Another warm cozy worknight evening spent creating Halloween things with friends. An adults-only party as you need to actually get work done, not supervise kids. Invite just four to six adults to your party - you'll need room for all the sewing machines, patterns, fabrics and half-made costumes.
Guests bring their portable sewing machines, sewing supplies, notions and fabrics and work to complete their kids' Halloween costumes. At the end of the evening, dessert is served and any completed costumes are displayed and admired.
You'll need to keep your dining table (and perhaps coffee table too) clear so people can spread out to work on their costumes. So it's recommend you confine your decorations to the top of a buffet, your mantel, front porch, or just turning on some pretty colorful LED Halloween lights.
You won't be able to hear music over the hum of the sewing machines (and the chatting of the eager seamstresses). Instead, put on a visually interesting movie in the background, perhaps on a TV in another room. Try The Wicker Man, Bell, Book and Candle or The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Tempt guests with just a couple nibbles before the meal. To make this worknight/schoolnight party a success, you need guests to settle down after arrival, eat their dinners, then get to work sewing. You can always set out a bowl of nuts or dried fruits for people to munch on as they sew.
Serve a few non-alcoholic choices since this is a worknight. Have a bottle of red wine and a bottle of white wine available, though, to be a good host. If your guests have a good sense of humor, serve a Bloody Eyeball Martini cocktail.
Serve a hearty, hot basic meal. I suggest some sort of comfort food. Everybody needs to eat up and get to work. Reward their costume progress with a nice dessert later on.
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