A very spooky Halloween.

Happy (early) Halloween, my friends! Adrian and I hosted what may become our annual Halloween get-together last night. We hosted this last year and had such a good time with it, we decided to do it again this year...but with a twist! My pre-marriage roommate, Jenny, and her now-husband Ben both celebrated birthdays this month. With Jenny working and in grad school and interning, a birthday party just wasn't happening. She had mentioned one day how she had been wanting to get our friends together to carve pumpkins and hang out but she didn't have the time or energy to do.

So we did it for her!

This was the main food table set up in the kitchen. With the lights out, it was oh-so-spooky. If you've been holding your breath for the full Spooky banner reveal, exhale cause here it is. 
I stacked the cupcakes and the Happy Halloween Sign (also seen previously on the blog) on Harry Potter books. Thank you Halloween for providing a justification for displaying Harry Potter books.
Note: take photos before gathering begins. You know, before you just start tossing CVS bags around.

These adorable little banners came from Michaels. 
We saved two cupcakes with candles to sing Happy Birthday and make a wish on.

 
I made these labels on my computer, printed them and stuck them on the cups. 
With the black straws and Halloween umbrellas, the drinks looked positively festive.

In the hutch, Adrian set up the Trick or Treat station because I don't care how old you are, 
you are never too old for trick-or-treating
(Lyd, my mom, did not allow us to trick or treat past age 12. Rebellion is mine!)
The station included lots of candy, vampire teeth, Halloween themed hand sanitizer (weird, I know! but too adorable to pass up. Plus, who likes germs??), and squeeze-out-your-stress monsters.
These were the bags available for people to trick-or-treat with. I bought little (3"x6") paper bags at Michaels and sent them through my printer. They turned out better than I had even imagined. 
I will be doing this for every event from here on it. It was that amazing.
 Now this I cannot take credit for. I originally saw it on good old pinterest, but I just didn't have the time to tackle it with everything else. In a pre-festivity e-mail, I sent out the link and jokingly requested that anyone with free time should probably make these. Crickets. Yesterday afternoon, my creative and talented friend Jen sent me a text to see if anyone had already offered to make it. Obviously they hadn't. So she did. And it was amazing! 
I can't imagine how much time it took her to carve the little faces, oh but the end product? Phenomenal.
So thank you, Jen! 

And lastly, a shot of my decorated dresser in the living room. Super spooky, right?

We spent the evening catching up with people, laughing and just enjoying everyone's company. 
We even rolled up the carpet, laid down a plastic table cover and 
carved pumpkins in the middle of the living room floor. 
It was wonderful.

Happy Halloween! 

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