Oct 8

Haunted Village Surprise

by Kathleen Ballos

Are you hosting a Halloween party this year? Make this miniature haunted village as decor but also a surprise way to hide candy! Arrange the paper houses on a window sill, tray, or tabletop and when someone wins a game let them pick a house to reveal their prize. P.S. Another fun way to include a haunted house at your party!

Haunted Village Surprise | Oh Happy Day!Haunted Village Surprise | Oh Happy Day!

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Oct 8

Butterfly Costume

Be a butterfly for Halloween! Here’s a fun costume that anyone could put together. You could also dye the wings with in different colors to get a rainbow effect. (PS – All our Halloween costume ideas right here!)

Butterfly Costume | Oh Happy Day! Butterfly Costume | Oh Happy Day!

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Oct 7

Packaging Candy Favors: 3 Ways

There are a few trains of thought of party favors. You can give a knick-knack like a bottle opener or a magnet, for kids’ parties it usually consists of cheap toys and candy which eventually make their way back to a landfill. I’m firmly in the camp that favors should be food (If you had a large budget I could be persuaded pretty easily to another camp!) Food is easy, doesn’t seem wasteful, and it’s more likely to get used. I also really like how easy it is to match the party theme with the food. I like to have packaging options on hand for this very thing. Package up some of that European candy and voila’! You’ve got a really beautiful gift option. Here are three examples of easy favor packaging. For these, we used Clear Round Containers, Paper Bags, & Pillow Boxes. You can set them out as table settings at a party or wedding or keep them available for guests as they leave. Click through for more details & full instructions below!

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Oct 7

Printable Cheesy Gift Wrap

by Alix Sorrell

As someone who is obsessed with cheese, I was REALLY excited to find out October 9th is National Moldy Cheese Day! Moldy or not, these wrappers are the perfect way to dress up that hunk of cheese you were planning on bringing to a dinner party or giving away as a small (and cheesy) thank you gift! You can print out the labels on Sticker Paper or regular paper. Punch out the labels with a 1.5 inch punch to seal your wrap. You’re friends will be impressed with such a professional cheese-monger presentation!

Printable Cheesy Gift Wrap | Oh Happy Day! Printable Cheesy Gift Wrap | Oh Happy Day! Printable Cheesy Gift Wrap | Oh Happy Day! Printable Cheesy Gift Wrap | Oh Happy Day!

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Oct 6

Blue Apron Update + Fish Taco Recipe

Today I’m sharing a recipe from Blue Apron and giving an update on the service after using it for several months. I tried it earlier this summer as part of a sponsorship and loved it so much I signed up myself. I have been using them ever since (I swear they aren’t paying me to say that!) it works perfectly for our family’s schedule. If you haven’t heard of Blue Apron, it is a meal service where the fresh ingredients are planned and shipped for each meal. It’s like someone else does the meal planning and shopping for you. I gave a thorough review of the company last time (click here to read) but thought I would add a few points now that I’ve been using it for a while.

1. There is a lot of chopping. My husband jokes it should be called “Chef’s Knife”  instead of Blue Apron because you get some real quality time with your knife. For us this has been a good thing because the kind of food I like the most usually involves lots of chopping (read: fresh food). Committing to Blue Apron just means that we force ourselves to cook even on nights we don’t want to because we don’t want to waste our order.  It has created really great habits.

2. Blue Apron allows other people to help you cook. We share the cooking responsibilities pretty evenly in our house. But having a meal plan and recipes ready means that other people can help. My husband definitely takes charge more now there is a clear plan for what to eat (none of that figuring out what to eat for dinner.) When we have family in town or a babysitter they have been able to cook some of the meals before we get home from work. It’s really practical in that way.

3. The Ingredients are Sourced Well. The ingredients we get in our box are really good quality. For example the Fish Taco Recipe (below) used the Tortillas from some fancy tortilla place (Tortilleria Nixtamal.) They are made using whole dried corn kernels instead of corn flour. I love that they are ingredients that are artisanal and hard to get. I usually buy my produce from our weekly Farmer’s Market and the ingredients I get in my box are of comparable quality. (Once in a while I’ll get a less-than-stellar piece of produce but that is rare.)

4. The Meals are Good and Diverse. It’s almost like a cooking school. I’ve found myself making things I never would make on my own and we love them. I try new techniques like breaded fish or making homemade aioli. When we find a recipe we really like I’ve even remade it when I’ve had friends over for dinner. In the last 3 months we’ve cooked 36 new meals! About once a month we’ll get a recipe that we just don’t like. When it hasn’t worked out it is usually because either we just don’t like the recipe (I’m not a huge fan of certain ingredients) or else it has been human error. Considering how many new recipes we’ve tried I’m genuinely surprised how much I like the food.

Meals are $9.99 per person with free shipping. If you’d like to give them a try, right now they’re offering the two free meals to the first 100 readers who sign up. Check out their video below and make sure you click through for the Crispy Fish Taco recipe we tried this week!


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