Easy Fall Party Ideas

Fur Balls & String Monsters, Fun & Festive Decorations, and Scary & Sweet Treats

Fur Balls and String Monsters

It was a mosh, yes, a monster mosh. It was so simple, we were done in a flash. We used a Dum Dum, a sour fruit ring, M&M eyes, and a mini cupcake thing. Frosting turned green, orange, purple too.
We created a monster, so frightening and new.  Go grab some candy, cupcake or two, and in no time at all, you’ll be doing it too.

12 vanilla cupcakes baked in orange, green, and purple
paper liners (see Sources)
12 mini vanilla cupcakes, paper liners removed
1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
Neon green, orange, and purple food coloring

24 mini lollipops (Dum Dums), unwrapped
24 peach or green apple gummy rings (O’s)
24 brown mini candy-coated chocolates (M&M’s Minis)
12 assorted color candy-coated chocolates (M&M’s Minis)

1. Spoon 2 tablespoons vanilla frosting into a small ziplock bag. Divide the remaining vanilla frosting among three bowls and tint each a different color with the food coloring. Spoon each color of frosting into a separate ziplock bag, press out the excess air, and seal the bags.
2. Insert a lollipop stick through a gummy ring, pushing it through the candy from the center to outer edge. Bring the gummy ring up around the lollypop, like a bonnet, to make the eyes. Continue with the remaining gummy rings and lollipops.
3. Snip a small (1/8-inch) corner from the bags with the frostings. Pipe a dot of tinted frosting on top of the standard cupcakes. Place a mini cupcake on top, flat side down. Starting at the edge of the standard cupcake and using the tinted frosting, pipe fur with a squeeze-release-pull action (see page 13). Continue until the entire exposed cupcake assembly is covered. Repeat with the remaining cupcakes and colored frosting.
4. Insert 2 like-colored lollipop eyes into the top of each cupcake assembly. Pipe a dot of vanilla frosting in the center of each lollipop and add a brown candy for the pupil. Add a colored candy to the top of the frosting for the nose. Repeat with the remaining lollipop eyes and cupcakes.

VARIATION: String monsters: Follow steps 1 and 2. Snip a small (1/8-inch) corner from the bags with the frosting. Pipe a dot of tinted frosting on top of the standard cupcakes. Place a mini cupcake on top, flat side down. Pipe the tinted frosting all over the cupcakes to make the string, making sure to cover cupcakes completely. Continue with step 4.

These cupcakes are easy to make! 
See a video of Karen and Alan decorating Fur Balls and String Monsters on our home page!

Excerpted from WHAT’S NEW CUPCAKE?: Ingeniously Simple Designs for Every Occasion, © 2010 by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson. Reproduced with permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Photos © Alan Richardson. All rights reserved.

Fun & Festive decorations

This fun and festive Halloween dessert table features affordable DIY projects ла like chocolate-dipped marshmallow pops with colorful Halloween sprinkles, glitter pumpkins, and popcorn-filled paper cones displayed on a bed of candy corn! 

All of these themed paper details are available in Stefanie Richter’s etsy shop (www.annaandblue.com) and many items have been discounted for even greater savings.

For other festive decorating ideas, visit Hostess with the Mostess® at www.hwtm.com.

Scary & Sweet treats

Whether you’re hosting a Halloween party or other special occasion, treats from Sweets Indeed specializes in high end candy and desserts.  Visit them at www.sweetsindeed.com to see their full line of sweet treats.

Kids and adults alike will delight in these colorful Halloween Candy Kabobs from Sweets Indeed as featured on Hostess with the Mostess® (www.hwtm.com)!

These lollipop-topped skewers hold one-half pound of candy each! The designs include Bats and Pumpkins and are perfect for any fall party theme.

Custom orders for a variety of Candy Kabobs are available at www.sweetsindeed.com.

NEW this season!
Buckets of cotton candy and with eyeballs. These slightly scary treats from Sweets Indeed are sure to get any party started.

With fall in the air, what better time to start planning your Halloween and Fall Harvest Parties? This collection will make any party unique and festive.  Whether you’re celebrating Halloween or Fall Harvest, by adding plastic spiders or candy pumpkins, you can adapt these tips to any occasion.  

Frighteningly Easy DIY Treat Cones

• craft styrofoam sheets
• lollipop sticks
• candy corn
• colored paper
• tape/gluestick
• edged tray or other similar shaped vessel – like the bottom part of a shirt box or an acrylic shadow-box frame

Roll the paper into cones and secure with tape/glue. Leave a small hole open at the bottom of each cone, just big enough to fit over a lollipop stick.
Cut and place a styrofoam sheet so that it fits snugly inside a decorated box, tray or vessel.
Insert lollipop sticks into the styrofoam in rows, then cover the top of the foam completely with candy corn.
Fill paper cones with flavored popcorn or kettlecorn (or a similar treat), then slip the filled cones over the lollipop sticks, which will give them the illusion of standing up on their own on top of the candy corn!

For more ideas or to purchase printable party items, visit Stefanie at www.annaandblue.com.


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