Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Halloween Block Party... on the cheap!

My neighbor Carol and I decided to have a cul-de-sac party for Halloween but the dilemma was that there was not a single cent from the Social Committee funds left over from the Labor Day party. 

The challenge: ONLY spend $25 each

Mission accomplished!

I was in charge of decorations so of course I was going to make the tissue paper pom poms, seen at Doak's baby shower, to hang from tree to tree.

tip: I bought 3 packs of 20 and only used 5 sheets per pom pom to make a total of 12 pom poms. Most instructions online say to use 15 to 20 sheets but I don't think it is necessary. The ones I made are full enough and you save on tissue paper.

I used a paper clip in the center of the accordion fold and hung them with raffia.
Super easy, super cheap, and super cute!

Movie Trailer

Johnna was inspired by her new bangs to come as Amelie. Dan, her hubby, is the gnome she carries w/ her on her travels. Dan had most of his costume and made the red cap.

 They looked awesome and always have great costumes.

note: Last year we all went as, The Neverending Story, characters and won a costume party.
Der was the boy (Held the book all night), I was Moonchild (princess), Johnna was Atreyu (the young warrior) and Dan Falcor (the flying dog). So fun!

Johnna's thrift store Amelia costume, my apron, her gloves.
Total: $4!

Superman family...
I had both Superwoman and Superman from years previous and found Doak's at a thrift store.
Total cost for costumes this year... $1!!!!!!!!


Super baby flying!

Notice the table full of Pumpkin Ale... so good!

Carol and I...
Neighborhood Social Committee
Add it to the resume, haha!

We blocked off the cul-de-sac and put chairs and tables out for family and friends to gather.

note: It is nice to have a block party in the Cul-de-sac because no one has to be the host. Everyone entertains themselves and kids can run around all day and night without destroying your house. : )  

Super and Wonder Woman unite!
Candy and prizes for the kids costumes!

note: All from the Dollar Store

Adult Prize Winner- Bag/Cat Lady
$25 Gift Card to Olive Garden

note: The only thing she bought was cats, glued to her night gown, from the Dollar Store, and a wig. Creative and funny!
Everyone brought something to add to the Potluck party... that way no one is stuck paying a ton of money for food and beverages. 

And a TON of food was donated from a Martin's Grocery Store that one of neighbors works at in the area. So awesome!

Super baby curl
Sleepy baby... after partying all day. 

We ended the night with smores... BIG hit!
I just pulled out the fire pit from our deck and put it the middle of the cul-de-sac. Kiddos swarmed the area as Johnna and I placed the marshmallows on the sticks and completed the dessert sandwich with graham crackers and Hershey bars. 

side note:

I plan on using the pom poms again to decorate the front yard for Halloween but for now Bella is enjoying them. 

Happy Halloween!

I would love to hear what you guys are dressing up as this weekend... creative homemade and thrift store costumes are the best!

Have a good one,


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