Halloween Flower Arrangement Ideas

Post by Sara Westbrook & Brittany Egbert for One Charming Party

If you need some Halloween flower arrangement ideas, I have some cute ones to show you today.

Using black and white flowers and incorporating hues of grey, you’re sure to instantly set a frightfully fun mood. And you don’t need to splurge on vases for these spooky decorations. Pull out your cans from the recycle bin and spray paint the cans black or leave them plain. You can even glue two cans on top of each other, just hide the seam with some ribbon (only the top can is used for flowers and water, but it gives the illusion of a taller vase). Then add feathers, mini signs, moss or painted branches to add interest to your Halloween floral arrangements. But most of all, have fun with it.

Here is a list of the flowers used in these arrangements: ranunculus, dusty miller, gerbera daisies, berzelia, scabiosa (with the centers painted black with acrylic paint), rudbeckia seed heads, football mums, spanish moss, and a manzanita branch. Halloween Flower Arrangement Ideas - 1 Halloween Flower Arrangement Ideas - 2 Halloween Flower Arrangement Ideas - 3 Halloween Flower Arrangement Ideas - 4 Halloween Flower Arrangement Ideas - 5 Halloween Flower Arrangement Ideas - 6 Halloween Flower Arrangement Ideas - 7 Halloween Flower Arrangement Ideas - 8 Halloween Flower Arrangement Ideas - 9 Post by Sara Westbrook & Brittany Egbert for One Charming Party: onecharmingparty.com. Floral Design by Megan Dunford of Persimmon Floral. Photos by Nicole Hill Gerulat : www.nicolephoto.com

Good Old Fashioned Pumpkin Bread

This simple pumpkin bread is the perfect comfort food for a cool fall day.  It's moist and sweet with just the right amount of spice.  The recipe makes two loaves, so you can serve one as a homemade treat for the family and wrap up the other as a seasonal hostess gift. Done and done!

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Pumpkin Bread

Ingredients
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
4 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup water
3 cups white sugar
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9×5 inch loaf pans.
2. In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar until well blended.   In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger.
3. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Pour into the prepared pans.
4. Bake for about 1 hour in the preheated oven. Loaves are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Post by Becca : www.cakeeventsblog.com

Scared Silly Halloween Snack Mix

Post by Aimee and Bettijo of www.supermomments.com
Scared Silly Halloween Snack Mix

With Halloween days away, I just finished making another batch of our Scared Silly Halloween Snack Mix. I find this treat not only frightfully delicious but a great last-minute hostess, teacher or neighbor gift as well. Simply combine your favorite seasonal treats (My favorites are listed below) in a large bowl, pour into glass jars (or cellophane bags), label and deliver.

To make it even easier, download our free Scared Silly Snack Mix label.

Cheese-it crackers
Chocolate or yogurt-dipped pretzels
White chocolate chips
Pretzel sticks
Candy Corn
Candy pumpkins
Candied orange slices (I found sugar-coated Halloween gummy bats at our local health food store.)
Reese’s pieces
Whoppers (I used a specialty orange-colored pumpkin variety.)
Peanuts

Post by Aimee and Bettijo of www.supermomments.com

Salty Watercolors

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I learned about salty watercolors from this post in the Artful Parent's archives (wow, there's a wealth of information over there) and I have to say this was one of my favorite kid projects EVER. First of all, the mess factor isn't too bad. Second of all, set up is relatively easy.

And, finally, the project occupied the girls for long periods of time with very little parental involvement (YAY!!). If I had a ratings system, I'd give it the highest rating.

Here's the scoop: Materials – Liquid watercolors (or food coloring), Elmers glue (or an equivalent), table salt, a pan or platter (to pour the salt over), and thick paper or cardboard (ordinary paper will buckle from the salt).

1. First the girls drew pictures with glue on watercolor paper. 2. Then we poured salt over the still-wet glue. We used the pan to shake off the salt that didn't stick. 3. Finally the girls touched watercolor-dipped paintbrushes onto the still-wet glue/salt designs. The color slowly traveled through their designs, which was really fun to watch. four

If you've ever wondered what the toddler does during craft-time usually he sleeps.                  But sometimes he doesn't. I probably should let him paint with real paint but it's just so messy, so for now I've tricked him into painting with water. And that works for awhile (until he realizes that his pictures don't look like the girls' pictures). babyart

Post by Darcy : bedtimemonsters.blogspot.com