monster favor bags

Monster Favor Bags

To go along with the monster donuts we all loved so much, these monster favor bags are a fun way to hand out candy (or a more healthy trail mix;) this year. They are just creepy enough to still be cute, and definitely school party approved.

Let’s get in the monster party spirit and hand out the sweet little bags to our guests and ghouls and finish off our spooky celebration with that perfect dose of whimsy that is sure to make every one smile.

Spunky Monster Favor Bags

Monster Favor Bags

The monster favor bags are made out of rolled tissue paper, buttons, thread, and a collection of fun ribbons for accent.

To make a stash of monster bags; roll a couple sheets of colorful tissue paper together and stuff with goodies. Close both ends by tying with ribbon or twine. Next, wrap fun ribbon around the monsters, creating your own whimsical characters and finish off by threading a needle and stitching (or you could glue) the monster’s button eyes into place.

That’s all that is needed to create these funky, spunky, and sure to be a favorite favors for your Halloween festivities.

Monster Bags

Monster Favor Bags

Whimsical Monster Bag

To finish the monster bags off right I used strands of kitchen twine and vintage ribbon. Ribbon is an item I always check for whenever visiting a thrift store – I love the amazing styles I dig up, perfect for more eclectic projects like this one. Happy treat giving!

(Photography by Erin Holland for A Subtle Revelry).

Posted October 08, 2014 0 Comments
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bright cat garland

Bright Cat Garland

Nothing says Halloween like a strand of spooky cats. Since I much prefer bright and fun to spooky and creepy, this cat garland is a whole new take on the spooky black feral idea. It adds a festive vibe to any fall party or mantel display.

Bright is the new black… Colorful is the new cat!

Bright cat garland

Festive Feral Garland

Bright Cat Garland

The cat garland can be whipped up quickly and is a stellar backdrop for a Halloween shindig. I have a strand hanging in the house and it brightens up the entire fall look of the place. Plus, the kids just adore it! Include the them in the fun, designing the cat faces and bringing these festive felines to life.

Bright Cat Garland

Bright Cat Garland

To make the cat garland you’ll need our cat face template (download the cat garland template right here). Trace it on a piece of bright card stock, cut the shape out and crease along the middle line.

Take a small piece of the leftover paper and roll it into a circle and glue to hold in place. Next, glue the paper circle to the inside of the cat face and run a string through the center to combine the garland. This gives the cat heads a festive 3D appearance while making the stringing of the garland a cinch.

Bright Cat Garland

Now it’s time to decorate the faces! We used a black marker to fill in the eyes and nose. Cut small strips of the bright paper for the whiskers. A little glue is all you need to create this bright, fun party look.

Bright Cat Garland

To hang the cat garland, I used some of the new Command Brand hanging party products. They came out with a line of party decorating products specifically for us festive party throwers and it is so awesome. From balloon bunchers, to pom-pom ceiling hangers, to these killer banner hangers – the entire line is one I will be using often.

The hanging products can be used on walls for easy party decor and come off simply with no-damage! Making my decorating job so much easier. I was super skeptical myself, but this garland went up, hung perfectly, and came down the next day with a simple pull, leaving not as much as a smudged mark on the wall. I’m hooked (hooked, get it:)!

Bright Cat Garland

Festive Feral Heads

For more festive and bright Halloween projects, see our full Halloween DIY gallery.

This post is done in promotional partnership with Command Brand. The product review and opinions are mine. Thanks so much for supporting the site sponsors that keep me crafting daily.

(Photography by Erin Holland for A Subtle Revelry).

Posted October 07, 2014 3 Comments
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swan costume headband + swan cake toppers

Swan Headband Costume

With Halloween coming in just a couple weeks, the need for cute dress-up ideas is high. We will have a couple more traditional costumes coming soon, but today I am happy to share this swan headband!

It is a great option for busy moms who are told they should dress up to help in class, but still need to keep up with five year olds. For those who want to have some fun in the office while still looking professional. And for trick-or-treat night when you don’t want to be totally left out of the game. Bring along this swan topped cake and everyone will immediately adore your dress-up selection.

Swan headdress

Swan birthday party essentials

The swans are a fabulous starting point for a birthday party, or less spooky Halloween costume party. Adorn your cake, make headbands for your guests, and enjoy the colors of the season without all the gore and spook.

Swan cupcake toppers

Swan cake

To make the swan cake toppers you will need; ping pong balls, black wooden skewers, black and orange felt, scissor, glue, and a length of faux feathers. For the headband you will also need a white headband.  

Posted October 06, 2014 2 Comments
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why don’t we – carve a pineapple?

Pineapple Jack-o-lantern

We are headed out to the pumpkin patch for round one of pumpkin picking this weekend. We do an early pumpkin carving and another one just a couple days before Halloween. This year I am incredibly intrigued by all the awesome carving I see going around on things other than pumpkins. I mean, if you think about it – why should pumpkins have all the fun!?! Let’s carve a pineapple instead… or a pepper, or an apple, and possibly my favorite – an orange. You can carve any fruit imaginable, just hallow it out and get slicing.

While I search for anything else I can carve, here are a few other awesome pumpkin ideas you might want to try:

We are definitely trying squash carving this year

The best way to slice your pumpkin

Carve and paint with metalics for this awesome doorstop look

Star studded carved luminarias are super pretty

Use a cookie cutter for easy carving form – genius!

Push pin pumpkins

Pumpkin planters

25 creative ways to carve a pumpkin

And this tip for using bleach to preserve pumpkins is super smart

Have a great weekend! xoxo

(Photography by Amy Covington for A Subtle Revelry).

Posted October 03, 2014 10 Comments
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apple chip bourbon cider

Apple Chip Bourbon Cider

Apple cider is one of my favorite drinks. I’m so excited the chill has finally set in enough to enjoy it. To add a fancy grown-up twist to the homemade gallon we recently purchased, we added a shot of bourbon and a stack of crispy apple chips to each glass. Mmmmmm. It was yummy, and warming, and my new favorite bourbon cocktail. Fall has completely arrived!

Bourbon soaked apple chips

To make the apple chip bourbon cider we started by making bourbon soaked apple chips. To do this wash your apples and cut them straight across into circles, no need to core the apples first. Dip each apple into a small bowl of bourbon (you can let them soak for up to an hour). Lay out the apple pieces on a parchment paper covered baking dish. Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake at 250 for about 45 minutes, or until browned and crispy.

Bourbon soaked apple chips

Bourbon apple chip cider

Stack the apple chips up in a martini glass and fill with apple cider 3/4 of the way up. Add a shot of bourbon and your experience of apple cider will forever be changed – for the way, way better!

Apple chip bourbon cider

Bourbon apple crisp cider

Cheers! For more warmth inducing fall cocktail recipes thebar.com has an awesome selection.

(Photography by Erin Holland for A Subtle Revelry)

This post done as a promotional partnership with the bar, all content my own.

Posted October 02, 2014 2 Comments
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glitter ice cubes

Glitter ice cubes

After yesterday’s glitter crafting party, I have one more sparkly thing to share – glitter ice cubes!

They might be my favorite new party element for always and forever!

We served sparkling champagne and sparkling water during the glitter party in glasses filled these glitter ice cubes. The frozen cubes of awesome gave our drinks a festive and sparkly vibe. They’ll be amazing to use for birthday parties and any one of the quickly upcoming holidays.

Glitter ice cubes for sparkling cocktails.

glitter ice cubes

edible glitter ice cubes

To make the glitter ice cubes, first made a batch of ice cubes. Once they are completely frozen tap various colors and textures of edible food glitter onto the ice cubes. Do not add more water. Then re-freeze the ice cubes for a couple hours to ensure the two substances adhere tightly.

I figured this method out after a failed try in adding the glitter to the unfrozen water. It just ends up dissolving and coloring the water (not adding sparkle). However, if the cubes are frozen before, the glitter will stick right to the bottom and you’ll be left with a gorgeously hued surprise for serving drinks at your next shindig.

Glitter ice cubes and cocktails

Once the drinks are poured the ice cubes will melt and the glitter will become a part of your cocktail, adding a little taste of sweet sugar and a massive dose of colorful, sparkly fun! Happy glitter filled drinking.

(Photography by Erin Holland for A Subtle Revelry)

Posted October 01, 2014 12 Comments
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