Thursday, October 1, 2015

It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown | Halloween Party Ideas

Are you anticipating The Great Pumpkin's arrival?! It has long been a tradition in our house, to watch It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown on Halloween night! I watched it as a child, and I happily introduced my children to the fun and excitement of The Great Pumpkin!

I found some darling party decor items over at Oriental Trading, and immediately started throwing around ideas for a Peanuts themed Halloween party! Their site made it so easy to find the perfect party decor, and I knew my children would really enjoy this theme!

Cute themed plates, gable boxes, and drink containers were set out on the table for happy party goers. I found some polka dot fabric that I thought resembled the same colors as Charlie Brown's shirt. The fabric worked great as a table cover, and helped make all the colors pop.

I set out polka dotted canvas bags next to a chalkboard sign that read: "I got a rock." I took store bought rice krispy treats, and formed them into different rock shapes, and then dipped them into melted chocolate. I couldn't find gray chocolate melts at my local baking supply store, so I took white chocolate melts, and black chocolate melts and mixed them to the color I needed. 

I added a brightly colored party cake that I constructed from styrofoam, wrapping paper, and tissue festooning. I love adding these faux cakes as party decor. They're a fun way to add a touch of whimsy. You can see the full tutorial from our Trick or Treat fun with Hershey's post. 

These darling cake pops were made by Bella's Bakery & Bowtique. Seriously cute! She captured the characters & darling pumpkins, perfectly!

Do you recall the scene where Charlie Brown & Snoopy are raking up a big pile of leaves? And then Linus, while holding his sucker, runs full speed and jumps into the big pile of leaves! I covered large suckers with some artificial leaves, to represent that very scene.

Our Charlie Brown goblin was placed near The Great Pumpkin patch, overlooking our party table. We set out Great Pumpkin Cookies for our guests, and awaited The Great Pumpkin's arrival.

A small welcome sign let the Great Pumpkin know that we were anxiously waiting for him to rise out of the pumpkin patch!

Could that be The Great Pumpkin?! 

Halloween parties aren't complete without some fun activities. Carving pumpkins along with having a pumpkin carving contest, is always fun! How about bobbing for apples?

Here I set out a tub of water, and added several red apples. The guests had a great time taking turns as they bobbed for the apples, and tried to pull them out with their teeth; just as Lucy did when her lips accidently touched "dog lips" - Yuck!

I found these darling pumpkin cookies at my local Starbucks. I spotted them in their dessert case and knew they would be perfect for our party. If you take a look towards the pumpkin patch, you can even spot Linus' blue blanket.

Once the guests were done nibbling on all the treats, playing games, and waiting for The Great Pumpkin, we went inside to watch the classic movie, just like we do every Halloween season. 

Will you be waiting to see if The Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch this year? I know we will... just like I did when I was a kid.


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Trick or Treat fun with Hershey's! | Halloween Party Ideas

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Tricks, treats, and all kinds of yummy sweets make up some of my fondest Halloween childhood memories! I remember being so excited to wear my costume, trick-or-treat with friends, and watch "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown".  Now I'm able to pass on the same fun traditions with my children: neighborhood parties, and lots & lots of tricks and treats! 

This year, Hershey has come out with BIG Halloween candy bags, available at Walmart!  
Their huge assorment of Hershey favorites such as Reese's, Kit Kat bars, and more, are featured in special Halloween variety bags. They make feeding all the neighborhood ghouls & goblins so much easier! I purchased a couple bags for our "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" Halloween party, and even have enough candy left over for our trick-or-treaters! 

Hershey's Candy is a must for the Halloween season and the perfect addition to your festivities! Planning our Halloween party was so much easier, with the help of Hershey's candy! Once I had my candy purchase crossed off my list, it was time to start decorating, and crafting for our party! 

When I throw parties, I really enjoy creating DIY projects! One of my favorite party additions is a faux cake. They add a splash of color to any table, and they are super easy to put together! Plus, you can create one for any + every party theme. 

To create your own Faux cake, here are the supplies I used:

1. Wrapping paper of choice - I chose paper that would coordinate with our party theme.

2. 3 styrofoam rounds - I found these at my local dollar store.

3. Tissue festooning or ribbon

4. Scissors, double-sided tape, pen or pencil

Start by stacking your rounds on top of one another, and attach them with tape.
Note: this won't be a strong hold.

Take your wrapping paper, and wrap it around the styrofoam. Cut a little extra, just to be on the safe side. Attach with tape, and move the remaining roll of paper off to the side.

Once the paper is attached, you'll need to trim any extra paper from the top of your cake. Trim as close to the edge as possible. 

Once you've trimmed the top, your cake should look like this.
Now you're ready to add a circle top.

From the extra paper you trimmed, trace the bottom of your cake. You'll be using the circle for the top {or "frosting"} of your cake.

Cut out the circle.

Place the "frosting" on top, and attach with your tape. Don't worry if the sides don't reach the outer paper. It doesn't have to be perfect.

Now it's time to start adding the tissue festooning.
Note: you may also use ribbon, feathers, etc. Add whatever coordinates best with your party!

Tissue festooning can be easily applied with tape. Continue adding it all around your cake top. This also helps hide any paper seams you might have.

Your cake is now complete! Easy, right?! And so festive.

You now have some fun DIY party decor, a successful party underway for your goblins & their friends, and trick-or-treaters at the door! Don't worry, Hershey's BIG bags of assorted candies will have you covered!

And more importantly, with Hershey's candy bag assortment, nobody will have to say, 'I got a rock' this Halloween! 

Head to Walmart's Halloween section. You'll see their huge selection of Hershey candy bags on display, like the ones you see below.

How will you use Hershey candy to add a few more treats instead of tricks? Let Hershey's and Walmart help you make this your best Halloween yet!


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Spooky Treats with Hershey's Ready to Eat Pudding | Tutorial + FREE Printables

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Halloween is quickly approaching, and that means its time to get creative with some Spooky Snack ideas! I'm always looking for fun ways to present food to my children, are you? How about creating these fun Spider pudding cups for your hungry goblins, using Hershey's Ready to Eat Pudding?! Or, you can add some creepy signs, right inside your pudding cups!

Whether it be an after-school snack that they can grab themselves, or something fun we can recreate together, Hershey's Ready to Eat Pudding is the perfect snack to have on hand! Moms want to give their children premium, high-quality snacks. I love that I can head down to my local Walmart, and pick up a couple packs. They come in two flavors: Chocolate, and s'mores!

Hershey's Pudding is rich, creamy, and made with real Hershey's cocoa. I sampled some while I was putting together this spooky spider, and let me tell you, it tasted exactly like a chilled Hershey chocolate bar! 

Are you ready to see how I put together some spooky-fun snacks, using Hereshey's Ready to Eat Pudding Cups? Let's go! 

Here are the supplies I used for my snack(s):

Hershey's Ready to Eat Pudding (chocolate & S'mores flavor)
4 Black licorice twists {spider legs}
Edible Candy Eyes
Paper Straws
Double stick tape
Cardstock printable signs

To make the spooky Spider cups, start by taking your Hershey's Ready to Eat Pudding, and open the foil lid. 

Next, you need to take your 4 black licorice twists, and tear them down the center. These will make 8 wiggly spider legs.

Insert spider legs into your pudding cup.

4 spider legs, and this guy is already starting to look creepy!

Once you've added all 8 legs, it's time to add some googly eyes!

The edible candy eyes are perfect for such a snack, don't you think? I know my little guys are going to go crazy over this!

And here is your spooky spider! So easy, right?

For my s'mores flavored pudding cups, I added a few spooky signs. I created some printables that had fun quotes. You can download your printable set, here

Now let's get started on the other treats! 

First, you'll need to print out your printable set, and cut them out. I used a square scalloped paper punch, but you can use anything from a circle, to just cutting out the word bubble itself. 

I cut my paper straws in half. Otherwise, they were a bit too long for my pudding cup.

Add some double stick tape to the back of your printable, and attach your paper straw.

Here are the spooky signs, ready to get dropped into the cups!

Add the sign to your cup, and display for your hungry ghouls!

Every Mom is a busy Mom, and we all want our family to enjoy quality snacks. Hershey's Ready to Eat Pudding is my choice for a quick snack. Making a fun craft for my kids to enjoy is an added bonus! 

You can find the Hershey's Ready to Eat Pudding Cups in the refrigerated section, at Walmart! 

And, there's more! To help get you started, All You Magazine has a coupon offer to save .55 on Hershey's Ready to Eat Puddin, in their September and October issues! 

You can find their magazine as you enter the checkstands.

For more Kraft food product ideas & inspiration, be sure to head over to their other social media outlets!

What spooky-fun treat will you be creating for your family, using Hershey's Ready to Eat Pudding?! Click on this Walmart link for the latest in food ideas & Kraft products. I can't wait to see what you create!