Melissa’s Caramel Apple Bites and Halloween Party Tips

Post 3 of 3: Hocus Pocus Party

Last night’s Hocus Pocus party was a BLAST!  Tamra brought ooey-gooey brownies (chocolate is ALWAYS welcome in my house), and Melissa brought these picture perfect Carmel Apple Bites. 

Melissa adapted the Caramel recipe from another blog (click here for the recipe).  Granny Smith Apples were cored, sliced into rounds with a cookie cutter, dipped in the caramel sauce, and rolled in either mini Reese’s Pieces

or Halloween Sprinkles. 

Fun and FESTIVE!  Loved it!

Is the thought of hosting your own Halloween Party stressing you out?  Here are a few tips for a stress-free event!

1.  Plan ahead.  This means planning a menu, asking for RSVPs so you know how many guests will show up, etc. Follow a theme and stick to it.  This will help protect you from becoming overwhelmed.

2.  Choose foods and nibbles that can either be prepped ahead, thrown together at the last minute, or purchased.  Cheese plates, dips, etc. can be purchased from a local deli.  You can make them look more ‘homemade’ by transferring the food onto festive trays and dishes like this little spider plate…

Most soups can be made the day or night before and heated just before serving.  Crock pot meals make the perfect stress-free Halloween meal.

3.  Leave some time for yourself.  In prepping any event, I generally plan to have everything ready for a good 20 to 30 minutes before ‘go time’.  That way, I have time to decompress.

4.  You are not wonder-woman.  You CAN ask for help.  Usually, invited guests will ask what they can bring.  Don’t be afraid to ask them to bring an appetizer, side item, dessert or drink.

5.  Clean the house, go shopping, decorate at least a few days ahead of time.  This will help you to not be scrambling before your guests arrive.  Don’t be afraid to serve on disposable dishes so there is less cleanup.

6.  You can make a little treat for your guests to take home.  I made Pumpkin Seeds by putting orange tic tacs in a small clear bag and sealing it with a foam pumpkin sticker.  White tic tacs were used for Ghost Poop.  😀

What are you planning this Halloween?  Whatever it is, I hope you have a Bewitching time!

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