October 4, 2011

Halloween Gingerbread House Party


Wilton Pre-Baked Gingerbread House, on Amazon

THEME:


Create-a-Treat Halloween Gingerbread House Kit, on Amazon

Invite five or six adults over to create adorable Halloween gingerbread houses. Everybody gets to take home their decorated house at the end of the night. Serve a nice not-too-elaborate meal, then get everybody into the kitchen to work.

The theme for this party is cheerful, candy studded, whimsical and fun. Nothing too spooky tonight.

ACTIVITY:


Mini Haunted House Recipe, from Betty Crocker


Wilton Pre-Baked Cookie Mansion, on Amazon

Rather than just eating dinner or mingling over cocktails, your guests get to also create something with their own hands tonight. They'll giggle and chat as they work on decorating their spooky gingerbread houses. At the end of the evening, serve dessert and take pictures of your guests holding their creepily cute creations.


Wilton Halloween Haunted House Cake Pan, on Amazon

Make your party easy by either baking gingerbread on the weekend before the party, or buying pre-baked, pre-assembled houses your guests can decorate. Buying pre-baked kits for each guest could get a bit spendy if you have more than a few people over, so do think about baking your own gingerbread if possible.


No-Bake Halloween Haunted House Kit, from Williams-Sonoma

PARTY INSPIRATION:


Halloween Dessert Table, from The Hostess Blog


Merci Beaucoup Cakes, on Tumblr

DECORATIONS:


Halloween Spider Table Runner, from Williams-Sonoma


Witches Glitter hats, at Cost Plus World Market

Decorate with whimsical, colorful decorations if you can manage. Turn your living room into a witch's candy hut. Decorate your kitchen with inexpensive cotton candy your guests can eat off the walls... etc.

MUSIC:


Gypsy, by Fleetwood Mac, on YouTube

Keep the music light and fun, a little bit spooky but mostly playful and upbeat. Think autumn and Halloween, but not dark and dreary. (There's plenty of time for that in the upcoming weeks!)

Peekaboo MP3, by Siouxsie and the Banshees, on Amazon

The Love Cats MP3, by The Cure, on Amazon

APPETIZERS:


Witch Cauldrons Recipe, from Kitchen Daily


Ghostly Pretzel Sticks, from Kitchen Daily

BEVERAGES:


Kahlua Cryptini, at Drink of the Week

Serve sugary sodas (especially if you can find them in Halloween packaging at Target.) A nice sweet punch would also be appropriate for this party.


Pumpkin Mojito Recipe, from Jeanne Benedict

ENTREES:

Serve comfort food to fill up and nourish your guests before they begin making a big happy mess in your kitchen.


Baked Eyeballs Casserole, at Kitchen Daily


Mashed Boo-Tatoes Recipe, from Martha Stewart

DESSERTS:

Serve sugary sweets, especially some gingerbread so your guests don't nibble up all their houses.


Enchanted Brooms, at Kitchen Daily


Chocolate Spider Webs, from Food Network Canada


Gingerbread Skeleton Cookies, at Epicurious


Halloween Lollipops Recipe, from Martha Stewart


Jack O' Lantern Cookies, from Food Network Canada


Halloween Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies Recipe, from Redbook

BOOKS FOR PARTY PLANNING AND INSPIRATION:


Hansel and Gretel, by Susan Jeffers, on Amazon

RELATED LINKS:

Haunted Candy House, by Emeril Lagasse, on Food Network

Spooky Halloween Gingerbread Witch's House, by Not Quite Nigella



Visit tomorrow for a Halloween cardmaking party!

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