True Blood Party Recap & Halloween Party Ideas!

Halloween party ideas style trials blood splatter cake

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!

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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!

 

 


Friday Freebie! Another free 8×8 Shutterfly Photo Book!

You may recall me posting about a free Shutterfly photo book last month, and I know some of you disappointed you missed it.

Well, good news! The deal is back courtesy of IKEA! You can get a free 8×8 hardcover Shutterfly custom photo book, valued at $29.99. Lock yours in asap to make sure you get one because they give out a limited supply. Perfect timing for those fun Halloween photos you took!

Here’s what to do…

Simply click here (you may have to view on desktop rather than mobile) and either create a new customer profile, or log into your existing one. It’s that easy! The free book will be automatically be added to your account, and ready for whenever you want to create the book. Just remember, you must actually create and order the book before December 4th, 2013, and taxes/shipping are extra.


How to Make an Easy Tulle Tutu

 It’s almost Halloween! One of my favorite times of year, and I needed a tulle tutu skirt for a costume. Those things can be really expensive, but I found they’re super easy (and cheap) to make yourself. I wanted to share my easy DIY tulle tutu technique, which can be applied to a variety of things such as baby skirts, pet outfits, or even adult costumes!

How to Make an Easy Tulle Tutu:

tulle tutu skirt finished diy

Tools Needed:

  • Between 45 yards – 60 yards of Tulle Spool (approximately 6″ wide) needed for an adult skirt. Joann’s Fabric sold these for $2.50 each, and I used 3 but could have used 4 spools if I wanted an even fuller skirt.
  • Ribbon of choice (I got one to match the tulle color) or elastic band for the waistband. If you use a ribbon, you will be tying it around your waist instead of stretching it out to get into it.
  • Scissors
  • Tape Measure

Style Trials Orange Tulle Spool

Step 1: Measure out the tulle about 2 feet long for an adult skirt. If it’s a pet skirt or baby skirt, it may need to be about half of that.

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Step 2: This is probably the easiest and quickest way to get your tulle into 2 foot long strips. Weave the spool of tulle back and forth until the entire spool is stacked on top of each other in attached 2 foot length “strips.” The stacked ends should look like the picture below, and it’s okay if it’s not perfect. Some ends may be a little longer than others since the next step will even everything out.

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Step 3: Simply cut the ends off! Just cut them straight across, and this will ensure the ends are even and now separated. When you do this on both sides, you’ll then have completely separated tulle strips that are about 2 feet long. Repeat steps 1 – 3 for all spools of tulle.

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Step 4: Measure out how long your elastic or ribbon should be on your waist. If you’re using ribbon like me, allow an extra 1 1/2 feet on each end so you have excess ribbon to tie a bow and let it hang down in the back. Then tie one strip of tulle at each end of what will actually make the tutu, so you can mark it off and know what needs to be filled in.

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Step 5: Start tying individual strips of the pre-cut 2 ft. length tulle to fill in the skirt. You can just make a knot, and push it together to create fullness.

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Completed tulle tutu!

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What do you think of this project, and how will you use it?

UPDATE!

Here’s a picture of my total #diy costume that I used this tutu for. For all you social media fans, I’m “Blogger!”

Style Trials Halloween Blogger Costume DIY Tutu


Fantasy Makeup Halloween Tutorial

A few weeks back, I asked you to vote on which Halloween makeup look you wanted to see most. We had a clear winner!

Checkout my tutorial below. This would be the perfect makeup look for any girly, glam, or fantasy type of costume. I’m thinking fairies, mermaids, butterflies, princesses, even 80’s or disco since I used a blue/pink combo.

FANTASY MAKEUP HALLOWEEN TUTORIAL

I started with my cheek contouring technique, then used these products:

Here’s a few closer up “after shots” as well:

Hope you like it!

What do you plan on being for Halloween this year? What costume would you pair this makeup look with?


Vote for the Halloween Makeup Look You Want to See!

I love dressing up and themes, so Halloween is one of my favorite holidays! I know there are a ton of costumes out there, but you’ll want to make sure you complete the look with the right makeup/hair. Since this usually falls outside the norm of your everyday makeup, I want to do a fun tutorial or two on some Halloween looks! Based on the most popular choices, I’ve narrowed it down to 5 options and want your feedback! 🙂

Please vote for your favorite Halloween makeup look (or looks, you can select multiple choices) you’d like to see on Style Trials. I’ll keep the poll open until about mid-October, then create some how-to looks based on the most popular choices. You can pick your favorite selection (or selections) to vote for once a day. Thanks for voting!

Which Halloween Makeup Tutorial(s) do you Want to See?
 

 

 

 

 

  

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