Holy smokers friends, we have been busy birds lately, but we are back and want to share with you some of our favorite tips and tricks for a last minute Halloween Bash!
So, Halloween is only a few nights away and you now decide you want to host a party! No worries. We have you covered as last minute celebrations can ultimately be the best!
First and foremost, you need to get the word out. There are so many great digital invite options and one of our local favorites is Red Stamp.
Keep your overall vibe simple and fun, and choose an invite design you can play off of for your entire party.
We love black and white (maybe a pop of gold) and recommend choosing two, maybe three colors to focus on for your overall party look. TIP: To keep the cost down host a party later in the evening. Let’s face it, everyone loves desserts and yummy cocktails!
While some people love dressing up, others not so much. Make it easy for your guests, and include a “theme.”
Welcome to “Fairy Tale Forest.” We were inspired by the modern day Snow White + the Lovely Cinderella. These lovely ladies were all donned from our own personal wardrobe and Shop Peacock Alley. Guests love when you give them a direction, so don’t be shy about picking a theme.
Here are some last minute tips when thinking about “anatomy” of your party:
Everyone loves a great glow and Halloween is the perfect time to get your glow on! Ambiance is everything friends!
- You can never have too much glow!
- Your entry is your first look of the actual party. Dress up your porch with candles, candles, candles! Goodwill or your local thrift store is a great place to find vessels of all sizes. Add different groupings (Odd number groupings look best) to your front porch and voila! Your guests will know they are in for a fabulous time!
- If you have dimmers on any of your home lights, now is the time to use them! TIP: If you are building a new home put a dimmer on every light! Seriously, you will thank us later.
- Use items that you already have in your home. Just dress them up a bit for the holiday. TIP: add a bit of moss to your candlesticks
- Always have extra votives on hand. Our go to is Target or Michaels
- Sprinkle them on window sills, by your dessert bar, in your restrooms, (a scented one is nice) etc. Just remember to double check that they are blown out before you retire for the night.
SCENT + TUNES:
Who doesn’t love walking into a home that smells yummy and has great tunes when they arrive! TIP: Simmer apple cider and cinnamon sticks on the stove for about half an hour before your guests arrive. And, don’t forget to have your playlist bumpin. Pandora has some great Halloween stations or we have a select list we love here. PS. REMEMBER turn your cider off once guests arrive.
We love adding simple pieces that are festive, inexpensive, and reusable! These are just a few of our favorites. TIP: Cheesecloth (bought at Cub foods! Yep!) is an easy way to dress up a table and add that perfect amount of texture. Adding some simple greenery also adds that pop of life to any tablescape. Just look outside your window as you’ll be surprised what you can clip from your back yard.
Don’t have time to carve a pumpkin? This is a simple and fun way to dress your pumpkins up! Simply, cut the neck of a balloon off and stretch over the body of pumpkin. Trim more if needed depending on how much of the pumpkin you want to cover.
Who knew pumpkin decorating could be so easy + pretty darn cute!
We are firm believers that every party needs a signature cocktail! We loved “The Poisoned Apple” and it went perfectly with our “Fairy Tale Forest” theme. Add a few chips of dry ice (Kowalski’s grocer (for MN peeps) sells it) to add that extra pop of fun! TIP: This is a fun welcome cocktail, as you will want to make sure you add the chip of dry ice so your guests don’t get frostbite. After the first cocktail, create a mini bar with a pitcher of the mix and then your guests can pour their spirit “at their own risk.”
So, we are all about the “bites,” but let’s face it, who has the time to spend on labor-intensive treats. TIP: Invest in some white platters (Target or Kohls has a great selection.) It’s visually more appealing to have your platters match and white goes with any holiday or party theme. And, they make your food pop!
Here are some tips and a few of our favorite “semi-homemade” loves:
Just wait until you serve these beauties! We promise your guests will be begging for this recipe!
1 German Chocolate Cake Mix
¾ c. butter
1 can of evaporated milk (5.33 ounces)
1 bag of caramel bits (in baking aisle. Little caramel bits so you don’t have to unwrap them).
1 bag of chocolate chips
- Preheat over to 350 degrees
- Stir together the cake mix, butter and 1/3 evaporated milk
- Press ***HALF of the batter in an 8×8 (greased) square pan
- Bake for 6-7 min. and then let the crust cool 10-15 min
- While crust is cooling, add ¼ cup evaporated milk to caramels in a bowl. Microwave and melt caramel in 30-second increments.
- Spread melted caramel over cooled crust
- Sprinkle chocolate chips over the caramel layer. I DO NOT use the whole bag of chocolate chips. I only use only enough to cover the caramel.
- Press the remaining HALF*** of cake mix over the top of the chocolate chips
- Bake 15-20 min. Let cool to lukewarm
- Refrigerate for 30 min. to set caramel
After baking and letting them cool, melt Ghiradelli white chocolate chips and drizzle over in a zig zag motion. TIP: add 2 big spoonfuls of melted white chocolate to a ziplock bag. Cut the corner of the bag and squeeze onto brownie. Last but not least, add fun candy eyes (found in your grocer bakery aisle.)
Found in your freezer section at your local grocer: “Pepperidge Farm Coconut Layered Cake” danced up with some simple candy eyeballs! TIP: turn a bowl upside down and add your plate on top. Having platters at different heights adds dimension and interest to your table.
Candy apples shopped at our local Cub Foods. We dipped them in melted @Ghiradelli white chocolate chips, added some black sprinkles and BOO! TIP: Don’t forget to add some cute napkins and plates that coordinate with your color theme.
Last but not least, hosting a bash is all about bringing your friends together and celebrating! Be sure to join in on the fun. If your guests see you having fun, they too will have fun! Happy Halloween babes!
spooky and fun!