party snacks

Throw a Howlin’ Ghoulish Halloween Party

Hosting a Halloween party doesn’t have to stress out the head Mummy. 

Ask friends to bring their favorite dishes, whip up some spooky Witches Brew, throw together some meatball mummies, wrangled up your ghosts and goblins and you’ve got yourself a scary fun party. You can even help your fellow mom-sters by suggesting some creepy dishes to bring – such as severed fingers, spooky snakes, stuffed jack’o lanterns and even some brains! Your mini-brides, knights, Elvis’ and ponies won’t be able to stop talking about all the “gross” stuff they got to eat! Disclaimer: we take no responsibility for Junior telling strangers you made him eat “brains” for dinner.

Party Prep

No one wants to clean up after a party (major buzzkill), so order some scary easy paper plates and silverware that you can just bag up and recycle when the ghosts float home. Amazon has some great patterned party kits that can add a little spark to a super spooky night. We also found these awesome invitations on Paperless Post that will be easier to send out to potential partygoers than gathering howling wolves during a full moon.

 

Decorations!

Tick tock, tick tock – throw on either Hocus Pocus, or Casper to get the family in the Halloween mood. Then….put the kids to work…err….let them help….decorate the house by creating some handmade ghosts with tissues, black markers and string. Make spiders with construction paper, tape and red markers. String black and orange streamers from wall to ceiling to create a festive Halloween hall. Place “spider webs” around the house and complete the look with spider rings and fake flies. Et voila! You’re very own haunted house and party central!

 

The Witching Hour!

Mix up a cauldron of Witches Brew a few hours before your goblins arrive, dress in your favorite costume (we are in love with this one, and this one, and this one!) and fire up @pandora or @iheartradio’s Halloween stations to get some spooky good tunes pumping out of the house as your partygoers and trick or treaters start ringing the doorbell. Bonus points for pulling out your old Rocky Horror Picture Show album and spinning those retro vibes. 

3 Healthy and Easy Appetizer Recipes with Meatballs

Having friends over to watch the Final Four or hosting a party soon? Here are three ways you can create healthy finger foods with meatballs:

1. Mini Meatball Grinders. Place Mom Made Turkey Meatballs on a small bun with marinara sauce and hold it together with a toothpick. Make them a little fancier by adding a slice of fresh mozzarella and a sprig of fresh basil.

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2. Meatball Taco Bites. Heat Mom Made Beef & Cheese Meatballs according to directions. Lay out scoop chips on serving platter and place a pinch of chopped lettuce into each. Add a meatball on top of the lettuce in each chip. Top them with a pinch of shredded cheddar and a bit of salsa. Simple and fast!

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3. Asian Meatballs. Combine 2/3 cup hoisin sauce, 1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar, 2 garlic cloves (minced), 2 Tbsp. soy sauce, and 1 tsp. sesame oil. Whisk together all these ingredients. CookMom Made Turkey Meatballs according to directions and dip each meatball individually with a toothpick into the Asian sauce. Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds on top along with fresh chopped chives. (as seen in "gimme me some oven")

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….or simply serve a variety of different meatballs and sauces with flag toothpicks themed to match your party. We got crafty last season and made these NFL toothpicks. Or, you can find lots of fun toothpick choices, such as these online.

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Enjoy!