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Delicious and Easy Halloween Appetizer Recipe

Crab and Pepper Jack Tostaditos

So you've prepared for the spookiest party of the year with festive Halloween decorations, creative Halloween costumes, and all the carved pumpkins you can imagine. When it comes to chowing down on October 31, though, everyone knows there's nothing more essential to a great Halloween party than tasty appetizers and finger foods. Therefore, add some spice to the month of Halloween with these little cute appetizer scoops, serve them on Smarty's fabulous disposable Plasticware, and there will be no stopping once the guests start popping!

Prep Time: 40 minutes Total Time: 50 minutes Servings: 54 appetizers


  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped yellow bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions (4 medium) 
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped poblano chile
  • 1 package (8 oz) salad-style imitation crabmeat, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded pepper Jack cheese (2 oz)
  • 1/4 cup Old El Paso® Thick ‘n Chunky salsa
  • 1/2 bag (10-oz size) bowl-shaped white corn tortilla chips (54 chips)
  • 1/3 cup crumbled cotija or feta cheese (about 1 1/2 oz)
  • 1/2 ripe medium avocado, pitted, peeled and cut into 54 small slices 



Step 1:  Heat oven to 375°F. In a 10-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper, onions, and chile; cook 3 to 4 minutes, stirring frequently, until soft. Remove from skillet; place in a medium bowl. Stir in imitation crabmeat, pepper Jack cheese, and salsa until well mixed.

Step 2: Place tortilla chips, hollow side up, on an ungreased large cookie sheet. Spoon 1 heaping teaspoon crabmeat mixture into each chip. Top each evenly with cotija cheese.

Step 3: Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until pepper Jack cheese in crabmeat mixture is melted. Place on serving plate; garnish each with an avocado slice.



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Happy Halloweening!

With love Smarty had a Party!

DIY Paper Halloween Pomanders

DIY Paper Pomanders for an Edgar Allan Poe Theme Halloween Party


Are you the one hosting this year’s Halloween dinner party for your friends and family but are short on ideas for your Halloween table decor? Don’t fret, because Smarty's Disposable Plasticware and fantastic DIY projects have got you covered! Smarty Had A Party arrange a spooktacular Halloween tablescape that is stylish and ghoulishly delightful to help you elevate your Halloween decorating game to the next level!


DIY paper pomanders are so popular and super simple to create yourself! For an Edgar Allan Poe theme Halloween Party, it's all about the quotes and writing, so what better way to decorate than with book pages? Just take pages from any old book you can find. The more yellowed the pages are, the more festive your Halloween poms will be!


What you need:

  • A book to pull old looking pages from (or any paper of your choice)
  • A cup to trace around that's about 2.5 inches in diameter
  • Styrofoam balls
  • Hot glue gun
  • A pen
  • Scissors
Supplies to make DIY paper poms


Step 1: Trace circles on the pages around the cup and cut them out.
    What your need to make DIY paper poms
    Step 2: Hot glue the center of each paper circle to the styrofoam ball one by one and continue until the ball is covered.

      Step 3: Place paper pomanders on candlestick holders or your table as part of your centerpiece. You could also add a string to your paper poms and hang them over your table.

      DIY Paper Party Poms
      We also have set up an eerily elegant Halloween party table to follow your Edgar Allan Poe Halloween Theme.  Because we were looking to impart a glorious Edgar Allan Poe flair, there was not even a doubt that using dinnerware that featured both black and silver hues was our preference. We picked some of our best Disposable Party Dinnerware Sets, Disposable Flatware, and Elegant Plastic Drinkware to set a sophisticated yet ghoulish tablescape. Do you like the sound of a mysterious yet sophisticated Edgar Allan Poe Halloween spread? Oh, we are sure you love it!
      You are now ready to party "Poe" style with your guests.

      Red Velvet Eyeball Cupcakes


      Halloween is all about spookiness and exhibiting scary scenes, so in order to create an ambiance that will give your creepy creativity a satisfying feel, Smarty Had A Party has prepared a fabulous treat for you - Red Velvet Eyeball Cupcakes! Our perfect light and fluffy Halloween red velvet eyeball cupcakes are not only charmingly spooky but also taste great! We served them on our Trick or Treat Halloween Bar and they’re always a hit! I just love Halloween parties!

      Red Velvet Cupcakes




      Step 1: Preheat oven to 350°F. Line muffin tins with cupcake liners.

      Step 2: Cream the butter and sugar together with the paddle attachment of the mixer until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and mix well after each addition. In a small plastic bowl, mix cocoa, food coloring, and water until smooth. Add mixture to eggs/sugar, mix until incorporated, scraping down sides as necessary. In a separate plastic bowl, whisk together flour and salt. Add 1/2 of the flour mixture to butter/sugar/eggs, mix until incorporated. Add buttermilk and vanilla, and finish with remaining flour, again, scraping down sides and beater as necessary. In a small bowl, add vinegar to baking soda (it will bubble up) and add to batter, mix well.

      Step 3: Using a cookie scoop, fill each cupcake liner approx 2/3 full. Bake for approx 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

      Step 4: While cupcakes are baking, make and color the frosting. I prefer vanilla buttercream with red velvet, but you could also use a favorite cream cheese frosting if you’d like.


      Vanilla Frosting


      • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter (3 sticks)
      • 1/2 teaspoon salt
      • 5 1/4 cups powdered sugar
      • 2 teaspoons real vanilla extract or paste
      • 1 1/2 teaspoon meringue powder
      • 2 1/4 ounces milk (I use whatever I have fattier - the better!)



      Step 1: Beat the butter with a paddle attachment of the mixer until very soft, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add the salt and slowly add the powdered sugar, a couple of scoops at a time. 

      Step 2: When all the powdered sugar is in, add the vanilla & meringue powder. The mixture will be really stiff. Slowly add the milk, again scraping down the sides, so it’s all combined.

      Step 3: Beat the buttercream on high for approximately 7 minutes until it’s nice and whipped. At the beginning it may look a little curdled, but keep beating and it will come together.




      • 4 pastry bags or quart Ziploc bags
      • pastry tips (I used sizes #809, #804, #2) – if you don’t have tips, you can cut a small piece off the corner of each bag – size will depend on what part you’re piping)
      • food color (red, black, blue – or whatever color you’d like for the eyeball) – gel colors work best for this if you don’t have liquid colors will also work for the blue and red, but you can substitute melted chocolate for the black



      Step 1: When cupcakes have cooled, fill a pastry bag with vanilla frosting and squeeze a large dollop on top of each cupcake.

      Step 2: Follow this with the blue frosting, make a “blob” about 1/4 the size in the center. Put cupcakes in the refrigerator to chill for a couple of minutes while you’re getting the other colors ready.

      Step 3: Using a small #2 tip (or a bag with a teeny corner cut off), make small veiny lines on the eyeballs with the red frosting. There’s no right or wrong way to do this - creepier is better! Finish with either a black or chocolate dot in the center.



      Next on the agenda were the place settings. For our party table, choosing disposable dinnerware was the utmost ideal and rational choice. From the Disposable Party Dinnerware Sets to the stylish Disposable Silverware and Plastic Drinkware, no one will ever question your commitment to this fun holiday once they catch a glimpse of your fabulous Smarty's tablescape! 


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      Eat, drink & be scary, Smarties!

      With love Smarty had a Party!

      Spooky And Fun Halloween Party Potions

      Halloween Inspired Cocktails

      October is here, which means that the countdown to Halloween is on. Your Halloween party deserves to be an unforgettable experience. Of course, putting together your family's Halloween costumes and trick-or-treating plans might be at the top of your list, but a creative Halloween bash — should also be part of the fun.
      If you are up for a ghoulishly good time, and you want to brew up a few boos this Halloween, we have a wicked cocktail line-up for you! Whether you are throwing a Halloween wedding or a neighborhood bash, your guests will be impressed with these perfect potions.

      Smashing Pumpkintini



      • 1.5 parts silver rum
      • 1 part Grand Marnier
      • 1 part pumpkin spice syrup
      • dash of orange bitters
      • splash of lemon juice
      • sugar for the rim




      Smarty Party Tip: To help sugar stick to the rim of your glass, wet the rim of the glass with a fresh citrus wedge before dipping into sugar.


       Liquified Ghost


      • 1 part vodka
      • 1 part vanilla simple syrup
      • 1 part cream
      • 1 part lemon lime soda
      • black licorice wheel garnish (optional)



      • Pour ingredients over ice in a shaker.
      • Shake and strain into a martini glass.
      • Garnish with a black licorice wheel.


       Chilling Chocotini


      • 1 part chocolate syrup
      • 1.5 parts vodka
      • 1 part half and half
      • 1 part chocolate liqueur



      • Decorate the inside of the martini glass with chocolate syrup.
      • Pour the remaining ingredients over ice in shaker.
      • Shake and strain into a martini glass.


      Smarty Party Tip: Use a pumpkin to display your Halloween cocktail choices! 


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      For another fun and beautiful Halloween Party look, check out our Fabulous Halloween Table Setting
      With a little creativity and imagination, you can throw a SPOOKtacular Halloween party by pairing spookiness and sophistication at the same time. With Smarty's gorgeous partyware and freakish party planning, you can create an enticing creepy Halloween party ambiance and impress all your party guests!
      And don't forget to use our COUPON CODE: HALLOWEEN10 and get 10% OFF SITEWIDE! 

      Eat, drink & be scary, Smarties!

      With love Smarty had a Party!

      The Best Fall Table Setting Idea

      Fall gives us all the reasons to party, as the weather is just perfect for having a gathering indoors or outside. Celebrate the harvest season by hosting a festive party and transform your warm fall colors theme party into a bona fide haven. This world is a beautiful canvas where you get to see fantastic hues that make us fall in love with them time and time again, but when we talk about burnt orange, there is no competition. 
      Amazing burnt orange hue brings comfort, warmth, and welcoming seasonal vibes and gives you the perfect opportunity to unleash your creative instincts, so the best way to get the beauty of fall is by using gorgeous Smarty's burnt orange partyware! If you are looking for ideas to make your party surroundings speak volumes about this festive fall, then give yourself a treat as our festive burnt orange tableware collection will help you spruce up your party ambiance with beautiful fall colors.
      To build this fall tablescape, we started with a white tablecloth and a black overlay. We dressed up the table by using 9.5" Burnt Orange Square Plastic Dinner Plates and Clear Star Pentagon Disposable Plastic Dessert Cups, which set the perfect stage for a White Polyester Linen Dinner Napkin. To add gold hues to the mix, use our Classic Gold Cutlery Plastic Silverware Set and to complete the look, use a centerpiece arrangement of red, orange, and yellow florals.
      Fall has so many flavors to enjoy, and wine is certainly a favorite! Medium-bodied wines typically pair well with autumn cuisine. Look for whites with more texture and reds that aren't too bold. Set up a small drink station with a selection of your favorite fall wines, allowing your guests to take the wine of their choice and enjoy at their place setting using their wine glasses.
      I can't get enough of the burnt orange color palette, and of course, the fabulpus premium plastic silverware. Who knew disposable dinnerware could look so exquisite and SO real?!