Ghouls Night Out

Hey pumpkin! It’s almost Halloween! Which means it’s not only time to find a costume for your dogs…er, for yourself, it’s also time to carve pumpkins!  If you’re like me and a lot of my friends you don’t have either the skills or the desire to gut and carve a pumpkin, every year.  Which is how we decided to do a Pumpkin Painting Party, instead!!

This party is super easy to throw together for your family or your friend group, or both!  Start by searching Pinterest for some inspiration.  You can view my board here.  Then stock up on sponge brushes, paper plates and paint from Hobby Lobby; the Anita paint is only .77 cents and works great.  Don’t forget your pumpkin!  No theme night is complete without the food! Here are some Halloween inspired food dishes of varying skill levels, to help take your party to the next level!

Monster Rice Krispies: You can make your own rice krispie treats or you can buy the pre-packaged kind (like my mom did).  Melt bakers chocolate and add food coloring, dip the rice krispies then add edible eyeballs from Hobby Lobby. Chef: Diane Pinckard (mom)

Mummy Brownies: These were so good and tasted delicious! Boxed brownies, icing and edible eyeballs from Hobby Lobby is all it takes to make these boo-tiful treats! Chef: Malinda McCrary

Puking Pumpkin: .75 cent pumpkin from Wal-Mart and carefully arranged guacamole from Aldi, makes this the easiest and cheapest dish to make! Chef: Me

Witches Brew: Lime Jell-0, sprite and pineapple juice (vodka is optional).  To keep your jello based drink liquid, don’t put it in the fridge for too long.  Take it up a notch by adding dry ice! Chef: Brie Gajda

Witches Brooms: Pretzel sticks and Reece’s cups! Taylor used a small pumpkin carving kit knife to make the initial hole, before sticking the pretzel in. Chef: Taylor Tatum

Spider Web Taco Dip: Grab your favorite dip ingredients and use sour cream to make the web, don’t forget the spider ring! Chef: Mary & Chris Anderson

Ashley was gracious enough to host a potentially messy girls night on her deck.  At the end of the night we voted for our favorite pumpkins, aka the HalloQueen and the Pumpkin Princess!  I found fall leaf ornaments at Hobby Lobby to give as prizes.

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I loved seeing the different materials everyone used to create their pumpkins, and how different each of our pumpkins turned out!  We had everything from thumb tacks to vinyl to rhinestones.  So here’s the question: are you a pumpkin carver or a pumpkin painter? Let me know & share your pumpkin pics in the comments!

XOXO,

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Friday Favorites 4/7/2017

Happy Friday, y’all!!  We have a packed weekend planned, so I am so ready for it to get here!  Tonight we are going to dinner with a super old (think elementary school) friend and her husband, since they are visiting the wonderful #YeahTHATGreenville.  Saturday we have a birthday celebration at Dave & Busters.  Then bright and early Sunday morning we are road tripping to St. Petersburg, Florida!  We’ve never been to St. Pete’s so please send me your food and fun recommendations, in the comments!

1.) Favorite New Photo Trend:  Get yourself some friends that don’t question when you do weird things, and are more than happy to be weird in return.  Case in point, friends who go to the same tourist spots and take the same photos.  Can this be a new photo trend? #FriendPhotoCopy  Use that hashtag and tag me on Instagram so I can see all the other weirdo friendships out there!

2.)  Favorite Girlie Drink (That Seems Healthy):  The Pink Drink at Starbucks.  It’s a Strawberry Refresher with Coconut Milk.  It tastes amazing and it looks so pretty!  Plus, there are fresh strawberries in it, so it’s basically a health drink and if you care about your body at all you will go get one, right now.

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3.) Favorite Volunteer Event (Probably of All Time):  Our church put on a free Carnival for Foster Children and their families and it was beyond incredible.  I don’t think I can fully describe how amazing this experience was.  Foster children have very little that actually belongs to them, if you would like to help them out you can go here to find a local donation spot in your area!  One thing we didn’t realize was a need until this event were lice treatment kits.  If reading that sentence made your  head itch, that’s the Holy Spirit telling you to go donate some lice kits to your local donation site. 🙂  You can search the hashtag #ForSC to see other projects our church did across the state of South Carolina.

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4.) Favorite Craft: Ok, so we agreed to help with a craft project that was WAY above our skill level.  Two hours into a 1.5 hour project, we had to call the Master Crafter, Karli, to come walk us through it step by step!  Four hours, twenty burned fingers, two pork chops and way too many frosted cookies later, we officially made 12 Easter flowers!  Here’s the link for the tutorial.  If you are able to easily make these, please feel free to gloat in the comments!

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5.) Favorite Cold Weather Walking Location: I have a great friend, Kati, and our friendship revolves around walking.  Sometimes we eat, but we always walk.  With the weather being crazy this week, we opted to check out the Well Walkers program at The Well, downtown.  The Well is our local arena where the Greenville Swamp Rabbits hockey team play (they are doing fantastic this year). Basically you walk around the inside of the arena, and you don’t have to worry about nasty weather, it’s pretty genius.  They even have days when doctors, dietitians, or mom & me instructors come out.  I’m curious if other cities have similar programs.

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Enjoy your Friday! Go take some #FriendPhotoCopy pics or attempt some crafts that are way above your skill level, and report back!  Don’t forget to hit that subscribe button so you can be the first to know when I have a new post!  Special shout out to Melissa and Brie for being the stars of today’s post!

XOXO,

Sara