The Not So Scary Halloween Party & Dollar Tree Gift Card Giveaway

This Halloween we are celebrating with a little party and trick or treating with our neighbors. I can’t wait to see all the sweet kiddos in our neighborhood dressed up for trick or treating! To help us prove that holiday party decorating can be cute and doesn’t need to break the bank, Dollar Tree sent us some of their great holiday items to celebrate with.

The Not so scary Halloween Party Keeping in mind that we have a wide variety of ages, it’s important that we design our Halloween party for everyone to enjoy and not get too spooked. Dollar Tree has the ideal party items to put together a fun and ideal party no matter what your theme is…from entertaining all your favorite little goblins or a Ghouls Night Out!

Since we are waiting to carve our pumpkins until our pumpkin carving party in a few days, we tied them up with some cute ribbon that coordinates with our welcome mat.Not so scary Halloween Pumpkins Next the kids and I created a fun and Not So Scary Halloween wreath for the front door. We used a wreath form, plastic eyeballs,  plastic spiders, a spool of ribbon for the bow and black wire Halloween garland. We found that by using the garland that was made with wire we could just shape it and didn’t need to secure it with hot glue. Making it the perfect craft for young kiddos!Not so scary Halloween wreathWhat’s a Halloween party without treats? We were able to craft some fun Not So Scary Halloween Party treats and Dollar Tree had everything to make some seriously adorable treats!Not So Scary Halloween Party Snacks We made some traditional dirt & worms pudding cups, spider animal cracker filled treat bags ( 40 bags for just $1 at Dollar Tree!), and kettle corn ghost cups. My favorite Not So Scary Halloween treat on the table this year was the Candy Corn Trick or Treat Test Tubes. These were everyone’s favorite and so easy to put together.  Candy Corn Test tubes To make these yourself just run by Dollar Tree and pick up the Test Tubes and sticker pack in the Halloween section, a bag of candy corn, and a wire drawer organizer in the home/kitchen section. For a total of $3 and you will have your guests Halloween OOooh-ing instead of Boooo-ing!

GIVEAWAY!!!! Dollar Tree was so awesome to help us put together our Halloween decor this year and share it with you! They want to do the same for one lucky reader too! To enter comment below and tell me what you would buy from Dollar tree to decorate for Halloween- One lucky winner will receive a Dollar Tree Gift Card!! ( contest ends midnight 10/25)

Halloween is just around the corner! Are you ready?

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LEGO Week – DIY LEGO Party Favor Bag tutorial

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Welcome back to LEGO Week!!! Yesterday, we talked all about the easiest way to get great custom LEGO party invites done in a hurry( you can check that out here). Since the birthday boy also requested a trip to LEGOLAND Discovery Center for his birthday, at the end of the week I will give a full review of our fabulous time there. I learned a ton of LEGOLAND related info and have some great insider tips. If you are planning a trip there with your kiddos, you will want to stay tuned for that post!

As I mentioned yesterday, no matter what the birthday location or requested theme our kiddos pick, I always like to add a little DIY love to their parties. I also had to be able to accomplish this project on the cheap since I was expecting to spend most of our birthday party funds at the party location. One of the awesome things I was able to do for this party was create these cute custom LEGO Party favor bags for our party guests.  My original vision was to use  typical small canvas bags from the craft store but Dollar Tree made this a hugely affordable and perfect LEGO project with their green craft bags  if you are doing another project, they are available in a variety of other colors as well.) At 3 for $1.00, I couldn’t pass these up. Dollar Tree also had the clear contact paper roll I would use for my stencil, again for only a dollar!

Items needed:

  • Contact paper……………………$1.00
  • Craft bags………………………..$1.00 (for 3!)
  • Yellow acrylic craft paint(whatever color you like)…..$.67
  • Brushes………………$1.00
  • exacto knife/scissors…………………….free
  • Scrap cardboard or wax paper to place inside bags so paint doesn’t go through…….free

I found this LEGO mini-figure template online and cut it out to trace onto my contact paper. Lego head template

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I traced it several times onto my contact paper to make enough stencils for each bag. You could probably reuse the stencils but I wanted them all done before the kids got home from school so they would be a surprise for the birthday boy too.

I used an exact-o knife to cut out my stencils but scissors would work too.

I used an exact-o knife to cut out my stencils but scissors would work too.

 

Just apply stencils to craft bags and get ready to paint.

Just apply stencils to craft bags and get ready to paint.

Make sure to press down well around the outline where you are going to paint. This will ensure clean lines.  Don’t forget to place your cardboard into each bag before you begin painting or the paint with go through the fabric. As an after though wax paper from the kitchen would probably even work better.  When they are all done, allow the paint to dry and then remove the insert of wax paper or cardboard.  They are ready to fill with party favor thank-yous. We used a few kinds of lego candies and each party guest received their own small bag of Legos to take home. This would be another area where the building blocks from Dollar Tree would help make this a super budget friendly party find!

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