Tips and Tricks to Being a Spook-tacular Host

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As you guys know I am a busy working mom (with a toddler running around) who loves to maximize my time with my family when I get it. For that very reason I unfortunately often shy away from having guests over to our home as I automatically think, "how do I have time for that? Having people over is soo much work!" The thing is... I love having people over to our home. Whether it be family or friends I always want our home to be an inviting place to fellowship with others. Hints why I am always on the lookout for easy tips and tricks to hosting. 

We already have plans to host some friends over prior to trick or treating on Halloween and I have been on the lookout for what I could cook and do to host these friends since let's face it...we need (and want) to be focusing on getting the littles in costumes and all the fun stuff that comes with Halloween instead of sweating over the stove. Well I did a test run last night (yes I had someone over on a weeknight, aren't you impressed? Everyone please be impressed because for me this is a huge feat!) and came up with 5 simple tips and tricks to hosting a spook-tacular event. Easy-peasy. 

1. Have plenty of candy handy (you like what I did there?) displayed in fun Halloween dishes.

I purchased NESTLÉ® Jumbo Assorted Fun Size Candy from Walmart to fill my pumpkin dish and Halloween bowl. Something about candy in a bowl is just inviting, fun, and screams Halloween time.


2. Throw out some inexpensive, easy decor that you can keep up throughout the season.

For our house this is a giant spider with a "spider web" you can purchase at Walmart, spread out over our front bushes and a "Boo" door hanger form Kirklands. Welcome to our home ya'll! 

3. Light some fall smelling candles around the house.

Because nothing says fall and Halloween or welcome to our home like candles. 

4. Come up with a simple dinner idea that tastes great and takes little to no effort. 

For me this evening was a last minute event so I was thrilled when I opened my freezer and remembered I had purchased STOUFFER'S® Family Size EntrĂ©es: Manicotti during my last Walmart trip. It was delicious and SO simple. Literally all I I did was pre-heat the oven and stick it in the oven for an hour. I pared it with a bagged salad and garlic bread. YUM. It seriously looked liked I slaved over it all day but required no effort. 

Yum....making me hungry again. 

5. Have a fun drink for the kiddos.

I purchased NESQUIK® Ready to Drink chocolate milk from Walmart and served it in fun Halloween cups.  My little guy was thrilled! 

I hope these simple tips help you host a spook-tacular event! I was thrilled to host a nice party yet still getting to maximize my time on what matters most to me...spending time with my friends and family!

What are your simple tips and tricks to hosting? Happy fall ya'll! 

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