Have you ever attended a seasonal soiree where the food falls flat and the drink options lack necessary luster? To all future party hosts, guests, and planners, do not fear. From keg to cake, we’ve wrangled the best in seasonal party recipes.
At the best fall bashes, cheap liquor and beer is little league at best. Time to make a major upgrade with Drinking Made Easy’s Pumpkin Keg or Caramel Apple Pie Pudding Shots from E is for Eat. If pudding shots and pumpkin kegs aren’t your thing, we suggest you serve a warm mug of Spiked & Spiced Hot Apple Cider from A Couple Cooks or a refreshing glass of Fake Ginger’s Honeycrisp Apple Sangria.
When you plan to serve liquid libations, it is best to have a selection of light bites on hand. If pumpkins or jack-o-lanterns are part of your party decor, why not feature the seeds on your snack table? A Subtle Revelry’s toasted Pumpkin Seeds Three Ways star in guest-pleasing flavors such as rainbow sprinkles, olive oil and sea salt, and cinnamon sugar. For the health-conscious, try replacing greasy potato chips and french fries with Carrot Fries from Dine & Dash and Crispy Cinnamon Apple Chips from Bijouxs.
If classic chips ‘n’ dip are going to be a party feature, why not make your own? My Baking Addiction will teach you how to make a flavorful French Onion Dip that will outdo any jarred variety. Chances are, the french onion dip will be finished in a flash, so plan ahead and make The Brass Paperclip Project’s 7-Layer Taco Dip. We promise that seven layers of cheese, guacamole, and other taco-inspired ingredients will be enough to satisfy the hungriest of party-goers. If you forget to purchase the chips, serve up some Fried Guacamole from Joy the Baker.
The Main Course
Snacks are a great party addition. But let’s kick this party menu up a notch and give your guests some real food to handle. When drinks are poured and music fills the air, get ready for your guests to boogie-down. We suggest you skip the sit-down meal and keep the party-goers grooving while munching on some easy-to-handle entrees like Apple Pie Grilled Cheese from The Back Burner, Pumpkin Sage and Spicy Sausage Pizza from Yum and Yummer, and Sweet Potato Pulled Pork Sliders from Lauren’s Latest. If your Thanksgiving turkey cravings have kicked in early this year, make a batch of Turkey Sliders + Caramelized Onions from Jelly Toast.
When it comes time for some sweet eats, serve it up buffet style. Have guests start with a scoop of Halloween Cookies and Cream Ice Cream (pictured above) from Amy Bites. Made with crushed Halloween Oreos, each bite is stuffed with cookie and icing pieces. Candy Corn Cupcakes from Fort Mill SC Living add a nice portion of cake to the dessert plate. For the chocolate lovers at your party, bake a batch of Halloween Owl Cupcakes from Lululu At Home. Passionate about pie? Skip the labor-intensive and time-consuming apple pie recipes and upgrade to a dessert that can be made for the masses with ease. Oozing with cinnamon sugar and big baked apple flavor, we suggest these Apple Pie Bites from The Decorated Cookie.
For the Kids
Seasonal parties can be packed with the little guys, so it’s important to have a stash of age-appropriate sippers and snacks. Snack-o’-Lantern Fruit Cups from The Way to His Heart are sure to provoke smiles and giggles across all age groups. For the young and thirsty guests, make a batch of Spoonful’s Bloody Punch with Floating Hand or Apron String’s Halloween Spider Punch. If the kids are a no-show, no worries, you can always spike a virgin concoction with your favorite booze.