Hello World! Can you believe another week is starting? 30 days until Thanksgiving, 59 until Christmas, and just 66 short days until 2015. Weren't we just celebrating the end of the school year?!
Our apartment is not Texas sized, so I had to keep the event on a small scale. Four friends were able to attend so we fit perfectly at the table. To protect our precious Ikea table... I used what I had left of green wrapping paper to cover the table top.Since the party was a craft night, I set the table for the occasion. We needed orange tissue paper, googly eyes, Mod Podge, hot glue sticks, paint brushes, black scrapbook paper, and of course, the American specialty, Starburst. (Thanks Diana!)
Because I knew I would be hosting a party, I did a little extra Halloween decorating this year. On top of our Ikea bookshelf I put out yarn candy corn, the spooky owl, a haunted house (Thanks Kim!), black jack-o-lantern garland (Target clearance), and replaced all the candles with orange pillars. One of my German friends asked about the "Halloween tree cones" and I explained that candy corn are an American Halloween tradition! Candy corn does not exist in Germany!
I think the bar turned out to be my favorite spot decorated. I covered the mirror in spider webs (my friend said they looked authentic!), put a grouping of gourds, and used orange candlesticks in an antique candelabra.I shared earlier the Decorating on a Dime project I did with our floating shelves. Everything blended nicely with our regular decor and Target Marigold chairs. I casted a Halloween playlist off of Youtube so unfortunately the words ran across the TV screen.
One of the best things about hosting a get together is that it forces me to clean the house! Who else knows what I am talking about?! On the coffee table I set out chips, kettle popcorn, chocolate chip cookies, and Reeses Pieces. (Thank you British Shop!)
I had the dining table set up for crafting, so all the food was set up on the kitchen counters. I got these napkins and plates at Target, on clearance of course, years ago. Naturally, I packed them in our moving crate and brought them across the ocean.
My favorite part of this meal was the salad. Husband and I have been on a salad kick lately. My body has been craving salad nearly every day. This was a mix of three different lettuces, a Granny Smith apple, dried cranberries, walnuts, light feta cheese (yum!), and grapes with a balsamic dressing.Two weeks ago, Andrea posted a recipe for her Creamy Tortellini Soup. It sounded soooo delicious so I made a version of her soup. Since I was home all day, I made my soup on the stove top instead of in the crock pot. It is delicious and I got so carried away with filling the pot, that we will have soup for days! Score!
We made two crafts; a googly eye picture frame and jack-o-lantern jars. I got the idea for a googly eye picture frame years ago on Pinterest. The girls brought their own supplies and found the googly eyes in the Euro shop! The jack-o-lantern jar idea came from Women's Day last year.This is another super easy project where jars are covered in orange tissue paper with Mod Podge. Both projects are extremely budget friendly and perfect for a "Girl's Night!"
This year Halloween is on Friday. Husband and I are not sure what we are doing after work...but I want to do something! Halloween is slowly becoming more popular in Germany and if you keep your eyes open you will find things to do. Did you read my German v. American Halloween comparison last year?
What are your Halloween plans?
More importantly, what are you dressing up as?! I'll be sporting my Halloween bats!
Enjoy the Rest of October,