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Halloween Birthday Bash

Before you break out the Miley Costume and hit the town, we thought we'd send you off with a little dose of Halloween fun with this adorable joint Halloween Birthday Party that photographer Katie Parra held for herself and her lucky husband. The best part? It's a festive, fun, spirited shin-dig that definitely doesn't take itself too seriously.

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DIY Superhero Halloween Costume

The things I would have done for this exact costume as a little girl. That cape? The stuff my childhood dreams were made of right there. And the best part? No sewing involved. I confidently give Jen Rodriguez and Mirelle Carmichael moms of the year for creating these getups. See all of this adorableness and more, ...

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Chocolate Drizzled Glitter Cake

I obviously had to save the best recipe for last. I mean, in my opinion at least. There isn't much that tops a chocolate cake, unless said chocolate cake is drizzled in glitter!! That's right, my dears. Glitter cake. It's like magic, I know. Move over naked cakes, there's a new contender in town! DIY...

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Apple Ginger Halloween Cocktail

In all fairness, I've never really met a cocktail I didn't love. But since I'm a sucker for all things festive, fun and fancy, this apple ginger concoction has quickly risen to the top of my must-drink list (why yes, I do have a must-drink list). With just a few easy steps, we'll show you just how to recreate this pretty Halloween punch. DIY PROJECTS: ...

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Gilded Black Candy Apples

I used to think that candy apples we're one of those classic treats that you just didn't want to mess with. Yeah, you could add a caramel coating, some peanuts, m&m's, what have you. But in my opinion they all palled in comparison to the original version. That is, until you gild them. Because the second that happens, all bets go out the window. Gilded black candy apples? It doesn't get much better than that.

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A Kate Spade Inspired Halloween Party

When we threw our annual Halloween Party this year, we thought we'd turn the tables on you and come up with a fun and sassy affair (so, um, a 180 from our glam black & white themed event of 2012!) Inspired by this pin, and our much beloved...

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DIY Halloween Treat Bags

Everyone knows by now that calories don't count on Halloween, so why not use this excuse to let your guests stock up on party goods before their departure? Our fabulously festive "Treat yo'self" favor bags are just the ticket. Because, as they say, it's all in the (sugary, sweet, delicious!) details.

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DIY Gold Dot Vase

The frugalista within always gets really excited when we come up with a fabulous party project that can totally be repurposed once your party guests have retired for the evening. This Kate Spade inspired vase is all that and more. Though it undeniably added that je ne sais quoi to our shin-dig, I'd just as easily place it on my dining room table any ol' day of...

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DIY Fringe Backdrop

Today is SMP's Annual Halloween Party! You might remember last year's French Masquerade theme that we all fell in love with. Well, this year we're mixing it up, going in more of a Kate Spade fab direction and we couldn't have loved the outcome any more. But, before we get to the party we wanted to share the totally essential ...

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Halloween Party from Waiting on Martha

Round these parts, Mandy Kellogg Rye - AKA Waiting on Martha - is a sort of celebrity. Every single girl here loves her and her easy, effortless approach to style, design, fashion, the works. She's the kind of girl that we're certain we would be best friends with. Which means that we're also secretly hoping for an invite to her...

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Homemade Candy Apples

This may be a strange statement to make, but candy apples always remind me of happiness. They're typically reminiscent of a day at the fair (we were always allowed to grab one on our way out when we were little) or, in this case, halloween (my all time favourite as a child). It's been years since I've had one, but with Waiting on Martha's recipe, all that...

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Apple & Bourbon Punch

We've got a pretty amazing Halloween party coming up today in just a few short hours, but before we get there we thought we'd share the recipes that really made this party shine. A huge part of me is totally tempted to sneak into my kitchen and whip up a batch of Waiting on Martha's apple & bourbon punch immediately. The only thing stopping me is...

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DIY Halloween Costume: Pastry Chef & Cake

Of all of the DIY costumes that we've shared this week - the hot air ballon, the sushi roll, the bubble bath duo - this one is the costume that produced bar none the most giggles. Probably because we handed the girls a pastry bag filled with...

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DIY Halloween Costume: Bubble Bath

When I was little my mom used to make all of our Halloween costumes. And as I got older I begged her to let me buy one out of a bag just so that I could look like everyone else. I used to swear I would never say to my child "I could totally MAKE that." Fast forward 25 years and here we are. A mother who has fallen hopelessly in love with the wonder of handmade everything. And her daughter who is still young enough...

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DIY Calligraphy Pumpkins

I have a bit of a love hate relationship with Halloween. I love the candy aspect (obviously), and the whole costume thing is fantastic (my inner child is so in). But the designer within has issues getting on board with all things ghoulish and gross. So when our in house designer came up with the idea of carving our pumpkins using cute calligraphy quotes? Well, it really doesn't get much better than that. Pumpkin Serrated knife Large spoon Linoleum cutter Masking tape...

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DIY Halloween Costume: Sushi Roll

I'm not sure who's more in love with this costume, myself or Abby's sweet little lady, Audrey. One thing I know for sure is that I'm now officially obsessed with Halloween. Between little William's incredible hot air ballon attire and Audrey's sushi costume, I just don't think I can handle any more adorableness. To see all of the details...

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DIY Halloween Costume: A Hot Air Balloon

Can you even begin to handle the cute? Because my mind is kind of exploding at this very second. I've said before that our in house DIYer is absolutely brilliant, but she has completely outdone herself this time. Now all I need to do is figure out how to transform this into an adult version. Captured by Ruth Eileen , if you only ever look at one gallery here on SMP Living...

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A Gilded Ombre Pumpkin DIY

This year I decided it was essential to embrace Halloween with a bit of gilded pumpkin goodness. I recently discovered the wonders of Martha Stewart crafts paint and I experimented with a few colors to make a gradient effect on a simple kraft pumpkin. It really is a simple project, but the resulting product is filled with wow. Martha Stewart Metallic Acrylic craft Paint in three shades (available at...

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SMP at Home Spotlight + A Cocktail Recipe!

Halloween is a tricky holiday. Don't get me wrong, I love a good costume and have been known to eat my weight in pumpkin candy corns. But decorating for Halloween is often times a far cry from pretty. That is until we set out to craft an elegant take on this month's festivities. We showcased all the goodies photographed by Rebecca Hansen on SMP at Home...

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Halloween Dinner Party

While you can't deny that Halloween is one of the most entertaining holidays of the year, not everyone is inspired by the traditional Halloween decor.  This year, we thought it might be fun to glam it up, and make Halloween a little (dare I say?)... prettier!  We envisioned a Halloween party for the grown-ups, full of drama and modern elegance.  The classic orange & black combo was remade into a softer, Parisien-chic palette, full of wispy peaches, ivory & matte black.  The end...

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