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Inspiration and DIY Ideas - October 2014

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Trick or Treat Bags
October 17, 2014





The next two weeks will be full of Halloween parties and trick-or-treating. Don't get caught empty handed. Take a few minutes this Halloween season to put together something a little extra special for the little ones in your life. These treat bags are a lot of fun to do with little helpers. They can help with deciding what to put in them as well as help with putting them together.

What you need: Head on over to Just Artifacts to get your paper treat bags. They are the perfect size for stuffing with treats and goodies and come in festive colors. Also grab some washi tape and baker's twine to close up the bags.



What to put in the bags: Make every mom and dad happy by not just putting treats in the bag. Throw in some spider rings and plastic bracelets to get the kids' minds off sugar for at least thirty seconds. Just don't forget some sweet treats too because it is Halloween after all.



Close up the goodies: There are two simple ways to close up the bags. The first method is really easy you just fold over the top and use some washi tape to seal the bag closed. The second method requires a whole punch and some baker's twine. Fold over the top of the bag and punch two holes across the top. Use the baker's twine through the two holes and tie a bow or knot to keep it closed. The reason I did both methods was so that I had one bag that was toddler ready and one for the big kids. I put gum and hard candies in the bags with the string so that I could pass those out to older kids.



These trick or treat bags are great to take to classroom parties, play dates with your friends, pass out as party favors at your own Halloween party, or pass out to trick or treaters on Halloween. Other ideas to make these bags extra special can include personalized notes, include little projects for kids, or add a fun Halloween printable to the front.



Be sure to check out our witch's hat cupcake toppers, our photo booth backdrop, and our Halloween paper lanterns to complete your Halloween season!!




Witch's Hat Cupcakes
October 10, 2014



Now that Halloween is just around the corner with parties to throw and treats to deliver we have a fun tutorial just for you! With some paper straws and washi tape the possibilities for DIY cupcake toppers are endless! Just Artifact's cupcake wrappers add the perfect finishing touch to showing off your delicious cupcakes.



In addition to the festive orange and black paper straws, washi tape, and cupcake wrappers all you need is some card stock paper in your favorite witch hat colors. We chose green and black. (You will also need some cupcakes, but that should go without saying).

To make the cupcake toppers you will want to cut the paper straws in half. This way they will be the perfect height for decorating your treats.



Next you will want to cut out triangles for the number of cupcakes you are making. I did half green and half black for a dozen cupcakes. Adding other colors would be fun too.



Now comes the fun part. This is actually so easy that your five year old can probably help you (although it will take longer). Put a strip of tape along the bottom edge of your triangle. Make the tape long enough so it sticks out at the ends and then you can fold it over. Get a shorter strip of tape and use it to tape the back of the straw onto the hat. And you're done! Isn't that easy?!? Now just pop those witch hats into your cupcakes and throw those wrappers around the bottom and you are good to go! (Hint: if you are using a standard cupcake baking sheet and prefer a tighter fit on the cupcakes, just trim off the bottom of the cupcake wrapper along the curve to shorten them up a bit.)



Some other suggestions for easy cupcake toppers include pumpkins, witch's brooms, ghosts, candy corn cutouts, bats and owls. If you're making a lot of cupcakes then just do all of them! This is a great activity to do with your kids or your friends or while watching your favorite show.






Black and White Party
October 3, 2014





Having a party is a great way to bring friends together for a certain reason. Let's be honest though, sometimes you don't want a certain reason to bring your friends together. Having a black and white theme for your next party is the ticket for easy, yet classy, decorations. Black and white catches the eye and lets your treats (such as these cupcakes) take center stage.



I made these fun labels for the food and drinks. I took plain black paper and cut it about 3" x 7" and folded it. Then I cut the white paper to fit nicely on the front. I used washi tape to secure it in place (no glue necessary!). I tried to make the labels fun. I had "Kelli's Cupcakes" because Kelli brought the cupcakes. I had "Rabbit Food" for the veggies. "Thirst Quenchers" for the drinks, and "Pop~Kettle~Corn" for the popcorn.



I filled some snack cups up with candy corn for an easy to grab sweet treat. Snack cups are the perfect size for any bite size treat like candy or nuts.



I chose to fill some party paper cups with popcorn for another easy to grab option. I wanted all the treats to be finger food that didn't need utensils. Sometimes popcorn can get messy so putting the popcorn in cups was the perfect solution.



I realize that I didn't post any pictures of the drinks, but we did have drinks available. We had an Italian soda bar with a selection of syrup flavors. We also had some cola drinks and the mixes of syrup with the cola drinks were getting creative. We, of course, had our paper straws available. We finished off the treat table with paper plates and party napkins.

Having a black and white theme can go with any type of party you are having. It's even a great base for adding accent colors with it. If you're doing a baby shower for a little girl you can add bows to the decor and for a boy you can add bugs. If it's for a bridal shower you can add a "his and hers" theme to it. It's also perfect for Halloween (add some orange), New Year's Eve (add some gold sparkles), or Easter (add some bunnies). The possibilities with black and white party decorations are endless so have fun with it! Be sure to head on over to Just Artifacts for all your black and white party needs!



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