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Halloween is a scary good time, that is unless you're futzing over the stove in preparation for a monster mash chez you.
Let's face it: being the (g)host with the most isn't exactly a painless task - and that's where Sandra Lee comes in.
With a little lead time and a few spooktacular shortcuts, Sandra says you too can have the most coveted RIP…or RSVP…in town.
Five Semi-Homemade Tips for Hosting a Halloween Gathering: Sandra Lee
2. Fabulously fun host
For a bountiful buffet, serve a blue and brie cheese platter with elegant crackers and champagne grapes. A deli-bought salmon mousse serviced on fresh endive leaves and deli-purchased Greek stuffed grape leaves surrounded by three gourmet-select olives or stuffed olives. Black beans with small cubes of mango and avocado served with tortilla rounds and a simple salsa will round out your menu nicely.
Additionally, make your cocktails in large batches. Mix them in pitchers without ice, so they don’t get watered down. Cover the pitcher in plastic and chill them for a few hours until guests arrive. Then pour your cocktails over ice filled glasses and serve. Try mixing up my Vampire’s Kiss."
3. Set the stage
4. Mini main course magic
5. Devil is in the details
For more decorations that will impress your guests, rent a fog machine, they’re available at party rental stores for less than you think. Other inexpensive materials that can turn a ho-hum party into a proper monster mash? Big, black plastic trash bags from the grocery store and large spiders - try using torn fishnet stockings to make impressive webs."
Got more delicious treats for an All Hallow's Eve soiree? Let us know in the comments.
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