Thursday, September 27, 2012

Halloween Decorating Outdoors

My ront entry table. The poor jackie at the bottom got sat on by somebody and his eye is messed up! But it just makes him look creepier! Don't it?
Here is my boring little front yard this Halloween. I really need to spice it up a little bit, don't I? So I went on an internet hunt.....da dum.....da dum....(jaws music in the background as I hunt...) 
Here I am in my cool costume as Jessie from Toy Story. I made the costume myself! Aren't I the crafty one with a glue gun! LOL. 
Here's a picture of my daughter's family I took this past October. Argh! Mateys! It was a fun Halloween. I love decorating for Halloween. Here are some fun ideas I found to try this year!

Cute end table all decorated in Halloween fun. 
How easy would these milk cartons be to line your walkway for Halloween?  Inspiring Pretty  had lots of other ideas Get started saving milk cartons NOW!  
Real Moms real views had a cute idea with black crows and orange pumpkins to Halloweeny up your front porch with the Halloween colors. Very cute!

These guys look even more fun than mine. My neighbor goes all out on Halloween. She's even
got a movie showing up on her garage door. Too fun!  
These funky skeletons on Celebrate's website were so simple yet so cute lining the path. 

I love shepherd's hooks in my yard. I have them everywhere. And for this reason; I can change the thing I hand on them with the seasons. I use a giant red jingle bell at Christmas, a Turkey at Thanksgiving, a Pumpkin or two at Halloween.  Check out dofaso's website. for more ideas.
Halloween Ghost Lights Decorations
Craft Passion had this cute tutorial on making ghost outdoor lights from ping pong balls and a string of white lights...SUPER CUTE!  My grandkids would LOVE these! 
At Float they did a great front porch all decked out for Halloween. I love the simple wreath on the door! 
I better get my stuff out and get busy decorating. October is right around the corner! And I want to be all ready since Halloween is my favorite holiday! 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Garden Party

My neighbor, Linda, had a beautiful garden party last night at her house in the early evening. Everybody was supposed to bring their favorite garden harvest in some kind of yummy dish.

Pretty fall colors in the napkins on the table. 

We had everything from cucumber dip to peach pie to zuchini casserole to homemade strawberry jam and homemade dinner rolls.  (I made the homemade rolls!) It was all so fun and so delicious!
Yummy fruit salad. 

I think this was a peach crisp. 
I took a few of these plums home for the hubs to taste. They were simply incredible! Sooooo sweet! 
Aren't these cucumbers so cute with their curly cuts? 
These carrot cake bars were yummy too. I tried one! 
This fresh, homemade salsa was really yummy! I had some! 
And she has such a lovely yard. I wandered around taking shots of this and that.

This was a pretty pond full of lilly pads and koi surrounded by flowers and plants. It had a waterfall we could hear all night 
Pretty fall pumpkins and fall leaves were the decorations everywhere. 
Here was the garden party all set up behind her house. 
Flowers were lining the horse corral all around. So pretty! 

My grandkids would go nuts in her yard. It is like a wonderful park. She even has horses and a big garden out back.
 Her hubs made a climbing wall for the kids and a zip line too. I would never want to leave if I was 8 years old!
  There was even a giant sand pit for kids and a volleyball court! Why would you want to go anywhere else?

Table decor was really nice. 
 She had pumpkins growing in her garden as well as corn, squash, zuchini, all sorts of tomatoes and other yummy veggies.  She even had a greenhouse. There were 2 acres filled with great things.
I loved this picturesque shot of the back side of her yard with the neighbor's A frame house in the distance. 
She got raspberry bushes from the same neighbor that shared her raspberry bushes with me. 
I got this great picture of their horse grazing in the back field. What a beauty. 
We had a great time eating, talking, and laughing till the sun went down. Then she had some speakers come and talk about gardens.

Baked brie cheese in a puff pastry with raspberry filling. It was to die for! 

I tasted this stuffed zuchini with sausage, tomatoes and cheese too. It was great. 

Gotta have some chili! 
I had some of this veggie dish too. The white sauce was yummy as were the mushrooms. 

Somebody made zuchini bread of course....gotta use those zuchinis up, right?  

We even had a few dudes who showed up to share garden stories! 
Mostly it was a gals garden party. 
I've done progressive dinner garden parties in the past. That is a lot of fun too because then you get to SEE so many pretty gardens and you get new ideas for your own. Each host gave a little instructional snippet about something they grow or an area of flowers that they've had great success with, or something like that.
She had tons of tall pine trees that blocked out the last of the sun. It was the perfect time of night and perfect weather. 
More pretty decoration....
Here are my homemade dinner rolls in a pretty fall ceramic bowl....
Another pretty bowl....loved it....

Spring greens salad with strawberries 
 Did I mention we had lots of great salads? All kinds of veggie and fruit salads were spread all over the tables. I tried a few and they all were awesome.
Fresh raspberries in this salad with spinach too...
I had fun talking my brains out to all my friends in the neighborhood of course.....under all these great pine trees! 
It was a great evening. And what a great theme party idea it was too! 

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