Halloween Party Supplies & Ideas - Hair-Raising
Party Resource Guide
Presented by Event & Wedding Planners
Take a Cue From Mother Nature
(ARA) - As the leaves on the trees begin to change
color, so does taste in home décor. The
transformation from a green landscape to one filled
with rich russet colors and bright Halloween hues
inspires us to bring all that color inside to enjoy.
Redecorating for fall doesn't mean you have to paint
the walls or switch out the furniture. You can
change the look and feel of any room by simply
accessorizing with such things as slip covers and
pillows, throw rugs, artwork and flowers.
"Whether you're trying to create a warm and friendly
space or a frightful look to greet the
trick-or-treaters, fresh-cut flowers make it easy to
create the mood," says Jill Slater, flower designer
Especially popular in flower
arrangements this time of year are fall leaves, pine cones,
red and yellow spider mums, marigolds and evergreens.
Instead of putting the flowers in a vase, cut up a pumpkin
or other gourd, put a block of floral foam inside and start
adding stems. Perk up your display by placing the pumpkin on
a bed of Fall leaves surrounded by a ring of evergreen
sprigs and cranberries.
Want to get even fancier than that? Here are directions for
an arrangement that's sure to get you some accolades,
particularly if you put it on display on Halloween night:
- Jack-O-Lantern, faux or
the real deal, approximately 8- to 10-inches in
diameter- (carved eyes, nose, mouth are optional)
- 1 sheet yellow
- Water-proof liner for
the inside of the Jack-O-Lantern.
- 2 bricks floral foam
- 2 wood picks or 1 wood
shish kabob skewer
- 1 bunch bear grass
- 4 to 5 rubber bands
- 2 stems orange germini's
(miniature gerbera daisies)
- 3 stems orange gerbera
- 4 stems papyrus
- 1 dozen greening pins or
5 lengths of straight heavy gauge straight wire
- Half a yard orange
decorative ribbon, 1/2-inch wide
- Floral clippers,
scissors, paring knife and flower food
1. Soak the floral foam thoroughly in water that has been
treated with flower food.
2. Fill the water-proof liner with one block of floral foam
and insert it into the pumpkin (carve the foam to fit).
Insert two wood picks (or cut shish kabob skewers) partially
into the top of the foam. Now set the other brick of foam on
top of the first piece, inserting it into the wood
3. With a paring knife, carve the foam that is sticking out
of the pumpkin into a cone shape.
4. Divide the bear grass into four or five smaller bunches
and rubber band the individual bunches.
5. Starting at the rim of the pumpkin, where the foam first
juts out of the top of the jack-o-lantern, begin wrapping
the bear grass up and around the foam cone. Wrap the bear
grass around the foam, tightly, using greening pins as you
go to hold the bear grass in place. (If not using greening
pins, cut the straight wire into 3-inch lengths; bend in
half to form a bobbie-pin shape. Use these wire pins in
place of greening pins.)
6. Repeat step five until the entire foam cone is wrapped
with bear grass.
7. Now set the witch's hat partially over the cone. Pin it
8. Cut the papyrus stems approximately 2-inches in length,
and insert them into the "bang" area of the jack-o-lantern
(above the eyes). With scissors, cut some of the bangs short
and leave some long.
9. Insert the gerbera and germini daisies just above the
10. The ribbon gets tied into a bow, as you would tie your
shoe, and is attached with a greening pin.
For more ideas on how to use flowers to dress up your home
for fall, log on to www.flowerpossibilities.com.
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