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What's Your Favorite Pasta Dish? #MomsCheckIn

| By Stephanie Keeping | Boyish Charm Comments

This week, we're talking food again. I love to cook -- Mike, Sam and I spend a lot of time in the kitchen together. It's great family bonding time! We also like to entertain and try new dishes. Sometimes this can be quite the challenge for me since they are both picky eaters. We've found quite a few tasty recipes lately that we all love though! Without further ado, let's jump into this week's question....

What's Your Favorite Pasta Dish? #MomsCheckIn

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22 Amazing Halloween Cupcakes

| By Stephanie Keeping | Party Food Comments

The perfect dessert table is what makes any boy’s party super-special. Load it up with decorations, cake, and cupcakes and you’re ready to go! Here are some incredible ideas for Halloween Cupcakes: Halloween Spider Cupcakes, Spider Web Halloween Cupcakes, Cauldron Cupcakes, Broomstick Cupcake Toppers, Itty-Bitty Bat Cupcakes, Oreo Spider Cupcakes, Haunted Cupcakes, and Mickey Halloween Cupcakes. The Monster Cupcakes, Frankenstein Cupcakes, Tombstone Cupcakes, Graham Cracker Frankenstein Cupcake, Monster Eye Cupcakes, Creepy Monster Claw Cupcakes, and Slimy Cupcakes are what any little boy would want to see on the dessert table at their monster themed birthday party! There are also several fall themed ideas, including Candy Corn Cupcakes, Pumpkin Patch Cupcake Poppers, and Pumpkin Spice Pudding Cupcakes, that could be made for any occasion. Wow! That’s a lot of cupcakes!

Halloween Cupcakes for Kids' Party Food

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Halloween Make Up Ideas for Boys: Hiccup Mask

| By Stephanie Keeping | Boyish Charm Comments

This year for Halloween, Sam has two costumes. One is a white Buzz Lightyear costume he'll be wearing to school. The second is Hiccup from How to Train Your Dragon. The darker color is perfect since he'll be attending an outdoor birthday party at a friend's farm. He loves the costume -- but he's been fussing with the mask a lot. I decided to try recreating the mask using face paint so that he would still be in character. 

How to Train Your Dragon Halloween Costume for Boys #TulipBodyArt

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9 DIY Alternatives to Halloween Candy

| By Stephanie Keeping | Party Crafts and DIY Comments

Halloween will be here before you know it! Are you ready? With all the candy that the rest of the neighbors will be handing out to the kids, I wanted to share some simple DIY ideas for alternatives to Halloween candy. These are also great projects that you can prepare ahead of time for Halloween party decorations or a monster theme boys birthday party. Kids would also really enjoy crafting these items themselves as party favors. Supplies needed for each of these crafts is listed within the link. Get to crafting something monstrous today!

DIY Alternatives to Halloween Candy Kids Craft Ideas

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15 Kids’ Healthy Party Food Ideas for Halloween

| By Stephanie Keeping | Party Food Comments

Halloween is just around the corner and kids already have candy on the brain! I know it seems like candy and Halloween go hand in hand, but I’ve found some kids' healthy party food ideas for Halloween that are also easy. The boys will go crazy over the Witch Fingers, Olive Snake, and Crunchy Halloween Mummies. The Goblin Grins and Cheese Pops for Halloween will fit in flawlessly with the party decorations. The Pumpkin Guacamole and Frankenstein Veggie Platter are ideal for larger parties since they don’t require serving up appetizer portions ahead of time. You can even forego a cake or cupcakes and just put the Monster Fruit Dip right on the dessert table. Not throwing a Halloween party this year? No problem. The Ghostly Eggs, Honeydew Bats, and Cereal Monsters would be so perfectly scary to have for a Halloween breakfast, while the Egg Salad Creatures, Skeleton Grahams, and Creepy Spiders on a Log would be great to pack in a lunch bag.

Healthy Halloween Kids Party Food Ideas

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10 Easy Halloween Party Crafts for Kids

| By Layne Quintanilla | Party Crafts and DIY Comments

It’s just about time to start planning your Halloween party for the boys and their friends. Obviously, the kids will be eager to eat piles of candy, but I’ve also found some great activities just perfect for a Halloween party or even a monster theme boy's birthday party. Plenty of these activities could also be made beforehand and hung up as party decorations. The Cupcake Liner Bats and Pumpkin Rocks would be perfect over the fireplace, while the Yogurt Monster Cups fit in on the dessert table amongst the cake and other sweet treats. There are plenty of party activities too, including the Candy Corn Monster Craft for Halloween, the Paper Plate Spiders, WitchCraft, and Spider Activities. The Edible Pumpkin Play Dough, DIY Halloween Surprise Balls, or Franken-SLIME Halloween Favors are just what all the boys will be thrilled to take home after the party has ended.

Easy Halloween Crafts for Kids

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A Swashbucklin’ Fun Pirate Party

| By Stephanie Keeping | Party Central Comments

Gathering all of your son’s favorite scallywags for a boy’s pirate themed party is a swashbucklin’ fun way to celebrate his 4th birthday!  That’s exactly what Katy and Bennett from Wild and Wanderful did.  Their son Louis had been asking for a pirate party for quite some time, and they were more than happy to oblige.  Katy got to work making an invitation which set the tone for the party decorations…and other scurvy details. Just wait until you see the pirate themed cake and cupcakes, not to mention the treasure chest full of party loot for guests!  Katy and Bennett captured all of the sea-worthy details in their photos.

Boy's Pirate Birthday Party Ideas

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Kids' Party Food Ideas: 109 Halloween Recipes

| By Stephanie Keeping | Party Food Comments

When holidays roll around, I go in search of food ideas that fit the holiday theme and get to work. Whether it's for a party or for a weeknight dinner, I like to add to the holiday fun! With Halloween being right around the corner I want to share these great Halloween recipes that you can make for your family and friends. These fun recipes cover food buffet items like the Halloween stuffed peppers and the Halloween lunch ideas plus…there’s the dessert table: you’re going to love the choices! Try Pumpkin Pound Cake, Easy Candy Apples, Pumpkin-Brownie Cookies, Halloween Fudge, or Candy Corn Popsicles. Besides tasting delicious, these are cute table decorations—temporary decorations—because they won’t last long! There are recipes for Monster S'mores, Marshmallow Pumpkins, Candy Corn Cakes, Witch Hat Cookies, Trick-or-Treat Cookies, Spider Pudding, Easy Halloween Treats, Pumpkin Poo, Black Cat Oreos, Ghosts on Carrot Cake, Halloween Candy Gifts, Vampire Bat Cake, Monster Cookie Sandwich, Colorful Halloween Critters, and Yummy Mummy Treat. It’s frightfully good stuff!

Great Halloween Kids' Party Food Recipe Ideas

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Party Time Linky: Week 17

| By Stephanie Keeping | Party Crafts and DIY Comments

Welcome to week 17 of the Party Time Linky! I am loving all the Halloween and fall inspiration being shared. Did you catch the Pumpkin Pecan Pie Cupcakes, 31 Halloween Party Ideas, Trick or Treat Halloween Party, DIY Pumpkin Place Setting, and the Budget Friendly Teddy Bear Bash? They were just some of the great ideas linked up last week. Are you ready to join in the fun and get this week's party started?!

Party Time Link Up

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