Ghosts of Halloween Pasts
This is the first in a series of posts on How to Plan an Awesome Halloween Dinner. Before I could tell you where I’m going with our Halloween Dinner this year, I needed to show you where we have been. Unfortunately, I only have pictures of the last two years, which are the ones I really started getting into the swing of things so they are leaps and bounds better than the ones I don’t have pictures for.
Anyways lets go back to last year first.
I don’t like to cook. I love to eat. I’m lucky my husband loves to cook and so he takes care of dinner 95% of the year.
I do however LOVE to plan our Annual Family Halloween Dinner. When I first started doing it it was just me and Alena so it was fast and easy to tickle a 3 year girl. Then two years ago I had to do with while pregnant with twins and no energy. Then last year I had to do it with semi mobile twins. This year I will be trying to plan and cook with fearless dare devil monkeys while Alena is at school. It’s an all day event to pull off a good Halloween dinner.
Take a look at our pictures from last year.
Last year’s is going to be hard to beat both in creativity of using what was on hand, not having food in the fridge left over for days, and being able to pull it off with the boys. Let’s now look back at our Halloween Dinner from 2013.
Growing one human takes a lot out of you. Growing two humans pretty much makes you a sloth. Except for the fact that your mind does not slow down with all the things that you need to be doing either to prepare for the babies, to learn as much as you can and most importantly to be there for your loved ones who are putting up with your whine and moans.
I started my planning for our Awesome Halloween Dinner for 2013 around Sept. I knew I would not have the energy to go all out and make it crazy big so I stuck to finding small things I could do.
It’s all in the Details
Printables should be every mom’s MVP in turning a ok party into an epic one. It is too easy to not use them to tie in a theme and make everything look professionally put together. No one notices your food blunders if you have a creative food label that steals all the attention. 😉
I have seen people use mini blackboard tags, handwritten tags, simple tags designed using word then you also have the more designed ones using photoshop, picmonkey, canva, or my personal favorite Pixelmator.
At the time, I didn’t have any design skills, tools, or time to learn some. So I did the next best thing, I searched Pinterest for free Halloween Food Labels. I decided on which ones I liked, and which ones I could actually get eh food to go with it and went from there.
Deciding on food based on the printables you have is not the best plan. I would have LOVED to be able to edit them, but beggars can’t be choosers.
At the end of this series I will be sharing editable printable so you won’t have to plan around printable. Anyways let’s take a look at how planning backwards went for me.
Alena-Beana was a Vampire Queen. Sorry for the blurry picture, this was before I learned how to use our nice one. 😉
Table Center Piece
It was a pretty good dinner that didn’t take me too long to prepare and Alena-Beana LOVED it. Though she hates meatloaf and wouldn’t eat the hand, which just meant more for me and those growing babies I was carting around at that time.
Stayed tuned for next week’s post in the How to Plan an Awesome Halloween Dinner | Pinterest Round Up.
Here is Alena-Beana after she ate and we went to a Halloween party.