Happy Halloween!

img_7057I’m not going to lie – I will be glad when Halloween is finished. It’s an insanely busy time of year for us – we have workshop after workshop followed by a haunted house. Wishing Halloween over just brings Christmas faster and I know, that on Tuesday morning when I wake up, Christmas will have barfed inside every store window. I kind of like the idea of a small break between the two – I feel like the Americans get this with having Thanksgiving in November, but us Canadians we just dive right into the holiday spirit. I’m ready for hibernation from the holidays for just a wee bit. Guess I’m out of luck, given that I run a “seasonal” business! On that note, Happy Halloween!!!! Hope it’s a fun, safe evening for all!

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Tips for hosting a Halloween Parties!

img_6965Maybe, you’ve decided to host a last minute Halloween Party – cause either you like a challenge or you’re just plain crazy. On the topic of last minute decision making, if you’ve forgotten it’s Halloween altogether, check out our collaborative post on Rebel Mama for quick and easy costume ideas! We’ve hosted quite a few halloween events this past month, with our biggest yet to come, here are our tips:

  • Have a plan – or a schedule and keep on top of it, bored children pumped fill of sugar are a terrible combination.
  • pick a couple halloween games the kids can play (Anna Luther from myLifeandKids has soooooo many great ones)
  • have an easy (non-messy) craft, the dollar store sells great halloween foamies (which come with stickers) so no need to worry about glue. You could pre-cut orange pumpkins and have the kids decorate them. If you’re throwing a party for older kids and don’t mind a little mess – check out HGTV for a whole gallery of ideas.
  • Cookie decorating is a great activity for halloween but does come along with lots of mess – so use your discretion. For little hands, I recommend keeping the icing in bowls and giving them spatulas to spread it with. For medium size hands, you can fill squeeze bottles with icing and for the bigger hands go all out with icing bags.
  • Don’t go crazy, keep it simple (as long as you’ve got candy most kids are happy with that).

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Shopkins Party!

IMG_6934.jpgTo be honest, I had never heard of shopkins until recently (I have a 4 year old boy, ask me anything about superheroes and ninja turtles – I’ve got all the answers). Now that I’m a veteran in the world of shopkins I think it’s safe to say if I was a little girl today I would be all over this craze. At first I didn’t quite get it, now that I’ve thrown a shopkins birthday, I most certainly understand the obsession with these little, adorable toys.

If you’re throwing a shopkins birthday, here are three helpful tips.

  1. All you need is pink and purple decorations, then visit Party City or your local dollar store to add some shopkins bling.
  2. Making necklaces/bracelets are the perfect craft, use big wooden beads if you’re hosting a party for wee little hands as they’re easier to manipulate.img_6945img_7578
  3. If you want to throw in a baking activity and don’t want the mess, you could buy chocolate chip cookies, get some candy googly eyes and make kooky cookie! We made ours out of fondant (also an option). img_7571img_7573img_6932img_7574