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10 Ways to Make A Kid-Friendly Halloween Party So Cute It’s (Almost) Scary

10.13.2017

Sketelons, Monsters, Ghosts and more! If you’re looking for some kid-friendly characters for your Halloween party then you’ve come to the right place! See our top 10 favorite ideas to make your Halloween party so cute it’s scary.

1.) Zombie Apocalypse Emergency Food Supply Treat Bags by Elum

Adorable clutch style gift bags with rope handles. Perfect for packing with party favors or other ghoulish goodies.  Available exclusively at TJMaxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods.

Cute Halloween Party Ideas

 

2.) Happy Little Ghost Sugar Cookies  from Sarah’s Bake Studio

Classic sugar cookies dressed up as adorable ghosts. The trick to detailing the faces is using a food coloring pen!

3.) Fanta Jack-O-Lanter Floats from Belle of the Kitchen

A seasonal twist on a traditional float. Decorate your cups with beverage clings like these or do it by hand with a permanent marker.

4.) Candy Corn Napkins by Elum 

These sweet party napkins are sure to make your little guests shriek with delight. Available exclusively at TJMaxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods.

5.) DIY Mini Ghost Pinatas from Oh Happy Day

No one will mind being haunted by this pint-sized party of ghosts.

6.) Monster Cake Pops from Shari’s Berries

Delicious handmade cake-pops available in an assortment of super-cute characters.

7.) DIY Halloween Balloons from Trendenser

Easy and fun additions to your party decor,  tie them off with black and white twine for an extra Halloween touch.

8.) Real Mini Pumpkin Candles from All Thing Nim

You’ve probably never laid your eyes on anything more adorable than these DIY pumpkin candles. Full tutorial video available on Instagram.

9.) Monster Rice Krispies from One Little Project

Almost too cute to eat! Adorable traditional Rice Krispie treats with colored white chocolate and edible eyeballs.

10.) DIY Halloween Photobooth from Jennifer Lee Photography

Capture all the fun with this easy DIY photo booth set up.

Need a DIY costume idea for your super cute Halloween Party? Check out our DIY Halloween Paper Masks!

Office Life: Museum of Ice Cream Team Field Trip

9.11.2017

Adult field trips are the MOST FUN as we recently discovered on our Museum of Ice Cream team field trip in Los Angeles. If you haven’t yet heard of this magical place, it’s a pop-up art museum with nothing but ice cream themed exhibits and delicious sweet treats to accompany many of the installations.

We got out of the office for the day to find inspiration at this colorful and delicious museum. Plus, we brought along some of our favorite ice cream themed cards for photo ops! If you want to get a first-hand look at all the fun Elum had and get an insider peek into this sold out pop-up museum, keep scrolling!

Office Life: Museum of Ice Cream Field TripAs the anticipation of getting into the museum grew, we were tasked with choosing a group name that was a combo of an ice cream flavor and an animal, so naturally, we deemed ourselves the Pistachio Llamas.

Museum of Ice Cream Team Field TripLike Wonka’s Chocolate Factory each room in the Museum of Ice Cream is brimming with pure imagination. Designed to provoke inspiration and bring you back to that magical feeling of kid-like wonder (not to mention it’s an ideal place to score a few amazing selfies.) The first room was a series of picture-perfect backdrops accompanied by a scoop of vanilla brownie ice cream.

Office Life: Museum of Ice Cream Field TripThe exhibits were truly laughter inducing, with squeals of excitement erupting every time we turned a corner to see a new room. There was a small traffic jam at the banana swings as each person in our party took a turn. As you can see from our Art Director, Amy and Creative Director, Kristi below, these swings were pure joy.

Office Life: Museum of Ice Cream Field TripWe explored our way through the banana jungle. The perfect place to style our “Birthday Bananas” card.

Museum of Ice Cream Team Field Trip

Office Life: Museum of Ice Cream Field TripSenior Designers, Samantha and Shannon took their turn on the banana swing as Designer, Olga got lost in a sea of bananas.

Office Life: Museum of Ice Cream Field TripThe mint room was a living art installation with three different types of mint growing inside. We were encouraged to rub the leaves between our fingers to smell the differences between them. Samantha opted to get right in the action. If greenery isn’t your thing, this room also offered mint chocolate chip Mochis!

Office Life: Museum of Ice Cream Field Trip

Museum of Ice Cream Team Field TripSome of the team used the bright and cheerful backdrop of the Rainbow Sherbert room to snap pics of our “Every Flavor” and “Lucky Birthday” cards. Meanwhile, Regional account manager, Zoe, got caught in an action shot while she was mid-boomerang!

Office Life: Museum of Ice Cream Field TripThen there was a quick impromptu dance party in the hallway.

 

Next, our childhood wishes for larger-than-life sweets were finally realized. This enormous popsicle exhibit had us dreaming of a world that rains down giant frozen goodness from the sky.

Office Life: Museum of Ice Cream Field Trip

Museum of Ice Cream Team Field TripThe gummy bear installation ended up being one of our favorite photo backdrops. Each wall featured unique, bold color-blocking reminiscent of mod 70’s style with life-sized gummy bears scattered throughout. As an added bonus we got tasty gummy bear treats while we explored this exhibit. There was a mad dash to get photos in front of every wall and with every bear before we moved on.

Office Life: Museum of Ice Cream Field Trip

Office Life: Museum of Ice Cream Field TripThe Black Cone room was a small transitional room between the Gummy Bears and the Sprinkle Room. It was covered in sculpted chocolate cones stuck to the walls each one is unique and individually hand made. They were also doing tasters of black candies in this room that included dark chocolate covered malt balls and black licorice.

Museum of Ice Cream Team Field TripOverall, the Sprinkle Pool was the universal favorite. The pool is filled with over 93 million plastic sprinkles (about 1 million of which were stuck in Kristi’s shirt after we buried her in sprinkles.)

Office Life: Museum of Ice Cream Field TripTime was limited in the Sprinke Pool but that didn’t stop us from making the most of it while we could (and making a huge mess).

Office Life: Museum of Ice Cream Field TripIt’s true that everything in life is better topped with sprinkles. For the rest of the day, we kept finding sprinkles hidden in our shoes, pockets and rolled up cuffs on our jeans.

Office Life: Museum of Ice Cream Field Trip

Office Life: Museum of Ice Cream Field TripTo finish out the museum experience we got one last round of ice cream in the lounge and then scoped out the gift shop.

Office Life: Museum of Ice Cream Field TripHave you been the Museum of Ice Cream or any other fun art installations? We’re always looking for new inspiration and places to take team field trips so tell us about yours in the comments below!

#WeeklyWrapUp: DIY Birthday Beer Koozies

4.07.2017

We’re wrapping up our favorite birthday beverages in celebratory DIY  birthday beer koozies. They are a ridiculously easy way to personalize the gift of beer and make sure the birthday boy or girl is raising their can in style all night long.

Confetti Coated Birthday Beer Koozies:

Make the guest of honor feel like they’re being showed in confetti all night long with this super festive confetti coated koozie.

You Need:

Coat the koozie in white glue, roll in confetti and make sure it’s thoroughly covered. Let dry, shake off any loose pieces and fill in empty spots if necessary.

#WeeklyWrapUp: Birthday Beer Koozies

The Dapper Gent Birthday Beer Koozies:

For the discerning beer drinker, the dapper gent beer koozie is a reflection of the most sophisticated beer tasting palettes.

You Need:

Select your dapper costume stickers of choice and adhere to the koozie, add googly eyes (use extra adhesive, such hot glue if needed) and don’t forget to have them sip their beer with their pinky out.

#WeeklyWrapUp: Birthday Beer Koozies

Totally Lit Up Birthday Beer Koozies:

Get lit, literally and figuratively with this candle covered creation. Instead of making a wish after blowing out the candles they can make a wish after every beer they finish.

You Need:

  • Foam Beer Koozie
  • Colorful Birthday Candles
  • Foam Letter Stickers
  • Beer of Choice (we like Modern Times Fruitlands)
  • Strong Adhesive, such as super glue (don’t use hot glue, it will just melt the candle wax)
  • Optional: Small Clear or Yellow Plastic Rhinestones

Glue the colored candles around the base of the koozie. Adhere foam letters above the candles, glue rhinestones sporadically around the top line of the candles as their “flames.” Then make sure the birthday boy or girl follows the instructions on the koozie. **Disclaimer: Don’t actually light the candles (duh) because A.) it will probably melt the foam koozie and B.)  a flaming koozie will be really difficult for the recipient to hold.

#WeeklyWrapUp: Birthday Beer Koozies

Hoppy Birthday Beer Koozies:

Make it their hoppiest birthday yet with this blinged out koozie.

You Need:

Adhere the foam letters to the koozie, use hot glue to cover the rest of the koozie in plastic rhinestones. We used gold and yellow rhinestone to match the sparkling gold color of our favorite hoppy beers.

#WeeklyWrapUp: Birthday Beer Koozies

What’s the best way someone has raised a birthday beer to you? Tell us about it in the comments below!

Office Life: An Ice Cream Social in 5 Easy Steps

1.19.2017

When throwing an office party it’s always important to make sure you’re sensitive to everyone likes and dislikes. Fortunately, one thing everyone at Elum can rally behind is ice-cream. So, for our last office-wide birthday celebration we threw a killer potluck style office ice cream social, and it was a total hit! If you want to be an office hero gather up a few of your favorite co-workers and follow these 5 easy steps to throwing your very own potluck office ice cream social!

Office Life: 5 Steps to a Potluck Office Ice Cream SocialStep 1:  Prep & Plan

The first order of business is getting everyone to sign up for the potluck. Elum picked up the tab for all of the basics: chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and dairy free ice cream, plus all the bowls, spoons, cups, straws and cones. We asked everyone else in the office to bring in their favorite ice cream topping to share. We used this adorable sign-up sheet to make sure we didn’t get duplicates. We do birthday celebrations in our office on the first Friday of every month, if you don’t have a set celebration date, pick one and send a quick “Save the Date” email to everyone in your office with a note about where the sign-up sheet is located. It’s usually a good idea to give everyone a deadline to sign up so you can make sure that nothing important is missing from your line-up (because let’s face it, an ice cream sundae without rainbow sprinkles basically wouldn’t even taste good.) We sent ours two weeks in advance of the party to give everyone plenty of time to swoop up their toppings and not leave any room for short notice excuses.

Office Life: 5 Steps to a Potluck Office Ice Cream SocialIf you need some inspiration for good ice cream toppings here’s a list of all of ours:

  • cherries
  • nuts
  • trail mix
  • coconut flakes
  • blueberries
  • strawberries
  • gummy bears
  • Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups
  • Hershey Cookies & Cream Drops
  • Hard Root beer
  • Stout Beer
  • Chocolate Magic Shell
  • sprinkles
  • hot fudge
  • hot caramel
  • brownies
  • M & M’s
  • banana chips
  • graham crackers

Office Life: 5 Steps to a Potluck Office Ice Cream SocialStep 2:  Assign Extra Tasks 

We always tend to go a bit overboard with the party details, you can do as much or a little as you’d like as far as extras. We had several people on our team volunteer to help out with the party so we went all out. We had a little pow-wow about the extra special things we wanted to do and assigned out those tasks so that no one got stuck doing all the heavy lifting. In our case we put up a photo booth wall using rolled gift wrap as the backdrop and made photo booth props. If you don’t have anyone crafty on your team or just don’t have the time you can also buy props on etsy. The Elum crew also made a bunch of party decorations like ice cream cone garland, mini party hats and ingredient markers for the toppings table. We met up about the party extras about a week before the party date to give everyone plenty of time to get crafty.

Office Life: 5 Steps to a Potluck Office Ice Cream SocialStep 3: Decorate

We decorated our space the day before the actual party, if that’s not an option for you, make sure everyone drops off their decor contributions the day before the party so you don’t have to hunt people down before the party starts.

Office Life: 5 Steps to a Potluck Office Ice Cream SocialStep 4: Setup Ingredients

When the date of your party finally arrives and it’s time to start setting up the topping bar, have a location in mind where everyone can drop off their toppings. We bought little plastic bowls and jars for each topping, asked everyone to fill up a jar or bowl with their contribution. As a cute way to label each treat, we asked everyone to write the name of what they brought on a plastic spoon and to stick it in the bowl or jar containing their topping. This was really helpful, since the spoons did double duty as serving utensils and decorative labels for our toppings! About 10 minutes before our start time we set up an ice bucket for items we wanted to keep chilled– like whipped cream and soda & beer for floats– and a bowl of hot water to keep hot fudge and other warm toppings at a good temperature. The ice cream came out of the freezer just a few minutes before the party started.

Office Life: 5 Steps to a Potluck Office Ice Cream SocialStep 5: YUM!

Perhaps the most important part of all of this is watching the joy on everyone’s face as they craft their very own sundae masterpieces.

Office Life: 5 Steps to a Potluck Office Ice Cream Social

Looking for more office party inspiration? Stay tuned to the Elum blog as we share more tips, tricks and DIYs for throwing the best office parties ever!

What’s the best office party you’ve ever been to? Share you stories in the comments below.

 

Crafts & Cocktails: Apple Cider Mimosa

9.26.2016

Here at Elum, we think crafting and cocktails go together like peanut butter and jelly or coffee and donuts. In fact, some studies suggest that drinking alcohol even makes you more creative (until you have one too many and accidentally super glue your fingers together… everything in moderation.)

In honor of this beautiful relationship, welcome to the very first edition of Crafts & Cocktails. Here we’ll feature the libations we mixed up during our latest crafting sessions at Elum.

Crafts & Cocktails: Apple Cider MimosaIf you need some inspiring ideas for last minute Halloween costumes we suggest you scurry over to our DIY: Paper Halloween Masks blog and check them out ASAP. If you’re just in the market for a delicious fall cocktail then you’re in the  right place. We mixed up apple cider mimosas at our latest crafting event to get us all in that sweater-weather state of mind.

Crafts & Cocktails: Apple Cider MimosaNot only were they super delicious but also SO easy, only 4 ingredients and we were in business.

Crafts & Cocktails: Apple Cider Mimosa

Apple Cider Mimosas

Ingredients:

  • Champagne
  • Apple Cider
  • Sugar & Cinnamon (optional)
  • Apples (optional)
  1. Mix together sugar and cinnamon and rim the glass.
  2. Fill glass half way with champagne, top off with apple cider.
  3. Garnish with fresh apples.

Crafts & Cocktails: Apple Cider Mimosa

Do you have a favorite fall cocktail? Tell us about it in the comments below!