Monday, September 27, 2010


This Halloween I am hosting a ladies night out. I put this Inspiration Board together to help keep me on track with how I want the evening to transpire.

Colors: Lifeless black, platinum and grey

Styling: Old Hollywood Splendor and Elegance

Decor: 17" round balloons matching my theme colors - black string lights hanging in the dining room from the ceiling - home-made glass glitter garlands and silver tinsel draped over chairs and window frames - Musky perfumed votive candles located throughout the house - Scattered glass vases filled with leafless branches sprayed with liquid adhesive and covered with glitter - An over-washed black linen table cloth with frayed edges - Old wine bottles with Halloween labels holding dripping wax candles and Spooky Halloween images in tarnished silver frames on the buffet table

Tableware: Black glass compotes - Tarnished aluminum platters -Vintage silver cakestands - mismatched ivory china, crystal and silverware - black linen and platinum silky napkins

Food: Buffet style with Halloween feather tree centerpiece in tarnished champagne bucket. Finger foods placed on black and metallic cupcake liners - tiered plates of mini sandwiches, beef skewers, fruit, petit fors and cupcakes - Serving sparkling water, Red wine and Champagne

Music: Shuffled mix of Jazz, Hollywood musical tunes and "Spooky Music/Sounds"

Saturday, September 25, 2010


We are starting to think about Halloween and our neighborhood will soon be rampant with kids ding-dong ditching and leaving treats at the door. I made these vintage flashcard inspired tags last year for my girlfriend who tied to a pack of Halloween oreos and delivered to each of her 3 sons friends - My boys gave out packets of ghost marshmallows with hot coco mix tied together with twine. This year I have made little cello bags of Creepy Crawlies for the older kids which I have used before as cup cake toppers, treat embellishments and in multiple craft projects - the cockroach will be the perfect "trick" to leave on my unassuming teenagers lunch one day!!

These are just 4 different ways to use the same tags in your packaging using (my favorite!) simple supplies. I am a huge fan of Japanese masking tape (top left), but regular masking tape (bottom left) is a perfect design element and hole reinforcer too! I used the same tags on the right but just trimmed to size and tied with cotton twine and wrinkled seam binding. Vintage paper lace is my favorite way to embellish the "plainest" of packages and usually reserved for special treats!

If you would like to downlad these tags for yourself, just click HERE....enjoy!


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