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It goes without saying that I’m pretty jealous of the facial fur Zac Efron, Damian Lewis, Daniel Craig and even Kate Upton have sported to raise awareness for men’s health issues.

Celebrities Support MovemberPhotos via List25

Even Pusheen, that adorable cat you’ve seen all over Instagram, is in on the action.

Pusheen the catPhoto via Imgur

I love how the Movember movement started with just 30 guys in Australia and is now a global effort for men’s health. They have raised almost $600 million since 2003 and have more then 4 million members, affectionately termed Mo Bros and Mo Sistas. It’s also sparked an entire genre of furry home goods; Kayla has already talked about those, and Briana has been splitting hairs on the trend.

While I would give anything to celebrate Movember with a Tom Selleck-level ‘stache, I’m not quite there. So, what can those of us who lack the gift of enviable scruff do for Movember? Throw a party of course!

Last year, our friends over at DIY Network’s Made + Remade blog put together this mustache photo booth soiree with tons of printable mustache templates and accessories. (For full effect, cover everything in glitter.)

We found some scrumptious #noms to serve at your party, too. I mean, you can’t throw a m0-down without mo-munchies.

Mustache Drink toppers

HGTV.com shared this tutorial for making mustache drink toppers, perfect for adding a bit of flair to your handmade cocktails.

Etsy cookies

And these LaPetite cookies from Etsy are a great party favor, or use them for photo ops and mobile munching.

Mustache Cake Hack

Savvymom shared this mustache cake hack; it’s such an easy trick to turn a basic round cake into a fun and trendy party treat.

So, don’t worry if you’re not growing the Monopoly Man‘s whiskers; you can still have tons of fun supporting a good cause — and you don’t even have to worry about all that grooming. The Movember foundation even has 5K races and huge gala parties so everyone can get involved in the fun.

It may be mid-November but Movember is just now starting to get hairy, so glitter your mustache templates and throw a party to support men’s health!

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Congratulations to this week’s winner, Karen V.!

Can you guess which menswear pattern belongs on this chair?

Decorate This Space

Type A, B or C in the comments section, and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow. One lucky winner will win an espresso set from imusausa.com. You don’t have to guess correctly for a chance to win.

Choose A, B or C

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win.  All entries (comments) must be entered between 10:00 a.m. ET on November 12, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on November 13, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $19.99. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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Somewhere between us talking about caramel apples and pumpkin spice lattes it got cold — very cold. I wasn’t prepared for it (as usual). Every year between Halloween and Christmas, I find myself frantically searching for warm sweaters and snow boots. I never even dare look at scarves; I can never decide on one. That’s why I was so excited to hear that The Faribault Woolen Mill Company was teaming up with Target to create an affordable collection of cold-weather accessories that will keep my neck — and my techs — warm and cozy through the winter. (I love when a rhyme comes together.)

Check out some of my favorite pieces from the new collection:

Target FaribaultLeft: Infinity Scarf, Convertible Backpack, Weekender Duffle | Middle: Wool Shawl, Wool Scarf | Left: Zipper Pouch, Tablet Sleeve, Phone Sleeve, Wool Scarf

Priding itself on American heritage, Faribault has manufactured woolen goods in the USA since 1865. I always appreciate when a global company, like Target, can help spread the word about a small American brand. The line stays true to the company’s history through classic Americana patterns and colors but opens the company up to new product categories like tablet sleeves and phone cases. While all I want to do is hoard those super warm shawls and throws for myself, I can’t help but think that they would make incredible holiday gifts.

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We’ve received entries from all over the country from architects, interior designers, builders, and remodelers who think that they have what it takes to win the 2014 Fresh Faces of Design Awards. Voting is now open and we need you to tell us which design reigns supreme. Take a look at some of the gorgeous projects we’ve received and then head on over to vote and enter for a chance to win $10,000! VOTE HERE>>>

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Best Kitchens entry from Katy Lyons

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fresh faces best use of color

Best Use of Color entry from Red Egg Design Group

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fresh faces best use of pattern

Best Use of Pattern or Texture entry from SuzAnn Kletzien

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Best Serene Retreat entry from Sarah Barnard

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Check out the rooms in all the categories including the ones above and lots more, then vote for your favorite project in each.

 

Let’s make room for good company, together. Explore fantastic ideas to create a home that’s welcoming for all.  Explore IKEA’s guide for a guest-ready home.

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All right friends, last week we tackled a huge design dilemma: pattern mixing. In the comments, some of you requested tips on something else I’m routinely asked about here at HGTV: The elusive gallery wall. Learn how to take your wall from ho-hum to “Holla!” with our quick, easy upgrades.

Easy Gallery Wall Upgrades From HGTV Crafternoon on Design Happens

A little tape, a new mat, fabric scraps, a wreath?? Watch and see how to use these tools to create a designer-worthy gallery wall.

See How to Dress Up Your Gallery Wall

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You guessed correctly if you chose option B. Designer Emily Henderson grounded this living room with a vintage modern navy sofa, creating a cool-toned color story that is balanced out with the warm tones of wood and leather furnishings.

Blue Living Room Sofa

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Larisa B. is the winner of a handmade leather tray from Four Robins Ltd. Congrats!

Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.

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Congratulations to this giveaway’s winner, Stacie! Check back later this week for another great giveaway.

It happens more often than I can count: Someone finds out I’m a stylist at HGTV and anxiety flashes across their face. Turns out people get a little stressed out by everyday design questions. One of the big ones? The basics on mixing and matching patterns like designers do.

Whether it’s bed linens or upholstery, choosing patterns that complement each other can seem daunting, but anyone can achieve a trendy, professional result with just a few tips. We’re using some of our favorite throw pillows to show you just how easy it is to get your pattern on. Here’s a cheat sheet:

How to Mix and Match Throw PIllows - HGTV Crafternoon on Design Happens
Watch the full pattern-mixing video to get more easy-to-use tips.

Simple Ways to Make Pattern-Mixing Easy

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Easy Kitchen ProjectsPhotos: 1. How to Decorate | 2. Elle Decor | 3. Plaza Interior | 4. House Beautiful | 5. From the Right Bank

More and more, I’m finding that my favorite kitchens are spaces that feel more like rooms in your home rather than a typical boring kitchen. Now, don’t get me wrong: I’m not suggesting you try to make your kitchen look like your bedroom or your backyard, BUT there are some easy, unexpected things you can do to warm up your kitchens to feel more homey and chic.

1. Lamps

This is one of my favorite tricks of all time. I’m not quite sure why, but lamps in a kitchen are like a plate of warm chocolate chip cookies for me: always desirable, always good and never get old. The trick here is finding the right spot for your lamp as you want to try to avoid the cord showing too much. I especially love the muted light the lamp will give off in your space at night.

2. Art

I believe there’s really no excuse for not having art in your kitchen…unless you’re allergic to canvas, and paint, and photography. Ok, I guess there’s no way to actually be allergic to photography, but you catch my drift. You have ultimate flexibility here: you can hang things in spots where you have empty wall space, lean art up against the counter or place art higher up above kitchen cabinets. Art brings a ton of personality and interest to a space that can sometimes feel antiseptic or boring.

3. Rugs

A rug in your kitchen can bring color, texture and again, a great warmth to the space. Yes, food gets on rugs, and yes, vacuuming is annoying, but you have to vacuum the rest of your house anyway, so it’s really no big thang. And when I say “rug” I don’t mean one of those weirdo “kitchen rugs” that goes in front of your sink. I mean an actual, genuine, real rug in a great color or a cool pattern. If you’re truly worried about staining and cleaning, you can go for an outdoor rug, which tends to be much more durable.

4. Big Mirror

When was the last time you saw a giant mirror in a kitchen? EXACTLY MY POINT! Not sure if it’s the stainless steel or the reflective surfaces, but mirrors generally look super rad in a kitchen. Keep in mind if you put one over your burners you might be cleaning it a bit more, but if you’re like me and order out most of the time, it won’t really matter.

5. Wallpaper

Though a bit more of a bold choice, wallpaper can be a fantastic addition to your kitchen decor. If you’re short on wall space, you could even wallpaper a single wall (perhaps in a kitchen nook area). It is, again, an amazing way to bring in some texture and interest to the typical kitchen space.

What do you guys think? Are you ready to mix things up in the kitchen?

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The entire HGTV.com family has been waiting for this day for a long time. We can’t wait to “see” your reactions when you explore our new home. We’ve been working hard to bring you the best HGTV.com experience ever and we’re sure you’re going to love it.

Welcome to the Brand-New HGTV.com

What are you looking for? Whether it’s ideas, inspiration and how-tos about design and decorating, gardening, entertaining or remodeling, we have dedicated “channels” for each topic on our new site. Within each channel, you’ll find beautiful photo galleries, projects and videos to turn your house into a home that represents you.

Plus, we’ve added new sections that make it super easy to get to the best of everything from your favorite TV shows, HGTV Dream Home Giveaways and the most beautiful, inspirational photos in the new HGTV Photo Library.

The new HGTV.com is pure eye candy, and I can’t stop gushing. Take a look for yourself:

Take a Website Tour of HGTV.com >>

Attention HGTV Superfans — let’s talk more about the TV experience. For our most popular shows, we’ve added more web-exclusive videos and photo galleries. Do you have a favorite HGTV pro? (Hello, #TeamJonathan/#TeamDrew!) You can now follow along and see everything they’re up to on their profile pages (check out Nicole‘s), featuring their latest photos, videos, social feeds and more.

Now, my favorite part of the all-new HGTV.com — our HGTV Photo Library. When you’re decorating or remodeling, there’s no such thing as “too much” inspiration, right? Here’s where the HGTV Photo Library comes into play. Our editors have traveled the country finding stunning work from the best designers and architects. Now, you can browse it all and get ideas for your own home. Plus, you’ll see your favorite rooms from HGTV shows in the mix. The best part? A feature called MyPhotos that makes it super easy to save, organize and share your favorite photos with friends, family and professionals.

Go ahead and make yourself at home on the brand-new HGTV.com, sponsored by Target and Kia.

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Ok, admission time: I am terrible at table settings.

My table is always too cluttered, too fussy, or too ugly. It never fails, and it’s frustrating. I’m determined to reverse the trend this Thanksgiving by planning ahead. I’ve already decided on a theme — light — or lights. As in, twinkling lights by way of metallics and candles. Light is always a great unfussy idea for decorating, it gives any holiday decor a romantic and festive glow.

Take a look at what is on my “Twinkling Tabletop” list.

wiw-tabletop

H&M is always my first stop when looking for trendy home decor. Their gold and white tea light holders are great source of sparkle. The plaid table runner is also from H&M, its white base and rustic gold and red accents will be perfect for my dining room.

I think Alix Adams’ DIY gold-leafed log candle holders will contrast well with the twig utensil set from World Market (IT’S ON SALE) and Pottery Barn‘s hanging acorn salt and pepper shakers. Ah, and the gilded animal plates from West Elm are entirely too cute to pass up, and the silver caterer’s chargers will look just perfect underneath them — at Pottery Barn, the set of 12 has been discounted to $63, not bad for something that will last 1,000,000 years.

Don’t forget West Elm’s Fair Isle glassware set. I’m super happy the set is on sale right now; it will bring one more much-needed shimmer of gold to my table. But don’t worry, I’ll be bringing in a few personal touches. I have a cake holder, like the one pictured from Etsy, that has been in the family for years. I also plan on creating some fall “faux-liage” indoors with this chandelier DIY idea. And this to-go station will be the perfect finishing touch to my Thanksgiving tabletop.

I’m getting too excited for Thanksgiving, and I’m already practicing the whole eating part.  But I’m just relieved that I’ll finally love the way my table is put together.

What about you? Is sparkle on the table or left out in the cold? Share with us your ideas for the entertaining season — we would love to hear.

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Congratulations to this week’s winner, Larisa B.!

Can you guess which sofa belongs in this living room?

Decorate This Space

Type A, B or C in the comments section, and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow. One lucky winner will win a handmade leather tray from Four Robins Ltd. You don’t have to guess correctly for a chance to win.

Choose A, B or C

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win.  All entries (comments) must be entered between 10:00 a.m. ET on November 5, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on November 6, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $52. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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My fall DIY to-do list will definitely consist of glitter, gold leaf, felt and LOTS of acorns. Just imagine the possibilities! First up, chocolate peanut butter acorn bites for crafting sessions. That seems like the appropriate thing to do, right?

Mood Board Monday: AcornsTop, L to R: Cake, Place Setting, Treats | Medium, L to R: Gold-Leaf Acorns, Sweater | Bottom, L to R: Cookies, Pillow, Garland

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With all this talk about social media and who to follow, I’ve been thinking about which Insta-designers’ photos I’ve been double tapping lately. Only one name comes to mind right now and that’s Scout Design Studio. The 15,000-square-foot studio in Dallas has not only made a name for itself  by beautifully refinishing furniture from days past, but also for sourcing and carrying some of the most unusual — and downright groovy — pieces.

I’ve collected a few of my favorites from their Instagram account to share with you.

scout- brass table

Scout- Brasspendants

scout- Stools

Scout- Pendants

Scout will refinish, reupholster or just totally redo any piece from their showroom as well as pieces that you already own or have purchased elsewhere. So if you’re in the Dallas area, or just need an excuse to travel, check out some of their American Hustle-worthy furnishings.

As for the rest of us, I guess we’ll have to settle for drooling over our phone screens and looking through Scout’s incredible photos.

All photos via Scout Design Studios Instagram / @scoutdesignstudio

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Gold-Leafed Log Candleholder

One of my favorite fall and winter design trends is the beautiful mixture of metallic and earthy textures. I love holiday trees decked out in sparkly gold ornaments or twinkling silver lights dressing up mantels where warm log fires burn. Rustic and metallic elements are the perfect combo (the Batman and Robin of holiday home decor, if you will). This fall I crafted some log candleholders, but to make them extra glitzy I added gold leafing. I just love the rich texture that the gold leaf paper creates.

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You guessed correctly if you chose option A. For an easy Halloween decor idea, place pillar candles in clear hurricanes and fill halfway with candy corn. Note: For safety reasons, make sure to blow out the candles before it reaches the candy.

Candy Corn Candle Display

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Emily R. is the winner of a 6-quart electric pressure cooker from T-fal. Congrats!

Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space and Happy Halloween!

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britney spears inspirational art
I usually like to run all of my DIY projects through the following filter: can a cranky six-year-old with bad hand/eye coordination do this? If the answer is yes: I’m all in.

Lately I’ve been feeling inspired by all of the rad quotes I keep seeing on Pinterest and Instagram, and I’ve been on the lookout for some dead easy projects that can help me create some original quote art of my own.  If you’re looking to up your art game, and want to create some original quote-age of your own, here are 3 projects that you (or your six-year-old) should try pronto:

1. Make Quote Art on Your Phone

There are so many great “word apps” out there that this one is truly a snap. Many of these apps allow you to add text over photos, but I like to use them against solid color backgrounds (TIP: if the app doesn’t have any solid color backgrounds to choose from, take a screenshot of a plain white block on your screen, send it to yourself, and boom: you’re in business).  A few of my faves for the iPhone are: Word Swag, Over and Notegraphy.

Choose a quote, type it up on your app, save to your phone’s photo album and post that puppy on Instagram (you may as well share all the quote-y fun with your friends!). You can then easily make yourself a custom canvas of your quote art with Canvas Pop. They’ll send you a wrapped canvas ready to be hung (no frame required) that’s either 12×12 or 20×20.

I made the above image with Notegraphy, and every time I’m having a bad day, I remind myself that I need to suck it up like Brit Brit.

magazine canvas word art

Photo credit: Six2eleven.com

2. DIY Magazine Quotes on Canvas

True confessions: I still read actual magazines. And for some reason, it feels like someone is stabbing me in the eyeballs every time I have to throw one out, so this project was perfect for me.

Basically you have to find an old canvas (whenever I see these at a thrift store, I stock up), and then just cover it with all sorts of colorful images from all of the mags you have laying around. Maxi-pad ads, Viagra ads–nothing is off limits here as it will all be covered up. Just choose the brightest colors you can find, and use some mod podge or spray adhesive to glue everything down. Then use some vinyl letters to spell out your special quote, and paint over the whole darn thing in whatever color you’d like.

Once it’s all dry you can pull off the letters and then all the colorful magazine scraps will be shining through like the light in your freezer at 3am when you are trying to find that pint of Ben & Jerry’s. Just me?

clipboard wall typography

Photo credit: Madigan Made

3. Clipboard Wall Art

Even I feel a little silly calling this a DIY project, cause well: it’s basically just buying clipboards and then hanging them on a wall, but whatever! They look super cute! I suck at DIY! Leave me alone!

Anyway, I love this project because it’s great if you’re the type that likes to change things up all the time. You can purchase some oil board stencils of all letters in the alphabet at an art or craft supply store, or even blow up individual letter in the font of your choosing and then print them out on your home computer. You can, of course, easily change the letters up to mix up your quotes, or if you are printing your own letters you can do more than one letter for each clipboard. You could even put one word on each clipboard. Yes: I always like to give you the guys the ultimate in flexibility. You’re welcome.

 

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Maybe it’s the fall weather or maybe it’s the designers I’m following on Instagram (thanks, Erica), but I’m definitely feeling menswear decor lately. From clean lines to tartan, I can’t get enough of the trend. Creating a warm, cozy space that’s both stylish and masculine can be a real challenge. I think that’s why designers like Brian Patrick Flynn and Benjamin Vandiver are so inspiring to me because they can integrate menswear patterns so effortlessly.

Now, check out some of my favorite menswear-inspired looks and see what strikes your fancy.

menswear mancaveTop, L to R: Vines Wool Rug, Mellby Chair, Western Bedroom | Middle, L to R: Victor Chair, Anchor Pillow, Ship Shaker | Bottom, L to R: Karlstad Sofa, Vintage Trunk, Pinstripe Wallpaper, Chair

The wool rug from West Elm combines a bright pop of color — something not often seen in masculine spaces — with a strong herringbone pattern. Ikea’s Mellby chair has modern lines and a low back paired with the go-to herringbone pattern. The classic Western bedroom look is the epitome of a menswear man cave.

West Elm’s Victor chair features a muted plaid fit for a Savile Row tailor, while four small buttons add the perfect finish for menswear inspiration. I actually found the anchor pillow at Bed Bath & Beyond. It’s fun and bright but still rugged with its anchor accent. Speaking of nautical, the cruise ship shaker from Pottery Barn is a magnificently appointed (say it with a martini in your hand) bar accessory (and the ideal gift for any mix-master friends).

The Karlstad sofa brings some POW into the menswear spectrum with its bright color. And vintage trunks always make for good coffee tables; Etsy is full of them. This pinstripe wall covering and plaid upholstered chair are two looks I think I might have to steal.

I’m feeling so sophisticated now, with all my plaids and my pinstripes, like I should be Sherlock Holmes for Halloween. But what do you think? Is menswear decor a “yes, sir” or a “no, ma’am”? You know what side I’m on. Let me know what you think.

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I was alerted by my dear friend that today is National Cat Day because she knows how much I love my little guy.

HGTV Editor Kayla Kitts Cat

My handsome cat, D’Artagnan.

This (unofficial) national holiday was started in 2005 by pet and family lifestyle expert Colleen Paige to urge the public to recognize the number of cats that need to be rescued each year, and also to encourage cat lovers to celebrate their own cat(s) for the love and companionship they provide us.

We know you spoil your cat 365 days a year, but give them a little something extra today for #NationalCatDay. Whether it’s a new toy, (extra) tasty treats, quality cuddle time or shelter donations, your cat will love the extra attention. Looking for some ideas? Here are a few to get you started:

DIY Catnip ToyMake a Catnip-Filled Cat Toy >>

More DIY cat toys to make:

How to Make a Cat CondoMake a Chic Cat Condo >>

DIY Cat CostumesDress Up Your Cat for Halloween >>

Celebrate your cat today and everyday. Author Charles Dickens said it best: “What greater gift than the love of a cat?” #realtalk

Get tips and design ideas on making lovable pets mesh with a stylish home on HGTV.com.

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Can you guess what Halloween decor belongs on this outdoor porch?

Decorate This Space

Type A, B or C in the comments section, and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow. One lucky winner will win a 6-quart electric pressure cooker from T-fal. You don’t have to guess correctly for a chance to win.

Choose A, B or C

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win.  All entries (comments) must be entered between 10:00 a.m. ET on October 29, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on October 30, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $179.99. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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With Halloween days away, I’m sure your candy corn supply is only growing. Forget simply nibbling on this classic American candy as is; crafters and bakers are using our favorite Halloween treat in a number of creative ways. (For those that love nostalgia (and intermediate recipes), try whipping up homemade candy corn.) Whether inspired by its warm palette or its sweet honey flavors, discover seasonal ways to incorporate this fall confection into your decor and party fare.

Candy Corn Crafts and RecipesTop, L to R: Cake, Pinata, Patties | Middle, L to R: Treat Bags, Necklace, Popcorn | Bottom, L to R: Costume, Candles, Brownies

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