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Make Your Own Skull Cookie Cutters

DIY skull cookie cutters

DIY skull cookie cutters
photos: DIY Skull Cookie Cutters from Hello! Lucky

That is a clever idea from Hello! Lucky. It is so simple that I wonder why I didn’t think of it before. They turned a round cookie cutter into a skull cookie cutter. Pliers will create a more defined bend. But don’t worry if you don’t have pliers, you can use your fingers to pinch the sides.

Use your favorite sugar cookie recipe to make your own Skull Cookie Pops. Hello! Lucky suggests to use the Perfect Sugar Cookie (and Cookie Pop) from Sweetapolita. Have fun baking!

While we are on the topic of skulls, you should check the  DIY Sidewalk Skulls that first inspired these cookies, this is another project from Hello! Lucky.

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Halloween Witch Party Decorations with a Touch of Gothic Glam

halloween witch party with a gothic touch

halloween witch party with a gothic touch
photos: Halloween Haven catalogue at Grandin Road – list of items is below.

Witches are a classic Halloween theme that can be interpreted in so many ways. Any witch party can feel more glamourous when it has a Gothic touch. To do it, start by turning your interior into an old mansion or castle.

I still find that the best online shop where to buy for Halloween props with a Gothic feel remains Grandin Road. Some of my suggestions for Halloween decorations that will help you set the tone of your witch party are:

witch party decorations
sourcing: Tattered Witch Hat $12 USD at Amazon.com | Set of Three Staked Halloween Witches $69 at Grandin Road

Greet your party guests with haunting trio of Staked Halloween Witches or put on a hallway a life-sized scary witch that speaks.

If you did not send your invitations already, it might be safer to opt for digital invites. There are plenty of choices.

wicked witch invitation
sourcing: Wicked Witch Party invitations at Pingg

One last thing, do not forget to tell your guests about your theme if you want them to wear costumes that fit with the concept of your soiree.

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Halloween Party Favor Bags: To Buy or To Do It Yourself

halloween linen bags

halloween linen bags
photo credits: Vicki Lynn Photography at HGTV  – available at The TomKat Studio Shop $9.99 USD for 6

If you throw an Halloween, Halloween party favor bags are a must. One option is to print, draw, stencil, stamp or embroider an illustration on a paper bag or a muslin bag. The other is to buy handmade bags. Either way, you will get something that stands out from the crowd.

halloween treat bags
sourcing: Luchador Spider Treat Bags by Maple & Belmont $3.50 USD for 5

Handcrafted Paper Bags

halloween treat bags
sourcing: Happy Halloween goodie bags by Maple & Belmont $3.50 USD for 5

These cheerful 2-color models are produced by a husband and wife team from Norfolk,Virginia. Their treat bags are available on their Website Maple & Belmont.

halloween card collection
sourcing: Halloween card collection by Maple & Belmont $18 for set of 5 cards

While you are shopping at Maple & Belmont, have a look at their Halloween card collection.


sourcing: spooky Halloween gift bags by momentinthesun $24 CAD for 12 bags

My next suggestion are these spooky Halloween gift bags with scary skeletons, wicked witches and poison labels. These little shopping bags feature an handle. They are made by Tracey of momentinthesun, a girl from Vancouver.

halloween ghostly popcorn bags diy

Better Homes & Gardens teaches us how to transform a plain vellum bag into a ghostly popcorn or candy bag in 3 simple steps.  First, curve the top edge with scissors. Make the eyes by glueing two wiggle eyes to the front. For take-out bags, I would punch holes on both sides to close the bag with a tied bow.

Spider treat bags diy
photo credits: Pillowhead Designs on Flickr

The next DIY idea uses leftovers. You create your own spider treat bags by sewing pieces of paper grocery bags. For the spiders, Angela of Pillowhead Designs use felt, a black marker and googly eyes.

Fabric Gift Bags for Halloween

If you are looking for a reusable option, then, fabric party bags are the way to go.

Party Favor Bags for a gothic halloween party

For a Gothic Halloween party, add a touch of glam with Swarovski rhinestones.  $12 USD for 6 by kathyjacobson on Etsy.

halloween boo candy bags

You only need to supply the treats with the next set. It includes 20 Halloween trick or treat organic muslin cotton treat bags and 20 Boo kraft gift tags. $34 USD for 20 by JennifersCookies. Note that Jennifer has many more drawings to choose from.

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Halloween Desserts and Milk Shakes

halloween desserts and milk shakes

I would be proud to serve these desserts for Halloween. They look awesome! As you might have guessed, they are all from Martha Stewart.

halloween desserts and milk shakes
photo credits: Almond Brownie Coffins | Orange Jack-o’-Lanterns with Sorbet | Witch cupcakes | Boo-nilla Shake recipe

On Halloween morning, I want to serve the Boo-nilla shake to my son.  To make your own, simply paint the ghost faces inside the glass with melted chocolate. You can decorate your glasses up to one day ahead. But wait until serving to make the milk shakes.

Any of these treats would make a great finale to the Spooky Forest Halloween Party Food I showcased three weeks ago.

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Halloween Costumes for Kids in a Wheelchair

halloween costume for kids in a wheel chair ice cream truck

halloween costume for kids in a wheel chair ice cream truck
photo credits: Daily Picks and Flicks – I wished that I found the original but I was unable to find it.

Kids in a wheelchair also celebrate Halloween. They wear homemade Halloween costumes that any kids would be proud to wear. Popular Halloween costumes are all types of vehicles, playing a drummer, a king or queen on their trone, or the mobile flower garden. One that particularly caught my eye is this Buster’s Ice Cream Truck.  Cardboard, fabric, craft supplies and accessories are the preferred supplies.

halloween costumes for wheelchair
photo credits: Garden costume at Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation | Pirate costume at Special Children

For more Halloween costumes for kids in a wheelchair, check these sites for tutorials and inspiration:

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Thanksgiving: Revisiting Turkey Basics and Tabletop Ideas

thanksgiving truffle-scented roast chicken

thanksgiving truffle-scented roast chicken
photo credits: Home & Home October 2010, photography by Michael Graydon, prop styling by Sasha Seymour, food stylish by Ashley Denton

There will be no big Thanksgiving dinner for us this year. We will celebrate it just the three of us. Frankly, I welcome it since I was exhausted. We all feel tired lately. My hudband, my son and I had to adjust to a new schedule since Zack started day care. Yesterday, Zack slept up to 11 AM. This morning, he woke up at 8:45 AM. I start to feel refreshed.

It is a colder, bright sunny day here in Montreal. Before we go outside, I compiled a list of last-minute Thanksgiving ideas based on old posts.

For roasting your turkey, check out

For dressing your table, get inspired by

Explore the rest of my Thanksgiving posts for menu ideas and more tabletop inspirations. Lastly, do not stress out with the preparation. The most important in any event is to serve good food and to be amongst good company.

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Thanksgiving Tabletop Ideas from Classic to a Modern Look

thanksgiving tabletop ideas from traditional to modern

I propose you five festive looks for Thanksgiving, that are suitable for the Canadian way and the American way to celebrate Thanksgiving.

If you are new to my blog, here is my design philosophy when it comes to my table settings for a Holiday celebrations. My guests eat on bowls and plates that can be reused for other parties. This is my way to be thankful towards Mother Earth. My table linens and my centrepiece deliver the decorative elements of my Holiday tabletop.

Tabletop Ideas for a Classic Style Table

I always say that you need a casual chic table for a Thanksgiving meal. So, go with would make you and your family happy. I like the idea to use a halved globe as a vessel for your centrepiece. It should not be too hard to find an old World globe since so many of them have become obsolete. Ask your friends and family to help you locate one; there is probably an unused World globe that is stored in their garage or basement of someone you know.

thanksgiving tabletop ideas from traditional to modern
photo credits: No. 1 Eclectic Fall Bowl Centerpiece from BHG.com | No. 2 Woodland Forest Jacquard Tablecloth $155-$183 USD at Williams Sonoma | No. 3 Autumn Summer Table by Crate & Barrel

Tabletop Ideas for a Modern Style Table

The snowberries of the Marimekko Lumimarja Orange table linen collection takes a different direction in orange. As a bonus, I can imagine this tablecloth reinterpreted for a Halloween party.

thankgiving table with a modern Finnish touch
photo credits: No. 4 Marimekko Lumimarja Orange Tablecloth and Napkins $8.95-$89.95 USD at Crate and Barrel

I am a fan of the tête-à-tête placemats. With tête-à-tête (which means face-to-face) placemats, your table puts the emphasis on guests that seat in front of each other. Don’t think that you can use this look only just for a romantic dinner. The concept works well on a communal table. Simply remember to get three “placemats for two” for 6 guests, four for 8 guests or six for a group of twelve. Then, use the same between the placemats to place the dishes that you will share and the centrepieces.

duo linen placemat and napkins
photo credits: No. 5 Duo linen placemat for two $15.95 USD at CB2

I hope this small round-up will give ideas on how you can dress your table for Thanksgivings.

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Spooky Forest Halloween Party Food

spooky forest halloween party theme for kids

spooky forest halloween party theme for kids

I started to think about how we will celebrate Halloween. Yesterday, I ordered online my son’s costume. You will notice the influence of my geek husband when I tell you that my son will dress up as an astronaut. He played Darth Vader last year.

Now that his costume is taken care of, I can concentrate on an Halloween party for young kids. I look for a fun twist on the eerie theme. Something that would be unusual but that will not scare the children. I also care about the ingredients. Too much sweet is not good for toddlers. And if I can put a touch of healthy that it is even better. I feel that I compiled a winner mix with this assortment of party food and drink.

For the signature drink, style your favorite kid-friendly sparkling lemonade with a gummy fish, eggs made of coloured tapioca pearls topped with a gummy worm. Get the entire Swamp juice recipe (No. 1) at Family Fun.

For the healthy part, make these cut cheese fingers (No. 3) with mozzarella string cheese. Make the fingertip by glueing a piece of green pepper, a piece of cucumber (skin up), half of a black olive or half a red grape with cream cheese .

The Apple bites (No. 5) are not more complicated to make. To create the mouth, quarter and core an apple. Then, cut a wedge from the skin side of each quarter. Slivered almonds make realistic teeth. Do not forget to sprinkle some lime juice or orange juice on the apples to keep them from browning.

For treats, you can make the awesome spooky forest sticks and orange candy apples (No. 2) from Stephen Brown of Glitterville. You will find the recipe in his book: Glitterville’s Handmade Halloween: A Glittered Guide for Whimsical Crafting!

These spider cupcakes (No. 4) are super cute! Decorating them is so easy that you can ask your kids to help out.

Add a few candy boxes, decorate the room, plan three or four fun activities and you are all set for a spooky forest Halloween party that the kids will remember.

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Duo Colour Icing Kits

two tone cake icing with Lakeland Duo Colour Icing Kit

two tone cake icing with Lakeland Duo Colour Icing Kit
photo: Duo Colour Icing Kit £4.99 at Lakeland

Decorating your cakes and cupcakes with two tone icing is made easy with this kit. Double pastry bags are attached to a specially designed coupler to deliver a control flow of two tone icing. The set comes with 6 nozzles. When you are selecting your flavours, simply remember that both icings should have the same consistency. At first, I advice that you fill the bag by alternating between the two sides to get a feel of how much icing can go into each compartment.

reusable double pastry bag set
photo: Reusable double pastry bag set $14 USD at Bakedeco.com

This would be a great cake decorating tool to have around Halloween and Christmas. Since the Lakeland Duo Colour Icing Kit is only available in UK, I  found an option in the United States. You will only need to add more piping tips to the double pastry bag set at Kerekes Bakery & Restaurant Equipment in Brooklyn, which also operates bakedeco.com. Their set only comes with a star pastry tube.

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Hold On Egg Cup by Doreen Westphal

hold on egg cup by Doreen Westphal

hold on egg cup by Doreen Westphal

Every party benefits from a conversation piece. And you are sure to get many “Wow” with Doreen Westphal‘s Hold On Egg Cup. The egg cup is made of concrete. The shape was inspired by an egg cut in half. The most striking feature is a strategically placed magnet where to rest the spoon. Awesome!

I have no news on where you can buy it. What I know is that Hold On Egg Cup is presented at Maison & Objet in Paris this week. Hopefully, it will hit a few stores soon.

+ via MoCo Loco

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Asplund Cookie Tray

Asplund Cookie Tray

Asplund Cookie Tray
Asplund Cookie Tray $185 USD at Huset

With the big Holiday season that is only a few months away, it’s best to start sooner than later. This unique design cookie tray designed by Stina Sandwall would be perfect to serve your Holiday treats. The Asplund Cookie Tray comes in red and in white. I would like both on my Christmas table, except that at that price, it would become an indulgence.