Hosting a summer party!
Always ask for nutritional requirements of your guests with the RSVPs to determine if they have any allergies or objections to particular ingredients.
Recipes courtesy of the Halloween Party Host Handbook
RUDY’S STUFFED MUSHROOMS
1/2 cup Garlic bread crumbs
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 package of large whole mushrooms with the stems removed and diced
1/2 cup of cooked, crumbled sausage
2 tablespoons butter
Cut the stems from the mushrooms and carefully scoop out the tops without breaking them apart and dice the stems.
Place the mushroom caps with the scooped side up on a baking sheet.
Combine the remaining ingredients with the diced stems and mix thoroughly.
Fill the mushroom caps with the mixture (save a little bit of the breadcrumbs for the top) and sprinkle with breadcrumbs and drizzle melted butter over the top.
Cook at 350 degrees until lightly browned (approximately 20-30 minutes).
*You can substitute the sausage for diced lobster.
POINTY EARS SALAD
1 pound mixed salad greens
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
4 ounces crumbled blue cheese
1 cup raspberry vinaigrette dressing
Salt and pepper to taste.
Mix the ingredients together and drizzle the dressing on top.
SANTA’S FAMOUS STUFFED CHICKEN
2 cups of cooked white Rice
1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
1 can cream of mushroom soup
~3/4 stick of butter
1/2 cup chopped green onion
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
4 tenderized chicken breast fillets
1 cup garlic flavored bread crumbs
Mix the white rice, cream of mushroom soup, Worcestershire sauce, sautéed onions and mushrooms, 1/4 stick of butter, salt, pepper, and 1/4 cup of garlic bread crumbs.
Tenderize the chicken fillets with a meat tenderizer. At the edge of one end of the chicken fillet, place about 1/2 cup of the rice mixture and roll the chicken fillet around the rice. Place the chicken fillet into a baking pan with the free edge facing down. Microwave the remaining butter for 10 seconds and drizzle over the chicken breast. Lightly sprinkle the garlic flavored bread crumbs over the buttered breast.
Cook at 375 until done (approximately 40 minutes). Check with a meat thermometer to determine if the meat is done.
NORTH POLE CASSEROLE
2 bags of frozen broccoli
1 tube of Kraft garlic cheese
½ cup jalapeno jack cheese
2 cans of Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup
1 can of Campbell’s cream of celery soups
½ diced onion
½ stick of butter
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat the oven to 350F. Thaw out the frozen broccoli and drain the water. Melt the cheeses in a saucepan and add the creamed soups. In a separate pan, sauté the onions with the butter until golden brown. Add the browned onions to the cheese mixture. Pour the cheese mixture over the broccoli in a 9 x 12 baking dish. Sprinkle garlic bread crumbs over the top of the casserole, cover and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until browned and bubbling. Allow to cool on the counter for at least 10 minutes before serving.
RUDY REINDEER’S CAKE
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 large egg whites (3/4 cup)
3/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
White frosting. Brown, Black, Green and Red squeeze frosting to draw a Rudy Reindeer on the cake!
Set rack at the middle level in the oven and preheat to 350 degrees.
Butter the bottom of two 9-inch round or one 13 by 9 by 2-inch pan and line with flour. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar for about 5 minutes, until light and fluffy. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. Combine egg whites, milk and vanilla extract. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the butter mixture then add half the milk mixture. Continue to alternate beginning and ending with flour mixture. Scrape the bowl and beater often.
Pour the batter into prepared rectangular pan(s) and smooth top with metal spatula. Bake cake(s) about 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center emerges clean.
Cool in pan on rack for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a rack, remove paper and let cool completely. Put into the freezer for about 20-30 minutes, remove the cake to put on the frosting.
Cover the cake with the white frosting; draw a Rudy Reindeer using the squeeze tube frostings and write a festive ‘Merry Christmas’ message on the side.
COCKTAILS FOR ADULTS:
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ cup of chocolate sprinkles
¼ cup of caramel sauce (optional)
3/4 cup white sugar
¼ tbs salt
1/3 cup boiling water
3 1/2 cups milk
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup half-and-half cream
Combine the cocoa, sugar and salt in a saucepan and carefully add the boiling water. Bring this mixture to a small boil and stir frequently. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes. Turn off the heat and stir in 3 1/2 cups of milk and the vanilla and stir. Divide between 4 mugs. Add whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles to the tops of the mugs and serve! Drizzle the top with caramel sauce.
JINGLE BELL JUICE
1 oz. orange juice 1 oz. grapefruit juice 1 oz. passion-fruit juice 1 oz. mango juice 1 oz. pineapple juice 1/4 oz. lime juice 1/2 oz. kiwi syrup
Pineapple, strawberries, orange slices, and cherries for garnish.
Shake the ingredients with a glass of broken ice and poor into a glass. Garnish with the fruit and serve!
1 cup milk
2 cups vanilla ice-cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ cup of Oreo cookies (or other cookies as preferred)
Add the above ingredients into a blender on low speed for 1 minute until mixed thoroughly. Serve in a glass with an Oreo cookie garnish.
4 cups milk
1.5 cups sugar
5 whole cloves
½ tsp vanilla extract and 2 tsp for second phase
2.5 cups light rum
4 cups heavy cream
½ tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
12 egg yolks
Combine the milk, cloves, ½ tsp. vanilla and cinnamon in a medium saucepan over the lowest setting for 5 minutes. Slowly bring the mixture to a boil.
In a large bowl, add the egg yolks and sugar, whisking until light and fluffy. Whisk hot milk mix slowly with the eggs, stirring. Pour this mixture back into the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring for about 3 minutes or until thick. Prevent this mixture from boiling! Strain to remove cloves and allow cooling for about 1 hour. Stir in rum, 2 tsp. vanilla and nutmeg. Refrigerate for 24 hours before serving.
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TOTALLY SUNNY MOVIE CHALLENGE
Game objective: To be the team that answers correctly the most ‘years of release’ of the sunshine’y movies!
Game instructions: Pair the guests into groups of 4-5. Give the teams 10 minutes (or more) to fill in the correct year of the listed hit movies using the ‘Totally Sunny Movie Challenge Answer Sheet’ (game attachment). When the time is up and / or the guests are finished, collect the answer sheets and score them using the ‘Totally Sunny Movie Challenge Answer Key’.
Props Needed: Printed copies of ‘The Totally Sunny Movie Challenge (CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE SHEET)’ and answer key to score the sheets.
Playing Time ~10-15 minutes
TOTALLY SUNNY MOVIE CHALLENGE ANSWER KEY
I Know What You Did Last Summer
Stand by Me
The Sand Lot
Little Miss Sunshine
TOP CHEF - POOLSIDE GUACAMOLE
Objective: to be the ultimate culinary genius by making the best-tasting and best-looking guacamole dip!
Game Instructions: Either each guest can compete individually or you can put them into teams of 2, 3 or 4. Place all of the ‘possible’ ingredients on a table where each guest has access to enough of the ingredient for their recipe (see the suggested ingredient choices below). If you think of any additional ingredients you choose to use, feel free to add (or omit some).
Give each guest a mixing bowl, a wire whisk (or just a spoon), and a set number of avocados. When the host says go, the guests are to create the best tasting and best looking guacamole dip by using the best tasting combination of the ingredients below!
Each team can only take ONE ingredient from the ingredient table at a time - no grabbing all of the ingredients to sabotage the other chefs!! They must return the container holding the ingredient in a timely manner before getting another one from the ingredient table! After an ingredient is used, it must be immediately returned to the table (if not used in its entirety) or the team gets a 1 minute penalty where they cannot continue until the penalty is served.
The following are the suggested ingredients to place on the table. Please make an announcement that by NO MEANS does it suggest that putting all of these ingredients into guacamole dip will be the best tasting! They are to create the best combination of the ingredients that they select!
EXAMPLE FOOD INGREDIENTS FOR THE INGREDIENTS TABLE:
Mayo - maybe 2-3 different types to choose from Soy Sauce
Mustard - maybe 2-3 different types to choose from Paprika
1000 Island Salad Dressing Salt & Pepper
Worcestershire Sauce Cooked bacon (diced for them)
Avocados (have plenty) Shredded cheese - a few types to choose from
Relish - sweet and a sour Onions (diced for them - different varieties)
Pickles (diced for them) Tomatoes (diced for them - different varieties)
Lemons (cut into slices) Limes (cut into slices)
Cilantro (fresh herbs, minced) Garlic (minced)
Spinach leaves (minced) Parsley (minced)
Give the guests a time limit (i.e. 8 -10 minutes) to create their culinary delight. When the host calls ‘time’, s/he will taste each team’s guacamole and judge on presentation and taste. The best tasting guac dip wins!
Props Needed: the food ingredients listed above - any variation of them and if you think of any to add - feel free! Mixing bowl and a spoon or wire whisk for each guest.
Playing time ~ 15 minutes.
SUPER SATURATED SWEATSHIRT RACE
Game Objective: To be the first team to race to opposing sides of the pool while wearing a super saturated sweatshirt!
Game Instructions: Divide your group into two teams and give them each an XL or XXL sweatshirt. For each team, half of the team will go to the opposite ends of the pool. On go, the first person of each team puts on the sweatshirt (over their swimming suit) and swims to the other side in any manner they so choose to their teammates. They are to remove the sweatshirt and put it on the next person on their team. This continues until each player on a team is on a different side than they started on and the first team who gets their whole team on the opposite side they started from wins.
Props Needed: An XL or XXL sweatshirt for each team.
Playing Time ~20 minutes
PING PONG MADNESS
Game objective: to be the team that obtains the most ping pong balls with the highest point values.
Divide your teams into groups of 2-3 players each. Write an arbitrary point value on as many ping pong balls as you choose to play with and dump them in the middle of the pool. On go, one member from each team can enter the pool without splashing and retrieve a ping pong ball and then they must come back to the side, exit the pool and place it in their team’s bucket. When their entire body is out of the water, the next player on their team can enter the pool to retrieve the next ball and so on. Jumping in the pool is illegal (it can get too dangerous) so the players must enter the pool without splashing. Anyone who splashes while entering the pool must exit the pool and reenter the pool before retrieving their ping pong ball.
First Game Variation: Put a colored dot on each ball and the players can only collect the balls with their color dot on them and the first team to collect all of their balls - wins!
Second Game Variation: allow all players to enter the pool on ‘go’ and race to fetch as many balls as possible as quickly as possible.
Props Needed: Ping Pong balls and buckets for each team to collect their ping pong balls in.
Playing Time ~20 minutes
THE P.G.A. (POOLSIDE GOLF ASSOCIATION) TOURNAMENT
Game objective: To be the team that can rack up the most points by a gentle putt of your golf ball to the bull’s-eye!
Game instructions: Pair the guests into groups of 3-4. Cut out one color of construction paper in about a 3-inch (7.5 cm) diameter circle. With a different color, cut out a larger circle with a 5 inch (12.5 cm) diameter and tape the smaller circle inside of the larger one, and repeat this process about 4-5 times until you’ve created a bulls-eye (see the picture below). Write the applicable scores on the bulls-eye for each circle (i.e. 50, 40, 30, etc.). Tape this bulls-eye to the deck and mark a 5 foot (1.5 meter) line away from the bulls-eye on the floor. From this line is where the guests will putt their golf balls using the putter.
One at a time, using a putter, each guest gently putts a golf ball (or plastic Easter egg) towards the bulls-eye. The host records the score of where each ball (or egg) lands. Where the actual ball touches is the score that is recorded - it doesn’t matter if the ball is hovering above a higher score - it ONLY matters where the ball comes in contact with the paper of the target. Any ball that doesn’t land on the target will be recorded as a ‘try’ for 0 points. Each player on each team gets 5 tries and the top 3 scores are recorded. In the case of unequal teams, you can count an extra try for the applicable amount of guests on the smaller team to make it an even number of tries for all teams.
If the player requests a practice putt - this practice putt will not count towards the 5 tries and the score will not be recorded even if it lands on the bulls-eye.
Props Needed: Colored construction paper, scissors, tape, golf balls (or plastic Easter eggs) and a putter.
Playing Time ~20 minutes.
SHOVE A DUCK GAME
Game Objective: to be the team to get their rubber duckie to the other end of the pool.
Game Instructions: Group your guests into teams of 3-4 and have them start at one end of the pool and give each team a rubber duck. On go, they must use their nose to push the duck to the other end of the pool. They can also blow the duck forward. However, they cannot use their lips or teeth to move the duck in any manner and cannot touch their duck with their hands or feet. Game defense: the opposing team is allowed to prevent the advancement of the opposing team’s duck by splashing water either in the team’s faces or toward their ducks. However, they can’t touch the other players or the other players’ ducks in any way or they must go back to the starting end of the pool. They can only defend with ‘water’ and words if they wish to taunt J
The first team to get their duck to touch the other end of the pool is the winning team.
Props Needed: a rubber duck for each team of 3-4 players and an unbiased judge who can determine any game infractions.
WATER BALLOON SPOON PASS
Game Objective: for your team to get the most water balloons on the other side of the lane.
Game Instructions: fill as many water balloons as you wish. Designate two lanes - you decide how long you wish to make them. You can use painter's tape to draw the lanes. Divide your group into two teams and line up each team at your designated start line. Each side of the two lanes should have a collection bucket on the 'finish' end of the lane. Give a large wooden spoon to the starting player on each team. When the host says go, the player will put a water balloon on their spoon and make their way to the other side of the lane, and put the balloon in the bucket. Then, they race back to hand the spoon off to the next player. The point is to transport all of the balloons, one at a time on a wooden spoon, to the other side of the lane. The first team to finish, wins. If a balloon drops along the way, the player must pick it up and return to the start of the lane and start over. Also, a player may not touch the balloon once their feet cross the start line.
Props Needed:10-40 water balloons, 2 wooden spoons, and two designated racing lanes, and 2 collection buckets.
PASS THE COCONUT
Game Objective: a luau-inspired 'hot potato' game.
Game Instructions: Arrange your guests in a large circle. Play fun Hawaiian music and hand the coconut to a random player. Instruct the guests to pass the coconut to the player on their left. The one holding the coconut when the music stops (you stop it at random), is out of the game. The last player 'not' holding the coconut, wins!
Props Needed:Small coconut, Hawaiian music and a playing source.
Game Objective:how low can you go? Be the player who can go under the limbo stick without touching it at the lowest level.
Game Instructions: Put your players in a line behind the limbo stick. Two players must hold it at a designated height (unwavering) for each round - starting with the highest level, and ending at the lowest. Each player is to bend their back and go under the limbo stick without touching it. Whoever touches it, is out. Once all guests have attempted a height, the limbo stick holders bring it down and they try again. They repeat this until there is one player left.
Props Needed:limbo stick and two willing holders of the stick.
HULA TIL' YOU DROP
Game Objective: to keep your hula going for the longest time.
Game Instructions: Give each player a hula hoop. Play fun Hawaiian music and instruct the players to keep their hula going - and they may not use their hands after the initial start. When a player's hula drops, they are out. The last player hula'ing, wins.
If you have expert-level hula hoopers, you can add challenge layers by adding a second hula, or making them stand on one leg, etc.
Props Needed: Hula hoop for each player, Hawaiian music and a playing source.
Game Objective: to have the highest score by knocking down the most pineapple pins.
Game Instructions: Set up 10 pineapples in a bowling pin triangle. Have a couple of coconuts available to use as bowling balls - make sure you get large enough coconuts that have the weight needed to knock down the pineapples.
One at a time, the guests take turns rolling the coconut towards the pineapples. Take a score for each attempt (you decide how many attempts to allow each player), and add them up for a total score. The player with the hightest total, wins.
Props Needed:10 pineapples, 2 coconuts (large).
TREACHEROUS SHARKS AND SWASHBUCKLIN’ PIRATES
Game objective: be the pirate crew to pillage all of the treasure before eaten by the sharks…or be the shark team that eats all of the pirates before they can capture all of the treasures!
Game Instructions: Divide your guests into 3 groups. Designate one group as the ‘sharks’ and the other 2 groups as the ‘pirates.’ The pirate group must enter the pool and commandeer their ships (one of the pool mats/rafts) and all climb aboard. Split up the "treasure" evenly among the 2 pirate crews. Once the pirate crews are settled and sailing abroad with their treasure, allow the sharks to enter the pool. The pirate ships sail in the open pool sea with the focus of stealing an enemy ship's treasures. During the pirate duels, the sharks in the water try to capture the pirates by pulling them into the pool and off of their ship. Once a pirate is off of their ship completely, they become a shark and must release the floating treasures into the pool for the pirates to retrieve. Once a shark releases the treasure- it is fair game for any pirate to claim. Sharks cannot hold on to treasures - their fins simply don’t have opposable thumbs!
A pirate crew can win the game by being the first pirate crew to claim all of the treasure before all of its crew becomes sharks. As long as one pirate is left when all of the treasures are stolen from the enemy ship, their crew wins. The original sharks team can win if they make all of the pirates in the pool a shark before the treasures are stolen by either of the pirate crews.
Props Needed: 2 water mats/ rafts for the pirate ships, pirate treasures (i.e. floating pool toys, etc.)
Playing Time ~20 minutes.
TOURISTS VERSUS NATIVES RELAY RACE
Game objective: be the team that can fully dress your tourist or native the fastest!
Game Instructions: Divide your guests into two groups. Mark off lines approximately 15 feet (or more) away from each other. The teams flip a coin to determine who the tourist team is and who the native team is. Each team will select their ‘model.’ Gather the following items for the tourist team: Hawaiian shirt, Bermuda shorts, visible sun block for the nose, flip flops, floppy hat, beach ball, etc. Gather the following items for the native team: A grass skirt, a coconut top or other top, a lei, a flower for the hair, lei wristlets and anklets, a ukulele, etc. Put an equal amount of items on either side of the two lines. When the host says ‘go’, the models from each team will ‘crab walk’ to the other side of the opposing line. Once the model has all 4 limbs across the line, their team members can put on ONE item from their pile. Then, the model is to crab walk back across the opposing line that is 15 or more feet away. Once the model has all 4 limbs across the line, the team members waiting on that side of the line are to place ONE item on their team member. If needed, the team member can stand up, etc. to get the item on. If at any time, an item falls off of a model during their crab walk to the other side – they must immediately crab walk backwards to the side they were just on and have their team members put the item(s) back on. This continues until the model is fully dressed in their attire (i.e. native or tourist). Once a model has all of their items on – their team wins!
Props Needed: Items for the tourist and items for the native to wear during the relay.
Playing Time ~20 minutes.
An example set up of the Tourist versus Native Game.