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Spooky-Licous Halloween Party

Halloween is such a fun holiday for kids and adults alike. Here is a photo from last year's Halloween of my family and I dressed up as the s'mores family. I made the costumes from felt! My boys love getting dressed up and playing pretend. They also enjoy helping me cook and bake when I'm making pumpkin recipes, ghoulish treats and other Halloween themed goodies. I believe it's very important to get them involved in the kitchen so they can learn to be independent, improve their fine motor skills as well as expand their cause and effect comprehension. It's a win-win, they help me, they learn and they have fun!

I recently received a wonderful package filled with awesome goodies at no cost to me from my friends at KRAFT Foods.

This package has all the essentials to make a fabulously spooky party. As soon as I opened the box, I was inspired to put together a little Halloween get-together for my boys and their two best friends. I decided to style a simple but festive spooky table setting with kid-friendly food and an activity.

The best part was that I only had to spend an additional $10 make this adorable table. Can you believe I purchased paper plates in two sizes, napkins, four cute cups, a plastic banner and paper treat cups all for $10?!?! I already had the forks, spoons, sign frame and mini mason jars.

I wanted to give the tiered tray a double purpose - centerpiece and serving tray for all the food. I placed it in the center of the table and then styled the food on each tier.

For the menu, I served KRAFT Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese Dinner in mini mason jars with orange twine around the rim, sugar cookie bones dusted with cocoa powder to make them look real, JELL-O JIGGLERS, PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese drizzled with soy sauce and sesame seeds, whole-wheat crackers, and JET-PUFFED JUMBO PUMPKINMALLOWS. I filled their little cups with sparkling mango punch.

The kids absolutely loved the food options and the fact that it was within reach to them. Kids usually have to wait until an adult hands it to them or raises them to see the choices - this time, the food was right on their table for them to enjoy!

I even had an activity they could do right at the table and then eat it afterwards. I had the kids draw Jack O' Lanterns on JET-PUFFED JUMBO PUMPKINMALLOWS with edible ink markers.

You could also make these in advance and use them to hold name cards by attaching them to the picks inserted into the marshmallows.

For more marshmallow recipes, crafts and more, visit Alejandra at www.facebook.com/JetPuffed and at her blog www.TheMarshmallowStudio.com

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