Your Candy Wants To Dress Up Too

In my last post I talked about how to properly decorate for a Halloween party. At the end I mentioned a cute way to dress up chocolate bars for your guests. This got me thinking of different ways to present candy, not just as party favors but for trick or treater’s too! You don’t have to be the only thing dressed up on this holiday.

Pinterest is literally the craft mecca. So, obviously that is where I turned for inspiration. A simple, cheap way that Pinterest suggests to dress up your candy is to put it in a rubber glove! If you read my last post and liked the idea of freezing water in a rubber glove to make a hand in your punch this is a way to use up those extra gloves.

Rubber glove with candy

Rubber glove with candy

Another idea, this time from Woman’s Day Magazine, is to use construction paper to turn candy bars into monsters!I suggested something like this in my last post but this a different version. This time all you need to do is cut up shapes from colored construction paper and tape them to your candy.

Monster Candy BArs

Monster Candy Bars

Finally, something that is slightly more challenging but not that complicated would be to create a pumpkin person out of candy! All you need is orange construction paper, a sharpie, candy, tape, and a Popsicle stick. Just attach the pumpkin head to the Popsicle stick and tape the candy on the front. This example uses and bag of M&M’s for the body and Sixlets for the limbs.

Pumpkin Person

Pumpkin Person

 

Trick or Treater’s will love getting candy no matter what, but your house will definitely be a memorable one if you dress up your candy a little bit.

This is also a great craft idea if you have kids and want to get them into the Halloween spirit! It’s east and it’s cheap! There’s also minimal mess. It is very toddler friendly.

Halloween Party Ideas

If you’re anything like me, you’re crazy about Halloween, and if you are me, you’ll be throwing a Halloween party this weekend! Since it is my favorite holiday I go all out. I mean I get EXTREME with my decorations and party favors. So this week I thought I would share some tips with you.

For me, it’s all about the minor details. Anyone can hang up spider webs and carve pumpkins, but it is those little extras that make a difference. A great example of this would be filling a rubber glove up with water, letting it freeze, and using it as an ice cube for a punch bowl like in this picture from Pinterest. Your guests won’t expect it but once they look down and see it they will be impressed!

Frozen hand decoration

Frozen hand decoration

Another way to amp up your decor is to add colored lighting. Lighting is a great way to set the mood for any occasion and Halloween is no different. As seen in this picture, adding a green light bulb to a hallway with cobwebs turns a regular corner into a ghastly sight! You can buy green light bulbs almost anywhere. For example, Bulbrite.com sells them for $1.56.

Green light bulb decoration

Green light bulb decoration

If creepy is not your style, that is okay. There are plenty of cute Halloween ideas as well. Take these adorable balloons for example. All you need are orange and white balloons and a black sharpie. It is easier than carving pumpkins, especially if you have young children. There is no mess and they add a spooky touch to any party.

Balloon pumpkins

Balloon pumpkins

Last but not least you cannot send your guests home empty handed. Just because we aren’t toddlers doesn’t mean we cannot get some candy! All  you have to do is wrap some candy bars in white streamers, add googly eyes and there you have a “mummy bar”

Mummy chocolate bar

Mummy chocolate bar

Voila, all the fixings for a Halloween party no one will forget!

Gifts for Baby

So my friend is about to have a baby. Like literally, any minute. She’s about to pop. It’s a boy if you’re wondering. I missed her baby shower so I never got her a gift so I was just searching online for some cute ideas and I thought why not share with you lovely folk? Of course I went to my favorite place on the web, Etsy, (it’s literally the best place on earth, you can find anything your heart desires) il_570xN.507339661_ftdj

Anyway, while searching the baby gifts section of Etsy I found this hooded personalized baby towel. It is so adorable and looks so snuggly! It is hand made from 100% velour terry cotton and is 32X32 inches long with a cute little  gingham blue baby whale at the top. Below the whale is a space to get your babies name embroidered on the towel. Don’t worry, this towel may be blue but it also comes in pink if that is more your taste. The towels are original designs by tinyshunshine and cost $30.00 and are shipped wrapped up with a ribbon from Ohio!

This is a really unique idea for a gift. It’s not just a super soft towel it can also double as a blanket! The hood makes it nice a cozy for baby. You can wrap them up and take them to the beach or bundle them up after a warm bath. These towels are big enough to take your child from baby to toddler so it is a good investment.

I think my favorite thing about this gift is that it is personalized with the babies name. It makes it seem like you really took the time to find the right gift. It will also help the mom with her nesting! I cannot wait to give my friend this gift and see it on the little guy when he finally comes.

Something for the Harry Potter Nerd

Harry Potter Mug

Harry Potter Mug Side 1

Harry Potter Mug Side 2

Harry Potter Mug Side 2

I have to admit I am a more recent coffee fan, but I have always been a Harry Potter fan, and this Harry Potter Espresso Patronum coffee mug combines both of my loves. This is a 10oz mug with a play on the words Expecto Patronum from the Harry Potter books on one side and on the other side it has the outline of Harry Potters famous glasses and scar. This mug is great because it is unisex; you can buy it for a girl, boy, mom, dad, grandma, friend, lover- anyone! Well, as long as they like Harry Potter I guess.

This is a handmade ceramic mug created by GelertDesign coming straight to you from The United Kingdom, and for only $10.70 (plus shipping). It is microwave and dishwasher safe (which is great because I am lazy and there is no way I would hand wash anything) I found this gem on Etsy. Etsy is one of my favorite sites to search for gifts because the majority of them are handmade which gives the gift a personal touch (literally) and they are unique so you know when you buy it there is a fat chance anyone else will have it (insert bragging rights here).

Now, my birthday is coming up so maybe I am posting this in hopes that someone will buy it for me. Yes? No? Come on boyfriend I know you’re reading this! Oh well it was worth a shot, but I love this mug so much I might just buy it for myself!

Who doesn’t love a good mug? Etsy has countless mug options so even if your loved one isn’t a Harry Potter fan you will definitely find something for them on this blessed site. So what are you waiting for? Go out and find your perfect mug!

Oh Beer, What Do We Have Here?

So my boyfriends birthday is coming up and I want to get him something that he will like, and more importantly something that he will USE! I think we have all had that problem where you buy a friend or boyfriend some really great knick knack just to have it tossed in the corner never to be looked at again (I’m looking at you, matching puzzle piece necklaces from Things Remembered). Don’t get me wrong, sentimental gifts are greatly appreciated, but they don’t always get as much attention as we expect when we first buy them. This doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good gift idea, and it doesn’t mean your loved one didn’t like it (he did but silly me for thinking he would wear a necklace every day!) It just means you can’t do as much with a knick knack as you could with some sort of craft.

Basically, I want to buy my boyfriend a gift that he will be able to do something with. So what does a gift like that look like? What would be a “manly” craft? These are the questions I was asking myself when I found Mr. Beer Home Brewing! I mean come on, what is more manly than beer? (or Root Beer or cider because Mr. Beer is smart and realizes sometimes, not even the manliest of men like beer)

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Mr. Beer Home Brewing Premium Kit

Mr. Beer Home Brewing has different sized at home kits ranging from $54.95 to $129.95. I chose the LBK $54.95 kit not only because it was the cheapest but because it was the smallest and therefore the easiest to have in a college home. This 8 liter kit makes 2 gallons of beer and is perfect for first time users. The Mr. Beer Home Brewing website states that the kit comes with:

• 8 Liter Keg Fermenter & Lid
• (11) 740-mL PET Bottles, Caps and Labels
• Spigot, Washer and Nut
• Can of Hopped Malt Extract (HME)
• Packet of Yeast (Under lid of the HME)
• Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser
• Bag of Carbonation Drops
• Brewing With Mr.Beer® How-To DVD (English, Español, François)
• Detailed Printed Instructions (download)

I can’t wait to give it to my boyfriend and see what he creates!