Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A Spooky Soiree

One of the most fun things to me, is planning to host to a party. It's creative and forces you to be resourceful on a budget...kind of like a budding art director. You get to plan the decor and create themed menus to almost every occasion.
During the month of October, it's not uncommon to attend a halloween party. I was thinking about having one next year and i was inspired by some of these cheap and nifty ideas. I'm particularly impressed on how good the black construction paper window "curtains" look. Love, love love the apothecary jars with "eye of newt" and "sloth nails" embalmed on the sides. Oh, and you can't forget the deep purple and brown floral arrangements that just scream fall.

Where there is no imagination there is no horror. - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Because not everyone's home decor matches with bright orange.

I thought i might share some of my favorite pumpkin finds this halloween. I found these photos on an assortment of home decor blogs and can't wait to try them next October. I especially like the differentiating levels of the pumpkins on the last photo due to some of them being on cake stands. I really like the thought of white pumpkins with stenciling done on them. They just look really chic and elegant.

On the subject of pumpkins, ours are still going strong with no sign of decay anywhere.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Painted Pumpkins

If you really want to get into the Fall spirit, might I suggest taking a weekend trip up to the Central Coast and indulging in hay mazes, tractor rides, farmers markets, barnyard animals, and a working pumpkin patch. All this and more is what Morgan and I had the pleasure of taking part in last weekend at the Avila Barn.
Armed with my chilled apple cider and pumpkin scone, I tried to find the saddest pumpkin in the bunch to carve, somehow imagining that I was helping it live up to it's potential. Instead, Morgan and i decided to do something different this year. We bought white pumpkins and painted them.

The perks: Have you ever carved a pumpkin a week into October just to find that you're on your way to Trader Joes to pick up another one because yours rot in two days? The halloween spirit is all month, not just a couple days. Your carved smiles won't turn into frowns because of the mold. And, to the non pumpkin carving master, a paintbrush is more manageable than a knife .

1: We took wet paper towels and cleaned the surface of our pumpkins
2: painted a think layer of white acrylic paint over the off-white pumpkin and wait a couple minutes to dry.
3: Proceed painting whatever your mind can create. (we used a set of acrylic paints from Joanne's Fabrics that cost a mere 3 bucks)
4: Optional: Just for looks, we went over our designs with a black sharpie, which works really well.

et voila!