Ghouls’ Night- A Perfectly Pink Halloween Party

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When you think of Halloween, the first colours that come to mind are typically orange and black! I decided to push the envelope and go with a blush pink Halloween party a la Lauren Conrad. I figured I love everything pink so why not incorporate it everywhere and anywhere I can?

Grab your ghoul-friends and get this pink party started!

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We decided to ditch the costumes this time around, but everyone did come in shades of pink which was amazing!

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The result…

The most picture worthy ghouls’ night Halloween party ever!

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Once I decided on the pink Halloween theme I first decided what treats I would make. A lot of the decor and ideas I already had from when I decorated my bar cart last Halloween, see the post here!

I drew major inspiration from my absolute fave Lauren Conrad’s and her pink Halloween pos! I just loved the cake, I mean common, how cute are little pink ghosts?

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Pink ombré cake, a definite must and such a sweet surprise!

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For the other treats, I simply decorated store bought donuts with pink chocolate and sprinkles. I also made sugar cookies and put googly eyes on them (super simple!)

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The last treat I made were the pumpkin spice cream cheese cake pop treat bars- I just loved how these turned out! I baked my pumpkin spice cheese cake loaf (recipe coming soon) and crumbled it up and turned them into cake pops!

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Next, I had to think about where I was going to put all these spooky snacks. In keeping with the pink theme, I went for an entire black and pink tablescape! Again, not your typical Halloween decor, but with a few candles, and a few skulls and spiders it really came together perfectly. With Halloween less than a week away there are tons of sales going on, I picked up most of the little decor pieces from Michaels (majorly on sale) or the dollar store (always a great place to go!)

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To go on each of the guests’ plates, I dipped a green apple in pink candy melts and used re-usable sticks from Michaels. I found pink paper plates and gingham print napkins at my local dollar-store!

See last year’s blog post on how to make the simple pastel pink candy apples!

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You can’t have a party without drinks, that would just be scary! So, I came up with a Marg-Ghoul-Rita signature drink-which was you guessed it…pink! I topped the champagne flute off with a sugared rim and a spooky little surprise in the bottom- a gummie candy eyeball!

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Of course no party is complete without a fully stocked bar-cart, because who are we kidding, we know we all came for the boos!

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You wore pink? Great, you can sit with us!

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I figured it might be hard finding a pink skull, so I DIY’d this one by adding some pastel pink paint over it I love how it fit with the theme! 31E7F73D-D95B-4D59-BF11-87E982D0395F

Now go ahead and trick-or-treat, yourself, and throw the ultimate Ghouls’ Night Halloween party!

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Cheers, witches!

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How To: Throw A Retro 50’s Diner Themed Party

Transport back to the 50’s and host the ultimate retro diner themed party! I was first inspired to pick this theme for my party after visiting Daddy O Doughnuts the cutest little retro doughnut shop just outside of downtown Toronto. After visiting there, all the ideas starting flowing, and the fun part of planning  the flashback to the 50’s began!

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Once I had the theme, I was pleasantly surprised to see how much I could do with it. I didn’t want to impose on my guests to have to put too much effort or money into their themed outfit, but still wanted them to have fun with it. With that being said, everyone gave it 110% and looked so amazing!

If you have followed along with any of my previous parties, you will have noticed that once the theme is picked, I pretty much go into full party planning mode. It starts with the colour theme all the way through to decorations and on-theme food and drinks. Right away I knew I wanted the classic aqua blue, pink, red, black, white, and of course checkered!

The fashion in the 50’s really looked like so much fun, and a lot of the old styles have come back. One quick look for an outfit at the mall made me realize how full skirts, polka dots, neck-ties and cat eye sunglasses were taking the shelves by storm, and I was allllll for it!

With that being said, it is usually the girls who are more into dressing up, and had more options when it comes to variation on 50’s inspired looks- I think us ladies killed it! The boys actually knocked it out of the park too with their James Dean digs and totally played the part of cool greasers.

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Food is always an important part at any party and I had so much fun coming up with the menu. I kept it pretty simple with a major nod to classic diner grub. I went with sliders, fries, hot dogs (which were on a functioning hot dog roller), movie-theatre popcorn, fountain drinks, homemade soda floats and milkshakes, snow cones, cotton candy, and of course, all the retro-themed candy from that time that I could possibly find! I found the cutest red plastic baskets with the classic checkered paper liners in them along with condiment bottles at Party Packagers. I picked up the mini glass coke glasses that were 2 for $1 from the Dollar Tree and the float glasses from Bed Bath and Beyond. One search online and I found a ton of Coca Cola themed kitchen items, which ended up working out perfectly on the food table and really fit in with the theme.

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The decor surrounding the rest of the party were old vinyl records lent to me from my grandma and my fiancé’s parents, it was really special to be able to have actual records from so long ago out on display! We also came across an old camera and camcorder when we were digging for records, and of course, no 50’s party is complete without an authentic turntable!

When I decided on this theme I instantly remembered this incredible old ’55 Chevy painting that my brother had in his room, and luckily after all these years he still had it. It was so cool to see that the headlights and taillights still light up too! I also made a backdrop that was designed to look like stools in a diner (I ordered the stickers on Amazon and added them to plastic table cloths), it was finished off with a plastic checkered table cloth.  While I was looking online I also came across this 10-pack of cardboard cut-outs that I tied with fishing line and hung around the party. I kept costs down by building my own backdrop, most complete ones I saw were $50.00 and I made this one for around $15.0 total! It’s a fun for guests to take pictures in front of and was a huge part of the overall decor.

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No birthday party is complete without a cake and this was definitely the centrepiece to my entire food table! I was lucky enough to have the creative mind of Sweet and Shy Cake Co. behind the amazing retro diner-themed cake. Check out Shay of Sweet and Shy Cake Co.’s  Instagram for pics of all her sweet creations! I had given some ideas but really let her take the wheel on this one, and she did such an amazing job picking up on all the small details of the theme.  Once we dug into the cake we were hit with this amazing orange creamsicle flavoured icing (talk about the icing on top of a cake). Such a small little detail did not go unnoticed and it was such a personal and thoughtful touch! I just loved the name banner at the top of the cake and could not have been happier with how it turned out .

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Cake c/o: Sweet and Shy Cake Co. 

I am so grateful for all my friends who made it out through a terrible storm to come help me celebrate, and to my fiancé of course for helping me pull off yet another themed birthday bash (when will I be too old for this?! NEVER I SAY!)

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This was one of my favourite themes to do yet, and I already can’t wait to start planning the next one!

Thanks for stopping in!

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And of course, the super talented work on Facetime With Daniela for giving me the most flawless makeup ever (no filter required!) Check out her Instagram to follow along with all her luxury makeup artistry!

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xoxo,

Sara

Pastel Pink Candy Apples & Halloween Bar Cart

What’s better than candy apples you ask? Pastel pink candy apples of course! You won’t feel as guilty indulging in these treats after all, they’re made of fruit so they’re partially good for you, right?! You will definitely want to add these to your Halloween desserts when you find out just how easy these are to make!

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Traditional candy apples are made up of a mixture of corn syrup, water and sugar that are boiled until they’re the perfect and sticky consistency for dipping. MAJOR TIME SAVING HACK: use candy melts (available at Michaels and Bulk Barn), melt them in the microwave or double- boiler on the stove, dip your apples, and VOILA! Just like that, in a few minutes you will have beautiful “candy” apples!

What you’ll need:

*Green Apples, plastic twigs (I got mine from Michaels), you could use real ones, or candy apple sticks

Candy Melts (in the colour of your choice) + any other sprinkles or toppings you want to put on your apples

Wax Paper (once your apples are dipped place them on wax paper for easy removal)

Cake stand or platter to display your beautiful apples!

 

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Every holiday or special occasion I style my bartcart, it is so much fun to do and you can really get as creative as you want with it!  This year I used the apples as the centerpiece and went from there with decorating the rest. I opted for a black and white theme which really made the pink apples pop!

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Here’s a look at my final styled bar-cart, how cute do the pop of pink apples look on here?!

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These 3- ingredient pumpkin bites were a huge hit! All you need is peanut butter, softened butter, icing sugar, and a little bit of food colouring! Top with a chocolate chip and use a toothpick to make the indents and you’re all set! IMG_2297IMG_2296IMG_2295

Here’s my second styling- I kept with the black and white theme and made a simple vanilla cake with Oreo (eyes) and a surprise purple colour inside!

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Talk Derby To Me- DIY Derby Party

Anyone that knows me knows I am the biggest fan of themed parties so when a friend suggested doing a Kentucky Derby themed party I jumped at the idea. I also love to decorate and party plan, and so the fun began…

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If you are like me and have always wanted to attend the Kentucky Derby but just can’t fathom the cost, this was a great alternative and fun to see everyone dress up in their best Derby attire. If you aren’t one of the lucky ones that gets to attend the coveted Derby and rock a beautiful floral dress and elaborate hat/fascinator, why not try an at-home version instead?

The Attire:

What’s even more important than the race itself is all the beautiful fashion that comes with it. I have to say I’m guilty for following along every year on social media only to check out the derby style with the upmost envy!

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Fascinator: Obsessions Fashion, Dress: Banana Republic

The good news is, since you will be doing a DIY version your outfit really doesn’t have to break the bank! For the ladies, you’re more than likely to find a floral or flowy dress already in your closet! The Kentucky Derby is known for its over the top hats and fascinators so having one is a must!  Finding a big floppy hat or fascinator will really top off your look! A lot of my friends bought hats from the dollarstore and then glued on flowers and they looked amazing!  For the gentlemen, wear a pair khakis or pastel coloured pants and throw on fun colour/print shirt, a sports jacket and of course, a bowtie and straw fedora!IMG_5007

My favourite accessory store (Obsessions Fashion) gifted me with this beautiful white fascinator adorned with small feather details and stunning veil.

Sips/Snacks:

I kept the food to a minimum so the focus would be on the fun games and everyone socializing! Of course no Derby is complete without mint juleps. I made a large jug of it using (Powdered sugar, Bourbon whiskey, Water, and Mint leaves  ). Add some fun straws into mason jars or traditional julep silver cups to get the real experience! Next on the food table were mini pulled pork sliders, easy to pick up and eat. The pork was cooked in bourbon bbq sauce (bourbon whisky is the liquor of the South).

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Bourbon Barrel Stout and Bourbon Whisky straight from Kentucky were the perfect touch to the bar!

AG Macarons donated this beautiful assortment of colourful French macarons that matched perfectly with the décor on the table and were to die for!

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Now to the Cadillac of cakes…this 14k gold dipped cake from The Social Cupcake is seriously #cakegoals. When I was envisioning my Birthday cake this was exactly what I had in mind from top to bottom. I cannot thank the wonderful staff for making all my cake dreams come true, it made my Birthday extra special. I had also planned to have the cake match the photo booth wall.  The first tier was vanilla cake with classic buttercream icing and the second layer was red velvet with cream cheese icing. I still cannot get over every single detail of this cake and how intricate these flowers are (would you believe me if I told you they were edible, you better believe it!

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Décor:

Once I landed on doing a Kentucky Derby themed party I started to think of décor. After googling a few images right away tons of flowers popped up and the ideas starting flowing. Thanks to Bloomingful Flowers, guests were able to capture their Derby looks infront of this stunning customized 8 foot paper flower wall. Fill a box with lots of props and extra floppy hats, etc so the guests can get creative with their pictures and have something to remember 🙂

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 I picked up this fake grass from Homesense it was the perfect compliment to the floral backdrop!

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The illuminating circle lamp was the selfie light we didn’t know we needed in our lives.

The tissue paper flowers were so beautiful and exactly the look that I was going for a (indoor) garden party!

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I carried out the flower theme with the rest of the décor, adding it to the food table along with the entrance in the front foyer.

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The majority of the decor I found from Homesense or Winners. The white horse head (Winners), Green Leaf Balls (Homesense), Faux Flowers (Homesense), Stone Containers (Homesense), Plastic Trophies, Horses, Grass, , Mason Jars/Straws, Plastic White Fence (Dollarama), “Derby” Letters and Marquee Horseshoe (Michaels). IMG_4846

I used the hashtag “Talk Derby To Me” for the night because I love a good pun. This Lightbox by (My Cinema Lightbox) is a great decor piece that lets you get creative and express yourself with fun quotes or puns to really set the mood!  The adorable faux-fur wraps for the bottles I picked up from Winners.

Games:

No Derby party is complete without horse racing! I did a simple DIY version that had guests placing bets on toy horses to win the pot of money! I bought a green plastic tablecloth from Party City and then used green tape to outline the lines of the “track”. I made 6 starting positions where each of the players horses would start. For the horses, I picked up a package of toy horses from Dollarama and spray painted them gold. You will also need 6 dice.

Each player wagers $1 (or higher if you’re feeling lucky) and then each player rolls a dice to assign a horse. Next, roll all 6 of the dice, the number on the dice corresponds with which horse gets to move (i.e 662344- the “6” horse moves two spots, the “2” and “3” horse move 1 and the “4” horse moves two spots. First horse to cross the finish lines wins the pot!

Derby themed Bingo:

I printed off a number of bingo cards that had derby-themed sayings. This was simple to do since all I had to do was print and cut and have pens out for the players! I cut one card and placed all the sayings into a hat and pulled them from there.

Horseshoes:

Unfortunately with the cold weather we couldn’t do any outdoor games so I had to improvise with horseshoes by doing it indoors. I found a small plastic ring-toss game from the dollar store and spray painted it gold. It may not have been the best game of horseshoes but it did the trick and fit the theme, which was really what it was all about!

Bean-bag toss:

I picked up this game from Homesense for $29.00, quick and easy installation and safe to play indoors if you have the room to spread out the boards.

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Safe to say I got down and derby and horsed around all night!

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Sara

Rainbow Grilled Cheese

Last summer rainbow grilled cheese took the social media world by storm! I first tried one at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto and decided one day I would make my own!

That day has finally come, I was not disappointed, and neither was my wallet when I saved $8 a pop by making one of these bad boys myself.

With St. Patrick’s Day just a day away, why not wow your friends with one of these!

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Find the recipe below for your very own goo-ey, “taste the rainbow” experience.

What you will need: 

1 cup of your favourite cheese (shredded). I used mozzarella.

3-4 different food colouring shades of your choice

4 slices of bread

2 tablespoons of butter

1 tablespoon of sprinkles for garnish. I omitted it this time around but DEFINITELY including it the next time!

DIRECTIONS

  1. Divide your cup of cheese into separate bowls and mix in food colouring.
  2. Heat up your pan to medium-high. While you wait, spread butter on one side of each of the 4 pieces of bread.
  3. Place the butter side down, align cheese (I went horizontal, next time I will go vertical so the colours come out better when pulled apart). Top with the other slice of bread (butter side up!) Grill until golden brown and cheese is starting to melt. Flip, and grill for 2 more minutes.
  4. Remove your grilled cheese from the pan, spread with a little more butter and top with a little, or a lot of sprinkles!
  5. Enjoy the magic!

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The highly Instagram-able cheese pull…

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DIY Mermaid Costume

It’s no question that Halloween is one of my favourite holidays. As a little girl I always loved to get dressed in my costumes that my mom made, and so my story continues.

As you may have seen from my previous posts on my past DIY costumes, you will see I picked up my mom’s knack for creating handmade Halloween costumes. It is so rewarding when you get to put on the final creation and know it is uniquely yours.

For my costume last year I decided to create a mermaid. Countless Pinterest pins and scrolling through Instagram later I morphed all these ideas into one and made it my own.

First things first, the shell bra, because no mermaid costume is complete without one! Now I knew I wanted the shells, but didn’t want to wear just that. So, after finding some at the dollarstore I bedazzled the crap out of them, took them off their string and quick-stitched them onto a white tube-top.

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Now the skirt (or mermaid tail) of my costume had me thinking for a bit. I wanted something that I could easily move around in and wasn’t about to go buy one at the costume store. After all, that would defeat the purpose of my homemade halloween costumes! So, off to Value Village I went to try and find any sparkly or mermaid-like skirts to pull my costume together. While I wasn’t able to find a skirt that didn’t stop me from finding the most hideous dress with huge puffy sleeves (wish I had a before picture) and transforming it into a beautiful flowing skirt fit for mermaid. The colours of the fabric are what grabbed my attention. The sea green and blues in iridescent shades instantly had me sold.

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What’s a mermaid without a crown? I found a silver tiara at the dollarstore and transformed it into a crown fit for a queen of the sea! I cut pieces of silver branches that I also added to the seashell bra and built it up around the crown and topping it off with a giant starfish.

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I didn’t stop there. I wanted a prop and thought a trident would be the perfect finishing touch. I spray painted an old devil’s pitchfork and added some more seashells and sparkles (the more the better)

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For my makeup and hair I went with purples and blues and ran with those same colours for the tips of my hair. Using just coloured eyeshadow I was able to create this look and added some gems and small starfish with eyelash glue.

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No mermaid costume is complete without freshwater pearls!

Stay tuned for this year’s costume, I cannot wait to share it with you! Follow along on my Instagram (staffordable_blog) if you want to catch a glimpse!

Deep-Fried Oreo Recipe

Nothing like creating a fair food favourite right from the comfort of your own home!

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Follow the easy steps below to make this creation yourself.

What you will need:

1 cup of pancake mix

2/3 cup of milk

1 egg 2 tsps of vegetable oil

1 box of Oreo cookies

Vegetable oil for frying

Confectioner’s sugar (optional)

Prep:

  • Freeze your Oreo cookies for 1 hour
  • Fill a durable pot with 2-3 inches of cooking oil (on medium heat or to about 375°F)
  • Wisk pancake mix until smooth
  • Dip one cookie at a time in the batter (important step so your cookies don’t get soggy sitting in the mix) coating it well
  • Carefully drop your coated cookies in the hot oil flip once until each side is golden brown (it doesn’t take long!)
  • Remove cookies from hot oil with tongs (be careful) and place on a paper towel
  • Arrange on a platter and dust with confectioner’s sugar
  • Best enjoyed warm and maybe with a side of vanilla ice cream!