I know Halloween is over and everyone has moved on to Thanksgiving or Christmas but I couldn’t let the opportunity pass to share with you the Halloween Dinner Party I hosted this past Saturday.
These monthly dinners are a tradition we started with my family after my husband Brad and I moved back here from Philadelphia. We see Brad’s parents nearly every Sunday but my family, living farther away and working some weird schedules, finds it a little harder to get together regularly. I feel very strongly that you have to put forth an effort with all your relationships and family is at the top of that list.
I’m not super into Halloween. I really don’t like all the scary stuff. I prefer the fun, cute side of the holiday. Not being into Halloween, I didn’t have many decorations either so I had to use what I could find around the house for the most part.
I started with my table. I used a striped runner from the shop and pulled out some other candle bases that just happened to be black. I knew I had to plastic metallic pink pumpkins from a fundraiser so I put those on two of the bases. I needed a third so I found a tiny frame that I wasn’t using and just wrote the word “boo” on a white piece of paper for the inside.
My only purchase was a trip to the dollar store. I bought one bag of the white webbing and one bag of plastic bugs in the toy section. $2
Our every day dishes worked perfectly with the scheme being white and blue. I also had the little plastic cups purchased for our camper.
I had some themed napkins and I found a pack of fun, glittery Halloween pictures that I hung around the room and put on the table.
I forgot the move the tape before taking the picture above but despite my staging error, you can see that even a little bit can go a long way to making a room festive.
I was only decorating our dining room so I wanted it to be decorated all the way around. Even our piano go a little “sprucing up”.
The best part was our meal. The menu itself wasn’t anything fancy…it’s all in the presentation!
Cheese encrusted garlic bread sticks dipped in sauce got the meal started. Presented this way, they look like creepy, crawly spiders!
Spaghetti was the main dish. I dyed the noodles with black food coloring, topped with some jazzed up sauce and added olives to look like eyeballs. Gross but fun, right?
For the sweet finish, I made these little mummy cookies. They are really just mini pumpkin pies with candy eyeballs added. So cute and so yummy!
We even had green punch to add to the odd food but I failed to get a photo.
I took a few minutes to throw in some other added details…paper bats for the forks and of course my menu that I just threw together from some old Halloween invitations I designed years ago.
It was fun to see the look on everyone’s face when they say the decorations and then the food. We had a lot of fun and I’m glad I put that little extra effort into making it memorable.
We’d love to hear about anything like this that you have done for Halloween or any other reason. Please share!