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THE LIFEGUARD, THE SURFER & THE SHARK
Eva Amurri Martino, joined by husband Kyle Martino and daughter Marlowe Mae, organized a party to remember, in honor of Halloween. Seen here in their backyard, the family of three ultimately went with a Jaws-inspired themed costume. "[Kyle] wanted to do something that was a little more funny or had a little more humor to it so I had to run all the ideas by him," Amurri Martino, who runs the blog Happily Eva After!, tells PEOPLE. "And we agreed that it would be so cute if we did something that is not what people would expect of a little girl."
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"I know I have a very small [window] before Marlowe has a very strong opinion about what she is for Halloween," Amurri Martino tells PEOPLE. "So before that happens, I'm all about doing a cute family costume, because I know that she'll just probably want to be whatever she wants to be, probably every year for the rest of forever."
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When it came time to dress Marlowe in her shark costume, Amurri Martino shares the toddler was not so fond of the get-up – but eventually warmed up to the idea of being the star of the trio. "By the time we actually got her in the costume and took the pictures, she was so into her costume," the blogger says. "She was running around biting everything, growling at everyone. She doesn't realize that sharks don’t actually growl."
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Amurri Martino hangs streamers for the family's Halloween party – held at their home – which will see 20-30 guests of all ages, including kids ages 3 months to 8 years.
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ALL ABOUT THE FEAST
The family says they're relaxed when it comes to casual party planning. "We always leave the door open for people for people to come if they want," Amurri Martino tells us. "That's why I do buffet style food always, so I'm not stressed out about who is getting there and who is not. If I'm doing a sit down dinner, I'm a crazy person. And everyone comes in costumes. That is the one thing I'm serious about. Get a costume on."
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Marlowe takes a peek at mom Eva's creation, googly-eyed brownie bites, which can be purchased at the grocery or craft stores. "They're sugar eyeballs and you can put them on anything."
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In an attempt to cater for the younger kids who might be teething, Amurri Martino scooped up puffs into tiny containers.
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A cute and healthy alternative to candy, these mini Clementines are peeled and topped with a tiny piece of celery to mimic the fall staple.
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The blogger presented two types of sandwiches at her party: PBampJ and hummus and cucumber sandwiches, cut into Halloween-inspired shapes. "They're so easy," she says. "You just use cookie cutters."
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Amurri Martino's table display highlights the aforementioned snacks, as well as spiked cider made with apple cider, dark rum, apricot liquor and lemon juice (she calls it "Spooky Cider"), Hob Nob red blend wine and red velvet cupcakes. "I love red velvet cupcakes for Halloween because they’re bloody!"
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An easy way to liven up cups? Add foam eyeball stickers for personality. Amurri Martino also purchased those orange "If the Witch Ain't Happy" cups by the Spooky Cider at Sugar Bakeshop.