Halloween Party Inspiration: Knocked Up Style

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I've mentioned it before, but we're not huge Halloween people around this house. Though I admit that I will take any excuse to be festive and host some friends at our place.

A typical Halloween here consists of running out last minute for candy because we ate too much of it, half-assed Halloween costumes, at least one killer jack-o-lantern (finding pumpkin goo and seeds around the house days later), an endless supply of pumpkin beer, and Hocus Pocus on repeat while we pass out candy to the kiddos.

This year I've done my fair share of taste-testing the Halloween candy because someone has to be sure it's safe for the trick-or-treaters. Pumpkins will be carved and Hocus Pocus has been watched. But I haven't decided what I'm going to dress as besides a tired pregnant girl who would give her left arm for a beer.

So because many of you are in the same boat (holy baby announcements lately, congrats y'all!!), I thought I'd share some ways to make a Halloween party that is bump-friendly!


Decor

I love these metallic pumpkins! You can decorate them ahead of time and not have to worry about the pumpkin rotting, plus less goo which is perfect for me since I'm pretty lazy lately. I'll save the pumpkin carving for the party... and probably just use a drill like we did last year!

Drinks

There are a lot of festive cocktails that can be made without the alcohol, but this fun twist on a Shirley Temple is my favorite! Just keep some vodka on the drink cart for non-preggo friends! Speaking of drink carts, chalkboards and printable drink labels are perfect for adding a little creepy decor.

Costumes

There are so many costumes out there for pregnant gals that are just plain weird. My favorite is this one by Carolina Charm. It's no sew and very little effort... That's my kind of costume! Head over there to see how she did it! If I wasn't preggers I would totally be rocking a Carrie Bradshaw costume.

Sweets

About 20 minutes after you finished the last Reese's in your Halloween candy stockpile, the baby starts kicking and doing backflips. But you have to share your candy, so have some easy caramel apples on hand to satisfy that sweets craving! I used this caramel recipe, it was a little more work than just melting the individual caramels but so delicious!



Anyone have big plans for Halloween this year? Any mamas planning a dinner party or making a Halloween costume?!

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26 comments:

  1. Thanks for hosting this festive link-up! I am obsessed with those syringe drinks and have pinned them for my next Halloween party...so fun!

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  2. That Halloween costume is the best! I remember seeing that last year & thinking how cute it was.Thanks for hosting the link up!

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  3. The half-assed costumes sum us up pretty well, too! I think for the last 5ish years, Nick has been Clark Kent and I've thrown on a hockey/football jersey and called it a day!! So pathetic!

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  4. I've decided to totally ignore Halloween this year. It totally snuck up on me and it is the last thing on my mind! Fail. We don't even get trick or treaters at our house, so it's no fun! Love the pumpkin bump costume though!

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  5. Love that drink cart! This was a great post idea!

    www.madeintheshadeblog.com

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  6. I'm with you - not the greatest fan of Halloween, but the shirley temple presentation is great!!

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  7. I think you know a lot about drinking virgin Bloody Mary's and passing them off as alcoholic ones! Those caramel apples are so cute! Love the bump Halloween costume!

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  8. I totally rocked the maternity Jack-o-lantern shirt last year! This year will be our first year trick-or-treating with our little guy :) Those drinks look fab!

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  9. Carmel apples are THE BEST ... even better during fall!!
    I love baby bumps at Halloween... such cute shirts. I love the one with the little baby skeleton on the shirt where the baby bump is :)

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  10. Made me laugh out loud with your description of your costume this year! Lols... But next year you really will have the cutest pumpkin to dress up! I love that metallic pumpkin and those yummy looking caramel apples! Thanks for hosting the Link Up ! So fun!

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  11. cravings and costumes :) hah i LOVE that! :)

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  12. Ok, seriously - this knocked-up style post is amazing! That pumpkin baby bump is too cute!!

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  13. Definitely do the pumpkin shirt! So easy and adorable!!!! :)

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  14. I love that maternity shirt! So cute! Thanks for hosting the link up!

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  15. Loving this linkup! Thanks for hosting!! We have a boat-load of apples from when we went apple picking a few weekends ago, so I definitely need to try out this caramel apple recipe. They look so good! And I totally want to try and make that Carrie Bradshaw costume for a party this weekend, so we will see how that goes, or if I just get lazy and buy something..ha!

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  16. I'm not the biggest fan of Halloween either. Love caramel apples will have to give those a try.

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  17. Those caramel apples look good! I haven't bought Halloween candy yet bc I'm afraid I will eat it all!! I've never been that big into Halloween but now that I have a baby I am much more into it! Since I will be 5 days from baby #2's arrival date we are going super low key this year but I might sneak some sips of a pumpkin beer :)

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  18. Those caramel apples are such a cute idea! Thanks for hosting and have a happy Halloween! I'm new to your blog - congrats on your new little one too! -Jess

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  19. Great first link up! I think the pumpkin shirt (is that you?) and the little apple slices are top faves for sure.

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  20. Love this "bumpin" Halloween post! The bar cart is super cute and that pumpkin costume is perfect, you should totally do it!

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  21. Such a cute post! The perfect preggo Halloween! Those gold and black pumpkins are my kind of "decoration!"

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  22. I really like the metallic pumpkins idea! Happy Tuesday, Cait :)
    www.lovecompassionatelee.com/thinkoutloud/2014/10/12/101214

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  23. Love the virgin drink option - great for us nursing moms too! :) You're gonna love dressing up your little one next year! Thanks for hosting!
    Katie @ Sweet Little Ones

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  24. Ooooh, those caramel appel bites are fun! I'm not huge on spooky Halloween either, but we're having friends over for movies and Fall treats this weekend, though seriously I have no clue what I am going to make!

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  25. This is so fun! I love all of this and especially the virgin drink options! ha! xoxo

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  26. That's such a cute maternity top! And I love the apple slices on a stick- what a great snack- especially with the festive sprinkles.

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