Friday, October 30, 2009

Witch's Tea Party Part 1 - Decor

Happy Birthday.... TO ME! To celebrate the occasion as well has Halloween I planned a Witch's tea party! It was more of a birthday party/Halloween party/play date and SO MUCH FUN!

On this first post I'll take you through the decor - don't forget to read the next post about the activities and the menu.That's me! And my sweet as can be daughter Alyssa

This is my long time friend Kelly and her precious little girl Samantha

Here the dining room where were had the party

I decorated the corner shelf to look like a shelf that might be in a witch's lair.

The skull what a dollar store find as well as all the of the battery operated tea lights. I wrapped bottle with labels I found online and filled the empty bottles with colored water.

Just a few odds and in with more bottles and candles. I did wrap this "Boo" candle with scrapbook paper and added the laser cut letters. The hurricane glass I also added a black cat jell sticky to.

The centerpiece of the table was a cauldron candy bucket filled with lime green tulle. Under the cauldron is white tulle and fake barbed wire rope. I saw this "wicked" decoration and had to have it being for a WITCH's tea party. It worked out well front and center on the table.

This was one of the girl's place settings. I just used colored construction paper for place mats and drew on the spider web and wrote in their names with black markers.

These cute little sipper cups are filled with milk. I painted on melted chocolate and let it dry before adding the milk.

These mini cauldron's were at the girl's place settings as well. I added a sticker and a small knot of ribbon and put crayons in them for them to draw on their place mats.

This was one of our "adult" place settings. Nothing special, but a black mug and spoon for our tea.

I saw this idea online and thought - HOW CUTE! These are a pair of my shoes that my husband has actually called my "witch shoes." I stuffed these striped socks with newspaper and put them under our recliner, which was visible from the dining room.

Here is the food/snack/desert table. The cauldron to the left is filled with aluminum foil on the bottom and green lights on top to help illmuminate, then green spider web on top to hide the lights. An inflatable black cat sits next to the cauldron.
You can read more about the room and other items on this table in the next post.

Witch's Tea Party Part 2- Food & Activities

The food and desert table

This sign was a dollar store find! It was great inspiration. I took my desert menu straight from the sign.

Here are the desert. Green putrid pudding, apple spiders (mini candy apples with plastic spiders), Ice Scream toppings, and Cauldron Cakes

The cauldron cakes are mini brown bites (mini muffin pan size), with green frosting and pretzel sticks for the "broom stick"

The popcorn Cheeto's were a big hit with the girls. Tea bags (it was a tea party too), and witch fingers (string cheese with green pepper finger nails)

Mummy Wraps (hot dogs wrapped in biscuits)

Ice Cream mini cups

We also had some fun projects to do. We had coloring pages with witches and ghosts to color. I found halloween stamps intended to be used as party favors that the girls stamped their place mats with. Also the girls colored on pumpkins with washable markers and used baby wipes to wipe off their drawings and start over. We have a Halloween Dora book that the girl's enjoyed listening to....

Alyssa decorating her witch's hat with foam stickers

A cute game: the cauldron centerpiece also did double duty. We had the girls try to get toss rubber spiders into the bucket from their chairs.

These were the favors. Halloween plastic cups filled with animal crackers, stickers, raisins, rubber finger puppets, pencil, mini pack of crayons, and snap and glow bracelets.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Walgreens 10/7

2x Dickinson's Toner: $1.99 each
-$3.00/2 coupon

2x Campbell's Soup: $1/2 (in ad coupon)
-$1.00/2 IP coupon

2x Trident Layers Gun: $1.00 each
-2x $.75 IP coupons

Chapstick Fresh Effects: $2.99

Emergen-C Immune: $3.49

Halls Refresh: $1.00
*Not pictured

Used $7.00 RR
Total OOP: $1.98
Earned: $8.50 in RR!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Witch's Tea Party

I love to plan parties! LOVE IT! So why not plan my own?! It's really more for my daughter and for me to have a fun afternoon together. I'm a "kinda - sorta" Boo Baby, born the day BEFORE Halloween (Oct 30th). With my 3 year old in school this year, I'm for once extra happy that Halloween is on a Saturday; however, my birthday is that Friday and she just so happens to have that day of school off (parent teacher conferences).

I wanted to plan a fun day for us to spend together and since it's my birthday we are going to have a mini afternoon Witch's Tea Party! We've invited another SAHM and her little girl to join us and it should be a lot of fun.

I've been searching the web for some cute ideas here are some pics of what I've found.Sites these photos are from: Martha Stewart, Better Homes & Gardens, Hostess with the Mostess, and other wonderful party planning blogs.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Free Groceries!

I forgot to post this wonderful bit of news! Last week I won a $20 gift card to our local grocery store, Market Place!!! I used it this week and paid around $3 for some great fresh produce and some meat that was on sale. Nothing like getting free food!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Walgreens 9/29

Children's Activity Book: $.99
(Has Wags. coupons inside!)

Robitussin DM To Go: $2.49

Gillette Fusion Razor: $8.99
-$4.00 coupon

Emergen C: $3.49

Halls: $1.00
-$.75 coupon

Vaseline Lotion: $6.99
-$1.50 coupon

Dentek Floss: $2.00

Chapstick: $2.99

Used: $7.00 RR
Total OOP: $8.86
Total Saved: $20.73

Earned: $25.00 RR!!

CVS 9/29

1x Milk: $1.99

1x Gillette Fusion Razor: $9.99
-$4.00 coupon

1x Vaseline Lotion: $7.99
-$1.50 coupon

Used $13.99 ECB's
Total OOP: $1.67
Total Saved: $22.49

Earned: $12.00 ECB's