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Halloween Party Food Ideas
Deliciously Disgusting Halloween Party Food
Halloween lets you really have fun putting together a party banquet spread. Lets face it, there's no other time of year you can get this creative with food and get away with it than Halloween! Ghoulish gourmands rejoice: its delicious and disgusting Halloween party food!
Don't stop at just the Halloween party food though! I've put together an accompanying lens for this one: it's a how-to for creating the perfect haunted house for your next Halloween party. Check it out and combine these Halloween party food tips with the Halloween DIY props to make an unforgettable event.
Bringing new life to the party with zombie fingers clawing out of a chocolate cake.
This is an easy and elegant cake to use for your Halloween centerpiece. Just have a simple chocolate cake with fingers 'digging' their way to the top. Place some cake crumbs (cut a sliver of your cake off before frosting it and crumble it around the fingers) to loosen the dirt on this Halloween masterpiece. The pictured cake is actually Grand Marnier Chocolate Cake with Grand Marnier / Bittersweet Chocolate Grenache.
For the zombie fingers themselves, I would follow the recipe presented on this page for finger cookies, placing them over a tube rather than flat on a cookie sheet when baking. Frost them with a ghastly pallor-colored glaze and use almond slices for the fingernails. In the photo, marzipan fingers are used.
Finger cookies can be made in a snap (no pun intended) and are a real hit! A vegan recipe website has great illustrations for their bloody finger cookie recipe. These truly are easy to make and very entertaining! Another (non-vegan) recipe for finger cookies too. With all the candy at Halloween though, vegan may be a wise choice!
Halloween Cookie Frosting - Use Royal Icing To Get Those Designs to stay?
You see a lot of fantastic halloween cupcakes, halloween cakes and halloween cookies with intricate designs. Many of these have a spiderweb effect. Some, like gingerbread men, have skeletons drawn on them. What sort of frosting do you have to use to make your designs stay? The trick is to use royal icing. I've featured a recipe for the stuff from cakemasters Wilton themselves. The main ingredient for royal icing is also somewhat difficult to find: meringue powder. Meringue powder is used to avoid the salmonella risks associated with raw egg whites. Be sure to order your meringue powder well in advance of need so you're not caught off guard with no supplies on hand!
You need meringue powder to make royal icing and you need royal icing to make your icing designs stay.
Anytime of year, you can check my selections for a snack food gift basket to send to people, without you having to cook a thing. Or maybe you can view the selections to get ideas when putting together your own gift basket of snacks.
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to complete your Halloween party food spread. The right little touches like towels, plates, glasses (test tubes can be very cool), tableclothes and décor can really make your party!
You can eyeball this - measured shots aren't required
Do you like yours dry? Bloodshot?
Fabulousfoods.com has instructions for an Eyeball Martini. Its just a standard martini (gin or vodka, pick your poison) with a cleverly shaved radish / green olive garnish. Obviously, this libation will just be for the adults at your party. The real kicker is the eyeball - you could even use these garnishes on a crudite or appetizer tray or in a pasta or green salad! Get creative!
Serve up your own creepy martini cocktails with these ghoulish glassware items and accessories.
Savory Halloween Snacks
Not all sweetness and light
Halloween has a dark side definitely, but bringing some nutritious food into the mix doesn't have to be that darkness. Keep everyone's spirits up while you sneak some veggies on their plates with these creative and savory Halloween snacks!
Serve up some black and orange Halloween Pasta when you serve up squid ink noodles with butternut squash, orange bell peppers, garlic, olive oil, hot red pepper flakes and kalamata olives. Check the recipe out now at Epicurious online. And order up some squid ink pasta now so you have it on time for your party!
Puts Some Brains In It!
Don't be a melon brain, learn how to make one at the Disney Familyfun.com! Let this melon centerpiece find a place at your 'head' table!
All eyes will be on this dish!
Its not difficult to make your own gelatinous eerie eyeballs. These are made of lemon gelatin, pineapple juice and cream cheese. The iris and pupils? Get some food coloring, a brush and get creative. Spooky.
(Yields approximately 9 dozen bite-sized eyeballs)
- 3 oz (small box) lemon gelatin (can be sugar-free)
- 1 cup hot water
- 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 8 oz cream cheese (can be lowfat/Neufchatel)
Note: if you are using the melon baller method, add an extra package of plain gelatin to your mixture.
- Dissolve lemon gelatin in 1 cup water in double boiler, add marshmallows and stir to melt.
- Remove the gelatin mix from heat. Add pineapple juice and cream cheese and beat until well blended. Allow the mixture to cool slightly.
- Prepare round ice cube trays or any other "eyeball molds" by spraying them lightly with cooking spray. Pour your mix into the molds and leave them to chill and set in the fridge. Alternately, pour the mix into a deep ceramic dish and chill until firm. Using a melon baller, scoop full balls of the mixture.
- To decorate, use liquid food coloring and a clean paintbrush. Use black food coloring for the pupils and another color for the irises.
Equipment Needed To Make Eerie Eyeballs
An impressive looking Halloween spread - A Halloween Wedding
Take some cues from a Halloween wedding to make an impressive spread for your Halloween party.
Halloween Cookbooks - Enough to fill entire books!
Pick up a few books on Halloween entertaining: recipes, cocktails and all!
Name Your Poisin
Stock your bar carefully according to this tip from Real Simple magazine on your Halloween bar. Even if the bottles are empty and just for show, this becomes a very effective display with just a little help from your printer!
Purchase Ready-made Halloween Décor Online
Plenty of sources for devilish details
Don't forget about shopping online forHalloween décor and props to add that final, festive touch to your Halloween party spread. The right tablecloth and serveware can really make your party!
Learn how to make a Bloody Brain Cocktail - Peach Schnapps, Bailey's Irish Creme and Grenadine
Here's a spooky looking Halloween cocktail that tastes delicious. Be sure to have some of these served up for the adults at your Halloween party.
Creepy Cocktail Recipes Online - Straight to the source
Check out these links for recipes to more creepy cocktail recipes.
- Candy Corn Cordials
A layered Halloween drink with candycorn-infused vodka, lemon juice, orange liqueur and egg white.
For a creative way to serve up your crude-itay, look to Martha Stewart (of course) for a video and instructions on how to get your very own head waiter for your soiree! This is crafted with: gauze, paper towels, coffee, corn syrup (it shows up in EVERYTHING doesn't it?) and a styrofoam head.
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