I’m partnering with Oriental Trading for this post. Oriental Trading provided the products (which I chose), and the opinions are 100% my own.
I literally scared Sunny with the scream I let out when I saw this Ewok dog costume onOriental Trading’s website, because it is so adorable. (Yes, they have kids’ and adults’ costumes too. Amazing ones!) In the past, Sunny has been a princess for Halloween, a referee, and I think she was a clown once… But the Ewok wins.
As soon as I put it on Sunny, she curled right up and went to sleep. Cozy and warm!
And here are my kids from about 18 years ago. Yes, 18 years ago, and the reason I now dress a Yorkie up for Halloween, instead of kids! (To be honest, my daughter was the first to dress Sunny up for Halloween the year we got her. The tradition has continued!)
My daughter always loved dressing in costume for Halloween, while my son sort of tolerated it. This Buzz Lightyear costume, though—I think he would have lived in it.
And so FALL IS HERE! My favorite season and the only season that really has me wanting to host parties. Oh, I do host our family Christmas Eve. But the rest of the year I find it hard to get motivated to do such things. My sister has always been the event planner in the family, but event planning has always been a little overwhelming for me. (She: an extrovert. Me: NOT an extrovert.)
Other than Christmas, fall is also the only time I really do any seasonal decorating. I love these fun orange lanterns from Oriental Trading, and they will look wonderful, welcoming our guests and trick-or-treaters. (Typically, I have one lone pumpkin on the porch…) These will look great with some LED candles.
So, with all of the fall inspiration around, for the last few years I’ve been longing to have a party on Halloween. I’ve planned it in my head many, many times. Chili (of course!), pumpkin muffins (of course!), movies outside, projected on a “screen” (er, sheet), a fire in the fire pit, and marshmallows (of course!) And, because I am a photography fanatic (proudly), I’ve envisioned a photo booth.
I set up my very first photo booth last winter for my nephew’s birthday, and I really wish I’d had this great photo booth sign on the prop table.
I love these Peanuts photobooth props and actually had a really hard time choosing, because there were so many to choose from. When they arrived, I couldn’t help smiling. They are even better than I’d hoped.
My original plan was to scatter these pretty leaves (they look like burlap!) on the snack table at the party, but I’m keeping some aside for crafts, as they are so pretty. I fell in love with the texture and the delicate shapes. For this fall greeting, I brush lettered the greeting with my Tombow dual brush markers and arranged the burlap leaves for a border.
And, for documenting the events, these pretty journal cards and fall colored “pearls” for the photo pages. I was so happy to see the reasonably priced scrapbooking supplies at Oriental Trading’s site.
I’m reviving my scrapbooking hobby, but in a more manageable way these days, using pocket albums, but decorating with all of the scrapbook pretties. When my (now 26!) year old son was a baby, I had more time for elaborate scrapbooking. But then my second baby came along a few years later, and I needed to find more time efficient ways to scrapbook. I didn’t want to give up my pretty scrapbooking supplies, so I just used them to decorate within the clear pockets. (That idea has now become pretty mainstream!)
I love that the journaling cards are pretty on both the front (lined) side, and also the back, because both sides often show in the pockets.
Do you have any fun fall or Halloween events planned?