Saturday, July 23, 2011

Halloween Party Planning - Menu Ideas


Planning a Halloween party that features festive decorations, trickery, laughter, costumes, comfort foods and devilish desserts will be a spooktacular success.  Everyone enjoys going to a party where the host has organized the theme and the activities.  If you are thinking about hosting a Halloween party and would like to learn more about planning then here are some tips.

Here is a Halloween set that I created on Poloyvore it will give you an ideas of the the things that you will need for a bewitching good time at your Halloween party.

Home Style Halloween Party


Other Halloween spooky home decor accessories that were designed by some really talented artist and there are also a few of my products too. 

 

Party Plans:
Select a date that would be agreeable for your guests Decide on the start and ending time of the party and the location.  Will you be hosting the party at your home or at a Haunted House?  Decide the location for the Halloween party.


Organize your guest list.  Will your Halloween party be for adults, children, teens or  families?  Decide on the attendees for the party as this will help you with planning the theme, decorating, activities, and food / beverage menu.  Plan the activities for the party.  Will your guest wear costumes to the party or are Halloween costumes optional.  Will your party feature a costume contests, talent show, and pumpkin carving or bobbing for apples?  Decide on the theme of the party.


Halloween invitation


Send out invitations for the party.  Ask the invitees to RSVP by a certain date.  If you know how many people will be coming to the party you will be able to set up tables with chairs and prepare or order the food for your special event.



Menu Ideas

Plan the menu for your party based on the number of guaranteed guests.  What type of foods will you offer your guests?  Will you serve your guests a hot and cold assorted appetizers with dessert buffet?  Here is an appetizer menu with dessert.

 Party Menu
Chicken Wings
Spinach-Artichoke dip served in a bread bowl
Fried Mushrooms and dip
Tomato Basil Spookadillas
Witches Fingers with dip
Vegetable platter
Italian meatballs
Chips and dips

Dessert
Witch Hat Cake
Pumpkin Cupcakes



 


The menu choice is up to you.  If pressed for time you may want to consider ordering party trays from a restaurant or from a caterer.  What beverages will you offer to your guests; non alcoholic, beer and wine, stocked bar, or do you want your guests to bring their own bottle?  As the host of the Halloween party the food and beverage menu is your choice.


Rent tables, chairs, and chafing pans from your local party store.  Purchase plastic tableware; glasses, plates, utensils buffet table cover, paper napkins and Sterno fuel.


Get your home by cleaning it quickly before your decorate with festive Halloween displays, garland, lights, and candles.  

Decorate the night before or the morning of the party, set up the buffet table so that all you need to do is serve the food when it is time for the guests to arrive.  Organize the party music.  Select some spooky tunes to set the mood of the party. 


Discuss with party helpers the theme of the party and give them their assignment for the evening.  Have someone be in charge of trash disposal, have another watching the food on the buffet line so that nothing runs out.  You or your spouse need to greet all of the guests at the door and be on hand to make sure that the party is spooktacular.  


Prepare for guests one hour before the scheduled start time of the party. Turn on the display lights, Halloween music, and light the candles.  Now you can relax, pour yourself a spooky brew and get in the mood for your  Halloween party. I am sure it will be a scream.


Tips:


If you would rather host a Halloween Party outside your home contact the Haunted Houses in your area and inquire about their party banquet rooms. Many large upscale haunted houses have separate rooms for business and personal Halloween parties. 

You can rent the room, and they will provide the food.  However you may have to bring your own alcoholic beverages.  For more information, search the haunted houses in your area.


Bailey's Irish Cream Fudge Recipe

Baileys Irish Cream fudge is delicious and makes for a thoughtful gift during the holidays.  

If you love fudge then this is a keeper recipe.  I enjoy this recipe during the fall and winter season and like to give gift bags and tins of the fudge as hostess gifts, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine's Day gifts.   

 Make this fudge recipe for your family and friends and I am sure they will love the melt in your mouth goodness of the chocolate and the Bailey's Irish Cream.

Baileys Irish Cream Fudge
Bailey's Irish Cream Fudge Recipe

In a large mixing bowl combine all of these ingredients:

2 packages of (12 ounce) Nestles milk chocolate chips,
1 package (12 ounce) Nestles semisweet chocolate chips
14 ounces of  marshmallow cream (jar)
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
2/3 cups. Bailey's Irish Cream
2 cups chopped walnuts  


Add the sugar, evaporated milk and the butter to a saucepan and cook at medium heat.  Bring to a boil and continue to cook.  Stir continuously for 11 minutes.

1 (12 ounce) can of evaporated milk
4 ½ cups of sugar

½ pound of salt free butter

Pour the cooked milk mixture over the chocolate and Bailey Irish Cream mixture that is in the large mixing bowl.  Mix all of the ingredients with a spoon. Stir well; it takes me approximately 5 minutes to stir all of the ingredients.  When the Bailey’s Irish Cream fudge is completely mixed, pour the mixture into foil lined 10 X 15 pan and chill in your refrigerator to set.  This recipe makes 5 pounds of fudge.


 Here is a basic recipe for making homemade fudge.