This post is going to focus on Halloween. Remember, this is not an "invite 20 kids and wrap eachother in toilet paper to be mummies" kind of party. This party is meant to be easy, festive and fun!
Start with a few good friends. You can go a few routes. Have one child host and invite a few nearest and dearest (stick to five or less) or have each child invite one and incorporate the whole family.
We went with option A.
This "party" is perfect for Halloween night, or the weekend before or right after. Keep the party to two hours and have it after lunch or dinner so guests come fed.
Choose two to three activities. If you play games have Halloween prizes like slime, candy or a cheap Halloween DVD (you can find these at Target in the Halloween aisles). You can make Haunted Houses (think Gingerbread houses but use gummy worms and Halloween candies and frostings), decorate your own cookies, make masks, play Witches Brew (my favorite Halloween Party game) or bob for apples.
Before the party, make a playlist with Halloween classics like Thriller, Monster Mash and Ghostbusters.
For our party we made Halloween cupcakes and Eyeball Cake Pops.
For our party you'll need:
PATIENCE. And now the other important stuff...
Cupcake supplies (liners, mix, two containers of frosting, Halloween candies/sprinkles for decorating)
Plastic knives and black plastic forks.
Napkins and wipes for sticky hands
Small paper craft cups (I found mine at Walmart in cake baking aisle)
Bright Halloween stickers
Halloween Cellophane Baggies
Cake Pop supplies (either a kit or cake mix, frosting)
White Candy Melts or white chocolate (2 bags)
Container white frosting
Red food coloring
Festive decorations and tablecloth
Candy eye balls (small sugar candies can be found at craft stores)
I set a Halloween table with a tablecloth. I baked cupcakes and had them cool and ready for icing when the guests arrived. Make cake balls and stick a black plastic fork in each one. I bought a kit but you can use any cake pop recipe. Chill in freezer.
Set a place for every guest at the table with what they will need for cupcake decorating. Place a plastic bowl with candies and another plastic bowl with frosting and a plastic knife at every station. This makes all finger licking a non-issue. Set a small paper cup at every chair and markers and stickers in the middle of the table.
Each guest should decorate 2 cupcakes.
When the guests arrive explain that one cupcake will go home in the paper cup and one can be eaten at the end of the party. Have them decorate the paper cup and them start on their cupcakes.
After the cupcake decorating, melt white candy melts or white chocolate (candy melts work best) and have each guest dip 2-3 pops, covering cake ball completely. Set on tinfoil lined platter and press candy eyeball on. After the chocolate sets, heat a cup of white frosting in the microwave for about twenty seconds, and stir in red food coloring. Drizzle the icing over the "eyeballs" to make them look bloody. These are pre-bloody eyeballs.
Individually package goodies in Halloween cellophane baggies to take home.
My best tips are:
BE PREPARED. Set the stations for each guest if doing crafts, have games ready.
Play great music.
Keep guests to less than 6.
Keep the timeline to 2 hours.
This is just a general guideline of how we do our parties. I like to leave everything general because there are so many possibilities. The trick is to keep it simple! No need for huge costume parties that cause stress and require days on Pinterest to plan.