Party planning procrastinators--your help has arrived! Amy Clark, founder of MomAdvice.com, chatted with us about some last-minute tips to save time and money while throwing the perfect monster bash. Amy's biggest piece of advice: Don't worry about fancy creative themes. Pick one that is simple and easy to follow. Her choice?
THE COLOR ORANGE! How simple is that? And it's cheap, too. She's got some fabulous tips to pull it all together with items you probably already have in your kitchen, or can easily find at the store.
Halloween Bash Theme: Orange
Well, orange you delicious! Yummy Party Food:
- Adorn Clementine oranges with jack o’ lantern faces and place them in a large basket for a fun and festive healthy snack.
- Serve fun, orange foods like a cheese ball covered in shredded cheddar cheese with a celery stick for the stem, baked pumpkin donuts (recipe below), orange punch, and caramel apples rolled in bright orange sprinkles.
- For those guests (and hosts!) looking for lighter options to offset the candy binge, offer delicious, festively-hued food and beverage items, including possibly the easiest of all--Orange juce! Minute Maid makes a new "Light" OJ that has just 50 calories per serving. Other lighter options: cantaloupe in Halloween shapes (use pumpkin or witch hat-shaped cookie cutters to cut), and carrot sticks or orange pepper strips with hummus.
- Hollow out pumpkins to serve dips in or use a hallowed pumpkin as an ice bucket for your drinks.
Well, orange you spooky! Simple Decorations:
- Decorate clear glasses with easy-peel vinyl jack o’lantern faces and fill with your favorite orange drink, like OJ.
- Decorate your party table with helium-filled orange balloons. Add Jack-o’-Lantern faces on the balloons and tie them to cellophane bags filled with orange candy. At the end of the party, these can be given to each party guest when they leave as a thank you for coming to the party.
Well, orange you fun! Party Games:
- Leave plain white cups out and a variety of craft supplies (vinyl stickers, orange paint, markers, craft paper, etc…) Have guests decorate their cups and give a fun prize to the guest with the most creative cup. Have a large serving bowl out with a fun & festive trail mix that guests can fill their decorated cups with after decorating.
- Tie pumpkin donuts on a string for a fun game. Tie a long string around a donut and fasten the other end of the string to a very sturdy ceiling hook or fixture (or you can use a tree branch if you are outside). The donut needs to be just above the contestant’s head. The object is for the player to eat the donut using his or her teeth only (no hands). The player must jump up for the donut.
Shannon McCook is dash's crafty associate editor whose appetite for play in the kitchen keeps our readers (and us) endlessly entertained. Find her daily on our Facebook page, or follow her on twitter@mccoooky.
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