Ghouls' Night Out
Sure, ghosts are scary, but their white-on-white elegance can inspire a sophisticated, playful party. Mix in candles, crystal dishes, and mercury glass and suddenly spooky is stunning. Bring an ornate arbor inside, like the Garden Oasis Metal Arbor with Gate, from Sears.com, and wrap it with webs; shroud a sturdy table, like the Grand Resort Anna Maria Dining Table, available at Sears.com and Kmart.com, where you can also find dishes and Halloween props. Petite Poltergeists To create a bitty boo crew, skewer 2-inch foam balls with 4-inch lollipop sticks. Roll out white gum paste to 1 ⁄8 -inch thickness, and cut rounds using a 4 1⁄2-inch cutter. Dab piping gel on each ball. Gently enclose the ball with a round, rippling the bottom. When ghosts harden, wet two spots and adhere sprinkles with tweezers for the eyes. Use to garnish cocktails and purchased cupcakes. Boo Brew For a terrifyingly tasty toddy, combine 8 ounces Smirnoff Vanilla® Vodka, 8 ounces Captain Morgan® Original Spiced Rum, 4 cups cream of coconut, and 4 cups milk. Stir and chill well until serving time, then strain into glasses or a punch bowl. Garnish with ghost toppers. Makes 8 drinks. Appy owl-o'-ween Give some harmless pretzel owls a menacing demeanor. Roll a sheet of gum paste until very thin, then cut 24 1-inch rounds and 24 small teardrop shapes for eyes. Set them on a wire rack to dry. Melt white chocolate, drop in pretzels, and using a skewer, flip to coat. Lift pretzels out and let excess drip off; let cool. With the remaining melted chocolate, adhere the gum paste cutouts and add black pearls for eyes. Place candy cigarettes for eyebrows, sunflower seeds for beaks, and silver sprinkles for claws; let set. Stick them onto gourds using melted chocolate. For even more clever Halloween ideas like this one, go to ideas.evite.com. Make a Date With this Evite invitation (from Evite.com/sandralee), your own ghostly celebration is just a quick click away!