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Halloween Party on a $25 Budget

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Now, if you follow my blog, you know that I LOVE to craft things for parties (especially Halloween) and I’m often making recipes from scratch. But this year, I have two babies in my belly and I have NO energy to make anything, so I hit up the 99 Cents Only store for all of my Halloween party items to throw a Halloween Party on a $25 Budget! Halloween Party on a $25 Budget // Salty CanaryMy crafting rule is “make it if you can make it better or for less money than you can buy it”, but my other crafting rule is ” just buy it if you don’t have the time or energy!” We just moved out of my in-laws house where we would get over 1,000 kids trick-or-treating for Halloween, and I don’t have the energy to decorate our house this year, so I figured we would go over to the old house (where my in-laws now live since they moved out to California from North Carolina) and show them the ropes with a little family party. With 1,000 trick-or-treaters ringing the doorbell, you have to be prepared, so I usually make a simple dinner such as Mac and Cheese or Pizza, something that can easily be re-warmed, and then I have drinks and dessert ready. For a small party of 5, I still wanted a little theme and decor, so I whipped up this quick party for under $25 including the decorations, cupcakes, and Eye of the Newt Punch! Halloween Party on a $25 Budget // Salty CanaryThe decorations cost $11 total, the ingredients for the cupcakes cost $6, and the ingredients for the Eye of the Newt Punch cost $8. The Eye of the Newt Punch was a big hit with my husband! He thought it smelled SO good! It’s one of those recipes where you just kind of add a little bit of this and a little bit of that until you get to the taste you want, plus, you may need more or less depending on the size of your crowd, but I’ll put up my recipe below. Halloween Party on a $25 Budget // Salty CanaryHalloween Party on a $25 Budget // Salty Canary

Eye of the Newt Halloween Punch
Eye of the Newt Halloween Punch
  • 4-6 cups pineapple juice
  • 1 liter ginger ale
  • ½ cup lime juice
  • 1 package of green drink mix (Kool-Aid or Hawaiian Punch)
  • frozen grapes, divded
  1. Mix all of the ingredients together.
  2. Add a bit more of one or another to get it to taste exactly how you want.
  3. Add frozen "Newt Eye" grapes.
  4. Keep some frozen grapes separate to use as a garnish.
  5. Double or triple receipe if needed to serve a large crowd.

And the box-mix cupcakes were hits as well! I simply added some black food coloring to the cupcake mix and some green food coloring to half the frosting to add a bit of Halloween. Halloween Party on a $25 Budget // Salty CanaryI always like to have flowers on the table, so I was happy to find these black faux flowers at the 99 along with the Eye of the Newt jar to use as a vase! Halloween Party on a $25 Budget // Salty CanaryAnd the “Horror Night” sign and bats made the decorating so easy! The “Horror Night” sign came in a pack with about 8 other vintage-style graphics (that I put away for next year) and the bats make such a huge impact for just 99 cents! Those bats are the perfect example of my craft rule – I could make them myself, but I can’t make them better or for less than 99 cents, so I bought them! Halloween Party on a $25 Budget // Salty CanaryThe 99 is your one-stop Halloween shop for indoor and outdoor decorations, party supplies, and candy! Halloween Party on a $25 Budget // Salty CanaryThere is always something new and exciting and you never know what you’ll find when you “do the 99!” 99 Cents Only Stores have all of your favorite name brands at a price that can’t be beat. If you’re looking for more Back to School inspiration, be sure to follow the 99 on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter!

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