6 Easy, Cheap and Festive Ways to Decorate for Halloween

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

After surfing Pinterest for Halloween decorations for far too long, I finally came up with a short list of my own Halloween decorations that are cheap, simple and festive without looking too cheap and simple. Afterall, I am a woman on a budget!

[1] Outdoor Decor
This only cost me $3 and I already had a group of older ladies walk by and tell me they loved my bats. Ha! All you need is black craft paper, scissors, and heavy duty duck tape. 

1. Fold the paper in half and draw half of the bat. 
2. Cut it out and there you have your first bat! 
3. Continue to fold paper in half and trace half of the bat you cut out earlier with a pencil.
4. Cut, and tape them into a path across your front door. Viola!

[2] Garlands
A garland is the easiest and best way to decoration your fireplace. I found this felt garland on West Elm and bought the bat garland from Yellow Bird, Yellow Beard.

[3] Printables
I know, I know. I sell printables on Etsy so this may seem a little biased but it's such an easy, cheap and festive way to decorate.

[4] Chalk Art
I have changed what's on my chalkboard every week this month. It's so simple but festive! (There's that word again!)

[5] DIY Crafts
I bought frames (50% off at Hobby Lobby), striped orange and black scrapbook paper, wooden letters, black paint and black glitter to make these framed signs.

Seriously. Candles are some of the most festive things ever! I have candles all over my house from small tea lights in orange votives to black candles in lanterns (the black flame candle of course!).

Glitter Party 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014
My boss and her sisters put on what they call a Glitter Party every year. They get a bunch of girls, dress up in as much glitter, shine and sparkle as possible and go out for a night on the town. They even give out awards for best dress, best hair, and Glitter Queen. It's so funny! And last night, I got to experience it for the first time. 

 It was a blast! The outfits, hair and of course hooker style makeup was hilarious and the looks we got going out was even better. We started out at a little restaurant off Dickson St in Fayetteville where the staff even got involved. They voted on all the awards and even gave us music over the loud speaker to do a catwalk for the two lovely ladies who tied for Glitter Queen. 

After the awards, some margaritas and delicious Mexican food, we made our way to a few bars down on Dickson St. I didn't get nearly as many pictures as I hoped. Mainly because there was so much to soak in!

You can't even see the amount of glitter I have on. 

This picture is a little blurry but I had to share. 

This weekend went by so fast. As for our Monday Eve, we are finishing up Captain America, coughing up glitter and then there will be a lot of cleaning going on in our house because the in-laws are here on Thursday! WOO!

Hope you all had a great weekend and relaxing Sunday!

Lot's of Chalk and Halloween Talk

Friday, October 17, 2014
Happy (finally) Friday everyone!

I've been determined to get better with chalk and it's getting to the point where it's a relaxing time for me. I've always loved doodling but have never tried doodling on a chalkboard. And I have to admit, you can never have a bad time with chalk!

Besides my chalk adventures, we have been pretty boring lately. Although, this weekend is my boss' annual Glitter Party. I'm sligtly nervous and extremely excited. It's a girls night out that she puts on every year and everyone comes in as much glitter as they possibly can. In fact, when we asked her how much we should wear she responded with, "If you think you have too much, you're not there yet!" Don't worry, I'll be posting many embarrassing pictures after this weekend!

Then come Thursday, Jordan's family will be coming down to visit and help us cheer on our hogs against UAB. I'm beaming with joy that I get to take my nephews to their first SEC football game. Fingers crossed that I get them to become Hog wild fans! 

Have a great Friday and glitter full weekend!

Woo Pig Sooie!

Sunday, October 12, 2014
This weekend, our family friends from Iowa came to visit and help us cheer on our hogs! It was a devastating one point loss to Alabama but it was fun none the less. The stadium was packed, we were full of Fireball and constantly calling our Hogs. What more could you ask for?! Ha!

While Dad was with some recruits, we started tailgating and met up with him when we were able. Obviously, our drink of choice was Fireball. The Smith's and I introduced it to Nicole and Mom. I think it's safe to say they liked it! We ran out pretty quickly and made the long trek to the liquor store in the rain to grab another bottle. Now, that's dedication!

We decided to have a little fun with the "BIG" bottle. 

Oink Oink!

It was raining all day up until the game started and it stopped. Rain or shine, you can't keep us from our Hogs taking on 'Bama! 

After the game, we cried all the way back to my parents for some Casey's taco pizza and relaxation. All in all, I think you can say it was a bittersweet day. We'll get you next time 'Bama!

Hope you all have a weekend full of fun, Fireball and football!

Pumpkin Hunting

Thursday, October 9, 2014
October marks one year since we moved to Fayetteville. We've been exploring (as much as our bank account allows us to) and enjoying every minute of it.

This past weekend I rolled out of bed, ran downstairs (because Jordan is crazy and wakes up early on the weekends!) and told him to get ready because we were going to do fall things today! It took him a little bit to move from him comfy spot on the couch but eventually he did and pretended to be excited.

First we stopped by Starbucks and got some coffee. Then we ran out to the pumpkin patch with my family and picked out the perfect pumpkins. Nothing is better than spending a day at a pumpkin patch with a coffee in hand. Typical? I know. But it's true!

While pumpkin hunting, we were pulling around our wagon and had found some great pumpkins. The second we walked away, some guy came and stole every single one! Yes! That actually happened. So, our pumpkin searching lasted a lot longer than we originally thought. 

Meanwhile in our house, someone has lit the black flame candle and I've officially taken Halloween too far.

Hope you're all going Halloween crazy too! 

Decorating one pumpkin at a time!

Thursday, October 2, 2014
With it being the second day in October and all, my house is slowly but surely coming together for Halloween. I still have a few more things to put out but it's a start. I wanted to go all witches and goblins this year but kept to pumpkins so that I could keep the decorations out until Thanksgiving.

Come on in my pretties.... 
(cheesy? Yeah a little! HA!)

I'm even sporting some of the printables I have in my Etsy shop on my own family room wall.

I've been practicing my chalkboard art and I think I'm getting better! Yippee!

In other news, my in-laws are coming in a few short weeks to hang out and call those hogs! We couldn't be more excited (and frantically cleaning!) I hate when my house is messy when people come over. Plus, this is really getting us (correction: me) to organize. Since the wedding, nothing has been put in it's place and I'm about to go bat shit crazy.

So, on that note, I think I'll get back to organizing, relaxing and playing with chalk.
Hope you all are having a wonderful first week of October!

Halloween Favorites!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
IT'S HERE! My all time favorite month of the year has finally arrived! I can't exactly tell you why October is my favorite month but it just is. It always has been and I don't think it will ever change. Either way, since it's finally here, I get to watch Hocus Pocus over and over, enjoy the beautiful sights and smells and even enjoy all the wonderful pumpkin flavored goodies! 

I also get to dress my house up for fall! Besides Christmas, Halloween is my next favorite holiday to decorate for. The only problem... I gave away almost all of my fall/Halloween decor when we moved! AH! Just one more reason to go shopping for home decor, right? Either way, I've been online searching and drooling over all the wonderful Halloween stuff and thought I'd share just a few of my favorites. 

I love the felt garland. I need to buy one ASAP. (Although I think I'll buy a white one so that I can have it hanging all through Christmas!) And that tee is a must!

Hope all of your Halloween decorating is getting out of hand!

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