A Quick and Cheap Halloween Table. No Skills Required.

A Quick and Cheap Halloween Table. No Skills Required.

It’s time for Halloween which means it’s time to break out the spooky decor.

I’ve been searching Pinterest and, to be honest, I’m overwhelmed. I’d love to have a mantle dripping with webs, candles that match, a dirty-looking skull and a vintage photo that makes you question whether or not you’re being watched. Doesn’t that sound awesome?

Yeah, I think so, too.

When it comes to decor or DIY, I have little patience. I like to try a little bit of everything but I’ve learned that the projects I choose need to take a day at the very most. I don’t like things that drag on and on.


I HAVE to have a decorated table, silly.

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With a goal of spending less than $20, I happened upon some decor. Yes, $20.00. Hey, being on a budget is no joke. Yaknow?

The Target beacon was calling my name (duh, doesn’t it always?). In the deals section – or whatever that heaven sent area is right when you walk in the door – there were bins of sparkly pumpkins. Cost $1 each. You can’t afford not to. I got six of them. Then, back to the seasonal section. I wanted about 500,000 things that would make my home look like a freaking haunted house. However, that $20.00 limit kept nagging at me.

Let’s set the record straight. I am not in favor of having a budget. Like, ever. I’ve never NOT been on a budget. Can you imagine just going out and getting what you want, where you want and when you want it? Wait…do I hear angels singing? I can (and do) imagine it every single day.

Leaving dream world. Heading on into reality. Back to the decor.

In the non-eye level areas of Target’s seasonal section (i.e. the stuff that is less expensive and not the store’s sales focus), I found a plastic/vinyl skull tablecloth for around $3 and this cheesecloth for around $4. I put those festive bargains in my cart along with the pumpkins and talked myself out of every other thing I saw from the back of the store to checkout.

Pumpkins and table covers weren’t going to do the trick. I needed to add more.


I went home and rounded up what I already had. This is a tough thing to do when it’s your house because you stop taking note of things that have been in their place for a long time. It’s sometimes difficult to “see” items re-purposed around your house.

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Last Christmas, I went a bit sharpie crazy decorating any type of ceramic possible. This would be a perfect addition to my no effort table display. (Instructions on how to decorate ceramic with a Sharpie at the end of this post). The plate was from the dollar store so it was…you guessed it…one dollar. I ended up adding a $4.00 candle from Michael’s that I’d just picked up a few days before (again…can’t afford not to) and I was set.


To do this right, you have to think long and hard about what you want your end result to be and how you plan to project the colors vs. shapes – just kidding. My way was methodical, though. I tossed the table cover on, added the cheesecloth, arranged the pumpkins, placed the plate and lit the candle in a glass cylinder. After my hard work and approximately 2 minutes of my time. Add in about a tenth of a second for creativity and I had a completed Halloween-themed table with a very simple look. In the meantime, I’m waiting for a phone call from Martha Stewart or, really, any home decor company for the incredible effort I put out on this project. Just think: You can put out just as much.


Skull Table Cover: $3.00

Cheesecloth: $4.00

Sparkly Pumpkins: $6.00 (six at one dollar each)

Plate: $1.00

Candle: $4.00

TOTAL COST: $18.00

Every time I walk past the table, it makes me happy. The look is just right for the area we have, it doesn’t interfere with my son’s airplanes and trains that seem to end up “hiding” in the cheesecloth and it’s simple to put back in place when company is on their way and  I’m rushing through my house cleaning up as if it looks like that all the time.


What is your quick Halloween decor solution?

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We’d love to get some great ideas and possibly share in an upcoming post. You all have such great ideas!

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Sharpie on ceramic: Run yourself to the dollar store and purchase any type of ceramic dish or cup. Be sure the surface you’re going to write on is flat. When using a Sharpie on these dishes, you’ll need an oil-based Sharpie. Michael’s always has a ton of them but you can find the pens pretty much anywhere a regular Sharpie is sold. Heat your oven to the recommended 350 degrees. However, DIYopolis says to turn the oven to 425 degrees. I think she’s on to something. Heat the dish (mug, plate, etc) for 30 minutes. Once your time is up, turn off the oven and let your newly decorated piece cool. Once cool to the touch, take your  mug out and test the results. Wipe it. Did the Sharpie stay? If yes, run it through the dishwasher for a final test. Did it rub off? Three thoughts: 1. Your mug may have a thick glaze which takes much longer for the Sharpie to ‘bake into’ or adhere to the ceramic piece. 2. You may not be using an oil-based Sharpie. 3. You may have to bake the piece of art longer. Note: White ceramic can cook, too. Think of a marshmallow over the heat of a fire. Yep, there’s a chance you’ll brown it.

Hot Glue Candy Corn to Outside of Pumpkins

Hot Glue Candy Corn to Outside of Pumpkins


Hot glue candy corn to pumpkin | TIP OF THE DAY on organizedCHAOSonline

This may take a little time and a whole lot of candy corn, but you can always eat whatever’s left over! I love the challenge of finding interesting things to use for the eyes, nose and mouth. The creator of the below pumpkin was pretty inventive. Are those light sockets for the eyes?!! But wait, there’s more…

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Image Credit: Juchauclan.blogspot.com

Hot glue candy corn to pumpkin | TIP OF THE DAY on organizedCHAOSonline

Hot glue candy corn to pumpkin | TIP OF THE DAY on organizedCHAOSonline

Source: The Hatch Family Blogspot


Hot glue candy corn to pumpkin | TIP OF THE DAY on organizedCHAOSonline

Source: Tom Wallace Star Tribune


and finally…Attitude!

Hot glue candy corn to pumpkin | TIP OF THE DAY on organizedCHAOSonline

Source: Tagyerit

How creative can you get with a bag of candy corn and a pumpkin? We’d love to see what you can do. Send us pictures!!

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Labor Day: Here’s To Us…We Are The Champions!

Labor Day: Here’s To Us…We Are The Champions!

Labor Day: Here's To Us! Roundup of Songs About Working | organizedCHAOSonline

We want to celebrate all of us hard-working people who go to work every day, with a little music. Good for us and what we stand for! I think Freddie pretty much summed up how awesome we all are…

Here’s a little roundup of more songs that honor us…the workforce of America. The links are listed below the song titles poster. Enjoy!

Labor Day: Here's To Us...We Are The Champions! Roundup of songs about work | organizedCHAOSonline1. Hard Day’s Night – The Beatles

2. Hard Workin’ Man – Brooks and Dunn

3. Whistle While You Work – “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” Walt Disney Productions

4. Workin’ For a Livin’ – Huey Lewis and the News

5. God Bless Saturday – Kid Rock

6. Takin’ Care of Business – Bachman-Turner Overdrive

7. Working Class Hero – John Lennon

8. Working 9 to 5 – Dolly Parton

9. Take This Job and Shove It! – Johnny Paycheck

10. Blue Collar Man – Styx

11. It’s 5 o’clock Somewhere – Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffett

12. Sixteen Tons (Another Day Older and Deeper in Debt) – Tennessee Ernie Ford

13. Everybody’s Workin’ For the Weekend – Loverboy


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Red, White and Blue 4th of July Party Drinks with Free Drink Flag Printables!

Red, White and Blue 4th of July Party Drinks with Free Drink Flag Printables!


It’s almost party time, and what’s a party without lots of liquid refreshments? Oh yeah! We’ve rounded up some leaded and non-leaded drink recipes for your upcoming Fourth of July Bash. We’ve listed the ingredients below each drink so you can get them added to your shopping, and then just click on the drink image to get the recipes.

If you’re needing food ideas to go with your drink concoctions, check out Red, White and Blue 4th of July Easy Party Food. If there’s one thing we do well, it’s throw a party, and everything we do is quick, cheap and easy. So once we get you set up with your food and drinks, we’ll get you hooked up with some easy DIY party decorations. Watch for it! So let’s get this party started, shall we?

1. Three Pop-Rocks Cocktails


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Source: Pizzazerie

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Pop Rocks on the Beach


  • Vodka
  • Midori melon liqueur
  • Chambord raspberry liqueur
  • Pineapple juice
  • Watermelon Pop Rocks

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Strawberry Popper Rocker


  • Strawberry Schnapps
  • 7-Up
  • Strawberry Pop Rocks

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Malibu Rocks


  • Malibu rum
  • Blue Curacao
  • Pineapple juice
  • Cranberry juice
  • Fruit Punch Pop Rocks


For Pop Rocks Rimmed Glasses, dampen the edges of your glass with lemon juice, then dip the rims into a plate filled with pop rocks.


2. Melon Mixer


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Source: The Flavorful Life


  • Cascade Ice Zero-Calorie (Blueberry Watermelon)
  • Club soda
  • Watermelon
  • Blueberries


3. Frosty Fireworks


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Source: Spoonful


  • Red or blue fruit-flavored beverage
  • Seltzer (flavored or plain)
  1. Fill an ice cube tray with a red or blue fruit-flavored beverage (such as Powerade, Gatorade, or Kool-Aid) and let the cubes freeze solid.
  2. Drop three or four colored cubes into each glass
  3. Pour in flavored seltzer water or clear soda, and watch the special effects. As the cubes melt, colored bubbles will swirl through the seltzer.

4. Pop Rocks Shooters


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Source: Celebrations


  • Red or blue Pop Rocks candy
  • Grenadine
  • Half and half
  • Maui Blue Hawaiian Schnapps


5. Blue Lemonade Cocktail | Watermelon Star Stirrers


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Source: Celebrations


  • Lemonade (our recipe or your own)
  • Watermelon
  • 2-inch star cookie cutter
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Blue food coloring (kid-friendly version)
  • Maui Blue Hawaiian Schnapps or vodka and blue curacao liquor (adult cocktail version)

6. Patriotic Drink


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Source: MooreMinutes


  • Sobe piña colada
  • Gatorade fruit punch
  • G2 Blueberry pomegranate

Note: The trick to layering the colors is to pour the drinks slowly over the ice so they don’t mix. Also, layer in order of the drink with the most sugar. The most sugar goes at the bottom, next layer less sugar, top layer least sugar.


7. Patriotic Drink (Kids Version)


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Source: Food


  • Cranberry juice or Fruit punch
  • Gatorade sports drink (blue)
  • Sugar free 7-Up or Sprite



Add the finishing touches to your fancy schmancy party drinks with some patriotic flags. Click on the images to download and print these cute little drink flags – for FREE! Print them on cardstock, and attack to toothpicks, straws or drink stirrers.

Drink Flags

Source: PicsandPaper


Circle Flags

Source: The PolkaDotPosie


I would recommend testing these drink recipes many, many times to make sure you’ve got them right before serving them at your party (wink). If you missed our Fourth of July Red, White and Blue Party Food blog, read it HERE. Watch for our upcoming Quick, Cheap and Easy Fourth of July Party Decorations post. When it comes to parties, we’ve got ya’ covered!

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Red, White and Blue 4th of July Easy Party Food

Red, White and Blue 4th of July Easy Party Food

fireworks-2One of our favorite holidays is the Fourth of July. First of all, of course, is what it stands for…our FREEDOM. On a warm summer night, when the fireworks are lighting up the sky, my eyes immediately tear up and my throat gets tight when I say a silent thank you to all who have sacrificed their lives to keep us safe, and the pride I feel to live in this beautiful country.

Secondly…it’s SUMMER! Summer’s are for parties, food and fun. It’s the perfect time for friends to gather and celebrate life. If it’s been awhile since you’ve connected with old friends, this is the perfect holiday to get everybody together to party, and it doesn’t have to be expensive or fancy. We’ve found some great party food, each of them with few ingredients, full tutorials, and are quick and cheaaaap to make.

Over the next few days, we’ll hook you up with some quick and easy decorating ideas, beverage recipes, and all things rockin’ the red, white and blue.

Red, White and Blue Striped Creamy Coconut Stars

Creamy Coconut Stars for 4th of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day[pinit] Source: Hungry Happenings


Red, White and Blue Cake Mix and Jello Cookies

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Patriotic Watermelon & Feta Flag

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Chicken Dip with Colored Breadcrumb Stars

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Star Shaped Fruit Salad


[pinit] Source: Chica and Jo

4th of July Trifle

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Chevron Oatmeal Cookie Cake

M&M Red White and Blue Cheveron Cookie Cake[pinit] Source: Cookin’ Cowgirl

Red, White and Blue Bruschetta

bruschetta3[pinit] Source: Jehan Can Cook

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