Monday, October 20, 2014

{13 Days of Handmade Halloween} Fairy Glam Pumpkin Tutorial

Hey party peeps!  This is Tonya Coleman from Soiree Event Design and I'm so excited to share with you my DIY tutorial on making a Fairy Glam Pumpkin just in time for your "non-spooky" Halloween decor! This is particularly great for those with young girls who simply don't want a scary Halloween party or decor in your house. Check out how I made this fabulous Fairy GLAM Pumpkin for under $10!

Here's what you'll need:
$2 mini fairy wings (Halo Heaven) $3 green glitter pumpkin (Target…Dollar Spot section) $1 tiara (Dollar Tree...comes in a pack of 4) $7 1 pack of clear rhinestone stickers (Michaels…60% off in the Halloween section) Glue gun (already own) scissors (already own) misc. decorative items to style your pumpkin when it's finished (already own: charger plate, rosette table linen, rhinestone flowers)

Step 1: Detach the pink comb from the tiara and discard it. It's so simple to do. It just pops right off.

Step 2:
Using the glue gun, attach your tiara on the top center of the pumpkin.

Step 3: Cut the strings from the back of the wings.

Step 4: Place a good amount of hot glue on the front green middle patch on the wings and attach them to the center of the back of the pumpkin. Be sure to have the pattern on the wings facing the from of the pumpkin so you can see the pretty glittery designs on the wings when you are facing the front of the pumpkin.

Step 5: Embellish your pumpkin with rhinestone stickers.

Step 6: Style your pumpkin in your Halloween party design or dining table. Here I placed my pumpkin on a dark green glass flora charger plate then placed these fabulous rhinestone flower clips all around the base of the pumpkin. How gorgeous does it all look displayed on this light green rosette table linen!

I hope you will try this budget friendly DIY tutorial on how to make a Fairy Glam Pumpkin just in time for your Halloween decor this year. For more of my party inspiration be sure to hop over to my blog, Soiree Event Design for LOTS more eye candy!

Friday, October 17, 2014

{13 Days of Handmade Halloween} Upcycled Spider Cupcake Stand

Today's post is being shared by Keri Patterson from the You Tube vlog, Veri Keri!  Keri's got a really sharp eye for design, entertaining and doing it all on a very purse friendly budget!  Her motto is, "
create, decorate, celebrate and allocate".  Check out how she re-purposed this brass chandelier into a tabletop 'spider' cupcake stand!

Brass 8 arm or 12 arm Chandelier
Wire Cutters
Black Spray Paint
Drill and 7/16 Drill Bit that cuts through Metal

Step1: Clean all debris from the chandelier with warm soapy water. Dry completely

Step 2: Remove the top hanging portion and unscrew and remove the 2nd layer of plates and plastic light covers that are attached to the arms of the chandelier.

Step 3: Drill a hole on the edge of each of the plates .

Step 4: Prime and spray paint the chandelier, plates, and plastic covers.

Step 5: Turn the chandelier upside down and add the plastic light sleeves to the bottom row, affix the plates to the upper level arms.

Step 6: Place cupcakes on the arms that have the plates.

Check out Keri's vlog Veri Keri to see how she takes on different home decor and tablescape challenges and visit her on Facebook to keep up with her fabulous and chic tabletop design style!

Don't forget to add your own handmade Halloween creation to the linky party below!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

{13 Days of Handmade Halloween} Raven Inspired Dessert Table

Today's post is being shared by one stylish lady!  Sandra Garth, blogs on Sweet Sensations and shares her love for baking and creating the most elegant tablescapes! Read how Sandra created an elegant and cost-friendly Halloween tablescape!

“Merely this and nothing more.” - Edgar Allan Poe, the Raven

Ah, the raven, one of the best-loved creatures of lore, Halloween decorations and the inspiration for this dessert table. Today I'm over at 13 days of Handmade Halloween. This is my second year participating and I’m happy to be amongst so many talented bloggers.

Have I told you lately how much I love doing dessert tables? Probably so but let me say it again. I LOVE PUTTING TOGETHER DESSERT TABLES!!

For Halloween, I lean more towards classy/glam rather than spooky and creepy. Nothing wrong with the latter but that’s just how I roll. I also try to avoid the orange/black combo for this occasion and have taken a liking to purple/silver. Next year I’ll do my best to try a different color palette, maybe. This table is definitely geared toward adults especially with the champagne but I know my granddaughter is going to head straight for the cookies.

Dessert tables need not be expensive or way over the top. Two things to keep in mind are shop your home for décor and serving pieces and use whatever shortcuts are available to keep time and budget to a minimum.

Most of décor on this table are items I’ve had for years and I try to use them in a different way each time. I set the stage with a lilac tablecloth and then topped with a black fishnet fabric remnant. I pinned a purple and black spider web plaque to the front of the table. The centerpiece of this table is the multi-tiered cake with fondant raven cutouts. Due to their size, the birds were cutout four days prior to the assembly of the table to give them a chance to dry completely. Sadly, a few of them did not make it to the finish line. On the bottom tier, I also place fondant logs that also required the same amount of drying and prep time.

Save time and money by using only one cake. Buy it from a bakery if you don’t want to bake it yourself. In place of fondant or another edible decoration, you could even print out pictures and have them laminated to use on the cake.

Also on the table are glazed doughnuts I picked up from the grocery store. I made a quick powdered sugar glaze and tinted it purple to add a little more color. They are stacked and displayed on a DIY bling tray and sport a spider, my contribution to creepiness.

Luckily, I have two of the blinged out trays and the second one holds the Raven’s Blood Champagne Cocktail. I used cherry pomegranate juice and topped it with champagne. It doesn’t get much easier than that and it was quite tasty.

The cookies are covered with royal icing and I splurged on some edible wafer paper Halloween cookie cutouts from Fancy Flours. Sprinkles and sanding sugar would work just as well. In addition, the craft stores sell edible image sheets in all sorts of colors. Use cookie cutters or just free hand to cut various sizes and shapes for your cookies.

I bought the witches boot several years ago from TJ Maxx and decided to fill it with dipped pretzel rods. My pretzels were dipped in candy melts. An alternative and more economical option is to use the same icing/glaze you’d use on your cookies. Tint the icing any color you’d like.

If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a cazillion times, check out the dollar store for your decorating needs. These cylinder vases have so many uses. This time I filled them with chocolates appropriately wrapped in silver and purple to go with the color scheme. Bulk candy can really put a dent in your party budget. The vases are trimmed with purple mesh ribbon and then overlaid it with rhinestone ribbon. They’re finished off with a black and silver button. A dollar store purple and rhinestone pumpkin takes up residence between them.

At the back of the table sits Mr. Half skull with a raven perched on top. At the other end is a silver pumpkin with a few faux cubic zirconia enhancements around the stem and a spider. It is sitting on a silver pillar holder.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my ravenous sweet treats and I wish you lived nearby so I could share all of these calories, er delightful desserts with you. Happy Halloween Y’all!  Oh my gosh who is going to help me eat all this stuff!!!

Visit Sandra on her blog to get more fabulous tips and ideas on entertaining at home!

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