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Saturday, October 28, 2006

Baby Ghosts and Toddling Terrors

Well, after weeks of planning, scouring the martha stewart web site, baking, decorating, pumpkin carving and hotglue-gunning, we did it.

Our first annual Baby Ghosts and Toddling Terrors Hallowe’en Party/Photo Op was this afternoon, and I think it was monster success.

My little lamb enjoyed the company of a dragon, two bumblebees, a snowman, a tomato, a lion, and a cow . As the babes arrived, we ushered them straight to the set, where photoshoots took place while costumes were still fresh and intact, and well, on.

From there we enjoyed the company of friends, a little bit of baby turf war refereeing (cakes pretty much won every round) and a buffet full of baby-friendly goodies (ok, maybe not the fudge. But it was definitely mama-friendly.) and apple cider spiked with brandy, because you definitely need the spiked-with-brandy part when there are 8 toddlers running around your very small house.

I think everybody had a great time. The babes were all so cute I could hardly stand it. Bee had been cranky all morning and didn’t nap well (of course), so she was a bit clingy, but even when she’s clingy, she’s pretty darn cute. And she was a very good sport about her costume, which I appreciated, since it took two nights to hot glue 200 cottonballs to a onesie. As the afternoon progressed, she shed more and more cottonballs, and the ones that didn’t fall off hung in dreads from her tush, so she actually looked quite authentic.

But by the end of the day, the thing was such a mess that we seriously just cut it off of her. Good thing I have a back-up for Tuesday. She’ll be giving out treats in her little pink jaguar costume (no, I did not make that one).

Anyway, we’re hoping that all the excitement will have the babes sleeping late tomorrow. And once I’m rested, I’m going to start planning our Baby Christmukkah Bash. Anybody have a good recipe for latkes?


  • At 12:04 AM, Blogger nomotherearth said…

    I can't believe you made the costume yourself - very impressive! She looks so cute - even cranky! We've tried to get The Boy excited about Hallowe'en but he pretty much hates the costume aspect. Loves the pumpkins though.

    I hope you will post a pic of the jaguar as well.

  • At 12:09 AM, Blogger something blue said…

    Sounds like a ghoulish, good time! Your little lamb is precious. 'Tis very Martha Stewart of you.

  • At 1:03 AM, Blogger jen said…

    that is the single best use of cotton balls i have ever seen.

    sounds like such a wonderful day, and much bliss was spread around to the little ones. nicely done, sister.

  • At 1:09 AM, Blogger Lady M said…

    She's one heck of a cute lamb! I can't believe you attached them all yourself.

    I'm a little slow, but I just now figured out that the party Metro Mama mentioned getting ready for was yours. Yay for friends in real life too! :)

  • At 8:34 AM, Blogger metro mama said…

    We had a great time! You guys are fabulous hosts. I will get my pics up later today.

    Cakes was exhausted--she actually slept until 7:30 this morning (which is now 6:30). Much better than we thought we'd do.

  • At 8:42 AM, Blogger penelopeto said…

    mm - our most evilest of plans worked - the whole thing was just a ruse to tire out the babes and get them to sleep in this morning. we got our extra hour. mwah ha ha ha

  • At 10:46 AM, Blogger Her Bad Mother said…

    Are those COTTON BALLS? Too funny.

  • At 4:15 PM, Blogger cinnamon gurl said…

    Yay! I'm so glad Bee decided to meet your request. We also tired Swee'pea out last night (details on my blog -- way too many details), also involving a lamb costume, but not homemade (good for you Martha!) and he slept till 8 (old 9)... but he's a night owl and has never woken up before 7 or 7:30 before so I wasn't that worried. And he didn't go to bed until like midnight. Gah!

    Love the photos!

  • At 9:40 PM, Blogger bubandpie said…

    This is SUCH a great idea. You spend money on the costumes and then the kids only wear them once - it's positively frugal, a party like that, doubling the wear the children get out of their costumes.

  • At 12:47 AM, Blogger Mad Hatter said…

    Too cute for words!!!

  • At 3:45 PM, Blogger Kristen said…

    Oh my goodness- how adorable is your little one and that costume?? I love it!!

  • At 10:06 AM, Blogger ewe are here said…

    I looove the little sheep costume you made! Fabulous!

  • At 4:56 PM, Anonymous blah, blah, blog said…

    The little one and I had a wonderful time. Thanks again for a great party!

    blah, blah, bird?

  • At 9:58 PM, Blogger petite gourmand said…

    that sounds like so much fun.
    wish I had known about it, I had a little kosher chicken all dressed up with no where to go (during the day)
    what a great idea though.
    Looove the lamb costume..

  • At 10:40 PM, Blogger SpeakEasy said…

    Christmukkah sounds like fun... We'll bring the latkes.

    Looks like a great time was had by all. The costumes are great, especially the cotton ball lamb. :)

    Well done.

  • At 11:41 PM, Blogger Lisa b said…

    that costume is fantastic.
    seriously 200 cotton balls? amazing.
    Christmukkah rocks.

  • At 12:01 AM, Blogger crazymumma said…

    Ya know what I like about toddlers at a costume party? The way they always look like they have had a bit too much of a good time, weary from too many snacks, overstimulation,camera flashing, and toy sharing. Sorta like a party girl with a broken heel. Good Times.

  • At 11:09 PM, Blogger scarbie doll said…

    Um, can we invite ourselves to next year's edition? Seriously, how farking cute is that lamb outfit? So jealous of your mad Halloween skills.


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