Gather your friends and use these patriotic decorating, entertaining, and recipe ideas for this year's 4th of July celebration. From festive star banners and refreshing watermelon coolers to raveworthy party favors and more, your 4th of July party is bound to be summer's biggest shindig.View Slideshow
Treat friends and family to a fun Halloween celebration that's a cinch to throw together. Serve a spread of easy, yet delicious, party foods mingled with simply spooky decorations.
Craft several of these party invitations to hang on your friends' doors as a reminder of your spooky soiree. Decorate your front door with one, too.
Party guests tend to linger around the food table, so make yours as engaging as possible. A simple runner made from orange-and-white striped fabric trimmed with rickrack grounds the goodies displayed on black, white, green, and orange dishes and serving pieces.
Amuse your guests by clearly marking party food with these labels that look like they were pulled from the fire.
Give your guests something to crow about by perching a few crows (available at crafts stores) in strategic locations. Don't forget to add them in unexpected nooks and to the buffet table.
For the spiderweb design, mix together 3 tablespoons of sour cream and 1 tablespoon of milk. Pour the mixture into a plastic condiment bottle. Carefully squeeze several circles on the surface of warm soup, making a targetlike design.
Use a toothpick to drag lines from the center out toward the edges to create a web design. Voila! Create the webs just as you serve your guests so they get the full effect (and before the sour cream dissolves into the soup).
No matter how sweet the treat, adding fake spiders to the food display makes everything look a little creepier.
Ghosts and goblins will love digging into this crunchy concoction. This make-ahead mixture includes seeds, nuts, oats, and a healthy dose of sweet ingredients.
Bags of sweets and snacks are always a hit. For a change of pace, include some nonedible loot, such as small toys or Halloween-themed flashlights (available at party stores) to use on trick-or-treating adventures.
Share the Halloween recipes that were served at the party. Print the recipes on white paper, roll up, and tie with a black ribbon. Display the favors in a container on the food table for guests to grab on their way home.