{challenge} halloween décor on a budget

I am so excited to announce our newest Oink! series…Challenge Week! Each month I will challenge our Oink! contributors to create a party, craft or recipe based on a theme, an object, a color…or maybe even a word. If the creations I received for this first challenge are any indication of what the Crew will create in the future, you won’t want to miss a single post during Challenge Weeks!

Without further ado, our first challenge…

Challenge: Create at least one piece of Halloween Décor using or inspired by Piggy Bank Parties’ new Lil’ Hoots Halloween Collection.

Objective: To show how one lil’ set of printables can inspire limitless décor ideas on a budget.

I love Halloween. I love dressing up. I love the sweets. I’m not a fan of scary or gross though. I wanted to create a sweet and spooky  party set for Halloween and I’m thrilled to share our newest design—The Lil’ Hoots Halloween Collection. The collection was inspired by a custom invitation we created a few months ago. I loved the lil’ owls we created for our client and knew we could transform them into a Halloween theme. Introducing the Lil’ Hoots Halloween Collection and the inspiration for October’s Challenge Week

I was inspired to create a lil’ party for trick-or-treaters before they headed out to gather goodies. The first step to any great party is sending an invitation. The collection includes one that you fill-in with your party details.

Now that the invitations are sent, it’s time to decorate! Using the artwork as inspiration, I attached ruffled streamers in the same hues as the background to a black plastic tablecloth with double-stick tape. It didn’t have to be perfect since the night sky doesn’t have perfectly straight lines. A fun $5.00 backdrop for the buffet table!

Next I added the moon and our first official “Create-Your-Own Phrase” Banner. The font, font size and font color are all set up for you. All you need to do is open the file in Adobe Reader, type in your text and print!

If you remember the lil’ lanterns we created for the REE-launch Party, you know I hung them in a different way. I was looking at them last week and had a light bulb moment. They would make an adorable owl! Can you see the likeness to the Lil’ Hoots on the Welcome Sign?

I needed a filler on either side of the backdrop and I thought the lil’ lantern owls would be perfect. How fun to have all of those kooky eyeballs staring at you! I traced our Lil’ Lanterns Template on black cardstock, punched green, white and black circles and cut out a beak from orange cardstock. A few adhesive dots and Ta-Da! A lil’ owl appeared!

I wanted the buffet to match the Lil’ Hoots Collection as much as possible so I needed to add two owls in a tree. I cut out the owls from the Lil’ Hoots Halloween Paper and attached them with double-stick tape to a lil’ tree. I bought an ivory metal tree at a discount store a few years ago and decided to wrap it with leftover black crepe paper. The tree could be recreated with a real tree branch, wire or paper attached directly to the backdrop.

The table was covered with a black plastic tablecloth. Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of plastic tablecloths since they show all the folds and you can’t iron them! I had a few left from another party and wanted to use them up so I added my black pashmina scarf down the middle for a little texture. (And to hide all those folds!)

Now that the table is covered, it’s time to move onto the menu

I wanted to make sure that the lil’ trick-or-treaters had a full belly before heading out on their journey. The menu included easy-to-fix foods that were kid-friendly, warm and relatively healthy.

The front of my Crockpot is covered with buttons so I turned it around and attached Lil’ Hoots Halloween Paper to the back. Even though it is white and round like the moon, the paper made it match the décor perfectly! I also used the paper to line serving trays and to make lids for the drinking jars.

I hope you caught all of my clever food names…if not, go back and read them again! {wink} Even though the guests are about to venture off to gather sweet treats, I couldn’t resist having one sweet thing on the table. They’re pretty cute, too!

I also added Hoot-sie Roll Branches and Lil’ Hoots Cake Stakes to some of the cupcakes. I was inspired to create the branches after learning a trick from Kim of The Celebration Shoppe. Microwave Tootsie Rolls or Starbursts for 8 seconds and you can mold them into fun shapes. I made several cuts in a Tootsie Roll and shaped them into tree branches. Simple. Easy. Fun.

{Psst! Yes, I know those are cheetah cupcake wrappers and they’re not exactly Halloweenie. They were the only ones in my stash that matched the color scheme and I didn’t realize it until I was ready to poor the batter into the cupcake tins. We’re pretending the cupcakes decided to dress up like cheetahs for Halloween!}

I always like my guests to leave with a favor to remember the fun they had! Caramel Apple Tree-ts were the perfect way to say, “Thank Y-HOOT!” {rim shot…cymbal crash!}

I printed the Lil’ Hoots Halloween Paper on white glossy full-sheet labels. Then I cut the labels to fit over the name brand label on the caramel apples. A Lil’ Hoots Halloween Thank You Tag  was attached with pop-up adhesive dots and a black sheer ribbon bow was tied to the top.

Last but not least, I wanted to show you the glowing moon

I added three Celebration Lights to the paper lantern so it would glow like the moon! My lil’ way of turning an ordinary party into an extraordinary party!

Lil’ Hoots Halloween Party Budget: $60.00 (8-10 guests)

Printable Décor Set & Backdrop: $14.26

Invitations & Party Décor Printing & Assembly: $11.32

Food: $23.21

Favors: $11.45

Servingware & Napkins: $0

Party Total: $60.24

I was over the budget by 24 cents so I’ll need to pay closer attention next time! I hope you’re inspired by my lil’ party in honor of Challenge Week. The rest of this week I’ll be sharing what our Crew created with the same Lil’ Hoots Halloween Collection. Their projects are nothing short of amazing!

If you’re inspired to join in on the fun, the Lil’ Hoots Halloween Collection is available in The Market for $10.00.



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About Hank

I'm Hank, the Piggy Bank Parties' mascot, and all around fun pig. My favorite movie is "Babe," my favorite song is "This Little Piggy Went to Market" and my favorite book is "Charlotte's Web".

18 thoughts on “{challenge} halloween décor on a budget

  1. Awesome. Love the owl theme. The jars are awesome and will be usuable for any party. Thanks for the idea.

  2. I think this is such an awesome post! I love how you showed it could be done on a budget but it totally doesn’t look budgety. And that color combo is so fun! A little different from the run of the mill Halloween decor. LOVE!

    1. They’re Affy Tapples and they come pre-packaged like that. (Available in grocery stores and online–www.affytapple.com). I just added Lil” Hoots paper printed on full-sheet labels to cover up the Affy Tapple label.

    1. So sweet of you to stop by, Kim! Such a great surprise! I should thank you for the great tip–use it all the time. The lil’ owls are one of my favorite things, too!

  3. ohh what a really wonderful table! that glowing moon it’s a genious idea and the collection it’s such a HOOT!

    1. Thanks, Brittany! It’s amazing what you can create with streamers, double-stick tape and a plastic tablecloth!

  4. OMG, this is incredible! I am totally loving all the party food names and THAT BACKGROUND… WOW!!!

    1. I get a lil’ kooky with themed foods! So glad you liked the backdrop!

  5. LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! Awesome job on EVERYTHING!!! That backdrop is genius and yeah…I might have to borrow that idea! Can’t wait to see what everyone came up with!!

    1. Thanks, Maria! We tried the backdrop with plates first and it just didn’t speak to me…so the next go to is always ruffled streamers!

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