With Halloween just around the corner I wanted to add a few decorative touches around the house since we are once again pumped about the countdown to trick or treating in person after staying safe at home last year.
I already had this simple fall centrepiece on our dining room table that I made a few years ago and came up with a quick and easy hack to take it from fall fabulous to fabulously frightful in just a few simple steps.
The original fall centrepiece was made using mini plastic pumpkins and gourds, some faux foliage and dried wheat sheaths from the dollar and craft supply stores. A metal bin got a quick coat of a gold metallic spray paint and then I randomly tucked all of the elements into a floral foam base with gourds scattered throughout.
This simple display sits on our dining table for the fall months with a classic black and white buffalo check table runner underneath. It even takes centre stage on our Thanksgiving table.
It will just takes a few bits and bobs to transform this fall foliage into a frightful feast for the eyes. A few glittery skulls, some black feathers and felt spider web placements all picked up rather inexpensively at the craft supply and dollar store.
First things first, these gourds have got to go! I won’t pull them all out, as I’ll leave some for filler.
It’s out with the squash and in with a sparkly skull. I was particularly drawn to this pack that includes both gold and black skulls. A bit of glam goth seems perfectly appropriate for this occasion.
Once the skulls are happily nestled in place, I distribute the black feathers throughout.
The plaid table runner is put away and in its place I lay four felt cut spider web placemats end to end to create the illusion of a table runner.
Spellbinding isn’t it. Okay, okay no one is calling House & Home magazine here, but it does the trick and this simple hack was a treat to pull off.
There’s my take on a delightfully chic and creepy centrepiece to set the scene for our countdown to Halloween fun and festivities.
Halloween is one week away and for many it will look a little different in 2020. While there is no confident consensus about the right way to celebrate, we have decided that the best choice for our family is to spend Halloween at home.
When it comes to birthday cakes I would much rather reach for a box of Betty over the store bought slab. I’ll be the first to admit I’m not a natural born baker, there is just too much room for error and not a lot of room for winging it.
It’s been 10 weeks of staying home and staying safe. Sigh. 10 weeks. And while I’ve been really trying hard to stay in a positive headspace through all of this, some days (or weeks) are just harder than others.
It seems that suddenly being surrounded by everyone, everyday and being called into action in ways I never could have imagined, is seriously shining a spotlight on some of my insecurities as a parent and partner, and all-around good person.
I had almost talked myself out of writing a post about parties. While it hardly feels like a time to focus on feeling festive, there is so much to be said about reaching for joy in times of unrest.
While postponing your kiddos party to host it at a later date is an option, it just doesn’t pack the same punch as celebrating them on their special day. And since I’m a big fan of the stay at home birthday concept anyways, this seems like an area I can lend a bit of insight on.
If you’ve ventured outside in the past few weeks and have taken in the reality of our altered world, it can be a bit overwhelming. Plexiglas dividers between merchants and customers, masks and gloves hiding once smiling faces, conversations with neighbours from an awkward distance, blocked off playgrounds and quarantined kids.
The world outside our door is a bit unsettling. So I’ve found myself pulling inwards. Choosing to focus on what’s right in front of me – family. There’s comfort inside my little bubble and our world within these walls is much easier to digest.
As the weeks continue to pile up and we all do our part to stay home and stay safe, one can’t help but feel the pull towards connection and community. Luckily, you don’t have to venture too far to find it. Just steps outside your door members of your community are looking for ways to come together while safely staying apart.
While we were trying to navigate the idea of the kids being out of school for an undetermined amount of time and how it would fall to me to facilitate their learning at home, we played out a few different scenarios to see what would work best for our crew.
I spent a few days (or was it weeks) flopping around like a fish out of water trying to find my footing in this new normal we’ve found ourselves in. Everywhere we turn, we are being bombarded with information bringing us the latest frightening facts and news flashes from around the globe as we all try to navigate the landmine that is this crisis.
It is not a topic any of us is an expert on or any of us know how to wade through. So we do our best. We take it day by day and minute by minute and try to keep our heads above water.
It was this time last year that Moana was released on home video, so my oldest decided she wanted to feature the flick during her squad sleepover to celebrate her 9th birthday. The movie’s Polynesian influence was the perfect inspiration for an island inspired fete so I used this as my jumping off point for our party theme. Continue reading →