costume party

last week we threw a little costume party in celebration of lily’s 6th birthday.

she loves to dress up but hates being scared, so we didn’t go for a typical halloween party or decor.  we decided on fun fall colors with punches of pink and turquoise.

easy, simple decorations and really fun food!

lily and i spent a ton of time on pinterest, looking at fun halloween food ideas.  so basically, this was a pinterest party!

 we found silas’ pirate costume (or clostume, as he calls it) at a garage sale a year or so ago.

i made the girls’ poodle skirts loosely following this tutorial, found on pinterest.  seriously, pinterest is the crafty girl’s google.

oh baby jack!  my mom and sister whipped up this amazing turtle costume for the babe in just a few hours.  crazy cute.

 the spread.

the grey gauzy stuff under the food was from the dollar store, as were the cauldron bowls holding snacks.  not pictured were mummy hot dogs.

 dipped and sprinkled oreos.  we opted out for the stick, and only did a half dip.  super easy.  just warm some store bought frosting in the micro for a few seconds and dip the cookie, then dip into a bowl of sprinkles.

 again with the dipping and sprinkling.

 i just got coffee stirrers, cut them in half, and hot glued a strip of paper to the top, the poked them into marshmallows dipped in melted chocolate chips.  we were out of sprinkles at this point!

borrowed the cake idea from  here.  more coffee stirrers and a tiny sewn paper garland attached.

 witches hat cookies.  yum.

 the fall mantle, plus a little party bling.  glittered pumpkins from last year.

 entry way set up, with a pack of fake mustaches for any un-costumed guests.  didn’t even open the pack – everyone came in costume!

 a last minute front door wreath – my mom brought me a black feather boa and i had a grapevine wreath.  i just tucked a few feathers under some branches and it stayed put!

 a simple centerpiece – more dollar store gauze and random candles and sticks from around the house.

 more paper banners.  i love sewing paper banners!  so very easy, anyone could do it!

also from pinterest – here.

 our one and only activity, besides eating a ton of sugar and bad-for-you foods – bobbing for apples!

 the kids went nuts over it!  they were very persistent because, as it turns out, bobbing for apples is really hard!  the kids were fully dunking their heads in!

 a collection of most of our guests – love all the costumes!

 a quick how-to on the cake:

2 boxed cakes in 4 round pans = 4 layers.  icing between layers and around edges.

heat store bought frosting in microwave until its runny, then slowly pour over the top.  i would’ve stopped sooner, but i ran out of orange frosting and didn’t fully frost the top layer, so my chocolate needed to cover it.

i’ve covered a whole cake like this before and its as pretty as ganache.

 we let lily choose her flavors of cake inside: strawberry and red velvet.  we called it “flesh and blood cake”!

 my pretty girl.


  1. 1

    You are like superwoman, martha stewart, and every show on HGTV combined into one person! You are amazing at hosting a party!

  2. 2

    What a fantastic party! Great, great job!

  3. 3

    What a great party. I love all of the details – like the pennant and the last minute wreath for the door. What a perfect idea for the cake!! Love it.

  4. 4

    Your parties rock!!!

    The end!


  5. 5

    That’s one beautiful cake

  6. 6

    It looks like you had an amzing time. Everything looks fab!

  7. 7

    That looks awesome! I love it!

  8. 8

    Awesome party! Looks like you had so much yummy food and great decor. The costumes are all adorable too!

  9. 9

    What a great party! LOVE the decor and what a neat cake technique! That would look really neat with softer colors, too. FUN!

  10. 10

    love it lindsey! too stinkin’ fun! ! :)

  11. 11

    How fun! Looks like a great time had by all! What an awesome mom! How creative are you!!!

  12. 12

    I love the cake. Might steal that idea for a future birthday at our house.

  13. 13

    You know I’m goo-goo ga-ga over ALL of these pictures!!!!! I’m so happy you shared so much with us!!! Everything looks absolutely divine!!! What fun!

  14. 14

    I dropped in from sophistishe. I admire your blog design.

  15. 15

    How fun this looks! That cake is too cool! I didn’t realize you could just “melt” store bought frosting! Love all the costumes too!

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    I think most parties these days are pinterest parties! I love everything you all did. The food looks so yummy & the decor is great. I bought some of that guazey stuff this year too! Costumes are totally cute & I LOVED the turtle. Great looking party. Happy Birthday to your girl. I”m sure she had a wonderful time!

  17. 17

    whoa, incredible! i should not have read this post on the day that i’m fasting for a blood test. i’m literally droooooling over all the sweets.

  18. 18
    melesa garrison says:

    You are like the most creative and marvelous mother…The cake did rock!

  19. 19

    amazing! I love all the details and links. it looks like a totally perfect halloween party.

  20. 20

    Wow! What a great party. I love all the work you put into it, especially the food…it’s making me hungry for lots of sweets!

  21. 21

    This looks like it was so much fun and delicious! I am just like Lily and don’t like the scary stuff. My birthday is in October also and I always opted out of halloween themed party but I like this twist!

  22. 22

    Every single time you do an event, I’m always in shock at how LITTLE you spend on it! Amazing!!! That’s basically my goal in life: find cool things at the dollar store!

  23. 23

    Looks like a fabulous party! So fun:)

  24. 24

    Everything looks so great and so much fun!

  25. 25

    What a fun party. I love all the colors. :)

  26. 26

    So. So. Cute! I heart Pinterst. Beautifully executed.

  27. 27

    Hey Lindsey!
    I really would like to make the oreos for my daughter’s birthday!
    Does the frosting dry and harden on the oreo?

  28. 28

    plus you gave me a ton of ideas!
    i guess i should be thanking pinterest, but props to you for the execution.

    you know it was good because you ran out of sprinkles.

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    Super cute party in general, but I must say my favorite thing was the Turtle Costume! Any chance we might see a tutorial for it? I’m a huge turtle fan (actually have a pet turtle) and would love to make a turtle costume for my kids (that I don’t actually have yet, ha ha) someday.

  30. 30

    What an amazing party!!! Great job!!! Looks like the kids had a great time!!! One more thing I fell in love with your blog name/ company name the first time I came across it!!! Loving your site up here in Ontario! Kendall

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    Just catching up on your blog after too long. What a sweet party! I, too, found the witches’ hats cookie idea on Pinterest for our little Fall Festival party and coincidentally I served them on – I think – an IDENTICAL double silver tray (what are they called?!) that I got at Goodwill a couple of years ago. :)

  32. 32

    1st time here.
    loved the blog.
    loved the pretty girl!
    i guess you’re gonna be an inspiration :)
    thanks for sharing.
    ceres, portugal

  33. 33

    How was the turtle costume made? I want my daughter to be a turtle for her first Halloween. :) Any tips for the shell?

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