Paula RossAndy and Paula Ross are the founders of Andy’s Parties, a full-service theme party and enrichment company. Andy’s Parties has run well over 1,000 parties in its first 3 years of operation – everything from Pirate Parties to Princess parties, Superhero and Spa parties. Andrew Ross (Guy in the Monkey Suit) is an entrepreneur with substantial experience with small businesses. After graduating with a degree in business from the Wharton Business School, he spent seven years in the private equity and consulting industries, helping grow many businesses. However, since he graduated from high school, Andy has longed for his previous years as a camp counselor and child's party planner and entertainer. He has leveraged his business knowledge and experience with kids to start Andy's Parties! Andy is primarily responsible for the Andy's Parties Franchising initiative and with growing the corporate locations. Paula Ross (Chief Creative Officer) is primarily in charge of developing new theme parties and enrichment programming. As part of her experience as a communications consultant to corporate clients, she has many years of planning and facilitation experience for social and business events - from huge company holiday gatherings to smaller and mid-sized town hall meetings and open houses in communities where her clients are doing business. Paula is also our Custom Event Specialist and can help you plan weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, Sweet 16 parties, anniversary and retirement parties, as well as corporate and charity events! Please call her for information about our Custom Event Planning Services.
Paula Ross: Hi! I am Paula Ross from Andys Parties. Today we are showing you how to plan and execute a terrific Halloween party for kids at your home. We have already discussed a few other elements of your party. So, right now we are going to talk about what food to serve the kids. You are going to want to serve them some treats and desserts, so Im going to expect that but what do you serve them if you want to give them something a little more substantive. We have a couple of creative simple ideas; with kids it is always very important not to get too elaborate because they just wont eat it. If you want them to eat something, you got to keep it simple. So, we have a couple of ideas for you. The first are little pumpkin sandwiches. We have very simple taken some bread and some sandwich filler cheese, turkey slices, cold cuts, whatever you like and we take a cookie cutter, here we have pumpkins, we have a ghost, a witch and a bat, we will make a sandwich from it. So, right here I have my two pieces of bread, put them together, I have turkey in the middle of this one; my daughter likes turkey. Heres our pumpkin cookie cutter and just press it right down in the middle. Tear the sides away, lift that up and we have perfectly formed pumpkin sandwich. You can serve those little sandwiches at your party or if you want to do something a little more fun, every party has pizza, every kid loves pizza.
In our experience kids will eat pizza anytime of the day, any day of the week and so if you want to serve them pizza but want to make a little more interesting depending how old the kids are and if they can take it. You can go ahead and take some of these little chocolate spiders and put it on top of their pizza. The fun, goolish way to get the Halloween party started right. So, I am going to show how to make these pumpkins or these spiders at home on your very own from homemade melted chocolate.
Okay, so the way we do that, is we go the craft store, the party store and we get candy mount, these are dark coco candy mounts and they start off looking like this little chocolate disks. Pour them into a microwave safe dish and you want probably a cup or two of them and we are going to put these in a microwave on medium heat for 45 seconds to start with.
Our chocolate has now melted, I had this in the microwave for 45 seconds on medium power, I stirred it and put it back in the microwave for 45 seconds on medium power and then there were so few lumps, so we need to stir those out here real quick and then we have to be careful because the bowl is very hot and we are just stirring at all the lumps to make it very smooth. We are going to move our sandwich stuff out of the way here, this off to the side. Alright, what I have here, I have a snack size of a block bag, Im going to open that up and we are going to pour just a little bit of our melted chocolate into the bags, try to be careful not to get in zipper part of it because then it gets really messy. I am going to close that up and I am going to try to push all of the melted chocolate down to one corner. Alright, then we need our scissors. We are going to carefully cut the tiniest edge from the bottom corner of the bag where the chocolate is. Be careful you dont get the plastic remaining in the chocolate, make sure it stays on the scissors and you pull it off to the side.
Okay, here we go. So then, what I have here is a piece of parchment paper and we are going to go ahead and pipe some of this chocolate onto the parchment paper. We make the spider legs and you want to do pretty thick legs that way, when it hardens it wont fall apart. Just make a chocolate spider right here on the parchment paper and we will do a couple of these side by side, just leaving them right on the parchment, continually squeezing that chocolate down into the corner, making our spider legs and they dont have to be perfect because they are going to scare the kids no matter what. So, we have a fun Halloween trick to find chocolate spiders in your pizza. There we have that off to the side. Now what you do with this, gently slide this onto a cookie sheet; put it in your refrigerator for about half an hour. They will be hard as a rock and you can take them out and put them on your kids pizza whenever you are ready and that does it for our food part. We are going to talk about some treats next.