cinnamon sticks, rosemary and apple slices for garnish
cinnamon sugar for rim⠀
Rim an Old Fashioned glass with cinnamon sugar and fill with ice. In a shaker, combine bourbon, apple cider, lemon juice, maple syrup, ginger and cinnamon. Shake to combine.
Strain into glass and top with hard Honeycrisp apple cider. Garnish with cinnamon sticks, rosemary and apple slices.⠀
Party possibilities range from pumpkin luminaries using clear glass cylinder vases to clear cylinder vases filled with moss, mini pumpkins and creepy plastic creatures thrown in for decoratively dreadful measure.
You local dollar store is an excellent starting point for party needs or party decoration fillers.
Did you hear the recent news of a popular dollar store raising their prices from $1.00 per item to $1.25 – $1.50 to offset rising production/shipping costs?
Now I guess we’ll call these party decor go-to stores dollarish stores.
Regardless, if you’re anything like me you favor festive Halloween decorating ideas like the following that remain big on festive Halloween decorating ideas fun, not big on festive Halloween decorating ideas prices.
Natural moss mix.
Glass cylinder vases.
Faux flowers in dark and boo-tiful colors.
All of the above make delightful and frightful additions to captivating centerpieces.
Centerpiece ideas include classic orange and black Halloween decorating accouterments, fresh or faux festive flowers, and creepy and crawly spiders and snakes in hauntingly beautiful form with a hint of chilling chic compliments of a can or two of spray paint in your favorite color(s).
Serving ideas for party potions of the leaded and unleaded varieties include a bewitching large black cauldron, copper ladle, DIY beverage dispenser, punch bowl made from a pumpkin, and of course, dry ice to create a special effect foggy look.
Selections were limited compared to today’s offerings, but did the trick.
A honeycomb decoration served as a centerpiece, a bendable scarecrow or warty witch a front door decoration, and two plastic jack-o’-lanterns lights to light the Halloween night and living room windows completed the look.
My mother showed a cake mix who was boss in the original Places In The Home test kitchen.
Her bag of tasty tricks included adding candy bar pieces, flavoring extracts, calorie rich whole milk, and food coloring combinations transformed a store bought cake mix into the taste of homemade.
There’s Halloween goodies magic in a bag of Milano cookies and white chocolate chips.
M’mm M’mm mummy cookies are easy to make with a bag or two of Milano cookies, white chocolate chips, sprinkles, or candy eyes.
Start by placing 2 cups of white chocolate chips and ½ teaspoon shortening in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 90 seconds. Stir to incorporate. Microwave in 30 second intervals until chocolate is fully melted.
For extra smooth chocolate, add another ½ teaspoon of shortening to the melted chocolate; stirring well to mix.
Test kitchen experiment with mint chocolate chips (not a favorite in the Places In The Home test kitchen) proves the times and ingredients accurate.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Place Milano cookies on cookie sheet.
Spoon melted chocolate over the top half of each Milano cookie and allow to set.
Reheat the remaining chocolate for 10 seconds to melt. Carefully spoon melted chocolate into a resealable plastic bag. Zip or seal the bag and snip off the bottom corner off the bag.
Drizzle chocolate over each cookie to create the bandage look. Finish by adding candy eyes or sprinkles for the eyes to each cookie while chocolate is soft.
Vodka or other clear alcohol (you might need to add a dram or two for the baker!)
Black and silver luster dust
Prepare cookie doughs as directed. Use flour-coated circle cutters to cut out circles from sugar cookie dough, and use cocoa-coated cat cutters to cut out cats from black cocoa cookie dough. Bake as directed and let cool completely.
Use royal icing to decorate sugar cookies and attach cat cookies on top.
Mix a small amount of clear alcohol with silver luster dust and use a paint brush to paint small brushstrokes on the royal icing of the sugar cookies. Repeat with black luster dust to paint bats.
Spooktacular Halloween decorating suggestions come alive at 101 Inspiration Lane for the decorista who dares to bedazzle house and home in haunted fashion destined to thrill and delight the eye.
Can’t you just here the creaking floors?
Go ahead and click on the sound effects to set the mood.
I dare you.
The National Retail Federation reports those of who decorate house and home for Halloween will spend $2.7 billion (that’s billion with a b, folks) on Halloween theme home decor items.
Another interesting tidbit of retail information is the total spend for 2019 is expected to be the third highest in the history of the survey. The top record for Halloween spending belongs to Halloween 2017 when spending came in at $9.1 billion.
That’s a whole lotta spooktacular Halloween decorating.
*Halloween Decorating Suggestions Tip*
At first sighting of the cute, scary, and practical Halloween (or any holiday) decorations and tablewares that speak Halloween party must-have to you is the time to buy.
Decoristas plan, prep, and purchase party goods earlier and earlier each year, and as they say, you snooze, you lose.
Same goes for ordering from sites with a 10 day to 2 week order to delivery time.
Halloween is a prime time for showcasing your decorating creativity. Front and back doors, windows, fireplace mantels, staircases, accent furniture, porches, lawns, gardens, patios, and sidewalks become prime players in a game of Halloween decorating dress-up.
Rather it be a pair of jack-o-lanterns, garden statues fraught with frightful air, or a lavish display in spine-chilling style, affordable is the trick and eye-catching is the treat.
Garden statues easily and eerily stand fabulous as centerpieces for the Halloween feast table or bar cart.
Seasonal, special event, and holiday decorating can wreak double, double toil and trouble on one’s wallet; reason numero uno why I like to source and suggest items that can pull double decorating duty.
The wood chip wreath featured above is an example of a decor item that can do just that.
The fiery orange color pairs well with an artificial black raven crow for Halloween either as a door or wall decoration or a centerpiece. When the clock strikes midnight on November 1st, it now becomes a fall into Thanksgiving decorative accessory.
This stove top method brews and steeps the flavor and color of the cinnamon. Begin by adding 2 cinnamon sticks to 2 cups of water to a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes. Allow concentrate to cool before adding to cold water and ice.
I discovered the cinnamon concentrate is also delicious in hot or iced tea. The concentrate becomes more potent over time, so you may want to taste test as you go.
My Halloween decorating suggestions thinking cap was on tight when I placed an order for several of these pillow covers to tuck into Halloween party favor bags.
These pillow covers are in the style of a famous Italian designer, and a quick eBay search usually results in a super deal with free shipping.
Fun, frightful, and fabulous Halloween decorating suggestions offer affordable ideas and easy tips ready to help transform your home into the spooktacular showcase it’s sure to be.
One post is good, but two is even better when it comes to Halloween party decorating suggestions.
Classic themes, colors, textures and patterns provide inspiration for these Halloween party decorating suggestions. It’s hauntingly amazing how something intended to be delightful can be so utterly frightful.
I couldn’t wait to comb the one, maybe two aisles (if you were lucky) of Halloween merchandise at the local five-and-dime and discount stores of the day, looking for more innocent than scary door decorations, plastic jack-o-lantern window lanterns, honeycomb centerpieces, and jointed cutouts.
A Halloween Holiday Haul
Halloween decorations have come a long way in both design and detail since the Halloweens of the late 60s and 70s, but I still love to decorate with at least two or three of these vintage or vintage style Halloween decorations.
Vintage black and white Victorian photos and framed portraits lend a certain amount of eerie charm while creating a haunted presence and ambiance.
Expensive is not on the Halloween party guest list. With deals, free printables, diy ingenuity, buy more save more promos, and online clearance sales starting sooner and sooner in the season, your Halloween bogeyman boogie down get together can be an affordable affair.
Place a red feather boa around the neck of a decorative bust and place in the center of the table for a dressed to the nines focal point wow factor effect.
Follow up with a trio of clear glass candle holders from the dollar store filled with decorative black sand.
Drop in a battery operated votive or pillar candle and drape Spanish moss from the sides, and poof!
Halloween party decorating suggestions magic.
You know what else would look especially spooky, creepy, and crawly good juxtaposed against Victorian elegance?
Note to self:
Add Jim Stafford’s “Spiders and Snakes” to the Let’s Halloween playlist.
Yes, I went there, and now I’m probably going to have nightmares.
Some would argue that’s the point, and others, like myself, would argue plastic or real, the fear of things that go hiss and squeak in the night is the exact reason why we stick with a kinder, gentler Halloween theme.
When I was a kid, our house was Halloween central due to the gargantuan bodark tree and the green horse apples (hedge apple or Osage orange) it produced. The neighborhood kids loved to throw them and then screech yuck at the sight and the smell.
Halloween decorating is serious business these days.
The elaborate decorations and Halloween tricks and treats decorating ideas offered in today’s decorating market far surpass the dime store plastic pumpkin with a flashlight in it, honeycomb centerpiece and die cut front door decoration days gone by.
With that being said, let’s take a look at a few Halloween tricks and treats decorating ideas.
October is an eventful month at the Places In The Home corral however, the corral is anything but ok these days when it comes to the business of all things house that make a home. Let me ‘splain. In the grand scheme of blogging things, one (me) simply can’t get the job done, posts written and images photoshopped unless the desktop computer and monitor work, and work they don’t. This recent development is not my idea of frighteningly fun Halloween happenings, and trying to undo this sinister snafu without losing my mind and my religion is the trick.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Although working on the notebook computer is no treat, the trick is to drink apply the principle of adjustment. Adjusting is the theme of this week. Our city government announced this morning that local trick-or-treating will now take place on Friday evening. The forecast is shaping up to be an ugly event making Halloween trick-or-treating on Saturday a washout. Our Halloween celebration is still on, but with an adjustment or two of its own. Call it a trick-or tweaking.
No rain event will poison the party atmosphere at our Halloween at Places In The Home party.
The welcome mat is out, the pumpkin is marked for carving, and in the words of Tom Bodett we’ll leave the light on for the trick-or-treaters.
Blame the madness on the Great Halloween Computer Crash, Charlie Brown!
I’ll redefine the term steaks are on the grill via a cast iron skillet on the stove, a liberal pat of butter, haunted house seasoning and a low and slow approach. The food and drink will flow, and the Let’s Halloween playlist will rock the castle.