Day of The Dead Inspired – Halloween Party

Our iNSPIRE Q team created a fun alternative to the typical traditional Halloween decorations for a fun, more colorful party than usual. Our emphasis was on keeping things playful and exuberant rather than strictly by-the book. Bright colored decorations mixed with touches of black, vibrant pottery and glassware, Mexican textiles, sunflowers, marigolds, and sombreros add to the theme. We included hand-painted sugar skulls on the mantel, dressed our side table with Day of the Dead fabric, and hung tissue paper poppies to make things lively. Here are simple instructions for the tissue paper poppies and a recipe for Churro Chex Mix, the sweet treat we featured that has all the flavor of the traditional Mexican dessert.
HOW TO MAKE TISSUE PAPER POPPIES:
 
  1. Layer colored and black tissue paper
  2. Accordion fold all layers, round both ends
  3. Pinch center with pipe cleaners and unfold
  4. Cut center layer into fringed strips

CHURRO CHEX MIX INSTRUCTIONS:
4 cups Rice Chex cereal 
1/2 cup brown sugar 
1/4 cup butter 
2 tablespoons honey 
1/3 cup granulated sugar 
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
Place Chex cereal in a large bowl and set aside.
In a small bowl combine the granulated sugar and cinnamon and set aside.
In a small, microwave-safe bowl combine the brown sugar, butter, and honey and microwave on high for 1 minutes or until melted. Pour over cereal and stir gently until evenly coated. Place in microwave and cook on high for 3-4 minutes, stirring after each minute.
Sprinkle cinnamon-sugar mix over cereal and gently stir until evenly coated. Pour onto parchment-paper lined sheet pan, spread evenly, and allow to cool completely. Break up party-mix and store in airtight container.

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