I always have so much fun placing Halloween and autumn decorations around my home.
Throughout the years, I’ve acquired many wonderful props to use around my house during these festive occasions, but I also enjoy making my own. During our recent Facebook LIVE, I shared some of my tips from our October issue of Living. I made our stenciled glass container, our fall decorated Funkin and our Indian corn wreath - all using our wonderful Martha Stewart Crafts supplies from Michaels, and some delicious M&Ms chocolates.
Our October issue of Living is filled with lots of ideas and inspirations for celebrating the fall season. http://www.marthastewart.com/854165/magazine-subscriptions
All this corn is from my garden – we had such a great season for decorative corn this year. My corn also has multi-colored kernels – lots of blue, yellow and red kernels. They look so pretty.
For this fall harvest Facebook LIVE, we are in the Martha Stewart Living “Turkey Hill Kitchen” at my New York City office. We’re using the corn to make an autumn wreath. http://www.homedepot.com/c/SPC_BRD_MSL_Kitchen
Whenever I use a hot glue gun, I always have a bowl of cold water nearby in case I get some glue on me – it’s a great tip for anyone who works with hot tools.
This corn makes a great wreath for a door or window – no bow needed. If you missed the show, you can still catch Facebook LIVE on our page. https://www.facebook.com/marthastewart/
If you’re having a Halloween party why not make some delicious caramel apples? My recipe os so easy. The ingredients include apples, sugar, corn syrup and whatever you’d like to use for the toppings. http://www.marthastewart.com/925884/caramel-apples
We have delicious milk chocolate M&Ms in all kinds of autumn colors – red, brown, yellow and a multi-colored combination.
These multi-colored M&Ms are also milk chocolate – my favorite.
We also have Maldon sea salt and chopped up cashews. Founded in 1882, England’s Maldon Salt Crystal Company still draws salt from seawater using traditional long-handled rakes, processing it with no artificial additives for flavor that’s pure and clean. http://www.maldonsalt.co.uk
We made some caramel earlier, but watch Facebook LIVE to see how I make this delicious sweet sauce.
After it is made, the caramel is transferred to a small metal bowl where it can cool for about three minutes, so the caramel thickens slightly.
Once it is ready, just dip the apple in caramel and then into the topping.
It’s that easy – make an assortment of different apples with different toppings.
Another idea that’s great for parties is a Funkin decoupaged with all sorts of leaves.
We are using my Martha Stewart Decoupage medium which is available at Michaels. http://www.michaels.com/brands/martha-stewart-crafts/marthastewartcrafts
We have fun craft punches at Michaels too and you can cut out leaves like these in different colored tissue paper.
Apply them with the decoupage medium and a brush. Watch the Facebook LIVE chat for more tips – it’s so easy to do and a great project for you and the kids.
These leaves go on one by one – and, the decoupage medium dries in about an hour.
And look how nice they are when done – just fill these Funkin with a bowl of M&Ms for all to enjoy.
These Martha Stewart Crafts stencils, pouncer and paint are also available from my line at Michaels. My crafts supplies are really useful and great for using on all your craft projects.
Just adhere the stencil on the surface with some removable tape, and then pounce with some Martha Stewart Crafts paint – update any glass container by using different colors, motifs and patterns. This pattern will be great for fall.
These glass jars are also great for parties because guests can see what is inside.
Such a nice display for your Halloween candy.
And, place some M&Ms in cellophane bags that are labeled and embellished with leaves – a great party favor or a place card.
Truman and Jude will love these bags, and so will Eddie, Billy and Oliver. Happy fall!
It’s no secret Halloween is among my favorite of holidays. I just love decorating my home with all the ghosts, goblins, skeletons, and other bone-chilling props I’ve collected over the years - plus, all the wonderful pumpkins and gourds that grow in my garden each autumn season. I especially love the Halloween decorations from our Martha Stewart Living line at Home Decorators Collection. It’s so much fun to come up with different ways to display my candy - this year, all sorts of delicious Hershey's treats!
Last week, I hosted a special Facebook LIVE showing a few of our favorite ideas from this month’s issue of Living, including a mouse house, and a treasure chest full of chocolate. If you missed our special show, you can still watch it by clicking on the highlighted link. Enjoy our photos.
For this Halloween Facebook LIVE, we decorated our Martha Stewart Living “Turkey Hill Kitchen” at my New York City office. We filled it with lots of decorated pumpkins. http://www.homedepot.com/c/SPC_BRD_MSL_Kitchen
On the counter, we decorated this cheese board with pumpkins – one hallowed out and filled with scary mice.
These sweet little mice are available at crafts stores and made from acrylic or rubber. Use our Martha Stewart Metallic Paints available at Michael’s – you’ll love them. https://www.michaels.com/martha-stewart-crafts-metallic-acrylic-paint/M10198346.html
The first step to making a “mouse house” is to hollow out the pumpkin and remove all the insides – the flesh and fibers can go to the chickens, while the seeds can be roasted and enjoyed while decorating.
Use an electric drill with a one and a half inch drill bit, and make holes around the pumpkin – watch our Facebook LIVE from last week to see how I did this. This great idea is from our October issue of Living.
Remember, pumpkin will be shredded and scattered while drilling, so have a towel on hand to wipe up any messes.
I showed how to coat he holes to prevent rotting and extend the life of the pumpkin. Watch our Facebook LIVE to know what I used – it’s something you already have at home.
Then, just fill the holes with mice. Secure them with hat pins, and place the pumpkin on an adult table or the kids’ table.
Look how great the mice look! And next to the mouse house is our Martha Stewart Living Stacked Skull Container – also available at ‘Home Decorators Collection.
These can easily be used to decorate for family gatherings, and last minute parties.
Decorating for Halloween doesn’t have to be time consuming. Here is a simple arrangement using pumpkins and painted rubber snakes – they look so life-like and frightening.
Just place them on top of the pumpkins or draped on the food.
This friendly snake is slithering through our olives and atop our cheese.
The snakes and rddent creatures are available at craft stores. We also painted them with Martha Stewart Living Metallic Paints.
I love this giant skull overflowing with delicious candy by Hershey’s – Kit Kats, Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups, and Hershey’s milk chocolate! Delicious handfuls of treats all over the table to enjoy. https://www.hersheys.com/en_us/home.html
I love to fill “treasure” chests with candies – there are lots of Kit Kats and snack sized milk chocolates to go around.
The skeleton is also from Home Decorators Collection and part of our Martha Stewart Halloween line.
Our Haunted Raven with skull is just one the items you’ll find at Home Decorators Collection! Place a big chocolate bar in its mouth to give a menacing look.
And a skull on the plates – a perfect touch for those buffet tables.
My latest book, “Martha Stewart’s Vegetables” is an indispensable resource for selecting, storing, preparing, and cooking from the garden and the market. The 150 recipes, many of which are vegetarian, highlight the delicious flavors and textures of everyday favorites and less common varieties.
Earlier this week, I conducted a book signing at Costco, one of the top retailers in the United States. The store sells many books, and has always done well promoting and selling the Martha Stewart titles.
This event was very successful - we sold more than 100-books at the Norwalk, Connecticut warehouse. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the customers, and seeing how eager they were to try the book's recipes. Enjoy our photos…
“Vegetables” is my 87th book. It’s a great source for selecting, storing, and preparing fresh, healthy vegetables.
i have done many book signings at this Costco located in Norwalk, Connecticut. It’s just a little more than an hour from our offices in New York City, but only minutes from my former home in Westport. http://www.costco.com
The crowd at this Costco was already lined up by the time I entered the warehouse. It was so nice to see such an enthusiastic group of people excited about my latest book, “Vegetables”.
Loretta was the first one in line – she arrived an hour early!
My books were stacked upon this table for customers to look at and purchase.
This Costco was very well prepared with a large supply of books. If you haven’t already gotten your copy of my book, “Martha Stewart’s Vegetables”, you can purchase it at any of the more than 675 Costco warehouse stores.
Loretta made some new friends in line – they all bought several books for family members.
This guest was already perusing the pages for recipes.
It is so nice to see people reading my books at the store.
Whenever I sign any book, I always bring my own supply of pens – color coordinated to the book I am promoting. I am a big fan of Le Pen by Marvy – they have such an array of colors. http://www.uchida.com/
This guest also bought multiple books – so many were already thinking about the holidays, and purchased them as Christmas gifts. Have you started planning for the holiday season? It will be here before we know it.
Whenever I conduct book signings, I always try to stop for photos when possible – it’s very important to keep the line moving, but also to take time to meet with the customers.
I met a lot of children at this book signing – always fun to meet members of the next generation of cooks.
Guests were instructed to pick up the book, get it signed and then purchase it. These guests had already picked out some recipes they wanted to try at home.
And, I always like to personalize the books I sign – it’s a detail that is very important to me. Some ask for specific notes, which I write when I can.
I had the opportunity to talk to people about my products and to learn first hand feedback.
Here ia another happy customer.
This line went down one aisle and circled around another.
This gentleman wanted to give a couple books to his buddies, so they could work on their cooking skills.
This guest did all her grocery shopping first before standing line. The audience was so energetic.
This guest gave my book a “thumbs up!”
This is Judith Katz. She wrote and designed the book, “The Beautiful Pond”. I happened to visit Westport’s Terrain while she was conducting her own book signing there last year.
Here I am with the store’s manager, Raheem. He did a great job getting the book signing set up.
After the event, I had a little time to sign several more stock books at the table.
I signed more than 100-books during this event – it’s a lot of writing, but my hand is used to it.
“Martha Stewart’s Vegetables” – pick up your copy today, and make some wonderful new dishes for your family – you will love this book!!