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Halloween Boo Basket Ideas and a FREE Printable

Welcome back for the weekend.  I know it’s already Tuesday, but I worked this past weekend, so Monday was definitely a day for me to catch up. Hopefully you had a fall-filled, fun weekend.

I feel like I just keep gushing over how fun our neighborhood is, but it’s the best.  We have great neighbors and do fun things all year long.  One thing we experienced for the first time last year was the idea of a “Boo Basket.”  I had vaguely heard about them previously, but was so excited to actually get one last year.

Do you know what a Boo Basket is?  Does your neighborhood do them? It’s such a great way to celebrate Halloween in your neighborhood!

The basic idea is to spread some ghostly cheer around Halloween.  The rules are pretty simple, put together two Boo Baskets filled with candy, Halloween themed items and treats.  Then place it by your neighbor’s front door and sneak off without them knowing.

Once you get “boo’ed” it’s your turn to “boo” someone else in your neighborhood.  It’s so fun to walk through your neighborhood and see how one little act can spread throughout the whole neighborhood!

You’re in luck today.  If you want to start this fun tradition in your neighborhood, I’ve included everything you need, just add treats!  Click on the printables below to download and print off all of your Boo Basket information.

Halloween Boo Basket Ideas, How to Make a Boo Basket, Boo Basket Printables

Halloween Boo Basket Ideas, How to Make a Boo Basket, Boo Basket Printables

 

Boo Basket Ideas

I used a variety of Halloween treats in my boo baskets.  I basically just went to Target and raided the Dollar Spot.

Halloween Boo Basket Ideas, How to Make a Boo Basket, Boo Basket PrintablesHere’s a list of a bunch of great things you could include in your own Boo Basket:

  • Candy
  • Glow sticks
  • Halloween decor
  • Halloween napkins
  • Fake spiderwebs
  • Orange and black straws
  • Mini Pumpkins
  • Pumpkin carving set
  • Googly eyes (they literally work for everything!)

Feel free to use the ideas above to inspire your own Boo Baskets. Put everything in a basket, include the printables above and add some “You’ve Been Boo’ed” tags then sneak them onto your neighbors front porch or by their front door.

Halloween Boo Basket Ideas, How to Make a Boo Basket, Boo Basket Printables

Happy Boo-ing!  I hope you get just as excited as me when you start seeing the “We’ve Been Boo’ed” signs popping up all over your neighborhood.  Boo Baskets are such a fun way to spread some Halloween cheer throughout your neighborhood!

 

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October Party Round Up

Typically at the start of each month I like to do a round up post of ideas for parties all month long.  I’ve gotten out of the habit, you know, because I had a baby and all!  Well I’m back to it this month with lots of ideas to celebrate all month long.

October celebration round up, opal themed party, October party ideas, opal party ideas, blush and ice blue party ideasI think October is thought of for two reasons, Halloween and Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  So to start lets kick it off with one of those events.

October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

To raise awareness for breast cancer while also celebrating, try hosting a fundraising party.  Host a party, bonus if it’s a pink theme, and donate what’s raised to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

So how do you host a fundraising party?  There are so many ways!

  • Put gift baskets together and have people buy them as their party favor, donate the proceeds to your charity
  • Pass around a basket and take a collection, just be sure to include that you’ll be doing so on the party invitation
  • Do any of your friends have a talent?  Painting? Singing? Ask them to perform and charge for tickets
  • Sell memorabilia at the party and donate the proceeds to your charity

October: Opal Themed Party

October’s birthstone is Opal.  Opal is a fun gemstone full of sparkling ice blue and blush pink colors.  If you have a birthday in October it’s a great idea to throw a party with an ice blue and blush pink color scheme to celebrate your birthstone.

These are great inspiration boards for your color scheme.

Get your invitations here to carry the color scheme through from start to finish.

October 11th: International Day of the Girl

There are so many ideas to celebrate this day.  Be super girly and host an in home spa day.

Have a girls sleepover where you watch girl themed movies like Wonder Woman.  Complete the evening with a popcorn bar.

If you want to have an adult celebration of International Day of the Girl, host a “Glitter and Glam” party.  Ask all of your guests to wear something sparkly, have sparkly decor, and even add sparkles to your drinks and food.  Try this method to make your ice glitter!

October 16th: Bosses Day

You may not have a boss that you love to work for, but if you’re so lucky to enjoy your boss, why not celebrate them? Here are several ideas to give them a little treat with a fun twist on them.

Free printable donut labels are the perfect way to jazz up bringing donuts to the office and for your boss.

Or if you’d rather give your boss a little thirst quencher, try this lemonade printable.

Oct 31st: Halloween

There are so many ways to celebrate Halloween besides just dressing up in costume on the day.  Make it a party all month long!

Turn your bar cart into a spooky drink station this Halloween with a few of these tips. Click through to see!Set up a Halloween bar cart for happy hour throughout the month.  You can get all the details on the one I set up last year here.

You can also spread the celebration to your neighbors by giving “boo baskets.”  If you’re unfamiliar with what that is or how to do it, stay tuned because I’m going to be sharing all the information you’ll need in an upcoming blog post.  Plus, I’ll be offering a free printable to label your boo basket.

What else are you planning on celebrating in October?  Did any of these ideas inspire you to throw a party or spread some celebration?  Tell me in the comments below!

I can’t wait for you to see all we have planned this month here at The Daily Hostess!

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How to Create an Easy Halloween Banner

I’ve never been a huge Halloween person.  For some reason it always seems to sneak up on me or I’ve felt I didn’t need to participate as a grown up. This year with my daughter being a little older and excited about her costume and trick-or-treating, Halloween is starting to seem a lot more fun to me.  However, because I haven’t prepared for it in years past I don’t have many Halloween decorations.

I wanted to add a little more Halloween spirit to our house, so I decided to just make something myself.  DIYing party decor typically doesn’t take as long as I think it will, it’s usually cheaper, and I almost always already have everything on hand.  I decided to make a banner, because I love a good banner.  I hung it over our fireplace to fill the space where we eventually will be getting a mantle.

See the step by step instructions below for making one yourself, and just in time for Halloween.  Or any other occasion!

Click here to see how to make a really easy Halloween banner in time for trick-or-treaters.You will only need five supplies to make this kind of a banner.  Twine, orange paper, black spray paint, clothes pins, and a black marker or sharpie.

Click here to see how to make a really easy Halloween banner in time for trick-or-treaters.Step 1: Spray Clothes Pins with Spray Paint

Click here to see how to make a really easy Halloween banner in time for trick-or-treaters.Such a simple idea, I’m kind of mad at myself for not having done this sooner.  Clothes pins can be so versatile, especially for party decor.  Use them for banners, wreaths, signs, seating cards, place cards, food labels.  So many ways to use them that there might be a blog post dedicated to just that.

Their wood material makes it quick to give them a little spray and be easily covered in paint.  I’m already thinking about the endless options of clothes pins I’m now going to have.  Gold, pink, navy, a rainbow of colors!!

Step 2: Write out your banner sign

Click here to see how to make a really easy Halloween banner in time for trick-or-treaters.Throw out all of your feelings of perfection with this step.  We’re going for fast and done before Halloween.  Just use some orange paper and a sharpie to write out your banner message.  Once the letters are done, cut them out.  Try using different colored paper or mixing up your message.  “Happy Halloween” or “Boo” are great options.  The “Boo” banner would work great in a small space like a door.

I didn’t even take the time to fill in the letters I made, or make sure they’re evenly sized, and I didn’t cut them out the same way either.  Perfection out the window!  But my banner is done and hanging up!

Step 3: Hang the Banner and Clip the Letters Up

Once the clothes pins are dry, they only take a few minutes, and the letters are made, tape or tie up the banner twine.  Then use the clothes pins to pin up your banner letters.  Done!  That’s it!  Super fast and easy Halloween banner.

Click here to see how to make a really easy Halloween banner in time for trick-or-treaters.Click here to see how to make a really easy Halloween banner in time for trick-or-treaters.How’s that for one of the fastest DIYs ever?  This method would work great for so many holidays, celebrations, or events.  I can see using this same method to hang Christmas cards during the holidays.  Anyone have gold glittery paint I can use for my clothes pins?

Click here to see how to make a really easy Halloween banner in time for trick-or-treaters.I hope you have a Happy Halloween, and now you can decorate for the candy filled night!  What are your thoughts on Halloween?  Too old for it?  Or do you go all out and dress up with your kids?

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One Bar Cart Two Ways: Halloween Themed

Today is the second part of a series on themed bar carts.  Earlier this week I showed you a Fall Bar Cart and today I’m getting spooky and dressing my bar cart up for Halloween.  Don’t be scared, it’s not too spooky.

Turn your bar cart into a spooky drink station this Halloween with a few of these tips. Click through to see!Turn your bar cart into a spooky drink station this Halloween with a few of these tips. Click through to see!As you can see, all I did to turn my Fall Bart Cart into a Halloween Bar Cart  was just change out a few accessories.  Instead of fall colors of gold, orange, and red, I went with a black, white, and gold theme.  Again, I used some wrapping paper for a backdrop.  Wrapping paper is just so versatile, and my favorite places to pick some up are Hobby Lobby and Marshall’s.

Hobby Lobby has a pretty large selection and with a 40% off coupon, it’s very reasonably priced.  Marshall’s (or TJMaxx) always has fun patterns and designs and usually for around $2.99 a roll.

Turn your bar cart into a spooky drink station this Halloween with a few of these tips. Click through to see!Instead of copper mugs and Moscow mules, try a stronger cocktail for Halloween.  Adding these skull ice molds really makes your drink on theme.  I purchased the skull banner at Marshall’s and just knew it would look perfect for this display.

Turn your bar cart into a spooky drink station this Halloween with a few of these tips. Click through to see!On the bottom shelf of my bar cart I added our candy bowl, pre-candy filling.  Let’s be honest, once the candy is in the bowl, it might not make it to the trick-or-treaters.  If you have a problem keeping your hands out of the candy bowl, then my tip is to buy a candy that you don’t like.  Hopefully it will keep you from snagging a piece here and there.

I also got these little tins at the Target dollar spot.  I have several of these tins in a variety of holiday themes.  They are pretty versatile, so I knew I’d be able to use them somehow.  I would totally use them for drink garnishes, like lemons, limes, and herbs for this Halloween drink station.

Turn your bar cart into a spooky drink station this Halloween with a few of these tips. Click through to see!I also added a few Halloween accessories that came in our Boo Basket, like this witch sign.  Have you heard of Boo Baskets?  Our neighborhood is doing them like crazy.  It’s where one person puts a Halloween basket together with a fun note and leaves it on the porch of a neighbor with instructions to spread the boo’s to two more neighbors.  Then those neighbors do it and so on and so on.  Typically a sign is included to post on your front door or window so everyone can see whether or not you got boo-ed.  It’s fun to walk through the neighborhood and see how the boo’s have spread.

Turn your bar cart into a spooky drink station this Halloween with a few of these tips. Click through to see!I love the idea of putting the bar cart on your front porch on Halloween and passing out drinks along with your candy.  I’m sure adults will love a stiff drink on Halloween, but even passing out bottled water, juice boxes, or cups of punch is a great idea.  Just be sure to check with your local laws on distributing alcohol as it may be illegal to do from your front porch.

Turn your bar cart into a spooky drink station this Halloween with a few of these tips. Click through to see!That wraps up this week’s bar cart series.  One bar cart for fall and one for Halloween.  A great idea would be to start with the Halloween bar cart then transition it to the fall bar cart.  That way you could serve Thanksgiving cocktails straight from your fall bar cart.  There’s just so many ways and events a bar cart comes in handy!  Which did you like best?

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Celebrating everyday!