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Tori Spelling’s Tasty Tips for Halloween Entertaining

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All of us have an inner party planner. At least, that is what TV star, mom, and entertainer extraordinaire Tori Spelling believes.

"I like to think of myself as a Jill of all trades," she says.

It is a fair self-assessment. On top of being a family woman, Spelling manages to juggle the worlds of fashion, television, crafting, cooking, and even authorship. She combined her passions and last year published a best-selling book called celebraTORI, which teaches readers how to unleash their inner party planner. Her new book, Spelling It Like It Is (to be released in late October), gives a behind-the-scenes look at Spelling's life as she juggles life, love, style, and family.

Her party-planning passion began at the early age of 8, when Spelling organized herself a roller-skating birthday soirée.

"It's going to sound silly, but there's something to be said for hot pink and turquoise," she told us of what stuck with her from that first taste of entertaining. "That party was my first time color-coordinating. What I loved most about that party was that at age 8, I had my very own color scheme, and it was the first of many."

Since then the multitalented star has honed a few skills to become quick on her feet when it comes to pulling off a party of any kind, especially when it comes to keeping kids and busy moms in mind.

"It is OK to be last-minute," she says. "In the end, holidays are about bringing families together."

But getting caught off guard doesn’t happen much to Spelling. She is constantly on the lookout for fun ways to reinvent events, which is probably why she recently paired up with Starburst Candy Corn to come up with some great entertaining tips using the sweet candy.

"I was really excited to give a fresh perspective on the holiday," says Spelling. "Halloween can be kind of cliché, so doing DIY projects are a great way to liven it up."

The tips, which you can find in the accompanying slideshow, are all extremely easy and are a beautiful accent to any type of Halloween party. After all, it is all about being fun, versatile, and efficient, according to the mom who can do it all!

Tori Spelling's Cooking Hacks Will Change the Way You Make Dinner

She also explains why she'll put gummy bears on anything. At least once.

Tori Spelling may have become a household name after playing Donna Martin on Beverly Hills, 90210, but to her kids' friends, she's legendary for her birthday party-planning skills.

"I never thought I'd have four kids," Spelling says. "If I had, I probably wouldn't have gone as far as I went planning birthday parties, because now my kids expect these amazing parties, but they also know that we're a DIY family, and we've got to figure out how to make it work ourselves."

When Spelling's daughter, Stella, wanted a panda-themed birthday party, they started making dozens of origami pandas to decorate the room.

"My daughter was like, 'we could have Panda Express,' and I just gave her this look, and she said, 'Or we could make our own sweet and sour chicken,'" Spelling says. "It's completely different from how I grew up, and I'm glad that I've instilled that in my kids. They'll tell me what their vision is and how we can make it happen."

It makes sense, then, that she's starring in David Tutera's Celebrations (Fridays at 9 p.m. EST on WeTV), working with the famous event planner to bring celebrities' most over-the-top party ideas to life.

"I tell him all the time, 'you know you're the Ricky to my Lucy, right?'" Spelling jokes.

During a break between filming episodes, Spelling stopped by the Delish kitchen to show us how to make one of her favorite weeknight dinners and share some of her best party-planning and cooking tricks.

She Has a Not-So-Secret Source for Killer Birthday Cakes.

Ever since Spelling's first birthday party, the actress has always gotten a cake from Hansen's in LA. "I feel like between us and the Kardashians, they get a lot of exposure," she laughs.

It's been a family tradition up until recently, when she started stumbling upon mom-preneurs on Instagram who made gorgeous cakes. "I love reaching out to other moms and bakers and working with them to do things with us, both for my kids' parties and for my website, EdiTORIal."

She Turns into a 'Beaver' When She's in the Zone.

"My husband says I do this thing when I'm really into cooking, baking or crafting, and I sound like a beaver," Spelling confesses. It's a combination of a clicking noise and a shimmy/sway from side to side as she works.

Hey, we all have our quirks.

She Swears by This Onion-Chopping Trick.

The Internet is full of tricks to keep you from tearing up when you chop onions, but there's one Spelling swears actually works: Fold up a paper towel and stick it halfway out of your mouth as you dice. The idea is that the paper towel absorbs some of the onion's fumes, so you're less likely to become irritated by them.

"I've had friends come over and they're like, 'uh, why is there a paper towel in your mouth? What's wrong?' and I'm like, 'Sorry, I'm just chopping my onions,'" she says.

She Has One Rule for Cooking.

Spelling tries to introduce her kids to all kinds of new ingredients, which is why her family hosts a weekly "Around the World" cooking night, where they try a dish from another country. Even when they're having burgers or pizza, Spelling and her husband, chef Dean McDermott, challenge their kids to include an unexpected ingredient.

"Everyone makes a suggestion, and we make it," she explains. "I tell them, 'you can have one bite. If you hate it, you don't have to try it again.'"

One recent test? Gummy bears on pizza.

"My husband has this gummy bear salad that he makes," Spelling says. "He mixes gummy bears with dressing, and it's awesome, so that's probably where they came up with the idea."

Instead of melting down the gummy bears, like McDermott does in his salad recipe, the family decided to use the treats as a topping on a dessert pizza with mascarpone cheese.

"It wasn't the greatest, but you know, we tried it," she laughs.

There Are Two Things You'll Always Find in Her Fridge.

Spelling always keeps hard-boiled eggs on hand, either to enjoy as a protein-packed snack, or as one of her go-to breakfasts. (Her other favorite way to start the day? Avocado toast with salt, pepper and a little lemon juice.)

"We also go through a ton of string cheese in my house, because my kids love it, so I'll always have it in the kitchen or in our diaper bag when we go out," she says.

There's One Food She Makes Herself Eat.

"I'm not a huge vegetable person. I'm just going to say it," Spelling confesses. "I have to put on my poker face and eat my vegetables in front of my kids and pretend I'm getting my Popeye muscles."

Peas and Brussels sprouts are the two sides she considers most tolerable, as well as any you can "cover in butter and salt to make them more delicious."

She's Big on Bringing the Party to Weeknight Cooking.

Baked potato bars have been popular at parties for years, but they're also a super-easy (and customizable) weeknight dinner.

"Just put out a bunch of toppings in ramekins, like cheddar cheese, sour cream, chives, crumbled bacon, whatever," Spelling says. "You don't even really have to know how to cook to do that."

Recipe Summary

  • cooking spray
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, or more as needed
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup fat-free Greek yogurt (such as Fage®)
  • ¼ cup quick oats
  • 1 tablespoon quick oats
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon, or to taste
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • ¼ cup mild shredded Cheddar cheese (Optional)

Preheat an air fryer to 280 degrees F (140 degrees C) according to manufacturer's instructions, about 3 minutes. Line the air fryer basket with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.

Mix flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl. Add pumpkin puree and yogurt. Stir to combine.

Place dough on a lightly floured surface divide into 4 balls. Roll each ball into 8-inch long ropes. Join the ends together to form bagels.

Mix oats and cinnamon together in a small bowl. Whisk egg white, honey, and water together in another small bowl until smooth. Brush bagels with egg mixture sprinkle oats and cinnamon on both sides.

Place bagels in the prepared basket and bake for 13 minutes. Sprinkle Cheddar cheese over bagels and bake for 2 minutes more.

Celeb moms’ Halloween costumes: Sandra Bullock, Tori Spelling and more!

As Halloween approaches, we have rounded up the cutest and most creative costumes of our favorite celebrity moms! From Sandra Bullock and Louis’ coordinating Toy Story costumes to Tori Spelling&rsquos peacock costume and Jessica Alba and daughter as The Incredibles, check out the best celebrity mom Halloween costumes.

Sandra Bullock

Yee-haw! Sandra Bullock and her adorable son Louis dressed up as Toy Story‘s Jessie and Buzz Lightyear for Halloween last year as they went trick or treating in Los Angeles. (Side note: Can you imagine answering your door on Halloween night to find Sandra Bullock standing there?)

Bullock wore the cow-printed blue pants with Jessie&rsquos signature red hat and boots, while Louis wore Buzz&rsquos snazzy green and white costume with the purple helmet.

Tori Spelling Shared an Emotional Childhood Story During Her 'Masked Singer' Reveal

The 90210 star (AKA the Unicorn) had everyone in tears.

It's a bittersweet feeling when a character is unveiled on The Masked Singer. Of course, we're all eager to know who's behind the incredibly ornate costumes, but it's also a bit of a bummer when we have to say goodbye.

On last night's episode, the Rabbit, the Alien, the Lion, and the Unicorn, strutted their stuff in hopes of making it through another week. The judges were definitely impressed with the performances, but in the end, the audience voted for the Unicorn, who sang "I Love It" by Icona Pop and XCX, to take off its mask.

But before the horned horse disclosed its identity, judge Ken Jeong had some kind words for the unknown star.

"Props out to the unicorn for an amazing journey," he said. "I'm a little torn, too, because I just think, you know, out of all of them, emotionally, there was a sentimental favorite, you know, that is the Unicorn. So, I give a shout out," he added. He then guessed that the magical creature was Tori Spelling.

Although Ken wasn't successful at predicting that the Poodle was his own co-star Margaret Cho, the actor was spot-on this time! It was, in fact, Tori behind the disguise. "I meant every word of what I said," he told the former Beverly Hills 90210 actress. "You were my sentimental favorite. I love you so much, and you had the most heart being here tonight."

An emotional Tori responded by explaining what inspired her to join the competition.

"This right now, performing in front of people, is my biggest fear in life," she admitted. "I always wanted to sing, and I love singing. When I was little, someone told me I was tone deaf, and it stayed with me my whole life."

The 45-year-old continued, "I love singing with my kids, and I wanted them to know, that they could be whatever they want to be, and so I did this show. I'm sad it took me this long in life to feel confident and feel like I could do something like this, but I'm glad The Masked Singer brought it out in me."

The honest admission touched many viewers at home and in the audience, as Tori received a standing ovation. With so many shocking and heartwarming moments in this episode, we can hardly wait for next week.

How to Set a Halloween Table for Adults

I love all of the holidays and decorating for each of them is fun. That said, my “kids” are 16 and 20 so my decorating ideas are generally less cartoon/character inspired and more seasonally inspired. For Halloween decorations, I tend to focus more on autumn and less on witches, vampires, and Frankenstein.

You’ll probably find a handful of spiders or a cobweb here or there as well. Did you know that spiders are actually the most active in the late summer and autumn? They are preparing their egg sac so that it can hatch in the spring.

When I consider how to set a Halloween table for adults, I generally choose colors from nature. I love orange pumpkins, brown pine cones, and yellow leaves. While I could just set the table using those colors, I like a little something special for guests when we entertain.

Of course, you can also use Halloween plates if you have them. This year, I decided I would make a festive favor for Halloween so that I could send our guests home with a special treat. I got this idea from Tori’s Tasty Tips for Halloween Entertaining and Starburst Candy Corn.

Festive Favors

  • Starburst Candy Corn (which I cannot find online) or try these red Candy Corn and traditional Candy Corn
  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • Pen

I couldn’t find the cute jars that Tori used in her craft so I used jelly jar sized Mason jars. I added a round circle of yellow cardstock to the top so the canning jar lid didn’t show through. If you find jars with hinged lids, you will not need that.

  • Step 1 – Fill small jars with assorted Starburst Candy corn pieces. Layer them to make stripes of color.
  • Step 2 – To make gift tags, print or write a short message multiple times on a piece of paper in the shape of your choice, measuring approximately 1″x2″. They suggest: Thanks for brightening up my Halloween.
  • Step 3 – Once complete, use scissors to cut the individual gift tags and punch a single hole at one end of each tag.
  • Step 4 – Weave twine through the opening and tie the gift tag around the rim of the jar.

You can then set the festive favor on each dinner plate for guests to take home after dinner.

This how Tori’s Festive Favors turned out:

Visit the Starburst Facebook page for more craft ideas by Tori. These cupcakes are super cute too! Make sure you pick up a bag of Starburst Candy Corn to eat and craft with this Halloween!

Jenny Cookies

Jenny Cookies bakes and creates incredible desserts, she is a true inspiration!

Jenny made the most magical dessert table for my daughter’s birthday. She truly blew me away with every little detail. I look forward to many more parties together!

Jenny has a distinctive talent and is able to turn what would be a typical gathering into a grand event. She takes desserts to another level.

Jenny is the queen of sugar cookies! She has managed to create stunning edible art using her world-famous buttercream recipe. She inspires the entire baking community with her trendy designs and easy to follow directions. If you want to learn about cookie decorating, Jenny is the best!

Jenny’s creative cookie designs are achievable, yet impressive. It’s important to us to partner with someone who cares about delivering high-quality work and inspiring others to express their creativity. Jenny always delivers when it comes to creating eye-catching and delicious treats that everyone can enjoy.

Jenny truly makes the most magical cookies. Her inventive creations are almost too pretty to eat…almost.

Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Nothing warms you up quite like this chicken tortilla soup. And this recipe absolutely packs a punch!

What's in chicken tortilla soup?

We load ours up with more protein by adding black beans, vegetables (corn! bell peppers! onion!) and flavor with canned fire-roasted tomatoes, which we love for their smokiness. The tortillas get added as croutons!

Do I have to use boneless skinless chicken breasts?

Nope&mdashrotisserie chicken also works, and will cut down on the amount of time the soup needs to cook in the slow cooker. Sub in an equal amount and cook until heated through.

How do I fry the tortilla croutons?

It sounds like something fancy a restaurant would do, but it's actually SO easy: Simply cut corn tortillas into small strips and cook them in about a tablespoon of olive oil until crispy. Drain them on a paper towel-lined plate as you would bacon. Don't forget to season them with salt :)

What else can I top this soup with?

We like to load it up with avocado, tortilla croutons, and sour cream, but really any of your favorite nacho fixings work.

How long does the soup last?

It gets even better with time. This soup lasts in the fridge for up to 5 days in a resealable container. Just heat and serve.

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15 Fabulous Patriotic Tablescapes

Independence Day is right around the corner and if you are like us and having friends and family over then you will definitely want to check out these ideas these perfect patriotic tablescapes. They all are super simple and have that Americana theme nailed down to a tee. So pull out all your red, white and blue table decor and fabrics and set a fun festive table this year to wow your party guests.

Image via Pinterest.

Burlap and Bandana tablescape from Through My Porch Window.

Gorgeous blue and white place settings by Plum Creek Place.

Gingham silverware featured on Home Is Where The Boat I s .

Polka Dots and Daisys as seen via Pinterest .

Nautical touches by Tori Spelling .

Red, White and Blue Gingham Center Piece from Home Is Where The Boat Is .

DIY Crepe paper table cloth from the Party People Blog .

Carnation centerpiece in galvanized tiered pans via Pottery Barn .

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