To all my fellow moms out there – this post is for you!!!
Because Halloween is my favorite holiday (yes, it’s true, but Christmas is a close 2nd), last year I decided I would throw a Halloween Party for my little baby girl. She was only 2 months old, so the party was really for my family, but we pretended like it was for Jensen. 🙂
Since I was on maternity leave there was plenty of time for me to dedicate to the planning of this party. After thinking about what we could do at this party for a few days, it hit me……we should make halloween treats! I searched online for a variety of recipes and continued to brainstorm what we should do. Then it hit me…….why don’t we have “stations” for each of the treat recipes and each station can have two people that are randomly paired up to make the treats……PERFECT!! I got Drew on board with my idea and we sat down to create our “invitation.” We worked on the invite for a few hours (I remember we worked while J napped and we even worked while I fed her). Because we were only inviting family to the party we only had to make 6 invitations, but come on, invites are pivotal to throwing a party!!!
I also started to envision what this party would look like and I wanted each station to have big recipe cards so that each person knew exactly what ingredients were needed and the steps to follow in making their treats. Again, Drew and I spent a few hours creating recipe cards for each station.
Because we were making a variety of treats that called for several ingredients and this was really a party for the whole family to celebrate Halloween, I thought, why not have each couple bring 2 ingredients?!?! I went through each recipe and picked out a few ingredients that I didn’t already have and proceeded to have each couple bring 2 ingredients with them to the party, plus each person was told to bring an apple. Now, I didn’t tell anyone (except Drew obviously) what treats we were making because I thought it added a little bit of mystery to the party!
The night before the party, after putting Jensen to bed, I set up each of the four different stations in the dining room and kitchen. Each station had a table cloth, recipe card, cooking equipment (cookie sheets, wax paper, spoons, bowls, etc) and ingredients needed for their recipe (minus any ingredients that were being brought the next day).
When everyone arrived to the party with their ingredients, I displayed them on a counter in the kitchen and told everyone this was the “grocery store”. Once we drew out of a hat for stations, partners went to their station and determined what ingredients were missing and went “shopping.” Drew walked around taking pictures of all the teams and Jensen and I went around and watched the teams as they worked together to make their treats. We did a lot of laughing as you can imagine! Everyone also brought a side dish and we munched on food all day!
Of course we also had to dress Jensen up in her costume……a ballerina! Oh how tiny she was!
We ended up with some good lookin’ treats that tasted yummy too! Everyone had a blast and left the party with a “to-go” bag with a few of each of the treats! We had so much fun doing this last year that we decided this year it would be Jensen and Ella hosting the party! Laura and I have been working hard coming up with new treats and activities and we are excited for our party in a couple weeks!
We had such a great time with this concept that I wanted to share it with all of you. It’s a fun way to bring everyone together and create some yummy Halloween treats! I will fill you in on Halloween 2010 in a few short weeks!!