Friday, October 17, 2008

BOO!

Welcome to the big Halloween Party, hosted by Vanessa @ A Fanciful Twist. It's a great idea for getting Halloween decorating, cooking, and craft ideas. I hope you'll visit Vanessa's site to see what other people have posted today.
Every month my friends and I get together for a craft or game night, hostess's choice. The hostess provides beverages and the guests bring either an appetizer or a dessert. It can get pretty loud depending on what beverages are served! For October I am the hostess and I have a plan that includes a craft AND a game! I hope everyone likes it!
My house is already decorated for fall, inside and out, so that's one thing I don't have to do!
Just for fun, as everyone arrives I put out some plain masks that cover just the wearer's eyes for people to decorate. There's glitter, sequins, feathers, paint, Aleen's craft glue, scrapbooking paper, all sorts of fun things to make a fun, wild or sexy mask! It's a quck little project and will give us something to wear either answering our doorbells or taking our kids trick or treating.
The girls brought all sorts of fun Halloween treats, and several people included enough copies of the recipes for everyone. How thoughtful!
I made an
Eerie, Frothy Green Punch from a recipe I found at Diana's Desserts.
Mary brought a really fun appetizer that was so easy to make! She made sausage & cheese balls from her usual recipe, and then half-way through baking she popped a green olive with pimiento center into the middle to make a spooky eyeball!
So many of the treats for Halloween are sweets, I was very excited to get an idea that was both savory and easy!
Another healthier snack that is easy and ghoulish is the apple mouths with rotten teeth. They really look gross, at least to me! Taking a section out of the apple slice and then pushing slivered almonds in to be the teeth is so easy that kids can make these for their own party. They can be served with peanut butter, caramel and chocolate dipping sauces. To be really gross a red syrup or jam could be dribbled to be coming out of the mouth! Yuck!

Susan made witch's finger cookies with her daughter. She said she just shaped sugar cookie dough into the shape of a creepy finger, making ridges with the end of a spoon. Once the cookies were almost done she stuck red colored almonds in as the fingernails. How cool would it be to make some with black or green almonds!? Even better, use the colored baking sugar to coat the almonds first and you have glittery fingernails!
Instead of bunco or pokeno I've made up a Halloween Bingo that was so easy! I printed blank bingo boards that I made on my computer, with the center space being FREE. Then everyone received a page of 25 Haloween stickers to place in whatever arrangement they wanted on their bingo board, making them all different. Very little advance prep for me! The best part of the game is the prizes, of course! Each guest has brought a Halloween or fall item that she has made. We will play Bingo until all the prizes are gone, and then finish up our snacks!
Summer brought this great witch's cauldron that she made. I'd fill it with candy of course, but I'm sure someone has a more original idea. Maybe orange and red tissue to simulate a fire?Sarah made these adorable cheesecloth ghosts and included the battery operated votives to put inside them! They will be so cute on someone's mantel or coffee table!
These fun noise makers were made by spray painting margarine containers orange, black or white and decorating them with wacky faces. They have a decorated dowel inserted into the side and held tight with thick craft glue. They were filled with dried beans, tiny pebbles, and odd bits of metal to give them different sounds. Once I liked the sound, I sealed the container with a little craft glue.
I hope you got some fun Halloween ideas that you can use this holiday season. Be sure to visit A Fanciful Twist and check out some of the other participants; I think there's over 100!

83 comments:

Shelia said...

Hi,Elizabeth!! What a fun idea for your party! I love the pretty decorated masks. But my favorite is the food!! It all looks creepy but sounds so yummy. I really like those little cheesecloth ghosts. Fun fun fun! Hope you've had a good week.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

you are so the hostess. I'm in awe of your party throwing talents. I want to come to a party like that.

squawmama said...

Wow sounded like you had a great time with all your friends... I loved the food ideas and all the crafts were so incredibly cute... Thanks for sharing all this great info...

Hugs,
Donna

Ronda's Rants said...

So many great ideas...that I am so stealing!!!

Coloradolady said...

You have no idea how I so wished I lived close to you. What fun....this is just my thing. I love all of your ideas. Very clever. And it looks like you spend hours getting ready.
Have a great weekend.....

Jennifer said...

I love Halloween! That bingo game sounds like a great idea. I'll have to use it at my kids birthday party.

Jewelgirl said...

Wonderful party ideas, love the cool food ideas! Happy party day! This
party would be soooo much fun!

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

This is so much fun! I especially love the apple mouths with the teeth, and the fingers, ewww! But great fun for kids!

I want to come to this party! lol

Kady

ladyfi said...

WOW - impressive. Looks like great fun!

Chris said...

Looks like you have lots of clever friends, what a fun time you must have had. Loved it.

Hugs,
Chris

Smilingsal said...

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mannequin said...

Oh what fun Elizabeth!
You are so blessed to be surrounded by crafty like friends. I love those masks (and the FOOD of course!)

Beautiful.

Salinda said...

Thank you for all the yummy ideas! And just in time, as a friend called while I was looking at your blog and ask for ideas. Of course, I sent her straight here.

Apron Thrift Girl said...

I love Halloween food. those eyeballs look fantastic.

Ma'dame French said...

What fun! Looks like you guys are having a blast! Love the masks and well heck I love it all! French;)

TattooedMinivanMom said...

Wow! You get down with your crafty, bad self!

I really loved those masks! and pretty much everything else too.

Saw your post on SITS this morning. I want frost! I want to run my heater! I had my air on yesterday. Boo-hoo. Me want cold weather!

Justine said...

This was so cool Elizabeth!!!!!!!!!!!! What great ideas! But you spoke in both the past tense, and present. Did you have the party already, or is it in the future?

Justine :o )

AwtemNymf said...

Flying in on gossamer wings and visiting Vanessa's Halloween Blog Party-goers! What yummy treats you have. I love the sausage & cheese balls with that olive eye! Clever!
Beautiful masks! WOW!
I enjoyed my visit! I am on a mission to visit all party=goers that are listed on Vanessa's blog.. so I will take a treat for the road! Thank you... stop by my place too! I'm having a give-away!
Be Enchanted!
~A~

Fiona said...

Hi Elizabeth

I've enjoyed my first visit here very much. What great party food you do - love the recipes - the green froth looks particularly good!Enjoy the party!

Fiona (Scotland)

Lola Enchanted said...

Love all the treats!! Nice to meet you here at the party!!!!


Happy Halloween!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

What wonderful ideas! Your's is one of my favorites I've seen today. I love the apple mouths and the noise makers. Have a wonderful weekend! Twyla

CINNIBONBON said...

Such great treats and eats and all the party fun!!


Such wonderful ideas for the party!!

Come on by to my blog and sit a spell!

obxpatti said...

I've had fun visiting your blog. Great job on all your decorations and such.

Sarah said...

Hi!
What a great idea to have a craft and food party. I keep talking to two of my friends about a crafty day together but somehow we never manage it! I love your little cheescloth ghosts. An inspirational visit thanks!

Theresa said...

Great masks! And what wonderful snacks! I can't wait to try them. The apple mouths look especially delicious and your Pumpkin noise makers are a great idea. Wonderful party! Happy haunting,
T

~Tara said...

Hi Elizabeth! What a great party! I love the sausage and cheese eyeballs, I'll have to try them! And those masks are beautiful!!!

How nice that you and your friends have a get-together and do such productive things!!

Thanks for stopping by my party, oh and you HAVE to try Reese's cereal, there are chocolate and peanut butter puffs in it and it tastes sooo yummy!
Happy Halloween Party Day!

KarenHarveyCox said...

Love those masks, and your Halloween is my favorite kind of decorations. Totally cute! Wonderful Halloween post, filled with adorable delight. I feel like just like a kid again going from blog to blog picking up such delightful treats. Happy Halloween. Karen

ArtSparker said...

Those apple mouths are great.

Daydreamer :) said...

What a great party!

Happy nightmares,
Daydreamer :)

She'sSewPretty said...

Wow! Lots of great ideas! I love those little cheesecloth ghosts. I'll have to try that! Happy Halloween!

Carolyn (Harbor Hon) said...

Elizabeth,
Thank you for visiting while we have been busy honoring our Pop.

Just love the ideas you have posted and will be trying some of those next year.

You're always so nice to share the things you find with us and I appreciate all the time it takes you to research them. xxoo

Mar said...

thank you for dropping in on this very busy day! i enjoyed visiting and meeting you ...I am so glad I dropped past on my way back around!!! what a great party you are having here!!
the masks are awesome what a great fast fun party favor idea...

happy halloween

cindy said...

Lots of cute craft ideas and especially love the frosty green punch! : D Love going from party to party and seeing all the wonderfulness! Thanks for having me.

c

jenny said...

wow you realy have some cool things for a halloween party

mapelba said...

The cheesecloth ghosts beat all. That's what I love about a good party--the best guests bring great ideas and stories to share.

Good to see you here.

Coloradolady said...

Elizabeth...Me again!

I have an award for you.
Please stop by my blog for the button.

You deserve this one!!

Anne Fannie said...

Hi Elizabeth, you have some great ideas here! I love the apples with the rotten teeth and the finger cookies. They are great! Thanks for the ideas!
Love ,Ann

Mel said...

Love all your party favors!

Lisa aka Serahs said...

Hi Elizabeth. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Where did you live so I can attend this party?! I'm so jealous!

Shell said...

A lovely Halloween party willed with great ideas.

sherri (Tied Up In Ribbons) said...

What clever treats. Lots of great ideas.

inge said...

hello Elisabeth !

great idea to meet every month ! I guess it will be fun making something crafty and then play a game.

I like your ideas to make and downloaded also the pictures of the apples with the almonds : so easy but it looks so effective ! Great idea for our upcoming halloweenparty !

greetings from Belgium
Inge

Chris said...

Hi Elizabeth...I wanted to thank you for signing my guestbokk when you dropped by, made me happy. You are a very pretty lady.

Hugs,
Chris

lori said...

Yipeee!!! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful ideas. I'm definitely making those apple mouths...they really do look gross.

Elizabeth said...

Hello another Elizabeth.
All you creations were wonderful -but the apple teeth take the cake!
What a party it was.

http://afancifultwist.typepad.com said...

Yummy yummy yummy!! i am staying here!!! Cackling along from delight in your treats and Halloween flair!!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Elizabeth,
You have some great decorations and party ideas! I enjoyed this post.

Anonymous said...

Hey there Elizabeth.. I love the decorations... Your fall displays look amazing I love your fireplace. You have such creative ideas.. We all miss you on the cafe and if your ears are ringing it's because the girls were talking about you.. Your fun personality is lacking on the cafe board. I am loving the blog though.. Thinking of you!

Rhon

Robyn said...

Elizabeth, had a fun time at your party, wonderful food and favors! Please stop by my party for a nightcap before you retire!
Robyn

Suzie Button said...

Wow! I am SO impressed with your game night, so fantastic! Now I want to do this too! I might have to borrow a few of your ideas! They're so wonderful! Suzie

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

How fun! I love all your crafts and goodies!

Ramona said...

Loved your blog and ideas. I have a four year old and the noise makers will be fun to make! I stopped by from A Fanciful Twist party and I really enjoyed your blog. Happy Halloween...Ramona

Patty said...

Those cheesecloth ghosts are adorable! Everything looks great -- what fun party!

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T

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Wow, Elizabeth! I LOVE that idea for margarine tubs. I will do that!
And what fun food you have!

I sure enjoyed my (late) visit to your party! Thanks for the lovely time!
Becky

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Elizabeth, This was a FANTASTIC POST! So many great ideas. I always cook my kids a gross Halloween dinner. I think the eyeball sausage balls are a must this year. Love the noisemakers. LOVE EM!

agapanthas and goldsworthy said...

thanks for some really good crafty ideas that small kids would love to make. visit me if you are still in the mood xx rosey

Michelle said...

Sorry I'm late in dropping by! It's taking me awhile to work myself through the party list!
you have a wonderful blog!
Feel free to stop by to say Hi! I'm having a fun give away!
~Michelle

Gavitee said...

You went out of your way to host a wonderful party.....loved the food!
Sue

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

What wonderful ideas! I especially love those cute noise makers, they look so vintage. And of course what Halloween party would be complete without some rotten apple teeth...hilarious! BTW, sorry I'm late. It's taking me forever to get to all the party goers.

Happy Halloween!
~Amanda

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