Monday, October 31, 2011

Creepy Spider Halloween Party

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When my daughter begged me to have a Halloween party for her friends, and then I was accepted to host a House Party, I thought, “Do I have the time and extra money to pull this off?  And do the kids really need another party two days before Halloween?” 

Somehow, I squeezed in the time, and believe it or not, I was able to put this party together on a budget.  B-U-D-G-E-T.  Using the gift pack from House Party, keeping the foods simple, and utilizing things I already had allowed me to keep this party affordable.

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Instead of traditional cupcakes, I made healthier pumpkin muffins using this recipe from Skinny Taste.  I used my own cream cheese frosting recipe, and love the look of the messy icing on only a portion of the muffins.

I am *in love* with the giant spider cake ball.  The idea came from Hungry Happenings (a site totally worth checking out if you’re looking for fun food ideas).

I didn’t want too much candy, so I filled candy jars with only black licorice, Halloween Jujube’s and Peeps on sticks.  I had the small white bags already, so I filled them with popcorn and made chocolate spider webs to place on top.  The stickers on the bags came from Target.

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Spider Cider, EEK! straw flags, and adorable Martha Stewart jack-o-lantern stickers on the drink table.

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For lunch I served bean soup (not shown), Sunbutter sandwiches, cheese and cracker bites, veggies, orange and black Halloween chips, salsa, and mandarin oranges.  (All foods were completely vegetarian and peanut free.)

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Kim made these fabulously cute spider cake pops (well, I’m guessing they were fabulous by how fast they were gobbled up – I didn’t even get to try one!)

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These Rice Krispie Treats were provided in my House Party pack.  I used a paper punch to make the jack-o-lantern wraps for them.  My daughter made the chalkboard sign.

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For fun we had Monster Mash wii dancing, a makeshift photobooth, face painting, tattoos from House Party, and crafts.

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Goodie/trick-or-treat bags, tattoos and Halloween flash lights provided by House Party.  Naturally we had to throw some spiders in the mix, and every good Halloween party needs a set or two of vampire teeth.

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EEK! Putting together this party was so much fun!

If you would like to use the Halloween Spider printables I made for this party, I have provided them for free HERE

If you have any questions about anything, post a comment and we’ll be happy to answer them! 

Happy Halloween, D.I.Y.’ers!