It was so fun being invited on Studio 5 to share some Halloween party tips on the show. I just wanted to take a minute and give you the links to the ideas I shared and where you can find some awesome tutorials on how to plan a simple Halloween Party yourself.
Every good halloween party starts with an invitation. Lucky for you, I created a cute little invite for you to use with your guests. Now there isn’t an excuse in the world why you shouldn’t invite some friends over.
All of the cute decor I was talking about was from my favorite pop up boutique in Northern Utah. I love it for two reasons… first, because the stuff is adorable and not too expensive. Second, the boutique is for a good cause. The proceeds go to a sweet little boy, Jack, to raise money to help with the costs for his Cystic Fibrosis. The best way I follow them is searching #givebacktojack on Instagram. Find them, I swear you will fall in love. Best news, they have another boutique coming up November 19-21 in North Ogden, Utah. If you are anywhere close, seriously go there!
Don’t you just adore those spooky books? There’s a great tutorial you can check out on Better After so you can customize them yourself. This might be one of my favorite finds.
Food and Treats
I hollowed out a good round pumpkin (placed a bowl inside) and filled it with ice for the drinks. The mummy juice boxes are wrapped with duct tape (I used glow in the dark because it has a canvas look to it) and hot glued goggly eyes to them.
The cookies were store bought, for the sake of time…and don’t we all need more time around the holidays?) and I put a similar knife to this one on top with red gel frosting to look like blood. So easy!
Okay, I told you I found the absolute yummiest caramel apple recipe and it really is. It held to the apples like a champ and the toppings stuck to it perfectly. Did I mention it was yummy? Make sure your apples are cold before you dip them. I think this made the biggest difference with keeping the caramel on. My kids loved putting mini marshmallows on them but my favorite turned out to be the toasted coconut. Yum-mo. We used sprinkles, MnM’s, butterfingers, smashed pecans, white chocolate (for the blood apple and mummy apples) and smashed Oreos. I also found putting the toppings on the top of the apples, instead of dipping them in the candy on the bottom, held up better and didn’t make the caramel sag as much after sitting.
The cute pumpkin goody bags were an idea adapted from Martha Stewart. They were so easy. Instead of crepe paper, I just used tissue paper because I could get it at the dollar store and instead of floral tape, I just used some cute masking tape I found (or washi tape would work too). I love them because these could really be as big or small as you needed. Then I whipped up a cute little tag to complete the look.
Last but not least was my boyfriend, the skeleton trophy. Oh how I had fun dressing these little guys up. Tell me how fun it’d be to win one of these at a Halloween party? Um, yes please. All I did was found a hanging skeleton at the dollar store, this one happened to be a necklace, and I hot glued all his joints together so he was stiff. It’s kind of fun molding them in silly stances too. Then I spray painted him gold and added some fun clothes to fit the type of trophy he was. Some ideas I had were best overall costume, funniest costume, scariest costume, best couple costume, best group costume, best handmade costume, most creative, etc. These guys were just glued on a black plastic bowl but you could really use anything as the base of the trophy.
If you missed it, you can see my Confetti party segment from Studio 5 here (I’ll post the party trend segment I did soon too).
Hopefully this gave you some good ideas on how to plan a simple halloween party. Do you do a halloween party yourself? I’d love to hear what fun traditions and ideas you have.