Seven great Halloween party ideas for Grown ups

Why should Children have all the fun at Halloween? I must admit I do love Halloween. I find it a great excuse to have a party, dress up and eat some great food. Yet, all my parties these days are very Children focused. Now the boys are getting older, it might be the time to have a party just for the grown ups!Halloween party

7 great Halloween Party ideas for Grown ups

I’ve been inspired by the Halloween Pack provided by Festive Lights. To give you seven great ideas that will rock your grown ups Halloween party.

Decor.

halloween party ideas1. There seems to be no pumpkin shortage this year. So go to town with pumpkins. Just having a big pile of them can be enough to create a great Halloween look. Or you could try a pumpkin carving competition. But perhaps that should happen before any drinking.Halloween party ideas

2. Candles add great atmosphere and look great when allowed to burn down awhile and leave dripping wax. Stick them in old wine bottles and burn for a few hours before the party to achieve this look.

Or if you want to avoid the hazard of open flames and drunk guests you can pick up some battery powered ones.

Costumes

I’m sorry but you can’t have a Halloween party without dressing up. I have even managed to convince hubby to do this and he hates dressing up.

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3. A simple look is to be a corpse. All you need is black and white face paint and you can be the corpse of your choice. Office corpse, footballer corpse or my favourite a corpse bride.halloween party

4. You can even have a go at making your own mini corpse bride bouquet, with my handy tutorial. halloween party

 

Drinks.

5. Great drinks. Every grown ups Halloween party. Needs to have some great cocktails. Go to town and be creative with the theme. Check out my Pinterest board for some good starting points.

Halloween party food.

6. To soak up all the booooze you need some good food. I’ve previously posted some great ideas for Halloween Party food. Although for kids originally they could be updated for more grown up tastes. Jello shots with gummy worms. Booze in the graveyard trifle.halloween party

Entertainment.

7. Finally once everyone has had admired each others costumes, had their fill of cake and cocktails. You need to entertain your guests. My favourite suggestion  from the party pack is to play the mummy game which involves wrapping someone in loo roll quickly. Inexpensive and great fun. The loo roll will probably come in handy later, for cleaning up too!

For other great Halloween party ideas check out this Halloween pack from Festive Lights.

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Magic Santa letter review and discount code

How do you celebrate Christmas? Is Father Christmas an important part of your children’s celebrations? We are a little different to most families in this country as we celebrate on Christmas Eve. This is a tradition that has come from my side of the family and when my husband and I married we had to combine both of your traditions. So how can Santa letter fit in to our traditions?santa letter

For us Father Christmas isn’t the be all and end all of Christmas, he is a part of our celebrations but not everything. So we emphasis to the boys that Christmas and the gifts we receive are about family. I don’t want all  the credit for the toys taken by Santa! Most of the gift giving is done on Christmas eve under a candle lit tree.

Then Santa delivers a few special gifts for Christmas morning. This was the best way to combine both our family traditions and still keeps the magic of Christmas.santa letter

I know my youngest will be delighted when he receives this letter from Santa. It comes so beautifully presented and to have a letter addressed to him is something special.

Inside is a personalised letter to him, in which it describes how he has behaved this year and comments on how big he’s getting now he’s four. I’ve also adding in what he has asked for Christmas.

The certificate for good behaviour I know will be pinned to the fridge and the colouring pages should keep him occupied for a good afternoon. santa letter

We can’t wait to sprinkle the reindeer food outside and feel the magic on Christmas eve. As we all wait for Santa to deliver that extra special gift.santa letter

I am very lucky to be able to offer my readers an exclusive discount code that will give you 30% discount off every type of Santa letter at Magic Santa letter.

Use X25OFF and order an extra special keepsake for your little ones this Christmas.santa letter

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Free cross stitch advent calendar pattern, Santa Hat

I couldn’t help myself had to finish the Advent calendar with Santa, or at least Santa’s hat. I hope you have enjoyed this series. If you missed some of the patterns, you can find them all on my Free cross stitch patterns page.
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Free Advent cross stitch pattern

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have loved making this series of mini cross stitch patterns for Advent. As I’ve designed them I’ve thought of lots of other uses for them as well as the calendar. They would be great stitched up for cards, made into decorations and used for gift tags. Have you got any other great ideas for them? I’d love to your stitched versions of my designs.

As always just click on the pop out button for the printable version of the pattern, if you don’t like stitching from the screen.

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Free skull with flower head band cross stitch pattern PDF

With Halloween just around the corner, I thought I’d share with you this delightful skull pattern. Isn’t she beautiful? She’s got flowers on her skull and she’s ready to party. Although the pattern is quite large at just under 100 x 100 it has a limited palette and I have not filled in the skull, preferring just to outline her in black on white cloth. You could however fill her head in, if you chose to stitch her on coloured cloth. I’d love to see pics of her and you can share them with me on Twitter and my Facebook page. Just click on the read more link to download the free pattern.

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Free cross stitch pattern ‘I’m Batty for you’ Funny Valentine

I’m not one for soppy cards and hardly celebrate Valentine’s day. But I do love a good play on words and I love to give my Husband silly cards for any occasion. So with that in mind, here is a cute Bat themed Valentines card. ‘I’m batty for you’.

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 Free I’m batty for you pattern

It’s not very large just 50 x 50 on 14 count aida, so it’s perfect to stitch up in a night and make into a card. Personalise it with your own choice of coloured boarder. You don’t have to stick to the green I’ve chosen.im batty for you

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Many thanks to the talented Jeni Lynn Ingram who model stitched this design for me. If you would like to work with Jeni you can contact her via the Facebook group Embroidery Model Stitchers and Designers.

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Free cross stitch pattern, Halloween skull cat

I’ve got a thing for cats at the moment in my cross stitch work, I also love the filled in silhouette that is currently so popular. So I thought I’d combine cats and skulls for a cute Halloween design. Click on the read more link for the Free cross stitch pattern download.

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 This is a great cross stitch pattern for beginners. It uses only full count stitches and only two colours, so it can be made quickly. It would look great in colour colour combinations as well. Green and black or red and black would also be good for Halloween. Don’t forget to check out all my other great Halloween free cross stitch patterns.

 

Free cross stitch pattern Halloween Skull Cat

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Halloween party decorations and food

I just thought I would do a quick round up of all the Halloween party food and decorations I made for last year’s celebrations. I quiet like Halloween as it’s a chance to get together with friends and family and celebrate but without the pressure of Christmas. Good food, fun and the chance to dress up! Halloween is a chance to go to town with the decorations and be playful with the food.Halloween party decorations and food
We don’t let our kids trick or treat around where we live, so I love to have as many kids over to party. With so many niece’s and nephew’s now we soon have a house full!
Halloween party decorations and food

I kept the colour scheme simple and went for purple and black as my main colours. I used a large piece of purple fabric for my table cloth and cut a black vinyl spider web to decorate it.

 Halloween party display ideas.

Halloween party decorations and food

I used some black sticker film and cut eyes and a mouth to decorate my fish bowl vase and then filled it with cheese puffs to make a pumpkin.

Halloween party decorations and food

I baked chocolate cupcakes and topped them with marshmallow teacakes and red laces to make spider cakes.

Halloween party decorations and food

I also decorated my paper plates with a sharpie to make spider webs.

Halloween party decorations and food

I made crepe paper purple roses and added fresh ivy to make tasteful table decorations.

Halloween party decorations and food

I also used purple feathers to continue to colour scheme.

Halloween party decorations and food

To make this spooky salad I used a bag of bistro salad that has shredded beetroot in it and then added slices of cucumber on the top. I made the faces in the cucumber by cutting them with the end of a drinking straw.

 

Halloween party decorations and food

 

For sweet treats I made this graveyard black forest trifle and worm jellies.

Halloween party decorations and food

Overall I was really pleased with the final spread and everyone had a great time. I hope this inspires you and that you have a Happy Halloween.

Halloween party decorations and food
Halloween party decorations and food




Free cross stitch Halloween Spider web PDF pattern

A great Spider web pattern to whip up for Halloween. Only one colour to use and would look great hung in it’s hoop. If you like my cross stitch patterns why not follow me on Instagram where you can see me stitching up my favourites of my designs. Free cross stitch Halloween Spider web PDF pattern

Free cross stitch Halloween Spider web PDF pattern

Free cross stitch Halloween Spider web PDF pattern
I’m hoping to stitch this one up in time for Halloween this year, I think it would look great in the hallway. Just click on the link to download your free Spider web pattern.

Free cross stitch Halloween Spider web PDF pattern

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Free cross stitch Halloween Spider web PDF pattern

 

Free cross stitch Halloween Spider web PDF pattern

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Great Halloween craft ideas

I do love crafting for Holidays and Halloween is becoming one occasion we celebrate more than we used to in the U.K. We have a lot of catching up, until we are anything like the USA for all things spooky, but with that in mind I thought I’d quickly share my Pinterest Halloween board as it has some great, quick and kid friendly ideas on it. Enjoy!

       Follow Ruth Cartwright’s board Halloween crafts on Pinterest.