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The Haunted Forest Halloween Party (28 photos)

 
 

 
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Halloween is one of my most favorite party seasons. From the delicious autumn flavors and creative spooky dishes to the cute kids’ costumes, the cool weather and exciting atmosphere makes for a perfect celebration time. But since we just rounded a party corner at our house (3 summer birthdays and a gender reveal for our baby on the way!), we had to really think “budget” this year for Halloween. We wanted to feature our new Haunted Forest Collection and have a spooky but kid-friendly feel. By hunting down DIY tutorials online and borrowing/reusing props, we managed to set up a VERY low budget but spooky party that had the kids screaming with delight!

Food:
All of our food was cheap and store bought (excluding the cookies). Our local grocer’s bakery had chocolate cupcakes for just pennies, to which we added cupcake toppers. The Sticky Apples were prepackaged from the grocery store and dressed up with ribbon and straw tags. And The Paula Deen Cinnamon Bundt Cake (also purchased at the local grocery store) was an easy cake solution. (And let me be the first to say, just because it wasn’t homemade, doesn’t mean it wasn’t moist and delicious. It was MIA by the time we got home!) The owl cookies were from my sweet friend Kim of Kimmies Custom Cookies that she made to correspond with The Haunted Forest Invitation.

Costumes:
When you have three children and multiple parties, you sometimes have to get creative with costumes! I searched the internet and found a super easy DIY tutorial for owl costumes by Alpha Mom (And I mean super easy! No sewing required!) All of the fabrics were on clearance at our local craft store. And for just a touch of whimsy, I ordered the cute owl masks from Opposite of Far on Etsy. The bat mask was an old recycled costume piece we dug up.

Credits:

Event Paperie, Design and Styling by LuLu’s (www.etsy.com/shop/shopLuLus and on FB at http://www.facebook.com/pages/LuLus/137358216350898)

Photography by Kendy Schimmel Photography, Inc. (www.kendyschimmel.com)

Owl Cookies by Kimmies Custom Cookies (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kimmies-Custom-Cookies/191494250864780?fref=ts)

Owl Costume Tutorial by Alpha Mom (http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/last-minute-kids-owl-costume/)

Owl Masks by Opposite of Far (http://www.etsy.com/shop/oppositeoffar)


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