October 23, 2011

Spooky Dinner

As I mentioned in my last post, we've been very lucky to have family and friends bringing us food to help us get through the adjustment to having a newborn, sleep deprivation, and figuring out how to get anything done when all you want to do is stare at the beautiful baby...  For three weeks, we felt like we had a personal chef- it was fantastic!

Our last catered dinner, provided by my husband's Aunt was a themed, "Spooky Dinner."  I am not a huge fan of Halloween (I'm terrified of clowns, and most people in masks), but not surprisingly, my favorite childhood Halloween memory involves creepy food - and this meal reminded me of it!  Dinner was a lot of fun, and I hope that in a few years my son will think I'm fun (and not totally lame/nuts) and enjoy a meal like this too!

One year, when I was a kid, my Aunt threw a Halloween party for me and my cousins.  She put a lot of thought into how to make creepy food, and we had a lot of fun putting it all together.  We had hot-dogs that were carved to look like fingers, peeled grapes that felt like eyeballs (that we had to feel and guess for a game), she even made punch that featured a 'frozen hand' as an ice cube.  That was a great Halloween.  We had a great time getting into our costumes, (we even dressed up the dog), playing games, and trick-or-treating.

Fast forward about 20 years...

My husband's aunt and cousin went all out.  We had a cheese ball made to look like a mummy, breadsticks that looked like witch's fingers, salad with worms and eyeballs, sausages mummies, and manicotti bones.  For dessert, Matt's cousin made delicious cookies- Snickerdoodles decorated with black icing spider webs, and Devil's Food cookies decorated to look like witch's hats all on display on a haunting platter.

It was a great night!  Even though I'm not crazy about Halloween, it has me excited and looking forward to years of Halloween parties and fun costumes and coming up with spooky dinners of our own.

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