A girls’ night gathering is always a good idea, especially when there is a fun theme to go along with it. This fall, take advantage of the excitement associated with Halloween by hosting a “Ghouls’ Night” party with your closest girlfriends. Holistic nutritionist and Glitter Guide contributor, Kara Stout, is here today with all the details on how to achieve a spook-tacular Halloween gathering this month. It’s sure to be a spooky good time for all!
Halloween is not just for the kids. It can be such a fun excuse to gather with your closest ‘ghouls’ for a spook-tacular night together! Side suggestion: You could also call your dinner party ‘Ghouls’ Night’—festive, right? Over the last several years, I’ve loved putting on some type of Halloween get-together with my closest girlfriends—from pumpkin-painting parties and scary movie-watching nights to Halloween-inspired dinner parties. When thinking of content I could share with you for Halloween, I got super excited to put together this girls’ dinner party with the help of my closest creative friends! I wanted to provide you with simple ideas to throw a beautifully elegant Halloween get-together to enjoy with sweet friends.
Here are my tips to throw the perfect Girls’ Night Halloween Dinner Party:
- Create spooky invites and actually mail them out: Instead of sending an email invite, I would highly suggest mailing them via snail mail! There’s still something so special and thoughtful about getting tangible invites in the mail.
- Pick a color scheme you are drawn to: We picked blacks, whites, purples, deep reds, a bit of green and small pops of orange. We aimed to stick with this color theme throughout, including all the dishes and glassware. In addition, I kept these colors in mind when developing and styling the food on the menu.
- Pick up beautiful dark fall flowers: Choose flowers that follow your color scheme.
- Get creative with your place cards: We used small white pumpkins with the names written in black for the place cards. This is also a great gift for your girls to take home with them.
- Pick up black candles: Candles, especially black ones, add to the Halloween ambience.
- Create a Spotify Halloween playlist: Music is a must at any dinner party! Some songs to help you get started on your list are – “Thriller” (of course!), “Monster Mash,” “Disturbia,” “This is Halloween,” “I Put a Spell on You,” “Black Magic Woman,” “The Addams Family Theme Song,” “Love Potion No. 9,” “Somebody’s Watching Me” and “She Wolf.”
- Add in a fun game: I always loved a good Mad Libs growing up, so we included a fun Halloween-inspired version.
- Make simple and delicious food and drink options: For the food, I created mini pumpkin pizzas, a dark beautiful fall salad and pumpkin-spiced popcorn. For drink ideas, you can’t go wrong with a nice red wine or you can get even more festive with some spooky sangria! I suggest making foods that are more on the simple side and not too overwhelming. See below for my Halloween Dinner Party recipes!
- Fun extras if feasible: We added in the cutest cotton candy cart to make a fun Halloween cotton candy flavor. It was a beautiful purple color, plus we added some fake spiders to the cotton candy to make it extra on point! Also, the cotton candy we used is organic, which is a nice extra for those healthy friends!
Halloween Dinner Party Recipes
Check out all the delicious recipes below!
Mini Pumpkin Pizzas
Makes 6 mini pizzas
- Your favorite pizza dough (either homemade or good-quality store bought)
- 1/2 can organic pumpkin puree
- 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1½ tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 2 pinches sea salt
- Purple cauliflower
- Purple onion
- Asparagus tips
- Make your homemade dough, or if you’re using a store-bought frozen version, thaw a bit. We used Trader Joe’s frozen organic pizza crust and thawed.
- Using a circle cookie cutter, make your mini pizza circular crusts.
- In a blender, add pumpkin puree, garlic, olive oil, maple syrup and sea salt, and blend well.
- Add pumpkin sauce to each mini crust, spreading evenly.
- Top with purple cauliflower, small purple onion slices and asparagus tips.
- Bake in oven at 425 F for about 10 to 12 minutes. Oven times may vary, so keep on eye on your pizzas so they don’t burn or aren’t undercooked! I would check on your pizzas at about 8 minutes of baking.
Beautifully Spelltacular Salad
- 1½ bags organic Tuscan kale
- 1 handful purple cabbage ribbons
- 2 handfuls purple cauliflower florets
- 4-5 figs
- 1-2 large orange carrots
- ¼ cup raw pumpkin seeds
- Edible flowers
- Wash kale thoroughly.
- Place kale into a bowl to massage it with olive oil. This makes the kale easier to digest, and makes it more flavorful, too! Just pour about 1 teaspoon of olive oil into your hands and rub together to coat. Then begin to massage the kale for about 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add in purple cabbage ribbons, purple cauliflower, sliced figs, sliced carrots and pumpkin seeds.
- Drizzle on a bit more olive oil and toss all together.
- Top with edible flowers.
- Serve and enjoy!
- 1 bag organic, non-GMO popcorn
- ¼ – 1/3 cup 100-percent pure maple syrup
- ½ tablespoon melted coconut oil
- 1-2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pop popcorn in coconut oil. Try to purchase organic, non-GMO popcorn kernels (you can also buy already-popped popcorn if that’s easier). Again, just look for popcorn that is plain, organic and non-GMO.
- Pour maple syrup into measuring cup.
- Add in coconut oil, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice, and mix well until combined nicely.
- Place popcorn in long, shallow dish (large casserole dish).
- Pour pumpkin spice syrup over popcorn.
- With a spoon, mix it all together, coating popcorn evenly with pumpkin spice syrup.
- Serve in small, individual containers.
Vendors: Photographer: Dyan Kethley Photography // Florist: Wedfully Yours // Stationery: Pink Champagne Paper // Organic Cotton Candy: Cottonsmith // Plates, Bowls & Silverware: West Elm Plano // Venue: Brake & Clutch Warehouse // Recipe Developer & Food Stylist: Kara Stout/Nutrition by Kara
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