Happy Halloween weekend! We celebrated Halloween with a WICKED dinner party for twelve. Cooking for twelve can be daunting – so we hosted a potluck party with a FRIGHTENING menu. Our guests were just as excited as us to create a SPOOKY dish, fit for ghosts, goblins and witches. We are very excited to share our Appalling Apps, Menacing Mains, Sinister Sweets and Creepy Cocktail with you. Bone Appetit!
We created an elegant table scape featuring Williams Sonoma’s Macbeth inspired dinnerware. We love the HAUNTING images of Hemlock Root, Toe of Frog, Witch’s Brew and Wool of Bat on the plates, platters and napkins. Bed Bath and Beyond’s bat shaped table mats and Pottery Barn’s bat shaped dipping bowls complemented our dinnerware perfectly. The spiderweb place card holders featured OMINOUS tombstones with guests’ names. We added orange daisies, black calla lilies and candy corn to incorporate the traditional Halloween colors on the dining table.
We used Must Have Menus to create our SPOOKTACULAR menu featuring Horror d’oeuvres, Erie Entrees, Devilish Desserts and Deadly Drinks. We served SCARY quesadillas with Bloody Tomato Salsa and Ghoul-a-mole. These are easy to make with Halloween cookie cutters and our guests LOVED them. We also served Hazardous Hummus and a Cemetery Cheese and Fruit Spread. Our guests had a lot of fun molding Brie into coffins, Cheddar into crosses and Fontina into tombstones. Another guest created a skeleton out of vegetable body parts. For the mains we served a Lasagna with Mozzarella Ghosts and Eyeball Turkey Meatballs.
We adorned the dessert table with a CREEPY banner from Williams Sonoma and orange daisies. We had a lot of fun composing the dessert menu with Graveyard Brownies with Sugar Cookie Tombstones and Coffins, Monster Apple Bites, Candy Corn Krispies, Broken Bones, Vampire Fangs and Gummy Skulls.
Even our wine arrived in costume with these whimsical bottle toppers from Pottery Barn! We believe every party should have a signature drink. Our creepy cocktail this year was InStyle Parties’ Orange Satin Cosmo.
Our special guest was the pope who blessed our meal, gave communion and even officiated Miss Piggy and Kermit’s wedding. We had an AMAZING time at the party!
“When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam, may luck be yours on Halloween.” ––Anonymous
Recipes From This Post:
Hummus: Rachel Ray
Guacamole: 4 avocados, sea salt, 3 tomatoes, lime juice, cilantro, 1-2 chopped onion, 1-2 serrano chillies or jalapeno chillies
Graveyard Cheese Plate: Brie (coffins), Cheddar (crucifix), Fontina (tombstones), assorted crackers, grapes, apricots
Quesadillas: Flour tortillas, shredded Mexican cheese and cookie cutters (butter pan before pan frying)
Skeletor’s Crudite: Yogurt dip (yogurt, fat free sour cream, onion puree, garlic & dill), red and green bell peppers, mushrooms, cucumbers, carrots
Spinach and Turkey Lasagna: Health.com plus homemade tomato sauce: Epicurious and sprinkle fresh cilantro and crushed red pepper
Sugar Cookies: Karen’s Cookies
Brownies: Thomas Joseph (double recipe)
Glaze Icing: JBS Box (I needed to triple the recipe for my cookies)
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting: Toba Garrett
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting: Toba Garrett
Glaze Icing: Sally’s Baking Addiction
Monster Bites: Apples, peanut butter and candy corn
Broken Bones: Pretzels, marshmallows and white chocolate
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Vampire and Skull Candy: Sockerbit
Ceramic Pumpkin and Spiderweb Bowls: Michaels
MacBeth Inspired Dinnerware and Napkins: Williams Sonoma
Bat Placemats: Bed Bath and Beyond
Halloween Candy: Williams Sonoma
Wine Bottle Covers and Bat Serving Dish: Pottery Barn
Stand Mixer: Kitchen Aid Tilt Head; Kitchen Aid Bowl Lift (we prefer the bowl lift model, but it’s more expensive)
Bakeware Set: Calphalon 10-Piece; Calphalon 5-Piece
Wine Glasses: IKEA
Champagne Flutes: IKEA