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  • Jack-O’-Lantern Halloween Decoration Ideas: Part 3

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    This is the third and final piece of a series on jack-o'-lantern Halloween decoration ideas. In Jack-O'-Lantern Halloween Decoration Ideas: Part 1, we covered several projects for lighted jack-o'-lantern Halloween decorations. Jack-O'-Lantern Halloween Decoration Ideas: Part 2 provided projects for creating jack-o'-lantern themed home accents. In this article, we will consider jack-o'-lantern Halloween decorations for food service. All of these projects can be found in Hocus Pocus! Halloween Crafts For A Spooktacular Holiday with materials lists, detailed instructions and patterns.


    The first jack-o'-lantern Halloween decoration idea for food service is etched Halloween glasses. The provided patterns include a pair of jack-o'-lanterns inside an orange rectangle. The instructions call for cutting out the pumpkins and etching the images onto the glass, and the project photo shows a finished glass. As an alternative, you could create negative version by cutting out the rectangle background and facial features and then applying the etching creme.


    To add a more dramatic flair, you can also give the etched images a 3-D effect. To to this, you simply apply etching cream to the outer edge of the image after rinsing off the first coat of etching cream, which creates the overall image with multiple cycles of applying etching cream and rinsing, the etched area get progressively deeper.


    Another jack-o'-lantern Halloween decoration idea for food service is to create glass coasters. The provided patterns include a pair of jack-o'-lanterns, one large and one small. A black cat with a long tail is perched atop the large jack-o'-lantern. This project calls for black mulberry paper, used to create the images, and orange tissue, which provides the background color. As an alternative, you could use the pattern to create etched coasters to create matching sets of etched glasses and coasters with a jack-o'-lantern theme.


    The final jack-o'-lantern Halloween decoration idea for food service is a "whimsical" cat and pumpkin tray". The provided pattern features an arched-back cat standing over a jack-o'-lantern faced pumpkin. This project calls for the use of paints and paint brushes, with fine lines to be painted for outlines and details. You definitely want a steady hand if you wish to attempt this project. As an alternative, you could try using colored permanent markers to do the outline and detail work.


    These three jack-o'-lantern Halloween decoration ideas for food service will allow you to entertain guests with holiday themed service wear that is not overwhelming. Just a few simple items can set the appropriate atmosphere while avoiding gawdiness and a lot of decorating hassles. So try these projects for yourself. Even turn them into a separate party event with friends and family a week or two prior to Halloween.

    Sources:

    1. ---.50 Boo-Tiful Full-Size Halloween Patterns And 100 Tricks For Using Them. Better Homes & Gardens, 2002.
    2. Brokaw, Meredith and Annie Gilbar. The Penny Whistle Halloween Book. Fireside, 1989.
    3. ---.Hocus Pocus! Halloween Crafts For A Spooktacular Holiday. Martingale & Company, 2003.
    4. Lyons, Charlotte. Mary Engelbreit's Autumn Craft Book. Andrews and McMeel, 1996.
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