i love a reason to have a party and halloween is our family’s favorite holiday of the year.
every year we collect items to decorate the house and as always, i’ll add some home made goodies here and there so it doesn’t look like target threw up in our livingroom. throwing an adult-only costume party was a great motivator to make things i’ve been inspired by on tv and online.
gotta serve brain, right?
my husband wanted to carve a watermelon into a brain…but neither of us had ever done that before. so thank goodness for google! i found this image and corresponding instructable). he placed this on a platter and served watermelon around it. wished we had soaked it in vodka and served it that way. that would have been yum!
5 years ago i made this little stuffed doll to serve as a dipping bowl for a friend’s halloween party. the bowl sits snuggly in her belly.
party cake….cake details can be found here.
it so happens that our good friend’s birthday is halloween. so i decided to make him a little cake for the party and a rat cake came to mind (really have no idea how that happened). the goal was to make a gross looking rat in a trap but i had great difficulty with this particular cake batter and it kept crumbling when i attempted to shape and ice the “rat”. so it turned out to look like a cute little mouse rather than a rat. then all the trap pieces i made out of gum paste started to break…it was just not my cake day. oh, and when my husband held the cake out for us to sing happy birthday, he dropped it onto the floor. poor little mousy.
ubiquitous carved pumpkins:
we almost went this year without carving pumpkins, just got busy with party preparations. but got a burst of energy the day of the party and my husband grabbed 2 pumpkins off our porch and helped empty them out for me.
i’ve always wanted to do one of these scraped carved type pumpkins and luckily we had some simple blockprint carving tools at home for me to use. this was fun to do, i think next year i’ll do more.
we placed this one outside to greet our guests.