The goal was to create a festive but elevated decor concept that felt Halloween-y but also adult. I really believe in investing in nice substantial decorative and serving pieces that you can reuse, re-purpose, and save money on over time. That said, I’m all about a disposable cup and plate situation, especially when I’m feeding snacks to 20-30 people including many children!
Ok, the food: Before I was a parent myself, I didn’t really understand the whole “You kids need to eat some real food before the party” angle. Who cares?! It’s Halloween! Then I witnessed firsthand what a little cake for dinner (Thanks, Birthday parties) will do to my normally sweet and agreeable toddler, and I understood. I understood perfectly. For our party this year, I wanted to make sure there were some substantial, yummy, and healthy snacks for the kids before we unleash them upon the neighborhood candy. I decided on PB&J and Hummus-cucumber sandwiches (cut in to Halloween shapes), Clementine “pumpkins”, and sweet potato puffs for the smaller kids. I put together a paté and cheese plate for the grown ups, and added some sweet treats for the people who are not that in to candy. I bought the mini brownies and red velvet cupcakes at the market, but made them my own with sugar eyeballs and an adorable cupcake set from Meri Meri. The chic cobweb plates are from Meri Meri, too! Their decorations are always on point.
Let’s talk booze. A Halloween party just isn’t a party without a couple cocktails for Mom and Dad. I always like to mix up a big “signature” cocktail in my glass dispenser (another incredible investment piece by the way). This year I settled on a thematic “Spooky Cider” with a taste of apples, stone fruit, and cinnamon! Oh, and Rum (welcome, Pirates). Of course not everybody is a mixed drink fan, so I like to have a wine option on hand. I myself am a HUGE red wine fan, and I could not be more excited about the spicy, complex, and highly drinkable red blend by HobNob! “HobNob Wicked Red Blend” is being sold for the Holiday in this limited edition Day Of The Dead bottle that fits perfectly with my spooky decor– and is delicious to boot! I know my guests are going to love it. I may or may not have already shared a bottle with Kyle over this cheese platter, and I can tell you that it pairs perfectly with paté and manchego (and brownie bites)!
I really am thrilled to continue my family tradition from growing up by hosting our friends (and Lowie’s!) for Halloween this year. It makes me so happy to be playing out one of the many Mommy fantasies I had while pregnant, and hopefully it will be something Marlowe can look forward to every year!
Do you have any family Halloween traditions?? I would love to know what they are– leave me a message in the comments below!
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(Makes 1 witch’s cauldron aka A LOT)
- 1 handle dark rum
- 2 liters apple cider
- 1/2 cup cinnamon schnapps
- 1 cup apricot brandy
- Juice from 3 lemons
- 10 cups of ice
- 2 apples sliced in to rounds
Combine all ingredients and stir well. Drink responsibly!
Photographs by Nina Suh for Love And Lemonade Photography