7 Tasty Ways to Eat Pumpkin This Season

Harvest Pumpkin for Sale OnlineIf you have a large family, chances are you’ll end up with a lot of pumpkins this year. You’ll carve most of them, but you’ll also have extras for decorating. To get the most out of your pumpkins this season, make sure you keep and store the innards. The pumpkins you carve for Halloween will supply you with enough pumpkin to create a variety of meals and treats for the season. The decorative pumpkins will work all the way up until Thanksgiving, which is when most people decorate for Christmas. You can use those for pumpkin pie for the big day. So, post-Halloween and pre-thanksgiving, you’ll have more pumpkin than you know what to do with. Instead of wasting a quality ingredient, read our list of ways you can eat pumpkin this season.

Delicious Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkin Seeds

Most people make these on Halloween as they’re carving the pumpkins. Simply soak and clean the seeds, and then bake them. The whole house will smell of pumpkin before offering a tasty and festive treat

Pumpkin Puree

You’ll need this puree for almost everything in our list below. You’ll also have to do this with a fresh, uncarved pumpkin. Remove the innards and the seeds. Cut the pumpkin into quarters, assuming its less than 12 inches across. Bake the pumpkin for 80-90 minutes depending on the size, at 350 degrees. After it’s cooled, puree the pumpkin in a food processor. Save the seeds and discard the rest.

Pumpkin Ice Cream

For those who love homemade ice cream, this is for you. You can use Perry’s vanilla ice cream if you’re not familiar with making your own. Simply add 1 cup of canned pumpkin or homemade puree and 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice. Mix well and freeze.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese

Add two tablespoons of,  ½ a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, and ½ cup of your pumpkin puree for every 8 oz. of Philadelphia cream cheese.  Mix well and you’re done. It’s that easy!

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Using a blender, mix ½ cup of ice, ½ cup of vanilla yogurt, ¼ teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice and ¼ a cup of homemade pumpkin puree. Some people add a tsp of honey or a half a banana for extra flavor.

Pumpkin Pasta Sauce

Sautee a few cloves of garlic, half an onion, and 1-2 cups of homemade pumpkin puree in a large skillet. Season with minced rosemary and serve over penne pasta.

Pumpkin Pie

Made from  scratch, pumpkin pie is phenomenal. Try a family recipe or use one from allrecipes.com or marthastewart.com. Both of these websites have great reviews from happy readers. In fact, miss Martha uploaded a helpful video on How to Bake Pumpkin Pie.

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A Couple’s Touching Story on Early Christmas Shopping [VIDEO]

Today’s blog post is unlike the others, as I’m not here with decorating tips or party advice, although I love those posts. I’m writing to your hearts today. So get the tissues and get ready to feel.

Comedian and talk show host Jimmy Kimmel is known for pulling a little too tightly at our heartstrings, and he’s done it again today. While recognizing a couple from Knoxville, he gives them recognition for working so hard. In a later interview, the couple reveals a touching story that highlights one of the most beautiful parts of Christmas.

I was in my blogging zone, doing research on current holiday shopping trends, and… I found this highlight from a recent show.  At first, I enjoyed the story as it ties in with our recent post about holiday shopping early. As the interview progresses, Jerry Robertson reveals a bittersweet story.

Human psychology causes parents to work hard on giving their children a better life than they had. It’s how we progress, and it’s why every generation advances. That’s exactly what the Robertson’s did. In the interview, they mentioned that they grew up in poor families, without much of a Christmas. My heart sank when I heard this. Maybe it’s because I love Christmas and want the best for everyone, or maybe I’m overly empathetic. I mean, the thought of children not having a wonderful Christmas just slays me… even more so when they’re wonderful, giving people. Everyone deserves a happy holiday.  I truly felt for these people and knew tears were imminent. What they said next caused me to cry and write this post commending them on what they’ve done.

Jerry and Sheila Robinson spend the entire year making sure Christmas happens for their family. The first impression of the show’s clip is that these two have their holiday shopping and wrapping completely done already. While that’s amazing in itself, as it’s not even October, their reasoning is what really hits you “right in the feels“. They begin shopping on December 26th every year, evading crowds and getting great deals. This couple will continuously shop throughout the year, ensuring they can give their kids a great Christmas with a variety of gifts they really want. The Robertson’s are truly wonderful people, as they spend all year putting in an extensive effort and serious planning to ensure this happens no matter what. Their children are their priority, and that is madly endearing.

“We both grew up in poor families, to be honest,” explained Jerry Robinson, “And we didn’t have very big Christmases. So we spoiled our kids and our grandkids with humongous Christmases. That’s what we do.” [Read more wate.com]

To me, our staff, and likely most of our customers, Christmas is about love, selflessness, and pure joy. Ensuring everyone has a memorable, happy holiday is what we’re all about. This interview encapsulates all of that and so much more. You can see from this conversation that they are truly happy and thoughtful people… our favorite breed of humans.

I’ve included the interview below if you’d like to see it (and cry) for yourself. It’s all so very touching.

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10 Scary Books and Movies to Enjoy in October

Scary Halloween CornstalkAs we approach Halloween and harvest season, some of us will be after the thrill of fear. Humans need fear, which is probably why most of us love visiting haunted houses and listening to ghost stories during the scary season. Why wait for group outings or date nights to get a little scared? Get into the mood on your own by watching movies or reading from our list below.

We’ve come up with a list of scary film adaptations from horror novels. You won’t be surprised to find Stephen King appearing a few times on our list, but are we wrong? King is highly regarded as the best horror fiction writer for a reason… he knows how to really freak out his readers. So give it a go, turn out the lights and read or watch these titles before Halloween.

The Woman in Black

Original Book Author: Susan Hill
Film Adaptation Star: Daniel Radcliffe
Brief Synopsis: This novel is about a woman who haunts an English town. After she appears, children seem to unfortunately pass away.
Creepy Quote: “Have you seen her? The Woman in Black? She once lost a boy, and now she’s come back. Our parents all worry, they make such a fuss: For if she can’t find him, she’ll take one of us.”

The Shining

Original Book Author:  Stephen King
Film Adaptation Star:  Jack Nicholson
Brief Synopsis: Jack Torrance stays in an isolated hotel to combat his writer’s block. His son Danny experiences psychic visions as Jack slowly turns homicidal.
Creepy Quote: “Come play with us Danny. Forever… and ever… and ever.”


Original Book Author: Stephen King
Film Adaptation Star: Kathy Bates
Brief Synopsis:  Former nurse Annie Wilkes is an author’s biggest fan. After rescuing him from an accident, she takes care of him. However, things take a turn for the worst as the story progresses.
Creepy Quote: “And don’t even think about anybody coming for you. Not the doctors, not your agent, not your family. ‘Cause I never called them. Nobody knows you’re here. You better hope nothing happens to me. Because if I die… you die.”

American Psycho

Original Book Author: Bret Easton Ellis
Film Adaptation Star: Christian Bale
Brief Synopsis: The story is a first-person narrative through the mind of a psychotic, young businessman. Following the life of Patrick Bateman, terror will ensue.
Creepy Quote: “I don’t want to get you drunk, but, ah, that’s a very fine Chardonnay you’re not drinking.”

The Interview with the Vampire

Original Book Author:  Anne Rice
Film Adaptation Star: Brad Pitt
Brief Synopsis: The first book in “The Vampire Chronicles” series, it centers on the vampire Louis who reveals his live story to a reporter. Turned by the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt, he reveals he has trouble with vampirism.
Creepy Quote: “Evil is always possible. And goodness is eternally difficult.”


Original Book Author: Stephen King
Film Adaptation Star: Richard Thomas
Brief Synopsis: A young child is drawn to “Pennywise the Dancing Clown”. Pennywise soon reveals that he’s not as friendly as Bill once thought, leading him to become an outcast in his adult life. Bill congregates with a group of people who have also experienced the horror of Pennywise.
Creepy Quote: “We lie best when we lie to ourselves”

The Exorcist

Original Book Author: William Peter Blatty
Film Adaptation Star: Linda Blair
Brief Synopsis: Considered one of the most terrifying books and movies of its time, “The Exorcist” is a must read for Halloween. It follows the life of a possessed young girl.
Creepy Quote: “The demon is a liar. He will lie to confuse us; but he will also mix lies with the truth to attack us. His attack is psychological, Damien. And powerful”

The Amityville Horror

Original Book Author: Jay Anson
Film Adaptation Star: James Brolin
Brief Synopsis: Especially creepy because it’s supposedly based on a true story, this novel is about a house on Ocean Avenue. The six-bedroom house was a great buy for a young family. However, this family quickly learns of the house’s dark past.
Creepy Quote: “I wanna go home. Mommy, I wanna go home”.


Original Book Author: Stephen King
Film Adaptation Star: Sissy Spacek
Brief Synopsis: Carrie is an abused and bullied teenager with telekinetic powers. As the story goes on, you learn that she uses these powers to get revenge on those who have hurt her.
Creepy Quote: “They were trying to run, trying to hide. But the rock would not hide them; the dead tree gave no shelter”

The Haunting of Hill House

Original Book Author: Shirley Jackson
Film Adaptation Star: Julie  Harris
Brief Synopsis: This horror story follows four seekers that enter “Hill House”, an abandoned home known for its terror. At first they seem confident with the experience, but quickly fall to fear as the house gains power.
Creepy Quote: “Am I walking toward something I should be running away from?”


Any and all of these books are sure to get you in the mood for the spooky season. Just remember that it’s fiction and you can turn on the lights at any time. Happy Haunting!

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6 Recipes to Perfect by Thanksgiving: Start Practicing Now!

Turkey Table Decor for SaleIf this is your first time hosting Thanksgiving, don’t let the big day be your first attempt. Spend the next few weeks prepping the best meals and treats for your dinner. You may have some dishes that you’ve perfected over the years, and it’s great to include those too. The key to any great party is the food. For holiday parties, weddings, and corporate events, the number one thing guests remember is the food… so make sure you nail it.

Pinterestfail.com is a hilarious website that documents failed attempts at making recipes found on Pinterest. This is a great resource because the submissions usually mention what went wrong and how to actually get it right. Use this to your advantage, and help others. If you make mistakes, upload your failed photo and let readers know what happened. In doing this, you’ll educate others and receive helpful tips from Thanksgiving dinner gurus.

So what are the most important foods to perfect for a phenomenal Thanksgiving dinner? Read our list of staples below, find your favorite recipe, and get going while you still have time to make it memorable. Once you get it down, share your photos and experiences with us on our Facebook Page… we’d love to know how it went!

The Turkey (obviously)

A full turkey can be expensive, so you may only want to practice this once before Thanksgiving, but you still need to practice. Enlist the help of someone you know who can cook a BOMB turkey. Have them walk you through it for your first time.

Try Varying Stuffing Recipes

When you think about it all stuffing seems the same, but it’s not… is it? Some recipes have cranberries, some have celery, some have both, and some have neither. Be adventurous with your stuffing trials. Attempt several variations and even add in some of your own touches. Once you get it exactly to your liking, chances are your guests will try a stuffing like none other. Go ahead and try some of Rachel Ray’s Stuffing Secrets!

Pumpkin Cheesecake, Pecan Pie, and Pumpkin Pie

The dessert is what truly complements the meal. After you serve your guests a large dinner, you’ll need to entice them to continue to eat… because that’s half of what Thanksgiving is all about. Comedian Louis C.K. says, “The meal is not over when I’m full, it’s over when I hate myself”. So, keep feeding your guests after they’re full. These three desserts are a bit difficult to master when baking from scratch, but they will absolutely knock everyone’s socks right off. Pants will need to be unbuttoned.

Handmade Dinner Rolls

Honestly, most people purchase premade dinner rolls and consider them a small accent of the meal. This isn’t a terrible plan, but homemade dinner rolls will always trump the store brand. The rolls, when baked to perfection, are ideal with both hors d’oeuvres and dinner. Cooking Classy has a great one-hour recipe for light and fluffy dinner rolls.

Green Bean Casserole

A staple in most homes during the holidays, green bean casserole is delicious. Much like stuffing, there are several ways to prepare it. Try a few recipes you can find on allrecipes.com and practice making each dish in your own unique way. Having the green bean casserole that stands out is important.

Fresh Ground Coffee

When the party winds down, it’s polite to offer coffee. While your satisfied and stuffed guests will appreciate just about any coffee, wow them with the good stuff. Try a fresh-ground blend from Trader Joe’s or another local store that offers fresh coffee beans for sale. A great trick is to add just a dash of salt, mixed in with grounds in the filter. The salt will not only purify the complete flavor of the coffee, but it actually makes a better sweetener than sugar. Your guests might not realize that it’s salt, but they will be wondering what makes it so great.

Practice makes perfect and with the right effort, guests will leave complimenting your cooking and coffee making skills.

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The Significance of Holiday Office Decor

White Pumpkin DecorationsUnfortunately, not every office and commercial building puts forth adequate effort creating a calming, uplifting environment for employees and clients. The common idea is that time is “wasted” spent decorating when employees could be completing more important tasks. However, nothing is as important as boosting morale among your staff and offering an aesthetically pleasing environment.

VIBE and CBE have both run multiple studies showing the significance of quality lighting, plantscaping, and seasonal decorating in offices. These studies covered everything from multiple monitors to wall decor, and putting in the extra effort won by a longshot.

Reduce Negative Energy

When we view something unattractive in a building, we may not realize it but it attaches negative energy to our bodies. Over longer periods, we subconsciously get more and more frustrated each time we see the same thing that hasn’t been decorated or repaired. Plain walls, large dents, and broken planters are great examples of these negativity breeders. Some management teams might not see them as a big deal but they are, because they’re unknowingly upsetting employees and killing morale. You may not have the time or resources to make the office perfect, but patchwork and quality seasonal decor can offset this… which brings us to the next point.

Boost Productivity

Employees wish to be taken seriously and to work in a professional atmosphere. An attractive structure and classy decor will boost pride, making your staff feel excited about coming into the office. With an attractive office and in-season decor, you’re sure to have fewer tardy and negative employees.

Impress Visitors and Potential Clients

Regardless of your industry, it’s likely that you’ll have visitors or business venture meetings at your office. When this happens, you want to be ready to impress. You may end up with a special visitor on short notice, and you’ll have timely, attractive office space to share.

Office Decorating Ideas for Harvest Season

So, with that information seeping into the mind, you might be ready to decorate. What are some ways you can add to the aesthetics of your office for the season? It’s all about the accents. Change the color scheme of your planters, add attractive wall décor, and don’t forget to hang a wreath, cornstalk, or door swag in your entryway. Add small features like pumpkin, corn, and scarecrow figurines… and you’ve dramatically improved the office’s appeal. Make sure to add some personal touches with employee names and industry themed items.

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Funny Halloween Costumes for Singles, Couples, or Groups

Halloween Costume for SaleWe recently posted about throwing the Halloween Party that your friends are sure to remember. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the best blog post ever… you may want to give it a read before getting ready for your fiesta – because we tossed out some great ideas. You know what goes perfectly with our big blog ego and your killer Halloween party? A new post about unique and funny Halloween costumes! So here it comes, ladies and gents.

What’s a Great Way to Impress Guests? A Costume Contest! 2015 has been filled with plenty of comical pop-culture costume inspirations, so you’re bound to see some great outfits.  Before you choose your “Ghostess with the Mostest” outfit or send out announcements, check out our list of costume ideas. Albeit, it would be a little weird for you to win the contest at your own party, but you can still have fun participating and making your guests laugh. You could also share this list of ideas in your invite, to raise the stakes a bit. Have a “Funniest Costume Sash” ready and be sure to have a good prize to motivate your guests!

On Your Own? Try these fun ideas!


What to Wear: Simply wear all green and attach several purple balloons to yourself.
What to Do: Make “grape” puns as often as you can (man, this sure is a grape party!).

Twisty the Clown from American Horror Story: Freak Show

What to Wear: You can purchase this online or use a generic clown costume for the body. If you choose to paint your face like Twisty’s face… props to you.
What to Do: Say nothing, but wind toys up and hand them to people. Your friends won’t sleep, and they may never speak to you again, but it will be worth it for the laugh.


What to Wear: Anything you want, and a backward blonde wig.
What to Do: Say nothing, act the weirdest you have in your entire life.

SIMS Character

What to Wear: Anything you want, but with a cardboard diamond above your head.
What to Do: Speak in Gibberish and shout at food until someone tells you to eat (same goes for the bathroom).

The Party Animal

What to Wear: An animal costume with a T-Shirt that says “Party Animal” (or purchase this costume online).
What to Do: Try not to speak in English, but rather party your heart out and make noises representing the animal you chose.

Dressing Up with Your BFF or Significant Other?

Black Swan

What to Wear:  One person dresses as the white swan, the other goes as the black swan.
What to Do: Prance around and fake fight for the night.

Go as Each Other (Significant Other or Best Friend)

What to Wear: You’re dressing as each other in this scenario, so get ready together.
What to Do: Behave like the other person all night until you forget who is who.

Wilson & Chuck Noland from Cast Away

What to Wear: One will need a white outfit with the bloody handprint of Wilson’s face painted on it. The other will need a beard and a loincloth. Carry around an ice skate for extra humor.
What to Do:  If you’re Wilson…do not speak; just give “Chuck” judgmental looks all night. If you’re Chuck, scream, “Wilson!!!” as many times as you can before you’re asked to stop.

Going as a Group?

The Four Seasons

What to Wear: Each person dresses in their own vision of one of the four seasons.
What to Do: Each person should make puns and jokes relating to the season he or she represents.

Rock Paper & Scissors

What to Wear: Simply enough, you’ll need three people for this. One is rock, the next is paper, and third is obviously scissors.
What to Do: When it comes to making any decisions, using the bathroom, or getting food… solve all disputes with a life-size game of RPS.


Have another great idea you want to share? Post it in the comments section below!

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25 Songs to Celebrate the First Day of Autumn

Playlist Fall 2015

Last night the autumn equinox began, commencing: sweater weather! The fall leaf scents and pumpkin flavors have already taken over, but today it’s official. Cooler, rainy days and the “back-to-school” feelings fill us with so many happy memories. Almost everyone can agree that autumn is a stunning and heartwarming season, despite the ubiquitous rain and foliage death. Perhaps this is because it reminds us of going back to school, Halloween, and other events that breed wonderful reminiscences for us.

Along with the sights and scents of autumn, music adds to the beauty and pleasant nostalgia of the season. Certain songs can take you back, some excite your heart as you hear them for the first time, and others will put you in a peaceful mood. Most of us love autumn because it represents the beginning of the end of the year, and a period of relaxation. Working on research papers, holiday projects, or tasks in a home office can be quite soothing… with the right tunes. Brew your favorite tea or warm up cider, start our playlist, and relax while you focus on your to-do list.

We’ve put together 25 songs that are just as beautiful as the season itself. Go ahead, give it a listen and give in to the happy comfort of fall 2015. Have suggestions for our playlist? Leave your favorite autumn songs in the comments below and we’ll add the best ones!


Not a Spotify User? Here’s a List of the Songs We Added!

Autumn Leaves – Ed Sheeran

November Rain – Guns N’ Roses

Dog Days are Over – Florence & The Machine

Wake Me up When September Ends – Green Day

Autumn Leaves – Chris Brown

These Days – The Black Keys

My Cosmic Autumn Rebellion – The Flaming Lips

Electric Feel – MGMT

Black & Gold – The Pitchforks

Can’t Feel My Face – The Weeknd

Your Song – Ellie Goulding

Autumn Shade – The Vines

Dead Sea – The Lumineers

Skeletons (Halloween Remix) – This Century

Love Vigilantes – Iron & Wine

Sweater Weather – The Neighbourhood

Round Here – Counting Crows

Cough Syrup – Young the Giant

Summer Skin – Death Cab for Cutie

Fast Car – Tracy Chapman

California Dreamin’ – The Mamas & The Papas

Autumn in New York – Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong

Change – Blind Melon

High and Dry – Radiohead

Buckets of Rain – Bob Dylan

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6 Reasons People Christmas Shop in Autumn

Autumn Christmas ShoppingThis is it; we’re almost at the three-month mark for Christmas Day. We have 93 days to get all the right gifts planned, purchased, and wrapped. If you’re like most people, you see holiday decorations, hear Christmas music in shopping centers and wonder, “why on earth stores are pushing it so early?”. You might think it’s to get a head start on the busy season, but that’s not entirely true. Most companies want to meet the demands of smart shoppers and early birds. It might be a little surprising, but a wealth of consumers start shopping in late August and finish within a few months.

According to a recent poll conducted by creditcards.com this summer, 32 million adults have already started their gift shopping for Christmas. Moreover, 1 in 4 shoppers predicted they’ll be completely finished before November! Responders to the poll offered a variety of solid reasons for shopping so early. The most common motives included evading the holiday crowds, protecting budgets, and avoiding out-of-stock issues that most last-minute shoppers experience.

Well, as experts in all things holiday, we couldn’t agree more. You can still enjoy the scents and sounds of autumn while preparing for Christmas. Don’t feel as if holiday shopping will detract from the beauty of the harvest season; you can easily make holiday shopping in fall one of your favorite traditions.  It’s all a mindset really – once you discover the benefits of early shopping, it too will become one of your favorite autumn activities.

Below we’ve listed the best reasons to start holiday shopping in September (or sooner)!

Order Holiday Gifts in Autumn


Avoid Stress

Not only do large crowds breed stress, but so does procrastination and searching for a specific item. The saying goes, “if it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would ever get done”. Don’t let this be the case when looking for the perfect gift. Too many people miss out “waiting for a good deal”. There’s a variety of sales in the harvest seasons that come close to what holiday deals can offer. Factor in online ordering instead of searching eight or nine stores, and it pays for itself.

Shop through a Vast Selection

While most retail companies do our best to stay in stock, it can sometimes be difficult to keep up with the demand. Last-minute shoppers often have fewer options from which to choose.

Save Money

Holiday sales are great for hot items and Christmas themed gifts… but think about back-to-school and end-of-summer sales as well. You can find unique, quality items on clearance that you might not even think about during Christmas season. This is especially great if your recipient wants a vacation item or funky school supplies. Bargain shopping is not only fun, but it frees room in your budget to give more gifts AND cooler gifts.

Free Time for Helping Others

Towards the end of the harvest season, you’ll likely be attending many family parties and planning Christmas events. The more time you have on your hands, the better. If you have extra time, you can use it to volunteer to the less fortunate – bringing the true meaning of Christmas into your life.

Get Ahead on Credit Card Bills

A common New Year’s Resolution is to pay off bills accrued during the holiday season. Well, if you start shopping earlier, you can pay them off earlier. This will free you up to start fresh in the new year, instead of having old bills hanging over your head creating stress.

Relax at Home Instead of Fighting in Crowds

Okay, well online shopping does help with this, but many of us still like to visit a few retail stores for holiday shopping. The experience of gift shopping is part of the holidays we love so much, but do we have to share that experience with thousands of other stressed-out shoppers? While everyone is running around in stores doing some last-minute frantic shopping, you can relax and find last-minute online deals from the comfort of your home.

When Do You Shop?

Let us know your favorite time to shop for gifts; we’d love to hear from you. Remember to share your ideas and shopping tips with our other readers.

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Ready for Halloween? Use Our Party Planning Checklist!

Halloween Home Decor Signs

This Wednesday marks the beginning of the Autumnal Equinox for 2015, meaning fall is almost officially here! We tend to be so overwhelmed by cider mills, corn mazes, and harvest festivals that we don’t realize how quickly Halloween sneaks up upon us. For those of you that are hosting THE Halloween fiesta to be remembered, are you READY? While you may not need your decorations set and your treats baked just yet, you should have your plans and supplies ready by the end of this month. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Organization is key, and we’re here to help.

Below, we have provided a killer checklist (pun intended) that will help you ensure your party’s success. Print out our easy guide and use it to reduce stress while planning your Halloween event.

Select a Theme – It’s a Place to Start!

While your theme may be simply “Halloween”, keep in mind that the more specific you are, the more fun the party will be. Consider adding details in your invitation that will set the mood, like “Zombies Only” or “2015 Monster Mash & Costume Contest”. The sky is the limit when you use your imagination!

Pro Party Tip:  Incorporate your favorite ghouls, ghost stories, or scary movies.

Purchase Decorations According to Guests

Your decor should match the age group of your guests appropriately. As funny as it would be, you don’t want to terrify a slew of middle school children. Similarly, you want to avoid a collection of unimpressed adults. Visit our Halloween Decorations page for ideas. You’ll find a variety of cutesy and scary decoration ideas that are perfect for your specific guests.

Pro Party Tip: Spend quality time decorating with the supplies you purchased. Anyone can tell when decorations were thrown together in less than an hour. Spend a full day preparing a spooky venue!

Plan Unique, Engaging Activities

Your guests will enjoy mingling, meeting new people, and of course, the food – which we’ll get to later. However, if you give them something fun (and scary) to do, they’ll have something exciting to talk about after leaving. Let’s be real here, nobody is too old for a Ouija board or séance on Halloween, so give it a go.

Pro Party Tip: Consider hiring a professional Halloween entertainer or medium that can share eerie experiences and offer readings to your guests.

Spooky Supplies

Everyone can agree that dishes are no fun after a holiday party, and traditional home utensils don’t often fit with the party theme. Stock up on party cups and plastic ware with creepy designs or Halloween colors.

Pro Party Tip: Remember to place the forks, knives, and spoons face-down in a labeled cup for sanitary reasons.

Create Unforgettably Frightening Foods

It’s not enough to simply order a pizza and bake cupcakes. You want to entertain guests during the entire party; this includes terrifying treats and scary snacks! There’s a variety of creepy, eerie recipes that make the perfect decoration/food team on delish.com.

Pro Party Tip: Remember to leave a few normal options for those who may not have an appetite for the spooky refreshments.

Offer Party Favors

Halloween party favorsAdults, children, or teens, it doesn’t matter who your guests are – this is Halloween. Make sure to have treat bags and favors with which guests can leave. Personalized glasses, candy, and coupons are a great way to thank your guests for coming to your event.

Pro Party Tip: For adults only parties, give out chocolate liqueurs or spooky wine stoppers!

Share Your Experiences & Ideas

Have experience hosting an awesome Halloween party? Be sure to share any great ideas or recipes in our comments section at the bottom!

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A Few Christmas Traditions to Begin With Your Little Ones

The holiday season is often the best time to begin your own family traditions. Christmas traditions will often vary based on heritage, culture, & tradition, however, we’ve listed a few below that can be enjoyed by everyone.

Elf on the Shelf

The Elf on the Shelf is a story written by Carol Aebersold & Chanda Bell. It’s the little elf that keeps an eye on everyone in the house, and flies back to the North Pole every night to tell Santa who’s been naughty and who’s been nice. Traditionally, the Elf moves around the home every day from Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve and then returns every year. One of the most prominent holiday trends during the past few seasons, the Elf on the Shelf is a fun and creative way to get your little ones into the holiday spirit. Your little elf can get into all kinds of mischief while creating a fantastic family tradition to be passed on for generations!

Baking TogetherAnother wonderful Christmas tradition in many families is baking and candy-making. This decadent family tradition can include dozens of different kinds of fudge, truffles, cookies, pies, and any other kind of tasty treats you can bring to mind! By including your little ones, it can allow them to create pride and ownership in your holiday creations!

The First Gift on Christmas Eve

For many families, the tradition of opening a single gift on Christmas Eve dates back many generations. It can help to spread out the gift giving and receiving portion of the season, thus prolonging your family’s holiday joy.

Volunteering and Giving Back

Beginning this tradition can be perhaps the best and most rewarding way of showing your children the true meaning of Christmas! We often can get swept away by shopping and wrapping presents, however, it is important to instill the spirit of giving within your family and to make it a point to help those less fortunate!

Family traditions speak volumes about the importance of family, and may never be more evident than during the Christmas season. It will be interesting to see which traditions that you implement in your family that your children will someday pass along to their own. Some tried and true traditions will be passed along, I’m sure, along with a few of the latest holiday trends sprinkled in! That’s the beauty of celebrating the holidays with family!

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