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  • Halloween Hospitality -- Welcoming the Trick-or Treaters

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    If you are looking forward to welcoming trick-or-treaters to your home this Halloween, then this post is for you! You'll want to be sure that your home, mainly you porch and walkway, are ready for all the little ghosts, goblins, superheros, princess, and more that will be headed your way. Today we will examine some of the dos and don'ts that will keep everyone safe, so that you all will enjoy this fun holiday.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Turn Your Porch Light On

    On Halloween night you'll want to keep your porch light on if you want to have trick-or-treaters come to your door. It's a common rule for trick-or-treating that folks should never go to a house with the poach lights off. There are a few reasons for this but the BIG one is safety. Keep your light on so trick-or-treaters know that you are giving out treats and having your light on also lights a path so that no one has to fumble around in the dark and potentially hurt themselves.

     

    Clear a Path

    Having festive and spooky decorations is a huge part of the fun on Halloween but you'll want to make sure that everything is out of the way so none of the little trick-or-treaters, or their parents, trip over your pumpkins or Halloween decor. Using candles in pumpkins has always been a popular way of lighting up jack-o-lanterns, but there are some pretty awesome lights that you can stick in them now. They are very expensive and you can use them year after year, plus you don't have to worry about someone's cap or loose clothing getting caught in a flame.

     

    Give out Commercially Packaged Goodies

    I love making and receiving Halloween treats as much as anyone, but if you hand them out to trick-or-treaters, chances are  pretty good that they will get thrown out -- unless the trick-or-treaters know you well. As delicious as they might be most parents don't feel comfortable letting their little ones eat homemade food from folks they don't know. You don't even have to give out candy if you don't want to. There are prepackaged crackers, fruit, chips and more that you can hand out. Some people hand out gift certificates, toys or toothbrushes as well.

     

    Keep Your Pets Indoors

    Halloween can sometimes spook our pets. Having strangers come to the door wearing costumes can cause even the most even tempered pet concern. You don't want them to get hurt, or to hurt someone else, so keeping them in one of their favorite rooms until you're done handing out treats can make them feel much safer and happy.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Oscar Party ~ Last-Minute Red Carpet Ideas

    Tomorrow is a big red carpet night for Hollywood -- and for anyone who loves movies and celebrities. If you have been thinking about hosting an Oscar Party but you just aren't quite sure how to put it all together quickly, we have some tips that you might be interested in. Whether you are thinking about inviting a few friends over, or just spending the evening in with your family, we have some great tips that can help you throw an Oscar party together quickly and successfully!!! We've searched the web and found some simple Oscar DIY  ideas that can help to make your party fun and festive.

     

     

     

     1. Dress the Part!

    First of all, you'll want to pick out your prettiest party dress or snappiest suit and put it on. Don't rush out and buy anything just grab what you have -- and call it good. Do you have a tiara laying around? Great! How about a feather boa? Perfect! Do you have a top hat left over from last year's Halloween costume or a black tie affair? Fabulous! Get creative have fun and get dresses up and wear every piece of jewelry you own.

     

     

     

    2. Food is Essential

     

    Of course, what Oscar Party would be compete without yummy food. You can get as fancy or keep it as simple as your like. A great site to visit with some award-winning favorites is Delish.com. The one I thought looked absolutely scrumptious were the Mini- Black Bottom Cheesecakes -- yummy!!! Oh, and don't forget the popcorn...

     

    3. Roll out the Red Carpet

     

    You don't have to have carpet (and no one actually has to walk on it) but using some red butcher paper or getting some red fabric to lay out can work just fine. Of course, you can always order a red carpet but you don't have time for that this year. However, if you want to get a head start on next year's Oscar party, you'll have plenty of time!

     

     

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    4. DIY Red Carpet Backdrop

     

    What Red Carpet event would be complete without a backdrop for all those glam photos? Oscar night is all about seeing and being seen right? We have all gazed at those infamous photos of the celebs at awards shows, pausing and posing, in front of those simple and recognizable backdrops. You can create one for yourself using anything, felt, butcher paper, cardboard, etc. Get creative, have fun and if you have a little bit of time - or are exceptionally crafty - here are a are a few tips for a slightly fancy version of the backdrop.  You can also order these backdrops online. They are a little spendy but if you plan on hosting these parties in the future it could be well worth the investment.

     

    From all of us at Charming Chick, have a wonderful night at the Oscars!!!!!

     

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