Month: October 2008

vintage halloween photos.

Happy Halloween Folks! Thanks so much for having me here to chat about parties this week. I love Allison and her space- isn’t it wonderful here?! I wanted to leave you with some amazing and cool photographs of vintage Halloween days! I also wanted to give a shout out to PJ’s Talking & Paige for the great tips they gave us in the back to basics post! There is so much on the web to swoon and drool over and…
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holiday gift ideas for the whole family.

The holidays are here folks, is your goody box stocked? I know we all try and get to our major shopping lists and think about who we are going to buy for, but one thing that can be quite stressful is the small hostess gifts and trinkets that we like to have on hand. My mother had a large drawer full of hostess gifts and pressies growing up. She loved to be able to pull out a quick gift for…
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Tunes for your party

[photo via martha] Hauntingly bedecked house? Check. Fabulous costume? Check. Tempting menu? Wickedly clever invitations sent? Check. All you need now is some great party music to send your Halloween soiree over the top, whether for grown ups, kiddos or both. Some potential additions to your playlist: Superstition, Stevie Wonder Thriller, Michael Jackson Werewolves of London, Warren Zevon Somebody’s Watchin Me, Rockwell Dead Man’s Party, Oingo Boingo I Put a Spell on You, Screamin Jay Hawkins Witchcraft, Frank Sinatra or…
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Back to basics Halloween Fun for kiddos

I want to throw an amazing Halloween party next year! I am waiting till my youngest is two and will be into it a bit more, but I want it to be traditional and old school! I love going to parties and I appreciate all the effort that parents put into making things just so, but sometimes I like a party where there is an old galvanized tub full of apples and the kids can dunk their heads and be…
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Seasonal decor, simplified

Pumpkins make me happy. All shapes, sizes and hues. That said, I don’t decorate just for Halloween, but for the entire autumnal season.  Unfortunately, I’m a gal of limited skill in the craftiness department. Therefore, with a smattering of pumpkins and some ribbon, I’m all set October through Thanksgiving.  Perfect for a mantle, centerpiece or entry table. Mine happen to reside across my piano. For a bit of glamour, try coating  your pumpkins with a gold or silver metallic spray-paint…
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Carnival Birthday Party

My cousin Erin had her daughter Willow’s fifth birthday party over the weekend. She threw Willow a Carnival Party and I thought I would share the adorable party with you! It is a good theme for boys or girls and can be done extravagant or very frugal. It was great for outdoors but could be staged inside too. It all started with an invitation that held the fabulous old school tickets for the carnival! My son loved holding the tickets…
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Sweet Ideas!

OK. I love Sweet Paul. Do you? If you don’t read his blog- get thee over there now.He always has swoon worthy photos and ideas form his life as a fabulous food and interior stylist.I love the recent holiday party he styled for a magazine. He said he wanted to do something fun and kiddy!I love this. So simple and so perfect. The photos are by Colin Cooke.This sweet partyscape could be for a birthday or a holiday party! Do…
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Halloween Party for the Big Kids!

Halloween is this week and I found these amazing photographs over at Country Living that were shot by Ryan Benyi – a photographer that I have had the honor of meeting as he is BFF with a good friend of mine. His photographs make me swoon! I love the way this party is set up and would be really easy to recreate in a wooded area or a backyard. I like the idea of having a Halloween party for the…
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amy sharp.

I’m really excited about this week because #1: I’m in a hotel in Huntington Beach, California with my family for a little R&R;, which means I’m spending lots of time at the ocean with my babies, which means I’m all sorts of happy right now. #2: When we head back home we’re driving through Vegas and we get to take the kids to F.A.O. Shwarz for the first time, and I can’t wait to see their faces as we walk…
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