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Pick Your Poison Tableware Makes Halloween Tables Spooky & Chic

Posted by Wendy Moyle on August 7, 2009

Pick-Your-Poison-Halloween-TablewareIf you’re having a grown-up Halloween party, great Halloween tableware is a simple way to create an awesome Halloween atmosphere for your party. Our Pick Your Poison Tableware is a fantastic choice for your Halloween party.

The Pick Your Poison Tableware (shown at right) features a trendy damask print with skulls worked in for a twist, an orange border and cute, coordinating napkins that read “Bring Your Own Boos” and “Pick Your Poison.” Square dessert plates read “Halloween Spirits.”

Create a base for your fun tableware by covering the tables with orange or black plastic table covers or a spider web table roll. In the center of your table, place a Glitter Skull Centerpiece.

Hang our Skull Icon Personalized Banner at the entrance to your party or above the buffet table for a great personal touch to your party. Each of our banners is printed on heavy-duty, weather-resistant vinyl and make great keepsakes when you have your guests sign them. Plus, they’re reusable and come in several different sizes so you can find one that fits your space.

Place our Lighted Skull Standee next to your buffet table or doorway for a  coordinating spooky focal point. Guests can also pose for pictures with the standee, which measures 3′ wide x 5′ high. The 3D lighted skull is lit internally.

Add a Halloween theme to the beverages you serve too. Serve them out of personalized stadium cups or custom glassware. Add our Halloween Wine Bottle Labels or Halloween Soda Bottle Labels. They’re frightfully fun and read “Wicked Spirits,” “Devils Blood,” and “Vampire Blood” on the wine labels and “Spooky Sauce,” “Witch Brew,” and “Vampire Blood,” on the soda labels. Your guests will love them!

Finally, for a simple but fun favor, place a Squish Squoosh Skull at each place setting at your table. You can even use the Halloween toy to prop up place cards.

Check out all of our Halloween Tableware and Halloween Tips!

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Host a Twilight Party with Vampire Decorations!

Posted by Wendy Moyle on June 23, 2009

haunted-house-decorationsTwilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer, plus the movies based off of them, have become a huge sensation! If you’re a Twilight fan and so are your friends, a Twilight party with vampire themed party supplies will be a hit! This party isn’t just great for Halloween. It’ll be fun for birthday parties or other celebrations! Here are our tips for creating a fun Twilight themed party!

Welcome guests to your party using a personalized vinyl banner. Our Haunted Cemetery Personalized Banner is a great choice. Our banners are printed with your custom wording on heavy-duty, weather-resistant vinyl and are available in several different sizes to fit your needs.

Create a focal point for your event and set the whole scene using our Haunted House Decorations. The Large Haunted Mansion Silhouette is 10 feet high and 9 ½ feet wide. The Small Haunted Mansion Silhouette is 46 ½ inches tall and 4 feet 7 inches wide. Add the flying bats and a Gargoyle Tombstone to complete the scene. These decorations are awesome for using at Halloween too.

Decorate your party space using black crepe roles or cob web print gossamer decorating material. Create swags, grapes and columns with the materials to further the look of a haunted home of a vampire family.

Use black balloons to add some extra dimension to your decorations. Create balloon bunches of odd numbers using black helium balloons and secure them with black curling ribbon to the backs of chairs or to black foil balloon weights. For an extra special touch, add a gold or silver crescent moon mylar balloon.

Add a spooky accent with cob webs and for a final touch create a garland of string ‘em bats around the room.

For your party food, cover tables with black plastic table covers and add some silver metallic star confetti. In the center of the table add black silk roses or our flaming table torches for an eerie effect. Use black or silver plastic tableware and coordinating cutlery to serve your snacks on.

For a fantastic party favor, hand out glow in the dark vampire fangs to guests at the door and they can use them during the party and for fun times to come.

Check out all of our Vampire Party Supplies for more ideas and tell us about your Twilight party!

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Halloween Classroom Party Crafts & Activities

Posted by Wendy Moyle on June 5, 2009

Foamies-Candy-Corn-Craft-KitHalloween crafts and activities are a great way to have fun with the kids at your Halloween classroom party. We also have Halloween favors which are great for prizes and party favors.

Have some reading time. Here are some great Halloween book suggestions:

* Who Said Boo? Halloween Poems for the Very Young
By Nancy White Carlstrom
* The Halloween Tree
By Ray Bradbury
* Franklin’s Halloween
By Paulette Bourgeois
* The Pumpkin Patch Parable
By Liz Curtis Higgs

There are also tons of fun activities and crafts for your Halloween Classroom Party.

COSTUME PARADE AND CONTEST – If you are planning a party at school, organizing a costume parade is always a big hit. Be sure to award prizes in lots of different categories so that everyone is a winner. Some category ideas…most colorful, most creative, scariest, best makeup, sweetest, creepiest, etc. For prizes, award easy to make Boo-tiful medals to all the contestants. Cover unwrapped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups™ with 4″ black foil squares (available at baking and craft supply stores). Cut ¾” width satin or floral ribbon into 28″ lengths. Glue the two cut edges together, then glue the covered “medal” to the bottom of the cut edges.

TWISTY SPIDERS – The big hit of any Halloween party. Our 36″ monster-sized spiders come with directions and are easy to assemble. You may want to have a few extra adults on hand, so that younger children can finish this “craft” in a timely manner.

MASK MANIA – To prevent sugar overload, take some time during your party to decorate our simple Masks with pipe cleaners, scraps of felt, fake hair, plastic bugs, fake fingers, plastic spiders, eyeballs, rhinestones or stickers.

CRAFT KITS – Be sure to check out our craft kits that make life easy with everything you need for great crafts!

COOKIE MONSTERPIECE – This activity doubles as a snack, as children decorate their own sugar cookies. Have a station set up with plenty of sugar cookies cut out in Halloween shapes, on individual plates, along with different colors of frosting, sprinkles, candy corn, and other goodies. This has worked equally well with 2 year-old preschoolers and with 5th graders.

PAINTED PUMPKINS – Purchase one mini pumpkin or gourd for each child, and using tempera paints or paint pens, and let each child personalize a pumpkin.

FACE PAINTING – Some schools do not allow students to wear costumes. Instead, host a hat parade, and treat the kids to some fun, colorful face paint!

FRIGHTFUL FRAMES For each child, you’ll need a clear plastic acrylic frame, a supply of clip-on Crawlies and some tacky glue. Glue the spiders to the outside edge of the frame, and allow time for the glue to dry. Our acrylic frames (check out our Personalized Favors & Gifts Store) can be imprinted with your special message for as little as $1.75/frame. Large quantities are even less expensive. The Polaroid™ Pop-Shots camera provides a terrific way to take pictures at a party, and allow children to take home a frame filled with a creepy picture to give as a gift. (Ages 3-12)

MONSTER PAWS – Using plastic gloves, purchased at beauty supply stores or the deli counter, stick one piece of candy corn at the tip of each finger. Fill the glove with pre-popped popcorn, and tie with curling ribbon, yarn or with a pipe cleaner. Add a little tag with a message, and the hand can be used as a party invitation, table decoration, or favor

CREEPY CRAWLIE POP – For each pop, you’ll need 2 black pipe cleaners, 2 wiggly eyes, 1 Tootsie Pop™, and a 4″X4″ piece of black foil or black tissue. Wrap the black foil around the sucker, leaving the existing wrapper in place. Cut the black pipe cleaners in half, then center them at the base of the pop and wrap them around the stick, so that there are four legs on each side. Bend the pipe cleaners to resemble legs, then glue wiggly eyes in place. This is an easy craft idea, or a great little favor.

BUGS ON A LOG – This extra-easy to make treat is a fun activity for little children, and then can be instantly consumed. Ingredients: Pretzel Rods, Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Chips. Dip pretzel rod into peanut butter, (about half of the pretzel should be covered), and then roll in chocolate chips. If you are allowing the children to participate, it is easiest to give each of them a plate with their own portion of ingredients on it. They’ll enjoy the making as much as the tasty eating!

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Halloween Decorating Has Never Been So Fun!

Posted by Wendy Moyle on November 5, 2007

Classroom Halloween DecorationsThis year, instead of getting the mom’s and dad’s together to decorate the classroom for the Halloween party, we let the student’s decorate. We might not be ready for Martha Stewart, but there has never been a group of kids more excited with the end result then Mr. Stronczek’s class of fourth graders.

My youngest son Max is my last child in the lower school. Next year, it’s the middle school, and decorating for Halloween definitely takes a back seat. So, given that I am the Party Girl, I decided to do it up right. Somewhere along the way, plans changed – and the end result was so much better. Max and his teacher called an audible. The students would decorate the classroom.

I shopped ShindigZ.com for a variety of Halloween products that would hopefully meet the tastes of the varied students and not be too scary for the school. Max and his friends, willingly carried box after box of décor into the classroom and the fun began.

One group set off to cover the classroom in cob webs; chairs, tables, blackboard, windows, computers and anything else that got in their way. Another student took on the task of assembling the three stacking lighted jack o lanterns and soon shared one with each of the fourth grade classes. There were friendly skeletons and pumpkins around the room, no filing cabinet or cabinet was left untouched. The door was covered in a curtain of spider web gossamer topped with dancing skeletons. Black and orange tissue balls were hung, garland graced the walls and mini bats were everywhere

The buses were loading and the kids weren’t ready to leave. The fourth grade hallway needed a burst of Halloween and neighboring classrooms jumped in on the fun. Of course, teachers and moms helped along the way, but mostly we watched and smiled as the kids proudly worked side by side. As we placed the spider web corrugated border along the chalkboard, I thought we were done, only to be corrected by a student who popped their head into the room asking me, “What decorations was I bringing tomorrow? “

I had no idea the excitement level would be so high. Although I was tempted to “fix” a few items here and there – I let it be. I had just witnessed a whirlwind of activity with a successful end result. It was a great lesson in teamwork, working together toward a common goal, and trying something new. All in all, a great day at school. Of course, the stage has been set for the upcoming Holiday season. I will be better prepared, bringing enough for all three fourth grade classrooms and the fourth grade hallway too. ‘Tis the season….

A list of items used by the students can be found below.

1. stacking pumpkins
2. lighted spider web
3. spider web corrugated border
4. cob webs
5. Halloween decorating kit
6. dancing skeletons
7. bat garland
8. lantern garland
9. black and orange drapery
10. spider gossamer
11. Halloween deco corrugated paper
12. Adrian the Ghost
13. Bag ‘o bones cutouts
14. Halloween magic deco wrap
15. Sneaky kids pumpkin and witch
16.Pumpkin bunting
17. Jointed spider

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