This is it. The final week of Countdown to Halloween. By now, all of the shopping should be done, the invitations sent and the RSVP’s rolling in. This week is basically the “finishing up” week.
Finish Up: decorating the house, making the costumes (if that applies) and putting together the treat bags. Finish any crafts in the making.
This week clean the bathrooms and the kitchen. Either the day before the party or the morning of, give all areas a once-over.
Besides the breads, cakes or dishes that you made and froze in advance, this week make the popcorn balls, candies and taffy apples.
Start making ice. I fill a gallon size freezer Ziploc bag and have four trays in the waiting.
The Night Before:
Set the table with all the pretty party stuff you purchased. Put on the tablecloth, set with the punch bowl and cups, the napkins, the plates, forks, spoons, the candy bowl. Don’t forget your centerpiece! Blow up the balloons, hang the streamers, stand back and admire your hard work. Take pictures.
Prepare the vegetable tray. Cut and wash the veggies, arrange on platter, cover with Saran Wrap, and store in refrigerator.
THE BIG DAY:
Finish preparing the food. I’ll get up early and get the chili started in the slow cooker. About twenty minutes before the guests arrive, I’ll start baking the pizzas and cooking the hot dogs and Kayla will make the punch. We have a three container warming tray, so I’ll whip up three different types of dip (OH, thank you Tastefully Simple) and put out a tray of crackers.
The last thing we’ll do is hang the donuts from the ceiling (fun game) and fill the bucket (on the front porch) with water for the bobbing for apples contest.
Once the guests begin to arrive, join in and enjoy!!!!