Classic Halloween Films for the Family

Nothing makes Halloween more fun than watching the perfect not-so-scary movie in the dark with the whole family. For your wholesome entertainment, here are Tree Classics’ picks for some of the best films that will put the entire household in the mood for a great Halloween night:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Poster1. Harry Potter (2001-2011)

A world full of wizards, witches, ghosts, centaurs, unicorns, trolls, demons, owls, and other magical creatures make any Harry Potter installment truly apt for the Halloween season. This is, of course, aside from the fact that many critical events in the series appropriately happen on October 31st. But one particular scene that is sure to put everyone in the Halloween spirit is the yearly Halloween Feast at Hogwarts – just because the Great Hall is festooned with candy-filled pumpkins, black cauldrons of big lollipops, carrot cake, bats, and orange streamers during this bewitching night.

Casper the Friendly Ghost movie poster2. Casper (1995)

Featuring the classic friendly ghost and his three mischievous ghost uncles, “Casper” sets a fun, spooky mood for Halloween. In this comedy fantasy film, a paranormal expert and his daughter bunk in a drafty old mansion with not-so-mortal inhabitants, who have their twisted ways of getting rid of the unwanted guests. As if to make it more appropriate for the occasion, the movie ends with a dance party on Halloween night.

The Corpse Bride movie poster3. Corpse Bride (2005)

Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride” tells the story of a shy groom who is whisked away to the underworld and wed to a deceased young woman as his real bride waits in the land of the living. Perfect for a Halloween night with the family, this animated fantasy horror is spooky and twisted, but sweet and magical at the same time.

 

Ghostbusters movie poster

4. Ghostbusters (1984)

In this supernatural comedy film, three unemployed parapsychology professors set up a ghost-catching business as unruly haunters run amok in New York City. Kids will love the spooktacular adventures the trio embarks on as they attempt to prevent a disaster of Biblical proportions!

 

Scooby Doo movie poster5. Scooby Doo (2002)

With a humor perfect for kids of all ages, the live action “Scooby Doo”, much like the popular Hanna-Barbera cartoon series, is a fun movie to watch during Halloween. In this horror comedy film, the Mystery Inc. gang find themselves reunited on a resort called Spooky Island for some spine-tingling ghost hunting.

 

Coraline movie poster6. Coraline (2009)

From the director of “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, “Coraline” tells the story of a neglected child who discovers a strangely idealized parallel version of her frustrating home, but she later finds out that this Other World is not as good as it seems. With disturbing themes such as sewing buttons into eye sockets, this stop-motion 3D horror film is perfect for Halloween night but not with kids below eight.

Beetlejuice poster7. Beetlejuice (1988)

Directed by Tim Burton, “Beetlejuice” revolves around a recently deceased young couple who hires a bio-exorcist to scare away the obnoxious new owners of their house. Comedic with dark undertones, this fantasy film is suitable for a fun, not-too-terrifying Halloween evening.

 

The Addams Family movie poster8. The Addams Family (1991)

Who better to entertain you this Halloween than the eccentric and macabre members of the Addams family? In this comedy film, Gomez’s lawyer attempts to steal from the bizarre family’s vault using an accomplice who claims to be long lost Uncle Fester.

 

 

Hocus Pocus movie poster9. Hocus Pocus (1993)

On Halloween night, three witch sisters are inadvertently resurrected in Salem Massachusetts after their hanging 300 years ago. This time, they intend on getting eternal youth and beauty by sucking the life force out of children. Complete with song and dance numbers, this fantasy/comedy film casts the right spell for Halloween fun!

 

The Haunted Mansion movie poster10. The Haunted Mansion (2003)

Inspired by the Disney theme park attraction, “The Haunted Mansion” shows some fun moments with creep factor. This fantasy comedy film revolves around a workaholic realtor who is trapped inside a haunted house with his family. Of course, he learns a valuable lesson in the end.

 

A fun Halloween night doesn’t have to be terrifying. Curl up on the couch together and be entertained by these family-friendly flicks.

Healthy Treats for a Happy Halloween Party

Sweet treats are a Halloween staple, but unfortunately, candies and other sugary delights can be a tad bit unhealthy for children. Instead of buying those processed snacks, why not make your own healthier and yummier alternatives. Here are some delicious and mouth-watering options children will love:

kids in fun and spooky costumes

1.  Apple Pie Slices

delicious bite-size apple pie treats

A constant favorite among kids and adults, apple pies are a choice dish especially during the cold fall season. Whip up this goodie and cut it up into small mouthfuls for children to enjoy. For a delicious take on this well-loved dish, try out this wonderful recipe from The Dutch Baker’s Daughter and place several handfuls in decorative bags. This filling snack will be much appreciated by kids.

2.  Chocolate Chip Banana Fluffernutter Sandwich Cookies

gooey chocolate chip banana sandwich cookies fresh from the oven

Cookies are always a sure-fire hit. Elevate this dish with bananas and turn it into a sumptuous and delectable fluffernutter sandwich cookie with this great recipe from Pin Cookie. This marvel has a thick and yummy white frosting that kids will not be able to resist. Make sure to make extras. Kids will definitely come back for seconds.

3.  Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzel Bites with Salted Caramel Sauce

delicious baked pretzel bites

These soft pretzel bites from Kevin and Amanda are a healthier and more delectable alternative to the usual deep-fried pretzels widely available in the market. Soft and buttery, these pillow-like bites are to die for. Dip it in syrup for a more heavenly experience. Be sure to bake a big batch. You will want to save some for yourself and your family.

4.  Chocolate Caramel Apples

delicious apples covered in chocolate and sprinkles

These chocolate caramel apples from She Wears Many Hats combine gooey chocolate, delicious caramel and crunchy apples without any of the additives and high fructose  levels of typical candy bars that can ruin children’s health. Kids will enjoy chomping on this classic and addictive treat while they continue with their Halloween adventures.

 5.  Crunchy Granola Bars

Photo from The Pioneer Woman

Granola bars are fun crisp snacks that provide a quick energy boost, making it an ideal chow during the exciting festivities that usually surround Halloween. These tasty granola bars from The Pioneer Woman Cooks make use of both grains and various types of cereals, which kids will gobble up in no time. Make sure to wrap these wonders in fancy paper so that children can save them for those lazy autumn days.

Do something different this Halloween and try out these recommended recipes from Tree Classics!

Photo Credits

[1] Photo by Paranoid Black Jack via flickr. CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0.

[2] Photo by dopub via flickr. CC-BY-NC-SA-2.0.

[3] Photo by iferneinez via flickr. CC-BY-ND-2.0.

[4] Photo from Kevin and Amanda

[5] Photo from She Wears Many Hats

[6] Photo from The Pioneer Woman

DIY Classics: Creative Ideas for Your Jack-o-Lantern

Halloween captures the imagination of people who just love to turn fright night into a fun night with family and friends. People often fill their homes with spooky decorations, such as ghosts, goblins, wraiths, and witches for an evening of terror and laughter! The most popular of these characters is the classic Jack-o-Lantern. But the often grisly yet comical pumpkin head deserves a new face on old Hallow’s Eve.

In this edition of DIY Classics, we give you four simple ways to highlight your home with the all-time favorite Jack-o-Lantern.

Pumpkins with a Message

Welcome guests into your haunted mansion by transforming the favorite Jack-o-Lantern into the ideal Halloween greeting. Carve out a special message or a creepy warning on pumpkins and gourds to turn them into unique and personalized holiday décor.

Ideas for carving out a message on your Jack-o-Lantern
Photo from mauricesvay via flickr. CC BY 2.0

Pumpkin Luminaries

Accent tables with these adorable pumpkin luminaries. With this simple and artistic re-imagining of the timeless lantern, these baby pumpkins will highlight the spooky corners of your home with an otherworldly luminescence.

Small Halloween Lanterns
Photo from MarchieCTID via flickr. CC BY 2.0

Pumpkin Topiary

If you’re an avid gardener, you can create your own garden of fright by shaping wire into large spheres with that mean old goblin face. You can also stack a few pumpkins on top of each other to produce a ghostly topiary of Jacks. These towering creepers not only add character to your garden but also help illuminate your walkways.

Halloween Pumpkin Topiary
Photo from Free Flower via flickr. CC BY 2.0

Pumpkins as Canvases

Express your creative side by using pumpkins as your canvas! Aside from the traditional Jack-o-Lantern face, you can also carve out other timeless Halloween characters. Create your own unique patterns or check out some easy-to-follow designs.

Carved Halloween Pumpkins
Photo from anonymous to you via flickr. CC BY 2.0

This Halloween, give old Jack a face lift! Try our easy, spooky, and silly ideas for your Jack-o-Lantern!

Top 10 Silly and Spooky Halloween Decorations

Halloween is a fun time to get creative with your home decorations. Whether you are planning to set up a scary scene, or finding a way to show off your silly side, there are lots of ways you can wow trick-or-treaters. Get inspired by these silly and spooky finds!

1. Twisted Vine Wreath with a Vintage Photo

Who knew such a simple, easy-to-make wreath could give your home the nostalgic appeal of American Horror Story? Twisted vines, spiders, cobwebs, a pumpkin, and a ‘Boo!’ sign give this Halloween décor undeniable spooky (and, well, seasonal) charm! Plus, that old mysterious photo provides the creep factor!

2. Bloody Hands Bathroom Shower Curtain

Help Me Bloody Hands Bath Shower Curtain

Help Me Bloody Hands Bath Shower Curtain

Build up the suspense in your home by creating a shower scene reminiscent of the Hitchcock horror film Psycho. Featuring gory hand stains and the words ‘Help Me’ written in blood red ink, this bathroom shower curtain will give anyone a good fright!

3. DIY Graveyard

Makeshift Graveyard for Halloween

Photo by Tammra McCauley via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Turn your front yard into a creepy cemetery. Make eerily realistic tombstones with scary epitaphs using wooden boards or plastic foam. Accents like skulls, chains, and a zombie bride will amplify the spine-tingling effect.

4. Pickled Brains as Edible Decorations

Bring the Halloween jitters to your dining room with a spooktacular hors d’oeuvre that is sure to satisfy every zombie or hungry monster on your guest list. Make pickled brains by soaking cauliflower in a mixture of water, vinegar, salt, peppercorns, mustard seeds, and onions.

5. Spiders on Cobwebs

Spiders on cobwebs Halloween decor

Photo by akfoto via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Halloween is not the same without spiders on cobwebs! This classic Halloween décor is cheap and easy to make, and is great for draping furniture and covering windows. You can use store-bought spider webbing or an old net. Either way, these arachnids will give your guests a hair-raising experience.

6. Scary-looking Pumpkin Carvings

Take fright night to a whole new level with ghoulish pumpkin carvings. Put your own creative spin and let their fearsome faces peer out from porches and doorsteps. Illuminated by candles, these jack-o-lanterns will stare out at passersby.

7. Spooky Eyes

Spooky eyes for Halloween

Photo from indulgy.net

Add fun to your Halloween lawn décor by putting chunky eye balls in your trees and bushes. This pair of peepers can be made easily out of old beach balls or pumpkin buckets. With this creative decor, trick-or-treaters are sure to do a double take as they pass by your watchful trees!

8. Witch Flying into a Tree

Witch Flying Into Tree - Halloween Decoration

Witch flying into tree Halloween attraction

Head on over to the silly, humorous side of Halloween by displaying funny yard decorations. This witch who has flown straight into a tree will give kids and grownups a good laugh, and will help you create that grim ambiance on this fun holiday.

9. Ghoul Hiding in Tree

 

Ghoul hiding in tree

Scary looking tree

Create a hauntingly realistic yard décor by hiding a ghoul in your tree. This clever décor will trigger screams as guests find themselves looking into a creature of the night just when they least expect it.

10. The Classic Ghost

Classic ghost decoration

Photo by this lucid moment via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

The classic ghost makes a perfect family-friendly decoration that gets you into the Halloween, er, spirit. Hang this happy ghost silhouette in your lawn or beside your front door as a fun welcome to trick-or-treaters!

Whether they’re for a fun or fright night, our picks for Halloween decorations are guaranteed to bring out the screams. Start prepping your house for Halloween with these creative ideas.

DIY Classics: Halloween Costumes for the Family

The best thing about Halloween – apart from all the treats, of course – is the chance to dress up the whole family in fun costumes. Yes, that includes everybody in the household. But always purchasing such fancy outfits year after year for everyone can be a problem. Most coordinated outfits that are available in the market are expensive. On top of that, it’s also quite challenging to find a themed costume for the whole household. Luckily, with a few simple items, parents can whip up outfits for everyone in a jiffy. Here are some of our favorite Halloween costumes you can make at home:

one way to celebrate Halloween is to dress up in fun costumes

Classic Flintstones Costumes

Hitting the streets as one of America’s most beloved family is always a marvelous idea. With this cool and amusing DIY Flintstones Outfit from Coolest Homemade Costumes, the whole family can create a suit straight out of the Stone Age using a few pieces of fabric and some leftover school supplies. Turn heads and give fellow trick-or-treaters a smile on their faces by dressing up as Fred, Wilma, and Pebbles.

Neverland Gang Costumes

with the right tools, your family can dress up as the various characters from Peter Pan

What better way to celebrate Halloween than by dressing up as the immortal characters from JM Barrie’s unforgettable novel, Peter Pan. Courtesy of Dessert Chica Ramblings, this DIY idea is perfect for large families. Recreate some of the book’s famous scenes in your backyard. Hunt for treasure and gold chocolate coins when you go out. Kids and grown-ups alike will have a delightful and exciting time with these quirky costumes.

Phineas and Ferb Family Costumes

this Phineas and Ferb costumes will be loved by your children

Take inspiration from Me and My Insanity’s simple and easy DIY project and dress up as the cast of the animated series, ‘Phineas and Ferb’. Have your kids re-enact their favorite episodes. Tell them to be in character when they go trick-or-treating. Make sure to take photos and capture some video. This will be one Halloween your kids won’t ever forget.

S’mores Costumes

these s'mores costumes can be made with the simplest materials

This adorable S’mores costume from Cheerios’ and Lattes is inspired by the timeless snack. What’s particularly great is that you can use everyday items, such as boxes, pillows, and tape. To make the event sweeter, hand out packets of S’mores to trick-or-treaters. Kids will love this awesome and funny twist.

Wizard of Oz Costume

Bring Frank Baum’s Emerald City to this special holiday by dressing up as Dorothy and her friends, the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion. These Wizard of Oz-inspired costumes from Baby Dickey can be made in no time and are perfect for your cute and cuddly toddlers.

Have a fun time this Halloween with these amazing and practical DIY costume recommendations from Tree Classics.

Photo Credits

[1] Photo by Tom Grill via flickr. CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0

[2] Dessert Chica Ramblings

[3] Me and My Insanity

[4] Cheerios and Lattes

Tree Classics Favorite Recipes: A New Take on the Chocolate Cupcake

Chocolate cupcakes are a favorite of sweet lovers and chocolate addicts all over the world. It’s the perfect end to a hearty meal, a source of relief and comfort during times of stress, and a snack anytime of the day. This delightful culinary creation is so well loved that bakers have constantly tried to reinvent it in a variety of ways. Here are several recipes that chocolate cupcake aficionados will find irresistible:

a delicious spread of chocolate cupcakes

Death by Chocolate Cupcakes

chocolate cupcakes topped with dark chocolate frosting and chocolate chips

Chocolate cupcakes are typically frosted with vanilla icing. These ‘Death by Chocolate Cupcakes’ from Sally’s Baking Addiction is topped with a tasty dark chocolate frosting with semi-sweet chocolate chips. Delicious, fudgy, and moist, this recipe will satisfy any chocolate lover’s craving.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

fluffy cookie dough cupcakes with thick white frosting

This tasty Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcake recipe from Carla’s Confections combines the luscious and mouth-watering taste of chocolates with the sweet and filling flavor of cookies. Trying out this creamy and fluffy baked wonder will make your children’s heart soar. Make sure to serve these cupcakes with a glass of cold milk.

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

chocolate cupcake with a vanilla frosting infused with peppermint

A steaming mug of hot chocolate with a sprinkle of peppermint is a holiday treat that everyone looks forward to. With Glorious Treats’ Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes, anyone can turn their favorite Christmas drink into a fun snack all year long. Make sure to add a big dollop of peppermint frosting to give this treat an extra kick.

Double Chocolate Bacon Cupcakes

delicious chocolate cupcakes topped with candied bacon

A fascinating confectionary marvel these days is surprisingly candied bacons. Snixy Kitchen’s Double Chocolate Bacon Cupcakes elevate the classic dessert to palatable new heights by combining chocolate ganache and bacon.  Not only does it have the savory and salty goodness of everyone’s favorite breakfast; it also has a cocoa taste that people can’t get enough of.

White Chocolate Cupcakes

white chocolate cupcakes with thick buttercream frosting

White chocolate is mostly ignored by dessert lovers because it doesn’t have the depth of flavor that its darker counterpart possesses. With the right recipes, this unsung ingredient can shine. Leite’s Culinaria White Chocolate Cupcakes take advantage of white chocolate’s subtle sweetness by using it as a superb alternative to vanilla.

Spicy Mexican Chocolate Cupcakes

delicious spicy chocolate mexican cupcakes with frosting

These Spicy Mexican Chocolate Cupcakes from Gotta Get Baked are made for the adventurous foodie. A dash of chili gives dessert lovers a sweet and spicy delight, an interesting combination everyone will want to try again and again.  

Follow these delectable recipe recommendations from Tree Classics and munch away to your heart’s content.

Photo credits

[1] Photo by PetitPlay Stephanie Kilgast via flickr. CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0.

[2] Sally’s Baking Addiction

[3] Glorious Treats

[4] Snixy Kitchen

[5] Photo by Joey’s Dream Garden via flickr. CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0.

[6] Gotta Get Baked

How to Attract Birds in Your Autumn Garden

Keeping a bird-friendly autumn garden will always merit a visit from feathered friends that are about to make their way south for the winter. Transforming your yard into a temporary home for birds can, however, be a challenge, especially for first-time gardeners. Tree Classics is featuring simple and practical tips on how to turn your autumn garden into an avian-friendly sanctuary.

Tree Classics gives tips on how to attract birds in an autumn garden

Step 1: Know Which Birds are Passing Your Way Before Winter

Learn which types of birds are native to your area and which ones might be visiting this season. This will give you an idea of the kind of habitat you can build to cater to their needs. Try contacting your local birding group, or study species of birds by using field guides and bird range maps. You can also ask your neighbors about birds they might have already seen in the area.

Step 2: Build Bird Feeders

One of the best ways to draw the attention of your feathered friends is by offering them food. Begin by building feeders that match the diet of birds in your vicinity. You can fill these bird feeders with various mixes of seeds. Some bird species are also drawn to fruits, nuts, and nectars. Just remember to keep your feeders clean and filled with fresh food to make them much more appealing to these creatures.

Step 3: Add Bird Baths

A bird bath will give your feathered friends a spot where they can drink clean water and take a refreshing dip. Some receptacles feature stylish designs that you can use to accent the look of your garden.

Step 4: Start ‘Birdscaping’

Birdscaping is about growing trees, vines, and shrubs as a natural habitat for birds and as part of your landscape at home. Consider planting fruit bearing trees, such as Crab apples and cherries, to become a source of food for your feathered friends and also serve as a beautiful element in your surroundings.

Step 5: Make Your Garden Safe for Birds

Tree Classics recommends using bird houses with steep roofs to keep predatory birds out

Make birds feel safe if you want them to flock to your garden. A stray cat, squirrel, or even other predatory birds are a threat and can easily ruin your chances of attracting birds. The best way to remedy this is by carefully planning your garden setting. Set bird feeders and baths in places where it would be difficult for wild animals to intrude. Lastly, choose birdhouse designs that have steep roofs and no perches to deter any potential predators from raiding them.

Attract birds in your garden this autumn with these simple and practical tips from Tree Classics.

Celebrating with Tree Classics: 7 Steps to Organize a Memorable Class Reunion

Class reunions offer everyone a unique opportunity to reconnect with people they grew up and shared memorable moments with. To celebrate such deep and lasting bonds between old schoolmates and the many accomplishments and successes they’ve had since graduation, Tree Classics is sharing a quick and easy guide on how to throw a memorable class reunion:

how to organize a class reunion

1.  Assemble a Reunion Committee

Throwing a reunion party entails a lot of planning and coordination. It’s important to have a group that would handle all the chores and concerns that come with mounting this sort of event. Contact your closest friends from school. Assign them a significant role in the preparations. Make sure that important aspects of the reunion, such as sending out invitations and selecting the food and venue, are covered.

2.  Start Brainstorming

Gather your committee for dinner to have a preliminary discussion on what’s going to happen at the reunion. There are a number of factors to consider, so it’s important that everyone is aware of what they should do months ahead. Outline an initial plan of action.

3.  Decide on a Theme and Setup

an elegant bouquet of flowers

Once you’ve delegated some top-level assignments, it’s time to pick out a theme and setup. Will you be having a brunch party? Luncheon? Sit-down dinner? Or a cocktail party? Go for something sophisticated. An outdoor brunch party is a welcome alternative to that prom-like celebration at your old high school gym, a cliché that most people see in movies and TV shows. Have an elegant all-white décor scheme and a stylish buffet table. Tell everyone to dress in their best Sunday attire.

4.  Pick out a Wonderful Venue

a lovely garden with a gorgeous view

Choose a venue that would best suit the lovely garden party you’re envisioning. A classy country club with a large garden and a scenic view is a wonderful choice. For something more idyllic and rustic, choose a marvelous bed and breakfast in the country. This way, you can also spend more time with friends and sleep in when the celebration gets too late.

5.  Send Invitations and Request for RSVPs

Send out invites to your guests at least three months before the event. This is to ensure that they can make plans to attend the reunion. This is especially important for the attendees who will be traveling from other states. Include relevant details in the invitation, such as the location, attire, and theme of the party. Don’t forget to inform them if there are accommodations so they can pack accordingly.

6.  Set up a Wonderful Dining Spread and Serve Lots of Cocktails

cool fruity drinks for your reunion

Make sure there is excellent food at the celebration. Since the party will be in a country club or a B&B, you don’t have to slave in the kitchen for hours. But do make sure that the menu is splendidly delicious. Also serve sumptuous wines and delicious brews. For a brunch party, mimosas, cold cocktails, and sangrias are great choices.

7.  Plan Fun Activities that Bring Back Great Memories

When selecting a host for the celebration, choose an old schoolmate with a shiny personality that everyone just gravitates to! During the program, recognize the accomplishments of the people who attended and mention the great things they were most known for in school. Play silly games that help everyone reminisce about the good old days. Play music that everybody loves and let everyone enjoy the company of old friends.

Throw a delightful class reunion with these tips from Tree Classics.

Photo Credits

Photo by Canadian Film Centre via flickr. CC BY 2.0. (Image 1&2)

Photo by Rennet Stowe via flickr. CC BY 2.0.

Photo by Joz007 via flickr. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

5 Heartwarming Gifts for Teachers

October 5 is World Teachers’ Day! Tree Classics joins everyone in saying ‘Thank you!’ to the people who have shaped our minds and helped build our character. Show your appreciation for your own mentors and teacher-friends with these thoughtful gifts.

1. Baked Goodies with a Lot of Heart

Teachers deserve a sweet treat on World Teachers’ Day. Express your appreciation by spending a little time in the kitchen to whip up a scrumptious gift. Remember to place the baked goodies in a decorated bag or cute box tied with a ribbon, and add a personal note saying: ‘You are the sweetest teacher ever!’ This sample from Canada’s Sweet Flour Bake Shop is perfect for the world’s #1 Teacher.

Baked goods for teacher - A great gift for World Teacher's Day
For the world’s sweetest teacher!

Have fun and be creative in your presentation. You can bake special apple-shaped sugar cookies that say: ‘Thanks for making me a smart cookie!’ You can also give away S’mores and attach the note: ‘We need S’more teachers like you.’

2. A Fancy Flower Pen Bouquet

Give your favorite teacher a set of pens whose tips blossom into a colorful bouquet. This heartwarming gift featured on Kreations by Kendall carries a message of gratitude and provides useful supplies in the classroom.

A colorful flower pen bouquet featured on Kreations By Kendall
A colorful flower pen bouquet featured on Kreations by Kendall

Create flower pens by gluing your choice of silk flower on top of the pen and wrapping the tube casing all the way to the base with green floral tape. Place the flower pens in a cute watering can or mason jar decorated with a fancy ribbon. Finish it up with a special note that says ‘Thanks for helping children bloom!’

3. A Bright and Groovy Sun Jar

Teachers enlighten young minds. Give our mentors these colorful DIY sun jars to symbolize their own brilliance. Choose a fancy shape and an enchanting color of lights. It’s as easy as applying frosting to the jar then gluing to the lid a self-contained solar unit, which can be found in any hardware store. Make your gift more meaningful by writing a note on the jar that says ‘You light up our world’ or ‘Thanks for making us bright!’

4. A Cute Owl Mug Cozy

For years, the owl has come to represent wisdom and teaching. Show your appreciation for your mentor with this meaningful owl mug cozy from BellusThreads on Etsy. You can also knit your own nice and thick owl hug using a three-millimeter crochet hook and DK yarn. Choose your teacher’s favorite colors to make it more attractive.

An owl mug cozy as a gift for teachers
A cute owl cozy for your teacher’s mug

A cute way to dress up a mug, this little owl not only protects your teachers’ hands when holding a hot drink but also reminds them of the fulfillment they get from their profession.

5. A Classy Chalkboard Journal

Simple, meaningful, and useful, a personalized journal is a great gift for any teacher. Wrap a plain composition notebook with chalkboard contact paper. Get creative as you scribble stories, quotes, and anecdotes on the cover of this lovely journal. With a chalk pen, you can decorate the notebook with different sayings, such as ‘Teachers have class’ or ‘Teachers rule’. Tie a bow around the notebook and place a pretty note card that says ‘Write on!’

Teachers deserve only the best for molding the minds for our future generation. Bring a smile to a teacher’s face by giving any of these heartwarming gifts on World Teacher’s Day.

Tree Classics’ Favorite Recipes: 5 Fancy Brunch Ideas with the Neighbors

Autumn is the perfect time to come together with your neighbors, catch up, and plan for the upcoming holiday activities. One splendid way to do this is to throw a fancy brunch party. Here are several wonderful themes to mark the occasion and make the gathering all the more special:

1. A Sweet Syrupy Breakfast Paradise

delicious fluffy pancakes with bananas and bacon

Brunch is popularly regarded as breakfast for anyone who doesn’t have an alarm clock. Hence, serving everyone’s favorite dish after a restful slumber is always a great idea. Pancakes, waffles, and Pink Parsley’s French toast kebobs are a hit with kids and grownups. Serve a variety of syrups and sweet toppings to make dishes more mouthwatering. It’s also smart to prepare an assortment of fresh fruits to include in the feast.

2. A Scrumptious Breakfast Pizza Fest

spinach and artichoke pizza is a perfect dish for your brunch pizza spread

The great thing about pizza is that you can enjoy it any time of the day. Setting a spread with different kinds of pizzas is one brunch party theme everyone will love. Classic recipes such as pepperoni, margherita, meat lovers, and four cheeses are top choices. For a twist on the timeless delight, serve vegetarian pizzas. How Sweet It Is’ spinach artichoke and cheese, Just A Taste’s shaved asparagus and ricotta, and Beard and Bonnet’s garlicky greens and fried egg are marvelous selections!

3. A Berry Chocolatey Brunch Party

a delectable berry dipped in hot chocolate

Chocolates and berries paired together put a smile on everyone’s faces. Let this combination inspire your brunch. Serve up savory meals that use chocolate and berries, such Casa Veneracion’s fettuccine with chocolate and bacon or Taste of Home’s pork steak cutlets with a blueberry glaze. End the delicious meal with Just a Pinch’s very berry fondue or Baked with Stork’s delicious white chocolate and raspberry brownies.

4. Miniature Brunch Munchies Served in a Big Way

yummy mini-turkey burgers

Miniature versions of fave munchies are a definite crowd pleaser. Fill your guests’ hearts and tummies with a mini feast featuring turkey sliders, Serious Eats’ grilled cheese sandwiches served with tomato soup, chicken fingers, Delish’s fish and chips, frosted cupcakes, mini ice cream cups, and even cake balls. Guests will adore these little pleasures that satisfy a big appetite!

5. Backyard Brunch Picnic

a picnic basket filled with delicious treats

Another nifty suggestion is to combine brunch with the timeless all-American picnic. Prepare Closet Cooking’s delicious Monte Cristo sandwiches with maple syrup and turkey burgers; fix an egg salad or Janna Patterson’s good old chicken Caesar salad with red grapes; mix a delicious and refreshing iced tea and lemonade; lastly, bake some fluffy muffins! Set out a large blanket in your backyard and place your food in classic wicker baskets. The beautiful morning sunshine and heavenly breakfast are a spectacular treat!

Have a wonderful and lovely brunch with your neighbors with these fine ideas from Tree Classics!

Photo Credits

Photo by istargazer via flickr. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

Photo by Muy Yum via flickr. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Photo by Denis Derisevic via flickr. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Photo by MarxFoods.com via Flickr. CC-BY-NC-SA-2.0.

Photo by California Baker via flickr. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.