“Wicked Fun” with Erin Condren

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While I don’t have enough space, cash, or desire to throw a giant Halloween bash, I love celebrating seasons and holidays, and Halloween is no exception.  I have a few decorations out, some spooky treats in the kitchen, and some of the latest Halloween goodies from Erin Condren in my office.  Only EC could make Halloween fun and functional. 

For those of you that don’t know, my all time favorite musical is Wicked. Wicked centers around Elphaba (more commonly known as the Wicked Witch of the West) and Glinda from the Wizard of Oz starting before the events that we know from the movie.  It’s brilliantly written, the music is incredible, and I’ve been hooked for years. To say I’m obsessed is putting it lightly. When I lived at my parent’s house, I color matched my bedroom to the musical’s poster.  My college senior recital was titled “Defying Gravity,” and I even got a lime green Ford Fiesta before it was cool (ok..it might not ever be cool, but there are definitely a lot more of them around now) because it was the perfect shade of “Elphaba green.”  See? Obsessed!

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When I saw one of the Halloween releases from Erin Condren had Wicked written on it, I knew I had to have the collection, so I picked up a few (okay..all) of the “Wicked Fun” items EC offered to give my office a little bit of a Halloween flair.  

My Life Planners both got makeovers to stay current with the holiday, and while my blog planner is sporting last year’s October cover, my personal planner is sporting the new “Wicked Fun” cover in my favorite wicked colors: Elphaba green (aka to the rest of the world as lime green) and good old black. 

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I have been obsessed with the bound journals that EC released this year, so when I saw “Wicked fun” was offered as a journal cover as well, it went into the cart in the same custom colors as my ECLP cover.  This journal proudly bears a quote from my favorite song in the musical, “Defying Gravity.”  Not only does the journal make me smile, but it’s great for writing down my ideas for various Halloween festivities.  

While my planners and notebooks rarely leave the office, the EC Halloween offerings can be used in other parts of the holiday too.  

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For some baked goods to serve at a party (or just to myself and the Mister), I had my sister (who is the baker at Deanna’s Delights) make and frost some yummy, festive cupcakes for my acrylic tray. While many people don’t necessarily think of purple as a Halloween color, I find it goes perfectly with my “Wicked Fun” acrylic tray insert from EC. I customized the colors so they felt a little more “Wicked the musical” and less wicked witch with the giant wart on her nose, and the purple and orange treats matched perfectly.  

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Holiday Tip: Add a few drops of food dye to your frosting or cake batter for an extra festive feel.  You can give something as simple as boxed cake and canned frosting that extra special flare. 

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EC also has a gift label for every occasion, and Halloween is no exception. I decided on some with the bats to complete my Halloween collection, and they’re perfect for labeling the cookies I’d love to give to friends for the holiday. All you need is a clear plastic bag and delicious treats to put in them. Ta da! A cute, personal Halloween treat.  

As with most EC products, the personalization and customization of their products is practically limitless, and Halloween is no exception.  If you want to get your hands on these wicked fun goodies before they fly away, you should head to the site and order soon.  First-time customers can rel=”nofollow” sign up using this link and get a coupon for $10 off their order.  

What are some of your Halloween party or home decor tips? 

*I was sent these products in collaboration with Erin Condren, but all opinions are my own. Using my referral link also grants me $10 credit to EC.  Thanks for supporting my obsession and my blog*

Budget Friendly Halloween Decor

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Tomorrow is Halloween!  I can’t even believe it.  The time is flying by and before we know it Christmas will be here.  I have always been into holiday home decor, and I love having my own little apartment to decorate as the seasons change.  With some major life changes coming for Erik and I (more on that in a later post), I can’t bring myself to fully embrace an abundance of home decor while we are living in Chapel Hill, however, last year I obtained a few fun things to put a little bit of festive Halloween spirit into our home.

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Halloween Decor on a Budget

Because Erik has been in school and not working, our fun budget is generally quite tight, therefore buying home decor is much lower on the priority list (well, HIS list anyway).  How I manage to satisfy my home decorator itch is by being smart about it.  Here are a couple of ways I did it.

  • Help from home.  Over the years my parents have obtained tons of decorations, so for our first year in the apartment they sent us a box of a few pieces to help start our collection.  What’s cool about this is my grandma and great-grandmother did ceramics as a hobby, so a few pieces (like the white statue on the left) were hand made and are pieces of my grandparents I can hang on to even though they are gone.
  • Coupons!  If you’re patient, home decor purchasing opportunities come up that let you buy at reasonable prices before the holidays.  Both the pumpkin (pictured above) and the haunted house (below) were from Kohls.  They were on sale and I had a 30% off coupon.  I got to purchase guilt free 🙂

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  • Multi-purpose decor.  My little end table (below) is definitely more fall themed than Halloween themed, but with my glittery pumpkin that I use for both Halloween and the entire month of November (and the adorable pumpkin themed sign) I get my money’s worth out of this table not just for October, but November too.  My little ghost tea light holder (old decor from parents) has been paired with a pumpkin that actually has a turkey on the front of it.  All I did was turn it around and all of the sudden it fits with Halloween.  On the 1st I will flip it over and it will be Thanksgiving decor.  It’s all about multi tasking.

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  • Buy the day after- This is how I’ve gotten a lot of my home decor while living in Chapel Hill.  It takes a lot of patience to not want a piece of decor for the current season, but my top advice is to wait until the day after the holiday actually happens.  November 1st last year, I went over to Pier 1 and got the spider themed candle holder and the wreath for a ridiculous discount.  Sure, I had to come home and pack them away, but this year I got to proudly display these beautiful and festive pieces without my husband complaining about the money I spent on a few decorations.  I love shopping the bargains of the “day after” sales.

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Now, I want to hear from you, friends.  How do you decorate for Halloween?  Do you have any money saving tips or tricks?  Let me know in the comments below!

Have a Spooktacular day tomorrow!