FREE PRINTABLES: Halloween Party Kit!

Hello, loves! Since we’re gearing up for my favorite holiday, Halloween (okay, technically I’m still two months out, but still!) I decided to share a set of free Halloween party printables! So download these now or bookmark them or email them to your friends because you know you’ll be looking for these cute (and FREE!) printables soon. Simply CLICK THE IMAGE to go to the download page for the large, high resolution version of the printables kit. Enjoy!

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Fall Entertaining Ideas Roundup!

Hello you lovely, beautiful darlings! Ever since Labor Day, I have been clicking my heels together in anticipation of autumn. It is, hands down, my favorite season! When I was a kid living on the East Coast, my parents used to take my sister and I to a local pumpkin patch. We’d wheel out a squeeky old Radio Flyer wagon in search of the biggest, brightest pumpkins for our Halloween display. Although I live in Texas now, I still look forward to the cooler weather, the cinnamon and pumpkin treats and drinks, the fall parties and, last but not least, the spicy seasonal beer offerings. Yum!

So with that in mind, I wanted to get the ball rolling on a roundup of ideas for your fall festivity planning! If you’ve got other great ideas, I’d love to hear them in the comments section!

IDEA: Pumpkin Vases

Pumpkin vases are such a gorgeous, simple and inexpensive way to liven up your house or dinner table. The images above are some great examples of how you can accent your pumpkin with flowers ranging from rust-coloured mums to bright orange roses!

IDEA: Corn Centerpieces

Another lovely and inexpensive display piece, dried corn! Track down some unique Indian Corn cobs (husks included!) at your garden center, craft store or farmer’s market, wrap them with twine or cascade them over a spread of wheat and you’ve got an instant rustic conversation piece.

IDEA: Apple Votives

Core some ripe apples just deep enough to place a small votive candle and place in a large vessel or galvanized metal tub full of water for some seasonal mood lighting. These look great on buffet tables or in front of your house or venue as a warm welcome. I love the nostalgia of apple bobbing these votives bring back. They are so divine, Y’all!

RECIPE: Autumn Sangria

Looking for a new drink for your fall party that isn’t the same old beer and liquor? You must try this deliciously crisp sangria! The presentation alone is a gorgeous accent to your bar setup – I just love the cluster of sliced Honeycrisp apples, lemons and rosemary floating in the glass container. Your guests will thank you!

RECIPE: Hearty Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash and Quinoa

Listen Y’all, I would not steer you wrong when it comes to incredible stews and soups – they are my kryptonite! You absolutely have to bookmark this chunky chicken stew with butternut squash and quinoa! It is bursting with flavor and perfect for any occasion really: fall pot lucks, football game gatherings, lazy Sunday leftovers. You seriously cannot lose with this meal!

RECIPE: Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake

Cupcake Canyon went ahead and combined two of the best things in life with these Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes. Nevermind wanting to eat a whole tray in a sitting – these are so freaking adorable! Gah! You know they will look gorgeous on your dessert table spread.

RECIPE: Apple Dumplings

In my teen years, my family and I would pick a weekend in the fall to visit the Renaissance Festival. We all had something there we had to get every time. For my sister, it was fairy potions or glitters, for my dad, it was turkey legs, for my mom, it was whimsical inspiration to nurture her creative soul, and for me, it was the apple dumplings. Soft baked apples wrapped in a  flaky crust, drizzled with caramel and set off with chilled vanilla bean ice cream? I hope this is what they hand me when I get to the gates of heaven. ;)

Enjoy!

INSPIRATION: Cupcake Stands!

Looking for a lovely new stand to make your cupcakes the center of attention? Hues Studio has curated a selection of gorgeous cupcake stands to inspire you!

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Working Like a Mad Woman (and planning an Engagement Party)!

Anyone interested in being my partner in crime on Hues projects and wedding planning for the next 12 months?! I swear I have been so busy working on projects for Hues Studio, I’ve started to tune out friends and family asking questions about our wedding (which we have barely begun planning three months later – yikes)!

In the meantime, though, I have gotten some adorable party picks and cupcake toppers finished!

In wedding news, yesterday, Mike and I finally picked a day (months from now!) for our engagement party. Because he’s in a band and constantly on the road, he’s already booked on every weekend through September. So it’ll be a November party. We’re having it at my parents’ ranch in north Houston called Fire and Ice Hall. It’s an amazing 100 year old tin barn that used to house the Sinclair Oil Pumping hub for the south. We’re going to do a fiesta theme since we got engaged (while on the infamous stranded Triumph ‘Cruise from Hell’) in Cozumel, Mexico. So be prepared for more posts on preparations as I get closer to the date. I am so excited and nervous about planning this!

Fire and Ice Hall, Montgomery, Texas.

Fire and Ice Hall, Montgomery, Texas.

Fire and Ice Hall, Montgomery, Texas.

Fire and Ice Hall, Montgomery, Texas.

Friday Afternoon Revamp Project: Our Patio

In the summer of 2012, my then boyfriend (now fiance) Mike and I were living in an awesomely large and perfectly located house in the heart of Austin. The only problem? We had a roommate, one of the guys in Mike’s band Mike and the Moonpies. We had both been living with roommates for close to a decade and were ready to live on our own. I scoured rental houses on the market for about two months leading up to our move and kept turning up with no good leads. With the constant flow of college students and the major influx of people relocating to Austin from around the country, finding a house to rent in a good location has become a daunting task. I found myself looking at shanty houses, trying to decide where my couch would fit. I toured cramped duplexes, sometimes with three other potential renters at the same time. I literally saw other potential renters run to the house in question when we’d pull up to the curb at the same time. I even considered buying a home but, let’s be real, two weeks isn’t enough time to make that sort of decision. I weighed the option of putting all of our stuff in a uhaul and camping on my sister’s couch until we we able to find the right place. Panic was setting in.

So I did what any woman would do: I broke down.

And in the heat of my meltdown in the 11th hour, Mike found a place that had just surfaced on a rental website. It was in Dripping Springs, a small rural-ish town several miles west of Austin. In my delirium of panic, I was shuffled to the car and driven to the place.

Our little house in Dripping Springs

Our little house in Dripping Springs

It was adorable. A smaller house than the one we currently had, but just the right size for us. And it was in the Texas Hill Country: surrounded by trees and wildlife (deer run through our yard daily!), a mile from a neighborhood lake, 2 miles from the famous Hamilton Pool and Reimer’s Ranch (see below). It had plenty of room for our little beagle to roam and gave me my own studio office to work with plenty of light (my previous studio was a garage). We were in love!

The famous Hamilton Pool. Only a few miles from our house!

It’s hard to believe we’ve been here for almost a year already!

Both of us have been so busy, we rarely have time to do any decorating but I’ve made a commitment to take some time out once a week to spruce something up around the house. This afternoon I’m going to hang these lovely little wicker cafe lights from Target on our cute little patio. I’ve also got some sweet pea seeds to plant around the giant rosemary bushes around the house. I think we’re going to have to grill some steaks tonight to celebrate the new lighting, what do you think?

Wicker Cafe Lights and Sweet Peas for today's project.

Wicker Cafe Lights and Sweet Peas for today’s project.

Mike and our little man Gilley relaxing on the patio.

I’ve also been looking forever for an adequate planter for my miniature cacti. I happened upon a photo someone posted on Facebook of their cactus in a hatch green chili tin. Brilliant! If you plan on trying this, I suggest getting cans of varying sizes (maybe some old looking tomato cans or corn cans along with the smaller chili tins). Here is my first cactus in a hatch green chili tin:

My mini cactus in the perfect container!

My mini cactus in the perfect container!

The sweet peas may take some time, but I’ll post a picture of the cafe lights in their full glory on the patio. Honestly, I think every patio needs cafe lights, y’all!

Win 24 Free Cupcake Toppers // Miss Party Mom’s Huge Party Giveaway!

Okay lovers! You’ve got less than 24 hours to get your butts over to Miss Party Mom’s blog to sign up for her massive party giveaway!

Miss Party Mom (aka Kenna) is celebrating her 1 year in business as a party planner as well as hitting the 2,000 fan milestone on Facebook so she’s doing what any woman in her right mind would do – give away free swag! She’s teamed up with 12 other vendors (13 with her’s included) to create one big giveaway. The best part is there will be 13 winners – one for each vendor – instead of just one so that’s even more incentive to sign up! Hues Studio was lucky enough to be invited to be a part of the fun and we’ll be giving away 24 cupcake toppers (2 sets) of any sets of toppers in the shop!

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Good luck, Y’all!

FREE PRINTABLES: Sunny Printable Party Kit!

We hit our first 100 sales in our Etsy Shop Hues Studio today! Weee! Thank you all for your support – I’ve been so inspired! To celebrate (as promised) I’ve posted a free party kit you can download, print, cut and decorate to your heart’s content. This kit features a happy sun and it’s perfect for backyard parties, beach parties, pool parties or just a random afternoon with friends and family!

The kit includes:

  • - 2″ Party Squares / Labels / Placecards
  • - 2″ Party Circles / Cupcake Toppers
  • - 1″ Party Circles / Cupcake Toppers
  • - 4″ Rectangle Tag / Bag Topper
  • - 5″ Blank Sign / Notecard / Thank You Card
  • - 2 2.5″ Wide Pennant Banners
  • - 1″ Solo Sun Cutouts / Table Confetti

If you have any questions regarding the printables, feel free to leave me a note in the comments section. Happy spring/summer, Y’all! Enjoy!

xo Chase