Halloween Party: A Period in Time
Sometimes it's more fun to choose a time period as the theme for a Halloween Party than to rely on ghosts, witches, and goblins. Think of the gorgeous dresses of the Victorian age, the poodle skirts of the 1950s and the Roaring 20s. Of course, you could choose other time periods as well such as the Roman Empire or the flower power of the 60s.
While the costumes of a time period aren't a challenge the food and decoration might me. Think hamburgers, fries, and milkshakes for a 50s menu but what would you serve for the Roaring 20s. or a roman banquet?
The solution is to pick a color scheme related to Halloween such as purple and black. Keep the classic theme of Halloween on an upscale flair.
Use a black lace table cloth laid across a purple sheet. Serve food on purple plates and flatware. Place spray painted black baby's breathe in black vases.
Create a "graveyard" with black tombstones nestled in cheesecloth you've dyed black or use black netting.
Outline windows in purple LED lights.
Food isn't normally purple, but you do have a few options. For example, use purple (red) cabbage to make coleslaw. Or hollow out the cabbage and use it to hold dip.
Make potato salad with purple potatoes. They hold their color when cooked. Combine one pound of cooked potatoes with ½ cup each of diced celery, red onions, chopped hardboiled eggs an mayonnaise. Salt and pepper to taste.
Purple fruits include plums, grapes, black berries, figs, and blue berries.
Purple vegetables include purple cauliflower, sweet pepper, asparagus, eggplant, carrots, endive and tomatoes.
Here are a few examples of purple or black dishes. Slice eggplants, purple peppers, tomatoes and red onions. Toss with olive oil, snipped basil and a splash of lemon juice. Add chopped fresh garlic. Bake at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes until vegetables are cooked through.
Purple endive leaves make perfect little dip scoopers or plop on about half a teaspoon of the dip on the leaves and arrange on a platter.
Scrub and peel purple carrots. Wrap a strip of bacon around each carrot. Bake at 375 degrees until bacon is crisp. You may have to turn the carrots once or twice.
Make a black bean salad. Drain a can of black beans. Rinse well and drain again. Combine with ¼ cup each of purple bell pepper, chopped red onion and cilantro. Add a splash of lime juice and olive oil. Serve cold or at room temperature.
Grilled beef burgers have an almost black crust. Sere on very dark pumpernickel bread.
Black sesame seeds add a crunch coating to chicken tenders. Use them instead of panko bread crumbs. Another option is to roll cheese balls in the black sesame seeds.
Offer guests ghostly purple punch. Mix one quart of grape juice with a liter of lemon lime soda. Add your choice of vodka or rum. Dip the rims of the glasses in lime juice and then into edible purple glitter. Use a licorice stick as a stirrer.