Fun and Simple Halloween Party for Kids

Wanting to make a simple and fun Halloween Party? That is what we did the other day! Millie wanted to have a tea party with her favorite dolls so I decided to make it a girly halloween theme! It was so simple to set up. The adorable Ghost plates, napkins and cups were sent to us from Pom Pom Party shop . I had some little bats and skull rings I picked up at the Dollar Store and purple pompoms that I sprinkled around the table.

Halloween Tea Party

I made a fun Halloween inspired charcuterie board. I used Reese’s Pieces, powdered sugar donuts, brownie bites, bat marshmallows from Walmart (there is no Peeps this year- so finding these was fun!), and Halloween Joe Joe’s from Trader Joes. I used a tupperware lid to make the board. It helps having a lip to hold everything on. I tried to do black and white for the Halloween theme on the board and sprinkle in the colored Reese’s Pieces around to fill in the holes. So simple!

We set up her little table in the yard and had our party!! She couldn’t wait to dig into the donuts! Those are her favorite. This was a simple and fun way to brighten our week. It took no time to set up and was adorable. Her sweet Cuddle and Kind Dolls, Zoe and Chloe, had a great time too!

Halloween Tea Party Set Up

This is an easy party you can set up for your little one and their dolls or other friends! Having a girls Halloween party was too sweet!

Halloween Charcuterie Board
Kids Halloween Party

The Best S’mores Cookies Ever

Best S’mores cookies

S’mores…..yum. They are one of my favorites, but I never make them. We don’t have a fire pit, we live in Texas, and a hundred other reasons why. There is something about warm melted chocolate and that toasty marshmallows.

Best S’mores cookies

Since I love s’mores, but never seem to make an actual s’more I decided to make S’mores cookies. I tried a few recipes and made a few of my own. This is the one that tastes the best and cooks the best! Some I made were very runny or didn’t taste enough like s’mores for my liking!

These are very simple to make and they have the basic cookie and s’more’s ingredients. The cookies were fun to make and everyone seemed to enjoy them!

(Preheat oven to 375*)

First cream the butter, sugars, eggs, and vanilla in the mixer. Next slowly add flour, baking soda, salt, and graham cracker crumbs. (Side note- you can buy graham cracker crumbs at the store or make them yourself. I put them in my cuisinart to make the crumbs) Then fold in the Hershey’s bar pieces. This next step is the MOST IMPORTANT. You need to put the dough into the fridge for minimum 60 mins. If you don’t your cookies will be RUNNY. The will NOT bake properly and you will be sad.

Once they are nice and cold spoon cookies onto a baking sheet. I always use parchment paper when I bake. Makes the cookies come off easier and clean up easier too.

Bake the cookies for 7 mins then pull the cookies out and place the marshmallow on top of each cookie. Place back into the oven for 3 minutes. After that they are ready to come out! Let them cool and then they are ready to eat!

The simple S’mores ingredients
Cookie batter!
Hot out of the oven
Gooey and yummy
Cookies by the lake!
Warm out of the oven cookies
Yummy
Cookies

They were delish and we all enjoyed them! Remember to put the dough in the fridge!!!

What is your favorite type of cookie?!

DIY Colorful Pumpkins

Fall…seems like it’s most people’s favorite time of year. I enjoy decorating for all the holidays but it’s not a secret I don’t really like the browns, tans, oranges that are the popular fall colors. I prefer bright and fun colors! There is NO reason that those colors can’t be on all my Halloween and fall decor!

It is hard to find colorful pumpkins so I decided to make my own. It was cheap and simple. I bought pumpkins at the dollar store and the acrylic paint I already had. I didn’t want them ALL the same so I got a few different sizes and shapes for the pumpkins.

There is two steps for the pumpkins. To start you want to wipe down your pumpkins with rubbing alcohol to get any stuff off. This helps the paint go on better. Trust me. I lay down a large plastic table cloth from the dollar store that I can use a few times for crafts then throw away.

For painting the pumpkins I found that acrylic paint works best. I did it with another paint first on a couple and they didn’t turn out as well. You will need to paint two coats on the pumpkins. That’s it! That’s all you do! Wipe with alcohol then paint! So simple.

You could use any colors you wanted – even if you didn’t want brighter colors. I am going to do larger pumpkins this year! Do you like fall colors or do you prefer brighter?

Simple Sensory Bin

Millie is an active little girl! She likes to be ‘doing’. She loves sensory bin activities so I thought about adding a second layer of fun too with making her move around. I made a simple sensory bin with dried beans and alphabet letters from our alphabet puzzle. I put the bin on the floor in the corner and I put the puzzle part on the table with a step stool to get up.

Millie had a blast running to the bin, finding a letter, climbing up the step, finding where the letter went, jumping off the stool and doing it all again. I added an ABC print out too and she liked to match the letter on there and in the puzzle as well!

This was such a simple sensory activity. It works on fine and gross motor. Kids learn with their whole body while little and this is perfect for that. You can do it with other puzzles too!

Blueberry Spritzer Cocktail

I love making cocktails. I love trying new things, new recipes, classic recipes, and making things up too! This one is so simple. You can use whatever liquor you want. I prefer bourbon or whiskey. But I think it would be really good with vodka too!

I used 1-2oz of liquor, 2-3 oz of blueberry juice then I topped it off with sparkling water! I had fresh peaches so that is what I garnished it with! I think trying it with raspberries would be so good too!

What is your favorite type of liquor for your cocktails?