We’ve made it to another weekend! Hooray! I’m going to be spending a lot of time crafting and cooking away for the blog and upcoming holidays, but I wouldn’t mind trying one of these fun Halloween projects when I have time.

halloween roundup // twin stripe

 

1. Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle, My Style Vita  |  2. Favorite Things Fall Printable, Nest of Posies  |  3. DIY Halloween Basket, Merry Thought  |  4. DIY Sweater Pillow, A Beautiful Mess  |  5. Halloween Party Menu: Roasted Root Veggie Salad, The House That Lars Built  |  6. Gold Leaf Splattering Pumpkin, Suite One Studio

I can’t wait to try Jessica’s pumpkin gingerbread trifle. I think it might be perfect for my Halloween dinner. A Nest of Posie’s fall favorites printable is up in my kitchen right now, but will look great anywhere. Next year I’m going to make my own splatter pumpkins like Lindsay’s but try neon colors.

Other than DIYs and cooking, Chad and I are taking a local road trip to a cidery in South Carolina followed by dinner in Charlotte. I’m ready to get a way for a day and try something new! What do all of you have going on? Any Halloween projects?

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I’m not a huge fan of rain, but it’s nice to curl up on the couch with a cozy blanket, a good book and mug of hot chocolate. When I do have to venture outside in the rain, I want to do it in style! Hunter Rain Boots have been on my wish list for a while and I’ve teamed up with 13 other bloggers to bring you the chance to win your very own pair. You get to choose the color of course! Good luck!

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DIY mini pumpkin votive candle holder // Twin StripeInstead of rushing out to purchase new candle holders for your next Halloween or Thanksgiving get together, make your own votives out of mini pumpkins. They add fall charm to any setting and require very few materials, many of which you might already have at home. I paired taper and tea light votives with mini gourds for my Halloween dinner party to create a festive feel.

DIY mini pumpkin votive candle holder // Twin Stripe

Supplies

  • Mini pumpkin(s)
  • Pencil
  • Tea light or taper candle
  • Knife (I used a pumpkin carving knife with a serrated edge.)

The key to creating a perfect votive is to make sure the opening is the correct size for your candle. If using a tea light, you do not want the hole to be bigger than the candle. It should fit snugly in the opening. If using a taper, you want the hole to be just a bit larger than the bottom of the candle so the taper can rest on the bottom of the pumpkin and stand up straight. You can trace the bottom of your candle onto the pumpkin to help guide you. Be sure to start cutting smaller than your outline.

DIY mini pumpkin votive candle holder // Twin Stripe

When you have cut all of the way around the top of the pumpkin, remove the piece and test your candle in the opening. You might want to scrape out a few seeds and other pumpkin goop before continuing. If the hole needs to be larger, use your knife to shave away more of the opening so your candle will fit perfectly.
DIY mini pumpkin votive candle holder // Twin Stripe

This DIY was easy to put together because it didn’t require any special tools or accessories other than a mini pumpkin, which I could grab while grocery shopping. They look festive on a coffee or dinner for fall holiday flare. Do you like to use natural materials in your decorating? What is your favorite?

Check back around 10 am today for a chance to win some beautiful Hunter wellies!

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Can you believe Halloween is less than two weeks away?! Chad and I are not big into Halloween parties, but this year we are planning a small dinner party October 31. Chad works with many different fabric quilting companies including my favorite, Dear Stella. Despite not being able to sew, he brought me this beautiful navy fabric with metallic gold skull and crossbones. Instantly I knew it would be perfect for my Halloween dinner party.

A Spooky Halloween Spread in Navy and Gold // Twin Stripe

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Happy Friday! I’m back with a new color trend post for October featuring everyone’s fall favorite, pumpkin. As a child, orange was my favorite color for a hot second (until I discovered pink). As I searched for different pumpkin orange items this week, I realized what a happy color it was, which explains my draw to it as a child. With the temperatures finally starting to feel fall like, I pulled together a few cozy pieces in pumpkin orange.

Color Trend: Pumpkin // Twin Stripe

Clockwise from top left: Crystal Starship Collar, Bauble Bar  |  Black Cat Halloween, Rifle Paper Co.  |  Minnekota Pillow, Lulu and Georgia  |  Color Chroma Thrown, Leif  |  Orange Enamel Mug, West Elm  |  Pumpkin Chai Latte, Design Love Fest  |  Quilted Zip-Front Vest, Old Navy  |  Heirloom Pumpkin Candle, Illume

I just ordered that vest from Old Navy in gray and I can’t wait for it to arrive – it’s the perfect layering weight. I also couldn’t resist throwing in that pumpkin chai latte! It looks rather amazing and I’ve been on a huge tea kick lately, with one of my favorite’s being Tazo’s chai pumpkin spice tea. What have you been loving this fall? Any favorite beverages other than the PSL?

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend filled with pumpkins and apple cider! I’m looking forward to a homecoming tailgate and putting together some Halloween DIYs. Be sure to fill out the Twin Stripe Reader Survey if you haven’t yet and check out my most recent post on The Blog Guide, Making the Most of Your Social Media Profile – Twitter. Cheers!

katie