Hitting the design center to check out some carpet samples and wallpaper samples!
We had a fun dinner party on Saturday night — An Evil Feast! I got creative with decorations and food — a theme is great inspiration for designing a menu and a space. And I have great friends that humored my desire to have a themed Halloween party. No costumes were required but we did make a last minute call for an all black attire requirement. And, I crimped my hair. Just because Marshall’s had a crimper for $15 when I was there shopping for work and I couldn’t resist.
Here is what we ate and drank. I didn’t want things to be too gross looking but I did want them to be loosely gross. The grossest thing were the floating eyeballs. Lychees with maraschino cherries inside. There are some much grosser eyeballs out there! And one of our friends suggested that the pieces of rainbow chard under the risotto were like bandages amidst the body parts of the bloody (from the beets) risotto…not intentional at all but like I said my friends completely humored me!
- Mother’s Ruin Punch (with Floating Eyeballs; use Blood Orange Italian Soda instead of Grapefruit Juice)
- Fiery Carrot Dip with Red Peppers and Zucchini to dip
- Sesame-Coated Sweet Potato Croquettes
- Butternut Squash Soup with Creme Fraiche Cobwebs
- Black Rice and Arborio Risotto with Italian Chicken Sausage, Beets, Shallots, Mushrooms, and Blue Cheese on a bed of Rainbow Chard
- Grilled Napa Cabbage with Hot Mustard Glaze and Scallions (hard to find Chinese Mustard, just use the hottest mustard you can find)
- Cherry Apricot Cobbler with Bourbon Vanilla Whip Cream (use frozen cherries)
Everything was delicious and perfectly evil.
The fun part was getting the house ready (and to be able to use our new layout!) — here are some shots from the evening.
*What was left of the Eyeball Punch — it went fast!
And, since I am terrible about taking pictures just as everything is set up (I did have to crimp my hair after all…) I recreated An Evil Feast table setting fit for the evilest…
*Owl and Skull plates from West Elm, as are the chic-stemmed wine glasses, white sequined napkin rings, papier-mache pumpkins (West Elm does the best papier mache!) and the cute owls
*Candelabras from CB2, black sheepskins on super sale from Target, awesome bone candles that red inside when they melted (?! – I didn’t even plan that) from Marshalls
*Halloween cobweb, ghost thing, spiders and motion-sensor owl that “hoos” with red-lit eyes from American Plant in DC (best plant store with great accessories!)
It was so fun to prepare and enjoy an evening with friends especially before it starts to get crazy with the holidays. I think this might become an annual feast! And, there are plenty of fun, spooky drinks to try for next year.