Easy Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas

Easy Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas

The best part of Cinco de Mayo is how cheap it would be throw a themed party. You can't go wrong with tacos and burritos and margaritas are always a crowd pleaser. As I prepare for my own Cinco de Mayo party with friends, I've decided to share the ideas that are currently inspiring me. Throw a festive Cinco de Mayo party with these easy DIY entertaining ideas. 

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Get Your Swerve on with these Halloween Drink Ideas

Hello Lovely,

Often times at parties, the fruit punch or signature drink gets the spotlight and then it soon fades to soda and water (wine if offered at the more upscale shindigs).  But why should the cool drinks have all the fun?  Here’s a mix of warm and cold drinks to liven your Halloween party:

Apple Cider – At 3 to 4 hours cooking time, the warm Caramel Apple Cider is the longest on our list but certainly provides a depth of flavor and aroma. The flavor and scent of the cinnamon sticks, apples, oranges and other spices are truly highlighted in this drink.  Totally worth the wait and prep time.

Bailey’s Peppermint Cream Cocktail – Crushed candy cane and minty liquer add to this hot chocolate drink

Bloody Good Milkshake Shots - Melted dark chocolate outlines the rim and glad of this cool drink

Get dirty with our Dirty Ghost Martini! A basic Bailey's and vodka gets a spooky update.

Over the years, Harry Potter has become a Halloween staple. So why not drink a cocktail inspired by this great literary revolution? The Amortentia will leave your guests tongue twisted not only from trying to pronounce it but also from the love spell it'll cast on you after drinking it.

Are you brave enough to take a sip of this brightly coloured brew? Whipped cream vodka and orange pineapple juice combine with Cruzan aged dark rum to create this powerful potion. So what’s it going to be? Trick or Treat?

Vampire Kiss MartiniFor the grown-ups who aren't on chaperone duty, try this Halloween-style twist on a classic Champagne cocktail. A mix of raspberry, vodka and champagne

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Bloody Punch – Dr. Pepper fans will love this Punch as it mixes the cherry flavor of the brand with other fruity flavors such as strawberry and raspberry.  Let’s not forget the punch of carbon added by the gingerale.

Which ones are you going to try? We can't wait to see what you spook up! Always drink carefully.

XOX,

Mechelle

What-To-Wear-Wednesday: How to Select the Best Costume for You

What-To-Wear-Wednesday: How to Select the Best Costume for You

With Halloween coming up, if you haven't already chosen a costume, it's possible you're stuck for ideas. Never fear, there are plenty of ways to come up with creative, original ideas for a costume and still keep within a budget. Rest assured that this article will help you to pick the perfect Halloween costume for you.

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Halloween Party Recipes to WOW guests

Hello Lovely,

A Halloween party isn’t complete with mouth-watering and eye popping cuisine.  Eats that are tantalizing to the eyes and the taste buds.  Guests want to be spooked but also intrigued by the flavor of your food.  To capture their interest and appetite, try these recipes:

 

  • Mini brains made with a Thai flare (pork, ginger and scallions)

  • I’m a fan of cheeseballs: they’re fun to make, has endless ingredients and can be eaten with so any food items.   On this note, I believe the Pumpkin Cheeseball will be a pleasing centerpiece and go to snack. Don’t worry folks, it’s made of a variety of cheeses and is only the color of a pumpkin, not the flavor.

  • Maple Pumpkin Spice Chex mix – the aroma and flavor of pumpkin spice topped with maple flavor

  • Guests can grab and go,(or place into these fun cones/funnels) this monster munch of popcorn, candy corn and pretzels drizzled in caramel.

  • These Mummy Jalapeno Poppers are for the cheese and heat lovers!

  • Sweet n’ Spicy Popcorn Balls –Pumpkin Seeds (pepitas) and cayenne, give these popcorn balls and earthy and spicy flavor, which is accompanied with the sweetness of caramel.  Great for munching!

  • Deviled Chicken Lollipops – Honey Mustard glazed chicken drumettes are easy to eat and dip (served with hot sauce)

  • Pumpkin Pecan Bread Pudding – topped with whipped cream or ice cream, this warm treat will send warm sensations through your body (in a good way).  

  • Spider Eggs – Made with wasabi and avocado

  • Fondue anyone?  Using bananas, strawberries, marshmallows or pretzel sticks, this caramel chocolate fondue will be an easy crowd pleaser, with persons taking seconds and thirds as they stand nearby.

  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Fries – Cinnamon topped pumpkin cheesecake, fried and served with caramel sauce.  What’s there not to love?

  • Graveyard Dip – Think of a deconstructed Chicken Enchilada in both flavor and color, and this dip will be easy to create and just as easy to eat (with tombstone shaped tortillas)!

  • Brownie Bat Truffles – With truffles being one of the most highly sought out and expensive ingredients in the world, Bat Brownie Truffles can be the next best thing in flavor!

  • Cake Eyeballs – Bite these soft cake eyeballs covered in white chocolate.  You can add as much red gel icing as you’d like to make the eyeballs look more real and gruesome.

  • Roasted Pumpkin Seed Hummus delivers a smoky flavor and is an excellent pairing with Naan or pita chips

  • Ghostbusters Green Popcorn – extra slime provided by melted marshmallows

  • Bloody Good Cheesecake

  • The Blackout Chocolate Cake is decadent and intense, from top to bottom.  Guests will readily indulge in this chocolate bite, frosting and all!

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    XoX,

    Mechelle

Ten Kid-Friendly Recipes to Spookify your Halloween

Hello Lovely,

One thing Halloween pushes us to be is creative. Whether it’s to win Best dressed in Primary School,. Coolest outfit in high school or the creepiest/most eye catching one in college.  And it’s not just about the costumes! There’s the candy, the house decorations, the spook-tacular props and themes.  Kids not only love the aspects of Halloween like trick or treating, dressing up and having fun with friends but they also love ‘getting their hands dirty.’  They want to be a part of making the Halloween moment come to life.

Here are 10 fun and interactive recipe ideas for kids during the Halloween season:

  1. Don’t forget the vegans!  This pecan pumpkin cupcake recipe offers all the moisture and tastiness of a cupcake without the fat of dairy (eggs, butter, milk)

  2. What’s easier than a mug, hot chocolate and an extra fluffy topping of whipped cream? Not much! While most drink recipes may call for an average of 6 ingredients, this Ghost Whip recipe is perfect for a pair looking to cozy up or for the kids during a sleepover or movie night.

  3. Jack of Lanterns now come in bite sized! Using ready-made pie crust and pumpkin puree, the kids will enjoy shaping the faces of these miniature pop tarts using toothpicks.  You can create faces from silly to scary in seconds!

  4. The Wormy Weenie has the creepy factor of slim, squirmy worms with the tastiness of the beef hotdog.  With one bite, these worms go from scary to yummy.  Kids will definitely like playing with the worms before they eat them.

  5. They’ll scream and bite on these Cheesy fingers , made with white cheddar and almonds

  6. Get twisted with this spider web pizza.  In three easy steps, you’ll have a tangled web of cheese and an edible spider.

  7. Get wrapped up with these meatball mummies that have a burst of flavor and googley eyes.  There’s also a vegan version.

  8. Choco-peanut butter Bat Bites, with Oreo wings.

  9. Ooey gooesy monster cookies

  10. A healthier option are monster mouths made with sliced apples and peanut butter.

XoX,

Mechelle

WEDNESDATE: Now is Good

WEDNESDATE: Now is Good

Every last Wednesday of the month, we will feature a short & sweet long distance relationship date kit. Each “WednesDate” will include a free full length video and or other online or printable activities to accompany it.

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