Iphone Photo Update: November

I disappeared for a bit. Sorry about that. I think life just got too busy for me to blog about it all. 
Isn’t that weird? When I actually have a ton of party planning, prep and execution I am too busy to blog about it. And, when I have a ton of time to blog there is nothing going on and I’m posting about other people’s parties! 
Geez. 
So, I thought I’d share a quick update via Iphone pics to show you that I’ve been busy and let you know that there are fun party posts in the works. 
Went to Slappy Cakes in Portland to celebrate a friend’s birthday.
We then had a fun day enjoying the beautiful fall weather. I love Fall in Portland. 
I’ve been avoiding the many things I need to be doing by playing in the kitchen. 
I’ve had a lot of extra produce—we get weekly bins of organic and (usually) local veggies from this AWESOME company called Organics to You. It has made me look up a lot of fun new recipes so that none of the produce is wasted. Above is only a small portion of the things I’ve made these past few weeks: Cranberry Orange Bread, Drunken Cranberry Sauce, Apple Spice Cupcakes (recipe coming to blog soon), and Cranberry Orange Muffins. I also baked and purred a ghost pumpkin to use in pumpkin pie and pumpkin cranberry cookies
I threw a rustic-styled birthday party for my friend Alicia. And, believe me…throwing a dinner party for 20 people in my tiny apartment= a very busy Jenni.  Real party post coming soon!
Some of my recent projects have been party or gift related… but, the one pictured on the top was just because I was avoiding the projects I needed to be doing. I got prints from Shutterfly.com and went crazy on my fridge. I love it so much I am thinking about doing the same to my hallway. 
I am also working on funny hats and bow ties to be used at my upcoming birthday party ( a fancy pants  themed event). And, because Pinterest has so many great ideas I used a few of them: fabric poms and t-shirt scarf. 
Thanksgiving was fun as always. I have a lot to be thankful for this year. I was also in charge of providing a couple of fun cocktails for our event. The Apple Cider Margarita was delish and my S’more Martini recipe will be on the blog soon.
On Thanksgiving Day (since we were all dressed nice) I threw together a quick holiday photoshoot for our Christmas cards. Good thing I did too…. Cardstore.com had an amazing 70% off sale on Black Friday. So, one more item checked off the huge holiday to-do list!
Oh, and I’ve been spending my time loving on these two guys. It was wonderful having a long weekend with the hubby and my little man is growing up so quick!
That was basically my November in a nutshell. 
Was yours as busy as mine? What did you do this month?

*This post was not sponsored by Slappy Cakes, Shutterfly or Cardstore. I just happened to use those places and like my service and wanted to share. 

Oh, and if you follow me on instagram I’m sorry that a lot of these photos are a repeat for  ya! 
But, if you don’t follow me and want to my username is plainojeni

{Real Party} Little Pumpkin Sip and See

This week is the week of baby showers here at the blog…
Monday we saw a {Real Party} of a rustic, yet soft baby shower for a girl
Tuesday we saw a {Real Party} of a modern robot-themed shower for a boy
Wednesday was {Working on it Wednesday} with inspiration for a woodland-themed shower
~*~
Today I have photos from another {Real Party}!
My friends and family were super sweet and threw me a Sip & See for our visit back to Oklahoma.
It was a great opportunity for us to celebrate the little guy while seeing all our friends and family in one place. And, since a lot of our friends in Oklahoma recently had kiddos of their own it was an opportunity for us to meet their little ones as well.

My mom, sister and friend Jill really went all out in decorating for this party. My mom created all the paper goods using scrapbook paper and stickers. She even did the little cupcake toppers out of scrapbooks supplies. They used pumpkins, hay bails,fall foliage and even potpourri on the tables to bring out the feeling of fall.

Jill created name tags for all of the guests since our guests were from all different parts of our lives—h.s. friends, college friends, after-college friends and a ton of family. She also created little tissue paper pumpkins (via Martha) filled with candies for the favors.

The food was AMAZING. My step-mom, Teresa, and my mom made all of the food. They decided to do a dessert buffet with coffee, coffee-punch and water to drink. The menu included: pumpkin cupcakes, orange dip and fruit, mocha scones, acorn bites, s’mores pops, chocolate chippies and so much more! It was really, really delicious.

A lot of our friends and family have little ones of various ages so a kids table was a must. Each bag had toys, carrots, apples, juice, fruit by the foot and crayons. Coloring books were spread out on the table so the kids would not be bored while all the adults were chatting.
Of course the carrots were barely touched.

The ladies also put together a little gift table with photos of our little guy and an activity for guests to work on. Each guest got to fill out an advice form that we will keep and save for our little guy as he gets older. Then they would hang the advice from the clothes line above the table. Some guests even put money on the line for us… it was all so sweet.

Our little family felt so very blessed. 

Thank you to my mom, step-mom, sis and to Jill (and her family!) for throwing us this amazing party. I kept getting questions from everyone asking when I had the time to throw the party or what part of the party I did and it was very fun saying,
“Not a thing! They did it all.”

I couldn’t have done it better myself.

Thank you for checking out our party!
I think a lot of these details would transfer nicely to a very pretty Thanksgiving table!

{Working on it Wednesday} Woodland Baby Shower

This week is Baby Shower week here at the blog. Need baby shower inspiration for a mommy-to-be having a girl? Check out this beautiful shower for baby Fern. How about a mommy-to-be having a boy? Check out this fun robot shower.
~*~
Today’s {Working on it Wednesday} is all about another baby shower.
I’m working on a Woodland Themed Baby Shower for a friend who is due in February with a little girl.
The hardest part of designing this party has actually been narrowing down inspiration because there is so much out there right now for this theme. I also would like to create at least one element that hasn’t been done a thousand times before. That part might be a little bit of a challenge.
The inspiration behind the party is from a print from Green Nest on Etsy.
As for the color scheme…I’m super excited about using greens, browns and turquoise throughout the party with just little touches of pink. I don’t want the party drowning in pink, but as I just had a little boy I am dying to use this color! 
And, even though I’m not the biggest fan of pink I do tend to use it in my parties.
Maybe it is just a good celebratory color for me?
I am toying with the idea of putting a winter spin on it because the party will be thrown in January. I mean…won’t all those woodland creatures look just ADORABLE sitting in piles of snow? But, that is just a thought right now. What would you do?

Inspiration board images:
Felt Woodland Creatures PDF Pattern from Little Dear on Etsy
A Baby Shower for Fern from The Little Things We Do
Owl Sketches via Alisa Burke
Moss Flower Arrangements via Tradewind Tiaras
Owl Cupcake Tutorial via BumpSmitten
Moss filled invitation from Woodland Wonderland Styled Shoot on 100 Layer Cake
Woodland Cupcake Stand via Parents.com
Moss covered Dessert Trays from Woodland Wonderland Styled Shoot on 100 Layer Cake
Twig Pencils from Acme Party Box Company
I’m really excited to design this shower. I can’t wait to use wood, moss and felt throughout the party. I think I’ll have to break out the sewing machine and make tons of felt woodland creatures!
Fun layouts from PuglyPixel.com

{Real Party} Robot Baby Shower

I’m just going to call this week the week of baby showers.
Yesterday we got to see a lovely, rustic shower for baby Fern.
Today…the robot baby shower thrown for me and my little man by my lovely friends.
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My friends put together this amazing invitation to really give guests an idea of what to expect at the party. I love the colors, because they are some of what we ended up doing in our little guys nursery. I also love the wording:
“Greetings, Humans!”
“Your mission, should you choose to accept it:”
“Affirmative(!)”
The geek in me rejoiced.
Guests arrived to see robot signs pointing the way to the welcome table where the hosts had purchased a book for everyone to sign. The book, “Go the F*** to Sleep” is hilarious
(but, will be for us to read until my lil guy is no longer little.)
They also purchased adorable robot suckers from an Etsy shop for favors.
(unfortunately I cannot find the Etsy shop…if you know please send me an e-mail so I can properly link!)
The decor was so adorable! The hosts used the color scheme of blue, orange, green, yellow and grey throughout the party in the paper goods, balloons, ribbons and even the food.
I loved the welcome banner so much that I also hung it in the hospital room after baby was born.
The small details really set a well-crafted party aside from just a normal party. The little pictures of Xander Harris (a character from Buffy the Vampire Slayer…one of my favorite shows growing up) really made me laugh. It was such a fun detail.
The drink and food tags cracked me up. I could just imagine my friends coming up with these things:
Drinks= Lubricants
Blueberry Lemonade= Ascorbic Acid & Blue Fruit Elixir
Veggie Platter= Fiber Matter Platter
Food=Filler Matter
Fruit Platter= Fructose Matter Platter
Cupcakes= Micro Cake Cups
Too Funny!
And, as I’ve said before… I’m not a fan of traditional baby shower games. So I was super excited to see that my friends had a fun activity planned instead of the games.
Everyone created our little guy a robot onesie by taking different robot parts and ironing them to the onesies. Added bonus: my friends realized that the little guy wouldn’t stay in one size for long so they bought different sized onesies! He will have robot outfits until he is 1!
Thanks for checking out my baby shower and a big thanks to my lovely friends who put this shin-dig together. 
You know who you are!

{Real Party} A Shower for Baby Fern

Happy {Mommy Monday}!
 I have a special treat for you today… a {Real Party} post from one of my favorite bloggers,
Lauren from The Little Things We Do.  
Lauren just had a baby shower thrown by her friends, including fellow blogger Becca from Life @ 1521. I was super excited when Lauren said I could feature the shower here because there are so many great details that could translate into a ton of different parties. 
{Decor} 

The shower was themed around the name chosen for Lauren’s little girl, Fern. (Such a pretty name!)
The hosts used rustic details to really make this party special. I love the use of ferns in a variety of bottles and pine cones in jars. All of the rustic details are then contrasted with the softness of yarn.
Baby shower for a baby girl without pink?
 LOVE IT! 
(Oh, and… how amazing is that livingroom?)

{Activities}


Instead of traditional baby shower games the hosts opted for some fun activities. 
(This makes me happy. Anyone else feel incredibly AWKWARD playing games that involve chugging out of baby bottles or smelling chocolate laden diapers?)
The acitvities included guessing baby Fern’s birthday &
Finger Knitting garland for baby Fern’s nursery. 
{The Menu}
The drinks and food from this party make me wish I had been there! The hosts put together a hot cocoa bar with fixins. The fixins included caramels, truffles, whipped cream, peppermints and more. Homemade Gingerale was also served and I can’t wait to try the recipe!
The food table is gorgeous, isn’t it? I love the pine cone filled jars lit with the surrounding tea lights. The stamped flags are also a fabulous and fun detail. 
French toast, scones, blueberry muffins…oh my! 
{The Favors}


The hosts created cute little pom bouquets as favors for the guests. This is a fabulous idea for a couple of reasons: A) Not spending an arm and a leg on favors and B) The guests can put these out in their house to decorate for Fall and will be reminded of sweet baby Fern everytime they see them!
{The Guest(s) of Honor}


Thank you to Lauren for letting me feature this adorable shower on the blog. Congrats to you and your family!

If you are as in love with this party as I am then you might want to check out Becca’s post on it that has a ton more photos and links to the delicious food recipes and a finger knitting tutorial. 

Oh, and the great photo templates used above are a freebie from puglypixel.com.

Monthly Photos: Three Months

I’m taking photos every month my little guy gets older. 
(Idea comes from Making it Lovely’s Monthly Photos of her children)
Three Months Old

And, in comparison:
He is becoming so much more aware! 

Friday Finds: Thanksgiving Goodies

via
Okay, so… I LOVE the holidays. But, as I used to work in retail, Christmas music playing on the overhead makes me cringe before Thanksgiving.
I mean… it was October when I first heard the music this year for goodness sakes.
So, I’m going to go ahead and be with Nordstrom and keep
Christmas from the blog until November 27.
But, then…
check back often, because I have some fun things happening this December on the blog!
(Don’t take it wrong if you’re already featuring Christmas on your blogs. 
Believe me, I’m reading them and pinning ideas away!)
 
Thankfully, there is a TON of inspiration out there for this year’s Thanksgiving festivites.Thanksgiving Goodies I’ve been Finding:

Via Cottage and Vine Etsy Shop



1. I think burlap looks amazing on festive Fall tablescapes.
These placemats from Cottage and Vine look devine! And, if it is too late to get these you could immitate the look by cutting burlap placemats for your dinner guests.

2. Babble has a nice round up of 14 Thanksgiving Printables.

3. Did you know that Pottery Barn has a Design Studio website with tips on entertaining?
I didn’t until recently and I am addicted!
Check out these great tips on how to make a successful kids table for your Thanksgiving feast.

Via Twinkle and Twine

4. Twinkle and Twine has a fantastic tutorail on how to make reusable, felt multi-use bunting by creating several felt letters that will spell different things. So smart and the instructions make it so easy.

5. I’ve recently dicovered How Sweet It Is and the amazing recipes on it. I think this Apple Cider Margarita and Sweet Potato pie will both be making an appearance at this year’s Thanksgiving.

Happy Friday everyone! 

{Working on it Wednesday} Fall Themed Birthday Party

Birthdays are my favorite excuse to throw a party.
My friend’s birthdays are my favorite birthdays to celebrate. 
(Well, until my little guy’s first birthday… I’m sure.)
Alicia’s birthday cake from last year—Carrot Cake!
My friend Alicia has a birthday near the end of November which gives me the perfect excuse to have a Fall themed Dinner party in her honor. I’ve been brainstorming on the party for about a week now and I’m getting quite excited about it. 
Table from Alicia’s birthday dinner 2 years ago.
I’ve decided to make the party a sort of challenge for me to help me keep it on budget and to inspire me to do some fun DIY projects for the blog.
The Details:
Guests: Approximately 16 Guests
  Color Scheme: Browns and Blues inspired by this Inspiration Board from Creature Comforts

 Inspiration Board Links: Burlap and Lace Poms from Jenny Cookies,Winter Tablescape from unknown via Pinterest (if you know please let me know so I can link), Color Inspiration Board from Creature Comforts, Clear Bottles as Candle Holders

I’d like to explore different textures and lighting for this party… 
and of course have some delicious food!

Food Inspiration Board Links: Braised Beef Short Rib Pot Pies from Martha Stewart, Spinach with Garlic Chips from Pioneer Woman, Roasted Carrots from Pioneer Woman, Cake inspiration from Jenny Cookies


 
The Challenge Rules:
Decoration Budget: $25 (must use mostly items that I already own)
Food & Favor Budget: $100
As we are a foodie group each of the guests are bringing a bottle of wine and a dessert or appetizer.
So, my food and favor budget must cover the main course, 2 sides, 2 bottles of wine and favors for 16 people. Certainly a challenge, but totally doable!
Gift Budget: $0— Must be completely homemade from supplies I already own. 
This would be slightly less possible if I didn’t already have something in mind and have an over abundance of supplies at the moment.

{Performing Pins} My Mustard Addiction

I’m a fan of Pinterest.com.
(In case you couldn’t tell!)
But, like many fans I often pin away and don’t actually do/buy/make anything I’ve pinned. 
(Sad Face)
Lately I have been challenging myself to actually DO the things I’ve pinned. 
This challenge is going to be named {Performing Pins}.
(not too clever, I know.)
If you look at my pinterest board “My Cool Mom Clothing Wants” you might notice 
(like I did)
that I have a thing for the color mustard.
Sources from top left clockwise: Dark Mustard Tank; Mustard Tank, Bag, Bracelet; Mustard Tights; Mustard Heels; Mustard Tank Blouse*
* No longer for sale 
So, when shopping for the fall I kinda went Mustard crazy. 
Mustard flannel hat from local Fred Meyer, Mustard tights from Hue, Mustard top from Target and Mustard flats from Old Navy.
So, what has this got to do with parties? Well, not a WHOLE lot.. 
except, that it totally inspired a recent party look for me! 
My lovely friends and family recently threw me and my little family a Sip and See when we traveled home to Oklahoma. (Photos coming to the blog soonish.) 
I needed something cute, comfortable, Fall-like and party-worthy. 
I pulled my inspiration from this BEAUTIFUL picture on Dee*Construction
Photo Credit: Dee*Construction
 I loved the boots. I loved the blue dress. I loved the cardigan. And, I LOVED the mustard tights.
So, I went with it… I did need to find a blue dress with button down front or a flexible v-neck so feeding the little one would be no trouble and I knew that I’d be wearing my dark brown boots and tan sweater so I had to make the outfit work with that. Here is what I came up with:
Me with my friend Jill (who helped throw the party)
 And, our well coordinated family photo:


Sweater: Forever 21, Dress: Old Navy, Tights: Hue.com, Boots: Sonoma Life & Style from Kohls
 *All of the above links go to the main site because all of the styles (except the tights) are no longer being sold

I think this look would  be great for a 
Fall baby shower (as I wore it), Thanksgiving dinner or even a Sunday brunch.
If you’d like to see all the new things I’ve been pinning then follow my Pinterest boards
If you need an invite then please e-mail me!

And, if you are into Mustard then check out these posts by RubyGirl (Mustard Tights 3 Ways) and Vintage Pretty Pearl (Mustard on my Mind). 

What is your favorite color this fall? 
Anything Pinteresting that you’ve been doing lately?

Portland Bloggers Meet Up

Blogging is a sort of community. 
As you read people’s blogs you get a sense of knowing them. As you comment on their blog you reach out and start a dialogue that can lead to a form of friendship. It is a new sort of friendship… but, it usually stays on the web. I’ve always been intrigued by people who have created real-life friendships with their blogging friends. And, as I am sort of awkward and shy (yes, a shy girl who throws parties) I’ve never really ventured out into the real-world with my blogging friends. 
(Honestly, I sort of felt like someone might think I was a stalker if I asked!)
But, this weekend I had the opportunity to meet some of the people whom I’ve been following and commenting with in the blogosphere. I also got to discover some pretty amazing ladies who have fun blogs that I now get to explore.
This last weekend I attended a Portland Blogger’s Meet-Up
(there has got to be a better name for this)
and, since there were about 20+ bloggers, there were a LOT of cameras getting shots of our meeting.

Craft supplies and nail polish so everyone could work on projects if they wanted
Those pictured above (that I know… if you are pictured please let me know and I’ll link you!)
Lauren from The Little Things We Do, Nicole from Running in Heels, Sara from Glitter and Grace
A group of ladies crafting at one of the craft stations. How cute is Lauren pregnant!?
Those pictured above (that I know… if you are pictured please let me know and I’ll link you!)
Danika from Good Heart, Nicole from Nicole Marie Who!? with Ilana?, Alisa of Berezki Concrete Jewelry
Everyone talked so much that very little crafting got done… it was wonderful to see everyone getting along so well and so easily.
From Left: Denise from All Things New, Danica from Good Heart, Domnika from Domnika’s Nest and Olga from Vintage Pretty
Aren’t these ladies ADORABLE?
Everyone dressed so cute for the event that I had to get some photos of their great outfits.

And, then I had to get photos with them!
I had a really great time because this is one of my favorite type of parties. Sometimes a nice relaxed party is just what the doctor ordered. But, of course with a few well-crafted details!

Are you a blogger? What do you think of meeting other bloggers?

Friday Finds: New Blogs and Pinteresting Thoughts

Happy Friday! It is almost time for another weekend. As I am now starting back to work a couple nights a week and weekends the whole Friday thing doesn’t have quite the same ring to it. Although, maybe now it will be “Whoohoo! It is Friday…time to make some MONEY!” But, probably not. 
Relax… it is the weekend!
I really try to have a few new finds for you to peruse throughout the weekend. Mainly because I love blogs that do this and find so many cool things from my favorite blogs link posts. But, also because throughout the week I read hundreds of blog posts and/or articles and I typically come across something I think is SO cool I just have to share it. Well, here are some of those things!
Screen Shot of IgoYOUgo
  • This week the blog owner of IgoYOUgo left a comment on one of my posts and I am so glad she did! I discover SO many new blogs this way…don’t you?  Anyways, IgoYougo is a lifestyle blog that posts fun items throughout the week that include party stuff, pop-culture, exercise tips, recipes and more. I love the big bold colors and clean layout of the site. 
But, more than that, I love the IDEA behind the name.
screen shot of IgoYougo’s about page- check the page out to read more!
  • I love inspiration boards and I especially love the ones by Creature Comforts that really bring together color. The blues and browns of THIS BOARD make me super excited about a Fall birthday dinner party I’m throwing soon.
  • I love Pinterest. (If you haven’t been able to tell already!) So, House of Hepworth’s conversation about Pinterest was very interesting to me. Pinterest makes it super easy to link things back to their original source… but, there are some problems with that at times and some people aren’t linking things back correctly. I think some people don’t know how and I think repinning things can cause some problems. Of course some of my work has been featured on other websites (whether with my permission or not) and then is pinned without linking things back directly to me. I haven’t cared so much now (this is just a hobby at the moment)… but, if I was trying to make a livelihood off of this I might feel different. How do you feel about Pinterest and what ways do you think people could be better informed about linking correctly?
Photo Source: A Thousand Words: Daniel’s Duvet Cover
  • Oh my goodness… while reading one of my favorite blogs, I Heart Organizing, I came across a fabulous guest post about keeping your child’s artwork. Jen from A Thousand Words has done the MOST AMAZING things with the artwork of her two boys. You’ll just have to check out the post and her site to learn more about this… but, a big hint: the duvet cover above was A) hand made and B) is covered in her son’s sketches and C) has a tutorial!!!
  • I loved the Pretty Parties Series over at C.R.A.F.T—So much inspiration! Check out their Grand Finale where they list all the goodies including tutorials and freebies!

I hope you all have a wonderful Friday and weekend. 
Let me know if you liked any of these finds! 

Happy Birthday Seester

Today is my seester’s birthday.
She is awesome. 
This pretty little lady is a teacher and photographer. 
She is super talented and such a hard worker.
And, look at her… she is just so darn cute!
My sister is 11 months younger than me. We grew up sharing a room and nearly everything else. We spent many days fighting and many nights giggling. Living across the country from her has been one of the most difficult parts of me moving away. I’m so very thankful for the internet, phones, and halfway affordable airfare so that I still get to see her!
Posing like silly at her wedding.
Posing with our grandma
Happy Birthday Heather!
Wish I was there to help you celebrate!

Real Party: Costumes & Cocktails The Costumes

I’m not in the camp of “dressing up on Halloween is just for the kids.”
Now.. trick or treating is certainly only for the kiddos.

But, I LOVE dressing up for Halloween (or any occasion really).

I enjoy the planning of the outfit, the making of the outfit and then seeing everyone’s outfits!

Every Halloween we have an overwhelmingly awesome amount of people dressing up for the occasion in really amazing costumes. (Check out last year’s response to the Alice in Wonderland theme!)
This year we also had a costume contest!

Check out some of the costumes we had in attendance:
(This is only a smattering of the amazing costumes we got…
it would be a terribly long post if I put up everyone’s amazing costumes!)

Me as a clown (I’m pretty proud that I managed to make that costume!)
My husband as a ring leader and my son the lion!

I made my dress but bought a wig, horn, and white gloves to make my costume. For my husband’s costume we bought a wig, hat, and whip. And, my son wore a lion costume that I purchased from Costumes4Less.

One party-goer decided to go as my son for Halloween!
(His crying baby face was the best.)

Beetlejuice and Lydia (don’t they look amazing!)

The Adams Family— Wednesday even won for Best Overall Costume.

I loved this one… “The Drowning Girl” by Roy Lichtenstein

A Blind Ref

We also had a Mr. Plum, Lana from Archer, Ricky & Lucky Ricardo, Coach McGurk from Home Movies, Border Patrol…. and so many more!

Such a fun night!
Check out the decorations and food from the party as well.

* Some of the above links are affiliate links. Purchases made from affiliate links help support the blogger that posted them. While this is a for profit blog I do not promote products that I have not used and liked. I have purchased items before with Costumes4Less and THEN I became an affiliate. For more information on my advertising policies please see my policies page.

Real Party: Costumes & Cocktails Food

Thank you to all of you lovely readers who are still putting up with Halloween posts from me… I’m currently working on a ton of fall goodies for future posts. But, I wanted to cover our Halloween party before flying into the rest of Fall.
I really enjoy food. I enjoy making food. I enjoy buying food. And, I certainly enjoy EATING food. 
I also really enjoy styling food for a party!
Halloween is probably one of my favorite holidays for really getting creative with food.
This year was no exception.
The Savory!
The centerpiece of the food table had to be the “Off with his Head Cold Cuts Platter.” 
(Idea borrowed from Brooklyn Limestone’s party “Carnevil” featured on Hostessblog.com)
So gross, yet so good!
The “Frog Pate” was actually a mixture of spinach, cream cheese and red pepper flakes dished into phyllo dough cups. These did not last long!
I got the idea for Sinister Salsa from Martha… but, I threw my own spin on it by throwing together diced avocado (3) with 1 can of rotel and 1 can of black beans. It was chunky, spicy, and delish!
Kidney stones have always been a hit and probably the simplest thing I put out… 
Ikea meatballs served with their lingonberry sauce!
I tried to let everyone enjoy their veggies as well so I created a “Creepy Crudite” platter in a large caldron. If you can’t tell I was going for a creepy green, white and yellow color scheme. I thought it looked vaguely eery while still allowing me some fun veggies. I served with a simple spinach dip.
For the savory side of things I also served Rest in Peas, a Decaying Cheese Platter and a Petrified Cheese Log. We didn’t have much in the way of leftovers the next day!
The Sweets!
Halloween is all about the candy, right? I usually make one or two treats and then buy a bunch of candy that people can take home and then I end up with a ton of leftover candy. This year I thought it would be nice to make all of the sweets and see if we had as much left over… 
and, thankfully, most of it was taken!
“To the Grave Cupcakes” were chocolate cupcakes with a fudge frosting covered in cookie crumbs to look like dirt. Each cupcake had a tiny shortbread grave and a gummy worm sticking out of it.
I tried my hand at making caramels for the first time and I think they came out pretty tasty!
I used the Sea Salt Caramel recipe from Delish.com.
I also made the following:
Apple Chips for snacking
Spiced Pumpkin Seeds for snacking
Brain Cupcakes (although, I just used the decorating tips and served Strawberry cupcakes with a vanilla buttercream frosting)
It was a busy couple days in the kitchen… but, I was more than pleased with the spread! 
I hope some of these items inspire you for your next Halloween party.
Check out the Costumes & Cocktails Decorations post from yesterday to see more about this party! And, check back later today to see the fun costumes everyone wore.
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