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True Blood Party Recap & Halloween Party Ideas!

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Yesterday was the season finale of True Blood (maybe you followed along at #RIPTrueBlood and #TrueToTheEnd ). After watching the series since the beginning, I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to throw a themed watch party and say farewell in style! These ideas would work for any Halloween party too and were super easy to pull together. Whether you’re wanting to throw a spooky party or specifically vampire or blood theme, these ideas would work great!

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style trials halloween food ideas true blood finale watch party #riptrueblood I obviously stuck with a red theme for food. Red Terra Chips and Coke cans were as easy as just buying and putting them out, and I also made up an easy and tasty treat of Ritz crackers, cream cheese, and pomegranate seeds. Sweet peppers laid around ranch dressing also added visual and yumminess appeal. Sticking with the Cajun theme of the show, Hubby made a delicious Bon Temps, Louisiana style gumbo and cornbread! And of course any red juice would do for the True Blood, but we used V8 fruit juice and put it in a carafe. The color was perfect. If I had more time I would have printed off a True Blood label to add to it. If that’s something you’d like to do, you can get a free printable True Blood label here, courtesy of PixelWorlds. And of course there was…dun, dun dunnnn….the cake….

diy splatter cake halloween party

diy blood splatter red velvet cake halloween party

I’m not really a baker, so I was quite proud of my blood splatter cake! It had to be red velvet of course, and I used traditional cream cheese frosting. To make the blood splatters I simply mixed the below as a starting point and adjusted for color and consistency as needed:


Blood Splatter Recipe

(courtesy of Yum and Yummer’s Slaughter Cake)

  • 2 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 tsp red food coloring
  • 1 or 2 drops of green food coloring (this will darken the red and make it look more realistic)
  • 1 tsp chocolate sauce
  • 1 tbsp water (or add more if too thick, it will splatter better)

 Before splattering, take the cake to a location that will not be a problem to get messy because you will end up getting food coloring everywhere which is difficult to remove and stains. Possibly outside on top of a protective covering somewhere.  I found this looks best when you have the cake on the platter it will be served on, so you can add drips to the platter too. You can use something like a basting brush to dip into the “blood,” and let it drip/splatter across the white frosting. I also added faux flowers (pre-washed) and splattered blood on those too.

Look how cool it looks when you cut into it!

red velvet splatter cake slaughter cake

diy splatter tablecloth and halloween decor

A lot of the decorations were bought at a local Dollar Store, and I was pleasantly surprised that they had Halloween decorations out already! I picked up some rubber spiders, rat, mouse, bat and utensils, and also bought a plain white plastic table cloth for $1. I used this tablecloth to create a bloody backdrop with watered down acrylic red paint. For an added effect, I mixed a tad of green to give it a more realistic deep blood red color (similar to the cake splatters), and also added a few bloody hand prints. I set the tablecloth outside when splattering so I wouldn’t get paint all over the house, although I somehow still managed to get red paint on my curtains. UGH! I tried a few methods but found the best blood splatter effect I got was by whipping the watery paint at the canvas and also simply holding the paint brush up high and letting it drip.

diy bloody table cloth halloween party

true blood vampire party decorationsI am sooo reusing that rat for Halloween time….or a practical joke. Lol.

dress the part

 Last, I’m a sucker for playing dress up. I actually had this Merlotte’s Sookie True Blood costume from a previous Halloween costume, so I had no excuse not to dress the part as hostess! If you want to really go all out, let guests know to dress up too!

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 Have you ever thrown a watch party for a popular TV show? What idea would you reuse for a Halloween party? Leave me a comment below!

 

 


How to Organize Nail Polish

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I missed the Spring Cleaning train, but recently had an itch to organize everything. This was especially true for my under-the-sink cabinet, which was being consumed by millions of nail polishes. I had them in a box which looked like this below….not pretty. If you’re like me and have way too many colors, it can be tricky to figure out how to organize nail polish, maximize space, and clearly see all of the colors you own.

How to organize nail polish style trials beauty blogger

I’ve heard of a ton of different ways to organize nail polish, but I found that a lot of those solutions wouldn’t work for me. First off, let’s just state the obvious. I own waaaay too many colors and tend to hoard them. Not to mention the nail art tools and accessories that wouldn’t fit in those solutions. Second, I also wanted them tucked away someplace where they couldn’t be seen but could easily be transported if needed. So a wall shelf or anything like that would not work for me.

The Container Store opened near me recently, so I figured if I was going to find a solution then it would be there. However, I found that the traditional acrylic beauty bins they had were made to hold individual nail polishes, meaning you could only fit a handful of polishes and they had to be a specific size.  They also didn’t stack on top of themselves and were pricey. I asked the salesclerk if they had another recommendation, and they offered small acrylic boxes which were just too small and I didn’t think was easy enough to get to. I browsed for about an hour (you’re welcome 🙂 ) and realized exactly what I needed. Something I could use in an unconventional way which just happened to be exactly the right height, stackable, portable, clear, and easy to access a ton of different polishes…….clear shoe drawers! They were only $8.99 a drawer and I bought two, although I may go back and get another!

Each clear shoe drawer from The Container Store holds about 45-55 nail polishes, depending on the sizes of the bottles. I also love that they are drawers and not just boxes, so I can easily get to everything. My under-the-counter sink went from this to this, and I have so much more room!

style trials under the sink organization the container store I really think this is a great way to organize nail polish, especially if you have a checklist like me.

Is it kind of weird that I get a kick out of cleaning and organizing since becoming a homeowner? Haha, my Hubby thinks so but also loves it at the same time!

How do you organize nail polish? I’m sure you have a ton of other great ideas, so please share them in a comment!


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