Last Minute Halloween Cocktails Ideas… Because Life

Halloween this year is on a Tuesday, and have I bought candy yet? Oh, you bet I haven’t! The neighbor kiddos are going to be shuffling around the cul de sac in the cold, dark MN evening (maybe even snow?!)… with the cutest ones just barely learning to walk! I can’t wait! We finally moved to a neighborhood with young couples with kids who take their kids trick or treating! However… for those of us going the opposite direction and throwing an over 21 years of age gathering who want to have adult beverages, here are some cleverly-named Halloween-Themed Cocktails!

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How To Succeed At Your First Grown-Up Pool Party

Dos and Don’ts for an End Of Summer Pool Party are a must have. This may be the last time to really showcase how much you’ve grown and spread your wings over the summer.  Or maybe the last chance to redeem yourself from the last few parties where you may have a few too many Raspberry Daquiris and pizza rolls. So here key fool-proof tips to get you through this last HOORAH!

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The “Lake Life” Survival Kit

When life hands you a lake… your build a cabin on it and swim, eat, drink and play until you have to go back to work!!! Before packing up the SUV and hooking up the boat, make sure to double-check your list. Does it include an awesome unicorn floatie for your beer? No? Well then you’re not finished with your list. Add these 6 extremely necessary things (PS, you may have to stop at a grocery store on the way to the cabin) and I guarantee a good ole time at the lake 🙂   [Read more…]

Throw A Bridal Shower via Etsy For Under $100

Ahh, spring time is here. The season of new beginnings, gardening, and endless bridal showers. Hosting the party? If your budget is tight, take some notes. Here are 7 items you can purchase on Etsy today and spend under $100. That’s right, $88.48 to be exact (minus food and drinks). From the invites to games, Etsy and Clingks have your bridal-shower-back!

1 – Invitations – $13

When you buy a printable invite, you buy the template, so all you have to do is print at home!

From ForwardPraises

2 – Drink Markers – Clingks – “Wedding Bells” – $9.99

Add a set of Clingks’ Wedding Bells drink markers, or design customized wine glass charms with endless color options and your very own witty sayings! Here is the list of all the static-cling drink markers included in the Wedding Bells Clingks set:

blushing bride  —  gallant groom  —  wedding survivor

just here for the drinks  —  lord of the ring  —  always a bridesmaid

the crazy uncle  —  re-gifter   —  single on purpose  —  dances with anyone

chicken dance master  —  reception line budger

From Clingks

wedding bells clingks

3 – Party Favors – $0.75 each (Budget for 30 guests – $22.50)

Customizable soaps with labels are a great way to say “thanks for coming!” Little favors are all you need – no one expects a fancy-shmancy gift from the host, just something that says THANK YOU!

From RogueValleySoap

4 – Mimosa Bar Sign – $4

Adorable sign to place at the brunch and mimosa table. Another printable.

From BlueBunnyBride 

5 – Photo Booth Props – $6.99

Photo booths are still in people! Whether it’s a home made booth with a cloth back-drop or a full-out rented booth, having some cute (and family-friendly) sayings!

From CastilloPK

6 – Printable Games – $12

Printables printables printables! They will save you time and MONEY! You buy the template for super cheap, and then you can print it at home if you want – or even take it to your local printing company, like a Kinkos or even

From BrideandBows

bridal shower games printables

7 – Gold Giant Balloons “Bride To Be” – $19.99

This we can label as a SPLURGE purchase. Is it needed? Eh… probably. But if it comes down to purchasing these balloons or another 5 bottles of champagne, uh… no brainer. (And yes, I’m implying you buy the $4 bottles of champagne :))

From ABridalShop

Stay Inspired!

nicole longendyke