Most of the day I will be at my son's school giving an art lesson to his classmates, helping with the costume parade and the afternoon party. This was our photo from last year.
After school, we'll come home and stuff the small goody bags for our close friends that come to visit tonight. This year we are handing out a Martha Stewart inspired broomstick bag. Instead of the twig shown in the photo, I am going to use a large pretzel stick. I made the bags by placing a bag into the shredder and then quickly hitting the reverse button. (Please do not let your children do this.)
Last year we saved our toilet paper rolls and quickly filled them with a few toys and candy and rolled them up in orange tissue and then tied the ends closed with pipe cleaners curled around a pencil. J'adore!
My husband has been gone all week long on a business trip. I thought it might be fun to cover his favorite chair (shown in B H & G) as a surprise. We'll use our dachshund Rudi as the accent dog. :)
Mr. Decor is normally the chief pumpkin carver in our home. As he will arrive home from his trip just in time for trick or treating, we'll do something a bit different this year. A small fact about me is that I absolutely loathe scooping pumpkin "guts" out. I liked this idea and we still have tons of beads leftover from the pirate party we had last month...
My favorite form of recycled Halloween decor is to line the driveway with these cute tin can luminaries.
In our kitchen I will begin setting the table by first covering it with a large piece of burlap I bought at Joanne's. This is a wonderfully inexpensive cloth that comes in a wide range of colors. I like the neutral shade.
As the cloth is loosely woven I just fringed the ends by pulling out a few threads. For another look, I LOVE this burlap cloth featured in Country Home that has darling rick rack trim at the hem and uses recycled license plate pieces as tablecloth weights. Perfect for a breezy alfresco dinner.
Isn't this floral foam ball covered in marigolds a fantastic centerpiece?
My all time favorite fall centerpiece is using a carved out funkin, placing a mason jar full of water inside and adding some great Trader Joe's flowers.
The 2008 Decor to Adore adorable Halloween craft award goes to... Eddie Ross. He is a brilliant set designer and made these darling "doilies" by cutting out black construction paper (think paper snowflake) and covering them in glitter. I made four place mat sized spiderwebs.
As it is a busy night, I will be serving a quick and easy dinner of mummified hotdogs accompanied by boiling blood (homemade tomato soup).
We'll also have skull head pears. I like to place them flat on a plate and use black decorating gel for the features. (Less candy is a good thing on this night.)
Have a spooktacular evening!