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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
Serve comfort food to fill up and nourish your guests before they begin making a big happy mess in your kitchen.
Serve sugary sweets, especially some gingerbread so your guests don't nibble up all their houses.
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