Posted on Leave a comment

Halloween Decor

Halloween Decor

Sometimes when you have young children it can be hard to find Halloween decor that’s not too gory or scary. So I’ve done the hard work for you and picked out the best costume ideas, props, decorations and activities suitable for all ages. You’ll find lots this Halloween on Etsy, and quite a few treats for yourself too. They have their own suggestions on their Halloween page but here are my favourites.

Monsters for your Mantlepiece

Halloween mantle decorWhen it comes to Halloween decor you can go cute or gory. Maybe it’s because we have small people in our house that I like Halloween to be fun and decorations to be tasteful but not too ghoulish. These mantlepiece decorations are so simply spooky but stylish too.

If you want to have a go at making your own, or need to choose your colours to fit with your theme then these craft shapes would be a good place to start.

 

Spider Tattoos

Spider TattooHow can you resist a trail of spiders scuttling up your arm?! Freak all your friends out when you show them your new creepy crawlies.

If spiders aren’t your thing then there are ghosts, witches and more too.

These children’s tattoos are great for younger monsters and for party bags or treat bags.

Photo Booth Props

There are three really great things about photo booths. First they don’t cost much to do. Second they can be enjoyed by all ages and lastly they mean lots of photos and fun memories of your party or get together.

These props will provide plenty of opportunity to be creative with your snaps. And if someone comes to your party and has ‘forgotten’ to dress up (you know there’s always someone) then you can oblige. After all we wouldn’t want them to feel left out would we?!

You can buy the props or you can print them yourself.

Photo booth propsphoto booth props instant digital download

 

 

 

 

 

Small and Simple

Sometimes the simplest decorations are tHalloween pompom decorationshe best and these pompoms were too cute to ignore as well as being very reasonably priced.

If you’re more of a fabric person than a yarn lover then you will love this Halloween banner.

I hope you’ve found this useful in your Halloween preparations. Please let me know in the comments if you did and if you see something on Etsy that you think I should include here please let me know in the comments.

Happy Halloween Decor-ating!

Posted on Leave a comment

10 Gift Hampers I’d like to receive…I mean give (obviously!)

Pamper basket Phoenix Trading card gift hampers

Have you always loved wicker baskets and have always dreamed about receiving a hamper gift? However, you have this idea that they are really expensive. Well here is a list of some gift hampers that I’d love to send (and receive!). Gift hampers that seem afforable, as well as quirky and lovely.

Here are 10 gift hampers with something for everyone.

(Confession – most of the links in this article are links that I will receive a small payment from if you choose to buy anything. However the opinions expressed are my own. I decided which hampers to include by doing my own research.)

 

Percy PigPercy Pig

Not actually a hamper but a Percy Pig gift bag from M&S and let’s face it – we all love Percy Pigs don’t we?

Sweeties

Retro Tuck BoxThis Retro Tuck Box selection of sweeties has something for everyone. My daughter adores Double Dips but there is no way she’s getting her hands on my Kola Cubes! Hampergifts.co.uk have some other amazing hamper combinations too, worth checking out.

Chocolate

Cadbury Team HamperThere are lots of chocolate hampers on the market but this one from Cadbury Gifts Direct caught my eye because it was aimed at work teams. I’m all in favour of boosting morale in the workplace. I think gifts to the ‘team’ like this are a great idea for Christmas, or any other occasion for that matter.

Drink

I did have a look at wine hampers but couldn’t choose between them and as I was looking at them and picnic hampers I saw this Amethyst hamper – it’s purple, what more do I need to say!?

Food Glorious Food

This was a difficult choice – as you can imagine there are loads of food hampers out there but I plumped for the Breakfast Hamper. Don’t you think it looks versatile and could be sent just as a gift. It suits a wedding, anniversary, birth of a grandchild or just for a special couple. To be honest I just can’t resist smoked salmon!

Halloween

Fortnum and Mason Halloween hamperNo list of gift hampers would be complete without a Fortnum & Mason choice and yes, I have to be honest most of them are way out of my price range. However, I couldn’t help but notice one that was a bit different. How cool to have a Halloween Hamper delivered to the host of a Halloween party? Nice touch I think.

Cake

I like cake, I also like cookies so imagine my delight to find a hamper that contains cake and cookies and flapjacks! This is another choice from Hampergifts.co.uk and I think an affordable choice too.

Pamper

Heather and honey hamperI think the Heather and Honey Hamper from Virginia Hayward is a pamper hamper that would suit most people’s tastes. It’s affordable and subtle and contains products that anyone would use.

Activity

As a mother of small children I’ve heard of Toucan boxes but I didn’t realise that you can actually get Mister Maker boxes. Not quite hampers but a great idea. How often do you watch Mister Maker with your children and think how great the activities are? But you don’t have a wall filled with endless craft supplies and therefore don’t have all the bits and pieces you need to make his makes. Well, now you can. A great idea for busy parents who want to encourage their little ones creativity.

Make Your Own

This wicker basket from Hobbycraft is perfect for filling with your recipient’s favourite foodstuffs – or how about, while you’re at Hobbycraft anyway, a craft hamper? Does your recipient love card making, scrap booking, button pictures, painting, baking – it’s all there to fill your basket.

You might also like Christmas Eve Boxes.