I used to go all out on cakes, decor, and nibbles. Wowing people was all part of the plan, and I used to do a pretty decent job of that.
Back when I only had one kid.
I threw a pretty fantastic princess party last year and it almost killed me. I went into hiding for about 10 months, and I’m finally reemerging from the depths of the princess party underworld. I thought I’d give my hand at throwing another really awesome Halloween inspired party for the Wake Forest Junior Women’s Club October Membership month meeting, but looking through Pinterest gave me an anxiety attack. Literally. I was having trouble breathing, my heart was racing, and I felt imminent doom shroud my head.
It was my own personal zombie apocalypse.
So I decided to throw a frazzled mom party. Know what’s great about a frazzled mom party? It doesn’t take much to make other frazzled moms happy. You slap some things together, you ask them to bring a little side of their own, you whip up some boiling blood punch, some Devilishly good Mocha Choca Latta Ya Ya Rice Krispie Treats, a batch of Mars Cookie Bites, (all recipes below) slap it all on a table with some paper straws and call it a day! This is the easiest Halloween baking you’ve ever seen.
My spooky celebration wasn’t about impressing anyone, it was more about getting to know the new and returning members of the club and just having a good time indulging in some good old fashioned adult conversation.
To prepare for this little fete, I employed my children to help me out with the goodie bags and baked goods.
The Muffin was asked to add two Fun Size Mars candies to each bag, and three Miniature Size Mars candies to each bag. It was a lesson in counting and addition, and she did a pretty darned good job. She enjoyed throwing the M&Ms, Twix, Snickers, and Three Musketeers into the little bags. She ate the Skittles and Starburst.
While The Muffin was working on her treat bags, I had The Nerd make peel & bake cookies so that we could put some of the Mars Miniatures on top of the cookies once they were baked. He, uh, did it the way only The Nerd knows how to do anything – hastily. The cookies ran all over one another into one huge cookie. After a momentary freak out, I cut the cookies into squares and topped each square with a little chocolate treat. They might have been scary ugly, but they were insane asylum delish.
I also made BBQ brain meatballs but burned the snot out of them, so they aren’t pictured. Apparently Burned BBQ Brain Meatballs are pretty tasty, because they didn’t last. Yeah, yeah. I took them to the party despite their crispy status.
I also mixed together some devilishly delicious caramel mocha brownie bites by using crumbled Twix and mocha powder in an otherwise standard rice krispie treat recipe.
I was, in true Summer-style, running late so I didn’t have time to set up the little crepe paper spiders I made for the celebration, or the crepe paper banners I wanted to hang from the ceiling. I did remember to wear my best red horned headband to the meeting so that I looked the part as I whipped up a dizzying delicious 7-Up and Hawaiian Punch concoction in my cauldron.
Each of our members brought another treat and we had quite the feast to snack on as we mingled and got to know one another.
We ended up having a really nice time. It was great to see some of my friends for the first time since our last meeting in April, and great to meet some potential members.
Plus, I didn’t have to be committed from the stress of a party. Throwing a few super easy things together, asking my guests to bring their own treats as well, and having the party at a location other than my house made things so much easier. I swear, for the frazzled mom, it’s the only way to throw a #SpookyCelebration.
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