Reasons to Celebrate in October

Chili Pepper BeadsThere are plenty of reasons to celebrate this October other than Halloween. Here are some great reasons to celebrate this month and be sure to check out our Party Calendar for reasons to party every month.

October is National Chili Month. Celebrate with a chili potluck dinner. Each guest can bring their own favorite chili recipe. You could even turn it into a competition! A chili party makes a great family get-together, block party or church event.

Decorate for your chili party with our awesome fiesta decorations. A chili pepper garland will look awesome around your tables or the edge of the party room. Add chili pepper mylar balloons to red and green balloon bouquets for a really festive look. An inflatable chili pepper makes a fun accent too. Top off your tables with chili pepper confetti.

Sturdy crockery is a great option for serving the food at this type of party, but for appetizers and other snacks we have a cool Fiesta Tableware Ensemble, perfect for matching your chili theme.

We have great favors for a chili party too! Pass out blinking chili pepper pins, chili pepper bracelets or chili pepper beads to guests!

Here’s our favorite chili recipe. It’s great served over Frito’s corn chips!

Ingredients:

1 lb Lean Ground Beef
½ lb Whole Hog Sausage
2 cans Tomato Sauce
1 small can Tomato Paste
1 large Onion
1 large Green Bell Pepper
2 tsp Chili Powder
1 tsp Black Pepper
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Sugar
2 cans Red Kidney Beans

Brown meats in skillet until well done. Drain grease. Mince onions and peppers (may use food processor).

Mix all ingredients and cook. Mixture will cook fast (about 15 minutes) or you can cook in a crock-pot in 4-12 hours.

Makes 8 servings.

Note: If milder chili is preferred, cut chili powder and black pepper in half.

All during October, people enjoy hosting their own spin-offs of the original Oktoberfest in Germany. Check out our Oktoberfest Tips for tons of ideas to host your Oktoberfest party. If you have German heritage, this is an especially great idea!

A personalized Oktoberfest standee makes a great entrance piece to any Oktoberfest celebration. Add some beer stein cutouts and Oktoberfest whirls to the walls and ceiling for a 3D effect.

Beer mug candles make great favors!

October 20, 22007 is Sweetest Day, a day to celebrate anyone in your life who is sweet! Sweetest Day is celebrated similarly to Valentine’s Day but without the romantic overtones. Take the day as an opportunity to thank and pamper someone special in your life or host a party to celebrate your best friends, family or coworkers!

Surprise your sweet with a bouquet of flowers, Valentine’s balloons or candy hearts candles. Decorate for a party with lots of die-cut hearts, silk rose petals and a great personalized banner letting everyone know just how much you care.

There are plenty of reasons to celebrate this October! Let us know why you’re hosting parties!

More reasons to celebrate:
National Roller Skating Month * Columbus Day *1- World Vegetarian Day * 2- Ghandi’s Birthday * 4- National Golf Day * 4- National Taco Day * 6- German-American Day (Oktoberfest!) * 6- Mad Hatter Day * 8- Native Americans’ Day * 8- Great Chicago Fire Day * 11- It’s My Party Day * 13- Take your Teddy Bear to Work Day * 14- National Dessert Day * 16- National Boss Day * 20- Sweetest Day * 21- Sunday School Appreciation Day * 22- United Nations Day * 23- National Nut Day * 29- Bring your Jack-o-Lantern to Work Day * 30- National Candy Corn Day * 31- Halloween * 31- National Magic Day *

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