Halloween Party: Print this one out.

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.

Mission #1:

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 hereNormally, 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:

  1. Throw out any trash (fruit roll up wrappers, old magazines/catalogs. etc.)
  2. Take things that don’t belong in the room you’re in and put them in the room they do belong in.  (also can you make a Goodwill trip and donate anything…check for that too.)
  3. Look Up!  Check for cobwebs (although 4 Halloween they’re kinda nice LOL).  Beat ’em down with a broom. 
  4. Windows and sills and trim.
  5. Doors and baseboards.
  6. Dust flat surfaces
  7. Do the floors.
  8. Spray with air freshener to give yourself a happy smell reward for all your work. 

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.

Mission #2:

Review your menu grocery list, and finish purchasing anything you need.  Make sure you have these items too.

  1. Plates
  2. Napkins
  3. Cutlery
  4. Streamers
  5. Candles
  6. Ice
  7. Beverages
  8. Cups
  9. Toilet Tissue (don’t want to run out of that)

 

Mission #3:

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.

 

Mission #4: 

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.

Hmm, great idea, and cheap

Hmm, great idea, and cheap

 
Mission #5:
 
Borrowing.  Are you borrowing any items from people?  Get those arrangements settled.  It will only take a couple phone calls.  You can do it.
 
Now before you get all overwhelmed and say this is going to take too long.  Or, I can’t handle this.  Let’s recap. 
  1. The cleaning is going to take 1 hour.
  2. You’re going to the grocery anyway, the list review might take 15 minutes,
  3. Bake/cook for one hour only.  You’ll be amazed how much you can do.
  4. Decorating your zone.  Do it for 30 minutes and then quit!  That’s good enough.
  5. 10 minutes worth of phone calls.

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.

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