How crazy is it that it's Halloween tomorrow?
Unfortunately I have yet to find out if Hallowednesday will fit in my schedule at all, but I'm hoping it will. I usually go all out this time a year in terms of parties and costumes, and this year shouldn't be an exception. For this reason I had a party over the weekend. And I went all out.
My roommate, my sister and me decorated the first floor of my apartment top to bottom. We cobwebbed the ceiling, toilet-papered the living room and hung streamers and plastic chandeliers near the entrance. Then we added black and orange lights along with candle-lit mason jars to give the room an eerie mood. The only thing missing was dry ice, but we weren't about to take the risk of making everyone pass out due to the lack of oxygen.
Then there was the food. I spent all of Saturday (and some of Friday) prepping for the party. It sounds like a very long time and it was, but it was worth it. In the end our goodie table featured a massive "Boo!" cake, cute orange-monster cupcakes, a tangy guacamole and glow-in-the-dark (black light) jell-o shots.
If you like cake, I would highly recommend this recipe (which I featured about two years ago as the "Who's Counting Cake"). It's consistency is a combination between angel-food and pound cakes; it's so moist the frosting isn't even necessary--although it does give it another level. As for the flavor, it screams creamy vanilla with a hint of sweetness.
The cupcakes are this recipe, with this frosting. Both recipes are so versatile that I decided to combine them and focus more on the decoration. And come on, aren't they just so cute?!
Then there's the guac, which is an all-time favorite. Here's a recipe, but for the record, it always tastes best when prepared spontaneously. Start with a base of avocados (I used 3) and add chopped tomato, onion and jalapeño; then add more goodies, like corn, black beans or even peas. Finish off with fresh lime juice and salt and pepper.
And last but not least, the jell-o shots; the ooh-aah treats of the night. A few months ago I found out that tonic water glows under a black light. I also read that you could incorporate it into jell-shots and thus have them glow-in-the-dark. Genius right? Here is the recipe.
Regardless of if I celebrate the actual Halloween tomorrow, I'd say I basked in the spirit on Saturday. Now go prepare a party!