I decided to put my own little spin on the valentine idea with a child and candy lips. My husband and I joined in on the fun. We just got in front of his mac and used photo booth to take our picture. It works really well with Lillian because she likes to be able to see herself take the picture. Then I added the text using the computer and had cards printed at Walgreens. With a coupon it only cost $10 for 20 photo cards with envelopes. I’m sure it will bring a smile to all of my friends and family members faces. And, maybe it will give you an idea for your own.
I decided at the last minute to throw a Halloween party. It wasn’t anything fancy. I just threw together a few fun things and we had a good time. I made guacamole and my artist brother helped out by carving a “puking” pumpkin to go with it.
We also had a panna cotta brain with cranberry sauce as well as mozzarella, tomato and olive eyeballs.
The best thing that we made was caramel apple jell-o shots. They weren’t too much work and were the best jell-o shots I have ever had. Normally, they are either horrible tasting or not strong enough to be worth eating but these were neither. The apple made them taste really fantastic and made them super easy to eat. I got the recipe here. However, we did add more vodka and we made a double batch. As a note, I bought a melon-baller in order to make these and I don’t know why I have never owned one before! It is an amazing little tool!
I also got to give my costume a test run but, I plan on doing a few things differently for the actual day of Halloween.
I found a great free printable at “How Does She…” I decided that I am going to do new banners for different times of the year so, I just put up a rope with clothes pins on it over my mirrors in my living room. Now it will be much easier to change out my banners for the seasons and I think it looks cool.
Now, take a look at my mirror. It is really large, my living room has 30 ft. ceilings and that is a full sized couch in the picture. The mirror is about 4.5 ft. tall and 6 ft. wide. Would it surprise you to know that this is made of 6 $5 behind the door mirrors from Target?! Well, it is! I simply put command velcro strips on the back of each mirror and placed them next to each other on the wall. So, I got this gigantic mirror for only $30 and it only took about 20 minutes to put on the wall entirely by myself. I have toyed with the idea of painting the frames a different color but I haven’t gotten around to it yet.
I did quite a bit of crazy crafting for Lillian’s birthday. So I’ll just let you look at some photos and describe everything that warrants description under each of the photos. In the future I will document my late night crafting craziness while it is occurring but, since this blog is new and I wasn’t prepared in advance, I obviously can’t show you the “making of” photos…unless you have a time machine I can borrow. 🙂
|My mom helped out by face painting anyone who was interested. It really made the party have a nice carnival feel.|
|Guests were able to customize an apron with their name for all of their painting ventures. I provided letter stencils and paint markers. This allowed the adults to participate.|
|We had guests place presents in the reading room. My brother and husband placed the streamers.|
|Here is one of the party attendees with his cute apron and paintbrushes.|
|I made this banner out of paint chips, ribbon and marker.|
|Lilly enjoying her acrylic easel. You can also see her cute apron that I made with a lily on it.|