How-To: Chocolate Spoons

I recently found these sweet treats on Pinterest and decided to try making them to hand out as favors at our Christmas party next week. They were really easy to make and I can’t wait to dip one in my coffee tomorrow morning!


Here’s what you need:

Pack of plastic spoons

milk chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate, peppermint bark, etc. to melt


Optional: pretzel bags (if you want to gift)

Step 1:

Melt your chocolate of choice in the microwave or on the stove. If you need it to be thinner/runnier, add a teaspoon of vegetable oil (not olive!)

Step 2: 

Use a spoon to pour chocolate into the, uh, other spoon. You want the chocolate to be nice and level in the spoon, so don’t add too much. You may need to shake the spoon around a little to get the chocolate evenly distributed. The most important part is to prop the handle of the spoon up on a plate, tray, or trivet so that the chocolate will be level when it sets.

Step 3: 

Add all decorations and treats you want. I highly recommend adding a jelly bean. The Jelly Belly Ice Cream Parlor mix has great flavors for this project. I picked colors that would coordinate with my Christmas party theme (all peacock colors, teal, purple, green, and gold). If you’re adding chocolate, wait until the chocolate is a little more set so it does not melt into the spoon.



Step 4: (Optional)

Cut the pretzel bags so that the edge of the plastic reaches halfway down the handle of the spoon. Secure with some ribbon or raffia and voilà! What a sweet little present.


I’m adding these to my Culinary Compilation Board!




Inspiration: Pumpkins!

It’s not Halloween without pumpkins. While carving them up is the classic route, I found tons of creative ways to dress up these seasonal favorites without getting out the carving set. Don’t forget, if you use real pumpkins you can throw in the silica gel from shoeboxes to keep them from molding. They’re all saved to my Ghosts and Ghouls Board.

Glowing Polka-Dot Pumpkins, courtesy of

Mouse Motel Pumpkin, courtesy of

Crayon Drip Pumpkin, courtesy of

Pumpkin Twig Tree, courtesy of

Monogrammed Pumpkin, courtesy of

Glitter Pumpkins, courtesy of

Spray Paint and Stencils, courtesy of

Color-Blocked Pumpkins, courtesy of

Striped Pumpkins, courtesy of

Gilded Pumpkins, courtesy of

Glitter Chevron Pumpkin, courtesy of

Glue & Epsom Salts for a Sparkle Pumpkin, courtesy of

Instagram Photo Pumpkin, courtesy of

Easy Polka-Dot Pumpkin, courtesy of

Lentil-studded Pumpkins, courtesy of

More gilded pumpkins, courtesy of

Lacy Pumpkin, courtesy of

Cookie-Cutter Patterned Pumpkins, courtesy of

Glam Pumpkin, courtesy of

Button Pumpkin, courtesy of

Monogram Pumpkin, courtesy of

Painted Pumpkins, courtesy of

Rhinestone Pumpkin, courtesy of

Candy Corn Pumpkins…great for a weirdly shaped pumpkin! Courtesy of

Pastel Pumpkins, courtesy of

Spraypainted Doily Pumpkins, courtesy of

Dressed Up Pumpkin, courtesy of

Pearl Studded Pumpkins, courtesy of

Message on a Pumpkin, courtesy of

Washi Tape Pumpkins, courtesy of, Photographs by Don Penny; Styling by Vanessa Boer

Chalkboard Pumpkins, courtesy of, Photographs by Don Penny; Styling by Vanessa Boer

Silhouette Pumpkin, courtesy of

Intricately Patterned Pumpkins, courtesy of

Vinyl State Decal Pumpkins, courtesy of, photo by Burcu Avsar

Decoupaged Pumpkins, courtesy of, photo by Miki Duisterhof

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a classic. Courtesy of




Inspiration: Halloween Party Favors

I love to give party favors, even when it’s totally unnecessary to do so and/or I have 100 people at my house and have to come up with – you guessed it – 100 favors. So here are my favorite ideas from across the web for inspired Halloween party favors and packaging. They’re all on my Ghosts and Ghouls Board. Enjoy!

Personalize tin buckets full of candy, courtesy of

Owl treat bags, courtesy of

Treats in Beakers- use as awards for best costumes! Courtesy of

Netted Bags for treats, courtesy of

Halloween Paper Treat Bags, courtesy of

Coffin-shaped boxes, courtesy of

Ghost Chinese Take-Out Boxes, courtesy of

Candy Corn Dots, courtesy of, photo by Kate Mathis

Cheese Ball Bags, courtesy of

Brownie Pretzel Marshmallow Skeletons, courtesy of

DIY Glow-In-The-Dark Slime, courtesy of

Witch’s Broom Favors, courtesy of

Ghostly Popcorn Bags, courtesy of

Creepy Crawly Play-Dough, courtesy of

Batty Take-Out Box, courtesy of

Halloween Poppers, courtesy of

Test Tube Favors, courtesy of, photo by Sadie Days Photography

Goody Witches, courtesy of

Punched Favor Bags, courtesy of



Inspiration: Halloween Decor

OK, we’ve covered all the important stuff about the party: the food and drinks. What comes next? Oh, right – the decorations. If you think this list is long, wait until you see my upcoming post on pumpkins. Just so much fun stuff out there! These are all pinned to my Ghosts and Ghouls Board along with all my Halloween loves!

Mason Jar Luminaries, courtesy of

Witch’s legs from pool noodles! Courtesy of

Pumpkin Tea Light Holders, courtesy of

Pumpkin Door Decor, courtesy of

Snake Wreath, courtesy of

I mean, you must have a green door. Bur, Franken-door. Courtesy of

Paper Pumpkins, courtesy of

More Mason Jar Lanterns, courtesy of

Candy Corn Vases, courtesy of

Spider Topiaries, courtesy of

Candy Corn Hurricanes, courtesy of

Candy Corn Tree, courtesy of

Tin Can Lanterns, courtesy of

Halloween Soaps, courtesy of

Milk Jug Luminaries, courtesy of

Spiderweb Doormat, Courtesy of; photo by Seth Smoot

Ghost Garland, courtesy of

Click link for paper cutout templates! Courtesy of; photo by John Kernick

Cheesecloth Ghosts, courtesy of; photo by John Kernick

Eat, Drink, and Be Scary Printable, courtesy of



Inspiration: Halloween Party Drinks

One more element of a great party: the drinks. You can keep them simple and nothing’s amiss, or you can pump them up a notch with ideas like these and make your party truly spectacular. There’s just something about having a “fancy drink” in your hand that makes the night. Halloween is a great opportunity to use some really wild ideas for drinks and drinkware alike! These are all on my Ghosts and Ghouls Board. Cheers!

Creepy Hand Punch, courtesy of

Jack-o-Lantern Orange Soda, courtesy of

Bubbling Cocktails, courtesy of

Boo-Nilla Shake, courtesy of

Ghost in the Graveyard, Screwed-Up Screwdriver, and Berry Scary Martini, courtesy of

Halloween Cat Cocoa, courtesy of

Monster Cups, courtesy of

Bat Straws, courtesy of

Pumpkin Party Cooler, courtesy of

Drink Dispenser, courtesy of

Water bottles, courtesy of

Spider Cider Mason Jars, courtesy of

Halloween Paper Straws, courtesy of

Love them all!



Inspiration: Halloween Party Desserts

My second installment of Halloween inspiration! Today it’s all about the sweets. Let’s be honest, that’s what Halloween is all about, right? I tried to pick some simple recipes that won’t require you to spend all day in the kitchen. These are all heading to my Ghosts and Ghouls Board.

Candy Corn Cheesecake Mousse, courtesy of

Nutty Ghosts, courtesy of

Oreo Bats, courtesy of

Spidey Oreos, courtesy of

Witch Hat Cookies, courtesy of

Owl Cupcakes, styling by, photo by

Pumpkin Rice Krispies, courtesy of

Black Cat Cupcakes, courtesy of

Monster Pudding, courtesy of

Mummy Cupcakes, courtesy of

Candy Corn Macaroons, courtesy of

Eerie Eyeball Cupcakes, courtesy of

Candy Corn Sugar Cookies, courtesy of

Witch Hat Cupcakes, courtesy of

My sweet tooth is officially ready for Halloween. I have to remember we will also have a bowl full of candy!

What are your favorite Halloween- themed desserts?



Inspiration: Halloween Party Snacks

Pinterest is blowing up with adorable (and some not-so-adorable) ideas for Halloween party snacks. I prefer the cute, “not-so-scary” Halloween decor to the gory “looks-like you’re eating someone’s eyeball” Halloween style. Here is a compilation of some of the best salty and savory treats I found across the web and saved to my Ghosts and Ghouls Board. Hope it provides some inspiration! Another Halloween-themed installment will follow with all the seriously sweet treats and desserts I could find!

Pretzel & Marshmallow “Bones”, courtesy of

Apple & Marshmallow “Smiles”, courtesy of

Pretzel & String Cheese “Witch’s Brooms”, courtesy of

Pumpkin Pretzels, courtesy of

“Mummies in a Blanket”, courtesy of

“Cheesy Bones” courtesy of

“Spider Salsa” courtesy of

“Monster Munch” courtesy of

“Witches fingers”, courtesy of

Aren’t there some clever people out there?

What are your favorite Halloween Party snacks?



Pin of the Day: Monogrammed Keychain

In the mood to spend between $35-50 on a keychain? Me neither. However, if you ARE, I would recommend these without hesitation:

These cuties are from Invite Cottage and for $34.95 +$9.00 shipping, they could be yours. If you want to punch it up a bit, they will craft you one from a Lilly Pulitzer fabric too!

It’s a prep explosion.

These are heading to my Gifted Giving Board. I think this could be a fantastic wedding shower gift with the bride’s new initials!



Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day!

I whipped up these chocolate explosions for the dads in my life to sweeten up today’s festivities!

I am hoping to get back to regular posting soon!  The recipe and step-by-step instructions (and pictures) for these treats will be up first!



Pin of the Day: Memorial Day Pretzels

Tonight’s just a quick post with a sweet idea that has been all over Pinterest today! I’ve seen the pictures on blogs all over the internet, but I found an actual post with instructions and ideas over at cupcakes and cashmere.

So sweet and easy! If you haven’t made dessert for your cookout tomorrow, you could whip these up so fast and save the day. They’re already on my Independence Index Board!

Pinterest strikes again!



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