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This blog is a place for me to talk about all things Fall related. I'm hoping it'll be a place to help keep me organized and on the path to stress-free holidays (if there is such a thing)!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Halloween Countdown: Week Two

Sunday kicked off week 2 of the Halloween Countdown over at MHH. Here's my list of what needs done!

(X) Make your invitations list and start addressing envelopes. Try for 50% this week. Although I won't be hosting a Halloween party, I was thinking of hosting a Bunco party a week after Halloween so I may do those invitations instead. Already did this via e-mail and will hand out the rest when I can.
(X) Decide on a party budget. Jot down a plan. Again...will do for the Bunco party. All planning for party from this point on is for the Bunco party...no point in repeating myself! lol I have a tentative budget...we'll see how close I stay to it.
(X) Plan your party menu or Halloween dinner menu. Create a master shopping list for it. As of right now, I'm thinking just some light appetizers like chips and dip, chicken wings, mini sandwich fixin's, etc.. Got that figured. Let's see...chips & dip (two kinds), Honey Glazed Holiday Appetizers, Deviled eggs, cookies, and a couple of other desserts (I have 4 in mind...just need to narrow it down to 2).
(X) Do a decor declutter. Clean out items and make room for fall decor. I really need to do this. Trying to figure out where to put my decorations so that the little ones can't get to them....running out of space for that! :o) I think I've got most of my stuff out.
(X) Plan the date, time, and details of any pumpkin patch visits. We're actually going to one on Friday as part of our playgroup. Should be fun! Been there, done that now! Had fun!
(X) Make a HOME and YARD list so you can start getting ready for the big event! I don't have a lot of outside decorations so I think this list will be a wish list of things I'd like to get so that after Halloween is over I can go scour the clearance racks and pick up stuff for next year. I've got everything out that I plan on putting out...with the exception of a carved pumpkin. But I'll wait until Halloween is closer before doing that.
(X) Decide on costumes and start buying elements for them. Done and Done! The oldest will be Cinderella and our youngest is going as a pumpkin.
(X) Check out your gift closet and decor stash for any items bought on clearance last year after Halloween. Decide on any gifts or party favors. I will have to do this for the Bunco party. Somehow I don't think the ladies would appreciate my leftover Halloween toys and candy! lol I've decided on the main prize and will have to keep an eye on sales to get it.
(X) Party Table Check: Decide on serving ware and other items. Find it, store it in a handy place or buy it if needed. Will have to take inventory of tables and coverings for the Bunco party. I've got two tables already and will have to keep an eye open for a folding table with four chairs on sale somewhere. Have two tables already and will keep an eye on sales flyers to try to get a folding card table and chairs.

Looks like I actually have something to do this week! Now, if I can just find time to fit it in! lol

***Update...as you can see, I finished everything I needed to for this week. Yippee!!!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Yippee!

I managed to squeeze in the 15 minutes a day getting organized for Halloween. Mostly, I worked on my BOOing bags and FINALLY got those finished yesterday. So now, all that's left to do is wait until the 1st to go deliver them to the neighbors. This is my first Halloween in this neighborhood and I dearly hope that my neighbors won't turn out to be a bunch of party poopers (I wouldn't know...they're not very social!) Looking forward to it to see how far it goes. Last year, I gave them to people who's yards were decorated for Halloween but no one has any decorations out yet so...?!?

I managed to fit everything I got in the bags I had leftover. In the bag is a Halloween deck of cards, a votive candle (Fall scented of course), a Halloween cookie cutter, a temporary tattoo, some stickers, a glow-in-the-dark bracelet and naturally, candy! Hope whoever gets the bags enjoys them!

The home-made treat bags are still giving me fits! Partially because I am spending a lot of my time working on the scavenger hunt so I'm starting to stress a little that I won't get them done in time. However, I suppose that since I already purchased the bags for next year, if it comes down to it, I can always use those this year and then spend next year finishing up the bags I started this year. That would probably work too! Did that make any sense? lol

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Halloween Countdown Week 1

Today begins the Halloween countdown, a 6 week plan to help get you focused on what needs to be done in order to have a nice, relaxed Halloween! The plan can be found here in its entirety...
http://magicalholidayhome.com/?page_id=113
I will be trying to follow along. So...for this week, I figured I need to do the following:
(X)(X)(X)(X)(X)(X)(X)Spend 15 minutes each day to get organized for Fall.
(X)Set up Halloween/Autumn planner in a notebook. It's set up, I just need to label the tabs and organize a bit.
(X)Make or designate a planning calendar. Already have a Master calendar that I use.
(X)What did we do last year that worked? We had some treats for the little babies. We went trick or treating for about an hour and then handed out candy until we were out. The kids loved handing out the candy! What new things do I want to add? This year we're handing out treat bags instead of candy. We're making 50 and when those are gone, we'll be done.
(X)Print home spruce-up worksheet and complete it. I'm following along with the HGP so that should count.
(X)Planning a trip to the pumpkin patch...get it on the calendar now! Planning on going in two weeks with the playgroup. Should be fun!

That's it. I've pretty much already got all that stuff done. So, I think I will devote my 15 minutes to getting my Halloween section organized and start taking pictures of my decorations for future reference. I'll also finish decorating for fall this week. Don't really have all that much left to put out.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Halloween Update

I'm pretty sure I've lost my mind! My bright idea of making my own bags is turning out to be a burnt out lightbulb of an idea! Somehow, I forgot to plan out my course of action and it turns out that my bags will cost more and take more time than if I had just bought some at Wal-Mart or something. BUT...I've already got way too much time and effort invested now to just quit. So this year, I will do the handmade bags and chalk it up to lesson learned for next year. As a matter-of-fact, I've already purchased some bags for next year...and the year after that! No way am I doing that twice! lol

Although we won't be hosting a Halloween party this year, the spouse's group that I belong to will. So..I volunteered to do the scavenger hunt for the older kids. I am having sooo much fun with it! It's not gory and due to space and time issues, it's not going to be all that I would like it to be but it should prove to be fun for the kids, none the less! It's still in the planning and creating stage but once all of the kinks are ironed out, I'll post it here to share with everyone. Maybe give some ideas to others for their next party!