Friday, September 30, 2016

DJ Bones' Monster Mash| Tween Halloween Party Ideas!

Are you looking for some fun tween Halloween party ideas? I put together a bright + age appropriate Monster Mash party, featuring DJ Bones! He was looking so cool as he hung out at the table, wearing his bright blue earphones, and mixing some spooky tunes.

For my easy-to-create-party, I found items at Dollar Tree, Shindigz, Target, and HomeGoods! My backdrop was a brick wall setting, created from a roll of brick flat paper, and tall speaker standees, from Shindigz. I hung a bold colored garland by stringing felt spider web cutouts that I found in the Target Dollar Spot.

I set out some bright green fabric to use for my table cover, and I topped it with a cool paint splattered table runner from HomeGoods! And how perfect are those record plates?! I found those in the Target Dollar Spot a few years ago. 

This creepy-cool box from Dollar Tree is what inspired my party idea! I fell in love with the skeleton dj and quickly dreamed up a fun party theme. I also picked up these silver skulls, headphones, and mini radio speakers from Dollar Tree!



For snacks, you can set out candy apples, popcorn, and cupcakes topped with plastic eyeballs.





Have some cool party activities for your guests! Why not have a Monster Mash dance-off?! Karaoke is still fun for all ages. You can create a neighborhood scavenger hunt too! 

Send your guests home with spooky treats inside of these awesome boom box favor boxes. I saw these on the Shindigz site and had to have them!  


I hope you enjoyed our easy tips and party ideas for a tween-friendly Halloween Party! Spooky never looked so cool!

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Skeleton Halloween Party Ideas!

Spooky skeletons, and fog machines - it's time to start planning for Halloween! We are so excited for this time of year, and we've got some spooky-fun party inspiration to help get you in the spirit!

To accent our outdoor party setting, we used a Haunted Mansion Standee and a creepy open mouth tree, as our party backdrop.


We set up a Halloween tablescape that was filled with all sorts of creepy items such as: skeleton hands, skulls, and black spiders!



Dancing skeleton plates and napkins were set out and I added coffin treat boxes to hold utensils, and fun spider web cups for guests to sip their poison. Everything looked so festive sitting on top of a spider web table cover.




Don't forget your spooky treats! I set out a store bought cake and sprinkled it with Candyfetti™  from Sweets Indeed! Green poison apples, cupcakes are all party must-haves.



For a fun touch, serve party food in a cauldron! They're the perfect touch for your party table.



Mr. Skeleton looked dapper in his witch hat. And the fog machine added just the right amount of spooky air - it even made the light up tree look a bit more creepy!


A smaller skeleton guest made himself at home and enjoyed the spooky party setting. 

 Parties call for fun photo opportunities! We personalized a fun juggling skeleton standee for my boys to thank their party guests for coming.


Are you ready to start planning your Halloween party?! We hope you have a spooky-good time! 





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Friday, September 23, 2016

Show your team spirit with Coca-Cola!

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In our house, football equals food, friends, and fun! We were just itching for this season to start! Are you looking for fun ways to enjoy game day? We've teamed up with Walmart to show you fun and easy ways to get your game on!

And whether you're on the sidelines cheering, or watching from home, our team spirit station is sure to help you get your game on! And while you're looking for other game day ideas, head over to NotSoFastMom.com for more inspiration and recipes.

Football season is such a fun time! We love to head out and catch our local highschool's football game! It's great to watch these amazing athletes give it their all and perform with such passion. While observing the Friday night lights, I couldn't help but notice all the athletes taking short breaks and reaching for POWERADE. You know if they're satisfying their thirst during game time, they're also powering up with POWERADE during practice! And why wouldn't they? It's packed with essentials that are needed to perform at their best. Awesome!

When I was a cheerleader back in my college days, I had to have lots of team spirit! It was our job to keep the crowd pumped up, even if our team wasn't doing so hot. It's easy to stay pumped up if you have the right items to show off that team spirit! Why not set up a "Team Spirit" Station?! 

Have your station include everything your guests will need to cheer on their favorite team! I painted an old potting table in green, black and white. I added a chalkboard back drop and painted "team spirit station" with a chalk marker.


I made sure the station had beads, pom-poms, eyeblack stickers, wristbands, cowbells, megaphones, and facepaint!


And let's not forget the main staple of a great football tailgate party - the food! You can serve a gourmet meal, or set out appetizers. Either way you serve it, make sure to have refreshing Coca-Cola for all your game day needs! 

POWERADE can also come into "play" if you're sweating on the sidelines, cheering on your team!

I easily found them in the soda & beverage aisles at my local Walmart.

I headed to my local Walmart for all the tailgate fixings! I love to simmer little smokie sausages in bbq sauce. It super easy to prepare, and also filling. My football themed crock-pot from Walmart serves up the perfect batch for my guests, every time! 


While at Walmart, I also spotted some delicious double chocolate-chip cookies. I added frosting laces to the tops of the cookies to resemble footballs. 

Bacon wrapped hot dogs, anyone?! Top them with your favorite items. I used pico-de-gallo, and it was definitely a crowd favorite!




Add some football themed decor to add around your party table, ice chest, etc. To make things a bit easier, I'm including a free football banner download that I created. I'm also adding in some festive straw flags - they're perfect when sipping on an ice cold Coca-Cola!


Do you have any fun game day traditions? What about a tasty recipe idea! I'd love to hear about it!