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Easy Halloween Party Recipe 2013 Ideas

Here is an easy Halloween party recipe you can make before your guests arrive. For a kids’ party just add spiders; for an adult party, add spiders and a little something extra. 
By :  Manvi Drona
Simple and Sweet 
For this year’s Halloween party, add a few creepy-crawlies to this party favorite. It’s easy, eye-catching and inexpensive.
Tools and Materials 
To make these, you’ll need: 4 packets of Key lime flavored gelatin, plastic spiders and other critters (approx. 30); 10 to 12 clear containers (we used small square-bottom plastic cups); optional: substitute tequila for some of the water on the manufacturer’s instructions.
Use Clear Containers 
Make the gelatin as instructed on package. When you’re ready to decorate, scoop two to three tablespoons of the gelatin into each container. Insert 3 to 4 plastic critters into each cup. Space them well.
Make Them Glow Place the cups in clusters on coffee tables, side tables and dinning/buffet tables. Add a couple of green glow sticks near each cluster to create a dramatic spooky effect.

Kellie Clements’ Design Portfolio From HGTV Design Star season six 2011

Kellie Clements from “Design Star 2011” is one of the contestants in Season 6 of the interior design reality competition series on HGTV. She uses her background in art to design rooms that are warm and contemporary with touches of whimsy. She is a 33-year-old interior designer from Edmond, Oklahoma.

A self-described “fireball,” this married mom of two says people sometimes underestimate her design talent. Originally from Arkansas, Kellie Clements (“Design Star 6”) grew up in an artistic family. Her parents were artists and allowed Kellie to mix paints and create artwork in their studio. Kellie, who holds a degree in interior design from the University of Central Arkansas, has more than 10 years of professional experience as a designer with a residential builder. She calls her design style “warm contemporary” — that is, it includes lots of color and whimsical touches.

Creative and Colorful

For a fundraiser for the Oklahoma Symphony, Clements designs a modern, whimsical family room. “The use of bright colors is one of my signature trademarks,” says Clements.

Playful Touches

“If you look closely in the background, you can see one of my favorite design elements for this project. I had turquoise bird silhouettes applied to the window treatments and also painted one on the ceiling to give the illusion they were flying through the room,” says Clements. 

Artistic Grouping

Clements designs a focal wall with tone-on-tone stripes. Playful lamps flank an original tree painting Clements commissioned from her mother.

Traditional and Stylish Kitchen

For a show home kitchen, Clements designs the layout of the cabinets to be functional and wow-worthy. A classic color combo of black and white is perfect for the traditional-style kitchen.

New Take on a Classic

An alternative to an expensive farmhouse sink – Clements creates the look by building out the cabinets and countertops and then covering with white subway tiles.

Old World Kitchen

Clements designed this cook top for the Old World home. A rustic cedar beam mixes with an elegant travertine backsplash for a perfect design recipe.

A Model Living Room

For this model home, Clement was just given a floor plan and a budget. She designed the entire house including the woodwork, finishes and all of the furniture and accessories.

Mix Design Styles

The modern eclectic bedroom combines colorful bedding and a mixture of patterns with natural elements and contemporary lighting.

Elegant, Traditional Bathroom

Who wouldn’t love a lush ottoman in their master bath? Clements worked with a local craftsman to design the detail for the window as well as selecting all of the finishes.

All in the Details

Have fun with the accessories in a room. Clements intentionally uses a turquoise book with the coordinating stone on top to make old and new look like they were meant to be together.

French Country Home

Clements loves doing exteriors in shades other than beige or brown. For this French Country show home, she chooses a warm yellow with accents of black.

2011 Clever Halloween Centerpieces Ideas

Use these centerpiece ideas as inspiration for your next Halloween party or as festive additions to your home to add some fright to your holiday table .
i hope you like it .. Enjoy  !!

Halloween Glass Vases 

Glass block vases become one-of-a-kind Halloween centerpieces with die cuts and spooky scrapbook paper (available at crafts stores). To make, use spray adhesive to attach the papers; (spray the back of the paper, not the glass, to avoid streaks). Place sand and tapered candles inside the vase for a haunting glow. 
Editor’s Tip: Use clear plastic blocks in lieu of glass vases. Be sure to nix the candles or opt for battery-powered versions.

Black and Orange Halloween Candles 

Wrap decorative scrapbook paper around large orange and black candles to create this simple Halloween centerpiece. An orange table runner makes the black candle pop, overturned black bowls add height to the decoration, and black spiders and white Halloween candies add creepy-crawly fun at the base. 
Editor’s Tip: Be sure to keep an eye on how fast your candles burn, and trim scrapbook paper accordingly.

Raven Urn Centerpiece 

You need only a few household items and a little nature to create this haunting-yet-simple Halloween centerpiece. Gather knotted, rustic sticks from your yard or neighborhood to place in a basic urn, and add bits of moss to get the fright just right. Use free clip art to trace and cut out ominous black ravens from construction paper — the finishing touch for this Halloween centerpiece.

Candleholder Goblets Display 

Thrift-store glasses become centerpiece-ready with a coat of black spray paint. Choose textural goblets for the most detail, set them upside down to spray-paint, and tape a few to preserve the tops. Touch up any edges with a black permanent marker after the goblets dry. Note that after decorating the goblets they are meant for display only. 
Editor’s Tips:
Use sand to raise your votives to desired height.
Place the goblets on a black tray or a mirror embellished with spray paint to make the centerpiece both cohesive and portable.

“Boo” Embroidery Hoop Centerpiece

Basic embroidery hoops set a spooky scene at your Halloween table. To make, stretch black costume fabric or lace through the painted hoops; trim extra fabric. Next, spray-paint planters for bases, then add enough florist’s foam inside to secure a painted dowel through the middle. Finish with a square of black-and-white patterned paper atop the planters and a hauntingly fun message spelled out in painted wood letters. Hot glue can help secure the dowels and wood letters.

Ribbon Spool Stackers 

Colorful spools of ribbon display equally eye-catching desserts. Place scallop-edge die cuts (available at crafts stores or cut from a die-cutting tool) between the ribbon spools with a touch of adhesive to ensure stability. Top with a decadent treat for a sugary-sweet Halloween centerpiece. 
Editor’s Tip: Arrange the spools in a cluster around an accent piece, such as a colorful vase, or in a straight line on a table runner to maximize creativity.

White Pumpkins on Black Stands

Pumpkins painted white and covered in glitter stand out when placed on stark black stands. Use double-sided tape or an adhesive spray to get just the right amount of shine for this glitzy Halloween centerpiece.

Recycled Halloween Centerpiece 

Scrapbook papers and floral accents are all it takes to “upcycle” yesterday’s tin cans into a “green” Halloween centerpiece. Standard- and economy-size tin cans work well for this craft, although the more varied the sizes, the more intriguing the display. Wrap with scrapbook paper or add die-cut scenes or stickers as desired. 
Editor’s Tip: Keep the cans for next year, or give them away to guests as simple mementos of a frightful night.

Ghost Book Pop-Ups

A stack of old books forms the stand in this spooky centerpiece. To make, cut two basic ghost shapes from pages in the middle of a book, leaving the bottoms attached to their pages. Hold up each ghost with a touch of tape. To complete, use a hole punch or marker to make eyes for this haunting centerpiece.

Chalked Skeleton Centerpiece

Spray-paint Halloween props with black chalkboard paint, then outline them with chalk for frightfully aged flair. Fill the cauldron with a decorative bottle, handpicked beverage, or a tasty Halloween treat.

Tips for Kitchen Window Treatments designs ideas 2011

Spruce up those windows to make your kitchen more attractive with easy-to-do ideas.

Design by Gail Drury

LIGHTEN UP

Natural light in the kitchen is essential. “Pleated shades offer a privacy treatment and still allow plenty of light,” says Pelley.Just one example of an attractive pleated shade is the Smith + Noble version, available in tones ranging from White to Sky Blue, in subtle stripes and a tropical-looking pattern. It even comes in versions suitable for skylights or arched windows.

Design by Beth Haley

PICK CURRENT COLORS

If you’re using fabric, make sure it’s in a contemporary tone.”The terra cotta shades are very ‘in’ mixed with greens, blacks and golds,” says Pelley. “You can also mix cotton fabric prints, either within a treatment or coordinating a print in the valance or cornice with another print on the cushion seats or place mats.”If your kitchen is particularly tiny, then light, cool colors can make it look larger and brighter, while dark, warm colors can make an oversized kitchen more inviting.

Design by Lin Lee
TRY SOME TEXTURE

Another hot trend is Roman shades made of rattan, bamboo or other natural fibers, says Pelley: “They add visual interest with their texture, but still roll up smoothly like the Roman shades of old.”

Design by Jill Hertz


SOFTEN DIRECT LIGHT

Too much direct sunlight is also an issue in kitchens, says Pelley, since it makes it hot and unpleasant to work in. Simple wood blinds or woven wood shades, like the Provenance sold by Hunter Douglas, will filter the light without looking too heavy.

Design by Phyllis Harbinger
CONSIDER SOME CURVES

“There are typically lots of straight lines in the kitchen — the cabinets, the appliances, the counters , everything is straight or square,” says Pelley. “It’s a good idea to add a window treatment with soft curves to open the space up, especially in a small kitchen.”
Arching a valance is a good option, particularly over the sink. Other options include a curved cornice, a box-pleated valance with a curved line along the bottom or a London Shade from Smith + Noble that is nearly flat at the top but falls from inverted pleats to gentle swags along the bottom, with wings at either side.

2012 Contemporary Kitchens Decorating Ideas

Think you know what a contemporary kitchen looks like? Think again. These days, well-chosen colors, materials, and personal objects take the chill out of modern work spaces.

Past Meets Present 

Vintage architecture can accommodate modern function. For example, century-old brick provides texture, color, and contrast in a kitchen with otherwise sleek and seamless surfaces. The black granite countertop climbs the wall to become a backsplash and display ledge for the homeowner’s art.

In the Woods
    A central work table  not an island gives this kitchen a casual, almost nostalgic attitude. To warm up the white walls, the designer created wall panels and an under-soffit “bridge” of wood to match the cabinet finish.
Open Wide

Once claustrophobic, this Pacific Northwest kitchen now feels fresh and bright, thanks to major surgery. Most wall cabinets were removed, and the new windows are 6 inches taller than the ones they replaced. Aqua paint, a suspended range hood, and a custom zebrawood island with “stiletto heel” legs match the airy design.

Texture Message 

Earthy slate tile makes a mottled statement on this kitchen’s floor and walls. The flat-front maple cabinets pick up the theme; most wear a natural stain, but a few doors and drawers sport a darker finish.

Family-Friendly Design 

Clean-lined but comfortable, this kitchen contains a balance of wood and metal, warm and cool. Guests seated at the island and matching dark-stained dining table can visit with the cook or watch the wall-mount TV. Upholstered dining chairs encourage relaxed entertaining. Sculptural objects line the stark white countertops.

    Sunny Outlook 

    A clever window/backsplash (with a Zen garden view) makes this a pleasant place to cook in the daytime. Soft yellow cabinet fronts and display shelves extend the welcome after dark. Gleaming stainless steel an iconic material in most contemporary kitchens  reflects light anytime.

      A Playful Palette 

      Sleek lines and neutral wood tones clear the way for fruit-basket shades of yellow, orange, and green in this kitchen’s fun and functional decor. Mismatched chairs surround a lowered surface ideal for snacks or homework. Modern white pendants keep the mood  and atmosphere  bright.

      Sophisticated, Not Stark

      An Asian influence gives this kitchen its personality and informs its materials choices. Recycled glass mosaic tiles, grid-back stools, and cabinets faced with alder veneer show this is no cookie-cutter design scheme, despite the popular granite countertop and stainless-steel appliances.

      Colorful Condo

      In a small, open-plan living space, it’s even more important that every view be pleasing. Space enhancers here include the glass island top and bamboo flooring laid on the diagonal. The palette pairs neutral gray with planes of butter yellow and tomato red.