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Learn how to make an origami pumpkin garland with this easy DIY tutorial. The perfect decoration for Autumn, fall or Halloween. This Origami tutorial is the perfect way to decorate on a budget for Halloween.
The standard Christmas work party is almost formulaic. Beginning with cocktails and polite conversation, followed by wine, beer and food, before perhaps, a little dancing. Then, just as Grant from accounts is performing his ‘hilarious’ David Brent impression, and the intern is oversharing with the boss, you bundle up your belongings and call it a night. It’s fun, if not a little repetitive. So this year, in an endeavour to change up the Yuletide celebrations, we have rounded up five less predictable party plans so that you can mix things up a bit.
If you’re after something a bit more cultured (but no less entertaining) consider the Basement Theatre’s Christmas Show your cue. This year, award-winning comics Alice Sneddon and Rose Matafeo are joining forces to bring you their ‘Christmas Party gone wrong’, a belly ache-inducing tale featuring a litany of Basement Theatre’s best talent. The best part about it, aside from the laughs, is that there’s a good chance your boss will have to put their pride aside and get up on stage. And the fact that you’ll be supporting a worthy, not-for-profit organisation, of course. Purchase tickets here.
The Gallery By Candlelight
Newmarket gallery Sanderson is teaming up with neighbouring eatery The Candy Shop to offer a truly unique end-of-year affair. Dubbed The Gallery by Candlelight, the partnership will see a three-course meal unfold within the gallery where guests are surrounded by contemporary New Zealand art, illuminated by candlelight. They can accommodate up to 20 people, where for $90 a head they will receive plates of nori tacos, spicy pork belly, tantalising mains and dessert with the option of BYO beverages or provisions of Craggy Range wines. Click here to inquire.
Holey MoleyIt’s the grown-up activity for big kids at heart that has caused quite a stir in Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour. Tapping into our penchant for all things nostalgic, the new locale will offer a wide range of themed drinks and a delicious selection of food to enjoy with your intrepid round of minigolf. Promising to inject a fair amount more ‘fun’ into the idea of going out, Holey Moley is the vibrant activity that’s worth booking the office into.
Cork and Canvas
Hosted by a local artist, wine and art collide at this cultured event where you are invited to first examine a famed work before picking up a palette and emulating it in your own style. The wildly popular series has sold-out all of the public events for the rest of the year, but there is still space for private and corporate bookings. It’s particularly entertaining for those with a competitive streak and a fitting chance to bring out your inner Picasso.
Team bonding and seasonal get-together in one, if you haven’t yet tried to mastermind your way out of an escape room, now is the time to do it. Pitting team against team (or maybe management vs. others?), you and your colleagues will battle it out to solve the clues and break out of the room the fastest. There are plenty of options in Auckland, with Escape Masters, Great Escape, Escape Rooms NZ and Escapade being just a few of the finest.
Moving onto something more indulgent, East Day Spa’s Corporate Christmas Parties are a relaxing way for the bosses to show they care. With 12 individual treatment rooms (five of which can be double suites), a generous relaxation area, a steam room, and group manicure and pedicure lounge, it’s the dream way for small teams to round off the year. Boasting an all-encompassing array of treatments for men and women, you can discover more about the luxurious services, here.
Ever since it launched in August, Akai Doa is living up to expectations of being a ‘theatrical dinner experience like nothing else’, making it the perfect place to take the work troops. Inside K’ Road’s famous Las Vegas nightclub, acclaimed chef Yukio Ozeki takes the stage to deliver some crazy delicious and somewhat experimental food using the influences of Japanese cuisine and Asahi beer. Having extended their season due to popular demand, there are sessions available up until 21st December with ‘late night surprises’ in store for the silly season. To book, click here.
“The Nightmare Before Christmas” can be the ideal party theme for just about any type of celebration, whether it’s Christmas, Halloween, birthdays or even a baby shower. If you want the Pumpkin King to be an integral part of your next gathering, check out these frighteningly fun and creepily clever “Nightmare Before Christmas” party ideas for any occasion.
Zero The Ghost Dog
Jack Skellington’s pet is a ghost dog named Zero. Krista Nash shared her DIY floating Zero decoration on her blog, Scrap Happens. All you need is some white fabric, felt, a pompom and wire (Krista recommends using white wire clothes hangers).
Black And White Table Settings
Used for a boy’s birthday party, these “The Nightmare Before Christmas” table settings are black and white with a touch of orange for the perfect pop of color. Shannon at Partying with the Princesses used a combination of DIY and store-bought decor to create this festive look.
Fog Juice And Wine Glasses
Serve green punch in a glass bowl tucked into a pumpkin shell. Turn it into Sally’s fog juice by adding dry ice. You can find even more ideas like this at Mad Like Alyce.
Jack Skellington Marshmallows
All you need are some paper straws, a bag of marshmallows and a black, edible marker to create a delightful and delicious centerpiece. Michelle Sterling shared this and other “Nightmare Before Christmas” birthday party ideas on her blog, Avery and Augustine.
Glow In The Dark Cake
This amazing dessert made by Colorado-based Bold City Confections really takes the cake. The baker used special ingredients in the frosting to make the layers and decorations glow under a black light.
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Jack Skellington Cupcakes
If a large cake is not your cup of tea, think smaller and go with cupcakes. Lynlee North Beckett made orange cupcakes, topped them with fondant Jack Skellington toppers and wrapped them in black and white striped paper for a scary Christmas party. She shares other details on her blog, Lynlee’s.
Favors And Treats
No tricks, only treats at this Halloween party. Guests received sweet oranges decorated like miniature pumpkins, jack-o-lantern-adorned milk bottles and goodie buckets with Jack Skellington, skulls and other black and white accents. Laura at Make Life Lovely used her trusty Cricut machine to create custom embellishments.
The Pumpkin King
Paint pumpkins to look like Jack, Oogie Boogie and other “The Nightmare Before Christmas” characters. Bonnie at A Compass Rose used pumpkins, squash, paint and other supplies to craft a collection of party-perfect gourds.
Halloween/Christmas Countdown Clock
The countdown clock hangs in Halloweentown in the movie as well as over the main entrance to Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion during the holiday season. Kristie at Nightmare Before Christmas Props explains how to make a replica of the wreath for your party.
Oogie Boogie Treat Bags
Send guests home with unique goodie bags filled with treats or favors. Tessa Smith at Mama’s Geeky stitched up these handmade containers. All you need is some burlap, yarn, a drawstring and black cloth for Oogie Boogie’s face.
Jack Skellington Chocolate Bowls
An edible bowl made to look like Jack’s face is a fun party addition. Fill the bowls with cookies and cream cheesecake mousse and your guests will be wowed. Beth at Hungry Happenings provides a tutorial for the bowls and a recipe for the mousse.
Sally’s Potion Bottles
Jack’s sweetheart Sally is an expert when it comes to powerful concoctions. Decorate your party with replicas of her potion bottles. Angie at Big Bear’s Wife turned plain old glass bottles into elixir containers using spray paint, mod podge and a few other simple materials.
Jack drops off a wreath as a gift at an old woman’s house in the film. Shortly after, it opens its eyes, sports tentacles and attempts to eat its recipient. Learn how to make your own party prop with help from Chrissy at Adventures in DIY.
Banners And Bats
Don’t forget to deck the halls and decorate the walls. Lindsay at Artsy-Fartsy Mama used a Cricut to create a “This Is Halloween” banner and flying black bats. However, you could cut the shapes and letters out of paper by hand, as well.
Halloween is around the corner and it is super fun to have a matching costume when you’re a couple. This butterfly-themed couples costume is the perfect fit! The male part is a butterfly catcher and the woman will be dressed up as a butterfly.
If you’re in charge of planning an unforgettable bachelor party, you’ve come to the right place. Wedding planner Jennifer Bergman has put together stag ideas that are bound to get the party started in Edmonton. Here’s a good start to making sure the groom has the best “last night of freedom” before the big day!
Create a spooky scene this Halloween even if you don’t have a yard to decorate. These Halloween window silhouettes are easy to create and put up for Halloween! All you need to make these quick Halloween decorations is some cardstock, scissors and the patterns here.
Mini Babybel® at Target this year, and with special Halloween wrappers! I’ve loved them since I was a kid, and now my kids do too. What’s not to love? It’s a wholesome, nutrient-rich, all natural snacking option for the whole family, and friends. That’s why it’s always on my menu for parties. Since Halloween parties need some savory goodness, I’m making Mini BabyBel mummies all season long! They’re so easy to make and a hit with kids.
Then I use string cheese for the “bandages” and olives for the “eyes.” With the string cheese, you have to peel it pretty thin to give it that awesome bandage look. It’s really fun to make, and of course I eat more than I make.
There’s so much to love about these Halloween Party Treats.
Mini Babybel® 100% real cheese is always a hit. There are six varieties, and that big taste always saves snack time, and Halloween snack time too. Like I said, I loved it as a kid. There’s a rich taste and creamy texture, and no artificial growth hormones*. No significant difference has been shown between milk derived from rBTS – Treated and non-rBST treated cows.
Make sure you pick up some Mini Babybel® at Target – there are deals throughout the month of October! Right now, there’s a 10% off Mini Babybel Cartwheel offer that runs from October 7th through early November. Find out more here.
What’s your favorite way to eat your Mini Babybel?
Link to all 20 parts here!!