It's the most SPOOKtacular time of year! Captain America and his side kick Fairy Princess are ready to Trick or TrEAT 🙂 I'm so excited to finally be sharing a behind the scenes look at our festive Halloween get together. I decorated the play room for our children during quiet time and they were jumping up and down with joy when they opened the doors. One thing I've learned from hosting young children, whether it be for play dates or parties, is to keep it simple and plan ahead. Line your table space with craft paper so the kids can just have fun! I purchased pumpkins for the children to craft together making"Mummy Pumpkins" with tissue paper, googly eyes, mod podge, glitter, and gauze. All craft supplies were from our local Dollar Tree, accept the glitter was from Target's dollar bin. Organizing craft supplies in mason jars and keeping them out of reach of little hands made it much easier to enjoy time with the children playing, not worrying about cleaning up a mess.
I had help with the meal planning thanks to my amazing new Food Contributor Caroline Shields. Trust me, your mouth will be watering as you scroll through Caroline's Blog and her tasty compilation of recipes. Caroline is a Mother to three young children and she understands that sometimes you need to get creative with food to get your children to eat. Her strategy with lunch is to keep it simple, showcasing good food in a fun way. Each place setting had it's own Food Box prepared with a festive Halloween lunch. I used disposable cupcake cups to help keep everything in its spot! Each box was wrapped with Haunted Tap from the Dollar Tree. The children loved the Ritz crackers with Boar's Head Yellow American Cheese, Salami and Turkey cut in the shape of pumpkins with these cute mini cookie cutters!
I used a Sharpie marker to make clementine "Jack O'Lanterns" since the children peel away the skin (and it kept them all busy:) If you want more color in the lunch box, you could add any other fruit of your liking like: grapes, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, etc. As a side vegetable we included carrot slices but you could substitute cucumber slices, red pepper slices, sugar snap peas, french green beans, etc. For Dessert? S'More Fixins (A HUGE HIT) one marshmallow, 2-4 Hershey rectangles of chocolate, and one graham cracker split in half. The marshmallow can look like a ghost by using a black food marker or the food gel from your local grocery store. We had a blast and it was so fun to see the different "Mummy Pumpkins" each of the sweet 4 year old's came up with.
Happy Halloween Friends!