October 17, 2014

Printable Halloween Skull Banner

It's hard for me to decide where to start with Halloween printables.  So many options!  But, banners always seem to be a hit, so that's where we'll start today.


Printable Halloween Skull Banner @ Blissful Roots

I usually don't get into anything scary for Halloween.  I've even resisted cute little skulls like these, but with a house full of boys, I couldn't resist any longer.  So, here's a fun and simple skull Halloween banner for your next party, or just to hang around your house for the remainder of the month.  

Printable Halloween Skull Banner @ Blissful Roots

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You can click here to print your entire Halloween skull banner.


And, I can't let today pass without giving a HUGE happy birthday to my two oldest.  My twins are 8 today.  They are every bit as fun, fulfilling, and extraordinary as the day they were born!  I'm constantly amazed at the young boys they're becoming.  What a tremendous blessing it is for me to be able to call them mine!  Love you boys!  Enjoy the sushi (one of their only requests, besides a trampoline, for their birthday!).
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October 15, 2014

Halloween Chocolate Dipped Orange Slices

If you read my post last week on simple and inexpensive  Halloween party tips, then you know I love having the coloring of food work for me.  Meaning, when it comes to Halloween foods this time of year,  I'm on the lookout for any food that already comes in orange, black, or white.  That way, it doesn't take much effort to make the food look festive.

Halloween Chocolate Dipped Orange Slices @ Blissful Roots

I posted these chocolate dipped orange slices a few years back at Christmastime because that's when my family has always made them.  It never occurred to me that they would make the perfect Halloween treat, until this year.

Halloween Chocolate Dipped Orange Slices @ Blissful Roots

You can click here for the how to, but it's really as simple as it looks.  Melt some chocolate chips (in the microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring in between), dip your orange slices halfway into the chocolate, then top with Halloween sprinkles. 

Halloween Chocolate Dipped Orange Slices @ Blissful Roots

When I posted these treats at Christmas, I'd used milk chocolate chips.  To get a darker Halloween color I used semi sweet chocolate chips this time, and I have to say I love them both!  I do like the darker color of chocolate for this time of year, but the sprinkles do cover a lot of the chocolate if you're more of a milk chocolate fan.

I made these with my four-year-old, and he couldn't stop eating them, but neither could I!  YUM! 

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October 14, 2014

Pumpkin Carving Party Ideas With Free Printables {@ OSSS}

It's pumpkin carving time!  We carve pumpkins every year at our house, and my boys are very serious about it.  My dad's side of the family has an annual pumpkin carving party each year, but we don't make it to it very often.  The times we have gone have been so much fun, that I decided we needed to begin a pumpkin party tradition of our own.

Pumpkin Carving Party Ideas With Free Printables from Blissful Roots

Over the summer I shared my patriotic matchbox covers (one of my favorite printables to date), and was thrilled when I realized that jack-o-lanterns need to be lit as well.  I needed to create more matchbox covers!  This time in a spooky theme, not patriotic. 

Come and visit me at Or So She Says today for all of your pumpkin carving party needs, and to check out all 3 of my FREE printables (the matchbox covers are just one) for the occasion.  Click here for the entire post.

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October 13, 2014

Decorating With Halloween Cards

I tend to collect cards.  Not necessarily for giving out, but for decorating purposes.  They're a great, inexpensive way to add some holiday flare to your decor.

Decorating With Halloween Cards from Blissful Roots

The three cards here were all from Dollar Tree or Walmart, and cost me $1 or 2/$1.  Such a deal for a great piece of Halloween art!

Decorating With Halloween Cards from Blissful Roots

I usually try to look for cards that are pretty simple in color and design, but look for whatever kind of cards fit your style and taste.  If you can't tell, I love black and orange, so those are the colors I look for in cards.  Cards come in all colors, sizes, and designs, so they are very easy to customize for your decor.

Decorating With Halloween Cards from Blissful Roots

I use the cards to hang for a spooky banner, or put them in frames.  There are really endless possibilities!  Use them however you'd like.

Decorating With Halloween Cards from Blissful Roots

So, next time you're out looking for holiday decor, stroll through the card isle and see what you can find.  Like I said earlier in my post, I collect cards, so I'm on the look-out for them all of the time.  Once you start looking, you'll find your collection will grow quite quickly.  I've been seeing a few Christmas items pop up in stores, so I'll be on the hunt for fun cards to use this December in my decor.

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October 9, 2014

Simple & Inexpensive Halloween Party Tips

October is pretty much party month at our house.  For me, Halloween is reason enough to celebrate, but we also have three (soon to be four) little boy birthdays this month.  In order to accommodate birthday parties for an eight year range of ages, we always just stick with a Halloween theme.  It's perfect for boys' of all ages, and our guests always enjoy the spooky theme as well.

Simple & Inexpensive Halloween Party Tips from Blissful Roots

So, having hosted a Halloween-themed party for the past eight years, I've gathered a lot of tricks and tips for preparing a simple, festive atmosphere on a budget.  Here are a few of my favorite ides for each of your party-planning areas.

Simple & Inexpensive Halloween Party Tips from Blissful Roots
Every great party begins with a great invitation.  Did you know Tiny Prints makes Halloween invitations?  They are absolutely amazing!  I recently took a stroll through all of Halloween party invites, and honestly could not choose a favorite!  I could have filled my entire post with just invitations, but I limited it to just a few of my favorites.

Simple & Inexpensive Halloween Party Tips from Blissful Roots
Kinda Candy Corny
Simple & Inexpensive Halloween Party Tips from Blissful Roots
Scary  On
Simple & Inexpensive Halloween Party Tips from Blissful Roots
Scary Sweets
Simple & Inexpensive Halloween Party Tips from Blissful Roots
Square Heads
Who wouldn't want to come to your Halloween party after receiving an invitation like this?  You have to go visit Tiny Prints Halloween invitations today!  Simply pick your favorite invite, personalize it, and send it out for your Halloween bash.
Simple & Inexpensive Halloween Party Tips from Blissful Roots
I love baking and making goodies for all occasions, and Halloween treats are plentiful!  While I do make a few homemade items for our party...

Simple & Inexpensive Halloween Party Tips from Blissful Roots
Ghost Sugar Cookies
Simple & Inexpensive Halloween Party Tips from Blissful Roots
Homemade Halloween Oreos
 I usually try to work with foods that lend themselves to the Halloween theme just as they are.  A favorite trick of mine is to buy orange, white, and black foods.  I dump them into a Halloween-colored bowl, add a creepy critter to the top, and viola!  An instant Halloween snack that took a matter of minutes, and looks festive as can be. 


Simple & Inexpensive Halloween Party Tips from Blissful Roots

I like to use cheese pieces with bat toothpicks.  I buy bat rings at the dollar store, cut off the ring part, and then use the leftover bat to hot glue on the top of a toothpick.


Simple & Inexpensive Halloween Party Tips from Blissful Roots

Olives with a ghost pick on top in an orange and white polka dot treat cup are always a hit!


Simple & Inexpensive Halloween Party Tips from Blissful Roots

And Bar-B-Que Chips with a creepy crawly spider on top are just one more simple way you can open a store-bought bag of snacks, dump  them into a bowl, and then top with whatever Halloween creature you'd like.  It doesn't get much easier than that!

Simple & Inexpensive Halloween Party Tips from Blissful Roots
Recycled Snack Cups
Another recycled, money-saving tip of mine is to use old frosting containers for snack cups.  Wash out your frosting cup, then add some Halloween scrapbook paper to the outside, and you have the perfect Halloween cup for serving any snack you'd like.

Next time you're at the grocery store, just keep your eye out for Halloween-colored foods.  You'll be surprised with what you can find!
Simple & Inexpensive Halloween Party Tips from Blissful Roots
Let your food table covered with orange and black snacks work for you in the decoration department.  I always like to buy simple black and/or orange plates, cups, napkins, and plastic utensils from the dollar store.  You can also have your party favors (see below) on display.  You're making them anyway, so you might as well kill two birds with one stone.  Have them serve as a decorating touch as well as a goodie bag for your guests.


Simple & Inexpensive Halloween Party Tips from Blissful Roots

I also use my DIY Halloween straws on the food table.  They're functional for drinking, but look like a glass full or decorations sitting on the table.

Simple & Inexpensive Halloween Party Tips from Blissful Roots

Adding vinyl to plain glassware is a great way to add a bit of spooky flare to your Halloween table for decor.  You can use the glasses for drinking, fill them with goodies (like gum balls here), or fill with any other Halloween item you'd like. 

Simple & Inexpensive Halloween Party Tips from Blissful Roots
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Printables are also a great, inexpensive way to add a bit of decor to your party.  These are a few of mine you can print out for free!

Simple & Inexpensive Halloween Party Tips from Blissful Roots
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Other simple, inexpensive decorations that I love include balloons, create paper streams, and banners.
Simple & Inexpensive Halloween Party Tips from Blissful Roots
I found a Halloween favor idea years ago online, and while I've tried others over the years, this one has remained my all-time favorite!  


Simple & Inexpensive Halloween Party Tips from Blissful Roots

Simply take mini peat pots, glue a fun Halloween image to the front, add a bit of orange and black create paper fringe to the inside top rim of the pot, then fill with goodies.  If you can't find mini peat pots (they are more readily available in the spring and summer), then you can use a white styrofoam cup.  I used them one year, and loved how they turned out!  I did paint them orange because they were white, but white would work as well.  I decorated them just as I did the mini peat pots.


Simple & Inexpensive Halloween Party Tips from Blissful Roots

I put orange and white gumballs, jellybeans, a mini Halloween notebook and ghost eraser from Target, and a spider ring from Dollar Tree.

Simple & Inexpensive Halloween Party Tips from Blissful Roots

The skeleton straw came from Walgreens, the bat pen was at Walmart, and the skull is a cupcake pick from Dollar Tree.  Those are just a few simple ideas.  Once you get looking, I promise you'll find a large selection of Halloween favors for just dollars.
Simple & Inexpensive Halloween Party Tips from Blissful Roots
Halloween time always makes me think of the old-time carnival games.  We love a good game of Halloween BINGO.  You can click here to see how I made my own Halloween BINGO cards.


Simple & Inexpensive Halloween Party Tips from Blissful Roots

Another favorite is our Halloween ping pong toss.  You can check out the simple, recycled (from oatmeal containers) instructions on making your own by clicking here.


Simple & Inexpensive Halloween Party Tips from Blissful Roots

I also found a great Halloween photo prop kit at Michaels this week.  Photo booths and props are so big right now!  And I love the idea of having fun pictures to send home with your guests.  This will be a new activity at our Halloween party this year.

Simple & Inexpensive Halloween Party Tips from Blissful Roots

 This particular kit is from Recollections Craft-It Halloween.  There are 55 props with 55 dowels in this one kit!  And it was 50% off, so hurry to your local Michaels and grab your kit today.

As I stated, I have baby boy number four on the way in a matter of weeks, so I've already begun checking off some of the items I've shared above from my to-do list.  I did share quite a bit, so just pick and choose what will work for your, or just use these ideas as an inspirational jumping-off point, and do whatever you'd like.  With a bit of planning, a few dollars here and there, and a touch of creativity, you too can have a perfectly spook-tacular Halloween bash this year.  

Happy Halloween party planning! 

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