Turn your party into an amazingly spooky Halloween celebration! These party snacks, decorations, and desserts will be sure to have all your guests wowed by your amazing skills! Happy Halloween!!!
|My friend Kim is piping a variety of chocolate mousse into mini cauldrons for one of the dessert stations.|
Happy Halloween. The trick or treaters will be here in a few hours to beg for candy and I am so happy that I can just sit amidst my decorations, see all the kids in their costumes, and relax for a few hours, because I am exhausted. We hosted 105 guests (a record breaking crowd for us) on Saturday and it was a whirlwind of events. Everyone seemed to have a great time, and I even got to have some fun which is a treat considering there was so much to do before and during the event.
I could not have pulled off this party without help. My husband and my friend Vickie spent hours with me decorating the entire house and it looked better than ever. My friends, Kim, Judi and Holly, were invaluable to me this year in the kitchen. Kim, especially, went above and beyond and I am eternally grateful. My family came to my rescue helping out with all the last minute details.
It is incredibly important to have help with such a large production and I am grateful that I have so many wonderful people in my life that, although they may think I’m a bit crazy (well, more like totally insane), they are always there to help out. Kim is pictured above filling our little cauldrons with mousse in a variety of flavors: dark chocolate, white chocolate custard, caramelized banana, and lemon cheese cake. We also served decorated sugar cookies, brownies, and some candy at this dessert station.
In another area of the kitchen, we set up a Wizard Wand Decorating station and had a chocolate fountain filled with chocolate ganache that everyone could dip a wand into. We made rice krispies treat star wands, peanut butter fudge star wands, and had pretzel rods, skewered marshmallows, and bananas to dip in the chocolate. Each guest dipped a wand then was able to decorate the wand with sprinkles, nuts, toffee bits, and candies.
The biggest hit of the evening was our edible craft. We had 54 guests decorate their own Chocolate Caramel Apple Cat. I just loved seeing the kids and adults having so much fun with this activity. Each cat created by a guest had his/her own personality. Pictured here with her cat is my friend, Odesa, who took all of the photos of my decorations that are posted here today. I hadn’t had a chance to take a single photograph, so I was very grateful she did such a great job capturing the party. Isn’t her cat cute?
We decorated and set up tables in our garage for this activity. We needed a lot of space and an area where I wasn’t too concerned about mess. I offered food prep gloves to my guests, but I just haven’t been able to find gloves that fit tiny little hands, so the kids just had to live with chocolate on their hands – not a one minded liking or washing them clean.
On our food buffet we had most of the witch themed foods that I have featured here this year plus a few recipes from my book. Being our theme was a Magical Halloween we decorated our food and our house with witches and wizards.
I wanted to use my favorite Halloween recipe, the Portrait of a Monster Dip, which was originally created for our monster movie party and features an image of Frankenstein’s monster, so I swapped out the Frankenstein stencil for a silly witch stencil and was really happy with the results.
There are so many ways to transform the recipes I feature here for other themes or occasions. I was thrilled that a few of my readers were inspired this Halloween by a recipe that I created for a spa party featuring a cheese ball that was turned into a face and decorated to look like a woman getting a facial (left).
Melissa lives in Chicago and Guy Fawkes masks are currently very popular due to the Occupy Chicago Protesters, so they hosted an Occupy Elm Street party and served a cheese ball version of Guy Fawkes which was decorated with pepper eyes, lips, and cheeks, and poppy seed facial hair (middle picture). So cool.
Jo and Sue host Halloween parties each year and have some incredibly creative ideas posted on their blog including this Medusa cheese ball complete with bread stick snakes squirming out of her head (right). Absolutely amazing!
Kim and Julee from D.I.Y. Louisville hosted a Halloween party and made my Super Sized Cake Ball Spider for their guests (on the right). Their table looks incredible.
Keep the pictures coming. It is so wonderful to know that I have inspired you to get into the kitchen and create some themed cuisine.
I’M TAKING A VERY SHORT BREAK FROM HUNGRY HAPPENINGS
I am so tired and I now have to spend the next few weeks taking down all of my Halloween decorations, so I am going to take a short break from recipe developing. I’ll be back before Thanksgiving to post some new recipes which I haven’t even thought up yet and will be sure to create lots of holiday themed treats too, but I need some time to get my house back in order, so forgive me for my lack of posts in the next two weeks. I’ll be sure to post more readers pics as they come in, so send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a Happy Halloween,