Archive | October, 2018

Five 5 Minute Halloween Costumes

Happy Friday!  Who is gearing up for alllllllll the Halloween parties this weekend?  We have several to go to, but it should be really fun for the kids, so I’m looking forward to that.  Now to finish (aka start) my son’s Olaf costume.  His big sister is Elsa, so by default he gets to be Olaf.

If you wait until the last minute like I do for costumes, then you will love how fast all of these costumes are today.  Earlier this week I had you covered with a fast and easy appetizer and fast shipped party decorations.

Between all of these quick Halloween ideas, you’ll be ready for the big day before you know it!

last minute Halloween costumes, quick Halloween costumes, costumes using items you already own

Five Minute Halloween Costumes

I have five different costumes for you today that are so simple there’s no reason you wouldn’t want to dress up this way.  Especially if you’re not that into Halloween.

The best part of all of them is that I had all of these things already in my house.  And I’m sure you do too.

Striped Shirt + Black Pants + Hat = Robber

last minute Halloween costumes, quick Halloween costumes, costumes using items you already own

This one is super easy and is just putting clothes on.  Find some black or dark pants, add a striped shirt, and a stocking cap.

Bonus points if you can also use a bag stuffed with “money.”  Just grab any bag from around your house and put random things in it.

Khaki Cargo Shorts + Khaki Shirt + Hat + Binoculars = Safari Guide

I even convinced my husband to get in on the quick costume train.

last minute Halloween costumes, quick Halloween costumes, costumes using items you already ownlast minute Halloween costumes, quick Halloween costumes, costumes using items you already own

Again we just raided the closet for this safari guide look.  Find all khaki, tan, brown, or even olive green and dress head to toe in it.

Add boots and a safari hat.  Or any hat with a brim.

Bonus points if you have binoculars.  And if you don’t just add a name tag with Steve Irwin and call it good.

Red Dress + Green Hat = Strawberry

I love this option because of how colorful it is.

last minute Halloween costumes, quick Halloween costumes, costumes using items you already own

Super easy to just color block any kind of costume.

Wear all yellow and be a banana.

Wear all purple and be a grape or eggplant.

There are so many food options, haha!

Robe + Head Scarf + House Shoes = Old Person

This wins the award for most comfortable.

last minute Halloween costumes, quick Halloween costumes, costumes using items you already own

Throw a robe over whatever you have on, add some house shoes or slippers.

If you’re a woman, adding a head scarf over our hair or curlers in your hair takes this to the next level.

Bonus points if you have a cane or glasses on a chain.

last minute Halloween costumes, quick Halloween costumes, costumes using items you already own

Radiant Defense + Tan Shirt + Antlers = Bambi

This may be one of the most fun costumes!  Who doesn’t love Bambi?

last minute Halloween costumes, quick Halloween costumes, costumes using items you already own

I used my company’s newest product, Radiant Defense, to create a full face Bambi look.

I used multiple shades to create darker spots, and those cute light colored Bambi spots.  A little eye liner in particular areas created enhanced eyes and nose.

I added a tan shirt and if you have khaki pants, you’re all set.

The concept of using make-up or products you already have to create a fun look is easy and focuses just on one area, your face.

What I love about Radiant Defense, besides that there are six shades to achieve multiple looks and they are super blendable, is that it’s good for your skin.

It doesn’t clog pores or cause breakouts, but actually improves skin.  Protecting your skin’s moisture barrier from environmental aggressors, and has an SPF 30.

This is especially important to me when I put so much of it on my face to create this Bambi look.

You can get your own Radiant Defense here and figure out what shade is right for you here.

Although it may have taken just a bit longer than five minutes to do, it took less than five minutes to take it all off with these.

Five Minute Costume Key Points

Quick costumes when you’re not feeling like dressing up or just aren’t into Halloween boil down to two things.

Color blocking and focus.

You can create a ton of different costume ideas just by color-blocking.  Figure out what you want to be then pick the main colors of that idea.

Focusing on one area, like your face, or hair, or just your shirt will reduce the amount of time and thought that goes into a costume.

I hope some of these ideas are super helpful or inspirational for you to put a costume together quickly this weekend and next week.

Be sure to let me know what you’re planning to dress up as this Halloween!

**Affiliate links are used in this post.  No purchase is necessary.  But if purchases are made, I make a small commission. Thanks for supporting The Daily Hostess

 

0

Last Minute Halloween Decorations

Can I be honest?  Halloween is not my favorite holiday.  I’m just not that into it.  I’m not sure why because I love a theme party and celebrating.

Because I’m not that into Halloween, I always feel rushed when it comes to costumes and decorations.  #procrastinatorsunite

I don’t own a ton of Halloween decorations and costumes always feel like a lot of work.  So if you aren’t into Halloween or wait until that last minute like I do, today’s post is perfect for you.

last minute Halloween party decorations, decorate for Halloween with Amazon Prime, quick Halloween decorations

I’ve rounded up everything you need to decorate for Halloween.  It’s all from one place, and you’ll have it in two days.  That’s right, all of this is from Amazon and can be at your house two days from now.   Just in time for Halloween parties this weekend and the big trick or treating night next week.

As far as costumes go, I’ll have you covered with last minute costumes on Friday, so be sure to check back then.

Last Minute Halloween Decorations for the Outdoors

I’m never one to decorate my house for Halloween very much.  I mostly just decorate for fall.  But I can see how it would be fun to welcome your guests with something spooky before a Halloween party.

We have a large area above our garage that we usually decorate with a giant wreath at Christmas, but maybe we can use this giant spider up there for Halloween.

I think this giant spiderweb would be super spooky for trick-or-treaters to have to walk under to get to your front door for candy.  Maybe try to figure out a way to place it over your sidewalk or front steps so they have to walk or stand under it and the giant spider with glowing eyes.

Last Minute Halloween Decorations for Inside

For the inside of your house, you don’t need much to show your Halloween spirit.  Let your guests’ costumes be the decor!

Thankfully, Amazon has the perfect bundle of Halloween decorations.

These would be perfect for your food buffet, mantle, or a dessert backdrop.  My biggest suggestion would be to keep them grouped together to make a bigger, spookier, impact.

Even make your food on theme with these Halloween food toothpicks.

This mantle scarf would be great on your mantle or even as a tablecloth on your food buffet.

You know what the best part of all of these decorations?

You could get all of this together, to your house in two days, thanks to Amazon Prime for around $50.00!

That’s a great deal for last minute Halloween decorations you can use to decorate an entire party inside and outside.

Feel free to shop my affiliate links below or under the pictures above.

Are you more inspired to decorate for Halloween now?  Are you in the spooky spirit?  I know that knowing I could get a party completely decorated for around $50.00 makes me want to throw a party!!

If you’re not inspired to throw a Halloween party, maybe doing a fun trick on others is more your style.  Check out my boo basket printables here.  All my other Halloween posts are here, and here.

Be sure to come back Friday for fun last minute Halloween costumes too!

1

Crowd Pleasing Savory Pumpkin Cheese Ball Recipe

Welcome back from the weekend!  Did you do any fun fall stuff this weekend?  We went to a pumpkin patch and made this fun pumpkin themed cheese ball.

We had beautiful weather this weekend so it was nice to get out and enjoy it a little bit.  It’s so fun watching my almost 15 month old experience things like hay and corn bins for the first time.

He had an interesting time trying to walk on hay covered ground around the pumpkins.  He started sort of scooting his feet, I think because he wasn’t sure about crunching down on the hay when he stepped.

I was also super proud of our daughter for trying the mini zip line at the pumpkin patch.  It wasn’t more than about 10 feet off the ground, but there weren’t any harnesses, just a platform to sit on.  Kind of like on a rope swing.  So she had to hold on tight as she zipped down.

Thankfully, Daddy ran along next to her just in case.  She’s become much more adventurous in the past few months.  That’s exciting to watch!

Seasoned Moms: I need your advice!

Our weekend was also filled with kids’ birthday parties.  I thought a few times this weekend, “is this what our life is going to become?”  Constantly attending kids’ birthday parties?

Don’t get me wrong, I like to celebrate, but I have a feeling our social calendar is going to fill up with 3, 4, and 5 year old birthday parties.

Can any of you seasoned moms tell me how you navigate this?  Do you attend all of them?  Get a gift even if you can’t go?  Limit how many you attend?

It feels like there has to be a cutoff somewhere.  Where is that cutoff?

Either way, one of the birthday’s this weekend was Halloween themed and the birthday girl wanted to dress up as a ghost princess and she was adorable!

Because of the Halloween theme, I couldn’t think of a better appetizer to bring than this pumpkin shaped cheese ball.  Nope, it doesn’t have pumpkin in it, it’s just shaped that way.

Halloween appetizer recipe, cheeseball recipe, pumpkin cheeseball

It’s full of savory goodness that’s spreadable on a cracker or easily dipped into with a chip.  It’s a crowd pleaser.  I highly recommend taking it to any of the upcoming Halloween parties you may be attending.

Pumpkin Shaped Cheese Ball Recipe

Here’s what you’ll need.

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz. cream cheese
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 tablespoons salsa
  • 3 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 top of a green pepper
  • 1 cup crushed nacho cheese chips

Halloween appetizer recipe, cheeseball recipe, pumpkin cheeseball

Here’s what to do.  If you can mix a spoon you can do this.  It’s super easy!

Directions:

  1. Put first 5 ingredients in a bowl and mix together until blended.
  2. Form into a ball on a piece of plastic wrap
  3. Wrap plastic wrap around cheese ball and form into a ball, place in the refrigerator
  4. Once chilled, unwrap plastic wrap and sprinkle crushed nacho cheese chips all over cheese ball until covered and ball is orange like a pumpkin.
  5. Push top of green pepper into the top of the cheese ball to make the pumpkin stem.

Halloween appetizer recipe, cheeseball recipe, pumpkin cheeseballHalloween appetizer recipe, cheeseball recipe, pumpkin cheeseballHalloween appetizer recipe, cheeseball recipe, pumpkin cheeseball

The finished product is so yummy and a perfect make ahead appetizer for any Halloween or fall themed party.

This is such a great time saver too.  Make this a day or two before the party so you can use those crucial last minutes leading up to the party to focus on things other than food.

Halloween appetizer recipe, cheeseball recipe, pumpkin cheeseballHalloween appetizer recipe, cheeseball recipe, pumpkin cheeseballHalloween appetizer recipe, cheeseball recipe, pumpkin cheeseball

Add black corn tortilla chips for an even more on theme party dish!

Get ready for more Halloween inspired posts this week!

I’ll have all of you Halloween procrastinators covered with a big Amazon Halloween haul and last minute costume ideas.  With Prime you’ll be ready for Halloween even if you wait until the last minute.

1

Five Ways to Make Party Chairs Stand Out

Happy Friyay!  I hope you’re pumped for the weekend. I’ve got a busy one ahead of me with parties, conferences, work, and a cold, cold, Sunday.  Definitely NOT looking forward to sub 30 degree weather 🙁

Because it’s Friday, I wanted to start a fun series called TDH Friday Five!  Search for it on Instagram with the hashtag #tdhfridayfive Mostly though, I kept coming up with these ideas for blog posts, but they were all too short for a “real” blog post.  So I thought, these are good ideas and I want to share them. They just needed to go into a series so there’s some sort of theme to them.  And TDH Friday Five was born!

This series is a quick list of five things. That’s it.  All kinds of different categories, but five things.  It could be five tips one week, five fun party themes another week, or five super cool party finds.  I hope you like it and that it gives you a quick burst of inspiration for your next party.

Ready to start?  Here we go!

TDH Friday Five: Party Chairs

You know something that gets overlooked so much at parties and gatherings?  You guessed it, the chairs!

I’m guilty of this too.  I spend a lot of time worried about how the table is going to look for a dinner party, and totally overlook the chairs.  Chairs seem to be pretty standard.  But they don’t have to be at your next party.  Here are five ways to make them stand out.

1. Tie Ribbon to the Chair

Such a fun and whimsical way to decorate your chair.  Add ribbon to the back of the chair in party coordinated colors by tying it on.  If you have a fabric chair try using some straight pins to attach the ribbon.

2. Add a Sign or Banner to the Chair

If a party is in honor of someone this is a great way to make just their chair stand out.  This is seen a lot at weddings for the Bride and Groom.  But I say it doesn’t have to stop there.  Use this idea to honor the mom to be at a baby shower, the bride at a bridal shower, or the birthday boy or girl.

3. Add Garlands to the Chair

Garlands are so versatile.  I love them for all kinds of party decor, so why not add them to the back of a chair?  Paper pennants would be so cute at a circus themed party.  A garland of flowers would be perfect for a Mother’s Day brunch.  So many ways to use them!

4. Use Pillowcases on a Chair

You know what you have already in your house that you can use to make your chairs stand out?  Pillowcases.  Yep, just throw them over the back of your chairs to make them stand out.  Get a fun pattern that coordinates with your party or plain pillowcases and dress them up with ribbon or flowers.  The great part is that you can use them again as a pillow case on your bed.  I love multi-use party decor!

Here are some great pillow case options.

 

5. Add a Great Pillow to a Chair

This one is kind of a no brainer.  However, I love the idea of using a bunch of pillows, like one on every chair. This will make the chairs and seating area stand out at your party.

Here are some fun pillows I love, here, here, and here.

Does this list of five things make you rethink how you’ll jazz up your chairs the next time you have a party?  There are a couple on this list that I’ve been wanting to try.  I may just make them work for a couple of upcoming things.

1

An Easy Tutorial for DIY Confetti Poppers

Need a quick burst of fun and celebration this morning after a long weekend?  You’re in the right place today! Bonus, this diy is so easy! I am realizing more and more that confetti just makes me so happy.  So, these DIY confetti poppers are the perfect dose of happy when you’re having a down day!

diy confetti poppers, easy diy confetti poppers, how to make your own confetti poppers

In the past year I’ve seen a confetti cannon at a concert and now absolutely must have one.  I’ve also done a confetti throwing photo booth at my other company’s convention and it was so fun.  I’m tempted to build my own and put it in my basement.  Or make it a traveling confetti booth for parties, like a photo booth, but with confetti.

For all of you out there that are like, “no way, I don’t want to clean up confetti, that sounds horrible.” Well, let me introduce you to the best confetti cleaner upper, right here.  Especially when you use the wand adapter!

Materials Needed for Confetti Poppers

So to make your own confetti poppers you’ll only need a few things, some of which you probably already have at home.

  • Tissue Paper
  • Confetti
  • Washi Tape (or any small tape)
  • Optional Items:
    • Scissors
    • Twine for a garland
    • Place Cards

diy confetti poppers, easy diy confetti poppers, how to make your own confetti poppers

DIY Confetti Popper Tutorial

  1. Cut tissue paper into squares about 6″ x 6″ and add confetti to the middle of the squarediy confetti poppers, easy diy confetti poppers, how to make your own confetti poppers

2. Roll tissue paper up like a tootsie roll, pinching the ends together so the confetti doesn’t come out.

diy confetti poppers, easy diy confetti poppers, how to make your own confetti poppers

3. Use washi tape to secure the twisted ends.

diy confetti poppers, easy diy confetti poppers, how to make your own confetti poppers

That’s it!  Three steps to fun!

Now that you’ve made confetti poppers, what should you do with them?  Well, I literally just went outside and popped them open and had my daughter do it too.  So this would make a fun and easy craft to do with kids when they’re bored.

To pop the poppers you just have to twist and rip, then all the confetti will come flying out!  Check my Instagram to see me in slow mo popping these!

You can also use them to make fun, interactive party decor.  I made a quick confetti popper garland that can then be taken down and used to pop.

diy confetti poppers, easy diy confetti poppers, how to make your own confetti poppers

Just wrap twine around each popper and they’ll be able to slide out of the twine and handed out to guests for popping.

diy confetti poppers, easy diy confetti poppers, how to make your own confetti poppersJust wrap the twine around the end of the confetti popper.  If you wrap it around the middle you run the risk of inadvertently popping them when you’re trying to take them off the garland.

You can also use them for a fun place setting to any dinner party.  Just stick a name card into the popper or tie it to the end of the popper.

diy confetti poppers, easy diy confetti poppers, how to make your own confetti poppers

Wouldn’t that make for a fun start or end to your dinner?  I’d actually recommend doing it at the end of the meal so you aren’t getting confetti into any food!

Wasn’t that super easy?  Did I get you as excited about confetti as I am?  If not, come into my confetti photo booth and see if tossing some confetti makes you a little happier.

 

0

Celebrating everyday!