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How To Have A Safe Halloween During The Pandemic

Posted by Live Love Mom on October 16, 2020 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie McEndree


With some towns banning the distribution of candy to prevent the spread of the virus, it can be difficult for families to figure out how to celebrate halloween with their kids and still make it a magical time for everyone. Here are some ideas for fun for the whole family!


Carve Pumpkins. Get some pumpkins from the grocery store and carve them into silly faces or inspiring shapes. Hollow them out and put an LED powered fake candle inside for a spooky glow. For younger kids, you can also paint the pumpkins or draw on them with markers.


Free Printables. Lots of places offer free printables with pages of halloween-themed drawings your kids can color in, and sometimes even some arts and crafts that are spooky. You can also look up some ideas on Pinterest on how to make some ghosts, cats, and other things with construction paper, tissues, tape, markers and more!


Scavenger hunt. Buy some candy in bulk at your local dollar stores or grocery stores and hide them around the house! Have your kids run around and find the candy around your house or in your backyard, weather-permitting. It will be like a cross between Halloween and Easter, hunting for easter eggs. Be sure to write down a list of where you hid the candy so you don't end up discovering them a year later. 


Deliveries. In order to keep everyone safe on Halloween, some towns are doing free candy deliveries for families with children. Be sure to sign up ahead of time, and to answer the door wearing a face mask and a face shield if you have one. Your kids will still get to eat candy on Halloween and this will bring smiles to their little faces!


Haunted House. Make your own haunted house for your family. Dim the lights, hang some scary decorations and make a blind haunted house too. Put some cold spaghetti in some jello while blindfolding your kids and tell them it's guts! Put some cold sausages in a bowl and tell them it's intestines! Put some raw ground beef and tell them it's brains! Of course, afterwards turn on the lights and show them the bowls so they know it's just a scary trick. 


Movie Marathon. Break out the popcorn and watch a scary movie marathon cuddled up on the couch with your kiddos! Stay up late together since Halloween is on a Saturday this year. They can hide under blankets during the scary parts if the kiddos are too scared!


Costume Contest. Dress up in your best costume that you can find from previous years, and have your kids do the same. Whoever comes out with the best costume wins! You can even make one out of household objects if you want; tie a towel around your neck for a cape, use a pot and spoon as a shield and sword, make a tinfoil hat, wrap a blanket around you for a dress! Use your imagination!


White sheets. Have a friendly competition with each other and wrap each other in white sheets or big towels to make a mummy disguise. The best one wins! You can also see who makes the best ghost by adding googly eyes to the sheets and taping a black circular piece of construction paper to make it look more realistic.


Bathtime. Get a funky colored bath bomb and have your kids pretend it's something magical. With purple, have it be a witch's magic spell to get clean. With green, it can be a witch's stew. Red can be blood, and black can be the dark of the night. White can be on the moon! Be creative!


Have any more Halloween ideas for home? Comment below!

DIY Drinks For Your Wedding Reception

Posted by Live Love Mom on September 25, 2020 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

by: Dr. Stéphanie McEndree


Not sure how you can keep guests hydrated and happy without paying $2 a glass from a caterer? Whip up some punch! Here are some tips on how to make it happen.


 

Non-alcoholic punch. Having a dry wedding? It’s important to have some tasty drinks to keep things tasty, so mix up a mocktail for your guests. You can find plenty of recipes and ideas here.


 

Spiked punch. There are some wonderful recipes out there that mix many different types of alcohol, even beer! My favorite is a list of 14 big batches of recipes, all for under $30 here. You can also find many more recipes here.


 

Keep it cool. Make a punch ice ring that will slowly melt to keep your punch nice and cold for hours. It’ll infuse the concoction with flavor instead of watering it down. Not sure how to make one? Here is a recipe, and you can find many more online and on Pinterest.


 

Make big batches. Whether you are serving slush-like cocktails, spiked punch, cocktails or mocktails, you will need big batches for weddings, even if you only have 25 guests it’s better to have too much than not enough.


 

Glassware. Be sure your venue or caterer provides enough glasses for everyone, even if it’s just one per guest. If you are providing your own, be sure you have enough and that there is a sink available at the venue for guests to rinse out their glasses if they want to try many different cocktails.


 

Keep guests hydrated. No one wants a hangover in the morning, or guests getting sick due to dehydration. Keep plenty of bottled water on hand, or bring a water dispenser if you have one, or make sure there is a water fountain at the venue. This is especially true if your venue is outdoors and during the hot summer months. You want to keep your guests happy, healthy and comfortable.

To Rent or to Buy Wedding Linens

Posted by Live Love Mom on August 28, 2020 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (3)

by: Dr. Stephanie McEndree




It’s the age-old question; is it cheaper and better to buy or rent linens? Here we break down the pros and cons of each so you can make your own educated decision.

 


 

Pros of renting linens:

 

You don’t have to worry about re-selling them

They won’t take up room in storage in your home

The renters often decorate for you

Your wedding insurance can reimburse you if you make a claim if something went wrong

No need to clean up, the providers will do it for you

No need to come back after the wedding and pick things up


Cons of renting linens:

 

It’s often pricier, going upwards of $3-$5 per item or more

There is a LOT of stuff to rent; chair bows, chair covers, table cloths, table skirts, napkins, table runners, etc.

You run the risk of the provider never showing up or bringing the wrong linens

The providors could decorate things not to your stipulations

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Pros of buying linens:

 

Often cheaper and sold in bulk

You can always make your money back by reselling them

You can decorate the room exactly as you like it

You get to keep them for future fancy events if you so wish, such as baptisms, baby showers, anniversary parties, retirement parties, graduation parties and more

You can pass them on to friends, family or even your child for their wedding

You buy exactly what you want and you know you’ll get exactly what you want at your wedding


Cons of buying linens:

 

You’ll probably have to wait until wedding season rolls around again for you to resell them

You’ll have to clean up yourself (in some cases)

You’ll have to go back to the venue after the honeymoon to pick them up, or arrange a family member or friend to pick them up after the wedding

You’ll have to wash them yourself, and depending how big your wedding is, can mean MANY loads of laundry

Takes up space in your home as you wait to resell them

Feel free to add more pros and cons in the comment section if you can think of any others. I hope this post helps you narrow down which choice you’d like to make for your wedding.