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October 2010

ENTERTAINING HOLIDAY entertaining

Extravagant Halloween Makeups of M·A·C Halloween Face-Off

exotic bird halloween makeup by fatima :: mac halloween face-off

exotic bird halloween makeup by fatima :: mac halloween face-off

You can not reproduce these Halloween makeups at home since it took 3 hours to professional makeup artists to complete these amazing looks. They realized their Halloween makeup transformations using their skills and creative minds, their extensive makeup kits, a mischievous mix of hair-raising hardware, wacky wigs and other perilous props.

futuristic solarization makeup by jenn :: mac halloween face-off

Still, looking at them can inspire you for an Halloween look. The exotic bird created by Fatima is stunning. But for some reasons, I would prefer to dress up as the futuristic girl with a twist on solarization and toxic colors.

joey's opulent halloween makeup :: winner of mac halloween face-off

M·A·C Halloween Face-Off was a promotional online competition held on Facebook and You Tube where three M·A·C Artists must improvise a look on a model. Watch the making of these makeups here. The winner of the M·A·C Halloween Face-Off was Joey. The public preferred his opulent face. What is your favorite one?

Halloween Makeups That You Can Do

stylish clown halloween makeups

For makeup ideas that can reproduce, look at my preferred MAC Halloween looks from 3 years ago and at these stylish clown and doll makeups. Sadly, M·A·C removed the instructions from their Web site.

SOURCING:
+ photos: MAC Halloween Face-Off: Episode 2

FOOD + DRINK RECIPES + menus

Candy Corn Cupcakes and Cookies for Halloween

candy corn cupcake and cookie recipes for halloween

candy corn cupcake and cookie recipes for halloween

There is no need to be a master baker to create fun desserts and treats for Halloween. Spreading candy corns around simply decorated Candy corn cupcakes is enough to create the right mood.

Halloween candy table

Get more ideas on how to use candy corn for your Halloween baking at LATimes.com and at Amy Atlas. And for last minute inspirations, look at how you can dress up a candy table with store-bought candies.

SOURCING:
+ Candy corn cupcakes at The Curvy Carrot
+ Candy Corn and Peanut Cookies at Pionneer Woman
+ Candy Corn Shortbread cookies at Sweetspot.ca

HOME + GARDEN HOME decor

Feather Lamps of ABYU Lighting

black cyclone lamp by abyu lighting

black cyclone lamp by abyu lighting

The couture lighting studio And Bob’s Your Uncle Lighting (ABYU Lighting) produces superb feather table lamps and pendants that come in all shapes. Until now, ABYU Lighting concentrates on custom lighting projects. But now, it will be easier to acquire their creations since ABYU Lighting has paired up with BNOdesign to sell their lamps online.

abyu lamps at bnodesign

The $6,600 price tag of the sublime Black Cyclone fixture (top photo) or the $9,000 Pattern Nimbus are too expensive for most of us. But it would be easier to splurge on a table lamp like Twister which is ornate with white feathers and has acrylic base. Little Buff would look adorable in a little girl’s nursery.

nimbus abyu lighting

The details of the Nimbus pendant lamp are remarkable. It looks sophisticated and at the same time, it feels young and fresh.

SOURCING:
+ Black Cyclone $6,600 USD at BNOdesign
+ Pattern Black Nimbus $9,000
+ Twister table lamp $950
+ Big Puff $900 – Little Puff $600

ENTERTAINING HOLIDAY entertaining

Orange and Green Halloween Tabletops

green and black tabletop for Halloween

modern orange hues halloween tabletop ideas

My first idea was to create a mood board for modern black and orange Halloween table. To do so, I incorporated elements that are not typical Halloween decorations. I decided to play with orange shades to see if it will add a new dimension to the classic theme. Stacking a bunch of Asian bowls create a unique centerpiece. And the best part is that you will get to reuse the bowls the rest of year.

Green for Halloween

green and black tabletop for Halloween

But not everyone wishes for the traditional orange and black tabletop. So, I started to experiment with green and black. The awesome mummy vases add a playful touch. They go so well with mummy wrapped cookies and “Mummy Veggie Dip” tray featured on Phyllis Hoffman Celebrate Halloween magazine.

mummy vegetable dip tray and mummy wrapped cookies for Halloween

In both cases, I suggest to put a spider web tablecloth on top of a solid tablecloth. I pair that with a modern style black and white dinnerware and black stemware. I would finish the look with white cotton or linen napkins.

SOURCING:
+ Spiderweb Tablecloth Halloween $34.99 at Amazon.com [affiliate link]
+ Tradition Wine Glass Set $25 USD / $26.25 CAD for set of 6 at Potiron
+ Milano Dinnerware Set $65 USD / $68.25 CAD for 4 place settings
+ Wilt-Proof Centerpieces at Martha Stewart
+ Mummy Vases and Mommy Food from Phyllis Hoffman Celebrate Halloween – via Hostess with the Mostess

ENTERTAINING HOLIDAY entertaining

DIY Halloween Table Without Any Tricks

Halloween napkin rings

Halloween napkin rings

This simple table from The Thrifty Crafter is a great example of how you can have still have a little Halloween fun without going all out.

Halloween Napkin Ring with orange dyed napkins

Chances are you already have plain white dishes and black placemats. Add orange napkins (you can even dye them yourself using her tutorial) and use a black feather boa to make napkin rings that look like a black cat’s tail. Place a few orange and white mini pumpkins down the centre of the table and you’re done!

SOURCING:
+ Hand Dyed Napkin Tutorial from The Thrifty Crafter
+ Feather Napkin Tutorial from The Thrifty Crafter

ENTERTAINING HOLIDAY entertaining

Creepy Cocktails

Bloody Brain shooters

Black Vodka cocktails for Halloween

f you’re planning a Halloween fete for grown-up ghouls, creepy cocktails like these lend a gore-met vibe to your beverage options.

A classic Bloody Mary is a fitting choice for Halloween, but for something out of the ordinary consider black vodka. It can be difficult to find, but the effect is worth the search, as shown in these three cocktail options from Martha Stewart.

For a hot beverage, combine gin, mulled wine and port to make a Witch’s Brew – no cauldron required.

Bloody Brain shooters

If these bloody brain shooters make have your guests thinking twice about emptying their glasses, you can put their stomach at ease – it’s just Irish cream curdled with lime juice. The Purple People Eater may sound scary but it is simply vodka, grape juice, gummy worms and jello.

SOURCING:
+ Bloody Mary recipe from Rachael Ray Magazine
+ Ghost in the Graveyard, Screwed-Up Screwdriver and Berry Scary Martini from Martha Stewart
Witches Brew from TheNibble.com
+ Bloody Brain Shooter from Food2.com
+ Purple People Eater (Gummi Worm Shooters) from Canadian Living

HOME + GARDEN ORGANIZING

Cooler Shelf and Drawer Liners

eco leaves shelf paper

eco leaves shelf paper

This cute pattern is not for gift wrapping papers but for protecting and decorating shelves and drawers. Like many, I covered my bathroom and kitchen drawers with liners when I was renting an apartment. I did it for hygienic reasons. But when we moved in our current space, there were no need since we put a brand new kitchen and master bathroom.  Frankly, most drawer liners lack style. Therefore, they do not really enhance your drawers.

gypsy garden shelf paper

I found a store on the Web that may change my mind. The collection at Chic Shelf Paper is more interesting than what I remembered. Each pattern is available as a matter paper, a fine weave fabric, laminated vinyl and satin canvas. Prices vary from $2.5o to $5.75 per square foot.

chic shelf papers and drawer liners

SOURCING:
+ Gypsy Gardens
+ Eco Leaves
+ Kitchen Descriptions Shelf Paper & Drawer Liner
+ Cross Me Yellow Shelf Paper & Drawer Liner

ENTERTAINING HOLIDAY entertaining

Ghoul’s Night Out for a Glamorous Halloween Party

Ghoul's Night Out dinner table

Ghoul's Night Out dinner table

Who says Halloween is just for kids? This hot pink and black party theme by Hostess with the Mostess is perfect for your most stylish grown-up ghoul friends. No costumes required – just tell them to wear their favorite little black dress!

A solid black tablecloth and a few sheets of sparkly scrapbook paper create the backdrop for a glittering, spray-painted skull centerpiece and shiny black serving ware.

Ghoul's Night Out decor details

Rhinestones and a roll of ribbon are inexpensive ways to keep the decor glam yet ghoulish. Use them to decorate candles, wine bottles and to create napkin rings. I loved this clever twist on wine glass charms: just add pink rhinestones to plastic skull rings (and be sure to make extras since your ghouls will surely want to wear them too).

SOURCING:
+ Ghoul’s Night Halloween Party at Hostess with the Mostess
+ Ghoul’s Night Evite Invitation

ENTERTAINING PAPER goods

Wedzu: A Marketplace for Indie and Handmade Weddings

wedding photo props

dirty laudry guest book kit

I love Etsy but let’s face it, it is so huge now that it could be time-consuming to find what you are looking for.  This is why we see an emergence of curated marketplaces. The latest addition is Wedzu, a marketplace for indie and handmade weddings. Some items would add fun to a baby shower, a birthday party or a club reunion.

I picked some of my favorite handmade items to make your party more memorable.

Photo Props

wedding photo props

Photo shoots require props. The mustache and lips photo shoot has become a trend. The sexy red lips and bold English handlebar mustaches are available in sets of 2 or sets of 5. I featured before vintage silverware recycled as garden and herbs markers. Monkeys Always Look transformed them into wedding photo props. It comes in a set of 3 spoons with the words: I Love You, XOXO and Kiss Me.

Favor Boxes

cake slice favor boxes

Each cake favor box is tied by a pretty ribbon on the side. I also like it for baby and bridal showers.

please deliver to stamp

If you ship your invite in a box, you might like to get one of these Please Deliver To Wooden Stamp to print on your shipping labels.

Funny Guest Book

clothesline guest book

The Dirty Laundry Guest Book Kit provides a creative twist. Guests can write their funny stories or wishes on note cards cut as t-shirts, tank tops, pants and skirts. The kit includes mini wooden clothespins, clothesline and a coordinating label that encourages guest’s to write notes to affix on a detergent bottle.

SOURCING:
+ The Sassy Couple Photo Props by Whisker Works $20 for set of 2
+ Wedding Photo Prop Stamped Silverware Markers by Monkeys Always Look $17 for 3 assorted spoons
+ Chocolate Cake with Blue Flowers Favor Boxes by Imeon Design $32 for 12
+ Red Paper Fortune Cookie by Imeon Design $3
+ Please Deliver To Wooden Stamp by Paper Pastries $25
+ Dirty Laundry Guest Book Kit by Mélangerie Inc. $35
+

ENTERTAINING HOLIDAY entertaining

More Vampire Dinner Party Ideas

vampire dinner party by pizzazerie

vampire dinner party by pizzazerie

Vampires are so popular these days that I decided to feature another amazing Vampire tabletop. And frankly, the table designed by the talented Courtney Dial of Pizzazerie for Nashville magazine was too awesome to not share it with you.

Devil’s Blood Cocktail and Red Devil Demon mini cupcakes

The focus is on chic, red and dark. Black velvet used as tablecloth with red napkins, black dinnerware, tall candle sticks and candelabras.

Her menu was:
Devil’s Blood Cocktail which contains cranberry juice and black vodka. One advice is to pour some drops of food-safe drink color dye.
+ A Blood Orange Salad, a Marinated beef round steak and a Devil Hair Pasta Pesto
+ For dessert, Red Devil Demon mini cupcakes decorated with blood drops.

For more Halloween tabletop inspirations, do not miss the Vampire tabletop featured by Heather. But beware that you may fall in love with the DIY ghoulish chair covers.

SOURCING:
+ Pizzazerie for Nashville magazine – photos by Katie Horrell

ENTERTAINING HOLIDAY decorations

Not Too Spooky Pumpkin Decoration Ideas

not too spooky carved pumpkin ideas

not too spooky carved pumpkin ideas

Jack-o’-Lantern can take many faces. The design of these pumpkins will caught the attention of your visitors even if might not really scare them. And you will win points for the originality of your execution.  I particularly like the all stitched up pumpkin.

wacky face pumpkin and all stitched up Jack-o'-Lantern

+ Jeepers Creepers Jack-o’-Lanterns at FamilyFun.com
+ Bat-o’-Lanterns
+ Wacky Face at Chicago Tribune
+ All Stitched Up Jack-o’-Lantern