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Terri’s Halloween Resources

 

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With many of the stores starting to decorate and sell for Halloween, I thought I would share my list of resources that I have used over the years for costumes and items. When my children were young, I would make their costumes by hand, but as they got older and I started working outside the home, costumes have been store bought but always enhanced with added embellishments. So whether you prefer to purchase a costume or to make something yourself, I thought that I would share with you some of the companies that I have been very fond of and have used over the years for both children and adult costumes. These are some of my favorites.

The Disney Store 

Chasing Fireflies

Etsy

 

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Martha Stewart (Great costume/recipe/decor ideas )

Pottery Barn (Was always a favorite for kid’s costumes and decor)

The Pyramid Collection (Great for faerie, witches & wenches/adults)

 

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Grandin Road (All time favorite for decor! Fun costumes)  Be sure to order early!!!!

Victorian Trading Co.  (Period costumes/adults)

Lillian Vernon

 Cassie’s Closet 

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By |September 20th, 2014|Holidays|2 Comments

Hosting a Faerie Party (ages 6-8)

 

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Do you believe in faeries?  My children and I certainly do!  With Halloween quickly approaching, my youngest daughter and best friend have already decided they plan on being faeries this year.   When both of my girls were younger, they opted for a faerie theme birthday when they were about 6 years old. There is nothing more magical than hosting a faerie party.  This theme is so easy that one can go crazy decorating and planning.

Getting Started:

Since faeries are found in nature, the best place to host this theme is outdoors if possible.  You want to try to find the prettiest spot in the garden or park area.  Faeries also love all things beautiful, so think pretty, dainty and magical.

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Decor:

You can use almost anything for this theme, but you have to decide if you want to go in a more childlike or adult direction.  When decorating for this theme, I prefer to use plenty of fresh flowers to decorate with, but you’ll probably also add in faux and paper.   Tulle and ribbon is also a must.

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Tables:

Use whatever you have for this theme. Tables can be round or rectangular.  I prefer decorating tables in soft colors of purples and greens that drape all the way down to the floor.  Fabrics that have a matte sheen to them are really pretty.  You can also use lace trimmed linen if that is the look you prefer.  Always use fresh flowers on the table and you can decorate chairs using tulle, ribbon and flowers.  You can use either your own tea cups on the table or purchase pretty decorative paper ware.

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Storytime Corner:

Since there is so much history to share about faeries, I always recommend bringing in a faerie character to story tell.  If you decide not to do that, make a story time corner where the children can look and read some faerie books. It’s also fun to include some faerie props if you like.  Ex.  A mason jar with glowing faeries, a faerie door or wand. You can hang a tulle canopy from a tree with some blankets books and pillows on the floor.

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Craft Ideas:

You can do anything from potting fresh flowers in a small pail (Target, Michaels), to making faerie wands, or head garlands to decorating faerie houses.

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Activities/Games:  

If you decide to forgo hiring a themed character, you can provide some simple activities such as whimsical face painting, a faerie hunt, and faerie games for the children to do.

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Lunch/Snacks:

It’s always nice serving lunch with this theme and fun snacks.  Simple tea sandwiches work best with fresh fruit,  vegetables and dips. You can also be more creative by serving something like breadstick snails as an appetizer.

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Favor Bags:

Favor bags always look fabulous when decorated with butterflies, flowers or ribbon

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Music:  

Faeries love to dance to soft music.  Give each child  rainbow scarves or streamers to dance around with.

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Faerie Character:

A Faerie character will lead your party for you and add to the magic of the day.

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Cupcakes/Cake:

Whether you decide on serving cupcakes or cake, simple embellishments are easy to add.

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Sugary Treats:

For the parent who wants a little something extra for the children to take home.

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These are just some of the simple things you can do to make your event more magical!

By |September 18th, 2014|Birthday Party Ideas and Tips|0 Comments