When you are throwing a Halloween party, besides just neat decorations and freaky props, you are going to have to serve food, whether you like it or not. However seeing how it is a Halloween bash, you want to serve your food in a unique manner. It's Halloween remember!? Serving food on stupid tulip lined white porcelain plates can really dim the atmosphere. You want to serve food in a unique manner, a manner that fits the theme.
If you want to skip making a large spooky dinner though, you can serve
just small finger foods, such as mini hot dogs, chips, and dip.
However placing these foods into regular bowls just won't do the trick
on Halloween; you want to serve these foods on unique trays and bowls.
Let me take you through my quick guide on how to get your dinner table Halloween ready.
First you need to set up your table. You can either use a standard
black table cloth, or by using an old white sheet and putting red paint
splatters all over it. Let t dry before using it though, duh! Rip the
sheet in some areas, and make sure to add hand prints and some foot
The black sheet can be placed down, and then you can stretch some fake
cobwebs across it. In the fake cobwebs add plastic spiders/rats/or
Chairs should be covered in fake cobwebs and spiders. You can also throw on some torn white bloody sheets if you like.
After you have your sheets or cloth where you want them, you can next
add unique string lights around the tables edge. Lighted skull heads or
bones do the trick perfectly.
Dishes and serving trays:
My favorite serving bowl is the Tall Coffin which is available at www.Target.com.
This coffin can be used for popcorn, and is a guaranteed hit. You can
also use this coffin to place rows of soda bottles or beer in for
guests. The possibilities are endless when it comes to the coffin and
placing foods or drinks into it. You can really fill it with whatever
you'd like...popcorn though always looks best.
Fruit punch can be served in large cauldron's. Before buying the
cauldron though, make 100% sure there are no holes in it. In the punch
be sure to add pieces of fruit to give it a really chilling look. The
punch cauldron should be the largest cauldron on the table.
Smaller sized cauldrons should be filled with different types of
chips, and the smallest cauldrons should have dip placed in them. The
cauldrons should all be placed on a large table. By placing regular
foods into unique Halloween themed bowls, it keeps the atmosphere in
check. You wouldn't want to serve punch in a crystal bowl, or chips in a
pink rose rimmed bowl on Halloween. It would throw off the whole theme.
Small finger foods such pigs in a blanket should be placed on unique
trays. These unique serving trays can be found at any local superstore,
and usually have skull and bone decorations on them. You can find really
neat serving trays at Target such as the snake plate. Once you have a
fair share of neat and creepy Halloween serving trays, you now have to
figure out what to put on them.
Small foods such as mozzarella sticks, and pizza pops are always a
Halloween bash hit. When you have your foods on the trays you then can
dazzle the creepy tray up even more by adding small plastic spiders to
them. There is nothing neater looking than a plastic spider or rat on
top of the food.
Other items you will need to really dazzle up the dinner table are
black plates and cups. Some Halloween enthusiasts already have expensive
dinner plates I am sure; but for those on a tight budget, you can
purchase regular black plastic cups and utensils. Like I said, this is a
must have, having regular dinner plates out for Halloween could ruin
the whole theme.
Treats for children are easy to make, and one favorite treat that
seems to be a hit at my house year after year is jello and body parts.
To make these you will need boxes and boxes of jello; any flavor will
In the dollar store or super store you can pick up bags of gummy body
parts. Once you heat up the jello pour it into plastic clear cups you
then will add in a few gummy body parts. The clear cups allow the body
parts to be seen, and people seem to enjoy them. I usually make about 40
cups and even with only 20 guests, they always end up being the first
treat that disappears.
It's Halloween, so of course candy should be placed around the home in
trays or cauldrons for your guests. I usually fill cauldrons with bags
of candy corn, or Hershey kisses. Many older guests won't eat candy, so
you do not have to go over board with the candy cauldrons.
Other neat serving bowls are motion censored, and will grab at anyone
who reaches into the bowl. These are cheap gags, and usually not worth
the money, but I must say, when you find these motion activated bowls
for low prices, it's not an awful idea to add one to the table. Kids
also love them.
After having your table looking all Halloween creepy you need one last
and final thing, candelabras. You can purchase elegant ones at antique
shops, or you can purchase cheaper plastic flame free ones at
superstores. I recommend though that you spend the few extra bucks for
some authentic ones. Two should be placed on each end of the table, or
however you like. Black candles are a must.
With just a small amount of effort on your part you can serve cheap
food in a creative way for your Halloween bash. Keep in mind, a little
bit of effort goes a long way.
By serving decent amounts of finger foods and chips and dips, you can skip making a large expensive dinner.
Most items you will need to dazzle up the dinner table can be found at www.target.com for really resonable prices. Check it out!