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A spooky good dinner with all the freaky fixings, and a whole lot of fun.
I absolutely love Halloween, and have wanted to throw an upscale Halloween party for a long time now. A party to “die” for. A party that is worth repeating.
And now I am going to show you how to do the same. This party was SO EZPZ and does not require any special tools or expertise. That is my kind of party! Honestly you guys, I did not cut anything out of vinyl, or paper-craft anything. The only thing I “made” was wine bottle candles, and that is super easy to do. And I bought a bottle of spray paint to help my color scheme. But don’t worry, I will get to that.
This was a Halloween themed dinner party, but there is just something about eating foods that look like blood and guts and worms for a fancy dinner party that I can’t get behind. I wanted the food to be fun, but palatable. The other kind is great for a kid party, but not my fancy dinner party!
For the main dish I went with the New Barber Foods Chicken Cordon Bleu
Using this crispy breaded, and super delicious, stuffed chicken made my life so much easier. I just had to cook the chicken following the instructions on the box, and until it reached an internal temp of 165 degrees.
I just picked it up in the freezer aisle, and was really excited to see they have new packaging and a new recipe. And you guys, it was so good. The outside is crispy, the inside is perfectly tender and juicy! And very flavorful. Yum.
Then I made some really awesome side dishes. The first of which was browned butter asparagus. You guys, browned butter…is there anything more delicious? Why is butter just so darn tasty? Anyway, this was the perfect accompanying dish because it cooks quick, and tastes amazing. You can find the recipe below.
And then I served it with Mashed Potato Ghosts, for a tiny bit of Halloween fun! Basically just mashed potatoes that you pipe out of a pastry bag into a ghost shape.
I knew I wanted my party to be “classy” as in, not the cartoon-ish side of Halloween, but rather the dark, spooky, gorgeous side. I went with a black and gold color scheme. Seriously gorgeous.
I found black and gold skulls at several local stores, from Ross, to Walmart, to Target. I even got some at the Kroger when I was picking up the amazing New Barber Foods Chicken Cordon Bleu.
I got tombstones, spiders, some black cheesecloth, and black and gold candles. I wanted more gold in my tablescape, but couldn’t find what I was looking for, so I bought a can of Metallic spray paint, and painted some vases and platters that I actually had in my car to drop off at the thrift shop. Totally awesome repurpose! And now I am in love with them and want to keep them. So total win/win!
I took some various wine bottles, and spray painted them black then melted candle wax down the sides, and fastened my candles into the bottle opening. They made a great addition to my table.
You guys, I am really not crafty, so I loved that the hardest thing I had to do was depress the nozzle of my spray can.
Then I set up my table. And isn’t it cute?!
For the entertainment, well let’s just say I had some inspirations. Last year my sister, Juli, had a CLUE themed Halloween party with her friends and it looked like the coolest party ever! So I decided to take page out of her proverbial book, and use the same idea. She graciously sent me her invites, and let me use them for this post so I could show you the awesome possibilities with this party!
How it works is you invite your guests, and you tell them to wear a costume, and bring a “murder weapon” and a room for the possible place of death. So for example, if I was to come as a witch, my weapon might be my broom stick, and my possible place of death a candy house. Then you play CLUE, but instead of “Colonel Mustard in the Library with the Candle Stick” it might be “The Zombie, with the Broomstick, in the Princess Tower”! Get it? You have to get the rooms, costumes, and weapons from the guests in advance to make up your game cards. But otherwise it is played just like CLUE.
I actually bought a CLUE board game and just taped the names over the rooms, and made up game cards like the ones provided. It served as a great guide.
You can get creative with your invites, but here is an example of what my sister sent out for her invitations:
Only, she went all out, making elaborate invites with hollowed out books, and tea aged pages, and messages in a bottle. They turned out seriously amazing, so I was really excited that she let me share them with you.
I was a bit too lazy to do this, so I just texted my guests all the details, but I have included some photos so you can get an idea, and do it that way yourself if you would like! Honestly, if I had enough time I would do it this way. I will probably repeat the party in the future so I can go all out!
Amazing right? Talk about talent! Anyway, then the night of the party, you simply play a live CLUE game while enjoying your feast, and trying to figure out who killed whom! It should be a spook-tacular time!
And with New Barber Foods Chicken Cordon Bleu, Ghost mashed potatoes, and this amazing browned butter asparagus, it really is a “party to die for”!
Browned Butter Asparagus
- 2 bundle asparagus 20-30 asparagus spears
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 2 Tbs butter
- Salt and Pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Snap ends off asparagus, and toss in olive oil
- Lay them flat in a single layer on a baking sheet
- sprinkle salt and pepper over the top
- Bake for 6-8 minutes until cooked and tender but still crispy
- On the stove top, brown your butter by heating it for 2-3 minutes until light brown
- Pour browned butter over the top of the asparagus, toss, taste, and adjust seasoning as needed.
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.
Head to Kroger to get your Barber Foods Chicken Cordon Bleu so you can plan a spooky good time!
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