This past weekend, I held a Pumpkin Decorating Party for Styles and a few of his friends. I wanted to make it something memorable but I have an issue with putting all of my scattered thoughts into action. I always have the very best, most creative intentions but am too overwhelmed to carry any of them out.
These three websites really helped me reign my creativity in to plan something that (I hope) was memorable for Styles and his friends.
I was able to jump on Kmart’s awesome Halloween website and check out the things that Totally Ghoul had to offer. I love knowing what I’m going to run into before I go shopping because I generally have a very limited window of opportunity. Miss Priss and her Attitude usually show up in full force for any shopping expedition I embark on.
While I was looking on the website, I decided that my budget was going to be $100 and that I wanted to spend the bulk of my money on decor because I think that setting the stage and atmosphere for a party is #1. I had my sights set on this guy because he looked totally creepy. And because two of my neighbors have little graveyards in their yards, I knew I’d be picking up some headstones as well.
I LOVE to bake but Kyle was going to be working on Friday evening which is when the “party” was going to be so I picked up 5 Totino’s pizzas, some Hershey’s Hugs, pretzels, candy corn, and DECORATIONS!
Once I got there, I looked at my little friend up there and realized that he was for indoor use only. I searched for a scary dude that I could leave out in the front yard without having to worry about the rain. I found a freaky Zombie Vampire dude that jumps up at you from a laying down position. TOTALLY freaky.
Kmart did a fantastic job of decorating their Totally Ghoul room. It was creepified and Madilyn didn’t want to go in there. It showcased their big-ticket items which is good marketing because I fell for it and ended up spending $125 instead of $100. *OOOPS*.
Take a look at my Intersect story to see our shopping trip! We had a fun time until Madilyn had a Category 5 meltdown upon checkout. I am thankful for security cameras for keeping me accountable to my impatience. I kept chanting, “You don’t want to be on the nightly news, you don’t want to be on the nightly news, you don’t want to be on the nightly news”.
Setting up for the party was fun. I made it easy on myself and decorated with the pumpkins that I bought for the kids to decorate, the food, and some FUN bats that I bought at Kmart. The black tablecloth that I purchased was not staying on the table in our windy weather so I tied a bat to each corner of the cloth under the table to weight it down. It worked like a CHARM and really added to the atmosphere.
When Styles’ friends arrived, they were absolutely terrified of our decor out front. Kyle did a good job placing everything so that you got a scare every few feet as you were walking up to our door. It really set the stage for what was to come.
I found snack ideas from the Party Blueprints Blog and decor ideas from the 50′ party. I ended up buying pumpkin pie pumpkins for about $1.50 each to save some serious money. I also bought black paint, pipe cleaners, glitter, and googly eyes thinking that the kids would make really cool and ghosts on their pun’kins. Yeah. No such luck.
The artist in me had a hard time keeping her mouth shut and telling the kids how their pun’kins should look. I digress. They had a great time and enjoyed the snacks and decor.
I seriously couldn’t have done anything had it not been for the 3 Wise Websites. I love throwing parties but am usually so overwhelmed that I don’t know what to do.
If you need some direction where it comes to parties, especially Halloween ones, check those Totally Ghoul sites out. Seriously, yo.
And while you’re at it, check out Kmart on Facebook. They’re holding a Monster Bash Giveaway bya giving away a terrifyingly huge amount of money this Halloween season. Each week the prize increases. You really can’t and shouldn’t miss it. This week’s prize? a $900 Kmart gift card. Can you IMAGINE?!?!? Of course, don’t forget to check out the 50 Foot Party website for more money-saving coupons and tips. ’MORE’bidly good deals, you guys.
Plus, earn 5,000 points when spend $35 or more on Halloween costumes and accessories. Offer valid in all stores when purchasing with your SYWR member card. You must be SYWR member and logged into site to receive bonus points. Click here to sign up for SYWR.
Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All thoughts, opinions, experiences, and Count Madculas are my own.