Our kids eat these “cuties” like candy. To make a healthy favorite festive for fall, we made a few minor adjustments.Peeled: Simply peel the clementine and add a thin sliver of celery to look like a stem.Unpeeled: Using a permanent marker, draw your best jack-o-lantern face.Yeah, it’s that easy and the recipient of this sweet treat will LOVE it!!
Another school-sponsored Fall Festival has passed and we were in charge of the bake sale again. This adorable treat was NOT created by us, but by a 5th grade buddy and her mom.They simply (and quite artistically) drew adorable monster faces on small, clear plastic cocktail cups with a Sharpie.
Then, added green food coloring to a batch of vanilla pudding and spooned it into the cups. What is Frankenstein’s coif made of? Why, Oreo cookie crumbles of course!
Thanks Lisa and Reagan, these little babies were monstrously delicious!!
Celebrate with your neighbors by organizing a block party this Halloween. Yummy food, a few games and an excuse to don your costumes an extra day makes for a fun evening with friends and family.
We served “Halloweenies” (i.e. hot dogs) and Delicious “Ghoul”ash Dinner. Even our healthy food fit our spooky theme with the Carrot and Raisin Jack-o-lantern.Bewitching Cupcakes for a spooky treat.Really, the kids just enjoy running around with their friends, but we did set up a few games for all to partake in. Party goers could play:
Ghost Pin Bowling
If you’re like me, most of the flowers in your planters were sufficiently dead by mid-August. However, it seemed silly to plant more summer blooms when I knew that they, too, would soon die in the summer heat. Little by little, I started pulling out the flowers as they met their demise. By the time fall rolled around, I was left with my vinca vine and those spiky things that look great in the middle of pots.
- 2 quarts apple cider
- 1 cup apple brandy or Apple Jack
- a few cinnamon sticks
- a few cloves
Combine all ingredients in a large pot on the stove. Bring to a simmer and then lower the heat and keep warm. This was a wonderful compliment to the brunch served at the Festive Fall Bridal Shower for Holly’s sister-in-law. It is great in the slow-cooker, on the stove, or in a thermos for tailgating. Just be sure the kiddos don’t sneak a drink!
Bake sales have been a popular (and lucrative) hot spot at fundraisers for years. The elementary school our children attend has included a bake sale at its Fall Festival and Winter Wonderland events since their inception. When asked if we would help, we decided to kick things up a notch. Adding seasonal decorations around the baked goods attracts the eye.Using glass cake domes and lidded trifle dishes make the treats more appealing. Also, offering whole cakes and pies for sale generates more money and is a popular item during the holidays.
Our Winter Wonderland Bake Sale rivaled Santa’s Bakery
Store bought cookies have bakery appeal when nestled in a large glass hurricane.Use a paper straw to anchor a sign.Everything seems more delectable when displayed with pizazz!Cake Pops are always a hit and make a colorful display.
Look in the background. I brought a white bookshelf from home to display more baked goods as well as wrapping supplies. Customers wishing to take their treats home could have them beautifully boxed or bagged at no extra charge (we even tied it with a pretty ribbon just for fun).
Add height by using stools, baskets, pedestals, trays and buckets. Displaying items in a variety of elevations adds visual interest and beauty to your table.
In the end, the goal is to make money for your cause. Hopefully with these tips and ideas, your efforts will draw a crowd anxious to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.
Snacking doesn’t get much easier or healthier than this. A high fiber, vitamin C packed apple has always been thought to “keep the doctor away”. Add the benefits of cinnamon and you have yourself a wonderful snack. BONUS? The cinnamon adds tons of flavor without any added calories. Slice apple and sprinkle with 1 tsp of cinnamon – ENJOY!
We love a fall wedding and a fall bridal shower can be just as beautiful. Autumn colors like reds, oranges, and golds lend themselves to beautiful natural decorations.
Textures like burlap and wood add a warm touch to the elegance of grandma’s silver and smooth white china.
Uniformity is unnecessary when mixing and matching create the ever popular shabby chic feel. Coordinating borrowed items makes the cost of hosting a shower more manageable, too.
- Egg, sausage, and cheese breakfast casserole
- Roasted potatoes
- Cheddar apples
- Mixed fruit
- Cream cheese breakfast bars
- Mixed greens with pears, blue cheese, and candied pecans dressed in a maple viniagrette
- Carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting
- Bloody Marys
- Spiked apple cider
- Orange juice, water, coffee, and assorted teas
I live in a household full of baseball players. That means that between birthday parties and end of the season parties, I’ve made quite a few baseball themed treats. Now, in the midst of baseball playoff season with the World Series quickly approaching I thought some of you might be interested in trying your hand at some of these treats. Whether you want cupcakes, cookies, or cakes, feast your eyes.