Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Cuteness Overload Part 1 ...

Last year, Halloween was just a date that came and passed. OK, sure, we took full advantage of the excuse to buy matching costumes for our baby and our dog:
Neither one wanted to be in their costumes ...

But because of our 6-month quarantine, we basically stayed in the house and handed out a few bits of candy until 8, when we went to bed.

This year, though... well this year was SO MUCH BETTER. Casey and I have never really been big "Halloween People". I can't remember a time, in our entire 10 years together, that we got dressed up; let alone had matching costumes.

This year, we rocked. it. out. And not only did we get our act together with coordinating get-ups; we even threw a little Halloween Bash for our friends:
Ah, the joys of photographing a teething toddler...
 Now if you know me, you know that I love any excuse to throw a party. Actually, I think I love the "planning to throw a party" bit better than actually throwing one. Regardless, I love to "theme-out" an occasion, even if this particular occasion was just for a bunch of toddlers.
Notice the Hay Straw Bales we used as seating. 'Cause we're Klassy like that. "K" intended.

The problem, however, that Pinterest makes me think that I am craftier than I am. And instead of actually attempting to throw a "normal" get-together, I end up trying to craft myself insane. This time, I was time-limited, due to our trip back home; so the party was more Casual-Cute than Trendy-McSpendy. Still, we had all the essentials. Food, for one, was certainly not lacking:

 Snacks included: Mummy Dogs, Sliders, Sausage and Cheese Dip and chips, Candy! (and lots of it!), Caramel Toffee Fruit Dip and apples, Ginger Snaps and Pumpkin Dip, Pumpkin Bread, White Chocolate Trail Mix, Pumpkin Brownies,Veggies and Hummus (boo) and Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars:
 And folks seemed to like it (we had some leftovers, but really not a lot!):

Then of course, there were the costumes. I think I was most proud of the fact that our friends really, really got into the costume thing with us. The costume contest came with the added incentive of prizes, so maybe that's part of the reason. Regardless, adults and toddlers a like, we were a sight to be seen:

Mary Frances as: The Real Housewife of Wake County

It was really the accessories that pulled together the Adult Costumes ...

We had entertainment. Well, if you include things like sidewalk chalk and wagon rides entertainment, that is (and I do!):

And finally, the Hostess with the Mostess, Beatrice Kate:

She didn't quite know what to make of that silly costume at first. And, as a result, stood frozen in one spot for more than 10 minutes. But once she got a few apples in her hands, she was a Party Animal. Well, maybe not so much:

Check back tomorrow for pictures of Bea's first (and very rainy) Trick-Or-Treating experience...


  1. So fun, that party looks awesome and the costumes were great. I love Alan from the Hangover! (Found your blog through Megan!)

  2. Aww... Bea looks so cute and snuggly.