Friday, September 9, 2011
Halloween Party Planning Already Underway
While the theme is gonna be the circus, I don't want to go too crazy with everything. I have a tendency to go overboard and I'm hoping to avoid that. While I'd love to make a red and white circus tent like the one below (found here), that's just not gonna happen. Instead I'm gonna focus on making lots of paper bunting, Christmas lights, and balloons.
Since Ryan's parents got us a popcorn maker for Christmas, popcorn is a must and it'll add a lot to the atmosphere. I really want to make a circus sign like the one here, but it might be too much work. We'll just have to wait and see about that one. I will make some apothecary jars like these ones if I can find the right candlesticks though. While I'm not entirely sure about the rest of the decorations, I think I have my menu pretty much figured out. My main issue now is keeping the list small and manageable.
These pics actually come from a Baseball Themed Baby Shower (which is adorable), but you get the picture. i also found a way to make your own Paper Food Baskets, but it just depends on what I find and how lazy I'm feeling.
2. Mini Cheesecake Bites
3. Tomato Soup Shooters with Mini Grilled Cheese
Pappa Al Pomodoro, but now I'm thinking of just doctoring up some store bought soup. Ina is my woman, but I want to keep things simple. Maybe I can make the soup before hand though. (Photo on the left from Fresh Tart. Photo on the right: unknown.)
4. Mini Caramel Apples (pic by Christaface)
5. Baked Mini Corn Dogs
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins. I'm leaning towards the pumpkin and I can always put little flags or cupcake toppers on them to make them more festive. (Circus Cupcake Kit from Meri Meri.)
On top of all that, I want to serve a lot of candy and other things (like animal crackers). I'm planning on making Paper Cones for cotton candy and caramel corn. I already have little popcorn containers I bought forever ago. I also plan on serving lemonade and having a bowl full of fake mustaches. I don't know why, but mustaches make everything better. Some veggies in a cup with dressing might be a good idea too (like this). Gotta have something to cut through all the sugar.
Now I just have to figure out my costume.