Throw an elegant Halloween party
October 19, 2009
Halloween has a reputation for being one of the cheesiest holidays. From the Monster Mash soundtrack to fake fangs, it's always fun to get caught up in the more tongue-in-cheek aspects of the holiday.
However, if you're craving something a little more grown up this year, consider hosting a Halloween dinner party to offset the rest of the merriment.
Set your table in layered Gothic colors, like gray, cream, black and white. Use candelabras for your centerpiece. Go with classic white or black candles, and try to use as much candlelight and up-lighting as possible to create an elegant and relaxing atmosphere.
Eschew paper plates with pumpkins and witches. Instead, set the table with your best china. Serve guests hearty, seasonal fare like stew, roasted root vegetables and chicken pot pie.
Finish off the evening with handmade treats. These will be the perfect answer to the supermarket candy lining the bags of trick-or-treaters.
Make a batch of homemade truffles and dip them in milk, white or dark chocolate for your guests to enjoy. Use a bit of food coloring to turn the white chocolate orange if you'd prefer something with a more seasonal look.