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Preparing an Appetizer Dinner for 25 Guests at Game Night

Preparing an Appetizer Dinner for 25 Guests at Game Night

My husband had a birthday last month! We have a habit of throwing a game night to celebrate. We love having people over, and most of the time we have everyone brings an appetizer while I provide an entree dish. This time, however, I decided to do it all myself! I had an idea in my head and wanted it to be perfect.

I spent much of the week preparing for it and this was the state of the fridge the day of the party:Preparing for 25 Guests at Game Night | Stone House Rock
Phew! That’s a full fridge! As you can tell from all the prepared food, my theme for dinner was:

Appetizers and Bites

The easiest appetizer to prepare was the cheese. I bought some crackers and cheese from Fred Meyer and set it out on my cute cheese plate.
Preparing for 25 Guests at Game Night | Stone House Rock
I also had a fruit salad with strawberry, pineapple and melon; chips and a cheesy BBQ chicken dip, caprese skewers, veggies and dip, bacon asparagus skewers, and jalapeno poppers. A good friend also brought some banana bread to share!
Preparing for 25 Guests at Game Night | Stone House Rock
Over the next few posts, I’ll share some of the recipes that I found for these various appetizers. They were SOOOO good! (Especially the jalapeno poppers.)

For dessert, I made a giant cookie in a cast iron pan. The ingredients were simply 2 of the pre-made chocolate chip cookie dough packs and 8 oz of chocolate in-between the two packs! It turned out so gooey and delicious.
Preparing for 25 Guests at Game Night | Stone House Rock
Both the cookie and the bacon wrapped asparagus recipes are part of this three-course Tuscan meal that I found here. Try it out and let me know what you think! By the way, the entree dish in the three-course meal was incredible too, though I made it on a different day that same week.

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I absolutely love game nights, having people over and dressing up. So as Halloween approached, I insisted upon hosting a Halloween game night at our house. Hubby didn’t necessarily want to spend time setting up, but he’s always up for having people over and playing board games.

I went to the dollar store and found a ton of Halloween decorations and I began to set up our house. See all these decorations below? Besides the lantern (which I got at Costco for $15), everything was from the dollar store for about $25!20141109-100151-36111447.jpg

I started setting up in our backyard with fake spiderweb, as well as a skull, spider, crow and mini fence right next to our front door. It took some time to figure out how to make it look like spider web, but I think I did a pretty good job!


I was happy to see that the spider web held up very well, even with the downpour we had the day before and morning of Halloween. Definitely an easy way to decorate and celebrate this holiday!


I also decorated inside. You can see little “blood splatters” on the glass pane in the door. You can see the spiderweb that everyone had to get around to get up the stairs and, lastly, I had these fun paper rats that I taped onto the stairs. In fact… those are still there. I don’t know when I’ll get rid of them. Ha! 20141109-114619-42379658.jpg

To prep for the actual party I decided to go all out with the yummies. I bought a pack of Sparkling Ice from Costco and took off all the labels and put on the labels below.


They ended up like this! I really enjoyed offering people “Vampire’s Blood and “Bat Brew!”


The inside decorations included some hanging bats, random fake bugs (including a huge tarantula hidden under the toilet! I scared myself one morning because I had forgotten that I’d placed it there), the lantern and some creepy cloth.


Another of my favorites from the evening were the mummies. I found them on Pinterest. All you have to do is get a pack of hotdogs and Crescent Roll dough. You wrap the dough around half a hotdog and put them on a baking sheet (making sure to spray non-stick oil beforehand). Bake them using the instructions on the Crescent Roll packet. Then I added dots of mustard for the eyes. How do you like my mummies?20141109-100256-36176060.jpg

The other Halloween-y food I made were hamburgers and veggie burgers with cheese cut to look like jack-o-lanterns and I made “dirt cups” in Red Solo Cup shot glasses. For those of you who have never had dirt, it’s a kid’s treat with pudding, crumbled oreos, and gummy worms!

Other food included bean dip and chips, cupcakes with a homemade frosting (people just ate these up!), veggies and dip, and mozzarella with basil. 20141109-100257-36177608.jpg

Here is a closeup of the yummy cupcakes. I figured I’d bring some to work the Monday after Halloween, but some of our guests had 3 or 4 cupcakes each because they found them so delicious! I guess I should do more baking. 🙂


Lastly, we dressed up for the party, and most guests did as well. We had a couple come as the board game Operations (one was the doctor, one was the game board), another couple was peanut butter and jelly, a friend showed up as student debt (super creative – graduation robes and a ball and chain around his ankle), and many other fun costumes!

I was an ewok; here I am posing by the food!


And hubby was R2D2. Doesn’t he look cute? He’s wearing the R2D2 hat I knitted him last year.


I absolutely love Halloween and dressing up. I think we’re going to have to come up with something fun sometime next years that let’s us dress up without waiting for next year’s Halloween!