Plan The Perfect Halloween Bash With Cait&Jules

Cait&Jules are event and lifestyle experts, based in and ever-inspired by Brooklyn NY. Cait&Jules create, design, plan and produce out-of-the-box experiences for an impressive list of clients from coast to coast. Whether it’s an intimated celebrity dinner party or a blow out wedding weekend, Cait&Jules brings the same energy, attention to detail, and fresh aesthetic to every event.

This Halloween, Cait&Jules have teamed up with Rent The Runway, to not only style all 100+ costumes in our Halloween Bazaar, but also to give us their top party planning tips when it comes to creating the most frightful Halloween bash.
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Murder Mystery Party Tips:
Throwing a murder mystery party takes a bit of extra planning on the host’s part, but it is totally worth it. Below are our tips on how to throw a successful one:

1. Buy or download a murder mystery kit and personalize it.
For our Whoodunnit party, we purchased a kit and made some slight customizations, like changing the names of the characters to more owl themed ideas like Mrs. Howell and Dr. Beaker.
2. Personalize all of the print material to compliment your design motif.
We glued our own owl design onto the front cover of the character booklets, and created our own place cards and name tags all using the owl image.
3. Invite guests who will get into it and really take on their character. This is one of the most important ways to ensure your party is a success!
4. Serve a buffet-style meal. Usually we would tell you to steer clear of a buffet dinner, but in this case a buffet allows for guests to get up and interacting with each other to try to figure out Whooodunnit. Plus, it’s easier for you!


Pumpkin Baked with Creamed Shrimp Rio Style
Recipe from Cookstr
Cookie Butter Owl Cookies
Recipe from Butter Me Up Brooklyn
Makes about 2 dozen cookies
2 1/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup Speculoos cookie butter
1/3 cup butter, very soft
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon water, if needed
whole raw cashews, for decorating
chocolate chips, for decorating

1. In a small bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat together both sugars, cookie butter, and butter until smooth. Add egg and vanilla until mixed. Add the flour and stir until combined. Remove 1/3 of the dough and sprinkle with the cocoa powder. Use your fingers to work in the cocoa. It may take a few minutes and if the mixture is too crumbly then mix in 1 tablespoon of water.
3. On a clean countertop roll out the cocoa center into a log about 20 inches long. Pat out the remaining cookie butter dough into a rectangle about 4 inches wide by 20 inches long. Place the cocoa log center in middle of the rectangle and fold up the dough around the center. Press the seam together tightly to seal completely. Cut in two logs about 10 inches each (this just makes it easier to handle) and wrap each log in plastic, rolling each log slightly to shape into a round. Refrigerate both logs for 30-60 minutes or overnight.
4. When you are ready to roll, preheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
5. Working one log at a time, unwrap the dough and roll it a few times to reshape back into a cylinder. Slice into 1/4- to 1/8- inch slices. I used the palms of my hand and thumb to shape the rounds into nice little circles. Press two slices together and pinch the tops to form the ears. Place a cashew for the beak and then add two chocolate chips for the eyes. Transfer to the prepared sheet, and repeat with the remaining cookies.
6. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cookies are lightly brown around the edges.

Hoot Cider
Recipe from Butter Me Up, Brooklyn
Makes one
1 ounce bourbon
Boiled apple cider syrup (recipe below)
Half a lemon
Seltzer water
Thinly sliced apple wedges, for garnish

1. In the bottom of a metal shaker combine bourbon, a spoonful (or two!) of apple cider syrup, the juice of half a lemon and a few ice cubes.
2. Shake vigorously until combined.
3. Strain into an ice-filled cocktail glass.
4. Top with a splash of seltzer and garnish with an apple slice.

Boiled Apple Cider Syrup
Makes about one-half cup of syrup (or enough to make about 4-6 cocktails)
2 cups (473 ml) fresh pressed apple cider

In a small saucepan bring two cups of apple cider to a boil. Reduce the heat slightly and let the cider simmer uncovered – swirling the pan every so often – for about 30 minutes, or until the liquid has reduced to about 1/2 cup. Let cool slightly and use to shake up your new favorite cocktail for fall.
TIP: If you happen to have any leftover syrup it can be stored in a clean jar in the refrigerator and used to pour over pancakes, swirl into ice cream, glaze brussels sprouts, etc., and will generally make most things better.