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Our Halloween Party this year was bigger and better than ever. My sweet angel of a mom took our kids to a hotel for the night so we could have the whole house for the party. We hung around upstairs eating & talking, and then moved to the downstairs when it was time to play games. Unfortunately I was running around like crazy until minutes before the party started, so I didn’t get as many pictures this year –and none of the downstairs, except for the basement. We had it all decorated with chains hanging from the ceiling, black lights, floating heads, cobwebs, and fog. You’ll just have to take my word for it! We added a few new food items this year, including toxic mac & cheese, chocolate rats, and bloody cinnamon roll intestines. I also added a bunch more decorations and was able to bring back the murder scene bathroom since we used the downstairs. See for yourself in the pictures below!

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The decorations set the mood, and we continued it right through to the food. Best compliment I got all night was when someone told me they couldn’t even eat certain foods because it looked too disgusting. (Halloween is the only time you want to hear that, #amIright?) I have to give all the credit to my mom who came out the week before the party to help me do all the food prep — she ended up making nearly everything herself!!

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This year we let Monster choose the theme for our costumes. Coraline is one of her favorite movies (because Coraline is a brave, cool girl who fights off the evil mother!) so she opted for us all to dress up as characters from the movie. She told me immediately that I could be the evil “Other Mother” and Nana could be the “good mother”… naturally. All offense taken put aside, I liked the idea so we did it! I went as “The Other Mother”, and Grant dressed as “Mr. Bobinsky”. The kids went as “Coraline” (Emery) and “Wybie” (Jude). I’ll have to share more pictures later when we added them and my mom (as the good mother) in!

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Our guests went all out and I loved the creativity when it came to their costumes!

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I have to say our guests are what make it fun every year, so we are very grateful to all those who came out, stayed late, and partied with us! And of course none of this would have been possible without the help from my mom, Grant, and everyone else I roped into helping me. So thank you to all my little worker bees! ;-)

Until next year, folks. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

(Oh and don’t forget to check out my last post to see what our invitations to the party looked like this year!)

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It’s not a big surprise that I look forward to our Halloween Party every year. I love everything about Halloween–dressing up, seeing my kids trick o’ treat, decorating the house, and coming up with ideas for our party invitations. I spend months thinking about the invitations because it’s the first “taste” our guests get and really helps get them excited for the party! This year I came up with the idea of sending out a blood-splattered newspaper–The Daily Curse–to spread word of the violent Werewolf attacks that have been destroying our village. Our guests had to read closely to find out where & when to come to the party, as well as other details like dressing in costume, carpooling, and leaving the kids at home. See for yourself below!

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Can’t wait to share pictures from our party soon–so stay tuned! And Happy Halloween!

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On Monday, Emery turned F O U R and I know it’s cliche to say it, but I really can’t believe my little Monster is four. On one hand, it does seem like a long time ago that I was pregnant with her, but then I can’t believe I’m even old enough to have a four year old! She really is turning into the best little sidekick to have around. Anyone who has a conversation with her—or even strangers overhearing a conversation I have with her—tell me how smart she is. She has a way with her words and really understands everything; often we have conversations and I think, “Wait, how old are you?!” She’s also very caring and is a huge help in taking care of Jude. She is sensitive and gets her feelings hurt sometimes, but one thing I love about her is how good she is at calming herself down. She’ll excuse herself to go into a room alone and “cry it out” as we say in our house, until she is ready to calm down and then comes back to talk about it. She’s very independent and really loves spending time playing pretend with her dolls or stuffed animals (or most recently, her dress-up clothes).

For her birthday this year she decided she wanted to dress up like a fox (we are BIG fans of dressing up here!), so I created a FOUrest Birthday Party theme, also known as a Woodland Creatures theme—but a lot cuter since she’s turning four, #amiright? I went to work decorating the house, making animal masks and ears, and making crowns for both the little boys and little girls coming to the party. My favorite detail was the food table and specifically the cake I had my friend April Blanc make. It was incredible! (If you need any kind of baked goods, April is your girl!) It was fun coming up with different foods that would both fit the theme, and also be kid friendly. I also had a face painter come and she was a huge hit! She was so talented and all the kids loved turning into animals for the day! The photos tell the story of the party best, so I’ll just leave it here (and all vendor links can be found at the bottom of the post):

 

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Photography: Callie Manion Photography
Invitations: Kirra Reyna Designs
Sign-In Tree Graphic: CornerCroft
Cake: April Blanc
Face Painter: Jill with Amazing Face Painting and Body Art
Pretty much everything else: Handmade :)

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  • Naomie Moore, Castaic, CA - What an AWESOME theme and party! Great great job! I bet everyone had a wonderful time! Love the food too, the hedgehogs are adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Haley - Where did you get the flowers/greenery for the garlands? I love these!ReplyCancel

    • admin - Thanks for your comment! I found some of the garlands on Amazon! Just search ‘flower garland’ and you’ll find a bunch!ReplyCancel