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It’s not Thanksgiving, but you should show your Halloween party hosts how thankful you are to be on the guest list. It’s time that you started bringing host/hostess gifts to parties. It’s a polite gesture and something to show that you respect the time and effort your hosts have put into throwing the party – and if you give a good one, it will almost guarantee that you’ll be invited to the next shindig. A great hostess gift can be something that the person can use at the party, like a beverage or snacks to share, or something that they can use later when they’re de-stressing from the party. Here are a few ideas to make some classic hostess gifts like wine, vodka, and candy more festive for Halloween.
Sure, you could just bring wine to the party, or you could impress even Martha Stewart by bringing a painted jack-o-lantern bottle. Use any bottle of red wine, though a cheap one is probably best, considering what the bottle is about to go through. Remove the label by soaking the bottle in warm water, peeling the label, and using a bit of Goo-Gone for any excess glue left. Apply a few pieces of masking tape where you would like the jack-o-lantern’s face to be, then draw the face. Cut around the features using an X-ACTO knife, leaving the tape where you want the eyes and mouth (anything not orange) on the bottle and removing the rest. Tape off the stem of the bottle to be the green stem of the pumpkin, along with the cork, so it doesn’t get painted. Spray the bottle with orange spray paint, let dry, then remove the tape. For the full tutorial, see Instructables. You now have a gift-worthy jack-o-lantern of wine. Just remember what type of wine it is in case your hosts are curious or are planning to serve it at the party. After the wine is out of the bottle, your host can always use it for décor next year, and even drop a glowstick inside to light it up.
Did you know that you can make your own flavored vodka? Well, unless you’re a moonshiner, you’ll have to buy the actual vodka, but you can flavor it yourself at home. All you need to make candy corn-infused vodka is a half-cup of candy corn and one-and-a-half cups of vodka. Put the candy corn and vodka together into a container that seals, like a mason jar, and leave it for at least three hours (you can leave it overnight if you’d like). To get the candy corn out of there, you’ll need to put a paper towel inside a strainer perched atop another container and pour the mixture through. Mizerella notes that it took four times through the strainer for all of the little candy bits to make it out. Pour into a clear bottle so that everyone can see the beautiful orange color and attach a bow with a label that explains what it is (you don’t need any parents thinking it’s kid-friendly orange soda).
If you don’t want to give alcohol, or you want to make sure you’re bringing something children can enjoy, fill an empty wine bottle or mason jar with candy corn, Halloween-colored jellybeans or M&M’s, or any other candy small enough o fit in the mouth of the jar. Tie a festive ribbon around the mouth of the bottle.
To be extra cute, get a package of white cotton candy and re-label it to say “Spider Webs.” Attach a few plastic spiders for good measure. You may want to explain the gift as you’re giving it just so that your host doesn’t think it is decorative spider webs and puts it into storage to decorate with next year.
With gifts like these, you’re sure to be the most popular ghoul at the party.