Halloween is absolutely one of my favorite times of year. Everything from the spooky decor to the scary movies to the little trick-or-treaters decked out as ghosts and goblins just makes Halloween so much fun! Every year for the last several years I’ve made a point of sharing a handful of great Halloween printables to help deck out your celebrations and candy-giving festivities. By now I’m sure you’re at least starting to think about Halloween this year (it is October, after all) so I thought I’d round up a handful of my favorite printables from years past to kick things off. From candy bar wrappers to favor tags to fill-in party invitations to cupcake toppers, I’ve got you covered!
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So it turns out I’m woefully behind at keeping up with The Weekly Dozen, something B made sure to point out to me. (He’s good like that, guys, what can I say?) Oops! While undeniably late, I’m still going to finish up, even if it takes me a bit longer than initially anticipated. Because this is all about trying to improve my photography, especially when it comes to non-styled shots, right? Right. Anyway, I digress. This weekend we were off to the apple orchard and it was an absolutely gorgeous day. The sun was shining, I had to really force myself not to come home with bushels upon bushels of apples, and the pumpkin patch was irresistible, too. The orchard we went to has these fun little rides for kids and we even got to take a wagon ride in an oversized wooden pumpkin. Oh, man. So fun! Fall is too good.
[Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]
You guys know by now that I’m a girl who loves her coffee. The day just doesn’t seem right if I don’t start it off with the kettle on the stove followed by a big steamy mug in my hands. Especially this time of year! As the air cools off and fall settles in, I love coffee even more. It just feels cozy. Does that even make sense? Probably not and B makes fun of me for saying so, but in my head it’s totally true. I guess all of this to say, I think I’m going to jump on the coffee cocktail bandwagon this fall! Served hot or chilled, with bourbon or cognac or amaretto, all of these concoctions just look and sound so tasty in a perfectly seasonal way.
[Coffee cocktails | 1: Caffè Di Alpi from Some Kitchen Stories | 2: Coffee cognac cooler from Monika Kotus | 3: The Beccacino from Sprudge.]
by Chelsea Costa
It’s October! And you know what that means – things are about to get all spooky up in here. But this year I’m switching it up and instead of good ol’ orange and black, all of my Halloween festivities are going to be black and white. It feels a little bit classy, a little bit glamorous, and still plenty spooky for Halloween. And we’re translating that palette into a simple bouquet of Halloween flowers that you can use as a centerpiece. Just find some seasonal florals in a black and white palette and let’s get to work!
- white filler flowers like carnations and stock
- black or dark purple flowers like dahlias (black lilies would also work!)
- black accent pieces like black chili pepper plant
- drooping greenery, like dusty miller
First, when you are choosing your florals, look for interesting shapes and textures. I love the combination of the hanging dusty miller, the ruffly dahlias, and the glossy chili peppers — it feels kind of mysterious. And if you can’t find flowers that are black, go for an inky purple or maroon. Perfect for Halloween!
After you have your florals chosen, start with the white filler stems. Trim the leaves on the lower portion of each stem. Cut the stem at an angle, ensuring that it’s the right height for the vase. Create a few that are a little taller at the center, and a few that are a little shorter around the outer edges of the bunch to get a nice shape started.
Once the white flowers are in place, begin to insert the dusty miller around the base of the bouquet, so that it hangs over the sides of the vase. Trim any greenery around the stem and be sure to make a fresh cut before inserting each piece. Continue until you are satisfied with the amount of greenery.
Finally, insert your darker pieces. Trim the stems at an angle and remove any low leaves. Start with the dahlias and tuck them into the bouquet, being sure to spread the color evenly around the vase. Finish with the chili peppers, placing them every so often for visual interest.
Be sure to look at your creation from all sides and rearrange any uneven parts! Use the centerpiece on your table, or take it as a gorgeous hostess gift to your big Halloween party. I’m looking forward to a glam, black and white season!
[Photos by Lovely Indeed for The Sweetest Occasion.]
Gold vase from Target
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When playing around with today’s color palette, I was first and foremost inspired by this gorgeous shade of topaz. It feels like the ultimate fall color in my book. Paired with shades of khaki and amber with a touch of stripes or zebra print and you’ve got a look that I’m kind of wild about at the moment. (Um, yeah, pun totally intended there.) It should also be noted that I definitely want to give this at-home pumpkin spice coffee a try. We always make our coffee pour over style and the idea of mixing in the pumpkin spices directly with the coffee grounds sounds pretty delicious to me. I’m not a huge fan of the pumpkin spice lattes that seem to send everyone else into a craze this time of year, they’re generally just too sweet for me. That doesn’t mean I don’t want a little pumpkin spice in my life though so I’m definitely going to give this a try sometime this week! Or maybe even this morning. Because Mondays call for delicious coffee, no?
[Photos, from top: Woodnote Photography from The Glitter Guide | Pumpkin spice coffee from Top with Cinnamon | Kate Spade earrings at Nordstrom.]