Halloween has finally arrived! Are you still in need of a last minute snack recipe for the kids' classroom parties, tonight's Halloween get-together, or even just a quick munchie aside from all of the candy bars that are piling up today? No worries - we have you covered! This week's edition of Friday's Fabulous Finds is dedicated to festive Halloween snacks that can be made in minutes with little effort on your end. Enjoy and have a very Happy Halloween!
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Little Frankies Snack. Grapes and a Jumbo marshmallow cut in half. That simple!
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Take the label off your two liter bottle of Fanta and give it a jack-o-lantern look. Great for Halloween parties!
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Halloween Ghost String Cheese. SO EASY!
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Witches brooms - super quick recipe with just two ingredients; peanut butter cups and pretzel sticks!
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Transform black olives into creepy crawly spiders on your deviled eggs!
 
 
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Inspirational Photo: restorationhardware.com. 1,2,5: joann.com, 3-4: walmart.com, 6: target.com
Has yesterday's collection of marquee light decor ideas got you thinking of a new project? Well, as promised, here are the steps for making your very own set of marquee letters.
1. Lay each letter flat on your work surface and carefully cut along the edges of the top surface of each letter with your craft knife. Remove and discard the top surface piece of each letter. The letters should still have their sides and bottom surfaces intact.  

2. Determine your desired spacing for the lights and mark each light bulb location on the bottom surface of each letter with a pencil.
     Tip: Use a ruler to achieve accurate spacing.

3. Using a drill bit slightly smaller than the base of the light bulbs, drill a hole into each pencil mark. A smaller hole will ensure a snug fit.

4. Now it is time to spray paint your letters. Use as many coats as necessary to achieve your desired look. Move on to the next step once your letters are completely dry.

5. Detach each bulb from the string and begin fitting the bulbs into the designated holes in your letters. Re-attach the string to the light bulbs and your marquee light letters are ready to be plugged in to your electrical outlet!
 
 
Marquee lights aren't just for cinema posters and Broadway signage anymore! There are more and more popping up in our homes and special events every day. Here is a collection of ideas that may inspire you to add marquee lights into your decor projects. Stay tuned tomorrow for a DIY tutorial on how to make your very own marquee light letters!
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This anchor makes a wonderful decor piece for a beach or seaside themed room or outdoor patio. (anthropologie.com)
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I love the idea of displaying the age in marquee letters for a child's birthday party! (newlywoodwards.com)
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This not only makes great wall decor but also a useful nightlight in the kids' bedrooms! (MasterWorks888.Etsy.com)
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Highlight an event sign with marquee lights. (stevecowellphoto.com)
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A marquee heart makes for a great bridal photo prop as well as warm wall decor for the home! (jbmweddings.com)
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Bring all attention to the cake! You can use a number in lieu of the letter if you prefer. (rutheileenphotography.com)
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Incorporate them into your holiday decor! (tatertotsandjello.com)
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Use marquee words to highlight a station like the bar or a sweet table at your next party. (anetamak.com)
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Use the initials for the guest(s) of honor for an awesome photo backdrop! (vowedandamazed.co.uk)
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Use heartfelt words for a romantic photo backdrop! (stephanierosephotography.com)
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Show some love for your home state with this marquee wall decor! (nordstrom.com)
 
 
Garters don't seem to get too much attention during the wedding planning process these days. But, they really are a good bridal accessory to have even if you choose to nix the garter toss tradition. They are great for photo ops as well as a memorable keepsake after the big day. Here are 6 inventive garters that go beyond the traditional lace and satin for a unique wedding day look. 
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This pom-pom garter is the perfect fit for a Bohemian wedding! (ee-photography.com)
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Have the bride's new surname stamped into the garter for a memorable keepsake. (BrilliantBride.Etsy.com)
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The big bow and accompanying feathers make for such a charming garter. (Joliejye.Etsy.com)
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This garter is 100% bling! Love the vintage draping look. (LaGartierGarters.Etsy.com)
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Dress up a simple lace garter with a fabric flower, brooch, or other decorative applique. (TheBloomingFigTree.Etsy.com)
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The lace, ribbon, and buckle detail make this flask garter look so elegant! (MoonshineBelle.Etsy.com)
 
 
I didn't want to keep you waiting too long for the recipe behind the Caramel Kiss Cider that was featured in my Halloween Pumpkin Carving Party post. So, here it is!
INGREDIENTS
  1. 2-3 tsp McCormick Cinnamon Sugar
  2. 1 Caramel Candy Garnish
  3. 6oz Apple Cider
  4. 2oz Smirnoff Kissed Caramel Vodka

RECIPE
  1. Pour cinnamon sugar in even layer on a plate slightly larger than your glass.
  2. Use a wet paper towel to moisten the rim of the glass and then twist the rim face down on the plate continuously until the rim is covered evenly in cinnamon sugar. 
  3. Use a knife to carefully cut a slit halfway into the caramel candy and fit the caramel onto the rim of the glass.
  4. Combine cider and vodka in a shaker and mix well. 
  5. Strain into glass and serve. 
 
 
Carving pumpkins for Halloween is annual tradition for many families including my own. Why not make a special event surrounding this classic pastime? Invite your friends and neighbors for some drinks, snacks, and chatter while you all carve pumpkins together! I designed a festive tablescape this weekend complete with everything you need to host the perfect Pumpkin Carving Party! Check out all of the details below.
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Create a designated station packed with all of the necessities for a Halloween pumpkin carving party!
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Design a festive sign that invites your guests to help themselves to the goodies on your beautifully designed table.
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These Caramel Kiss Ciders are spiked with delicious caramel flavored vodka. I will post the recipe soon for this Fall favorite so you can have it as a go-to entertaining cocktail this season!
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Everyone will appreciate a little snack such as cookies or popcorn while they are sipping cocktails and carving their masterpieces.
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Don't forget the carving tools and fill the empty spaces with decor items like pumpkins, candles, spiders, and such.
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Guests always feel special when they leave with a thank-you favor. You can choose to offer treats or a non-edible item like individual trick-or-treat bags for the kids!
 
 
Wow, is it Friday already? This week has definitely sped by lightning fast. Looking forward to a enjoyable and relaxing weekend and wishing the same for you too! I think I might just carve out some time to give those cotton candy mousse cups a try.
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For all of you oyster lovers out there! A self- serve bar!
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Did you think that pumpkins are your only Halloween carving option?!
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Such extravagant embellishments in this black and gold Victorian cake!
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Love the concept of flower petals in the background of a glass or acrylic menu.
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This cotton candy mousse is true heaven!
 
 
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Inspirational Photo: studioimpressions.com.au 1-3: michaels.com
I was admiring different tablescapes on Pinterest this morning and stumbled upon this breathtaking floral dome centerpiece. This inspiring floral decor idea is definitely something I have to share with you as you can design it yourself using just 3 materials from your local craft store!  If you are only able to find a glass dome without a knob, visit your local hardware store to choose a cabinet knob that you can superglue to your dome. 

1. Carefully trim the brick so it fits inside the glass dome vertically with a few inches of space in-between for the flowers to rest. 
     Tip: Use cylinder shaped foam so the rounded edges are easier to work with when applying the flowers.  

2. If you are not using fresh flowers, skip this step. If you plan on using fresh flowers, submerge the brick into a bucket of water until it is soft and water leaks out under a gentle touch. 
     Tip: Add a drop or two of bleach to the water to help keep the bacteria to a minimum.

3. Remove the thorns and leaves from each flower stem. Trim each stem diagonally to the appropriate length leaving about an inch to be inserted into the foam. 
     Tip: Weaker stems may require floral picks or wire to be attached.

4. After you have planned out your desired design, carefully insert each stem one by one into the foam brick until the brick itself is no longer visible. Periodically cover the design with the glass dome to ensure that everything is fitting proportionally and adjust as necessary. 

5. Cover your floral design with the glass dome and it is ready to display! 
 
 
If you are looking for a fun or maybe an easier alternative to carving pumpkins this year, try one of these 7 different methods to decorate. You will be surprised at just how many creative ways there are to style up a pumpkin!
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Love the use of gold doilies here. Try experimenting with different colors for varied looks. (17apart.com)
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Use sharpie markers to draw different designs like these adorable owls! (lilblueboo.com)
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These black lace veiled pumpkins give off a spooktacular sense of elegance! (Quentin Bacon via countryliving.com)
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It can't get any more simple than studded and rhinestone appliqued pumpkins! (smallshopstudio.com)
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I love the idea of gluing festive buttons to the pumpkin and topping it off with a big fabric bow. (mom4real.com)
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Fall pumpkins don't have to be spooky or of the black/orange combination. Take this seaside themed pumpkin for example! (craftsbycourtney.com)
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Here is a fun embellishment idea. Craft cardstock into small flower buds and glue to the pumpkin in a flowing arrangement. (babylovingmama.com)
 
 
Halloween is fast approaching, so this week we honor the holiday with 5 festive pins that appeal to the taste buds. I really want to give those spider cookies a try. They are so simple to make! Which one(s) will you make this year?
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The kids will love this after a long night trick-or-treating!
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Spider Infested Chocolate Chip Cookies - so easy!
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These Jack O Lantern Stuffed peppers double as a centerpiece and a yummy party dip!
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These Halloween character fruit kabob treats are a healthy snack amidst all of the candy!
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Candy corn push-up pops; probably a better idea for those of us who live in warmer climates!