I’m still trying to accept the fact that my baby turned FOUR a few short weeks ago. It’s crazy to think that we’ve been doing this parent thing for four years. Crazy! This year Madeleine really wanted a Spooky Birthday Party- all halloween themed! After the messy move last year, I knew I had to make that happen for her.
I spent a lot of hours on Pinterest, gathering ideas and trying to plan something that wasn’t super cheesy. Which is harder than you think when it comes to Halloween parties! When I asked Madeleine what she wanted she told me she wanted pumpkins, the color pink and she wanted Jack Skellington to be there somehow. Easy peasy! Normally I go crazy when it comes to parties- tons of food, sweets and everything in-between. I knew I wanted this to be simple for us since it was going to be at our tiny house. We planned for an outdoor party from 2-4. Late enough to not interfere with the kids who still nap, but early enough to not have to worry about serving a real meal. Win. Since it was the end of October, I also had an indoor backup plan just in case the weather was too cold.
When it comes to party planning I like to start about a month and a half in advance. Planning my color scheme, making an invite and browsing shops to get an idea of what is available are first on my to-do list. It also gives me enough time to start working on any DIY projects I have, but not too much time that I purchase what I need and forget about it. I’ve made that mistake many times before! Since we’ve had four years of some sort of party, I also looked through the items I had in storage (that managed to make it to KC) and checked for things I could reuse.
This year was a little bit rough when it came to time management. Working full time, mom-ing full time and being pregnant has really caught up with me in these past few weeks. For the most part, I got all of the party supples from Twigs & Twirls. The owner is just darling, so willing to help and ships SUPER fast. I had worked with her for Eloise’s first birthday and I also purchased my announcement balloons from her shop! One day while I was frantically browsing Target for balloons that matched the idea I had in my head, I ended up sending her an Instagram message to see if she had anything that would work. We started off by chatting about the main table/focus point of the party and went from there. Sometimes it’s great to have an outsiders point of view and fresh eyes. Especially when you are running on a few hours of sleep and not enough coffee. We had all of our plans finalized and shipped within a week and I was ready to go! Huge shoutout to Melissa for being an awesome help!
We did simple appetizers- cheese plate, hummus, spinach dip and veggies. I ha a few different “fun” snacks for the kiddos spread around as well. For desserts we did homemade Jack Skellington oreo pops (Thanks to dad!), Annie’s fruit snacks and an amazing cake from a local bakery. Like I said- easy!
We grabbed a few activities from Target for the kiddos- masks for them to color, a halloween theme tossing game & we broke out the bouncy house grandma gave them for Christmas two years ago. Madeleine also requested bobbing for apples which I was a little nervous about. Jeremy picked up a giant caldron from Party City so we used that and the kids LOVED it. It was by far the best party of the party.
I absolutely loved planning this party for Madeleine, and I hope you enjoy the pictures!