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Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Peanut butter cups are my all-time favorite Halloween candy.  While the Reese’s version are the standard, try going a bit more upscale with this homemade variety. Adapted from the homemade peanut butter cups recipe featured in the December 1990 issue of Bon Appetit, these candies are both easy to make and fun to decorate. The Hostess Handbook suggests serving them at your Halloween party – the trick is in the high quality chocolate treat.


¼ plus 2 1/2 tbl cups powdered sugar
¼ cup sour cream
4 tbl heavy cream
1 vanilla pod, seeds only
1 cup chunky peanut butter
1 ¼ lbs bittersweet chocolate
peanuts, chopped for decoration
orange sugar balls, for decoration
small petit four cups, or cupcake cups if you want large peanut butter cups

Directions: Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

1-    Mix the powdered sugar, sour cream, heavy cream and vanilla pods in a large bowl.  Stir in the peanut butter, cover and refrigerate until chilled.

2-    Melt the chocolate in a double boiler, stir until smooth.  Remove the bowl from the water.  Spoon about 1 tsp into the cupcake cups (more or less depending on the size).  Rotate them and spread the melted chocolate ¾ of the way up the cup using the flat side of the knife (or the outside edge of a measuring spoon). Refrigerate until the chocolate has set (approx. 20-30 min).

3-    Spoon some of the peanut butter into each set chocolate cup.  Smooth with the back edge of a teaspoon. Reheat the melted chocolate and spoon enough chocolate to completely cover the peanut butter.

4-    Decorate the tops of the peanut butter cups with the chopped peanuts and orange sugar balls.  Refrigerate until set (approx. 20-30 min).


Trick or Trick!!!

Unique Dog Costumes for Halloween

The perfect party dress for your pooch this Halloween is a killer dog costume! The little ones always get the most attention when they are dressed up so I put together a couple unique dog costumes for Halloween so that your stinker can be the bestest! Dress em up as your favorite pop star or kitschy animal. There is really no going wrong with these unique dog costumes for Halloween! Which costume will you choose?

Zelda Punk Costume

Pop Queen Costume

Little Stinker Costume

Wonder Woman Costume

Silver Screen Starlet Costume

California Girl Costume



Halloween Decor

Party Like a Rock Star in your very own home! Halloween on a Budget? No problem! I love this Halloween special I did last year and wanted to take it out of the archives for you today! My favorite tip? The boiling Cauldron!

The above display can be made on a young, broke and fabulous budget and makes your apartment or home come alive from the dead for Halloween. I love using candy corn in the fall to make festive displays! Stick some candy corn in apothecary jars throughout your home for a classic feel that is not too overwhelming and cheap. When decorating you want to create continuity throughout your home. You can achieve this easy-peasy by repeating elements from the main display in other areas!

For instance, simply placing an apothecary jar filled with candy corn on your coffee table, will hark back to the main display and create a unified look. This is also a great way to cut down on the spending. No need to create a whole other coffee table display!

Learn how to make a Halloween display on a budget in my


The Bar is the hot spot at any Halloween party and is perfect for a main attraction! Make some boiling punch that will get guests mingling and fired up! This can double as Halloween decor and beverages! Take a block of dry ice and place it in the center of a strong punch. Add hot water to make optimum mist and dilute the cocktail! Wait until the ice is completely melted and serve! People will swear it’s magic!

Also, have cute shot glasses that add to the Halloween decor and can be used by guests if the devil forces them! Neon Skull candles are a great way to glam up the bar and soooo kitschy! Gotta love the glitter spiders.

Dinner party? All you need are cute plates and mini pumpkins that can be carved with people’s initials for “name cards.” Try serving roasted garlic to keep vampires away!

Hostess How To: Decorating for Halloween on a Budget


Here are three easy and inexpensive tips for decorating this Halloween! DIY crafts and penny pinching tips for a bloody good time! It is Halloween of course!

The Perfect Party Nails: Halloween Heaven!

Dress up your nails this Halloween with a variety of fun and fabtastic finger nail art! The manicurists at CT Nails #9 in West Hollywood tricked me out with a variety of designs that can be re-created at any salon and are too cute to boot!

Hostess Handbook wants to know: Witch one will you get?

Flower Power: Glowing Flowers for Halloween

Create a spooky garden scene for Halloween that can be used on your coffee table as decor or on your dinner table as a center piece. Don’t worry, this display is on your budget and an easy DIY project. Did I mention that there is some glam thrown in there too? Halloween decor is not complete without multi-colored glitter spiders!

Hostess Handbook Tip: Bright green moss is a little obsession of mine and a hidden gem! Making nature inspired decor is easy and looks professional when you use moss as your base!

Flower Power: Rose Skull


Halloween is fast approaching and I have been consumed by glitter! Yes, glitter! Who says Halloween can’t be cute? Spooky out, sparkle in! This shimmering black styrofoam skull is so fabtastic and easily made into a unique flower piece! Poke a whole in each eye and stick a small rose with about 1/2 inch stem in each. Add some romance to the mix by placing another rose in the side of the mouth!

Hostess Tip: Decorating on a budget is easy peasy with this DIY Rose Skull and it costs under $10 to make!