
$5.70 Small Pumpkins (Giant)
$4 Felt Pumkins -4 each (Target)
$5.99 Wheat stalks (Michaels)

Total Spent: $21.69

So everything else was borrowed from my home or already part of my party stash (the wooden sign, woven placemats and melamine plates.  The apples, well, I forgot about them as part of the challenge, luckily, we had some in the fridge :).....I would prefer red ones for this table, but I think the green brightened it up a bit.  The red wagon was an almost forgotten find that I had for a baby shower thrown a few years back and never used - SCORE!  While most of the table looks elegant, the wagon filled with harvest fruits and veggies is really playful and fun! 

I hope you enjoyed seeing how we created a beautiful fall tablescape with just a few dollars. Be sure to check out all the other challenges 1. Astonishing Cakes   2.  Everyday Party Magazine    3.  Not Just a Mommy    4. Painting Paris Pink    5.The Sweet Senstations

......and make sure you link up your fall ideas below in the linky party!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

{13 Days of Handmade Halloween} Googly Eyed Monster Pom-Pom Garland Tutorial

Are you hosting a frightfully delightful Halloween bash for your little ones this year? Then this project is just for you. To finish off the 13 Days of Halloween series, I created this adorbs monster pompom garland with silly googly eyes. A perfect decorative piece for an All Hallows Eve kiddie bash !

To start you will need a few supplies  -  to make my pompoms I use a pompom maker by clover, yarn (of course), googley eyes, plastic needle, scissors and glue!

To start, following the instructions on the pompom maker, wrap the yarn around several times on each side.

Once you've wrapped the yarn, take sharp scissors and cut down the center of each side following the notch on each handle.

With both sides still closed, tie a length of string in the center and pull taut a few times.  Snip off any excess from the TIED string only.

Make about 8-10 pompoms (or more) to start building your garland.

Add a dab of glue to the eyes and start applying them to the pompom balls.  I like to use hot glue (on like everything) fabric glue or regular old Elmer's All-Purpose is fine too - there is just a longer wait time and I like instant gratification!

Once your pompoms have all their eyes added, take a length of string, twine or yarn, and with a plastic needle, thread the string through each pompom.  Be sure you are running the string through them so that the decorated side will show when hanged.

Once completed, hang your garland against a wall or along a shelf or even across a mantle for a 'EYE'-catching display.

I hope you joined this year's 13 Days of Handmade Halloween series! 

A HUGE thanks to everyone who contributed to this years 13 DOHH series and for everyone who linked up their ideas in our linky party at the end of each post.  It's been a really fun time learning and sharing new ideas! 

Please be sure to join us for our Pinterest Party that will start at 7pm EST tomorrow evening, October 23, 2014 and share your favorite Halloween themed pins, crafts, parties, recipes and more!!!  The fun doesn't stop there.  I've got more Halloween party ideas and inspiration to share over the next few days. So keep checking back daily!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

{13 Days of Handmade Halloween} Halloween Surprise Balls

Here's a fun idea to do with your kids for Halloween!  I created these Halloween Surprise balls with just a few simple supplies in three easy steps.

You just need a few supplies to make them - Small toys, bouncy balls, stickers, etc. & candy, streamers and washi tape.

It's best to start with a small ball, I liked how these spikey balls look a bit creepy and perfect for Halloween! 

Start rolling it around in the streamer and form it into a ball.

Continue adding the favors to the streamers......

Form it into a tennis sized ball......

Seal it closed with a strip of Washi tape and you're done!

This is a very simple and easy treat to make and perfect for kids to take to school or pass out to trick or treaters on Halloween.

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