Growing up, my mom almost always hosted costume parties for my birthday since it's so close to Halloween (I think she timed the pregnancy for that reason), and they were always such a hit. Her some-may-call-it weird love of the day is contagious (there are dozens of photos of her dressed up at work through the years) and my sister and I naturally caught the bug. So for this post, I thought I'd change it up a bit and share some photos from the big night!
We throw a multi-generational, all age bash- very modern family style. This year we opted for a palm reader- which was a huge hit, and gave away prizes for best/least original costumes along with a guess-the-number-of-candy corns contest. My sister, Jackie won best costume (as an ice princess) but our mom doesn't let us win, so the prize went to Mike in the Little Bo Peep drag wear. I have to say that there were a lot of awesome costumes...people really stepped it up!
As far as menu, I'm not so much into the dishes that look festive but suffer in taste. I stuck to food colors that fit the theme and accented with tableware, platters and accessories that went. Most importantly, I made the conscious effort to contain the ingredients and not overwhelm myself with yet another too-ambitous menu (which I'm often guilty of).
In the end, I served:
- Bloody Punch
- "Guacamoldy" w/ Blue Corn Chips
- Artichoke Hummus w/ Baby Carrots
- Cheese & Crackers
- Strawberries & Grapes
- Mixed Greens w/ Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Baked Ziti
- Pretzel Dogs w/ Ketchup & Honey Mustard
- Themed Sugar Cookies
- Chocolate/Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate-Caramel/Vanilla Frosting
- Chocolate-Caramel Pop Rock Brownies (yes, with chocolate-covered pop rocks!)
The Bloody Punch was a huge hit! I left it non-alcoholic so our nutty crew could pour their liquor of choice and it's safe to say that it'll be making another appearance next year, due to popular demand.
For the punch (double/triple recipe as needed):
- 4 cups blood orange juice
- 4 cups apple juice
- 4 cups pomegranate juice
- 1 cup lime juice
- Garnish w/ frozen hands (made from filling disposable gloves)
Happy Halloween! xo
*Thank you to Mike Boudry and Alana Rosu, my contributing photographers. *Sorry there aren't more pictures of the food!
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