Pumpkin Party Inspiration

It’s time to decorate for Halloween! If you’re looking for a fun way to create your spooky decor, why not invite your friends over for a festive pumpkin decorating party?

These easy decorations and creative refreshments will delight your guests as they create their perfect pumpkins. We’ve also shared creative ways to glam up your gourd without the mess.

 

Painted Pumpkins 

Your pumpkin will be the talk of the block with these fun decorating techniques!  No need for the goopy mess- these carving-free ideas add fun flair to any pumpkin.

Add a splash of sparkle or dunk your pumpkin in gold glitz- either way your pumpkins are sure to shine with these decorating tips!

paintedpumpkins

Boo-tifully simple design: Simply paint your pumpkin with Black Acrylic Paint and let it dry. Next, paint liquid glue on the stem and sprinkle with Metallic Glitter. Shake off any excess sparkle and let dry. Finally, scrawl a spooky message on your pumpkin with a DecoColor Gold Marker.

Glitter-dipped and delightful: Paint your pumpkin from base to stem with Gold Metallic Acrylic Paint. Add an additional coat of paint that only covers the bottom half of your pumpkin and sprinkle with Metallic Glitter for a gold-dipped look.

Shiny Chevron: Create your own chevron-designed pumpkin using Super Tacky Tape. Cut this strong double-stick tape into zig-zag shapes. Then sprinkle your pumpkin with Metallic Glitter for a gold, modern look.

 

Pumpkin Carving Party Invites

Your guests will love these fun pumpkin party invitations. Make your own using our easy DIY guide!

Psst! Here’s a tip! Stamp and emboss pumpkins one by one using VersaMark Inkpad and embossing powders. Doing the colors separately will ensure that the embossing powders do not mix on the card. Print and cut text layer and adhere to card using Chevron Washi Tape.

 

Pretty Pumpkin Décor

Decorate more than just your pumpkins! Spruce up your space with these festive flourishes perfect for your decorating party. These jolly jack-o’-lanterns are sure to inspire your guests as they make they own pumpkin creations.

Use this festive Halloween Rosette Kit to add fun flair to your pumpkin-carving party.

rosettes

Pop up these Honeycomb Pumpkins to set your table or hang from the ceiling for quick and cute decoration.

pumpkin puffs

These jolly Pumpkin Gel Gems are fun additions to any window or mirror.

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Delicious Details   

Decorating your pumpkins outside in the crisp autumn weather? Help your guests stay warm with this sweet treat- hot chocolate paired with festive Pumpkin Peeps!

We love this idea from Home is Where the Boat Is.               Just use Halloween Peeps marshmallows in your hot chocolate for a sweet and spooky treat!

We love this idea from Home is Where the Boat Is. Use Pumpkin Peeps in your hot chocolate for a sweet and spooky treat!

 

Keep the pumpkin theme going by using a pumpkin to create a cute drink cooler. Just slice  in half, clean, and fill with a clear bowl with ice for a creative way to keep drinks cold.

Refresh your guests with cool drinks using this cute idea from Martha Stewart.

Refresh your guests using this cute cooler idea from Martha Stewart.

Weekend Wants: Quick Halloween Party Decorations

You might have noticed we love a fun Halloween party. Here are three quick ways to add decoration to your next scary fete!

Festive Paper Rosettes. These Halloween Rosettes are easy to put together and will add a layer of dimension to any space. Hang from the ceiling over your buffet or create a space for a photobooth background!

 

No Bad Luck. This Spooky Cat Garland is sure to add a little whimsy to your Halloween fete. Use these frightful felines as a garland or as party invitations. Make them with kids for a fun pre-party craft!

cat

 

Spell it Out. Create a classic look with this Happy Halloween Garland. Everything you need is included–just string it up!

hall garland

 

It’s a Monster Mash Bash!

It’s almost Halloween and we’re ready to party! Throw your little ghouls and goblins a Monster Mash Bash with these easy tricks and treats.

Monster Mash inspiration from Hostess with the Mostess blog.

Monster Mash inspiration from Hostess with the Mostess.

 

Monstrous  Invitations

Use our fun stickers and stamps to add creepy details to your party invitations. Wrap your note with playful washi tape or monster-themed paper tape to finish your scary stationery.

Monster Invitation

Everything you need for fun and freaky invites: Poppy and Beet cards and envelopes with Halloween Monsters Circle Stickers and our Little Monsters Rubber Stamp Set . Tie your design together with Monsters Paper Tape and Skinny Orange & Black Ribbon.    Items not shown to scale.

 

 

Haunted house

Your little monsters will howl for these adorable door designs. Just paste black paper circles to the back of paper plates to create eyes for your monster. Streamers and cut paper make great hair for your monster and our pre-cut spiders add an easy, creepy touch to any door.

 

Creative door ideas from Good to Know Family

Creative door ideas from Good to Know Family

Greet your guests a scary start by playing a Halloween soundtrack or sound machine.

soundmachine

These little monsters are too cute to be scary. They’re simple to make. Just fluff our pre-made tissue pom poms, cut some black and white circles for eyes, and glue together for fun and frightful monsters. Hang from the ceiling or use as table decorations.

We love these Monster Tissue Pom Poms from Persia Lou. Use Diamond Blue and Coral Tissue Paper Poms to create the look. (Don’t forget the scissors and glue!)

 

 

Scary Snacks

Your guests will gobble up these bright and silly monster cookies.

Kooky monster cookies from Lil' Luna

Kooky monster cookies from Lil’ Luna

These playful cups are easy to make- just add some monster eye stickers to a party cup and top with a fun straw. Cut washi tape to easily add a festive pennant.

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Check out these creative monster cups from Simply Creative Insanity. Our fun Black & White Paper Straws and Spooky Eyes Stickers are perfect for this project. Fold a piece of cut Party Washi Tape to create a cute flag for your straw.  Items not shown to scale.

 

Party time

Wrap coffee cans with fun Halloween paper tape, add some monster eyes and stack for a fun ball-toss carnival game. You could also fill balloons with a small treat, add silly faces and let your little ones pick a balloon to pop.

Party game photos from Catch My Party

Party game photos from Catch My Party

Your guests will love getting crafty with these fun creatures. Build your own creepy paper monsters using this fun kit then use your dolls to put on a puppet show!

 

Tricky treats

When your Monster Mash is done, send your guests home with these spirited treat bags.

Everything you need for these cute critters: Kraft Treat Bags with a Circle Punch for the eyes, Flag Hole Punch or Pennant Hole Punch for the teeth, and fun washi tape for extra decoration.

Everything you need for these cute critters: Kraft Treat Bags with a Circle Punch for the eyes, Flag Hole Punch or Pennant Hole Punch for the teeth, and fun washi tape for extra decoration.

Decorate colorful paper bags with a silly and simple paper face. Our paper punches make cutting perfect circles a snap. Flag-shaped or triangle punches make great teeth for your little ghouls. When you’re done,  fill with little zany treats like the ones below to thrill your visitors.

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Some frightening favors! Fill your bag with Finger Monsters, Flashing Bouncing Eyeballs, Light-up Pumpkin Balls, and fizzy Halloween Pop Rocks.

Paper Source’s New Year Paper Lantern-Themed Party

 

Things get mighty hectic around Paper Source during the holiday season, so this year, we decided to start a new tradition with a New Year’s Party.  Our Human Resources director came to us with a picture of Moroccan lanterns that inspired her, and a theme centered around light, warmth and renewal.

Check out our instructions for creating the pear-shaped Lantern (top, middle) and geometric lantern (top, right) at the bottom of this post!

With a palette of White, Cream, Silver, Bronze, Mint, Royal and Coral, paper lanterns of all shapes and sizes were created for the event, and accented with coordinating ribbon and orchids.  With battery-operated candles inside, a warm, convivial glow was cast over the whole event.

These accent lanterns in the cupboard are super easy to make (you may have even done so as a kid!)  If not, check out the instructions at the bottom of the post!

For instructions on creating this megastar lantern, check out the bottom of the post!

The designs came from the minds of many contributing employees.  Here are how to make just a few of them!

Accent Lanterns

These little guys are simple to make and sturdy enough to stand on a table by themselves, but are also ripe for hanging as well!

  1. Fold a piece of paper in half along its width.
  2. Cut lines across the fold towards the outer edges.  Leave a margin of an inch or two.
  3. For an extra-fancy touch, you can punch holes along the outer edges.
  4. Unfold and bring the paper’s lengthwise edges together and adhere them with tape, glue or staples!

Pear-Shaped Lantern (featured in the second photo)

This is a really easy one!  Simply cut strips of paper of equal lengths, then connect all of the strips at one end using a brad.  Join the other end of the strips together at the top and finish off with another brad, add a string and hang!

Geometric Lantern (featured in the second photo, on the right)

We followed this Megan Allan Cole‘s terrific tutorial video on Makezine.com.  All you need is an exacto knife, paper, a cutting mat and a lust for triangles!

Megastar Lantern (last photo)

This lantern was certainly the belle of the ball!  Grab a stapler and 15 sheets of equally-sized paper.  It doesn’t matter the size, as long as they are all exactly the same.

  1. Fold each piece of paper once, lengthwise.
  2. Fold each corner of each paper in towards the center fold-line, as if you were making a paper airplane with two noses.
  3. Arrange your first 5 pieces of paper so that they are lined up across your work surface, width-wise.
  4. Staple adjoining creases together.  It is very important that the staple lie precisely within the crease!
  5. Arrange your next 5 pieces of paper so that they are lined up both across your work surface, length-wise, and flush to your previous row of 5.  Staple adjacent creases.
  6. Follow suit with the last 5 pieces of paper.  As you adjoin creases, you will eventually close the lantern together into its final, starry shape!

 

We’ve just fallen in love with paper lanterns since the party and would like to know… do you have any paper-lantern tricks or patterns of your own you’d like to share?

Looking Back: The Best of Paper Source 2013

As we sit at the beginning of a new year, we’re taking a little time to reflect on all the good times and get-togethers we’ve had with families and friends in 2013, facilitated by a little creativity and a lot of gorgeous paper! (Hint: don’t miss a chance to win at the end of this blog!)

wedding invitation

We first revisit Stephen C.’s gorgeous train-ticket inspired wedding invitations. His invitations demonstrate that minimal, high quality materials like our #10 gold shimmer envelopes and #10 notecards are enough to really make your own design ingenuity shine!

Oscars Party

Next, we created a simple yet glamorous Oscars Party using gold chevron as our theme. Last year, we used wrapping paper for placemats, but now, we have fantastic, customizable placemats in a variety of colors and designs including the very Oscar-worthy Gold Confetti!

space themed onesies

 In the summer, we threw an outer space-themed baby shower for our beloved art director, Karen. Small details and simple supplies made all the difference in this ethereal bash: a sundae bar with celestial-themed toppings, hand-painted onesies themed after the solar system, and a gorgeous, hand-painted keepsake box to hold them in!

Later in the year, we were inspired by Houston customer Kristina’s paper wedding décor! Kristina proved that a small wedding budget makes for a no less gorgeous experience than an expensive one. Her pool-colored pompoms, pinwheels, and large-scale paper flowers created a festive and personal atmosphere; after all, most of the decorations were made by herself and a bridesmaid. She even created her own miniature pinwheel cake-topper!

We’re looking forward to 365 more days of making everyday celebrations extraordinary! That’s what we love so much about partying with paper: it’s beautiful, economical, and best of all– with the advice of any Paper Source store associate or this blog– incredibly easy to realize your creative vision for your next event.

So, to send this year off right, we’d like to turn it over to you: what is one of the best party hosting/decorating tips you’ve ever learned from Paper Source? Tell us in the comments, and one lucky winner will receive a $100 gift card!

Comment by January 9, 2014. Winner will be selected at random on January 10th and notified via email.

 

UPDATE**  We have a winner!  Thank you Amy B. for this little gem: “I especially loved the how-to tassel garland you shared with us back in July. So festive and fun, this garland will truly make any occasion extra special. Your tutorials and great ideas will definitely help as I prepare to host my sister-in-laws upcoming baby shower! I love you Paper Source!”

A great, big thank you to all of you for your readership, participation and creativity!

Custom Holiday Accents

There are a lot of ways to celebrate the holidays this season, but one of our favorite ways is to create a custom experience for you and your loved ones!

In addition to our gift wrap (we have everything from cute critters to bold solids, to Christmas classics), you can spice up your packaging with these customizable tags–sure to make your gift special before it’s even opened!

Having a holiday soiree? Whether you’re serving eggnog with all the traditional fixings, or planning a more contemporary fete, these napkins and coasters can be customized to fit your party’s personality. (We also like the idea of letting guests take home the coasters to re-use and remember the fun!)

What’s a party without some goodies to take home? Send your party go-ers home with treats nestled in these cutomizable bags! It’s the details that make the difference, and we love that these are pretty enough to display throughout your event!

We offer holiday accents that will help you celebrate the season with festive finishes and personal touches. See these and other personalized gifts and our assortment holiday decor online or at your local store.

Scary, Spooky, Crafty, Kooky…Halloween Ideas

October means one thing here at Paper Source— Countdown to Halloween! This haunting holiday presents great crafting opportunities that are scary, spooky and kooky… which is the perfect recipe for fun in our book! Here are a few of our favorite Halloween ideas to get you ready to celebrate the tricks and treats of the season.

Get Your Stoop Spooktacular: Ways to Prep for Trick or Treaters

Whether or not you have kids in your home, trick or treating can seem daunting. If you’re planning a night out with your kids or prepping your home for visitors at your doorstep, here’s how to make October 31st a fun and easy event!

Before your trick or treaters arrive, make sure your door is prepped and ready for the little guests. Adding pumpkins to a stoop is sure to make your house more inviting. Here’s a fun alternative to carving (that takes less skill and time!): Sticky Pumpkin Face Kit.

Either on a natural pumpkin, or fun painted ones.

Photography by Roberto Caruso. Original post.

Not feeling like you want to dress up? Don a mask from our Halloween Masks Kit for an easy way to entertain the kids. You can switch them out through the night to keep things interesting.

Paper Source Halloween Masks Kit

Time to give out treats! We love the idea of using treat bags (pictured below) to hold fun-sized candy bars or an assortment of goodies. Not only is this packaging festive, but it gives kids an extra little surprise when they open them at home. BONUS: You’ll curb the urge kids have to sift through your basket to find the best stuff!

Try our bags with stamps, stickers, or washi tape (or your own combination of the three).

Bootiful Decorations

Ready to throw a Halloween hangout? Here are some ideas to get your space looking ready to fright and delight.

Set the tone with garlands, which can be placed across a mantle or on a wall. These adornments are sure to spook-up your space.

If you need more decorations, try these Sticky Bats, which are re-positionable and come in a ‘colony’ (pack of 16).

Freaky Flyers! Sticky Bats Kit

Need to serve up some drinks? We’re drinking up this creepy Kool-Aid. Ad when you’re serving it up, instead of plain Solo cups, try using Chalk stickers so guests can get creative and doodle or write their character name for the night.

Photography by Kevin Kennefick for Storey Publishing. Original Post.

And finally, you might need some tasty treats to send guests home with (or serve up right at the party). How yummy do these popcorn balls look? Dress them up with your favorite Halloween-colored toppings.

Chocolate Covered Caramel Popcorn Balls. Photography and recipe from Diethood.

Serve them up with style in these homemade Take Out Boxes (step by step instructions can be found in the link!)—stamp and decorate as you wish.

A great way to create and celebrate!

Friday Fun: Favor Bag Ideas

If there’s one thing we love, it’s throwing a party… and one of our favorite aspects of hosting an event are the favors. Not only are favors a wonderful treat for your guests, but they also offer a blank canvas for creating wonderful little packages.

Here are a few of our DIY favor ideas…

favor bag ideas

Our Small White Treat Bags offer a nice clean surface that can be decorated with stamps, ribbon or personalized with a simple clothespin and gift tag

favor bag ideas

Our Kraft Bags can be embellished in a multitude of ways; we especially love to dress up the edges by using a Doily Lace Edge Punch around the tops before folding them over.

favor bag ideas

Small Cello Bags are a fabulous option when its contents are something colorful:  gumdrops, jellybeans or confetti, perhaps? They take an easy, modern turn when sealed and decorated with a bit of washi tape.

favor bag ideas

favor bag ideas

Want to strike a vintage vibe?  Our Burlap Drawstring Bags and Muslin Bags  are an elegant (and reusable!) option on their own but their real charm comes through when decorated with ribbons, gift tags and even ink embellishment!

For directions on how to make these or to find other DIY favor bag ideas, visit: www.papersource.com/favor-bag-ideas

Ice Pop Garland Kit (Recipes Too!)

Just because the kids are heading back to school doesn’t mean that summer is over. The new Ice Pop Garland Kit is the perfect reminder of refreshing, sun-filled days ahead. The promise of something sweet and cold in bright cheery colors is enough to inspire a party.

Since these colorful paper treats are a hit among kids and adults, we scoured Pinterest for equally delightful recipes that would complement a summer party or after-school gathering.

ice pop

Take a bite out of these delicious treats:

1. Apricot & Strawberry Yogurt Pops from 3191 Miles Apart
2. Nutella Fudgecicles from The Daily Waffle
3. Stawberry & Banana Pops from Williams-Sonoma
4. Assorted Fruit Pops from Chez Beeper Bebe

Kids love making their own treats. And, the best part for you?… It’s still nice out, so they can enjoy them outside, where sticky hands can be hosed off afterwards!