Thursday, October 10, 2013

Halloween Party Plans

October 31st has always been an exciting day for children. For adults it simply meant handing out candy or taking the kids trick or treating. According to statistics, all of that changed in the 1990’s. Halloween has become a big business for grown-ups. I think it’s great for adults to dress in costumes, have fun, and act silly. My husband and I used to have a Halloween party every year. We were ahead of the crowd since we began them in 1982 B.C.(before children) Although we have long since given up the tradition due to switching into parent mode. Our new tradition became handing out candy and following our young ones from house to house. I’m going to share some tips to help make your party a hit. Over the next couple of weeks, several blogs will cover this topic starting with the most important, planning your party.

Plan Ahead:
*Buy or print your invitations and get them in the mail. People start making their party plans early. Be sure to indicate if it’s a costume party, adults only, BYOB, directions, and a number for RSVPs.
*Plan your music for the evening. We purchased a Halloween horror sounds CD and incorporated the eerie noises between popular songs. It certainly adds to the ambiance of the scary night. It is also important to include music for all of your guests' entertainment. Don’t be afraid to mix music from all genres.
*If you are planning to serve alcohol, reserve a keg or margarita machine early. If you are serving wine, you should call and make sure they will have the type and amount you’ll need. Check the sale circulars for discounted prices on sodas. You will want to have plenty on hand for the night. There will be guests who bring liquor and need Cokes or 7-Up for mixed drinks. Remember the designated drivers and those who don’t enjoy alcohol.
*Plan your decorations for both inside and outside of your home. We always made a backdrop for people to give everyone a great photo op. If you aren’t artistic, you can use hay bales, scarecrows, and balloons.  There are so many great creepy decorations available to enhance the mood. It is important not to overdo decorations; you want to make sure your guests have room to move around without knocking things over. Remember the earlier you get your decorations, the better the selection. Keep in mind everyone will be in costumes so be careful with open flames on torches or candles.
*A costume contest is always a big hit. Just cut small strips of paper, buy several Halloween themed pencils, and a plastic jack-o-lantern to hold the votes. Have everyone write down their favorite costume and after a couple of hours, go count the votes and make the big announcement. Be sure you have a nice prize for the winner. Door prizes add extra excitement to your party. Many restaurants, clubs, and businesses will donate if you ask. You can make up candy bags decorated with orange and black curling ribbon to give away. You can find many great ideas on Pinterest.
*If you make your party plans in advance, you can reduce the stress that too often comes with planning a party. The websites listed below have wonderful decorations and you still have time to order. I will feature more blogs with ideas for food, costumes and everything you need to have a frightfully fun Halloween!
http://www.orientaltrading.com/
http://www.grandinroad.com/halloween-haven/
http://www.partycity.com/category/halloween+costumes/decorations+party+supplies.do
http://www.spirithalloween.com/decorations/


**Recipe You'll Be Happy to Have**

Candy Corn Poke Cake
*This recipe is on Pinterest courtesy of Lisa at http://wineandglue.com

Ingredients
1 White Cake Mix
Food Coloring
1 14oz. sweetened condensed milk
1 Tub of Whipped Topping
Candy Corn

Directions

Make the cake batter as directed.
Then divide it into three equal parts.
Color one yellow, one orange, and leave one alone. Make sure you add enough to make it really vibrant.
Spray the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan.
Spread the yellow layer evenly across the bottom, and then stick it in the freezer (make sure it is sitting flat).
Leave it in freezer for 20 minutes.
As soon as you pull it out, very carefully add the orange layer, pouring it as evenly as possible around the pan, and gently spreading it out to cover the yellow.
Return it to the freezer for 20 more minutes.
Preheat your oven to the temperature specified on the cake mix.
Taking out the cake batter pan, again, carefully spread the white layer.
Let it sit on top of the preheating oven for at least 30 minutes.
Bake according to package directions.
As soon as the cake comes out of the oven, poke holes throughout the cake with the end of a wooden spoon.
Pour the sweetened condensed milk evenly over the cake, making sure to fill each hole.
Top with whipped topping, candy corn, and enjoy!
No tricks, these Treats are for your Pets from the ASPCA
http://www.aspca.org/blog/easy-make-halloween-treats-pets

Halloween Cat Cookie

Your kitties will love the fishy flavor of these tasty treats.
Ingredients
1/4 cup warm water
5 Tablespoons parmesan cheese
3 Tablespoons soft margarine
1 Tablespoon cod liver oil
1 cup white flour
1/4 cup soy flour
Directions
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Combine water, cheese, margarine and oil.
3. Add flour and form dough.
4. Roll to 1/4 inch thick and cut with small holiday cookie cutters.
5. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden.

2 comments :

  1. Cute ideas! And that cake looks scrumptious! ;-)

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  2. Great advice! Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier, I'm a new follower as well! :)

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