LAST NIGHT, I donned wig, jabot, waistcoat, breeches, knee-high stockings and buckled shoes. The occasion? Our annual Halloween Masquerade Party, co-hosted with friends Ed and Jim. Here, in a photo gallery, are a few scenes from this monster-mash:
Me, in the parlor, before guests arrived, and before I put on my wig. I love this colonial costume so much that I’d like to keep it. Alas, it was rented from a theatrical company in Yonkers, NY.
My handsome partner also dressed in colonial garb. Dig the coat!
From left: My partner Will, Ed, me, and an unidentified Blues Brother. I say “unidentified,” because he marched into the house with 5 of his friends — all of them decked out as John Belushi. Or Dan Akroyd.
I also made Paula Wolfert’s amazing hummus.
And please note the Paillettes standing tall in black mugs and silver containers. I made and froze these puff-pastry cheese straws (180 of them!) earlier in the week, and then baked them off the day of the party.
The same caterer made gluten-free Maryland Crab Cakes, Wild Mushroom Purses, and Bacon Grissini “Swizzle Stix.” This last item, pictured above, disappeared even faster than my Paillettes. And no wonder — the sticks were dipped in an amazing caramel glaze. Uber yummy.
For entertainment, I hired pianist Michael Schiffer to play standards from “The Great American Songbook.” Vicki Smith as Liza Minella (she’s wearing an orange scarf), sang several solos, including “Summertime” from Porgy & Bess. Rex Smith as Elvis (white, glittered shirt) led the crowd in “On the Street Where You Live” from My Fair Lady. And then all of us joined in for “Life is a Cabaret.” Helping with set-up, serving as bartenders, and — mercifully — cleaning everything up afterward, were Lisa (on left) and Michelle. I often hire Michelle for large events here. She makes it possible for me to spend time with guests.
I should probably mention that midway through the party, I stepped outside and looked up. There, in the sky, were two brightly-lit “Moon Rainbows.” I dragged some of our guests outside to see this strange phenomenon. Talk about eerie! If you know anything about Moon Rainbows, please explain them to me.
Anyway, Happy Halloween, everyone!
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