October 30, 2014

Halloween around the Huttons

Just a few snapshots of our home this spooky season. 

A few tombstones, mums and card stock bats, which the neighborhood loved (so did we!).

Mantel 2014
looks so much better lit up at night, but you get the idea.

Lanterns in the boys playroom.

Dollar store finds are the best. Candy corn, candles and place mats.  Spiderweb bowls hold a stack of cards for our Fall birthday boys.

Candy Corn-O-Lantern pillow from Big Lots.

Close-ups of the mantel.

Some decorations collected through the years and a spooky uncle.

...a perched crow in a jungle of houseplants.
(should've edited my pics, these don't do justice)

Dining room decor.


More playroom.

I wish I had more shots, especially of the outdoors, but a nor'Easter 2 weeks ago blew a lot away.

Here's Brennan and the neighbors at a trick-or-treat at the local high school.

Again, this dip was ridiculously good!

A couple of shots from our neighbors Halloween party.  So fun.  The decor in and outside their home was amazing and spooky.  

I think I started Halloween too early this year, because I am over it!  Time to put away the creepy and refine my Fall style.  So...

On to the next!

And by refine I mean decorate with a cardboard turkey with assfan.

Thanks for visiting!

October 27, 2014

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip {recipe swap}

Pumpkin season is here.  It's flavoring everything from coffee to pasta.  This is my first time using pumpkin in a recipe and it was amazing!

{As are our lanterns in the playroom}

Simple ingredients.  You will have most of them on hand.

I found this recipe on Pinterest via Shugary Sweets.

It was different and delicious.  A huge hit with kids and adults.  Find the recipe here and try it!

Thanks for visiting!

October 8, 2014

The boys 5 + 10 {birthday party 2014}

This will probably be the last time we merge their birthday parties.  And, if that's the case, we hit it out of the park!

As far as the boys knew, they could invite a group of their closest friends from school and sports to come hang out at our house; eat, play, etc...  What they didn't know, is that the Game Truck was going to roll up about 45 minutes into the party and surprise everyone!

Judging by the faces, they had a HORRIBLE time...

We set up a tailgate tent in the front yard, complete with race day flags, referee runners, buckets of Twizzlers and penalty flag-draped lollipops.  Beach chairs, folding chairs, Cornhole, frisbee and a bounce house added to the tailgate experience.  We had coolers loaded with root beer, orange soda, lots of water and a drink dispenser with peach tea (and of course Red Solo Cups!).  The menu included the following:

Philly Pretzel Factory Rivets with Cheese and Chocolate dips
Chicken and Waffle Bites w/Maple Syrup
Mini Crescent-Wrapped Hot Dogs
White Castle Sliders hold everything except the Cheese
Popcorn, Chips, Veggie Straws

I also had a craft table for the few girls that were in attendance.  Sun catcher painting kits from Oriental Trading.  The craft table was slow at first, but the girls, and some moms, were getting creative after awhile...

The guys from Game Truck Princeton made the experience amazing for all in attendance.  We had boys and girls from 3-12ish and they found games for all of them.  

The living room pre-party...

and post-party...

Ref-themed gift bags were given to the children.  Again, Oriental Trading is vital when planning a party like this, I can't say enough.

I also set up a parents game day experience indoors, while the kids were playing the parents enjoyed the following:

Chili Bar with Shredded Cheese, Sour Cream and Hot Peppers
Deli Dip with Italian Bread
Mini Crescent-Wrapped Hot Dogs
Queso Dip and Chips
Hot Popcorn
Wine, Beer, Soda and Water
A Game on the TV and the smiles on their kids faces!

My photos are so sporadic, it was so hectic; I wish I got more.  What I won't forget is the look on the boys faces when the truck came and the elation that carried them through the following days.  I love my boys so much and nothing is so satisfying as providing them with a great time!

Thanks for visiting!

Halloween home tour coming soon!