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For some, the first day of fall is when the weather shifts, leaves change colors and boots come out of the closet. For others, it is the start of social gatherings season! This Halloween centerpiece and spooky table setting idea are perfect because it is adorable, affordable and completely attainable for any crafting skill level! This look also shows off some of my freezer favorites, Tyson® Chicken Patties and State Fair® Mini Corn Dogs, which are the perfect entertainment solutions for those fall get togethers.
I have two fun tutorials for you today and I am going to start with my spooky chicken and chili, here is what you will need:
- Tyson® Chicken Patties
- State Fair® Mini Corn Dogs
- Provolone cheese (or your favorite cheese cut into circle pieces)
- whole olives
- pretzel pieces
- candy eyes or icing
- 3 cans of your favorite chili
1 medium onion
- 1 red bell pepper
- 2 carrots
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp paprika
- salt, pepper and oil
The first step in this recipe is to get the veggies diced up, I like to take a little help from the store and then add some fresh ingredients to make it my own. In this case it is the onions, pepper and carrot for the chili.
I let that saute in a tablespoon of oil for about 5 minutes and then added the salt, pepper, cumin and paprika and cooked for another 3-4 minutes.
It was at this point that I popped my Tyson® Chicken Patties and State Fair® Mini Corn Dogs in the oven, make sure to line with foil to make cleanup a breeze!
Once the veggies are cooked, I added the chili and cooked until it was warmed through, about another 5 minutes.
By this time, I pulled out the mini corn dogs and the chicken patties got their layers of cheese. Two patties got a whole piece of cheese and two got to slices of olives and many slices of provolone to look like mummies. I put the chicken patties back in the oven to let the cheese get all melty and delicious.
When they come out, the mummies are ready to be served on top of your chili and the plain patties need their own little spider friend to prop up on top. For this I took the mini corn dog, poked some holes in the side with a chopstick and added some broken pretzel pieces for the legs. I would do this before snack time because you break a lot of pretzels to get the pieces you need.
The pretzel pieces pop right in the side and I thought I would go with the tiniest bit of icing for the eyes but you could use ketchup and mustard if you wanted. Once he was done, he took his position right on the cheese covered chicken patty and the whole thing sat on top of another bowl of chili.
I love how these spooky treats turned out and they would be a fun addition to any Halloween party. They really set the mood for the holiday and the adorable jack-o-lantern planter in the middle doesn’t hurt either!
I love this because it is a take off the pumpkin planters I have seen everywhere but much more affordable and will last longer than a fresh pumpkin. Why you ask? Because I started with the $1 jack-o-lantern treat bucket that we all have tucked away in the garage!
All I did was give it a coat of gold spray paint (one of my favorites) and let it dry.
Then I coated the eyes, nose and smile in glue and covered it in glitter. I chose black glitter because I like the color combination or Halloween but you can go with you favorite colors.
Then I brought it outside to fill with soil, I made sure to leave a couple inches at the top to make room for the plants themselves.
I chose some fun fall colored flowers that like sun because after a couple of days indoors, I have a perfect place on my porch for this fun Halloween planter. I love a multi-use centerpiece!
To finish off this fun Halloween tablescape I brought in some pumpkins, burlap, wheat bundles and brown plates. It is so fun to walk around the house grabbing all the things that fit my vision! This is why I love having neutral materials all around me.
There you go! A quick and easy meal idea and table setting perfect for your Halloween dinner party! I hope you like these ideas and please let me know what are your favorite time savers to keep on hand to make spontaneous dinner parties easier? Let me know in the comments below!