Happy Halloween! I had a blast with my nieces at our marathon crafting and cookie decorating session last weekend and want to share some photos from the day with you. We made care packages for the cousins who are away at college and filled them with all sorts of Halloween treats.
We started with cookies... lots and lots of cookies. This cookie recipe is an old standby and this frosting is a good one. The frosting dries hard and shiny, but is tastier than plain royal icing. However, be warned that it can take a day or so to dry fully. We used this recipe for the chocolate icing, which also dried hard and shiny after a day or so.
I've always felt that the way a package is wrapped is just as important as what is inside and we spent lots of time dressing up the variety of goodies. The cookies were individually packaged in these fun treat bags held closed with clips made with supplies from Papertrey Ink.
This was another type of cookie we decorated... don't tell, but the base of these are store bought Mallowmars. They look extra special in individual mini cupcake liners.
We probably had the most fun making these mini haunted house scenes using more products from Papertrey Ink and inspiration from the oh-so-talented Betsy Veldman. The domes were adhered to the top of small canning jars filled with chocolate eyeballs.
It was easy to make these houses in an assortment of colors and with different details. These domes, the clips and other bits and pieces also double as Halloween decorations for the cousin's dorm rooms.
You can read more about the tubes with foiled accents on this post.
We included some non-edible treats too - a "stress ball" pumpkin to squeeze while studying for exams and who doesn't like an orange slinky? The tiny treat bags contain individually wrapped rice krispy treats and the orange and white polkadot bag holds a container of Altoids. There were also refills for their Keurigs and boxes of Cheese-its for the guys.
The girls got mascara (don't know what brand, but it came in a cute orange and black package), lip gloss, and orange nail polish.
What do you think? I would have been pretty excited to get one of these boxes when I was away at college. Any of my long-time blog readers will know how much I LOVE Halloween so it was wonderful to still find a reason to decorate and create for the holiday, now that my boys are past the trick-or-treating stage. I already have some ideas for next year's Halloween care packages. :)
Have a spookily sweet Halloween and thanks for visiting!