I was so excited to plan this year's Halloween Soiree after last years was such a success! Brook and I came up with a Phobia/Great Gatsby theme. The menu and decorations all catered to various phobias and people came dressed in their most glamorous '20s attire. It was kind of fun researching the different phobias--did you know that there is actually a phobia for peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth?!?
This cabinet was used for our curiousities last year and this year hosted a variety of phobias....lemon drops (fear of sour things), ravens, creepy dolls, and even a clown mask (my personal phobia!)
Brook and Heather made chocolate mice (Brook's personal phobia!) for our display case. They turned out so cute...in a creepy kind of way. But most importantly, they tasted delicious. And even though the fear of mice might not be one of my phobias, the idea of eating them was a little spooky...
Recipe for chocolate mice can be found here....
Setting the table is my most favorite part. Lit candles, dripping crystals, gold candelabras, gold, silver and crystal accents...I loved the way it turned out this year!
I have a vaulted ceiling above the eating area and we strung strands of crystals and outdoor globe lights from the window to the banister above. It turned out so amazing!
We had to do two tables this year because we had such a great turnout! It was kind of tricky to find enough tableware and decorations to mirror the two tables, but we have a lot of resources in our fun cooking group and it worked out perfectly! And I'm obsessed with the gold dot burlap table runner--did you know you can buy it just like that at Jo-Annes???
The gold silverware was my favorite thing on the table...Heather had a set and I scored a set of KSL for a great price! We only had enough gold ware for half of the place settings, but we had enough real silver for the other half (found at Savers and garage sales!)
Brook had these darling napkin rings (silver with a gold bow detail) that she got on ebay--and there's still plenty on there if you're interested, I've checked for myself!
Look how amazing everyone's costumes are! I loved seeing what people were wearing, we have a very stylish group here! At the end of the night, there were sparkles and feathers all over the floor--the sign of a good party if you ask me!
Jeremy made this awesome photo booth for our party. It's just two pieces of plywood hinged together. He used a jigsaw to cut out the wood inside of the frames and then we glued wrapping paper on top before we nailed the frames on. It may weigh close to 300 lbs. and is taking up a nice spot in my garage, but it was soooo worth it :)
snakes and crystals graced our drink table. We had crystal mugs that held our eye newt drink (basically honey dew melon and white grape juice with tapioca...)
Homemade tomato basil soup filled our test-tubes as an appetizer (recipe here but fresh garden tomatoes were used in place of canned.)
Our cheese table was a hit...blue cheese, a variety of swiss and a soft cheese with a vein of green sage running through it. Camille even brought some honey comb from her beehive for us. Black grapes and assorted crackers were on the table, along with plenty of creepy worms...
What wasn't shown was our poppy seed cheddar cheese ball (fear of seeds) and our garlic pumpernickel toasts (fear of garlic)--Clara brought these and it was delicious! Recipe can be found here...
THE MAIN DISH
The menu turned out pretty tasty this year! Everything we made I would definitely make again. And I think my kids would love these mini pumpkins!
A huge thank you to Hilary and Trisha for making these! They were out of this world!!!
These talented girls also made the delicious spinach and beet salad (with avocado and feta)
So easy and so tasty--just olive oil, salt and pepper! I found the mini potatoes at Trader Joes
This roast was probable the best I've ever had! We found the frenched pork loin roast at The Store. The butcher was so kind and helpful and gave us a custom cut--it turned out beautifully!
And Heather made our blood orange jello--such a pretty addition to our table!
Such a pretty plate don't you think?!?
Brook made this eye stopping Crouquembouche These choux pastry balls filled with salted caramel cream filling. So delicious! She strung melted sugar over it to resemble spiderwebs and the spiders just couldn't stay away...
And I made this Inside Out German Chocolate Cake with chocolate ganache glaze. The filling is made by toasting pecans and coconut and cooking sweetened condensed milk in a water bath in the oven until it caramelizes. So yummy! The cake was three layers and super tall, and covered with hungry cockroaches....
Cute Marley! She and her friends were so helpful in serving, clearing tables and taking pictures :)
What a fun and memorable evening! It is so fun to get together with fun friends and good food! Brook and I had a blast planning and preparing and already have fun ideas for next year :) Happy Halloween!!