Over the past few months, I've made a few gifts for her (one of which she already received- a red, black, and white jewelry box). Last night, I set about starting a few items to decorate for the party with. It won't be much, but it'll be fun!
For this box, I used the Live, Laugh, Love decals from DT to decorate the sides. I stained the surface red, instead of painting it, and distressed the edges with sand paper. A black rounded floral stamp was used on the lid, and partially on the sides. I used Silver glitter Mod Podge on the lid, and Matte on the sides (those letters were not sticky enough on their own!).
Anyway, here are a few of the things I made. With the exception of the small metal buckets, everything pictured was made with items I had on hand (yes, nosy, I did have red, glittery feather boa's on hand- I bought 4 bright colored ones a month ago with no immediate purpose).
I decorated two tall candles, 1 large candle holder (which is clean and will be used for candy), a large vase, an apothecary jar (along with 2 undecorated ones), and 4 tin buckets.
These little buckets were 2/$1 at Target, and are larger than the tin buckets at Dollar Tree that come 3/$1. I used double sided tape (Dollar Tree) and glitter (again, DT) to add the glitter rim to the white bucket. I used ribbon and tulle scraps for around the handles. I cut up a dollar store (not DT- my DT isn't that cool!) feathered boa, and glued it around the bottoms of the black buckets.
This is 2 items- 1 large, rounded vase, and a bell shaped jar that I had on hand to sit inside of it. I added red shimmery stuff left over from Valentine's Day, and glued ribbon scraps around the outer vase.
These are two tall, skinny glass candles from Dollar Tree. They only get them in once in a while, and sell out fast! I used double sided tape again to make glittery stripes along them (also from DT). The gems were on hand from last summer at DT (I wish they'd get those in again! I'm running low!), and the scrapbook paper and ribbon were all scraps. Everything should be able to be easily removed when the party is done!
This jar was badly stained or etched by hard water, so to cover it, I used scraps of scrapbook paper, ribbon, and more gems. Today, I also added a hang tag to the top with the name of the candy that will go inside (gummy Raspberries in black & red!).
All of the decorations I've added to the jars were done with either tape or hot glue, so it can all be pealed off afterwards, and the items can be reused. I doubt I'll be hosting ANOTHER Twilight party, so they won't get much extra use, ya know?
For the party, I opted for a color theme for the Candy Buffet. And boy, do I regret that! It is next to impossible to find non-licorice, black colored or wrapped candy this time of year. I'm sure at Halloween, it would have been easier. My goal was that the candy itself (if unwrapped) or the wrapper (if it was staying wrapped) had to be black, red, white, or silver. I did relent a bit, and added in some touches of pink just yesterday (I found hard candy sticks in blackberry flavor- black with pink stripes!).
I have only picked up a few things, but here's what I have so far:
- Hershey's Kisses in Red & Silver (thanks to the 6 bags I picked up after Christmas- some was used for Valentines Day, some for St. Patricks Day, and the rest, for the party!)
- Red Licorice Bites
- Black Licorice Bites
- Red & Black Raspberry Gummies
- Blackberry, Cherry, Cinnamon, and Horehound Candy Sticks (thanks to a birthday lunch at Cracker Barrel with Nick yesterday!)
- Strawberry Poprocks (black, red, & white wrappers!)
- Milky Way Dark (black & silver!)
- Special Dark Pieces (like reeses pieces- they are red, purple, and blackish in color)
- Root Beer Barrels (they were so dark, they're almost black)
For cupcakes, Raegan settled on these:
I think that's about all! The rest of the stuff is surprise items, so I can't blog about that. I'm excited- this is my first semi-grownup party I get to throw! The only thing I haven't found, and have given up hope of finding, are fangs. I thought Walmart had them in the party section year round, but apparently not! I have looked a few places, and no fangs! :(