I'm turning 20 on 10-20-2010, which is amazing. And I love Halloween. And my friends. I want all of us together to celebrate me and my favorite holiday one evening next month. And I need help with EVERYTHING. I'm doing this in 1 month exactly (so October 23rd). I just started the group on facebook and haven't even come close to inviting everyone yet. So there's time, but I still have a sense of urgency.
I don't need invites, that'll be done electronically. I don't need a venue - - I'm using my backyard! It's HUGE. My niece's 3rd birthday saw 80+ children - - and their parents -- all in the backyard with huge inflateables and there was no problem at all. We've got the grill, I think my BIL will do the grilling. My sis and I will probably make all the treats and munchies.
Estimated budget - - no more than 300, I'm sure. I'd like to keep it closer to 200.
So what I really need is help with activities, snack/treat 'menu', and decor.
IDEAS FOR ACTIVITIES:
- Eating contest. I LOVE messy party games. I thought pumpkin pie, or 'brains' - jello done in a brain mold or cooked spaghetti - but really, what's an outdoor BBQ party hosted by yours truly without some eating contest?
- Pumpkin carving. Which I LOVE. And it's also fun to get into an innards fight, throwing the goop at eachother and just getting messy in general.
- Outdoor movie. I'd like to hang some thick white sheets over the back of my house and project a movie once the sun sets. We can lay out blankets or they can bring fishing chairs or beanbags, or maybe get a few free couches off craigslist and watch a Halloween-y movie.
I draw blanks here. Just a bunch of black and orange stuff is all my mind goes to. I need help. And I need it to be cheap.
Easy but fun foods. Main course will be burgers and hot dogs, but for the sides and desert things. I thought of a cupcake tree, with these awesome chocolate chip pumpkin cupcakes my kid sister makes, instead of a birthday cake.
I don't think this'll be a costume party, cuz of my love of messy games, but what are trash bag cover ups for?
What should I do for a birthday dress? Or if I DO decide to do costumes, what should I dress up as that's cute/pretty and birthday/center-of-attention worthy?
As you can see, my ideas are suffering.... HELP ME!! I welcome every single suggestion/website you have!!