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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Hallowe'en Masque

Last weekend was our Hallowe'en Masquerade Party. It was wonderful; we had a great turnout for the party, almost 30 people, and everybody seemed to like the idea of wearing masks instead of costumes for something different.

I had the lanterns and pumpkins on the front porch lit.

This is a real pumpkin; I carved a spooky castle!

This one has a hanging bat!

In the front hall I had the treat bag favors ready to go. I did take a picture of this at night with the candles lit, but I think I accidentally deleted it. :-(

The masks I had placed on a rotating card rack that I borrowed from my mother! Guests had fun choosing a mask to wear, although some people brought their own. I bought all these masks at Oriental Trading Co.

I made sure that I took pictures of everything "before" the guests arrived! As usual, during the party I was too busy to take many pictures "during". The dining room spread is pictured here.

There were Caprese picks and deviled eggs............

And Dead Man's Cheese Ball (covered with toasted black sesame seeds!).

We added some dry ice pellets to the punch bowl to make it look spooooky!

The punch bowl was filled with "Ghoul-Ade", a non-alcoholic very yummy and very sweet punch that I make every year.

We also had a large tray of sandWITCHES.....No really. They were just sandwiches. There was also sliced fruit with a chocolate mousse dip, a veggie tray and other snacks. I also made my "Sinister Sludge" avocado dip, but I seem to be missing the picture that I took of it. (My new camera uploads pictures differently than my old one and I think I may have accidentally deleted a few of them while I'm still learning how to use it!)

I do have a picture from last year, however:


We had plenty of desserts too:

Stenciled brownie cakes and gingerbread cakes (brownies were stenciled with powdered sugar, gingerbread cakes were stenciled with a mix of ground nutmeg and powdered sugar).

I also had Hallowe'en decorated cupcakes (some with molded candy skulls) and  Witches' Finger cookies.

The "fingers" are just sugar cookie dough shaped into a finger, with an almond "fingernail" held in place with a little decorating icing.

We also had this fabulous cake made by my mom. The flowers are real; they are crystalized. She glazed them with some egg white and covered them lightly with sugar. The cake was chocolate, with a delicious mocha creme filling.

Erik and I wearing our masks (we also had cloaks on). I made us these bird masks.

I did manage to snap a few pictures early on in the night:

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Miss Sandra said...

What a fabulous party! I love your carved pumpkins and decor. Looks like everyone had a great time. The food looks absolutely scrumptious!
Thanks for sharing your party with us. Have a most delightful Halloween!
Blissful Tidings! xo

Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Happy Birthday and Happy Halloween! I love the shots of your dining room table with all the delicious foods overflowing. Wow, that's some spread! All your attention to detail is what makes it very special. The candles and low lighting create a beautiful and ominous effect against the red walls and makes your silver glow! And the cake from your mom sounded yummy, too! Thank you for sharing. :-)


Sherry said...

What a fantastic party! Happy Birthday and Halloween! Thank you for linking up with Home Sweet Home!

Bead and Needle said...

SPOOKTACULAR! Just when I thought you couldn't outdo the tablescape photos - THIS! GREAT party...too much fun!