Happy week before Halloween! Next Saturday, Silver Fox and I will host our fifth annual Monster Bash. It’s a frightening night that includes live entertainment, an open bar, and lots of yummy things to eat. Need a good scare? Walk this way:
I do, however, try to make an appropriate table-scape for the dining room. It’s easy enough to drape the table with black vinyl, and place cheesecloth on top. This makes a nice background for pointy hats…
Bacon-Wrapped Grissini. These perform a disappearing act the moment guests arrive. The step-by-step recipe:
Chive Pesto on slices of French baguette. My easy recipe:
Herbed Cheese Straws. Stand them in black mugs for a ghoulish effect. Click here for the recipe.
Salmon Soldiers. You don’t need a recipe for these one-bite appetizers. Just roll up some strips of smoked salmon, and pipe softened cream cheese into the hollow center. Garnish with capers and sprigs of dill. Easy!
Bean Dip with Fresh Rosemary and Sage. This is smokey-herby-delicious with crudite or crackers. The simple recipe.
Oh. Click here to see all of my make-ahead appetizers.
To keep the dining room from over-crowding, the open bar is set up at the north end of the music room. The “bar” is nothing more than a rectangular folding table, draped with black vinyl. I do hire a bartender to mix and pour drinks. When you have more than 40 guests, it helps to have extra hands around.
This year, however, hosts and guests will provide entertainment. Maybe, just maybe…I’ll play Schumann’s Phantasy Danze on piano. Perhaps Silver Fox will read a poem. Our friend Sarah Kilbourne might sing a torch song or two, and…well, we shall see.
Now, you certainly don’t need a big space to host a grown up Halloween party. Just invite some fun-loving friends, offer ’em food and drink, and trust me — a party will happen! Of course, your guests will need to arrive in costume.
A few costume ideas…
Everyone looks better with eye-liner.
Don’t argue with me.
We’ve hosted Liberace and Scott Thorson…
And Hugh Hefner and his bunny.
One year, my BFF Michael Laudati arrived as this character from Monty Python’s Holy Grail (see this youtube clip).
Well, I hope I’ve inspired you to host your own masquerade party some year. Playing “dress up” isn’t just for kids!
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