I’ve spent the past two days putting up Halloween Decorations. Things are looking great. But today my focus is wrapping up costumes. I like to be sure my Halloween costume, and my kid’s costumes are ready for party time. So I gave mine a whirl this morning. The following is a list that will help you avoid a meltdown concerning your costume. Follow these directions and you’ll be off to a good start to your party. Who wants to be the worst dressed at their own event? So let’s get going.
After you’ve finished this, you’re probably ready to look at this whole thing with a better mindset. Now take a half hour or so to tidy up your to do list. Tomorrow, it’s time to get crackin! Oh, and today. Hit one room. Clean it and do a littel decorating. Get out some candles. It will only take a half hour at most. Put on some great music. Believe me, when the party rolls around, you’ll be glad you did.
Getting your Halloween Party ducks in a row. If you haven’t been following along, check the Halloween Category over to the right, you’ll be up to speed in no time flat.
Phew! My Halloween Party plans were put on hiatus for a few days while we fought off the flu. Most of the plans included deep cleaning. I use Flylady’s detailed cleaning list for zones to do this. You can find them in pdf format here. Normally, I would attack each zone/room one day at a time, and I have sort of been doing that in between checking temperatures, meds, dr. calls and such. But, the important thing to remember is that it doesn’t have to be perfect, and it can be done in 15-30 minute spurts. Just stay focused on the room you are in, and set a timer. I usually break it down like this:
Seriously, this doesn’t take as long as you think. Just do it for a half an hour, then sit with your feet up and a glass of water (flushing out fat for the big day is always good.) I would do no more than 2 rooms in a day, 3 at max. We still have other fun stuff to do, and we don’t want to waste all that good energy on cleaning.
Review your menu grocery list, and finish purchasing anything you need. Make sure you have these items too.
Take one morning or afternoon to finish up baking or any make ahead items you can. Let’s get those things out of the way. Less to worry about for next week.
Decorate at least one zone. Remember, we were picking about 3 areas to decorate, if you haven’t done any decorating, get two zones done, if you have, one will do. Again, less running later. This doesn’t have to be expensive or crazy, I gave you some ideas in other blog entries. Cheapy masks, plastic pumpkins, real ones, streamers, rubber snakes, bugs, bats or rats, old wine class=”mceItemHidden”> bottle, old tools, and candles do just fine. Heck print off some old photos and hang those around. Here’s one more last-minute Halloween Party decoration thought…
Shadow puppets. Nothing is creepier than shadows. And you can cast your own easily. Martha has a good tutorial on her site. Go Check it Out.
Here’s an AWESOME example of one that I found on Etsy. The shop is called Isabella’s Art
Go get a gift or some inspiration.
So that is about 3 out of 72 hours of your weekend to get you on your way to a rockin’ party. Think about how much time you give your job, and this is FUN and you’ll be accomplishing a bunch for your mental sanity and giving your friends and family a good time. I think that’s worth 3 hours. You CAN do it. It would probably do you some good to get a walk in as well. Just go out and get the “stink blowed off”, as my grandmother used to say. Drink in the fall air and show those bones and muscles a good time.
You too can be one hot zombie. Just go to Picnik’s Website, upload one of your photos. Then use some of their FREE features, OR upgrade and really do yourself up right. Seriously, these can be really fun portraits of guests to do for a Halloween Party. Have your own zombie gallery. Or just use your own pic as a working guide for your zombie costume. Have fun, but BEWARE, it’s addicting.
Yesterday I delivered a number of Halloween Party Invitations dressed as Cruella DeVille. I still have a few left to go. Here’s what happens each year after I deliver invites. Panic sets in. I have no idea why, but just a little bit of panic starts to settle in and drive me nuts. SO it is imperative that you have that handy dandy notebook to go back to in times like this. Oh, I’ll be fine, but that dang notebook keeps my head on straight.
I hope you all have your to do list going. Your invites sent out, or least heading out this weekend. Most of all DON’T PANIC. Just quit and come back to it if you feel overwhelmed. Go for a walk, do a heavy duty workout, bake something, read, but don’t freak out.
This is part two of my Halloween Tree instructions. See the Halloween Category to the right for part one.
For the base of the tree I have set the tree in Plaster of Paris. You just mix the Plaster of Paris with water according to the instructions on the box (they sell this stuff at Walmart btw). Once you get it mixed up in a container that will fit your “tree” it’s time to place the tree. You might want to do this in a place where it can be held up by a rope or something shile the Plaster of Paris dries. I propped mine up with the ceiling (big tree).
After this dries (it took about an hour and 45 minutes, maybe less. I’m not sure, I went to the store while it was drying.)
Hang any decorations you like on your tree. I do not suggest putting lights on here because it’s not very safe. Your regular lights in your house will still provide a little sparkle with the glitter.
This project makes a great addition to your Halloween Party decorations because it is virtually free, and if you don’t have the supplies on hand, you can get them pretty cheap.
The other day when I was dying my paper for the Halloween Party invites, I also threw some old nasty t shirts into the dye (btw to make these color fast you can use vinegar, I didn’t bc I don’t plan on washing these EVER.) Why? For Halloween decorations, of course! I had one batch of boiled onion skin dye, one pot of coffee dye, and one crushed walnut dye. Actually the onion skins made a nasty pinkish dye that works rather well for Halloween. The best part about these Halloween decorations is that they were FREE!
Here’s what happened.
The shirts after their dirty dye job.
Little ones curl in on themelves.