Haunted Mansion Inspired Halloween Party



Simple, inexpensive and not over the top Halloween. Welcome to my party!



I decided to invest in a pub table since I throw a lot of parties. But this can be done with something as simple as a TV stand. All the tables had purple under-lights. This table has a 23.7 inch top and I used a 108 inch round table cloth. The spider web lace cloth is from Christmas Tree Shops. The acid jar was found at an antique store, the candlesticks were from a craft store then painted black and used black taper candles. All set on a silver tray from the dollar store.


These pre lit branches were purchased last year on Halloween clearance. Get everything you may need after Halloween! The books were a creepy craft posted a few weeks ago and teacups stacked were collected from thrift stores.


Fondue station! To add dimension to your table, simply put some boxes or books under your table cloth. To easily remove wine label bottles, I use the boiling water technique. I like to save my labels but soaking and scrubbing works well too.  The fondue was a very simple recipe and can easily be made into gluten free. 1 bottle of beer, 1 brick of cream cheese and 8 oz freshly shredded cheese. I ended up needing to thicken it so some cornstarch or flour will do the trick.

I tore up some cheesy bread, baked Annie’s pretzels and salami to dip into this godly fondue.


Also on the menu: Pumpkin Dip, Roast Beef Bites with Horseradish Creme Fraihe, cheese board with honey, fig and grapes, brownie bites, caprese skewers drizzled in balsamic reduction and a special box of chocolates from Burdick’s Chocolates. I did need to accommodate for gluten free so ginger snaps, brownies, graham cookies and some breads were gluten free. Find a bakery that specializes in gluten free bread for an unnoticeable switch.


Find inexpensive and festive platters at Christmastree Shops, Marshalls, dollar stores and thrift stores. These can transition from holiday to holiday and will be used year round if you love to host! My night-before trick is to use post its to map out where every food goes so if I need help, my husband can jump right in.

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Candles and creepy cloth go a long way and are a very inexpensive way to add ambiance.

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For the kids or kidults, have some games or activities set up out of the flow of traffic. For the kidult in me, I keep a set of window crayons handy.


Hope everyone has an amazing Halloween and throws some great parties! Happy Halloween!

Shop for a Cure

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. So look for those pink ribbons on products! I’ve compiled a list of 5 products for Philanthropy Friday that give a hefty portion of their proceeds to breast cancer research and care.

Lisa Hoffman Rose Quartz Fragrance Necklace

These filigree necklaces can be filled and refilled with scented fragrance beads! 100% of proceeds from this necklace will go right to the National Breast Cancer Coalition. Rose Quartz Fragrance Necklace $65.00

Seattle Chocolates

Seattle Chocolates dark chocolate Extreme Dark truffle bar

Experience the healing powers of chocolate. With 100% of it’s net profits donated, it really does have a healing impact for the mind, body and soul! Extreme Dark Truffle Bar $3.50

Estee Lauder

There are many tempting items from Estee Lauder that donate to BCRF. Here is the classic Solid Perfume Compact in Modern Muse. 100% of the retail price will be donated. Modern Muse $49.50

Warriors in Pink

Warriors in Pink have a number of great items to choose from. Their scarfs and ties are my favorite! This WIP Neck Tie for $29.00 comes with a $16.95 donation.


Share your stories and empower others in a world wide social media campaign. Use the hashtag #BCAStrength with your instagrams, tweets and videos. Visit www.bcacampaign.com for more information.

For information on breast cancer, prevention, treatment, and support, please visit breastcancer.org.

How to Light a Paper Lantern

Budget friendly and easy. That’s how I like to plan most of my events. I get a lot of my decorations with coupons, on clearance, from dollar stores and from Christmas Tree Shops. I’ve gotten quite a few paper lanterns lately and had a heck of a time trying to figure out how to light a number of them inexpensively. I lucked out one time and got lantern lights for $3 at Goodwill! If you buy in advance, you may be able to get a pretty good deal on ebay, newegg or other online shops (keep shipping costs and time in mind).


For my paper lanterns, I got them for $1 each at Christmas Tree Shops. They do have battery operated ones but the batteries weren’t included. They had some flameless tealights on sale so I got 5 boxes of those. The last time I used them, I tied string to the fake flame, then tied the other end to the metal frame of the lantern. It worked but it was a pain trying to turn all of them on when it got dark. After fiddling with a tealight for a while yesterday, I found that the fake little plastic flame pops right off! Now we have just a bulb and doesn’t look like an upside down candle. I used yellow yarn in the pictures but a tighter weave neutral string would work best. Here is how it looks:



Careful taking the cover off – the batteries slip out really easy!



I tied a loose knot first then slid onto the metal hook to tighten.


Nice bulb look and doesn’t look like an upside down fake flame.


A very accessible on switch.


Girl Expo 2015 Overview

Thank you so much everyone for attending one of my sessions at Girl Expo 2015! What an amazing group of girls you are! Here is some information to follow up on everything I discussed from products, videos and helpful websites to refer to.

Skin Care Session:

This website has a lot of great advice on acne and discusses the 3 step process like I had: acne.org

Makeup and Skincare gurus to follow on YouTube:

Wayne Goss Makeup Artist

Michelle Phan 

Julia Graf

Some of the homemade recipes I discussed and others shared:

Egg White Mask

Aspirin Mask 

Lemon & Sugar Scrub – for face and body(try if you don’t have any active breakouts)

Others were a band-aid Neosporin overnight and a natural peppermint toothpaste.

Remember your face likes to be sterile and doesn’t like anything touching it – I know it’s hard! So keeping towels, sheets, pillow cases and makeup brushes extra clean.


That was the quickest I had ever done a zombie! What a fun challenge!

Products I used were regular every day makeup, washable glue and pantry blood. I used a concealer 3 shades lighter than your skin, shaded in cheeks, temples, under the jaw and parts of the forehead with dark shadow. Shadow colors used were a dark red, blue, brown and black. Also try some green. Crush up shadow and mix with your foundation if you want to be a green or grey zombie. Shading tip: feel your face and refer to a skull picture to know where to shade.

I didn’t get to show you the splatter trick so I’ll like a how-to video below.

Here are some YouTube videos to watch and don’t forget to practice!

Petrilude Zombie  – he uses latex but you can use washable glue stick as well! If you’re not sensitive to latex, my favorite is Ben Nye.

Covering your brows with a glue stick!

Simple Zombie

Splatter Effect

Here is the info for my Dead Set Zombie Kit:

Dead Set

The paint in this kit is a 3 ingredient all natural cream makeup. Also included is the delicious blood you sampled, glue, tissue for skin and the tools you need for application. Available on Etsy for $15!

Feel free to message me anytime with questions. I’m happy to help with any of your skincare and zombie needs! I hope everyone had a wonderful time at Girl Expo 2015.