If y’all follow me on Instagram, you have probably already figured out how much I love Halloween. And if you have been reading my posts for a while now, then you would also remember this post about a Halloween shindig from last year.
Well, my friend Sabrina, loves Halloween just as much as I do, and together we were able to invite some mommas who were game to come and party with us in the Viking Range Showroom with one of their littles, to learn something new, and celebrate one of our favorite holidays.
We had a wonderful menu planned for our mommas and kiddos.
For this event, we asked the children to introduce their moms and share something that that they did with their momma which was fun and memorable.
Some of the kiddos were a little shy, but that didn’t stop them from getting to know one another later and having some good old fashioned fun together.
While the children were learning how to make their own ice cream from scratch with the help of Teachers Josh and Babu from Engineering for Kids, the moms were sewing DIY Halloween Trick or Treat Bags with the help of Ann from Ant’s Pocket.
I LOVE both of these activities and think they are equally fabulous. Years ago, when I was still a Brownie Troop Leader, we taught the girls how to make ice cream in much of the same way that Engineering for Kids taught our Halloween party guests this past weekend. If you are planning a kiddie birthday party, both of these suppliers can come in and provide services that are not the “run of the mill” magic shows or juggling acts. Hands on activities, with learning that is based in STEM education for the kids, will always be top on my list when comparing fun things to DO over fun things to WATCH.
If you have been following our Mothers Who Brunch series, you’ll also know how much fun Sabrina and I have with the details… Check out some of the details from our last gathering:
All this Halloween fun has to come with some good eats. And when Sab and I put our mind to the menu, we are sure to have fun!
Spooky Graveyard Taco Dip by @motherswhobrunch for #motherswhobrunchspookyedition #motherswhobrunch #vikingrangeph A photo posted by Michelle Aventajado (@mommanmanila) on
Because we don’t eat as soon as our guests arrive, Sabrina and I always try to have a few appetizers like the Graveyard Dip, the mini mummy pizzas, and two different types of popcorn.
We also served Truffle Mac & Cheese which was wiped out and enjoyed not just by the mommas but also by the kiddos! Easy to bake Bat wings (aka chicken wings) are finished with Zin salt. An easy salad to throw together for the mommas was done with WHISK Raspberry Vinagrette.
But Halloween is not Halloween without some SWEETS!
While Sabrina and I enjoy cooking and gathering mommas in the Viking Range Showroom to learn something new and give them some recipes for the kitchen arsenal, we really cannot do it without the help of our sponsors. Some of the Mommas who visited with us on this particular day, were asking just how we are able to do it all…how we are able to put together these menus with the details, and then cook and serve the dishes while still looking pretty.
I’ll tell you how…using the superior equipment that we have in the Viking Showroom makes it SO easy. In fact, this was the first time that we used every rack in every oven!!!
Special THANKS to all of our Sponsors:
Thank you GLAD for all of the products that make being in the kitchen and preparing for 15 moms and kiddos a breeze. The Cook & Bake parchment paper made it easy to bake everything that filled all the racks in each oven!
Clorox Wipes makes cleaning up spills and messes with kids easier in my home. We keep on container in the kitchen and one container in all the bathrooms.
Thank you so much to the SMILE Group and Engineering for Kids for sponsoring such a fun and educational activity for the kiddos to learn more about science. I think we might even have some molecular gastronomists after that activity! Look out for their Challenge Island Launch which is specifically for bigger gatherings, parties, corporate team building, and family reunions. If you’re curious about what a Challenge Island Party is all about, check out this post from Diego’s birthday this year.
Ann from Ant’s Pocket is easy to work with and can make any gathering even more personalized and fun. All we did was send Ann some pegs of what we envisioned our tablescapes and decor to be, and she came up with the Halloween ornaments AND plushies to gift the kiddos with. She can do small and big parties, create giveaways, centerpieces, and even provide the activity for the kids to create something to take home. Crafty and patient, she knows how to work with children.
Pottly N Tubby has a variety of home items that will make any child’s room the perfect retreat. I’ve been eyeing their tents for some time now, and I SUPER love that this tent they created just for our event had OWLS!!!!
When I first moved here, Cupcakes by Sonja was my answer to the cravings that I would have from a certain cupakery back home in New York. Since then Sonja has become a friend. From Gia’s 8th birthday in her shop in Serendra, to her sponsorship of cookie kits for Gia’s 13th birthday that she held in an orphanage, and to the consistent quality of sweets and sweet treats in her opening up three more branches all over the metro. We are thankful that Sonja created our Halloween themed desserts.
Drinking lemon water every day is easy with the help of Chuckie from Lemons & Greens. Easy order placement and delivery to your door step with only the freshest of ingredients enables all of us to make healthy choices.
Jam Foods is the answer to every busy mommas desire to have fun in the kitchen. With distributors all over the metro, you can order USDA PRIME meats, marinated and ready to be cooked or even warmed up to serve your family only the best tapa ever. (and no need to marinate and make yourself!) The ribs were so easy to defrost and just warm up in the oven! THEY WERE FALL OFF THE BONE DELICIOUS.
As we all try to make healthier choices, we know eliminating processed sugars from our diet can be made by substituting Coco Natura Coco Sugar in our recipes. Our Coco Cayenne Popcorn was a big hit with the Mommas thanks to the nutty caramel flavor of our favorite coco sugar!
Zin Manila has the perfect finishing salts and peppers for all your dishes. There is more of a move towards these artisanal sea, rock, and flavored salts that can make your dishes pop with that little something extra. I am taking advantage of that little extra flavor and working them into many of my dishes.
Whisk dips and dressings are perfect for me to use in the kitchen as an added bonus to saving time. Without any preservatives and all natural goodness and flavors, I can throw together a salad and a meal that is good for the fam bam and tasty too. I SUPER loved their garlic jam. I suggest you pick up a bottle of that right away! Plus-you can order gift packs for your momma friends as well.