Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Foodbuzz 24x24: Trick or Treat

When I saw that this month's Foodbuzz 24 x 24 event was kid themed, I knew I had to submit a proposal. I was so excited to have been selected again and it was a blast planning this party. We invited some of our favorite neighbors over for an early, not-too-spooky Halloween party and everyone had a great time.

I was also happy to see that this month, Foodbuzz had teamed up with Frigidaire and their Save the Children fund. So, in addition to sponsoring my party, they also donated $50 for each of the 24 event bloggers to Save the Children. This program is dedicated to providing nutritious snacks and promoting healthier lifestyles for children living in poverty in the United States. Please visit them for more info and to learn how you can help.

Superheroes, princesses, a skeleton, a cowgirl, Elmo and a ballerina all joined us for an afternoon of food and fun!

...and I couldn't help but get dressed up too!

I kept the menu fairly simple and tried to balance sweet treats with healthier options.

The Food:
Monster Meatballs
Mini Mummy Pizza
Vegetable Crudités with Wacky Web Ranch Dressing (Chef Mommy Original)
Guco-Moldy and Black Tortilla Chips
Mummy Dogs

The Desserts:
Spider Cake (I'll post this recipe soon)
Worms in Dirt Cups
Witches' Brooms Cookies

The "Boo-berries" reminded me of the Scream :)

My daughter was a big fan of the witches' brooms cookies.

The Drinks:
Fruit Juice Punch
Seasonal beer
I also had water, juice boxes, soda and regular beer available.

The tablescape was black, white, orange, polka dots and a black and white damask print. I was very excited when I found this wine at Target with a perfectly matching label. For the kids, I served V8 Splash instead of Kool-Aid to cut down on the sugar a bit.

The Activities:
A party wouldn't be complete without a game or two. So, everyone got to guess how many candy corn were in a jar . I also had a piñata and the kids decorate plain white craft bags with stickers and crayons. The kids filled the bags with the candy and stickers from the piñata

The winner got a prize but everyone else still got to eat some of the candy corn.

The piñata was a big hit....all of the kids loved it!

Other Details:
I kept decorations simple; spider webs, spiders, pumpkins, and other Halloween themed items. To stay within budget, I borrowed a lot of the decorations from my neighbor.

One of the best things I bought, was a pack of assorted spider rings for $1.99. I used these as napkin rings, wine glass charms, as decoration in the spider webs and inside my china cabinet. I even buried a bunch in the sand box outside for the kids to dig up.

A Special Thank You:
Finally, I have to thank my wonderful neighbor, Polly, for all of her help. I couldn’t have done it without her. She lent me her Halloween magazines for inspiration, dropped off a bunch of Halloween decorations and helped prep the food the day of the party. THANK YOU AGAIN....you're the best!


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  2. I wish we lived closer and our kids were friends. That seemed like a great party for parents and kids. Great job!

  3. My daughter is in LOVE with the spider cake so I can't wait to get the recipe. She thinks it's "awesome."

  4. Your spder cake is great.. How did you do it? And did you make the pinata or buy it?

  5. I love the spider cake - how did you do it? Did you make the pinata or buy it?

  6. Brooke-
    The post right above this one has directions for the cake. I was going to make the pinata, but ran out of time and just bought on at my local Party City.

    Happy Halloween!!