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Girlfriends. Amigas. Your people. Beavers. Whatever you call the people who know where the bodies are buried, you need them, and they need you. You guys go together like drunk and disorderly, and have an appreciation for sarcasm, wine, and everything fine. After all, it’s always wine-o-clock when your besties live in different time zones.
And maybe, just maybe, you’re strong enough to relinquish parenting control for a much needed ladies hallowine party. It’s just one night, right? What’s the worst that could happen?
Don’t answer that.
As soon as the wine starts flowing, you will forget about your munchkins eating fruit snacks and cookies for dinner. Contact with the mothership temporarily disables all thoughts of baths and bedtimes. At this point, your only concern should be red, white, or some double fist action. Go on with your bad self and do you, everyone else is.
Just don’t go on too hard without food. Wine is absolutely a main course, but you need food. Easy food. Maybe even something you can cook in your slow cooker during the day. Yanno, something you can make with the hand that isn’t fishing who-knows-what out of your baby’s mouth.
‘FANCY’ FINGER FOOD:
- 1.5 lbs Stew beef
- 1 cup Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi wine in Cabarnet Sauvignon
- 2 Garlic cloves
- 1 Tbsp Peppercorns
Take the five minutes you get in between feeding your baby and reminding your toddler to eat his cereal again to toss all of the ingredients in your slow cooker. Mornings are no joke but neither is the simplicity of this ‘fancy’ finger food. Put the lid on and let the slow cooker do the work for you (low 6-8 hours, high 4-6 hours). And yes, I did just remind you to put the lid on.
Don’t ask me why I reminded you. It’s not like I would ever do anything like that…
All you need to do before your guests arrive is prepare the bacon however you like (I opted for chewy bacon so it was easier to wrap around the beef), wrap the beef in bacon, and spear it with a toothpick. Or outsource it to your husband. Not that I ever do that…
Note: Give each piece a consistent peppered flavor by using a thick cut, peppered piece of bacon.
Keeping with the illusion of fancy food, serve a cheeseball and crackers.
And fall themed cookies. That you made, of course. You definitely did not pick them up on your way home.
If you are truly throwing a hallowine party and not your weekly wine party, there should be an abundance of fall flavored everything at the store. Like these caramel apple peanuts.
And the same concept applies to the hallowine decor. You can go straight Halloween or blend wine and Halloween together for a wicked mashup. Get it? Wicked… witches. Hallowine… Halloween.
I’ll be here all day, folks!
We both know your lady friends will love you long time if you send them home with a bottle of wine, but let’s be real, sharing is not caring when you’re talking about giving away your wine. Your friends will understand if you choose to send them home with adorable bags of caramel apple popcorn.
How’s that for scary easy? The decor will be overshadowed by the availability of wine, so instead of fretting over the bat chandelier, pat yourself on the back because ya did it. Your gal pals thank you.
There are more ideas of the vino sort on the Simple Entertaining Social Hub, and you might even be lucky enough to try Woodbridge before you buy it at an in-store demo. Check out this list to see where Woodbridge in-store demos will be occuring near you!
DO A GIRL A FAVOR AND PIN THIS HALLOWINE PARTY!