Themed parties are so much fun and I think overboard is the way to go when it comes to kids parties! And that's exactly what happened today for the Ghoulish Halloween Party for my little goblins! It was so much fun - for me and mum, because the kids are too small to do anything except rip up or eat. But we did everything for them and dreamed of the years ahead when they'll be able to help us make food and decorations!
There were 3 main things we focused on: the decorations, the food, and the fun! And this is how it turned out!
=l DECORATIONS l=
Starting out the front, our friendly skeleton welcomed guests to our crime-scene front door.
|This got giggles from the kiddies before they even got through the door!|
The blackboard was decorated with a welcome sign, and above that we spread cobweb (ew, they looked so real!) and spiders on the wall. We also hung my Spider Web Halloween Fabric Wreath (see tutorial here) and the awesome Trashbag Spiderwebs from this How About Orange tutorial!
Mum enjoyed making the webs and went a bit crazy, making them from both black and orange rubbish bags. I personally loved the orange ones so they went on the walls outside. And we made black and orange streamer garland for the playgym. Side-note: I did have balloons on the playgym but they kept popping and freaking me out so I begged mum to pop the remaining ones so that I could stop hiding inside... wierd I know, but balloons scare me!
Anyway, moving on to the table decorations!! On this table we spread 'cobweb' and spiders, and sat all the crafty things I've made/decorated over the last couple of weeks. The pumpkin I carved the other day (see tutorial here) and the purple wreath (see tutorial here) looked really nice as a table dec. I also painted some Kaisercraft wooden letters (BOO) black, that I got from Spotlight. I covered a plain black tub with googly eyes, that I think I got from Coles. And that was for my party favours - I filled rubber gloves with lollies for 'severed hand' party favours, and I made ghost lollipops with tissues and black texta! Oh and I nearly forgot Isla's baby pumpkin - see him hiding in amongst the webs? I don't know how but he somehow ended up looking like a mexican with a handle-bar-moustache! He's so adorable - I haven't got the heart to throw him in the bin!
|Handmade table decorations|
|Severed hand party favours and ghost lollipops|
The food table was fun. I went a bit crazy in the Spotlight party section and bought orange plastic tablecloth and matching plastic bowls and serviettes. And I got black plastic plates and serviettes. Do you get the impression that I didn't want to wash any dishes after the party? You'd be absolutely right!!
I drew spiderwebs and ghosts on the tablecloth and wrote B O O on my little chalkboard heart jars that held the cutlery.
|Draw words and pictures on tablecloths for fun|
|Chalkboard heart jars for the cutlery.|
Oh and I can't forget the costumes!! What is a themed party without costumes??
Logan was thhhhhhe most adorable vampire I've ever laid eyes on. And Isla absolutely loves Tinkerbell, so I dressed her as an evil fairy. I found a cute orange Boo-tiful t-shirt in Coles and bought a black fairy kit in Toys'R'Us. It had a tulle skirt, wings, a wand, and a headband. And I stumbled upon a Witch Makeup Kit in Woolworths when I was doing the food shopping for the party. It had face crayons that I used to draw scars on her face and neck, and wicked purple and green 'hair chalk'. Who knew such a thing existed? Not me, but I loved it.
|Vampire and evil fairy waiting for their guests to arrive.|
=l FOOD l=
There were SO many things I wanted to make, but I knew my friends were bringing lots of sweets so I behaved myself. We only made 2 themed foods - the curried-egg-eyeballs and the orange chocolate crackle.
|Orange-coloured white chocolate crackle - Double-yum!|
A friend brought the best home-made iced biscuits I've ever had! They looked awesome and tasted just like my favourite 100s and 1000s biscuits made by Arnotts (I think). And another friend brought delicious oreo biscuit and cream cheese cakepops!
|Halloween iced biscuits - thanks Amy!|
|Choc cakepops - thanks Carmen!|
There was an Halloween cake, and I made orange fruit jellies (that melted pretty quickly in the heat). I cut up veggie sticks for the kids and cooked little red sausages (a must for any kids party - Isla loves them and I noticed about 5 minutes after I put the bowl down, she had one in her mouth and 2 in each hand!). Mum made her AweSomE date slice, and there were dips and crackers, and strawberries and watermelon. YuM.
=l FUN l=
Our ghoulish party guests were only young (around 18 months), so the activities were limited but very successful. The initial favourite was the blackboard - probably because there was a beautifully hand-written welcome message on there that had to be destroyed immediately!
|How many ways can I draw on mums sign?|
The playgym got a workout.
Does eating count as an activity? Because it sure kept them occupied and required a lot of supervision!
|Eating orange choc crackle|
And the favourite activity of the day? The paddling pool. What is it about having no clothes on that appeals to toddlers so much? Or was it the water that could be transferred from where it should be to where it shouldn't?
They had fun and that's the main thing, leaving us mums in relative peace to chat, eat naughty foods, and wish that it was socially acceptable to drink wine at 10 o'clock in the morning ;o)
Now it's time to start planning the Christmas party!!!