We are so excited to partner with Smirnoff to bring you our Haunted Halloween Party. Party planning is some of the most fun I will have all season long. To make the party tons of fun and completely memorable I like to simplify the party plan and allow myself plenty of time to mingle and enjoy the event.
With the help of Smirnoff we are going to take you through the perfect Halloween bash! AND... Over the next few months, we are going to help you take the stress out of the holidays. Smirnoff is helping hostesses everywhere put the fun back in the party with hints, tips and tricks to make your planning simple. Let's focus on making memories. So keep an eye out for more fab parties in November and December too!
Smirnoff flavored vodkas from their confections line.
Candy Corn Martini serves 4
3 ounces Smirnoff Whipped Vodka
3/4 cup candy corn (I highly recommend Brach's)
3 ounces vanilla vodka
1 ounce of orange liqueur
2 tablespoons of sugar (for rimming the glass)
(Makes 5 ounces enough for 4 Martinis, adjust accordingly)
Combine vodka and candy corns in a glass container with a lid for 24 hours. Open container, stir and strain out small remaining candy parts. Set aside.
Rim the martini glass by dipping the rim in your choice of liquids (vodka, orange liqueur or candy corn vodka). We used the candy corn vodka for more flavor. Then coat with sugar (we used sanding sugar for more coarse look) by dipping the glass into a saucer with sugar on it.
In a martini shaker combine the candy corn vodka, the vanilla vodka and the orange liqueur with a handful of ice. Shake to chill and pour into 4 prepared martini glasses. Garnish with 2-3 Candy Corns in the bottom if desired.
Caramel Apple Martini
1 ounces sour apple schnapps
1 ounces butterscotch schnapps
1/2 ounce Smirnoff Kissed Caramel Vodka
1 caramel candy
In a martini shaker filled with ice combine alcohol, shake to combine. Pour into a martini glass with caramel candy in the bottom. Enjoy!
The Vampire's Kiss Martini
4 ounces Smirnoff Whipped Cream Vodka
2 ounces grenadine
8 ounces cranberry pomegranate juice
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, pour in ingredients. Cover and shake to combine. Strain into prepared cocktail glasses. Serve and enjoy!
One single dry ice cube in cocktails glasses creates a river of fog and help set the spooky scene on the drink table. Add a cauldron with fog spilling across the scene to really create the perfect eery feel.
Decor was a lot of fun for this party. We chose black burlap for tablecloths (found at our local supercenter) and found some cheesecloth that looked 'crypt perfect' at the party store to drape along the tables. We visited our favorite stores looking for scary props, skeletons, skulls, chains, whatever piqued our interest until we had a haunting good scene. We even found some bright candies and glow sticks to put on our tables to give it a little extra light.
The food had to be fun. This is an appetizer and cocktail kind of party so I mentioned that on the invitation so no one is expecting a full meal. A simple menu with Halloween inspired names was the meal plan. Place cards with the names of the food would make this food table even more fun.
Boozy Bloody Mary Salsa is a fabulous adult creation. Just like the infamous cocktail, but in a chunky salsa. Serve with tortilla chips for a favorite appetizer. Get the full recipe here.
chicken parmesan meatballs served over a fabulous tomato sauce and are a huge hit. To make zombie eyeballs - cut pimento stuffed green olives in half to create 2 pieces. While forming meatballs press one half into meatball and bake according to directions. Sprinkle lightly with shredded mozzarella cheese and serve in your favorite chunky marinara sauce. Get meatball recipe here.
Once you have the theme, food and cocktails planned all that is left are some fun ideas to keep the party going.
Fun Haunted Halloween Activities
- Set up a room in your home with a fog machine, black lights and dance music. That will keep the fun going for hours.
- Give out Haunted Halloween Maps and have a scavenger hunt (you may want to get the neighbors involved for this one).
- Have a costume contest and give away prizes for best dressed, scariest costume and most creative costume.
- Mummy wrapping contests are always fun. Pick up a value pack of toilet paper and let guests have fun wrapping each other like mummies.
With a fabulous theme, scrumptious menu and signature cocktail(s) this is sure to be the best Halloween party ever! Made possible with simple hostess tips from The Slow Roasted Italian and Smirnoff. Happy Haunting!! What are your favorite Halloween Party Tips???
WOW YOUR PARTY GUESTS WITH DRY ICE
You will need:
- Dry ice (sold at most grocery stores)
- Safety glasses
- Leather gloves
- Flathead screwdriver or putty knife (clean of course)
- Metal bowl
How to make dry ice cubes for cocktails: Start out by putting on your gloves. Lay a towel down. Assemble your tools on top of your towel. Remove dry ice from plastic package that it came in, place ice on top of plastic package. Hold putty knife (or screwdriver) on top of ice and tap with hammer to break a chunk off. Repeat the process to create little ice cubes, 1" was perfect for us. Place in a metal bowl and store in a styrofoam cooler until ready to use.
To create large chunks for a smoky scene, just break into larger pieces using the same method Never handle dry ice with bare hands. To create an entire scene set up a cauldron and place a metal bowl of hot water inside. Add big chunks of dry ice and it will smoke, creating the perfect atmosphere for your Halloween party. NOTE: you will have to keep adding dry ice to bowl to continue effect.
Disclosure: We are working in partnership with the Smirnoff Vodka brand and we are receiving compensation for our participation in this campaign. All thoughts/opinions are 100% our own. Drink responsibly!