5 Fun Halloween Party Ideas!

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Some of you know that I have a special hankering for live tv. Small talk at a cocktail party for five? No way. Live tv for 1 million? No problem. Frightening, I know! Here’s a link to last Friday’s live episode with CBS in Los Angeles. Check it out here or just poach these tips!

* Fun Food! Go deep with the themed food. Cost Plus World Market has TONSSSSS of it right now. Think Blood Orange Chocolate, Pumpkin Pop Rocks for a cool sugared martini (or mocktail rim), and even Halloween Pasta! Hint: If you live in Pasadena, go see my boy, Alan, the manager there.

* Party Pumpkins! Instead of carving out pumpkins this year, add a little glam with glitter or sequins. This DIY sitch is PERFECT if you’re totally over scooping out pumpkins or are worried about the little ones scaring up some real blood, and not in a good way.

* Neon Night! Grab a clear jar and create fun glow stick pumpkin jars to illuminate the porch at your haunted house. Use old pickle jars or even interesting empty tequila numbers.

* Painted Poison! Don’t run out and purchase new Halloween décor! Start saving old condiment bottles and spray paint them black to look like bottles of poison. Not feeling so crafty? Here’s a little pre-done assortment.

* Dare to Doodle! Create a trendy wood slice chalkboard and encourage your guests to create Halloween chalk art! A fun activity that doubles as décor. We found one in our stash that looked a little Frankenstein head-ish (that's my magical grainy Franken-selfie at the top of this post) and painted it with chalk. Other fun options include writing the menu or featured specialty cocktail.

So what do you think? What are your favorite Halloween party tricks. Sound off in the comments below!

P.S. Looking for more fun ideas? You can always check my Pinterest board for what's exciting me now!

Why I Hate This Time of Year (and if you don't, please call me.)

Marley "We Can Do It" pic

This is a whiny, wimpy shout out to every beleaguered, overburdened, under caffeinated (and then extremely over caffeinated) mother, wife and significant other with similar annoying, albeit EXTREMELY first world problems like mine.

Somehow I woke up and it's September and I feel like I got on a gentle looking camel who abruptly rocketshipped himself into the stratosphere with me not so firmly planted on his back. I just wasn't ready. Now, it's not as if I was desperate for more summer. I mean, I liked my summer and all, but I didn't think I was desperate to hang on. Yeah, not.

Like a bad boyfriend you don't necessarily want around anymore, but who is too comfy to ditch just yet, essentially it was like summer read the tea leaves and ditched me first. And I hateeeeee that.

No matter how hard I try, I just can't catch a break. Ironically, I just did a national (tv segment) with my luck, international segment, for moms on how to get ready for fall. Take back your mornings! Well, clearly, I need an addendum and a shot of Tito's.

This time of year is just hard. No, I'm not walking through the snow like my parents evidently used to do, but all of this "stuff" of a complicated life: allowing kids to pick out the PERFECT backpacks, enjoying "after care" at school when they could just as easily come home, specific sneakers because that's the only decision the youngest members of the private school, uniformed intelligentsia get to make: "Uniforms are so dumb, Mom."

Well, I'm 99% sure I've read multiple studies somewhere about how kids in uniforms are less likely to bludgeon people to death in gangs. #MaybeNot?

Anyway, stepping out in my own corporate "flying uniform", thank you, @ToryBurch, my unwavering devotion is evidently not particularly appreciated. My middle angel, ours, of course it was Stanley, yelled "I hate you, Mom!" As I kissed him goodbye and hauled my physical and mental baggage out to the car. Evidently trying to kill his sister did not warrant an enforced break from his iPad in his noisy opinion.. "So, whattttttttttt am I supposedddddddd to dooooooo today?" he wailed. Um, I dunno supa sta, talk to grandpa about HIS horrible parents and walking to school in the snow?

#KarmasABeyatch. Ugh.

If you or someone you love is suffering from a lack of love, please freely express yourself in the comments below. I'll have Stanley get right on it as soon as he returns from slaving in the coal mines.

Do It Yourself!

Screen Shot 2014-06-24 at 9.39.38 PMWell, this just makes me want to run out to the nearest nursery and pick up a few clay pots!

Gone are the days of going to vintage and resale stores hoping to find some crystal plates and glasses to piece together and use.

Now you can just walk in to any type of nursery, knowing they will indeed carry what you need.

Not only is it easy to find the materials, but they're also easy on the pocketbook.

Here are the full instructions from joshuatrent.com:

What You’ll Need:

10-12 inch pot base

3-4 inch pot for stand

Can of spray paint in your favorite color

Clear silicon caulking

Clear sealer (optional)

1. Find the middle of the base bottom and mark with a black pencil or marker.

2. Make a ring of caulk around the edge of the pot bottom and press together, bottom to bottom.

3. Once the caulking dries, spray the top with paint and let that dry.

4. Flip it over and spray the bottom.

5. Seal if you are going to be serving food directly on the stand, otherwise just use a cake doily.

So what do you think? Give me your comments and feedback below. And, oh, by the way, don't forget to tell a friend if you like what you see! xo

Totally Fab Cookies

Screen Shot 2014-06-24 at 9.25.29 PMGetting prepped to throw a shower for your bestie?

Instead of ordering store bought cakes or cupcakes from a bakery, wow your favorite lady by making fab desserts on your own!

These totally gorge cookies were whipped up for a recent wedding shower. They made much more of an impact than any made-to-order goodies ever could.

Although a bit of artistic ability may be required, they really are pretty simple. Just a few geometric patterns and…viola!

Stunning treats for all of the ladies.Screen Shot 2014-06-24 at 9.19.59 PM

I absolutely love these ideas in particular.

Find these and several more at sweetkiera.com.

She took examples of the shower invites and created matching cookies as well. I can't think of anything more original than these little beauties.

I don't know about you but I'm ready to bake some cookies!

So what do you think? Give me your comments and feedback below. And, oh, by the way, don't forget to tell a friend if you like what you see! xo