Family Halloween Ideas

Two years ago, when we lived in England I was in charge of organizing the Boot to Boot (the British version of a Trunk or Treat). As I planned the event I also started working on our family Halloween costume. Up until this point we had not done a full family theme for our Halloween costume. I had so much fun coming up with an idea and seeing all of the costumes come together. Now that I have two years of family costumes I thought I would share my tricks for having the whole look come together.


It seems like an obvious choice, but we went with Harry Potter. My oldest had finished reading all of the books and she was a little bit obsessed. The baby has super blond hair and was our vicious little Draco Malfoy. We taught him how to say “My father will hear about this.” Garrett was our Harry Potter, Bennett rocked the orange hair as Ron Weasley, Addison was the perfectly precocious Hermione. Jon went for Snape with enthusiasm and I enjoyed being Bellatrix Lestrange.


We might have had too much fun with this costume. Snape’s wig and cloak was from amazon. I found black velvet blazer at a charity shop. fullsizeoutput_e81d

Living in England made the uniforms for the kids pretty easy. I just went to Marks and Spencer and bought uniforms. It should be easy enough to find a white button down and a uniform style pants or dress. The ties and capes were an easy find on amazon too. The orange hair spray helped complete the whole look. Don’t skip the little details!fullsizeoutput_e81f


Last year we were back in Texas and we were ready for another family costume idea. We went through quite a few fun ideas, but most of them were a little pricey for 6 people.

We decided on a family of pirates as we already had a few pieces. Bennett’s Captain Hook costume and a few of the swords came from The BOOtique Costumes. My jacket and skirt and both of our head scarves were thrifted finds.



We had too much fun, but so did our kids and that is what matters most. At one point as we were dodging thunderstorms and racing from house to house Malachi looked at us and said he was having the best Halloween ever.



These mannequin legs were an antique show cast off. My family thinks I am crazy for keeping these legs in our garage through the year, but this pay off is so worth it. A pair of striped tights and cowboy boots and our front door looks festive and fun.

Our bucket of candy waited for trick or treaters while we were out and our turquoise bucket held non food treasures so everyone was included.



For this year Halloween will be here before we know it and I am already working on putting together our best look yet. I will go through our existing costume stash, start looking at thrift stores and estate sales for specific pieces and make sure to visit my favorite local Bootique.



Do you dress up with your kids? Do you have a family theme? Do you have a favorite source for costumes?

I can’t wait to trick or treat with this crew again this year!

Top Ten Tips for Round Top, Texas Antiques Week

Top Ten Tips for Round Top, Texas Antiques Week

TopTenTips.pngI love Antique Week in Round Top, TX. The first time I showed up in Round Top I had a pick up load of treasures to sell and I was just figuring it out as I went.

From the first time I drove down highway 237 I felt an excitement and a peace that I had found my place. The first time my husband came to visit me he realized I had found my people.

As I have continued to shop and sell in Round Top during Antique Week I have met so many amazing people and found so many fun things. Here are my Top 10 Tips for a great experience.

1. The first thing you will need is the Antiques Show Guide. You can visit to find a way to get a copy of your own. Be sure to follow @goingtoroundtop on instagram, sign up for the newsletter and daily texts with the show schedule. The magazine has a comprehensive set of maps and show dates. It is also a beautiful collection of photos.



2.  Antiques Week in Round Top is all about the antiques, but as more people make their way to Round Top there are more activities to enjoy too. Special dinners, workshops, and gatherings are all over the area and there is something for everyone.

The Vintage Round Top Business, Branding and Social Media Workshop

Dinner and Dancing at the Boneyard with Local Roots Food Truck

The Gathering at Round Top

Farm Girls Supper Club @farmgirlssupperclub at @MarburgerFarm, benefiting @Dwell with Dignity.

Designer Dream Spree

 Junk Gypsy Gyspyville, Practical Magic, Front Porch Series and PROM!

Rancho Bazaar at Rancho Pillow

3. La Bahia opens Friday September 27 at 8 am. If you turn off of 290 onto 237 La Bahia is one of the first shows you will come to. One of my good friends was a dealer here and that is how it got added to my itinerary. I realized that every time I stopped by I found a treasure or two. My sister has had good luck here too. I still have a couple fo friends that set up here and they always bring a fun set up.

4. If you are looking for a place with gorgeous merchandise, air conditioning, bathrooms, and food trucks I would point you to the Compound. There are great vendors and great amenities.


5. Junk Gypsy Store, Amie and Jolie have created a special place in Round Top. There are fun t-shirts, amazing boots, and vintage finds. You never know exactly what you are going to find when you make your way into Gypsyville. There is a Practical Magic event on Saturday, September 28 from 6-9. Midnight Margaritas, Free Witch Hats, and lots of fun. The Junk Gypsies have started making a show t-shirt with a special design. You can get the design on a travel cup, shopping bag or sticker too.


6. Warrenton, The Fields.  This is a different kind of shopping. The displays are not as fancy, but if you are adventurous in your treasure hunting this is a great place to visit. Zapp Hall, Renck, The Chicken Ranch, and Bar W are just a few. My good friends and amazing dealers are at the Vintage Station on Pond Road in Bar W. I usually find a place to park and walk as far as a I can at any of these fields. The shopping starts at least a week sometimes 2 before the big shows start.

The Vintage Station, Bar W, Warrenton, Texas


7. Marburger Farm Antique Show is my home in Round Top. This is a special show, every dealer here is held to a high standard of vintage and antique pieces. The energy invested in the collecting, curating and display has always been a source of inspiration for me. There is a charge to shop at Marburger, $25 for opening day, October 1 from 10-2. $10 for the rest of the show. IF you are shopping opening day the gates open for parking at 8 am. From 8-10 there is tailgating with coffee and pastries, the local radio station, a photo op #marburger, and a few fun extras. If you come by Marburger stop by and see me in Tent A, spot a2.



8. Are you ready to shop yet? I recommend checking the weather, if there is any rain in the forecast I would recommend rain boots. I never enter the fields without some kind of boot on. My first show I heard someone say they had just killed another baby copperhead. Between the snakes, spiders and ants that normally inhabit the cow pastures filled with treasures I have always found cowboy boots to be both stylish and protective. Keep in mind there is a lot of walking if you do Antique Week right so make sure your shoes are comfy.


I would have sun screen, water, a tape measure and cash. Many dealers will take cards, but not all. There will be ATMs but you will pay fees. If you bring cash you can’t go wrong. If you think you might need shipping there are companies that can pick up and deliver bigger pieces of furniture, but you need to make sure you understand the costs before you have purchased the furniture. Antique shows are Final Sale situations. Distinguished Transport is one option that I know works through out Round Top.


9. If you want to eat at Royer’s Cafe during the show you need to make sure you make your reservations now. My personal favorite are the shrimp and grits. There is always Royer’s Pie Haven where you can get a slice of Pie.


Market Hill – Paul Michael has an amazing kitchen and hosts music acts too. Dinner and a show and plenty of friends make for a great end to a Round Top day. I am still friends with a woman in Austrailia. We sat that the same table for dinner and a concert, exchanged instagram handles and keep in touch. Antique Week people are my people.

10. Not too far from Round Top is a town called Carmine, (pronounced Car mean). Here you can find more shopping, great kolaches and coffee at Weikel’s Bakery and JW’s Steak House. Burton is  home to The Blue Willow Cafe and The Brazos Belle restaurants.



Blueberries and Sunflowers

I have collected and used antique and vintage pieces in my home for a long time. As I write this I am sitting at our kitchen table. A table we bought from Goodwill in Colorado Springs 15 years ago is still the table where we eat almost every meal. I am sitting on a vintage church pew that I bought from a local resale shop a decade ago (just one of several pews in our home).

Today I wanted to show you how I use some of my gorgeous vintage pieces for a beautiful tea and muffins minute. All of these antique and vintage items are available and will be making their way to Marburger Farm in just 3 weeks so you can create your own moment to share.


This pewter tray makes everything look more elegant. Literally lay whatever item you would like to highlight on this heavy, gorgeous French tray and it will look so fancy. fkOe47HeS6a2IyRV9ZmP1Q

A small bouquet of sunflowers, a few sprigs of limonium, and some clippings from the back yard fill a vintage enamelware piece in such a fun way. This flour enamelware container is direct from England and oozing with British charm. The ironstone plate is simple and elegant and makes a few simple muffins ready to serve.


This green mug is a vintage piece, made in Japan. A great size with amazing color. This green can go through every season depending on what you pair it with.


I am currently reading Placemaker by Christie Purifoy. I first heard about this book on the podcast, The Next Right Thing, with Emily P. Freeman. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but this book has been so helpful for me. Having moved as many times as I have it is easy to feel rootless. Placemakers has helped me look back at the value every place we have lived has had, and as we prepare to stay put for a while I look at our situation here in Texas with more intention.

See what I did with the book here, I just put the book on the pewter tray and a sprig of flowers and doesn’t she look fancy?


Polka dotted tea pot, vintage creamer, antique green glass jar for sugar and a copper stand make a tea and muffin party complete.


Do you like to put together a tea party? I love a tea party and I am embarrassed at how many of these muffins are gone at this point.