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Pre-Halloween festivities!

Posted: Monday, Oct. 28, 2013

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Photo by Lora Denton Photography.

Originally from England, Sarah Ryberg has lived in Charlotte for the last 12 years and is a graduate of UNC Charlotte. After two whirlwind weddings - one in Charlotte and another in her homeland - Sarah is settling into married life and learning what it takes to be a Mrs. You can reach Sarah at sarahmryberg@yahoo.com

I know my last post was about Disney, but I can't help sharing pictures from our Halloween get-together. I haven't hosted a party in a while and I had a blast putting together the little details. It just reminds me how much I want to plan events for a career.

Instead of hosting a costume party for Halloween, we decided to throw a Disneybound party. Since Disneybounding uses every day clothes to create a Disney inspired look, we were able to pull outfits from right out of our closets. I mean, there are some great Halloween costumes out there, but am I the only one who feels the price is the scariest part of the holiday? With Disneybounding, we were still able to "dress up," but without hurting our bank account.

For the details, I tied in iconic moments from some of my favorite Disney movies. Just from reading my posts, I'm sure you know how hard it was for me to narrow them down. I put roses underneath glass domes to represent the enchanted rose from "Beauty and the Beast." I also hung a picture of Cinderella's Castle behind the table and used character silhouettes on the mason jar glasses.

However, my favorite detail was the Will o' the Wisp cotton candy bar from "Brave." I love themed bars/stations for parties and I felt like cotton candy was such a fun twist on the mysterious blue wisps. I particularly loved how the hanging blue tea lights recreated the glow from the movie.

Of course, I can't forget the food either. It was an exciting challenge to come up with foods that tied into the films, like Atilla's cupcakes from "Tangled" or Pizza Planet Bites from "Toy Story." I didn't want to overdecorate the space, so the food helped me to include several movies while keeping the decor simple.

As for our outfits, I went as Tiana and hubby dressed up as Flynn Ryder. I didn't get any non-blurry pictures to share, but there's nothing like using Halloween as an excuse for dressing up Disney! How did you celebrate the pre-Halloween weekend?

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