Halloween Fun in Hampton Roads

There’s a nip in the air, and it’s finally beginning to feel like Halloween. Hatchett Design Remodel is in the spirit, and we’re here to help you get into your ghoulish groove with a few fun ideas for kids of all ages.

Halloween Decor Jack O'Lantern Eating a Smaller Gourd

No Halloween is complete without a proper Jack O’Lantern, but we know it can be a lot of work. Save yourself time and hand cramps by cleaning the inside of your pumpkins with a drill.  This how-to video breaks it down step by step. Simply use a beater from your mixer as the drill bit. You’ll be amazed how well this works – adults only though! Once you’ve got it cleaned out, the next step is carving. Check out this link for ideas that you can copy and ones that may inspire an original design.

Halloween Pumpkin Patch You-Pick Farm Hampton Roads

Picking out the perfect pumpkin can be as easy as hitting your local grocery store, but you can make it more of an event by visiting a pumpkin patch near you. From Williamsburg and Newport News down to Norfolk and Virginia Beach, here’s a list of local farmers’ markets, pumpkin patches and u-pick fields and farms that offer the full Hallo-experience. Make a day of it with hay rides, corn mazes, concessions and great photo ops! Be sure to check dates and times at the location near you.

Halloween Decor Curb Appeal

Outdoor decorations don’t have to be elaborate or expensive. All you really need are a few bags of cotton spider webs, dried corn stalks and an assortment of pumpkins and gourds to create curb appeal that is sure to attract the cutest trick-or-treaters.

Halloween Eyeball Party Punch with Ice Hands

Having a halloween party? Then you may want to whip up a signature cocktail. Tasty produced this video that gives you the recipe as well as step by step instructions for their Eyeball Halloween Party Punch. We must say, the ice hands are a very nice touch!

Halloween Appetizers Prosciutto Wrapped Skull will Olive Eyeballs

You’ll also need to serve up some food for the ghouls and goblins, so check out these gruesome apps by Buzzfeed Nifty. The Guac O’Lantern and Prosciutto Skull are sure to be party pleasers; but host beware, your guests may lose their appetites!

Happy Halloween from all of us at Hatchett Design Remodel – we hope it’s a SCREAM! Get creative, be safe and have fun!

Quick & Easy 4th of July Party Tips

If you too have been blindsided by July’s arrival, then you’re probably scrambling for party ideas for your 4th of July festivities. Hatchett Design Remodel is here to help! Our design teams in Newport News and Virginia Beach have come up with a few easy ideas that will put the patriotic in your party plans!

Front Entrance Decor

As in home design, decor sets the tone. Embrace the flag theme and carry it through every element of our party. For starters, guests should be greeted by old glory upon their arrival. If you don’t already have an American flag hanging from your home, now’s a good time to wave those stars and stripes.


Luminaries along the driveway, sidewalk and front stoop are a festive way to welcome your guests. All you need are mason jars, small American flags and battery operated votives (all of which can be found at your local dollar store).


If you have a little time to commit to your porch decor, make a patriotic wreath for your front door. This clothespin wreath is simple and inexpensive to make. The wire wreath frame, twine, clothespins, spray paint and foam stars are all available at any craft store. We recommend spray painting the clothespins before assembly.

Backyard Decor

Most 4th of July parties spill over into the backyard, so don’t forget to decorate out there too. This balloon flag display is fun and super easy to replicate. If you’re using helium, attach each column of balloons to a single string tacked to the floor or tied to a weight. Then line them up next to each other to create the stars and stripes. If you don’t have helium, the balloons can be attached to a wall with tape or poster putty. Be sure to clean the surface of the wall so that the balloons stick.

Patriotic Playlist

When it comes to parties, silence is NOT golden. You’ve gotta have good music to create the right mood. Let freedom ring by including these star spangled singles in your 4th of July playlist.

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Kid Activities

If you have little ones attending your soiree, you’re gonna need some games or activities to keep them entertained. This clever Snap, Crackle and Pop display has all the stuff kids love, and it doubles as decor. “Snap” fireworks are harmless and loud – kids love loud stuff. Sparklers are a 4th of July staple, so they are perfect for the “crackle”. Last but not least, little bottles of bubbles are the “pop”. Have at it, kiddos!


Now that the kids are covered, you need a little something special for the adults. This red, white and blue vodka lemonade slushy is a refreshing party pleaser that will help the grown ups beat the heat. It may look harder than it is, but be sure to follow the recipe carefully. It’s important to pour the heaviest red layer on the bottom, followed by the blue, top it off with the white, then enjoy responsibly!


Cheers! All of us at Hatchett Design Remodel wish you and yours a happy and safe 4th of July.

And when you’re ready to remodel your kitchen, bathroom or addition, we hope you reach out to us at our showrooms in Newport News or Virginia Beach… remember, it costs nothing to ask!