A witchy dinner fit for the Sanderson Sisters!
Want to host a Hocus Pocus party? You’ve come to the right place! I have watched Hocus Pocus every single Halloween since I was a little girl so I could not be more ecstatic to share wtih you Disney Dinners: Hocus Pocus just in time to celebrate Hocus Pocus 2! From the easy, witchy menu to the Sanderson Sisters decor, this is one of my favorite parties I’ve ever hosted. Here’s how I hosted my Hocus Pocus dinner party, recipes and all!
My inspiration for the dining room was the Sanderson Sisters’ cottage with lots of lanterns, candles, a cauldron, and even an antique broomstick hanging on the wall – just like in the movie! I used my indoor flood lights to wash the wall since the witches’ magic is green. I just love an excuse to use moody lighting and the purple and green lights added so much to this party.
We have to talk about my gorgeous signs! I collaborated with Enchanted Farmhouse again and I’m so glad I did. Anamieke is a huge Disney lover and has all sorts of fun Disney signs, big and small, on her Etsy store, including these two Hocus Pocus designs that she made for me. And yes, this is the same artist who made the signs for my Little Mermaid and Jurassic Park parties. The Hocus Pocus porch leaner was a particularly fun photo op!
When I saw this replica of Winifred’s evil spellbook on Etsy, I had high hopes, but when it arrived, there was squealing. It is ten times better in person! You can choose the size and the type of paper (I got the 8×6 Deckle paper for reference) and it is an absolute treasure. I even had my guests sign the spellbook at the end of the evening for a keepsake for myself. So magical!
The color scheme for the table was purple, green, and red to signify each of the Sanderson Sisters. I got these amazing custom paper lanterns from The Celebration Studio on Etsy for the centerpiece along with a replica black flame candle. That’s right, we lit the black flame candle and lived to tell the tale. You can choose the height of the candle (7 inches, no remote for me) and you can customize the lanterns by choosing which scenes you want on them!
I styled small red, purple, and green floral arrangements to go with the theme. More specifically, I used a mix of purple statice, dianthus, red alstroemeria, green carnations, and Queen Anne. You can see in this reel that I originally arranged a bunch of bud vases but decided that it made the table too busy so I ended up with just two on the table and a bunch of lovely Hocus Pocus arrangements around the house.
The Place Setting
For the place settings, I used my Emma dishes from Pottery Barn topped with Sanderson Sisters bookmark souvenirs from Etsy for each of my guests to take home. I swear, I’ve never purchased this many things from Etsy for a single party but what can I say? Etsy is a Hocus Pocus party mecca! I finally had an excuse to use my spooky black flatware and I styled green satin napkins to look like the witch’s green magic coming up out of cocktail glasses.
For water glasses, I used these incredible handmade Halloween mugs by Marbleized Ceramics. Michael is an artist who makes stunning pottery here in Dallas and I was so excited to collaborate with him on this party! I thought the old-fashioned pottery mugs were perfect as a nod to the start of the movie, which begins in 1693.
I styled one side table with a black cat for Binx and a giant tombstone for Billy. I also added some spooky decorations around my house, like spiderwebs over my mirror.
The official dress code was “witchy cocktail” and I think my friends nailed it! I especially loved Caitlin’s creative Binx Disneybound look. I wore an off-the-shoulder dark green dress with purple earrings for my Winifred look. I thought this dress photographed so well, it was incredibly comfortable, and cost less than $30 on Amazon. What a score!
This three-ingredient drink was an absolute hit at my party. This magical color-changing cocktail is about as witchy as it gets. The Hocus Pocus consists of purple Empress 1908 gin, lemonade, and dry ice. Never used dry ice before? Read my article on How to Safely Use Dry Ice in Drinks here. Get the recipe for The Hocus Pocus here.
This witchy menu felt incredibly easy to do as a hostess! I made the cupcakes the day before and started the stew four before the party. All I had to do right before my guests arrived was make the salad, which means I didn’t actually have to cook a thing once the party started! I love a good spooky, make-ahead menu.
Apple Season Salad
Witches Brew Stew
For the main course, I served Witches Brew Stew. I am so proud of this recipe! Little Rose Table would have just about died to have eaten this spooky dinner on Halloween night. This is my famous beef stew from The Rose Table Cookbook with a twist: it has butternut squash instead of carrots and it’s served with edible eyeballs inspired of course by Winifred’s spellbook! Get the recipe here.
I made the eyeballs using cream cheese and sliced black olives right before serving. I bet little chefs will love helping you make them! I thought the eyeballs might melt right away but honestly, they stay in tact in the stew for quite a long time. I served the stew with bread and smothered my sourdough with the warm stew-flavored cream cheese and it was divine. Learn how to make the eyeballs here.
Hocus Pocus Cupcakes
For dessert, I served Hocus Pocus Cupcakes: chocolate pumpkin cupcakes topped with vanilla frosting decorated to look like each of the Sanderson Sister’s hair. I divided the frosting into thirds and tinted one third purple for Mary’s hair, one third yellow with a hint of ivory for Sarah’s hair, and one third red with a bit of yellow for Winifred’s hair.
This recipe makes twenty-four cupcakes, so eight each of the three hair styles. I just think this the cutest way to to end a Hocus Pocus dinner and honor our favorite witches! Get the recipe here.
Want to see more? Watch my Hocus Pocus episode here:
Thanks for dining with me! You can binge watch all of my Disney Dinners here. I hope you all have a very happy Halloween! After all, it’s just a bunch of Hocus Pocus.
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