It’s never too early to start planning a spooktacular Halloween party, and it’s hard to say what is my favorite part. I love going over the top with decorations and pouring over Halloween party invitations to find just the right one. Then there’s the food. That’s where your creativity can really blossom. Really, it’s just about being gross, something that comes easily to me!
I start by making a list of basic needs: beverage, main dish, salad, dessert. Then I find recipes that are easy to make for a crowd and try to come up with a creative name for them. If I run out of ideas, a quick Internet search turns up hundreds of fun Halloween party ideas.
Swamp juice (lime flavored punch with gummy worms hanging over the edge of the bowl), Greasy Guts (spaghetti salad), Cryogenic Eyeballs (frozen grapes on a stick), Gravedigger Cupcakes (frosting topped with cookie crumbs)—see, it’s easy! Just let your imagination run wild.
But what fun is coming up with these cool names if I’m the only one who knows them? This year, I’m going to use some of our creepy Halloween Gift Tag stickers to label my creations and let everyone see what a genius I am. Our eyeball stickers should do the trick. I’ll order them blank and use them to call attention to my popsicle stick labels. Eyecatching!
Conveniently, I can order invitations and address labels featuring the same gruesome eyeballs. And, just like that, my whole party is planned. Can’t wait to see how it turns out!
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What do you do for a little boy’s October birthday? Three-year-old Carter is at the perfect age for a trip to a pumpkin farm, complete with a petting zoo, corn maze, jumping castle and lots of other great kids activities.
“We aren’t doing a ‘Halloween’ theme—more like a ‘Pumpkin’ theme,” says Carter’s mom, Heather, who was looking for Halloween party invitation ideas that weren’t too “Halloweenish.” She chose Pear Tree’s Line-up of Pumpkins Halloween Birthday Invitation because “the colors are NOT black and orange! Purple and orange are much better for a birthday party and gender neutral. I didn’t want black and orange.”
Carter and his friends will be enjoying pizza and pumpkin-shaped cupcakes, and Heather will be decorating the table with green, orange and purple colors “with the inspiration being the invitation.” Pumpkin-themed food, decorations and plenty of kid-friendly activities make for a fall birthday that is sure to bring plenty of smiles, just like the happy pumpkins on our Halloween invitation!
From picking apples, to carving pumpkins, to the annual Thanksgiving touch football game, our customers had some very creative ways to capture the season in a photo card. Here are some of our favorite fall photo ideas:
- Photos of the kids in full costume at the pumpkin patch for Halloween photo cards
- Photos on the annual hayride
- Before and after photos of the pumpkin carving session at the kitchen table
- Landscape photos of beautiful fall foliage
- Beautiful collages of close-up photos of leaves
- Photos of the kids eating caramel apples is a great candid fall photo idea
- A photo of your family at a place you traditionally go during the fall, like a tailgate or a traditional football game
- A photo of a local fall event in your hometown such as an apple fest, Oktoberfest or carnival
- A photo of your children’s artwork. These make wonderful personalized note cards for your kids to share with family and friends.
- A photo collage of the family making a fall recipe. You can personalize a Christmas recipe card to share with family and friends
A customer of ours moved to a new neighborhood in the fall. She had her mommy calling cards, complete with contact info and her child’s photo already made (her first wise move), but proved she was a genius when she came up with the brilliant idea of taking them along Trick-or-Treating with her child on Halloween. After all, what other time of year is it acceptable to ring every doorbell in the neighborhood and introduce yourself? When she met someone she wanted to connect with, such as a family with kids her own child’s age or, better yet, a potential babysitter, rather than engage in a long conversation (not possible with a giant ladybug tugging at your sleeve to move on) she dropped off a mommy calling card. It was a great way to say, “I’d like to get to know you.” Kudos to you, Mommy. Our customers are the smartest.
I have a confession to make. I cannot seem to get my act together in time to send a Christmas photo card. Sometimes it’s the lack of a good photo, sometimes it’s the time it takes to compile the recipient list, but in the scramble of holiday shopping, parties, and kids activities, more often than not I miss the chance to send them out before Christmas.
There is hope for me, though. I have discovered another holiday that offers great photo ops for kids and have claimed it for my own—Halloween. Ever since my son was born, I have managed to keep the tradition of sending a Halloween card every year. I seem to have a bit more time then, before the end-of-the-year activities accelerate into high gear. My family and friends enjoy, and now expect, my personalized Halloween photo card the week before Halloween.
We don’t do anything fancy; it’s just the kids in their costumes smiling (sometimes even happily). We have saved one card from every year, and enjoy looking at the progression and remembering how fun or how challenging they were to capture. It’s a great Halloween idea that’s become tradition, which we will continue for as long as possible, until the kids think it’s no longer cool, which will probably be too soon for our liking. For now, we snap the camera gleefully and relish the thought of our kids’ smiling faces on our relatives’ refrigerators for a few months. At least until they’re replaced by someone’s Christmas card.