Hip Hip Hooray for Party No. 10! I already shared many pictures from this party in the post with the painted pumpkins, and shared what we drank here. Today, I have the last few bits of decor and food to discuss.
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For decor, I stuck with white and orange mini pumpkins, subtle sunflower arrangements and edible candy corn. I had to fight the urge to decorate the entire apartment - art hung, furniture arranged - before I threw a party here. But then I remembered, if I waited to throw a party until the apartment was "perfect" I would be waiting years. I also remembered that most of my guests helped us move from the old place, so they have seen ALL my stuff in ALL it's glory. As long as there was food to eat, beverages to drink, and places to sit, I knew I could call it good.
One thing I was happy I was able to get set up is this area above the gas fireplace. In the old apartment, I had these candles displayed but the mantle itself was completely open. This alcove of sorts, is really tall and deep. It's also very dark, so I wanted to get light in there somehow. I checked out the IKEA lighting options and didn't find anything that worked for my low price point. So far, these twinkle lights work perfectly for lighting the glass candle holders, and the mirror helps bring the light up to the lanterns. (I'll share the obvious fact that I will not be lighting any of those candles while they are in that highly flammable space.)
Look at Chase, Anne and Kevin having SO MUCH FUN!
I used my circle shape punch and made one epic-ly giant garland for above the windows. That gold $1 tablecloth made the perfect table cover for pumpkin painting.
For food, I made a big ol' pot of turkey chili. I'm pleased with how it turned out and my guests liked it! For toppings I had green onions, tortilla strips, cheese, sour cream, Fritos, and the ultimate in chili toppings: corn bread balls! I borrowed Lydia's cake ball machine and instead of cake, I used corn bread batter.
They were like little soup croutons of love. I hope this trend catches on.
For sweet treats, Anne brought cookies and pumpkin donuts! I made fresh rice krispie treats, too. I'm not sure what it is about homemade rice krispie treats that just makes me so happy. It's probably the butter and marshmallows, but how can I know for sure? ;)
Truthfully, I don't love how my "Trick or Treat Yo Self" banner turned out. :(
I was inspired by this one, and wish I had strung the letters together like they did. Next time!
Was my outside decorated? You betcha! I've amassed quite a collection of orange twinkle lights, so out they went on our new front patio. Decorations to help guests get in the mood before they even get inside? You know I'm all over that.
Ten parties down, two more to go. Let's Party!