Blake's birthday is actually in September, but this year we decided to do the party a little late and have a Halloween theme.The invitations were tricky because he wasn't sure what he wanted. We started looking on Etsy and found these graphics, so I got busy trying to make invitations. We only have Paint & Picasa, so that's what I was forced to use. But I think they turned out ok.
I've always wanted to have a Halloween party, so this was a lot of fun to plan! Thankfully I didn't need to buy much in terms of decorations.
For the backdrop, I hung plastic tablecloths from our curtain rod. Quick, easy and inexpensive! I made the larger wooden tombstone in the back. I'm sure I could have made it better, but it was done in less than 10 minutes. The 01-12 in the date represents the year Blake was born to now.
Of course we had lots of
For the drink, we wanted something that matched the color, but that tasted good. That excluded orange & lime Kool-Aid. And I didn't want to use soda. So I used clear watermelon-kiwi Kool-Aid and added a drop of food coloring to make it green.
Aren't the cups cute? I glued google eyes to each one.
Later on I tried adding a glow stick underneath the dispenser, but you can see it didn't do much. Probably would have looked great in the dark though!
Since watered down drinks are gross, I froze the clear Kool-Aid in a latex glove to serve as ice. I also floated a few leftover eyeballs inside.
And for added fun, I froze some gummy worms in ice cubes.
And now for the treats. We had yellowed teeth (pineapple).
Clotted blood (salsa).
Sewage (Chili's style queso). I thought about using diarrhea as the name for this, but I thought that might be pushing it!
Shrunken skulls & cobwebs (chocolate covered Oreos).
Vampire fangs (tortilla chips).
No fancy name for the cupcakes.
Toenails of a giant (potato chips). This one was tricky.
Mummified monster toes (chocolate covered Twinkies).
Poison powder (Pixie Sticks). We got these from the loose candy bins at Party City. They were on sale 25 for $1.00.
Jelled blood (jello). I love how these turned out but they were so tricky to make!
Witches worms (gummy worms).
Finger bones (chocolate covered pretzels).
Bloody fondue! (red chocolate). I am not a pro at that machine.
For dipping into the chocolate we had tiny hearts (strawberries).
Sponge brains (angel food cake).
Bits of bones (pretzels).
Outside we had a large cooler of poison (soda).
I set this table up for presents and goody bags. The big pumpkin is an outside decoration we have.
I made the little banner above with twine & googly eyes. Idea found here. The sign was in the Target dollar spot.
This pumpkin was also from the dollar spot.
Eventually the chocolate started flowing right.
The goody bags were simple. The eye stickers came from the dollar bin at Joann's.
Inside we had glowsticks (Dollar Tree, 15 for $1), Halloween erasers, expanding foam bugs (Dollar Tree), several types of candy in matching colors (15 for $1 at Party City) and homemade slime.
The slime is a mixture of glue, water & Borax. I spray painted the lids and glued on google eyes. They are so cute!
The cake! I forgot to save white candy melts for the eyes, so they are google eyes, too.
Make a wish! This makes three birthdays that we have used those black & white candles.
I always pre-scoop the ice cream. It's so much quicker and less messy. The cups were leftover from Morgan's party.
This year I decided to try a black velvet cake. It was not a hit, however. I should have stuck with what works I guess.
Of course the boys played football, like they always do.
We also had a sleepover that night. I think we had 7 boys total. Here they were having a Minecraft session. Dorks. I wasn't sure what to expect having all those boys over night, but they weren't bad at all! But every time I got up to check them, someone was eating a cheeseburger. Boys.
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