You guys know that in this house we will celebrate the opening of an envelope with a huge party – but Halloween is literally bigger than Christmas for us. I always like to create themed food and put on a spread for the family and so here’s some of the ideas we tried this year which looked amazing, tasted good and are super simple to try out at home.
First things first it’s always good to have a centre piece – usually this is a birthday cake but nanny decided to treat us all with a chocolate pumpkin and cupcakes topped with some handmade chocolates too. I dressed out table with some sparkly purple and gold fabric instead of a table cloth and put a box underneath to make a raised feature….. and also keep this out of little hands reach so the healthy stuff would be eaten first.
In some shape or form the kids always enjoy hummus with all sorts of crudités. I wanted to try out a skeleton/monster type shape I saw on Pinterest and so it’s as simple as chopping it all up and spreading it around on a large enough platter. With a cucumber spine, bell pepper ribs and carrot stick arms this dude made the kids laugh and that’s the main thing.
Our tangerines were peeled and then decorated with a little bit of icing, add a pretzel stick and some pea shoots around the plate made this look like a little pumpkin patch. Too cute to spook!
Wiggly worms – grapes popped on to skewers with melted chocolate eyes on a bed of salad. This was super simple and went down a treat with Arlo in particular.
Broomsticks! These broomsticks were a favourite and looked fabulous – again a really simple creating using cheese strings, long pretzels and chives to add a finishing touch.
The kids adore fruits and so these little pots went down a treat. Using a pen to decorate a container with a Frankenstein face and then filling them with green grapes made them really come to life.
Squishy eyeballs – made from tinned lychees with red food colouring and then a blueberry in place of the pop. These looked suitable disgusting but tasted lovely.
Ghost face meringues – adding a few spots of black icing to make ghost faces took two minutes and the kids went crazy for these!
Mummified juice – wrapping normal juice cartons with toilet paper and then using Googly eyes and marker pens to add faces. Another really easy idea to try out at home.
To complete our table we added in dishes with other snacks such as popcorn, chips, dips etc and then made sure to add some spooky things in….. a mask around our pretzel jar, eyeballs in the nachos and a few spooky spiders in between.
Arlo literally couldn’t wait to inspect the spread and made sure to take on the role of quality inspector prior to the beginning of the party. This type of food can stay out for the day and the kids can come back to pick as they please. I also served hot food – jacket potatoes, chicken wings and hot dogs so everyone had a substantial meal.
When Arlo and Paloma were literally jumping for joy at the sight of all of the spooky goodies this made everything worthwhile. Hope you guys can try some of these ideas out – let me know how you get on – Tag us on Instagram so we can see you!