We started talking about having a Halloween party back in early August. We rarely host at our house because we don’t live near family and friends, and don’t have as much space as we would like to be able to invite everyone. We’re both huge holiday lovers so we bit the bullet and started planning. I had big ideas of hosting a huge soiree’ – and then we got busy with work and life and only invited a few people. It was still a blast!
I took off work Friday so J and I headed to Lexington to pick up our food and decor. Before meeting, I had coffee with Courtney from Kentucky Girl Ramblings. She’s so sweet!
We had lunch and spent the afternoon shopping then came home and got to work. I know chalkboards aren’t a thing anymore, but I had to put a little spooky board together for the evening!
I decided to keep it simple and served white chicken chili and regular chili. I made a ton and thought we’d have leftovers but both went over well and there was nothing left! The sign of a good night, I guess. 🙂 I also served cheese and crackers, chips, and the most festive appetizer (courtesy of Nadine’s suggestion): honey goat cheese with pumpkin cranberry crackers (found at Trader Joe’s).
It was delicious and a step above normal cheese and crackers! I also made brownies for dessert, but my sister brought a scene-stealer:
How cute are those Hocus Pocus s’mores pops?!
A crowd favorite: candy corn with peanuts!
For drinks, we served beer and bourbon (of course), Kentucky favorite Ale8, and I mixed up a batch of this sparkling apple cider. I’m not a mixed drink fan, but it was SO good and a big hit. There was nothing left at the end of the night.
The costumes were creative and hilarious! Not every guest dressed up, but we had a sumo wrestler, a U of L basketball player (complete with an Adidas shirt and money strapped to his uniform!), a female Hugh Hefner and male Playboy Bunny, and my sister and niece who went as Wayne and Garth. The pictures are from my sister’s iPhone since I forgot to get pics, and they do not do the costumes justice!
I had planned to go as Stevie Nicks, but decided last-minute to go as a Real Housewife instead. Luckily I have a closet full of Housewife-like wardrobe essentials and a bathroom full of makeup. Easiest homemade costume ever. 🙂 Also I am not a nude lipstick fan!
We had the best night and I’m grateful everyone made the long drive to party with us. We ended the night with a Kentucky win over Tennessee – couldn’t have asked for a better ending.
We’re going to my hometown Tuesday night to go Trick-or-Treating with my niece. I love being able to make it for life’s little moments because she’s growing up so fast. I feel like October flew by; anyone else? I’m sad to see Halloween go, but I’m happy to get in Christmas-planning mode!
Hope you all had a great weekend! Did you attend or host a Halloween party?