Halloween: Flying Bats

October, and time to break out the bats again! Though the weather forecast calls for upper 90’s all next week, these past few days have been our first true taste of fall, with the slight chill in the air and beautiful Phoenix rain.

I spread out the bats a bit more this time around, since I have plans to add more black bats to the “cloud” this year, but I kind of like the simplicity of the colony I have now, so we’ll see 🙂


I’m still totally in love with this chalkboard pumpkin which was contributed for last year’s holiday card. Check out the past post here: Chalkboard pumpkinIMG_7347 IMG_7350

Aren’t they pretty?!?! Below is the original post and full tutorial, including a printable link!IMG_7351 IMG_7352 IMG_7354 IMG_7355 IMG_7358

(Fall 2015)

It’s official. I’ve fallen in love with shimmery golden bats this year.

With my love for fun decor and affinity for elegance, I simply couldn’t help myself!

I was inspired by the many “bat walls” I’d seen on Pinterest this Halloween season, but I wanted something slightly more chic: a smatter of beauty added to the cuteness of bats – yes, I think they’re simply adorable.

So I hunted down some bat-making tutorials. I copied,  pasted, flipped, rotated, printed, cut, traced, and repeated until I’d created my very own colony of gold and black bats.

I started by printing my edited bat page onto regular paper, and then copied it onto a thick piece of cardboard. This allowed me to save it for future bat creations. I then traced as many bats as I could onto 4 sheets of card stock and cut them out.

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To achieve 4 sizes of bats (I’m sure you could as many sizes as you want) I just cut the smallest bat both inside the sharpie lines and outside.

Here is my PDF of the pattern: bat’s printable

Frightful Fact: a group of bats is called a Colony.

And here is the original link from Martha Stewart to print a half bat: Half Bat Print out


Murder Mystery Contributors

Elegantly Haunted was the perfect shop for any halloween party, murder mystery, birthday party, or even wedding! Brandy was great to work with, customizing the invitations and promptly delivering them. Made with such perfect detail and featuring a wide variety of products, ElegantlyHaunted is a favorite Etsy shop.  ElegantlyHaunted



Paige was such a pleasure to conduct business with, working together to stay in contact until the chandeliers were delivered, assembled and gracefully hanging in the dinning room. I can imagine so many uses for her chandeliers! We give her Etsy shop, NarWall, five stars for sure!     NarWall


After falling head over heels in love with these sweet, edible bats, we were provided with a generous and timely supply from SweetDejaVu. Straight forward, down to earth, and with so many options to choose from, we would highly recommend SweetDeJaVu and look forward to working with them again!    SweetDejaVu


DaggerVille Games created the detailed and clever mystery scripts we used for our party. Tons of fun and very reasonably priced, these games hold the key to a perfect murder mystery soiree. DaggerVille Games’ passion to create the perfect scripts filled with mystery and awe is evident in every aspect of the script. We can hardly wait to host another murder mystery party!  Check out the details on their website and start planning your own perfectly scripted and mysterious event!   DaggerVille

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Murder Mystery: Setting the Stage

In order to transport our party to Medieval times, we turned to lots of fabric and candles, realizing that in that time period keeping warm was a challenge. With cloth on the ceiling and walls, the heat rising from the many burning candles would be trapped, creating a desirable warmth. We recreated this feel with lightweight pieces of long material bought from a  bulk store for cheap, and sold either by the yard or pound. Tacking it to the ceiling, we completed the look with delicate chandeliers. The candles cast their flickering light upward from their place on the table, making for an elegant and haunted dinner.

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Our dessert was set to commence the evening and ease the guests into the second act. We chose  a classic red velvet cake, decorated with tiny golden bats. When I discovered Sweetdejavu’s edible cake decor I fell instantly in love. Made from air brushed wafer paper, these bats are both edible and adorable.


We set the mood with dim lighting, fall decor, spooky outdoor sounds and a slide show of haunted places, which we projected from behind onto a lightweight sheet, which we framed to look like a window.

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Murder Mystery Party

“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark” – Marcellus

IMG_5914Invitations by: ElegantlyHaunted

The guests arrived in costume with script in hand. After a brief introduction of characters we proceeded to the dinning hall, where the players recited Shakespeare, took on a variety of accents, and revealed their darkest secrets, which made for a shocking evening filled with laughs.


Black chandeliers graced the cloth-draped ceiling, setting the mood for our night of intrigue. The room was lit with candles, which sent their flickering lights upward, revealing the lovely arcs and silhouettes of the chandeliers above.

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The first act complete, guests delved into creating hypotheses, imagining alibis, alliances, motives, and ultimately accusations of murder. All this while enjoying a piece of blood-red cake which swarmed with golden bats and wild roses. But, served by the hand of the royal cook, could this delicate sweet have “envenomed their innards and dazzled their brains?”

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Cake toppers by: SweetDejaVu

We ended the evening with further discussion, a casting of votes, surprising revelations, and with a grand finale of the secrets unveiled, this case of a royal murder came to a close.

Each guest was thoroughly pleased with the night, the stage had been set and they felt transported to a time many years ago.  The language of the script was added to by some, who identified with their characters so well that they added in their own quips. Still others took on varying accents. With everyone so deep in character, the air grew chill and an eery aura filled the night.

Script by: DaggerVilleGames

Prepare! For an October party

The perfect October event, you ask? Why only the grimmest and deliciously scary, of course!

A Murder Mystery Party!

From the numerous scripts available through daggerville games we chose to host a dinner party for some of our most theatrical friends,  based around the tragedy Hamlet, the classic royal murder mystery by William Shakespeare.

The characters are cast and the royal invitations have been sent. Haunting and elegant, the invitations were aptly provided by ElegantlyHaunted. These gorgeous hand made cards made us gush, and it was sad to part as we sent them away to bid the players to take the stage.


In preparation for an evening hosted in our “medieval castle,” we will be draping the dining hall with fabric and gracing the ceiling with stunning chandeliers from NarWall. A full three course meal will be served and the evening will commence with a “bloody” red velvet cake topped with  delicate gold bats and wild red roses created by SweetDejaVu.

Planning your own murder mystery party? I hope  we’ve provided you with some frightful inspiration!

Stay tuned for the full event coming soon!

Halloween: Kiddie Party

 Mine for the Making’s Kara and her good friend Britney threw a pretty cute kiddo bash with yummy kid-friendly Halloween foods, decor, games, and crafts all on a budget! Her post is below with all kinds of easy-to-do repeats, links and ideas:

Tomorrow is Halloween!

Where did this month go? October always seems to be packed full for us…how about you?
Today I am sharing a FUN Halloween party a good friend and I threw for our kiddos and their friends. We found much of our inspiration from our cyberspace and had so much fun creating fun food, decor, and activities for the kids to do.
We kept our budge down by making a lot of the decorations ourselves and by using what we already had in our Halloween decor stash. 
Jack-o-lantern balloons- Brittny (my partner in crime)
Spider balloon inspiration- Family Crafts
Paper & yarn bats – yours truly 
We had so much fun making Halloween themed food. 
Mummy dogs- yours truly 
Witch brooms (pretzels/Reeses) inspiration- Pebbles in my Pocket
7 Layer Web dip w/ tortilla chips- Women’s Day
Pumpkin Pie dip with apples, animal crackers, and graham crackers- Skinny Taste 
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with cream cheese frosting- yours truly 
Spider web design inspiration- Easy Cupcakes
Paper plate & yarn spider web craft- Brittny
Ghost bowling- Brittny
Cupcake Walk (not pictured)- Paging Supermom
Halloween Bingo (not pictured)- The Crafting Chicks
My favorite part of the party was the fun all the kiddies had.
And how cute are the jack-o-lantern smiles (my beloved Silhouette made those babies)?! LOVE.
And the party planners… Miss Kitty (me) and Rosie the Riveter (Brittny). 
It’s nice to let loose and be the FUN mom every once in a while {wink wink}.
Don’t forget to stop by Mine For the Making for this post and tons more!

Halloween Party: Halloween Tot Play Date

The weather was getting chilly and there were spooks in the air so we had ourselves a little play date.


Step #1? Punkin’ Huntin’


Directions: Snatch jack-o-lantern clip art from google images, print, and tape in your backyard. Watch your toddler light up with punkin’ huntin’ glee.


Step #2 Ghostie Sucks


Step #3 Punkin’ Paintin’



Step #4: Finish up with some scary lunch


Mummy Dogs, frog legs, orange jacks, eyeballs, and spooky cheese friends.


Orange jacks (these were the fave)




Cheeseys pleaseys

Tons of Funzo and then all donezo just in time for naps 🙂