Halloween: No-Carve Pumpkins

September 25, 2013

Carving pumpkins is a long-standing Halloween tradition we love. However, if you're short on time or want to decorate your pumpkin a little differently this year, we've put together some great ideas to inspire you on our Pumpkin Decorating board on Pinterest. See below for our favorites. 

Welcome guests to your home with this pumpkin vase from Better Homes and Gardens.

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Or how about a shabby chic doily pumpkin from Allyson Baker Design?

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Go for the glam this Halloween and make a gilded thumbtack pumpkin like Madigan Made.

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You can even ombre-paint your pumpkin like Funkytime did.

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Use lace to create a fancy, fashionable pumpkin like this one from Honestly WTF.

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Invite friends and family over to decorate pumpkins together -- just send them one of our Halloween Evite invitations!

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Halloween: Pop-Gram Gourmet Kettle Corn

September 23, 2013

Our friends at Pop-Gram Kettle Corn have some fun Halloween treats to share!

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Just contact Pop-Gram to order one of their popular flavors (such as caramel kettle corn, cheddar kettle corn, or spooky purple kettle corn), then add your own fun Halloween surprises. 

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Pop-Gram offers creatively pre-packaged or custom treats perfect for party favors and gift bags, and they'll deliver anywhere in the country.

If you’re in the LA area, you can even book Pop-Gram's new six-foot popcorn cart for on-site popping at your next event. Whether you're looking for a favor for a backyard birthday party or a midnight snack for a black-tie affair, Pop-Gram will work with you to offer customized, fun options that suit your budget. Angelenos can also look for Pop-Gram at local farmers' markets.  

Invite friends over for a fall get-together with our Boo Bunting Evite Invitation, and include a popcorn bar featuring sweet and savory flavors!

Boo Banner 

Halloween: DIY Bat & Ghost Garlands

September 19, 2013

Add some festive decor to your Halloween party with our DIY bat and ghost garlands! You can make each in three super easy steps.

Bat and Ghost Garland 1

Time: 30 minutes (including drying time)

Yields: 7 bats & 7 ghosts

Materials:

  • 14 foam craft balls
  • 14 thumbtacks
  • 28 googly eyes
  • Craft twine
  • 2 pieces of black construction paper
  • 1 piece of white tissue paper
  • Black spray paint
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

Bat Tutorial

Step 1: Spray-paint foam balls and let dry for 15 minutes. Tip: We stuck wood skewers into our foam balls so we could turn them as we painted to enable full coverage. While paint is drying, draw and cut out bat wings.

Step 2: Fold in the end of a wing ¼", apply hot glue to the outer fold, and affix to ball. Glue on googly eyes.

Ghost Tutorial

Step 1: Cut a 5"x5" piece of white tissue paper.

Step 2: Push thumbtack into center of tissue paper and affix to ball. 

Step 3: Fold tissue paper down, then glue on googly eyes.

To string the garland, push a thumbtack halfway into each foam ball, wrap twine around it, push down the thumbtack, and continue until done.

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Hang these garlands as decor for your Halloween party. Or invite friends and family over with one of our Halloween Evite invitations to make creepy crafts and garlands to decorate your home for the holiday! 

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Halloween: DIY Candy Corn Pinata

September 17, 2013

Gather friends and family for a pre-trick-or-treat party and send them off with a Halloween party favor you can make yourself! Check out Evite's video tutorial with our in-house party stylist, Jessica Bailey, demonstrating how to make an easy candy corn piñata out of party hats, streamers, and our free Trick-or-Treat printable.

  

Materials:

  • Party hat
  • Yellow, orange, and white party streamers
  • Yellow tissue paper
  • Tape
  • Double-sided tape
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Trick-or-Treat Printable

Materials

Decor trick: Skip the tissue paper top of your piñata, punch a hole on either side of the opening of your party hat, string twine through the holes, and hang your piñatas from the ceiling with painter's tape.

Before and after

Instruct guests to pull the “Trick or Treat” tags to burst open their piñatas and find out what’s inside!

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We wish you a very happy Halloween filled with tricks and treats!

Ready for more homemade Halloween fun? Check out our top 10 favorite DIY costumes for kids

DIY Halloween Bowling Set

September 11, 2013

Hosting a kids' Halloween party this year? Check out this fun bowling game we put together to entertain your guests. Even better, your kids can help you decorate the "pins" with cute monster and jack-o'-lantern faces.

DIY Halloween Bowling Set

Materials:

  • 4 ½ feet of 1x4" wood
  • 60-grit sandpaper
  • Spray paint
  • Gloves
  • Painters Paint Markers
  • Googly eyes
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Bouncy ball
  • Hot glue gun

Halloween Bowling Steps

Directions:
  1. Ask a hardware store to cut your 1x4" wood into six 9-inch pieces. Sand the edges.
  2. Spray-paint the wood blocks your desired colors on one side. Let dry for 1 hour.  Turn over the blocks, spray-paint the other side, and let dry for 1 hour.
  3. Use construction paper, googly eyes, and Painters Paint Markers to decorate your blocks.
  4. Hot-glue construction paper and googly eyes on your blocks.
  5. When the kids are ready to bowl, arrange the decorated blocks to set up the game.

We also used Painters Paint Markers to draw an eye on a white bouncy ball and used it for our “bowling ball.”

Bowling Ball

Invite kids to come over before trick-or-treating, set up your DIY Halloween bowling set, then sit back and watch: Heads will roll! 

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Use a Halloween Evite invitation like the one below to invite guests to join the fun!

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Evite Eats: Monkey Bread

September 09, 2013

Our VP of Publishing, Lizzie Alberga, shared the perfect fall dessert or brunch dish with us: monkey bread. Everyone goes ape for it -- and it's so easy to make!  

  Evite Eats Monkey bread

Monkey Bread

  • 3 packages refrigerated biscuit dough (12 ounces each)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup margarine or butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • ½ cup raisins (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease one 9- or 10-inch Bundt pan.

Mix white sugar and cinnamon in a plastic bag. Cut biscuits into quarters. Shake 6 to 8 biscuit pieces in the sugar cinnamon mix. Arrange pieces in the bottom of the prepared pan. Continue until all biscuits are coated and placed in pan. If using nuts and/or raisins, arrange them among the biscuit pieces as you go along, pushing some into the dough.

In a small saucepan, melt the margarine with the brown sugar over medium heat. Boil for 1 minute. Pour over the biscuits.

Bake for 35 minutes. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a plate. Do not cut! The bread just pulls apart.

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Try the recipe for a great excuse to host a family gathering, book club meeting, brunch or any other casual get-together this fall. No matter what the occasion, celebrate the new season with this Evite invitation

Fall Evite Invitation

Meanwhile, get more easy, amazing party-ready recipes from our Evite Eats series below.

Halloween: Top 10 DIY Kids' Costumes

September 05, 2013

Yes, it's time to start thinking about Halloween, and the more time you give yourself to figure out costumes, the more awesome those costumes can be. DIY (do-it-yourself) is a big trend in kids' costumes this year, so we did a little research and found our top 10 favorites. Get inspired by our list below!

Top 10 DIY Kid's Costumes

10. Classic Robot costume from Oh Happy Day

 9. Pig in a Blanket from Real Simple

 8. Hot Air Balloon from Rook No. 17

 7. Optimus Prime Transformer Truck from Spoonful

 6. Alice in Wonderland Stuck in the White Rabbit’s House from Misha Lulu Blog

 5. Carnival Strong Man from Sarah Illenberger

 4. "Grandpa" from the Pixar film “UP” from Auburn Soul Photography

 3. Spring Chicken Costume from Martha Stewart

 2. Where the Wild Things Are from A Little Sussy

 1. LEGO Costume from Wine & Glue

Don't let all your hard work go unseen! Gather a group on Halloween night and host a mini costume contest before going door-to-door. There's safety in numbers, and our "Trick-or-Treaters" Evite invitation will help you pull people together quickly and easily.Screen Shot 2013-08-22 at 3.11.42 PM

Dazzling Design Inspiration for Rosh Hashanah

September 04, 2013

Some occasions just call for a particular level of formality, and Rosh Hashanah -- the Jewish New Year -- falls into that category that won't let you get away with paper and plastic. The first of the High Holy Days begins at sundown today, so we rounded up a tasteful collection of our favorite Judaica with which to celebrate the rituals over the next two days -- beautifully. From chic candlesticks to a laser-cut tray for serving traditional apples and honey, these picks reflect timeless design and provide awesome inspiration for the Jewish holidays.

Rosh_hashanahClockwise from left: Tri-corner candlesticks by Nambé; "Blooming Apple" tray by Melanie Dankowicz; "Shabbat" kiddush cup by Nambé; "Spring" challah board by Melanie Dankowicz; all available at Gallery Judaica.

Sports League: Half-Time Snacks

September 03, 2013

It's that time of year again: Local sports leagues are starting their seasons! To fuel your budding athlete(s)  -- not to mention the spectators cheering them on -- we put together a few half-time snacks as well as post-game treats.

Half-time Snacks

First, whether you're the one playing or watching, stay hydrated. For the players, go with healthy fruit snacks, such as bananas, apples, or seedless tangerines. Or try little veggie cups with ranch-flavored Greek yogurt -- just sprinkle in a little dried parsley, chives, and dill -- in the bottom of a plastic cup for dipping.

Healthy Snacks

If you're watching, make sure you have some peanuts, trail mix, or other munchies on hand. They'll hold you over until the game ends and you can celebrate your victory with a family dinner.

Peanuts & Trail Mix

And finally, when the game is over, let kids have a little treat.

Snacks

P.S. Don't forget to browse our selection of Sports League Evite invitations  to invite friends and family to the next big game! 

Evite Eats: Rosemary Cashews & Cheese Plate

August 29, 2013

For the latest installment of our Evite Eats series, our in-house party stylist, Jessica Bailey, put together one of her favorite appetizers for a casual get-together: a cheese plate starring her Aunt Mae's rosemary cashews.

Evite Eats Cheese Plate

Rosemary Cashews

Rosemary Cashews

  • 1 lb. unsalted cashews
  • 2 tbsp. minced fresh rosemary
  • ½ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp. light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover a sheet pan with aluminum foil and spread cashews out on the foil. Toast in the oven until warm, about 5 minutes. In a large bowl, combine rosemary, cayenne, salt, sugar, and butter. Toss the cashews with the spiced butter and serve warm.

Cheese Plate

Now for the always-a-crowd-pleaser cheese plate: Jessica included a hard cheese (manchego), a soft cheese (goat cheese), and a blue cheese so there's something for everyone. Her crackers of choice are La Panzanella's Rosemary Croccantinis, though any rosemary or plain cracker will work. Offer the rosemary cashews and fruit to munch on; grapes are the classic choice, but Jessica couldn't resist adding the figs, since they're rarely in season. Her crowning touch? Truffle honey for guests to drizzle on their cheese and crackers.

Remove the cheese from the refrigerator an hour before serving, since cold mutes the flavor. Serve with napkins or small plates, and put out a different knife for each cheese.

Cheese Plate

  • Blue cheese
  • Manchego
  • Goat cheese
  • Fresh figs
  • Champagne grapes
  • Truffle honey
  • Rosemary crackers
  • Rosemary cashews

Beer Pairing

Finally, Jessica's tips for pairing drinks with your cheese plate: You can't go wrong with Sauvignon Blanc. If you'd rather serve beer, choose something light, such as Blue Moon, Hangar 24, or Allagash, to match the mostly mild cheeses. Want to switch up the cheese and serve something sharper (aged cheddar tasting, anyone)? A beer such as Guinness pairs beautifully.

Got your own can't-miss cheese plate tips? Post them in the comments below.