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Our 3rd Annual Halloween Movie Night went off without a hitch.  All of the kids had such a great time dancing in front of the movie screen and watching the movie while being able to wear their costumes for a bit longer and the parents had a nice time mingling and eating and drinking while letting their kids dance off some of the sugar high;)

We had so much fun planning and decorating for this party.  We spent a couple full weekends crafting and stickering, but the printables from YourLifEvents Artsy Chic Boutique and from Anders Ruff were the pretty, er I mean spooktacular icing on the proverbial cake.  It was a lot of fun using printables from another printable designer – we love Anders Ruff Designs, so we thought it would be fun to incorporate their Halloween Collection with our own and we are very pleased with the results.

Here is a little eye candy for you to be inspired for your next party.

We DIY’d the majority of our party.  As former party planners, it’s what we do, but we’ve also learned how to make it easy on ourself too.  For example,

Food:  While we made those cute little pumpkin turkey & cheese sandwiches – we used cookie cutters rather than cutting out the eye holes and refrigerated pie crust rather than making our own.  We went to Arby’s and bought Jr. Roast Beef sandwiches off the $1 menu and put our printables on them to make them cute.  We made crustless PB&J sandwiches (if they weren’t easy Moms wouldn’t still be making them for lunch), and store-bought fresh Squash soup.  Popcorn made with the popcorn maker and guests brought a side dish to share.

Drink:  We made the Halloween Harvest Punch and The Zombie a day ahead in large batches so we wouldn’t be stuck behind the bar all night.  Signature cocktails are always the way to go when trying to keep the bar tab down.  We did buy 2 bottles of wine and a 12-pack of beer, but we often just put out a bucket of ice to have on hand for those who bring their own.  Wicked Water and juice boxes for the kids.

Dessert:  I couldn’t put this in food or drink because dessert was Milk & Cookies.  Knowing that on Halloween the kids don’t need much else in the way of sugar, we didn’t want to set out our usual candy bar selection, so we filled long planter boxes with ice and cups filled with Milk and topped them off with a chocolate chip cookie.

Decor:  We wrapped just about everything we could with printables from our store, Anders Ruff and a few pieces from Martha Stewart’s free printable selection.  We made our own poms to hang from our tent frame structure and wrapped the tent frame in twinkle lights (looks prettier at night).  We have a 12 foot table and had ordered the plum linen from Raza Trade linens, but the remaining linens were either burlap we bought at the fabric store or linen we had on hand.  Various other details were Halloween decor we had on hand.

You too can purchase our Spooktacular Halloween Printables:   [add_to_cart item=”YLEHHC2011″ ] 

Check out all of our printables and products for sale in our Artsy Chic Boutique.

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