Halloween Drinks For Adults

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Who says Halloween is just for kids? We’ve gathered a variety of fun, colorful and delicious Halloween drinks for adults to help you live it up with all of your best guy and “ghoul-friends”! Just click on the links below to find directions for making each of these great Halloween drinks. Have fun!

1. Melon-Eye Tini

2. Goblin Screwdrivers

3. Test Tube Shooters

4.  Gremlin  Punch

** The test tube shooters and melon punch can be made for either kids or adults, so everyone can join in the fun! Happy Halloween!

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Get Boo-zed on Halloween

get boo-zed this HalloweenIn my neck of the woods, the adults seem to enjoy Halloween as much as the kids, so why should the kids have all the fun? This year we are starting the tradition of “boo-zing” our favorite friends and neighbors. What does it mean to get boo-zed on Halloween? Well, have you ever seen a ghostie sign mysteriously hanging in your neighbor’s window? Chances are they have kids who’ve been “boo-ed” by a friend secretly leaving a bag of candy and treats by the front door. Ever secretly wished that you could have your own secret boo-er? Here is the tradition you have been waiting for – with a slight improvement! This Halloween why not start the tradition of “boo-zing” your grown up friends by secretly leaving a bottle of wine on their front porch. Because really, who wouldn’t love that?!

We’ve created free “We’ve Been Boo-zed” printables for you, plus directions for boo-zing your friends. Have fun!

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To start your own boo-zing fun, click on each of the images below to go to a page with a printable image. Print off two copies of each of the following free Get Boo-zed printables. You might want to print the first card with the poem on nicer paper or cardstock as this is the one that will get attached to your gift of wine.

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The next printable is the sign that gets displayed on your neighbor’s front door or window so that they don’t get re-boo-zed!

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Finally, the third printable gives all the instructions of what to do to keep the boo-zing tradition going strong all through October.

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So there you go, a fun solution to make Halloween fun for the adults as well as the kids! Happy haunting!

For more ways to make this Halloween your best ever, visit our Creative-Party-Themes homepage, where you’ll find links to lots of great Halloween party themes and ideas!

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Tailgating Games

Tailgating Games

 

You’ve gotten to campus early to secure your great tailgating spot, but the kickoff isn’t for hours.  We’ve got you covered with this list of our top 10 tailgating games!

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Our Top 10 Tailgating Games

Challenge your friends, help keep the kids busy and work off those hot and spicy wings! Here is a list of our top 10 favorite tailgating games! All these top tailgating games are fun to play, take up minimal space and are easy to transport.




 

Tailgate Yahtzee (sometimes called Yardzee)tailgate games — This is a bigger version of the classic dice game. You can find lots of versions of this game, often in your favorite team’s colors!  You can find free printable yard Yahtzee scorecards and a tutorial for making your own dice over at Whipperberry.com

 

 

Football Toss — Are you an arm chair quarterback?  Prove your skill with this football throwing game. Play it for accuracy in around the world or tic tac toe!

 


 

 

Ladder Toss Game — This is a backyard classic! We like this game for all ages, abilities and outdoor party themes, and it comes with a easy to pack carrying case.

 

Washer Toss Game – This top tailgate game doesn’t require much space to play.

Polish Horseshoes — Also known as Beersbee. Test your frisbee aim with this game. The team who knocks their opponents’ beer can off the pole by hitting it with a flying disc wins!

 

 

NCAA Tailgate Ping Pong Table — Choose from a wide selection of NCAA Football teams and get a spirited game of ping pong (or beer pong) going!

 


Birdee Golf Tailgate Yard Game– “Fore!”  This is a collapsible net and birdie set where you can chip your birdie into the target. Luckily for your tailgating neighbors this top tailgating game uses soft birdees and not golf balls.

 

Football Team Cornhole — Cornhole is another classic yard or tailgating game that is fun for everyone. Amazon has a great variety of cornhole sets representing a variety of NCAA or NFL teams.

 


Giant Jenga– You can paint the pieces of this Mega Jenga game in your school colors for extra team spirit!

 

 

Rollors Game — This super fun game combines bowling, horseshoes, and bocce to try and get your rollor closest to the wooden pyramid. This game won a top 10 award for fun outdoor activities.

 

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For the winner of each game, print this Tailgate Winner printable. Print it on card stock and attach it to a small gift like a  jar of barbecue sauce, a bag of peanuts, team fan gear or even a favorite beverage.

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It’s Oktoberfest Time!

Beer, Brats, and Ooompah Bands…It must be Oktoberfest!

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It’s that glorious time of year again; the days are crisp, the colors are bright, and it’s time to enjoy some great food and fun music at Oktoberfest.  Munich’s Oktoberfest takes place between September 16th and October 3rd, so that makes it the perfect time to start thinking of how you might have your own Oktoberfest celebration! Last year our family joined some friends out in Mt. Angel for their annual city-wide Oktoberfest and we can’t wait for the festivities to come again! If youOktoberfest decorations have never celebrated Oktoberfest, you can expect lots of traditional German foods and drinks (brats and beer being the most time-honored traditions). You will also be treated to bands playing polkas and the good old chicken dance, weiner dog races, and lots of folks dressed up in their finest lederhosen. It is a super treat that we look forward to every year.

Last year we branched out a little when choosing our dinner.  At the recommendation of our friends, we tried the pelmeni. Wow! These were amazing. Although technically they are a Russian food, they are a tradition at Mt. Angel Oktoberfest. What are pelmeni? They are a type of meat ravioli that are cooked in butter and served with sour cream and vinegar. Although they sound a little different, trust me, they were great, especially when accompanied by some Oktoberfest beers.  If you are curious, and would like to try making these at home, here is a recipe we found at cookeatshare.com.

Pelmeni Recipe:

1 1/2 cups flourRussian pelmeni
2 eggs
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 lb. ground beef
1/2 lb. ground pork
2 medium onions, finely chopped
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
garlic to taste

Directions

  1. To make the dough, combine the flour, eggs, water and 1/2 tsp. salt. Knead mixture. Let rest for 30 minutes.
  2. Mix the ground beef, ground pork, onions, 1 tsp. salt, pepper and garlic together.
  3. Cut the dough into three equally sized pieces and roll each one into a cylinder the diameter of a finger. Cut each cylinder into pieces the size of a walnut, then roll each piece into a very thin flat cake with a diameter of about 2 inches.
  4. Put some of the ground meat mixture in the center of each flat cake (quite a lot, but not so much that you can’t then seal up the dough). Then fold the dough in half and join up the edges to seal them. Pinch the corners together: you should now have a ravioli-shaped “flying saucer.”
  5. Boil the pelmeni in salted water for seven minutes, or until they float to the surface.
  6. Serve in soup bowls. I like to offer three dipping sauces: sour cream, creamy horseradish, and white wine vinegar. YUMMMMM!

oktoberfest partyThere are bound to be lots of Oktoberfest celebrations going on, but if you can’t find something nearby you can always host your own party! Take a look at our complete Oktoberfest Party Ideas page for lots of suggestions for food, drinks, decorations, and activities.  Have fun!