We set out to have a kick ass Halloween party - one that blended our love for spooky lighting and modern horror and that classic, chilling wonder of Halloween that happened 90 years ago.
We pulled it off quite well I think, and everyone had a great time. Here I'm going to share with you some tips and ideas - This time it's our Hallowe'en of Yesteryear menu.
The 1915 Bogie Book gives some suggestions for both a formal sort of dinner and a buffet. We stayed on that track and added in a few modern goodies from our own childhood, because after all, a Halloween party is supposed to be a good time!
Here's some suggestions from the 1915 Bogie for a Halloween supper menu:
- Cream of Celery soup
- bread sticks
- Waldorf Salad
- Brown Bread Sandwiches*
- Popcorn Sundae
- Ginger Cookie Men
The 1915 Buffet suggestions are just as, erm, interesting:
- Cucumber Sandwiches
- Salmon Sandwiches
- Jelly Sandwiches
- Stuffed Celery
- Orange Sherbet
- Fancy Crackers
Those are some rather unique choices to make. I don't know how well salmon sandwiches go with caramel apple shots, so these are our inspired edible choices:
The Euclidboo.com Halloween Supper/Buffet Menu
- Finger Sandwiches (chicken, ham, egg salad fillings, on wheat (brown) and white)
- Homemade Caramel Corn
- Nuts (decorate and serve right from the can!)
- Maple Cinnamon Coffee
- Yummy Mummies (not the exact version we used, but awfully cute!)
Friends brought whatever they wanted - delicious blue cheese dip made an appearance. It still all had a throwback feeling to it while not being too strange on the palette, was easy to prepare and store and clean up was practically non-existent.
On the table were 3 jars with labels I printed affixed - candy corn, candy corn and mallowcreme pumpkins and peanut butter candies. Everyone put in a guess on how many corns were in the small jar - and the winner took it home! Cute and I hate candy corn, so win-win.
We also served vanilla ice cream, but that was part of a game, which I will get to another day.
I think the most crucial thing is to not over think a menu like this. People are coming for the games, the fun, the entertainment, even to see how decked out your house is. Putting out a basic variety of food and snacks that can be left out makes for an easy and fulfilling table.
*A brown bread sandwich was made by using a can of brown bread. Cream cheese, peanut butter & chopped dates acted as a filling.