How To Throw A Girls’ Night Halloween Dinner Party

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How to Throw a Girls’ Night Halloween Dinner Party

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. Using a circle cookie cutter, make your mini pizza circular crusts.
  3. In a blender, add pumpkin puree, garlic, olive oil, maple syrup and sea salt, and blend well.  
  4. Add pumpkin sauce to each mini crust, spreading evenly.  
  5. Top with purple cauliflower, small purple onion slices and asparagus tips.
  6. 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.
  7. Enjoy!

Beautifully Spelltacular Salad

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. Wash kale thoroughly.
  2. 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.
  3. Add in purple cabbage ribbons, purple cauliflower, sliced figs, sliced carrots and pumpkin seeds.
  4. Drizzle on a bit more olive oil and toss all together.  
  5. Top with edible flowers.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Pumpkin-Spiced Popcorn

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. Pour maple syrup into measuring cup.
  3. Add in coconut oil, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice, and mix well until combined nicely.
  4. Place popcorn in long, shallow dish (large casserole dish).  
  5. Pour pumpkin spice syrup over popcorn.
  6. With a spoon, mix it all together, coating popcorn evenly with pumpkin spice syrup.  
  7. Serve in small, individual containers.
  8. Enjoy!

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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