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Happy birthday to this sweet, cuddly, and adorable little boy of mine!

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Jude, we love you so much and couldn’t be happier to have you in our family! You brighten my day with your wide-mouth smile and always lift my spirits when you cuddle up to me! This past year has been somewhat of a blur but I do know it’s been the best year we’ve had yet. You are so sweet and loveable and bring so much joy into our home! Your sister loves you so much and I just love watching you two play. Thanks for putting up with her not-so-gentle, but well-meant behavior! Can’t believe you’re already one!

xo

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Last Saturday was our Annual Halloween Party and this year didn’t disappoint! Everyone came in great costumes, the food was delicious, and we had a perfect night of telling ghost stories and playing Werewolf. The only hiccup was the weather — it stormed ALL weekend long, which made it impossible to decorate the outside of our house. Instead we decided to turn our covered porch into a creepy graveyard and we set up tombstones for our guests to walk past in there. They first passed under a giant spider web and then had to escape a zombie before getting inside.
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Once they opened the door, they stepped into an old, worn-down room covered with sheets and cobwebs. A dead body hangs from the ceiling while a creepy figure looms in the distance, ready to pounce.
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The hall bathroom tells the story of the hanging body in the other room. Something sinister definitely happened here; but when exactly, we don’t know…
Halloween Party Decorations DIY | Halloween Party Food DIY | www.manionamor.comPINIMAGE Our guests continued down the hall under the floating candles and were led into the family room, where the real fun was.
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If they needed to use the bathroom, they had to be careful. While the other bathroom may have been creepy, this one was definitely something to avoid. Blood splattered everywhere, body parts pooled in the bottom of the tub, and a message from the murderer awaiting our guests on the mirror…
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And of course, the decorations aren’t all! This year I changed up the food again and tried to make a few new desserts. Everything was delicious but the Bleeding Truffles took the cake! [pun intended]
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I also wanted to throw in some fun drinks this year and I think this might have been my personal favorite! The Bloody Shirley Temples looked so cool and creepy and tasted so good! And the Shrunken Head Cider was eery with the little heads bobbing in and out of the foam. It was a hit!
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And now for the best part: the costumes! Grant and I’s costumes were rather fitting for the weather we had. I went as a storm cloud and Grant as lightning! You can’t tell from the picture, but his costume constantly flashes. When he walks around in the dark it has a much cooler effect! The kids will join in with their costumes this weekend for our Ward Halloween Party & Trick o’ Treating. You’ll have to wait just a little bit longer to see how they fit in!
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Our guests really did a great job with their costumes! We had Double Stuffed Oreos, a walking awkward photo, Google Maps, marionettes, Top Gun’s Maverick & Charlie Blackwood, Stephen Hawking & his wife Elaine, a mountain man, and Forest Gump & Jenny! One of these years we are going to do a costume contest because our guests impress us every year!
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The outtakes are always my favorite! This group was so much fun and we are so grateful to all those that came! It takes a long time to throw this party together so it really means a lot to us when our guests come and make it so much fun!!

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  • Brandy - My husband and I are also annual Halloween party throwers. Thank you for sharing all of your ideas and pictures. How do you set up the photo booth? Is it a DIY project or do you hire someone? Thanks!!ReplyCancel

    • admin - I made the backdrop myself using a bed sheet, duct tape, and red paint. Then I just hang it up!ReplyCancel

This year I decided to outsource for our Halloween Party invitations. I knew exactly what I wanted to do but instead of doing them myself I reached out to Elephant Crafts on Etsy and I am so glad that I did! The invitations came out exactly as I imagined and all of our guests really loved them! They were a perfect way to set the mood for our party this year! So now let’s get to the pictures! :)

First when our guests opened their package they found this little box inside:
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Then after opening the box, they see a little black egg with a message to “Crack Me” written across the top:
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And after cracking the egg, inside they see a small scroll of paper, which when they unroll is the invitation to the party!
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The poem I wrote for the invitation read:

Leave the kids at home & bring your wit.

We’ll be seeking revenge for those who’ve been bit.

Werewolves abound & it’s the villagers job

to hunt them down with the lynching mob!

I was so happy with how they turned out and I know our guests really loved them as well. I definitely recommend checking out Elephant Crafts next time you’re in need of invitations — she does pregnancy announcements as well!

Next up: Our 5th Annual Halloween Party!

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