Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Re-post: Party Decor All Year Round

I have boxes, drawers and bags full of random odds and ends left over from parties. It can be difficult to figure out what to do with all these things, and I hate to throw things away-although I do donate things to charity a few times a year. This article from Apartment Therapy lists party items that can be re purposed.
I am loving the succulent wreath, the CB2 glass globe candle holder and the birch tree jewelery stand.

I've been doing lots of theme parties lately, and this inspires me to rethink re purposing common household items when decorating for parties, rather than buying new things all the time.

Click here for the link to the full post:

 Succulent Wreath, Viva Terra

Little Birch Jewelry Stand, Urban Outfitters

Whirly Hanging Candleholder, Cb2

 Images source: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Zombieland Halloween Party

Date: Saturday, October 29, 2011
Location: Mississauga, ON
Guests: Teenage Boys, 13-16
Budget: $100
Menu: Brains!

Almost all of the supplies and decorations for this party are from Dollarama, with a few exceptions that came from Party Packagers. The stuff from the Dollarstore is actually better! This theme is actually pretty easy to throw together. The "set" is real life with a gruesome twist. Set things up in unexpected places to surprise your guests. Play some creepy sound effects and music. Don't forget bugs, such as roaches and maggots to add realism.

This party is based on the movie "Zombieland", I used Columbus' rules as inspiration.Obviously, I didn't use all 32 rules, so pick and choose your favourites.

The Front Yard

The Front Door


The Patio Door

Living Room Fireplace


 The Powder Room


The Main Course


I found a brain gelatin mold at Party Packages, and the recipe here

I used peach gelatin powder, it results in the most realistic flesh colour. The blood is corn syrup and red food colouring.

Zombie hunters were served pizza, chips and other snacks. After all, tracking down the Walking Dead is hard work!