Wickedly Fabulous: A How to Guide for Hosting a Grown Up Halloween Party

Today a really awesome lady is taking over my blog with her suggestions for having a Halloween themed party! The Pretty Canary is pretty good at what she does and has found several adorable invitations from various websites that we’re sure you will love! I’ve scattered them throughout the post so take a look and write down some suggestions!

4 Weeks Prior:

halloween_invitiationsA theme is very important to establish the tone of any party. It allows your guest the opportunity to find the perfect costume and send back the invites with a good idea of what to expect.

Hosting an Event: Your Halloween Planning and Organizing Checklist (seriously write this down!)

Go Venue Shopping: If you don’t have the space or even if you do, sometimes its always best to bring the party somewhere else. No clean up and all you have to do is book early and you might get a discount.

When ordering invitations, make sure you send to the printers the address of the venue so they can be printed on the back of the invitations! This is part of having good manners as a host or hostess!

vampire_partyPrice Shop For DJ’s: The earlier you book the better. Ask tons of questions to make sure you know what you’re getting.

Don’t Forget Food: Shop at warehouses like Costco and BJ’s which will give you options and amazing deals on all of your favorite brands for literally pennies on the dollar.

Tip: If you are hosting a party with over 100+ guests not only will e-vites save you major money, but you can set up a digital guestbook on sites like Facebook which will give you a list of who have accepted or declined and those people who really haven’t made a decision yet!

3 Weeks Prior:

This is the week to start sending out invites! But where should you start looking? Well, companies like Purple costume_party_ideasTrail.com and Tickled Pink Invitations.com are offering their customers free customizations and discount codes which will help to significantly cut costs when you are ordering higher quantities! With options like coated and uncoated paper as well as 100% customization on all invitation designs, the possibilities are truly endless. Purple Trail is also offering one day priority shipping. This invitation company is my first choice for making my invitations! Did I also mention that Purple Trail starts their prices at .82 cents an Invite if you use the code: intro15.

If you don’t like the selection on Purple Trail you could also go to Tickled Pink Invitations.com. All of their invitations are sold in quantities of 10. Tickled Pink Invitations also allows you to customize your invitations but all of the designs are only available on 100 lb Matte Card Stock Paper and if you order from Tickled Pink you can save 40% today by entering the code: Tickled40 and like Purple Trail, your invitations will be shipped out within the week.

2 Weeks Prior:

Confirm who will be in attendance even if they sent an RSVP so you can order party favors from retailer giants like costumes_and_cocktailsParty City, which is offering free shipping on Halloween orders of $65+ if you use the code: FreeShip65 or $10 off on orders of $75+ if you use the code: SAVENOW

Check out Party City.com for their Chills and Thrills Halloween Party Guide theme ideas for adults. They help with costumes as well as color scheme and Decorations. My favorite ideas featured on the website where the Gothic Glam Party and the Spooky Haunted Mansion!

If you still haven’t found the perfect favors by now, Beaucoup is offering up to 25% off site wide on everything!

For the more adventurous DIYer’s:

HGTV, Target, and Martha Stewart have videos and tutorials on Youtube and also on their websites on how to make favors and anything else you need to make your party spookier.

1Week Prior:

Refer back to your original checklist.

Favors should be prepared and accessible, decorations, food, music and venues should be booked and paid for.

Day Of Party:

Complete Last Minute Task Before Guest Arrive costume_party


Finish Prepping Food

Let DJ or live Music set up

Guest Arrival

and then PARTY!


The Pretty Canary

Autumn iPhone Wallpapers!

Happy almost-autumn everyone! This is one of my favorite seasons. The leaves changing, air becoming crisp, pumpkin-spice everything, and warm sweaters make me feel very happy and content. Perhaps because my mom has always decorated our home for autumn making it feel very warm and inviting. It makes growing up and leaving the nest a little painful. I figure I have one more autumn left where I can spend the entire season at home before I have to move out and get a big-girl job.

In honor of this lovely season, I’ve found a few iPhone wallpapers online that are freebies! Ignore the slight differences in size between them. They all worked fine on my iPhone. They vary in color and style so hopefully you find one that suits your fancy! They are linked to the website where I found them so you can properly download them onto your phone. Enjoy!