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Easy DIY Halloween Party Favors

There are so many cute Halloween party favor ideas floating about the web, like the witch's broom goodie bags for example, though they do require some DIY experience. These tin-tie bakery bags are the perfect size for a Halloween goodie bag, and they require no crafting skills. I love howthe favor bags I made them with are cute enough for kids but still nice enough for the grown-ups as well. All you need are the bakery bags, ribbon, and 3D Halloween stickers from the craft store. You can use the smaller bag pictured above or a larger bakery bag with a window display. I like to fill the larger ones with treats to give out as holiday presents to neighbors and teachers.



Simply fill the bags with a Halloween treat (homemade or store-bought), close them up and tie them off with ribbon, then affix a sticker to each bag. These are food-grade bags, so they're perfect to fill with homemade fall treats like popcorn, kettle corn, or Halloween chocolates. Try my DIY gourmet popcorn

How to Dress for a Black Tie Holiday Event


During the winter months, you may be invited to any number of black tie events including an evening wedding, a fundraising gala, or formal party. For these events, the attire can often be "black tie". For women that means you should wear a floor-length gown. For an evening black tie event during the fall and winter months, stick with dark or rich colors and heavier fabrics; think lace, beaded, velvet, or satin as opposed to a light chiffon. Pictured Above: ASOS RED CARPET Premium Super Plunge Twist Front Maxi Dress

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For the holidays, some sparkle is always a good idea. In fact, some formal holiday events may call for "festive black tie" on the invite. Go for either a gown with some sparkle or a rich holiday color like emerald or red. A "festive black tie" event that is work-related calls for a more modest gown - no high slits, and nothing  strapless or with spaghetti straps. A gown with a modest neckline, like the two pictured above, is something you could wear to both a wedding or a more corporate setting. A more simple, solid-colored dress like the Eliza J Women's Beaded Cap Sleeve Gown pictured above is also a great versatile gown. You could dress it down for the ballet with minimal jewelry and more natural makeup, or dress it up with formal heels, an up-do with bold makeup, and a jeweled statement necklace.

Pictured Above: Eliza J Women's Beaded Cap Sleeve Gown, $83.67  //  Adrianna Papell Women's Short-Sleeve Sequin Gown, $280

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Don't worry about being over-dressed for a black tie event. It's the perfect opportunity to wear a beautiful gown with some added drama like beading, a bold print, a full skirt, or an interesting neckline.

Pictured Above: HALSTON HERITAGE Women's Charmeuse V-neck Evening Gown with Flowy Skirt  //  Adrianna Papell Women's Cap Sleeve V Neck Fully Beaded Gown  //  BCBGMAXAZRIA Women's Rose Strapless Tiered Evening Gown  //  Crystal Dresses Sheath/column Scoop Taffeta and Lace Mother of the Bride Dress

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