So my goal was to provide everyone with do-able craft and entertainment ideas for this really awesome holiday called Halloween. But this week I’ve certainly had the case of the Monday’s. Which I have felt since last Thursday.
I figure, at the very least, you all know that I’m truly a human! I’m tired, run down, feeling a little like the world is chaotic - even in the most beautiful way. Which meant I needed the last four days to let my brain settle down a bit and try to reconfigure my schedule so I can get a little more of what I need; Mainly more time with my family. My oldest guy has grown about 2 inches in 2 months (I may be exaggerating, but he’s kind of this new tall-ish creature I sort of recognize) and the youngest is in this difficult toddler stage that is completely beautiful one second and startlingly confusing the other. Time is flying by so quickly – which scares me. I would much rather have more hours in the day and several years added onto our lives. And I try to do it all! I have a feeling I’m not alone in this goal. Where does the trying end and the being start? I assume I am in the being, and it’s obnoxious that I don’t realize this every day.
This weekend we did a lot of family snuggling as we settled in for a stormy Saturday and uneventful Sunday. We squeezed in some Halloween events, but ultimately just hung out. This helped us all slow down – storms are a blessing in disguise.
I’m preparing for my first girls-week away without a child in tow. This is very exciting for me, I missed several girls’ trips in the past due to a plethora of baby worries (back then I had only 1 baby, but twice as many worries) and lack of funds– but I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around this. Of course I am happy about the idea of vacation, but actually leaving my family to go on a vacation without them is an entirely new emotional conflict I haven’t had before in my life. It’s the definition of bittersweet, and at the moment I’m feeling a little more sour about leaving my babies behind. The sweetness is just around the corner of course, when I return home and everyone is happy and fine, and did well without Mom coordinating everyone. At the moment I am reminding myself that traveling is something I often dream about and it’s quite alright to do something without, and not for, my babies. They may actually like me more for it, as of course I will return with newfound knowledge and respect about the world to share with them.
Thank you for obliging me as I whine about issues that are really unimportant in the scheme of things- we’re healthy and happy. But again, you know I am human now. And we humans whine.
So without further ado, here are some ideas that may actually be useful to you this week. Last minute decoration and party ideas:
You can either design a similar piece of chalkboard art (because I know we all have chalkboards sitting in dust these days!) or you can just buy this one.
The House That Lars Built tutorial shows you how to download these famous art pieces and print them up large. You could make them as spooky as you wish by adding masks or blacking out eyeballs.
For your Halloween Party Buffet table, just tie some black ribbon around your silverware to give them that Gothic look.
If you are like me, then you have some empty wine bottles laying around your recycling. Paint them black, add some candles and voila! You have yourself a really cool looking centerpiece.
Upgrade your typical cheese and cracker tray by adding bits of dark chocolate, figs, herbs and pomegranate seeds. It'll look like still life art straight from your haunted house dreams.
No time or interest to carve a pumpkin? If you do just one of these, it can transform your dining room table. So beautiful and may actually last a few weeks to keep the autumn spirit rolling.
Whip up some of our Pear Nectar and Tequila cocktails for guests (and one for you of course!)
Consider setting up your potluck outside, so you can sip cider and watch the kiddos running amok!
This grilled soft cheese recipe looks great and is simple to assemble. A perfect addition to your party menu.
Add your favorite quote or saying onto kraft paper to fill an empty frame. If it’s a big frame it can shape the entire mood of your event.
This classic spider web craft can be made quickly and with the whole family.
Make soup ahead of time, prepare some small pumpkins and assemble when guests arrive. Easy, but with definitely impress ghouls and guests alike!