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by Cassity Kmetzsch

Cassity Kmetzsch, an interior designer with a love of remodeling, shares tons of decorating ideas and problem-solving tips on her popular blog, Remodelaholic. A Remodelaholic through and through, both Cassity and her husband Justin have remodeled four homes together. One of the things that she loves the most? Reinventing and recycling pieces or building leftovers that she already has on hand. Cassity has two young daughters that she hopes to teach her remodeling ways just as soon as they are able to!

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  • Fall is such a fun time to host a party for your children and their friends. It's cool enough that you can be outside and not have to worry (as much) about protecting yourselves from sunburn and dehydration, but not so cool that you have to bundle up or risk frozen fingers. And with Halloween just around the corner, give the kiddos an extra opportunity to wear their carefully chosen costumes and show them off to their friends. (Just be sure that parents know if costumes are expected at the party and have enough notice to get their munchkin's costume ready!) When your child begs to have a Halloween party, you can say, "YES," with these easy fall and Halloween party ideas. 
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  • Keep It Simple: Donuts and Cider

    Especially for young kids like mine, too much going on at a party can be overwhelming and make the experience actually less fun. My girls love the simplicity of a donut picnic--playing in the leaves and having a donut. Add in some hot apple cider and a couple simple party games, and you've got an afternoon of fun!
    Make older kids earn their donuts by employing the classic donut-on-a-string party game or challenge them to eat an entire glazed donut without licking their lips. (It's harder than you'd think!) Play carnival games, such as a cake walk, beanbag toss, or pin the mouth on the jack-o-lantern. Let the kids burn off some energy by playing "zombie tag"--otherwise known as good old fashioned freeze tag.
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  • Pumpkin It Up: Simple Pumpkin Decorating

    Nothing is more fun than pumpkins in fall, and, in my opinion, you can never have too many pumpkins or too many chances to decorate them! Pick up a pumpkin for each party attendee, cover the table and floor with a drop cloth, and let them start decorating! Keep everyone's fingers safe by leaving pumpkins whole instead of carving them. (The pumpkins will last longer uncarved, too.)

    Decorate the pumpkins with holiday favorites like plastic spiders, snakes, spider webs, gauze mummy wrappings, or vampire teeth. Get crafty with paint (washable with brushes or puff paint that comes in a tube), washi tape, ribbon/lace, googly eyes, feathers, stickers, rub-on tattoos, thumbtacks, or other simple craft or hardware store supplies.

    Keep it even simpler by picking up a few extra costume items--such as hats, glasses, and scarves/boas--from a party or dollar store and letting the kids dress up their pumpkins. Give them a photo op by hanging a simple festive plastic table cloth as a backdrop and let them dress to match their pumpkins. And what to eat? Pumpkin cookies, of course! (I personally love these pumpkin spice whoopie pies.)
  • Send Them Scavenging: Witches' Brew

    With all the little ghouls and goblins (or sparkly vampires and yellow minions, perhaps) coming to play, send them searching for the ingredients to a witches' brew! Cooked spaghetti for zombie guts, peeled grapes for eyeballs, steamed cauliflower for brains--you know the drill (or check out A Lemon Squeezy Home for even more ideas).

    Hide the ingredients around your home and yard and write up simple clues (appropriate for your child's age) to send the kids searching for the potion ingredients. Have them put everything in a large stock pot (eeeww!) and cook it all up and serve them their witches' brew...which conveniently turns out to be a punch or stew that you've already prepared secretly beforehand. Extra points for serving the stew in a cauldron or mini pumpkins!
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