Here's a Simple Way to Help Feed Children in Need

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A Simple Way to Help Feed Children in Need | CatchMyParty.com

"When you feed a child you feed their future."

Currently, 1 in 5 children in America live in a household without regular access to adequate food.  Hunger Is is an organization that works to eradicate this problem. It helps make breakfasts available to children all across America.

I couldn't be more excited to share this simple way to help feed children in need and support Hunger Is. All you need to do is to visit your local Safeway during the month of September. Here's what mine looks like in Menlo Park, CA.

Safeway Menlo Party, CA

Next, look for Hunger Is signs like this, and purchase participating items*. For each participating item, Safeway will donate at least $0.10 to Hunger Is. Talk about quick and easy! Here are a bunch of items I bought.

A Simple Way to Help Feed Children in Need | CatchMyParty.com

So many of the participating brands are brands my family loves: Pete's Coffee, Pepperidge Farm, Earthbound Farm, Campbell's Soup, Lipton, Morningstar Farms, and O Organic. img_3313a

But my favorite participating item was this little gem... Magnum Ice Cream Double Peanut Butter Ice Cream snacks. I'd never tried them before. And boy, were they delicious and decadent!

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Another easy way to help Hunger Is is to donate at the register. You can add a $1, $3, $5, or any $ amount to your purchase. Look for a sign like this when you check out.

A Simple Way to Help Feed Children in Need | CatchMyParty.com

Because our family has enough food on our table (and sometimes too much), it's too to easy to forget about the people that don't, especially children.

We assume we'll of course have a nice breakfast before we head out to start our day each morning. Supporting Hunger Is makes that possible for kids whose families might not have that luxury.

Shopping at Safeway is such an great way to ease the burden for another. And isn't that what we're put on this planet to do?

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So head to your local Safeway, splurge on some Magnum Ice Cream (you'll thank me), and know that in addition to making your belly happy, you'll be making someone else's belly happy, too.

* Disclaimer: purchase of this item in September 2016 will trigger at least $0.10 donation up to $1 million.

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Albertsons Companies & Hunger Is. The opinions and text are all mine.

Prince Parties and Retro Party Ideas

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Prince Parties

Prince parties are a fabulous theme boy 1st birthdays and boy baby showers. Prince parties | CatchMyParty.com

Look through these amazing prince party ideas so you too can throw your own prince his own royal bash.

Retro Parties

Retro parties can be such a fun twist on so many party themes! Retro Party Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

You can, for instance, have a retro cars party for boys or a retro rock n' roll party for girls. Be sure to look through our fantastic ideas for inspiration so you too can throw your own retro themed party!

 

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Must-Have Fall Printable Bundle!

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Must-Have Fall Printable Bundle!

I've teamed up with 20+ extremely talented designers to create the ULTIMATE must-have fall printable bundle! 

Only available for 3 days! You will want this printable bundle!

There are over 350 pages of printables for you and we've slashed the price!

You can get over $200 worth of ADORABLE items for only $15!

Gorgeous wall art, fun family activities, creative gift ideas, and MORE all from your favorite bloggers! 

But you'll have to ACT FAST- this is on sale for THREE DAYS ONLY and the price goes up each day!

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:

I recommend you snag the whole bundle for ONLY $15 today because the price is going up tomorrow! Here's the breakdown...

  • Buy on the 21st for only $15
  • Buy on the 22nd for only $18
  • Buy on the 23rd for only $20
  • After that - this deal is GONE FOREVER!

You definitely want to act fast to lock-in the best price!

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

This collection seriously has EVERYTHING you could ever WANT or NEED for fall! Including...

  • Beautiful Fall Prints to Welcome Your Home to the New Season
  • Family Organization Made Simple
  • Thanksgiving Table Setting Decorations to Use in a Cinch
  • Halloween Party Kits For Every Age
  • AND SO MUCH MORE! {See EVERYTHING below!}

All together – it’s a collection of over 350 PAGES of darling printables… only available for a limited time!

Snag yours now for just $15!

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TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT EVERYTHING INCLUDED

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1. The Gratitude Collection: Calligraphy Art Prints, Cards + Tags by The TomKat Studio - A collection of printable designs with sentiments of thanks and gratitude. Perfect for the Thanksgiving season and all year long! Each design comes in 3 different colors: chalkboard with white writing, white with black writing, kraft with white writing.

2. "Boo" Party Printables by Catch My Party - Use these super cute "Boo" Halloween party printable pack to decorate an awesome "not scary" Halloween party for your kids! The collection includes: party invitations, party circles, drink flags, tented cards, party labels, napkin rings, water bottle labels, and favor tags. These are just plain fab-BOO-lous!

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BONUS!!!  If you buy the fall bundle HERE, I will throw in a matching BOO "Happy Halloween" pdf banner to take your party to the next level! Just email me your receipt to jillian(at)catchmyparty(dot)com and I'll email it to you immediately!

3. Back to School Plant Pot Wrappers by Somewhat Simple - They’re like cupcake wrappers, but for plants! These Printable Terra Cotta Plant Wrappers would make the perfect gift for teachers, and are so simple to create!

4. An Intentional Fall: Making Memories That Last E-book by Faith Filled Parenting- Are you tired of the fall season slipping by before you really were able to enjoy it? This e-book, An Intentional Fall: Making Memories That Last, is going to help you have the fall season of your dreams. The plan is to use the ebook to give you ideas on fall activities you can do as a family around town, at home, and of course, some crafty inspiration as well. Each activity has connection ideas and photo opportunities to make this a fall to remember.

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5. Kid's Reading Tracker by Andrea's Notebook- The Reading Enrichment Kit is perfect for grade school aged kids of all reading abilities. There are 10 separate projects in this kit that encourage reading. From comprehension activities, to reading incentives and even a bookmark coloring project and an around the world reading passport.

6. Get Organized Budget Power Pack by Thirty Handmade Days - If you struggle with getting (and staying) organized, this is the perfect pack to get you on track. With weekly checklists, an end of the year 2016 and full 2017 calendar, and a strong emphasis on budgeting in over 30 pages with cute designs, you won't have any more excuses. You can do it!

7. The Ultimate Printable Menu and Meal Planner by Today's Creative Life - It's 3pm and you have no idea what's for dinner! Your day just went from delightful to stressed. Take control and tackle your weekly and monthly menus by creating your own Easy Meal and Menu Planner Binder with these easy to print forms.

8. Fall Fitness Tracker by Wellness and Workouts- With a theme of thanksgiving and gratitude, this printable planner helps you track all things fitness from what you eat, to your exercise, as well as ways to improve your mental and emotional health.

 

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9. Babysitter In A Bag by The Dating Divas - Getting out the door for date night can sometimes be a gong show, am I right? We Divas know the “Date Night Shuffle” all too well! Our Babysitter in a Bag Kit will make leaving for some alone time with your one-and-only a breeze. We have thought of everything your babysitter needs to make the night a resounding success! (…which means a stress-free date night for you!)

10. Babysitting Co-Op by The Dating Divas - We’ve found that one of the top reasons couples don’t get a weekly date night is rooted in, “What do we do with the kids?!” A babysitting co-op gives couples a dependable babysitter – without the hassle and without the cost!

11. Fall Activity Pack by Mrs. Karle's Sight and Sound Reading - Learning is fun with this beginning reader fall activity pack! Over 40 pages of activities ... make a scarecrow and pilgrims while helping practice cutting and pasting skills. Have fun with fall themed color by letter and color by sight words! Enjoy a few minutes of quiet time while the little people in your life enjoy these activities, OR, have fun helping them complete the activities with them!

12. The Organized Family Starter Kit by While He Was Napping - If you have ever wished you could be more organized and keep all that important information in one place, then you need the Organized Family Starter Kit. This kit has 47 bright and happy printable pages that will lighten your mood and help organize your home. Make the organizers reusable by putting them in page protectors in a binder or laminate them and use dry or wet erase pens.

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13. You've been Boo'd by TidyMom - Have fun with your neighbors – You’ve Been BOOed! This Halloween surprise is fun way to create excitement and smiles around your neighborhood.

14. Trick Or Treat Halloween Party Pack by Frog Prince Paperie - Trick or treat, candy is sweet, print out something for Halloween that’s really neat! Make your Halloween party a little extraordinary with our Trick or Treat printable party pack. Orange and black stripes, polka dots, candy corn and diamonds mingle to make spooky do-it-yourself décor for any celebration or just a few extra special touches for treat bags.

15. Blood Bar by Paging Supermom- Create this chilling BLOOD BAR and enjoy a little Vampire Mixology at your Halloween or Twilight party. The bar features official-looking beverage dispensers -- or rather "Blood Vessels" from the Transylvanian Blood Bank -- displayed alongside fabulous recipe cards to help guests mix up one of three signature Vampire Cocktails.

16. Caramel Apple Date Night by The Dating Divas -Hosting a caramel apple party group date is the perfect way to celebrate fall with friends. Who can say no to some delicious caramel apples!? NO ONE that’s who! Invite all of your friends for a big awesome group date, or just enjoy these heavenly treats and hilarious game one-on-one with your sweetie! The Apples make it somewhat healthy, right?

17. Festive Treat Bag Toppers by Less Ordinary Designs - These sweet favor bag toppers are the perfect way to dress up Halloween goodies! With two different styles, you have what you need for perfect classroom party favors, gifts for office friends or trick-or-treaters. Just print, trim and attach them to a 4” cellophane bag for an easy way to dress up Halloween treats!

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18. Thank You Cards by Sweet Little Ones Shop– A set of beautiful thank you notes designed to help you show your gratitude for the ones you love.

19. Gratitude Journals by Big Ideas Little Cents - Creating a daily habit of recognizing the blessings in your life is simple with these gorgeous printable gratitude journal covers! Easily create gorgeous gratitude journals for your whole family with 4 fun and trendy cover designs. Simply print and adhere your cover choice onto a 5"x 7" notebook. Quickly record 3-5 things you're grateful for every day as you jump start your writing with the included 90 bonus writing prompts.

20. Thanksgiving Place Setting Packs by Pace Made Designs - Want to spice up your party throwing skills? All you need is this printable and you have a plate topper, place mat and name card for each guest in two lovely designs to choose from. Simply print as many as you need onto card-stock and instantly you have yourself a glam party. Also included in this kit are beautiful Thanksgiving themed note cards. These note cards serve many purposes. Put them in a frame, on the top of a thanksgiving plate or write a note on the back and send them around the world. You will never need to buy a thank you note again with these.

21. Spice Jar Labels by Modge Podge Rocks - These festive fall labels are perfect to organize your spice collection! Choose between orange and blue. Print out on full sheet adhesive paper and use a 2" punch to cut out!

22. Random Acts of Kindness Kit by Elise Creates - "If you want to find happiness, find gratitude."- Steve Maraboli. Nothing turns a tough day around quite like counting your blessings. It’s hard to feel sad about your life when you’re focusing on how grateful you are for someone else. This kit was created for you to have more gratitude in your life and share that gratitude with those you love.

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23. Thanksgiving Holiday Kit by Little Sweet Ones Shop - This set includes everything you need to make your Thanksgiving holiday gorgeous in a cinch! With this set, you will receive beautiful 5x7 Thanksgiving dinner invitations with a watercolor fall leaves border and matching tent place cards for your guest's names at the dinner table and to label the food in the buffet line. To top it off, this set also includes two gorgeous 8x10 autumn prints to beautifully decorate your home this Thanksgiving and for all of the fall season!

24. Halloween Boo-levard: Kid Friendly DIY Crafts by One Good Thing by Jillee- Tricky treats, clever crafts, picture perfect pumpkins, captivating costumes, and ghostly gatherings!

25. Gorgeous Fall Prints by Lolly Jane-These fall prints are perfect for welcoming the crisp autumn season into your home by displaying on a mantle or shelf. Simply print and frame! Included in this 3-pack are classic sayings "Gather," "Hello Fall," and "Thankful Grateful and Blessed."

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26. Thanksgiving Felt Pattern & Madlib by How Does She- If you are hosting Thanksgiving and you have little ones to entertain, look no further. We’ve got you covered! Included in the kit are four hands-on Thanksgiving themed activities. Each comes with a printable bag topper that perfectly fits sandwich baggies. Also, grab the kids AND the adults because everyone’s input will create the perfect mad lib! This fun and interactive Thanksgiving mad lib is one that everyone can enjoy!

 

See?! Told ya! EVERYTHING you could ever want or need this fall! Buy now and save BIG! This bundle has a value of well over $200 but you can get it all for just $15 - $20!

Remember the price goes up tomorrow and this is only a 3-day sale!

What are you waiting for?! RUN, don’t walk!

Put a little hustle in your step and get on it, because the price jumps up tomorrow and it’s ONLY AVAILABLE FOR TWO MORE DAYS! Get on it, girly!

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HAPPY FALL Y'ALL!

Rock Star Parties, Cowboy Party Round Up, and Napkin Crafts!

by Jillian Leslie on

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Rock Star Parties

Rock star parties are always a great theme for music lovers! Who wouldn't want to be a rock star on their birthday?!

Rock Star Parties | CatchMyParty.com

For inspiration be sure to look through our fantastic ideas for throwing an awesome rock star party!

Cowboy Parties

Yeehaw! Check out all the fun at this cowboy party round-up! CowboyParties | CatchMyParty.com

It's a great theme for both boys and girls. Look through our parties for ideas for cakes, decorations, cupcakes and much more!

Napkin Crafts

Look through our Crafts and DIYs Pinterest board for great inexpensive ideas for using  paper napkins to make pretty party crafts! Napkin Crafts | CatchMyParty.com

You'll find so many wonderful ideas such as using them to decorate wooden cutlery for a party to using them to decorate your halloween crafts. Hours of crafting fun to be had!

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Ruffle Cakes, Camping Party Ideas, and Perfect Peach Parties!

by Jillian Leslie on

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Stunning Ruffle Cakes

If you love ruffle cakes like I do, then you won't want to miss the fabulous cakes on our Catch My Party Gorgeous Cakes Pinterest board.

Gorgeous Ruffle Cakes | CatchMyParty.com

We've got so many beautiful cakes that you'll have trouble choosing one for your next party!

Camping Party Ideas

Camping is so much fun, especially for kids! So how about making the most of the what's left of summer and have a camping themed party, or even a glamping party!?

Camping party | CatchMyParty.com

Here are some of the best camping party ideas from our site to help inspire you!

Peach Themed Party Ideas

Peach themed parties are a great way to show off both the color and the yummy fruit!

Peach Parties | CatchMyParty.com

These work well at baby showers, bridal showers, and 1st birthday parties! Aren't they peachy?!

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WellieWishers American Girl Party and More!

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This week we had lots of gorgeous parties added to our site, including a fun WellieWishers American Girl party you will not want to not miss!

My favorite parties include a WellieWishers American Girl party, a two-tti frutti party, a s'mores bar and a mermaid party | Catchmyparty.com

My favorite parties this week include the fabulous WellieWishers birthday party, a cute two-tti frutti birthday party, an lovely s'mores bar and an fabulous mermaid under the sea birthday party! Check then out below...

Partyographys' Charlie's WellieWishers Inspired Birthday Party

My favorite details:

  • The gorgeous WellieWisher cookies
  • The beautiful sunflower wands
  • The ladybird/bumble bee tic tac toe party favors
WellieWishers party | CatchMyParty.com

Sheena Js' Two-tti Frutti Party

My favorite details:

  • The fabulous fruit birthday cakes
  • The adorable cherry cookies
  • The colorful fruit decorations
Two-tti Frutti birthday party | CatchMyParty.com

Bash Party Styling *s' S'mores Bar

My favorite details:

  • The rustic dessert table
  • The adorable decorations
  • The s'mores bar chalk board
S'mores Bar | CatchMyParty.com

Monyca Hs' Sara's Mermaid Medley

My favorite details:

  • The stunning dessert table and backdrop
  • The gorgeous under the sea birthday cake
  • The beautifully decorated apples
Sara's Mermaid Medley | CatchMyParty.com

Hope you had a wonderful week!

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Over-The-Top Dessert Tables, Bollywood Parties, and Pretty Purple Parties

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Over-The-Top Dessert Tables

If you love over-the-top dessert tables (like me!) then you won't want to miss our Dessert Tables on Catch My Party Pinterest board.

Over-the-top dessert tables | CatchMyParty.com

We pin the most beautiful dessert tables from our site, plus many beautiful dessert tables from other sites! You'll find inspiration for every type of party themes including: Paw Patrol, Minnie Mouse, mermaids, pirates baby showers, bridal showers, and many, many more!

Bollywood Party Ideas

If you're into Bollywood movies and would love to host a beautiful Bollywood Party then we've got just what you need!

 

Bollywood party ideas | CatchMyParty.com

The movies are known for their melodramatic plots featuring heroes and villains, their colorful scenery, lively music, incredibly choreographed dances, and naturally... romance.

Look through our parties for plenty of ideas for food, vibrant colored decorations, desserts, and so much more.

Don't forget to dress up in a colorful sari and get ready to dance!

Pretty Purple Party Ideas

Check out these pretty purple party ideas!

Pretty purple party ideas | CatchMyParty.com

Here you'll find so many great ideas for girls birthday parties and purple baby shower, everything from party decorations to cakes, cupcakes, cookies and more!

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Crispy Spicy Baked Chicken Wings

by Jillian Leslie on

Crispy Spicy Baked Chicken Wings | CatchMyParty.com

Bounty asked me to come up with recipe that would work at a football tailgater or home football party, so I'm happy to share my crispy spicy baked chicken wings. These are seriously the perfect finger food. Just make sure you've got Bounty for cleanup because you'll need it!

The secret to the recipe is baking the wings at high heat. This way, the skin get crunchy while the center stays nice and moist. And the sauce you toss them in is light, spicy, and has a touch of sweetness.

Crispy Spicy Baked Chicken Wings

Crispy Spicy Baked Chicken Wing Ingredients | CatchMyParty.com

Crispy Spicy Baked Chicken Wings

  • Time: 40 minutes
  • Servings: 8
Ingredients:

For the wings

  • 2 1/2 pounds chicken wings
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
For the sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
For the garnish
  • 1 tablespoon basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon chopped red jalapeno pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
Directions:

Preheat the oven to 500F. Toss the wings in a bowl with 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil (we used peanut oil), and a teaspoon of kosher salt. Spread the wings out on a baking sheet and cook until the skin is golden and crispy, about 30 min.

While the wings are baking, you can make the sauce. Add the peanut oil, chili oil, sesame oil, lime juice, brown sugar, salt and soy sauce to a large bowl. Whisk until the sugar has completely dissolved.

When the wings are done, toss them in the bowl with sauce, then move them to your serving tray. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds, and garnish with chopped basil and diced jalapeno pepper.

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And here they are, so delicious!

Spicy baked chicken wings great for a football tailgate! | CatchMyParty.com

Make sure your have plenty of Bounty paper towels and Quilted Napkins available, because you will need them for messy fingers! Bounty is 2x more absorbent, so think of it as your defense against the mess.

Crispy baked chicken wings great for a football tailgate! | CatchMyParty.com

Just looking at these makes me hungry! And go Stanford Cardinal!

Crispy baked chicken wings great for a football tailgate! | CatchMyParty.com

This post is sponsored by Bounty, but all opinions and ideas are 100% mine! I love Bounty paper towels and use them every day.

Hot Air Balloon Parties, Classroom Parties, and 40th Birthday Ideas!

by Jillian Leslie on

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Hot Air Balloon Party Ideas

Hot air balloon parties are a great theme for a first birthday! A hot air balloon theme works well for boys, in bold vibrant colors, and for girls in beautiful pastels. Plus this makes a great baby shower theme. You'll find cute ideas here for decorations, cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and so much more!

Hot Air Balloon Parties | CatchMyParty.com

Back-To-School Party Ideas

Kids are back at school and what a better way to start off the year with a bang, than with a back-to-school party with their friends! Check out our cool ideas for a fun back-to-school party!

Back to School Party ideas | CatchMyParty.com

40th Birthday Party Ideas

Celebrate your big milestone birthday in true style with these awesome ideas for throwing a 40th birthday bash! You'll find everything from great theme ideas to fabulous decorations, and of course, amazing cakes!

40th Birthday parties | CatchMyParty.com

 

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Ghostly Halloween White Chocolate Bark

by Jillian Leslie on

Ghostly Halloween White Chocolate Bark | CatchMyParty.com

I am always looking for unique and easy Halloween desserts. This ghostly white chocolate bark is the perfect sweet treat for school lunches, Halloween party favors, or even to hand out to family and friends!

Ghostly Halloween White Chocolate Bark

Ingredients:
  • 4 cups white chocolate chips
  • Candy corn
  • Candy eyeballs
  • White chocolate Kit Kats
  • Halloween sprinkles
  • Wax paper
Ghostly Halloween White Chocolate Bark Ingredients| CatchMyParty.com

Halloween Sprinkles | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

Step 1: Melt the white chocolate in a double boiler or in 30 second intervals in the microwave (mix between intervals). Be careful not to burn the chocolate.

White Chocolate Chips | CatchMyParty.com

Melted White Chocolate Chips | CatchMyParty.com

Step 2: Pour white chocolate on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Spread the chocolate to desired thickness (I went with ¼”).

Melted Chocolate Chips poured in Wax Paper | CatchMyParty.com

Melted Chocolate Chips spread evenly on the wax paper | CatchMyParty.com

Step 3: Immediately top the melted chocolate with candy eyeballs, white chocolate Kit Kats, candy corn, and Halloween sprinkles.

Melted Chocolate topped with kit kats, candy eyeballs, and halloween sprinkles | CatchMyParty.com

Step 4: Chill the candy bark in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes until hard.

Chilled Candy Bark | CatchMyParty.com

Step 5: Once chilled, break up the ghostly bark and serve. Store the remaining white chocolate bark in an airtight container or Ziploc bag in the fridge.

Chilled and Broken into pieces Candy Bark | CatchMyParty.com

Wouldn't your kids love this?

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I'm an adult, and I would too.

Ready to serve Ghostly Halloween Candy Bark | CatchMyParty.com

This fun food craft was created by our style and craft contributor, Shauna atElla and Annie Magazine! To see more of Shauna's work, check out Ella and Annie Magazine and visit them on Facebook,Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.