Another day, another party.
Yesterday we hosted a very small and last-minute Halloween party for Ry. He never did get a 'friends' birthday party and desperately wanted something in his honor. A perfect motivation for me to get the Halloween decorations up, bake and give him some special attention.
Owl cupcakes for my owl loving son. I saw this idea on Pinterest a while back and thought I'd snazz it up a bit with more details...maybe chocolate piped feathers? My first batch of cupcakes didn't release out of the pan well, so I had to remake them and ran out of time. The original pin also had Reeses Pieces for details but I used brown m&m's for the eyes and an orange jelly belly for the beak...and of course oreos for the main eye shape.
As per usual I had less than a half an hour to pull off a costume. Wore my fave plaid flannel and added some big eyebrows, a stache and some manly fur. The best part would have been my fake hillbillie teeth that I have yet to find. How does one loose five sets of fake teeth? That is a question that's still bothering me.
Then they did lunch and some Ghost Bowling with a foam pumpkin that was a big hit. (see the idea on my Pinterest on the All Hallows Eve board)
After, I gave them cupcakes and we read them two Halloween stories. Reading to five year olds is possibly one of the best things ever. They are silent and still, they hang off every work, completely admire every picture and giggle away at the funny stuff...love it.
Post stories, they opened some presents and played before heading home with their goodie pails.
I'm a big stickler for trying to keep things from being disposable....their tin pails were a classic, yet inexpensive find and I hope they can use them for years to come. I filled each with homemade caramel corn mixed with gummy spiders, worms and some jelly bellies. Then Ry added a few foil wrapped Halloween ghosts to each bucket. Sugar overload ? Most definitely.
Now to tackle my house...we have another real estate showing tomorrow and I'm going to have a busy day cleaning. Hopefully the bats and spiderwebs I've hung everywhere will distract from the dust.
p.s. I have found the best caramel corn recipe in ten years of attempts, if you are interested in me sharing I'd be glad to post it, drop me a line.