What better holiday is there for those of us who love to create? No limits.... no boundaries..... you can have ghosts hanging from the ceiling and rats on your bookshelves..... spiders on the stairs and cobwebs on the chandeliers. And best of all -- Sweets, Sweets and MORE Sweets!
So I'm here to share the Halloween dessert table I created last year for Shindig's Halloween Party Printables. Making the rounds about town (Hobby Lobby, Walmart, Target, etc.) is always my first step in party planning.....You must have a plan, you know!
I'm all about a "do-it-yourself-on-a-budget kind of party," so I went to work "do-it-yourselfer-ing." You'd be surprised at what you can find in the grocery store to help a busy mom have a cute party.... Oreo cakesters, fudge covered cookies, Oreo cookie sticks, marshmallows, Ding-Dongs. These things are MADE to help us mommies at "party-crunch time." Make use of them, ladies! Don't feel like you have to make it all yourself.
In fact, I think the only thing I made completely from scratch for this table were the cupcakes, and that was only the cake part -- I cheated on the fudge frosting, too.
So anybody can do this. Really. And your kids will love getting involved, too. I don't know a child out there who wouldn't want to pour a few sprinkles on something.
Kind of kooky, huh? I had so much fun creating it!
Sweet cupcakes - you can't have a party without them!
To make the suckers stand up, I cut a scrap piece of board and placed it inside the serving plate, drilled smalled holes for the suckers to stand in, and covered up all the mess with black crinkle paper filler and purple foil, dark chocolate Hershey's kisses.
I found these marshmallow candy corns at Walgreen's individually packaged. I put them on top of fudge marshmallow cookies (that I also bought at Walmart) and colored some frosting (from a can) with orange gel food coloring. Using a disposable decorating bag and a star tip, I swirled the frosting on top of the cookie, add some chocolate sprinkles and stuck the candy corn in with a toothpick. So easy!
These fun desserts are just Oreo cakesters (Double stuff) with some Halloween sprinkles for color and the Shindig Halloween Collection 8" Sign that I put in an ornate black frame.
My favorite Halloween Trick -- floating candy!! Yes.... floating! Featuring the Halloween Collection's Mini-Candy Bar Wraps (they fit Hershey's miniatures)
The kids around here are fascinated each October when they enter my house and see the urn full of candy on my foyer table, which just happens to be floating in the air! They always want to know, "How? How Ms. Amanda did you do that? How? Tell me!!"
I don't ever tell them, but I WILL tell you. No magic at all -- just Martha!! (From a Halloween issue of her magazine a few years back -- I tried to find the how-to on the internet and couldn't so if anyone out there has a link, please let me know).
I saw these cute marshmallows in a Betty Crocker Fall Baking publication at Target. They were featured on top of cut square brownies (also a great idea!), but I like my food on sticks, so I decided to pierce a couple of Oreos and some marshmallows and make these little treats!
My kids were oooohing over these eyeball cookies. So simple.... just an Oreo chocolate cakester with a little fudge frosting (from a can) on top. I found the eyeballs at the Dollar Tree (6 for $1). They were suckers, but I cut the sticks off and used them to embellish the cakesters.
I'm all about the cute-no-bake-goodies! It doesn't have to be hard to be adorable!
The spiders were so simple. Use a Ding-Dong cake, cut a small marshmallow in half for eyes, and cut licorice for the legs. I also dotted the center of the eye with some black gel icing.
The kids in the neighborhood were BEGGING for these treats to eat. That's the great thing about photo shoots.... when it's all done you get to celebrate the holidays early!
If you'd like to grab a set of the Halloween Printables, they are on SALE now for only $8.00 for the whole huge set.
Hope this gives you all some good inspiration to host your own Halloween party this year. Have a wonderful weekend!