We’ve been having a lot of parties at our house. I do mean A LOT.
That means that I’ve had to be super smart about decor. Not only is Halloween coming up, one day later is my mother-in-law’s birthday!
I was going to tell you that I killed two birds with one stone, but being the friendly gal that I am, not only did I not kill any birds but I’ve managed to save the birds and use them for my dual decor dates this month.This year we decided to add our name and address to the Teal Pumpkin Project. In a nutshell, this is what Teal Pumpkin Project is about:
Launched in 2014 by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), the Teal Pumpkin Project® promotes safety, inclusion and respect of individuals managing food allergies. This movement offers an alternative for kids with food allergies, as well as other children for whom candy is not an option, and keeps Halloween a fun, positive experience for all!
Through this international initiative, families are encouraged to place a teal-coloured pumpkin in front of their home to show they have non-food treats available for children with food allergies and other kids for whom candy is not an option. Its aim is to create a safer and happier Halloween for all! ~ excerpt taken from Food Allergy Canada website.
The project itself is merchandised and offers suggestions for participants; some are original and some not so much.
When I started looking a little deeper, I almost peed my pants when I saw the $22 price tag for a fake teal pumpkin at my local craft store. Being the thrifty shopper and creative genius I am, I picked up 4 heirloom squash/pumpkin from a local farm that I frequent. A can of teal spray paint at the local hardware store and some ravens at a dollar store. Free twigs, fire insert, and ladders came from the garden. My 9-year-old Clockwork Orange look-a-like was free also. I just had to endure a bit of nonsense.
I picked Ravens as the tie-in between Halloween outside and Birthday party inside. Our rustic barn board mantle lends itself to dark and moody, which is perfect for this time of year. The old typewriter, doctor’s medicine bag, and the herboriste sign were almost too easy. Vintage photos and a printable here and there, plus some decked out ravens, and I had a theme.
My mother-in-law is a good egg, but she was a bit suspicious as to my use of ravens. I like to joke with her and said something like, “Sometimes a raven is just a raven.”
Sometimes, a raven is just an old bird! We’d like to offer some advice from one old bird to another:
That’s all I have for you right now, on to the next party and theme.
P.S. Ravens are also known as tricksters. It’s a mic drop!
Love Kellie xoxo