here is some trick or treating action... oscar is trying to get in his pocket, danielle is talking, aaron is falling asleep, oscar made friends with raggedy ann, lane is just a handsome little fellow isnt he? and raggedy ann is pick or treating. that about wraps up the evening!
so about those chocolate spiders... i took them to the meeting today and they were a big hit. who knew something that cheap and easy would get such a good reaction? next year i think i'll do some with white chocolate and mini chocolate chip eyes to make mummies. i'd also like to try marta's ghouls. and did you see these on a cup of jo?? they look so yummy! and after making this marbled pumpkin cheesecake (still chilling in the fridge), i have a bit of leftover pumpkin AND gingersnaps.
here are our pumpkins.. mine, oscar & nana's, and jeremy's. i was going to carve oscar's for him, but we thought it would be fun for nana to carve with us. mine is pretty boring, but i was more interested in not burning the pumpkin seeds this year. i promise to be more creative next year.
all lit up. i sprinkle pumpkin pie spices on the lids so they smell extra yummy when the candle is burning, like mom does.
jeremy did an awesome job... i think he wins best pumpkin this year
and i think these are the best pumpkin seeds i've ever made. i used this recipe and followed some of the suggestions that other people made. i ended up using something along these lines:
2 tablespoons margarine, melted
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 cup Worcestershire sauce
pumpkin seeds from 3 pumpkins
they're tasty tasty. it's fine with me that i'm the only pumpkin seed fan in the house.
i stayed up late to make this recipe. i plan to take these chocolate spiders with me to my breastfeeding meeting on friday. i'm not sure that they're all that fantastic, but they were cheap and easy. plus, i already had leftover red frosting i could use for the eyes! i'll take a picture at some point if i get a chance.
resting his balloon making fingers.
oopsie with the birthday boy.
the makeup was a first attempt at clown grease paint makeup for me. i was so happy with the outcome of my eyes and mouth that i almost forgot the red nose! i did both of our faces and by the time we finished we had to run around like mad to get dressed and get to the party on time. when we got home there were clothes everywhere and baby powder all over the bathroom.
a lot of oopsie's clothes were almost straight off the rack. a few buttons here, some elastic there, a bow tie.. tada! we found his hat in the bin and glued a belt around it. he also has suspenders made of miss-match belts, but they dont show much in these pictures. and of course he has his balloon apron for holding all of his ballooning accessories. a pocket for his pump, two pockets for balloons and one pocket for little toys to give to the kids. he sure is a handsome clown!
whoopsie's costume required a bit more construction. the hat was made and the wig made out of yarn was attached to the inside. the shirt was made of various other articles of clothing. the pink polka dot skirt was made, along with part of the fluffy under layers. the red ruffly skirt was in the clown loot and only needed the waistband removed and some elastic (it was for a small girl). my bloomers were made out of a costume dress of belle from beauty and the beast with some trim around the legs. i also added some ruffles to a pair of socks. then i made some flowers and sewed them on top.
we had so much fun that we've been talking about doing some clowning for other events. jeremy's mom already requested us to come to her sunday school class. i was surprised by how much fun jeremy had and how quickly he agreed to do it again.
we had some yummy circus foods for the party. hot dogs, nachos, circus peanuts, popcorn and fruit with fruit dip. danielle made the fruit tray into a clown's face.
and of course we need a picture of the birthday boy enjoying his cake! he thought it was delicious.
in these photos we have the big top streamers, the 'happy first birthday aaron' sign, a bit of bunting. i usually spend hours and hours cutting letters and gluing and whatnot for birthday signs, but decided to just print this one. i'm sure it could have been cuter, but not faster. we had hoped to do some sort of fabric for the tent, but streamers were a lot cheaper.
all i did for this one was find the plastic popcorn box at target and add ribbons. danielle used part of the tablecloth (which was way too big for the table) and covered the front of the microwave cart. she cut out the one from some red sticker paper. the tablecloth and plates/napkins/cups/stuff was all found at super discount prices at hudson's. we <3 class="blsp-spelling-error" id="SPELLING_ERROR_6">hudson's.
i made a clown out of construction paper to go next to the door. it was up in my apartment for awhile before the party until oscar and aaron ripped it down. the damage wasnt too noticeable.. and there is the pin the nose on the clown. the magnets i glued on the noses werent strong enough, so the night before i had to glue more magnets on. i need to get those back, all my stuff is falling off my fridge!
side note - i thought it was funny that i was reading this post while writing this. another child's birthday party sunday with help from another sister-in-law also named melissa. maybe melissa and i are party planning soul mates?
oscar still loves the phones.. and still calls them congs (long o sound) sometimes he'll say 'fff fff fff cong!'
i'm almost finished with the pin the nose on the clown game. i'm a big fan of pin the something on the something else games. they're easy to make and usually lots of fun. i even whipped up an impromptu pin the butterfly on the flower game for danielle's birthday. i've also done pin the pants on spongebob and pin the wheel on the tractor for a couple of lane's birthday parties. the doors here at the apartments are magnetic, so i can just glue a magnet on the back of each nose and i'll be done.
pin the wheel on the tractor
pin the pants on spongebob
i found this memory game when i was looking for stickers to print out for the invitations. we thought it would be cute in the favor boxes for the kids. i cut out the cards and folded up the instructions and tied them together with some jute twine. i'm a big fan of the jute twine. possibly because i'm cheap.
robyn posted about her wreath refurbishing the very same day i went and bought a few things to refurbish my own wreath. mine only cost me $4 and about 20 minutes, but i'd rather have the one robyn made. if i didnt live so far away i'd sneak over to her house in the middle of the night and trade with her.
after fun fun fun at the playground we walked back to the campsite for lunch. we made some pizza hobo pies with pepperoni and/or canadian bacon (or as we call it - ham). for some reason we had stressed over the fact that we didnt have a grill brush to clean the grill with. we even stood in the grilling aisle at walmart and tried to decide which one do buy. a place to set our hot hobo pie irons was the only thing we actually used the grill for, but we'll have a grill brush for next time.
after lunch, we headed to the beach for a little dip in the lake. we didnt stay long and i didnt get any pictures...
we made pizza hobo pies again for dinner and then afterwards we made banana smiles. normally we would have waited until it was dark, but we wanted to make them while oscar was still awake.
we usually use peanut butter in our banana smiles, but thought the peanut butter cups would kill two birds AND be easier than spreading peanut butter in a banana. they were extra yummy. here is my banana smile assembly.
jeremy making his banana smile masterpiece...
oscar's banana is peanut butterless)
oscar pooping EVERYWHERE and more cleanup, we turned in early. it was a perfect camping trip!