I know I am a little late with this post as Halloween is tomorrow, I extend my apologies! It has been a busy time… but we decided to host a Halloween party at our city house this year, and here are some pics of the decor and the sweet goodies I made for it. I used Pinterest as my inspiration for most of it, and I have linked back to those people and posts whom had such great ideas for me!
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First, the decor. I decided to go with a bunch of bats I found with just a few clicks on Amazon. You can find them here.. I had to get some double-sided stickers/tape which I found at Target, but here are the exact ones I got. They stuck to the bats, and they stuck to the walls without leaving behind any marks! Perfect!
Then, just go bat crazy!
I put them high, low, all over… so much fun! I did it over the past week and just did a few each night to spread it out and it wasn’t overwhelming. But the Sunday after the party we had this past Saturday night, I decided to take them down as looking at all the creepiness that they bring can make an impact! I felt a little liberated once they were all gone from the walls. I loved having them but I loved getting rid of them too! Environment is important! Make sure it doesn’t influence you too much and bring you down.
Next, I made some cute little glass mason jars covered in gauze, and add some googly eyes and you are almost there! I got some electronic small tea lights to fill the jars with so you don’t have to worry about flames… I found the inspiration here.
Then I was onto dessert! I made three: chocolate Pretzel Spiders with candied eyes, chocolate Rice Krispie Treats with googly eyes (are you noticing a trend here??? Something about the eyes???) and a Chocolate Spider Trifle cake. I modified each to fit what I had, and I will write up each recipe at another time, but for now, here they are:
The Chocolate Pretzel Spiders
These guys were fun to make – dip in some microwaved chocolate and add on the candy eyes, and whaalla! Cuteness! I cant remember if I saw this somewhere out there on the web or not, I looked but can’t find these exact. I’ll post the recipe in the next few days when I can find a moment!
The Rice Krispie Treats
So I forgot (oops!!!) to get a personalized close up of these, so this is the best I can do. I got these eyes here… they give you lots of options! Boy were these yummy!
This one was kind of a fail… I tried to get the right syrup but I used one that was really runny on top, so the spider web didn’t come out so well. I didn’t even want to photograph it. But it looked great from the side! I also had a bag of regular Halloween Candy that I scattered all around the dessert side table.
For the Appetizers, I did a nice big cheese plate with Brie, Dill Havarti, a Wine Cheddar & a Blue Cheese with crackers. I had some hummus and a bunch of cut veggies too for those low carb people (which we are! But this night was an exception. You have to have cheat nights here and there!).
I also did an Everything Bagel Cheese Pumpkin Ball. Which was AWESOME if I do say so myself. I got the
The last thing we did for the decor was the pumpkins. My hubby Joe is the master when it comes to this. He does amazing work and I am always blown away at how good he is at it. This year I found a great idea about how to clean out the pumpkins – and this was some terrific advice! You can read about it here, but basically, you use a drill and a hand mixer beater. It doesn’t mess with the seeds either, so we were able to cook those up with no harm done. Joe uses a guide and covers it with saran wrap, here are some pics of it:
The Completed Art!
Yes, art. Looks like it to me – right??? Here are the pumpkins he carved. Notice the mess all around when doing this – no house is clean all the time… especially ours!
This was during pre-party construction! Of course, wine goes well once you are done with power tools! This wine – Cappola Claret is
The rest of the menu was Sliced, Marinated London Broil, Homemade Mac and Cheese, and Green Bean Casserole (Trader Joe’s Style – here are some other great things I love from Trader Joe’s). More to come on those in later posts!
We had a fun time, we hope our guests did too! We enjoy each and every one of you. Please come back again soon!