Halloween Party Favor Ideas: All Treats No Tricks

Planning the perfect Halloween party requires equal parts fun, festiveness, and of course – flavor! Since the party favor is the last thing the guests see and think about, it’s arguably one of the most important elements of an event – that’s why it’s so important to have cool and creative gifts for the guests to take home! Here are some of our favorite unique Halloween party favors that will sweeten their celebration.

Spooky & Sweet Halloween Party Favors:

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Send guests home with a spooky treat that’s fun to eat, like one of our festive Halloween cookie cards! Choose from a variety of faBOOlous designs for the perfect party favor.

Alternatively, you can order a Halloween cookie assortment from Cheryl’s – each cookie comes individually packaged so you can simply attach a festive bow or ribbon and hand them out as party favors!

 

halloween-party-favors-zombie-kettle-corn-the-popcorn-factoryBlack & Orange Snacks

Celebrate the holiday’s hottest color pairing – black and orange – by sending guests home with gifts in that color! Choose fun favors in the honorary color like this 30-count Halloween Kettle Corn box from The Popcorn Factory. Add a spooky touch by taping labels with the names of your party guests – with a Halloween twist (i.e Matt becomes “Batt”).

 

halloween-party-favors-fannie-may-pumpkin-tinsSweet & Spooky Ornaments

Ornaments aren’t just for Christmastime! Fannie May put a Halloween twist on ornaments with adorable chocolate-filled pumpkin tin. Add a festive nametag to easily turn it into a personalized gift they’re sure to love showing off.

 

halloween-party-favors-1800baskets-caramel-applesCaramel Apples

Nothing says fall quite like Caramel Apples. The addition of orange and yellow Reese’s ® Pieces turns the perfect fall treat into the perfect Halloween treat! Throw these beauties in a festive dessert box or bag and send guests home with a gift they won’t want to wait to sink their teeth into.

 

halloween-party-favors-harry-david-hot-chocolate-setHalloween Hot Chocolate

Heat things up at your spooky soiree by sending guests off with a ready-to-mix hot chocolate kit, like this gift set from Harry & David – sure to please even Count Choculate!

Spooky & Sweet Halloween Party Ideas

Halloween is the perfect time to get extra festive. Celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year with a show-stopping party for both children and adults to enjoy!

Celebrations.com recently threw a wow-worthy Halloween bash filled with DIY elements that are simple to recreate yet will impress guests of all ages! Check out their full Halloween party for ideas including a DIY Smoky Witches Brew recipe, Spooky Cider for the kids, DIY Witch Broom Cocktail Stirrers, and a fun Trick-or-Toss game using Halloween candy.

Have any fun Halloween party ideas you’d love to show off? Share them with us in the comments section below!

Beauty in Bloom: Fun Facts About Sunflowers

When you look at a sunflower, you can’t help but smile. There’s just something about those bright, larger-than-life flowers that really brighten up the day. That’s why every summer and fall, we love putting a sunflower spin on our famous buttercream frosted cookies!

In honor of one of our favorite vibrant blooms, here are some fun facts about sunflowers!

Did you know…

- Sunflowers belong to the Helianthus genus. Helianthus is a combination of the Greek words – “helios,” meaning sun and “anthos,” meaning flower.

cheryls-buttercream-frosted-sunflower-cookies- The sunflower has been cultivated for over 4,500 years!

-While the sunflower is native to North America, its popularity as a cultivated crop began in Russia.

- It is a very fast growing plant; in fact, it requires around only 100 days from planting to reach maturity.

- Flower heads from young sunflower plants actually follow the movement of the sun during the day. This behavior is known as heliotropism.

- In fact, the French word for sunflower is tournesol, which translates literally to “turn with the sun.”

- Sunflower plants vary tremendously in size; they can be as small as three feet and as large as eighteen feet in height.

- One single sunflower can have up to 2000 seeds – that’s a whole lot of snacking!

- There are more than 60 different kinds of sunflowers growing all over the world.

- Not only are sunflowers the state flower of Kansas, but you can find 11 different varieties of sunflowers growing in this one state!

- There are 2 different kinds of consumable sunflower seed – striped and black oil.

- As of 2014, the tallest sunflower in the world belongs to Hans-Peter Schiffer from Germany. His wow-worthy bloom measures at 28 ft, 8.49 inches (8.75 m) high and was measured on August 27, 2013.

- On the flip side, according to the 1996 Guinness Book of World Records, the smallest sunflower ever grown measured at only 2 1/5 inches at its mature stage – that’s one petite plant!

- Not only can you eat sunflower seeds, but you can even use them to make medicines, paints, and cooking oil.

- Sunflowers are more than just plants, they are art! In fact, famous painter Vincent Van Gogh was so inspired by this beautiful bloom that he did a whole series inspired by and featuring sunflowers.

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Score a Touchdown with these Tailgating Tips

From concerts to sporting events, there’s always a good time to tailgate! Make your tailgate a fun and flawless event with these simple tips and ideas.

football-cookies-tailgating-tipsFreeze water bottles for chilled food AND drinks. Pop several water bottles in the freezer the night before. The next day while packing your cooler, use the frozen water bottles as ice packs! Throughout the day, the water bottles will defrost, leaving your tailgate party a refreshingly cool drink to stay hydrated with.

Pack single serve snacks. Rather than bringing an oversized bag of chips or loose desserts along, pre-pack your snacks into single servings. Alternatively, you can purchase treats that already come individually packaged (in case you were wondering – yes! Cheryl’s cookies DO come individually packaged).

Pre-pack utensil sets. Prepare ready-to-go utensil sets wrapped in a napkin so friends can simply grab and go. This will eliminate everyone gathering around in the same area at the same time to sort through the utensils for the ones they need.

Know the venue. If possible, head out to the area the beforehand and take note of the layout. That way, you can take note of the areas with the most shade, pick out the best spots to park in, and be aware of all exits to help plan your exit strategy.

Bring a distinguishing flag or pole. Especially in the case of larger events, it may be difficult for your group to find their way back to the car. Attach a tall, unique flag or pole that stands out from the crowd so they can spot your car from miles away. This is also a good idea if you are meeting up with others; just describe your flag and they’ll be able to find you no matter where they are parked.

Slice burger toppings beforehand. Skip the mess that comes with slicing onions and tomatoes, and slice them the morning of! Lay them all out in a large aluminum tray and you have mini portable build-your-own-burger-bar.

Brings snacks for sharing with neighbors. Part of the fun of tailgating is encountering all the like-minded people surrounding you. Bring extra snacks for sharing with your neighbors; who knows – maybe they’ll have some delicious eats they’ll share with you in return!

Cleanup as you go. Rather than leaving all of the cleanup until very the end, place several trash bangs around the area so guests can clean as they go. This not only saves times on cleanup in the end, but will help you avoid the rush getting out as the rest of the cars are still busy tossing their trash.

Bring bug repellent. This is especially important when tailgating in the summer. Prepare bug repellent such as citronella candles or spray. Candles work best to keep insects from the food, and spray can be applied directly to the body to help avoid those unwelcome bug bites.

Get an A in Creativity

Help the kids start the school year off the right way and get to the head of the class by surprising their teacher with a creative gift straight from the heart! All four of these ideas are simple to recreate, so enlist the help of your little students for the perfect activity to get them excited for the first day of school.

Pair these unique DIY teacher gifts with an apple-themed treat, and the will be well on their way to becoming teacher’s pet.

Creative + Cool DIY Teacher Gifts

Personalize a Mini Easel

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Add a touch of artistic flair to their work space with this simple and unique DIY Mini Art Easel from Skip to my Lou! Add your own message to the easel or stick to writing out their name for a cool desk decoration. The best part? They can erase the message and fill in with their own well words or wisdom for a gift they’ll love showing off for the entire school year!

Pair Flowers with a DIY Pencil Vase

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Sharpen their work space with a vase adorned in #2 pencils with this craft idea from Celebrations.com! Using simply a vase, pencils, and a rubber band, you can create a gift that’ll add a fun and festive touch to the whole classroom.

Create a Flower Pen Bouquet

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Put a floral twist on the professor’s writing instruments with these DIY Flower Pens from HGTV. Make a few and toss them into a pot or small vase for a bouquet that will wow without ever wilting!

Fill this Terra Cotta Apple Mug with Sweets

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Turn an ordinary terra cotta pot into a reusable apple-shaped storage container filled with sweets! This is one DIY gift they’ll want to hold on to and show off during their next visit to the teacher’s lounge with this how-to from Seven Thirty Three.

Send Your Smart Cookies Some Love at College

Your scholar may have moved into their newly decorated dorms, but that doesn’t mean they’re not still reminiscing about family vacations and movie nights! Surprise them with a care package that lets them know they’re near at heart, no matter how far in distance they may be.

When compiling the perfect care package for your special someone, keep in mind their unique personalities as well as their living habits. When picking out the ideal food products for your care package, keep in mind durability and shelf life. For example, Cheryl’s cookies arrive individually packaged and can be frozen for up to 6 months – the key here is the perfect balance of freshness, flavor, and convenience!

Here are 4 unique homemade care package ideas and themes to help inspire and educate:

Box of Sunshine

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Who can help but smile when they receive a box full of bright, happy sunshine?! This idea featured on Happy Money Saver is simple; just stick to vibrant, yellow products (sunflower buttercream cookies, anyone?) and throw in a few sunshine-themed cut-outs and confetti to add some serious smile to their day!

Stationery Package

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A message posted on a Facebook wall is nice, but there’s nothing quite like the feeling one gets when opening a handwritten letter from the ones they love. Give your special scholar a hand with keeping in touch by surprising them with all of the fixins they need to become pros of the written word with a unique stationery-filled care package like this one featured by Ann Marie Loves.

College Dorm Survival Cake

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A college survival care package filled with all of the necessities for dorm life– from school supplies to shower gear – is a great way to give them a head start on college living. Lyah Designs put a fun twist on this classic care package by turning it into a unique “cake!”

Study Break Package

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Between getting acclimated to living on their own to late-night cram sessions, those students could sure use a break! Surprise them with a fun and snack-filled care package with this Study Break Package idea featured at In MomoPause. Include your scholar’s favorite treats, energy drinks, and entertainment choices (music gift cards, card games, DVDs) for the ultimate gift to keep them going when the going gets tough.

Back-to-School Blues?

Make the First Day Fun Again!

It’s never too late to start a yearly tradition! Add some excitement and anticipation to your child’s first day of school by starting one (or all) of these traditions; it’ll not only be a great way to track your little scholar’s progress but will also make for some priceless memories and keepsakes you’ll want to hold on to forever.

Make a Back to School Time Capsule

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With each passing school year, your child learns, grows, and develops his or her own unique view on things while growing their list of likes and dislikes. Celebrate this growth by letting your child experience it for themselves; help them make a time capsule on the first day of school and then join them on the last day of school as they dig it up and unwrap their memories! Such The Spot shares her take on this fun idea including a downloadable questionnaire they’ll love filling out.

Create and Keep a First Day of School Interview

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Each year on the first day of school, have your child fill out a back-to-school interview (with the same questions every time). Create a binder or scrapbook out of their answers; on their last day of high school, gift them with this binder for them to see how far they’ve come! Giggles Galore shared a printable interview to make this one fuss-free activity!

Stage a First Day of School Photo Shoot…with Chalk

Immortalize the memory of your child’s first day of school by staging a first day of school photo shoot!

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Take a Photo of your special scholar on their first day, sharing their hopes and aspirations. Create a chalkboard prop similar to the one made by Just Us Four so you can reuse it yearly for less fuss and more fun! Take one every year until they graduate (or become too stubborn to cooperate).

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Have your child channel their inner artist with easily erasable and fun chalk like Paging Fun Mums did! Depending on their age, you may want to write their grade number, while having them write or draw out their future aspirations.

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