Wicked Fun

Our Halloween party gets bigger every year. We invite all of the girls' classmates and their families, teachers, our friends and colleagues with children, relatives and anyone who's attended in previous years, and we do it open house-style so people can just drop in and drop out -- because October weekends fill up fast!

We've learned how to allocate our time to ensure we hit all the notes we want, and still feel relaxed enough to enjoy the party and our guests.

We always have a theme. My girls have been obsessed with Wicked forever-- and the touring company will be in Omaha this spring -- so this year we went green. 

 My talented nephew-in-law designed the invitations.

My talented nephew-in-law designed the invitations.

 

My husband spends his time on the big ticket décor:

 Since not all the kids in Omaha are familiar with Wicked yet, our Emerald City photo backdrop had a more familiar Oz-ian call-out.

Since not all the kids in Omaha are familiar with Wicked yet, our Emerald City photo backdrop had a more familiar Oz-ian call-out.

We keep the food super simple -- only things that can be made ahead of time or purchased:

 Green and white crudité with store-bought spinach and artichoke dip...

Green and white crudité with store-bought spinach and artichoke dip...

 Turkey-pesto-provolone pinwheels on a spinach and herb wrap...

Turkey-pesto-provolone pinwheels on a spinach and herb wrap...

 And Munchkins -- because I crack myself up.

And Munchkins -- because I crack myself up.

The entertainment couldn't be easier:

 A cookie-decorating station with the time-tested Halloween classic "Witches' Hats" which are Hershey's Kisses affixed with frosting to a Fudge Stripe cookie.

A cookie-decorating station with the time-tested Halloween classic "Witches' Hats" which are Hershey's Kisses affixed with frosting to a Fudge Stripe cookie.

 Some of the kids opted for Galinda hats -- white Fudge Stripe cookies with mini White Chocolate Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. And glitter, lots of glitter.

Some of the kids opted for Galinda hats -- white Fudge Stripe cookies with mini White Chocolate Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. And glitter, lots of glitter.

 Defying gravity

Defying gravity

I always put out a Bloody Mary bar with tons of garnishes to give adults a little project, too:

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 To keep things Wicked, we did a traditional Bloody Mary as well as a tomatillo version, because... green. I used  Food & Wine's recipe  for the traditional bloody Mary mix, and  this one  from Salt & Wind for the Elpha-bloody Marys.

To keep things Wicked, we did a traditional Bloody Mary as well as a tomatillo version, because... green. I used Food & Wine's recipe for the traditional bloody Mary mix, and this one from Salt & Wind for the Elpha-bloody Marys.

We sent everyone home with Hag Swag Handbags:

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One thing I wish I'd done was buy up green things as they'd gone on sale (i.e. after Christmas and St. Patrick's Day) throughout the year. I will definitely be on the lookout this year for the Halloween 2018 -- the girls have already picked out the theme!

 My witches and me.

My witches and me.