Throwback Thursday- Halloween Costumes

One of my favorite things to do growing up was to play dress up with my sister. We had a big chest full of old dresses and jewels and you knew something was wrong if a day went by that we didn’t don costumes and act out some imaginary story. In fact almost everything we did when we were younger seemed to revolve around playing dress-up- hanging out with our friends, acting in school plays, putting on our nightly performances for the family (aka we thought we could dance and sing so we would make up skits and then make our family watch), hosting English tea parties, and (I can’t believe I’m admitting this!) I even volunteered at an 18th century reenactment village during high-school (yes, I dressed in 18th century clothes….get over it, stranger things have happened). These days I tend to dress in more modern garb, but my chameleon sense of style makes it obvious that I’m still just as much a fan of playing dress-up as I was when I was little.

Of course all this dressing up means I absolutely love getting into character on Halloween. But I certainly don’t love buying costumes (thanks, but I’ll save my money for clothes I’ll wear all 365 days of the year!), and in fact I rarely have. They’ve mostly all been fashioned from things I own, usually the day before or the day of Halloween. I’ve been an apple tree (yes, really…my Mom even made a trunk out of chicken wire and paper meche), I’ve been the Statue of Liberty, I’ve been the oh-so-overdone Hooters Girl (it was college…what can I say?!), and one of my favorites, last year the Mr. dressed as a mail man and I was a mail order bride (white dress + shipping tape= free and easy costume). What can I say? I like to be unique! Since today is Halloween I thought it would be fun to walk down memory lane and see a few of my past costumes, some Halloween, some not. Excuse the quality of pictures…some are rather old.

Halloween Costumes {Statue of Liberty fashioned out of gray fabric and tin foil, picture photo bombed by our dog. P.S. How adorbs is my little brother as a clown?!}

Bride Costume {I think I was going for bride, not sure what the black sandals were going for though….}

Fairy Costume

{Dressing as flower fairies was one of our favorite costumes}

Bee and Beekeeper Halloween Costume {Honey bee and beekeeper}

Pirate Couples Halloween Costume {A pirate and a treasure chest…FYI, this is a great last minute costume idea. Just throw on a sparkly dress and then pile on allllll your jewelry. Voila! Instant treasure chest!}

Mail Order Bride Halloween Costume

{Another great last minute costume idea- white dress (for her) and blue pants, shirt and hat (for him) covered with post office stickers= the mailman and mail order bride costume I mentioned above.}

I’d love to know- Do you dress up for Halloween? If so, do you make or buy your costume, and what has been your favorite costume to-date?

Last Minute Halloween Decorating Ideas

Last Minute Halloween Decorating Ideas I’m behind in a lot of things right now. Like getting this post up, or responding to e-mails, and most importantly (because I obviously have my priorities straight) decorating for Halloween (which is less than a week away…what?!?!). If you’re like me (aka a procrastinator), here are a few last minute Halloween decorating ideas to make your home more festive and spooky. These were all easy DIY things or items I pulled from around my house, proving that you don’t need to spend a lot to get into the Halloween spirit.

For the above display, I used leftovers from our wedding- a dish from our candy bar to hold candy corn, a large glass container (also from our candy bar) flipped over on a pumpkin, and the other DIY chalkboard. Above this display I hung a few more paper bats.

Happy Halloween A lot of these items were also left-over from our wedding- the mercury glass, the dried flowers, the gold glittered vase, and the DIY chalkboard. I added a bowl of acorns (from our local park) and found some Halloween cut-outs via Pinterest that I taped to unused chopsticks and stuck into sand that had been tossed with gold glitter (also from our wedding).

Halloween Cut-outs Bats on Light for Halloween Mr. RC freehand cut a lot (and I do mean a lot) of bats out of black construction paper, some of which I stuck onto our living room light shade.

Halloween Bar Decorations I decorated the doors of our bar with a little ghost I made from a Kleenex tied over a small styrofoam ball with twine and then attached two black construction paper “eyes” with tape. In the bottom corner of one of the doors, I placed a cat cut from black construction paper (using the same cut-out templates mentioned above).

Easy DIY Halloween Decorating On top of the bar I created a little “witch brewing” corner.

Halloween Spells and Potions Books I covered a couple of thick books with a paper grocery bag then scribbled “Spells” and “Potions” on the side with chalk.

Halloween Bottles I added in a few bottles we had lying around to complete the look. One is a Trade Joe’s wine bottle, one is an old bottle wrapped in twine, two are mini St. Germain bottles, and then of course the skull vodka bottle. The other mini bottle was actually a gift I received years ago of sand from Hawaii and the glass covering it is normally a hanging piece that holds a candle. The paper roll, which was made to look old and worn with coffee, adds another creepy element to the “witch brewing” display.

Easy Ghost Garland These little ghost were all made like the one above on the bar. I strung these together using white and gold twine and then hung them across the doorway of our living room.

DIY Halloween Bats A few more of the paper bats are creepin’ up our entrance mirror.

How are you decorating your home for Halloween?

Pumpkin Daydreams

Since carving pumpkins didn’t seem to make it to the top of this month’s priority list (I can’t possibly imagine why!), I’ve instead been daydreaming (via Pinterest) about Halloween decor (pumpkins in particular) that I wish were in my apartment.

They have glitter…need I say more?!

I have seen a lot of cleverly decorated pumpkins, but this is by far one of the adorable!

This lined path is simple and elegant all while remaining perfectly seasonal. The white pumpkins make it appropriate decor to have throughout the fall and into winter, giving you more uses out of your pumpkins than just Halloween.

Another simple and elegant use for a pumpkin that allows it to be a transitional piece throughout the fall and winter (or at least until it rots!). Using a white pumpkin allows you to incorporate colors besides orange and yellow into your fall decorating palate.

This centerpiece of black and silver glitter pumpkins tie this tablescape together and keep the whole thing from looking like your typical tacky Halloween decor.

Gold spray painted mini pumpkins add a touch of glam to a Thanksgiving (or dinner) table setting

Even nature knows how to ombre!

How are you decorating your pumpkins this year?

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Table Toppings

When it comes to decorating your table for thanksgiving, I have found one of the best inspirations to be in nature.

A branch of  laid across the table to adds a simple decorative touch
In place of napkin rings, lay a smaller branch across a napkin && add a Hershey kiss
Leaves can be used as place cards held in place with a pine cone
Sweet treats scattered among the branches give guest something to snack on
And candles always add a nice ambiance to your meal.