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Sunday
Oct272013

Halloween Tricks, Treats, and Tips!!

Halloween is this week and kicks off one of the best times of the year - holiday season!! Here are a few simple yet impressive ways to treat (or trick!) guests in your home this Halloween:

DIY Tabletop Decor
If you plan on hosting any Halloween parties, a well-decorated holiday table is a must!!       


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Here's a cute do-it-yourself project using some of my favorite candy! Use a paper towel roll in the middle of a tall column vase and then fill the outer ring with candy corn and pumpkins to your liking. Spray paint a few branches (that you can pick up from your local craft store or even your front yard!) black and insert into the center of the paper towel roll. Ta-da!! A creative centerpiece.       

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Martha Stewart shares this great idea for place cards if you are serving a festive dinner!! Using black crepe paper, wooden skewers or toothpicks, and tags to write names on, you can recreate these pumpkin-bat creations for your own table!!  

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This is an easy one your kids would like to do -- bringing terror to a tablescape with this creepy flower arrangement!!

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Another fun DIY centerpiece with candy!! All you need is a little hot glue and a Styrofoam ball painted black.                               

Perfect Pumpkins
I shared some unique decorating ideas for your pumpkins last year in my Halloween blog post, but I keep discovering new and great ways to decorate them! This year's crop is below. For many of them, if you click the link to their source you can find a helpful DIY tutorial!!             

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Treats & Sweets 
Let's be honest - everyone looks forward to Halloween so they can indulge in all the candy they want! And we all know calories don't count that night... But if you're looking for something a bit more healthy to serve, these made of apples, marshmallows and peanut butter would be fun to make and eat.

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For more traditional Halloween sweets, these festive goodies below make my mouth water! Click on the sources to view the recipes.               

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Helpful Halloween Tip!

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I'll leave you with a great new tip I learned from browsing Pinterest (click here to see my boards)! If you plan to put out your pumpkins early this season, wash them in a mixture of bleach and water first. This should clean the pumpkins of all dirt and other residue that can cause them to rot quickly. 

We are branching out at the Segreto Boutique! 

Finally, I found a unique line of gifts for men and right in our backyard!! The sons of one of my clients developed Paris Texas, a fun menswear line, and we are so excited to be carrying their array of ties!! Love the oil rigs, Texas flag, fish, "Come and Take It" and armadillo patterns!!

We are so excited to be carrying Mela & Roam's line of baby clothes and blankets. The first set of pictures above are traditional Indian summer blankets called Dohars. Made from three layers of pure, super soft cotton, their weight lies somewhere between a sheet and a blanket the perfect baby gift!! All of their hand loomed products wash well and are so super cute!!

I hope you can use some of these festive Halloween decorating and cooking ideas in preparation for the big night on October 31. Till next Monday!! Xo, Leslie  

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