Entries Tagged as 'Halloween'

Halloween Purchases

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

For the last few weeks now, I have been watching stores release their Halloween merchandise and biding my time.  I made a promise to myself that I would only buy a few very special items this year and wanted to wait so I could weigh all of my options.  Well…big mistake.  One of the items I wanted most from Pottery Barn (this really awesome skull decanter) is already sold out.  So you may be thinking that I am silly for posting this so early, but the good stuff gets gone quick so we should all just get going.  I learned my lesson.  Anyways, here are some of the things that I want this year.  I have to say that once again the selection hasn’t been that stellar.

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Orange mercury glass pumpkin lights

Spell casting witch- to up my yard game

Black branch wreath

Hocus Pocus pillow- already bought this puppy and thank goodness because I guess there was only one.  Sorry guys.

Haunted village

Realistic spiders

Foggy cauldron- to go with my witch

Pumpkin loaf pan- so cute.  I love a pumpkin patch.

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A Haunted Speakeasy How To

Monday, November 4, 2013

So, since we bombarded y’all with speakeasy stuff all last week, we actually were considering not doing this post.  But Colleen told me her husband absolutely insisted saying, “Aren’t you a DIY blog after all?”  We can’t really argue with him I suppose.  So I thought I would take a few minutes today to talk about the “how” of creating the haunted speakeasy.

Haunted Speakeasy how to staging | Two Delighted

Most of the work we did was related to staging Colleen’s house, which was full of lovely and more modern looking trinkets, to look like a house that could have been around in the 20s.  Or at least more like it.  So we replaced most of her decor items with vintage finds that we bought or had along with some other items that were either creepy or passable.  We also collected lots and lots of wine and beer bottles and removed labels so that we could use these in our vignettes.  I even bought a few vintage amber and purple bottles to use in more visible places.  We really did make an effort to keep costs down by not buying too many extra things.  After all, I have flea market finds coming out my ears at my house.  That cool looking phone, I bought at Target in the Halloween section this year.  It says spooky things and I kinda love it.

Haunted Speakeasy how to moulding | Two Delighted

Another big impact item was our use of washi tape (some black and some gold) to create “moulding” around the house.  We did this because we wanted our speakeasy to have an art deco feel and to us this moulding felt art deco.  The washi tape didn’t stay up quite as well as we had hoped so we ended up having to tape up some of the corners so it would stay.  We were pretty thrilled with how this turned out.

Haunted Speakeasy how to cloth |Two Delighted

We draped white sheets we had over Colleen’s furniture (and tv) to serve 2 purposes.  1.  To make things look abandoned and spooky.  2. To protect them from the inevitable spills that would be taking place with all of the speakeasy alcohol consumption.

For a long time, we had this idea about having a chandelier laying on the ground so that it would look like it fell from the ceiling.  We discussed stringing beads from it and then having some spilled on the floor, etc.  But those things just seemed too complicated as the party approached like a freight train, so Colleen decided to buy this old beat up chandelier that she found for $10 at a garage sale.  We dropped that sucker in the middle of her coffee table.  Done and done.

Haunted Speakeasy how to bottles and candles | Two Delighted

We used some of our collected wine and beer bottles to serve as candle holders on the mantles of Colleen’s 2 fireplaces.

Haunted Speakeasy how to sticks | Two Delighted

We also brought in sticks from the outside, sprayed them with a little silver paint to make them look older (Can twigs look older??  Oh well) and stuck them around in places of visual interest inside to add to the illusion that our house had been abandoned and the outside world had started to come in.

Haunted Speakeasy how to frames | Two Delighted

Corey (Colleen’s husband and the third party host) spent a ton of time replacing almost all of the photos in Colleen’s huge gallery wall with creepy vintage pictures and old speakeasy pictures.  We then covered lots of the frames with spider webs.  He did a pretty awesome job with this, I must say.

Haunted Speakeasy how to boarded windows | Two Delighted

Corey also took a big old cardboard box and cut it into little pieces with a saw to look like boards for the windows.  Then he placed them all using command strips and velcro (I think).  This made a huge impact on the exterior.

Colleen made some pretty great signs for the exterior of the house and the interior as well that she shared printables for here, in case y’all missed them.

Here is a link to part 1 and part 2 of our party.

Here is a link to the invitations.

Okay…now I think we are all ready to move on to Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Y’all let us know if you have any more questions we didn’t answer.  Hope everyone has a great week!

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A Haunted Speakeasy: Free Printables

Friday, November 1, 2013

There wasn’t a huge amount of signage at our Speakeasy, partially because I was tired and sitting on my tuckus watching TV seemed better than making more signs, and partially because the party didn’t really need that many.  The ones I did make turned out pretty cute because – let’s be honest – deco fonts are just good lookin.  Here are a couple that you guys can use if you ever decide to throw a 20’s party, and you really probably should.  It’s a good time.  Print on standard 8.5 x 11 card stock and use as you would like.  For the drink signs, pretty frames make a world of difference.

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Gin Rickey Drink Sign Printable: GinRickeySignTwoDelighted

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The Hearse Drink Sign Printable: TheHearseSignTwoDelighted

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Condemned Sign Printable: CondemnedTwoDelighted

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Dessert Signs Printable: DessertSignsTwoDelighted

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Bar Sign Printable: BarThisWayTwoDelighted

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