DIY Spider Serving Plate

Check out this adorable DIY Spider Serving plate project from She Wears Flowers. Easy to make and so much fun to display Halloween Goodies!


  • black bowl and plate (check outTarget’s super cheap melamine dishes)
  • E6000 Glue
  • small scrap black construction paper
  • large moveable eyes
  • black chenille sticks (“pipe cleaners”)


  1. Cut a circle out of the construction paper that is the same size as the bottom of the bowl.
  2. Fill the bottom of the bowl with glue—don’t go overboard, though, because it will easily squish out to the edges.
  3. Put the ends of the pipe cleaners into the glue with 4 sticking out of each side. Set the construction paper over this to hold it all in place. Weight it down with a glass or full can of spray paint. Let sit overnight to make sure the glue is really dry.
  4. Glue the plate to the bowl. Place something heavy on it and let dry overnight. 
  5. Bend the spider legs into the desired shape. I did all of the bending first and then went back and cut the “feet” to the right length. 
  6. Glue on the eyes. Let dry overnight.
  7. Add your treats  and enjoy! 

Healthy Halloween Goodies!

Give Them Something Good to Eat…Before Trick or Treat

Before you send the little ghosts and goblins out to trick or treat for chocolate and candy, start a tradition of pre-activity healthy snacks! Apple Bites, Hot Dog Mummies, and Snack-o’-Lanterns provide for a healthy, halloween-centered treat that you will adore and have the kids coming back for more!

Here are a few of our favorites:

Hot Dog Mummies


  • 1 11-ounce can of refrigerator breadsticks
  • 1 12-pack of hot dogs
  • Yellow mustard

  1. For each mummy, separate one breadstick from the roll and use kitchen shears or a knife to slice it in half lengthwise to create two thinner strips.
  2. Wrap one strip at a time snugly around the hot dog. Depending on the size of the hot dog, you may not need all of both strips. Leave about 1/2 inch of hot dog exposed for the face area and continue wrapping the top of the hot dog.
  3. Bake the mummies on a cookie sheet at 350º for 15 to 18 minutes or until the breadstick wrapping is golden brown.
  4. Remove the mummies from the oven and cool them for 5 minutes. Add yellow mustard eyes just before serving. Makes 12 mummies.

Terrifying Teeth


  • Apples
  • Slivered almonds or mini pretzel sticks


  1. Quarter and core an apple, cut a wedge from the skin side of each quarter
  2. Press slivered almonds or pretzel stick pieces in place for teeth.

Tip: If you’re not going to serve them right away, baste the apples with orange juice to keep them from browning. 



  • Navel oranges
  • Canned or fresh fruit salad


  1. Use a small knife to slice the top off a navel orange and cut around its interior to hollow it out. Scoop out the orange segments, chop them, and mix them with canned or fresh fruit salad.
  2. Carve small facial features in one side of the orange, then cut a slit in the lid to accommodate the handle of a plastic spoon. Fill the lantern with fruit salad. Insert the spoon and set the lid in place.

Recipes and images from Disney’s Family Fun Online Magazine

Have you been Booed?

Yesterday when we arrived home from running errands, my kids were delighted to find their first “Boo” at the back door. A Halloween themed cross between a secret admirer and a chain letter (but much more fun), the game goes something like this: You leave a small gift bag with some Halloween treats at a couple of neighbor’s doors with a note and a sign. The note tells them in a cutesy way to:

1. Enjoy the treats
2. Place the BOO sign on the front door or visible in a window
3. Within 2 days, make 2 copies of the note, make 2 treats & 2 BOO signs
4. Secretly deliver to 2 neighbors/friends without a BOO.
5. Keep an eye on nearby front doors to see how far and fast it spreads by Halloween.

I just love this new Halloween tradition and a little searching online turned up a bunch of free printables to start this tradition in your own neighborhood. A few of my favorites are below:


Take a bite!

Picture links: Doughnuts, Cake Pops, Ghost Pops, Unknown (please let us know if this is yours!)

Dinosaur Birthday Party

We found this adorable dinosaur themed party on one of our favorite blogs, Kara’s Party Ideas. The post was submitted by the celebration shoppe and has some of the most creative dinosaur stationary (including invitations, cupcake toppers, napkin holders, etc.) we’ve ever seen.

So cute!

A Rustic Baby Shower

This is one of the most adorable baby showers that I’ve found. The tablescapes is adorable and who doesn’t love cookie mix favors?

Check it out here

A Back to School Dinner for My New Kindergartener

So today was a big day in our house – my baby girl started kindergarten! While I am excited about all that she has in front of her, it was in truth a little bittersweet. Everyone tells you how fast kids grow and I know it’s true, but watching my little girl walk into that big school had me choking back a few tears.

So like any party planning mommy, I swallowed my tears and went home to design a special table for a back to school family dinner. Using a yellow and black color scheme with apples and hydrangeas thrown in, I created a whimsical little table for us to hear all about Ava’s big day. I called my friend Deb of Yummy Delicious Cookies to see if she had any of her awesome apple cookies on hand (she did!) and I used black paper and yellow chalk to create the name cards at each seat. I even remembered how to use paper bags to cover books for the centerpiece – remember that?