Tuesday, October 25, 2005

mischief and mayhem

This Saturday night, I agreed to host my entire office, all 40+ attorneys and their significant others for a Halloween party. Thankfully for my teeny tiny house, not everyone was able to come and we kept the numbers to a manageable 30 or so at any one time. The weather also conspired against us with our first rainy frost of the season.

I was most nervous about not having enough food for everyone, so I enlisted the help of a few friends and set everyone to task.

I copied Frankie's brilliant idea for pumpkin devilled eggs- they were a BIG hit!

I also borrowed my mother-in-law's BJs card and purchased 300 different frozen appetizers at her urging. I was originally planning to cook everything and was trying to develop a menu which included crab cakes, gorgonzola cheese pasta, salads, butternut squash soup, and assorted appetizers, until she called me crazy and said that I needed to scale down the food. She is brilliant, I might add, and this saved my sanity in the end. I did try to make one thing from scratch, a pumpkin pineapple cheese dip neatly shaped into a pumpkin shape. That stupid pumpkin pineapple cheese dip almost killed me.

Those are also thumb sticks in the background, with half an olive pressed into the top to look like a thumb nail, get it?

Since Scrivener has been goading me to post our Halloween costume pictures, which I only JUST received in time for the party, I present to you Wonder Woman (cue music) and the Incredible Hulk!

Wonder Woman's costume was not the appropriate size, so she spent a good chunk of the night pulling the tube top up to maintain her decency. Stupid boobs.

We also had some cat burglars that tried to smuggle out some household goods.

We also had a Brownie/Girl Scout, Sue Ellen Ewing (and J.R. who was suffering from a gun shot wound elsewhere in the house) from Dallas and Bree from Desperate Housewives.

Later that night, Sue Ellen tried to shoot me as well, but I was able to head her off with my bullet proof wrist cuffs.

Another member of the Justice League was there, Bat Woman, as well as a devil and a Gladiatrix. Doesn't YG&B look FAB-U-LOUS in her silver wig? I think she should wear it all the time.

All in all, the party was a success! We had more than enough food (I have 150 appetizers in my fridge and 25 hand dipped caramel apples left over) and a delicious hot apple cider drink that consisted of cinnamon sticks, 3 kinds of apples, organic apple cider and Calvados apple brandy. I highly recommend it!

This is pretty much the sum of our Halloween celebrations, except for some pumpkin carving, scary movie watching and answering the door to trick-or-treaters on Monday. What are your plans?


Chris said...

Looks like SO much fun! I love the deviled eggs.
You and Josh are way too adorable in your costumes.

Running2Ks said...

What a nice food spread. That is always my fear too--never having enough. I'd rather have leftovers for a week!

Love the costumes. Love them. Love them! Wonder Woman was always my fave superhero as a child (hence my Underoos were WW).

Looks like you had a very fun crew.

Phantom Scribbler said...

Um, I was thinking of heading over to your place to pick up a few leftover caramel apples on Halloween. Oh, and some Calvados. Yum!!

Janet said...

Your party looks like it was a success, and those deviled eggs look fantastic!

KathyR said...

Yes. Very excited about the deviled eggs! Is it too late to have a Halloween party? Can I give deviled eggs to trick-or-treaters?

Alisa said...

OMG! It looks like a BLAST!! The food is so cute! (can food be cute?)
Looks quite yummy!

You did a fantastic job!

nancy said...

GREAT costumes on everyone! This year my getup consists of a mask from the dollar store. Sigh. But oh my goodness all that fooooooood looks so scrumptious!!! Of course it was a success.

Ninotchka said...

How FUN! We'll have to do something like that one year. I haven't dressed up for Halloween in AGES.

You did a great job. All hail Wonder Woman. lol

(You guys looked great too!)

Scrivener said...

What a great looking party!

See, my great fear about something like this is that no one would show up in costume and I'd feel like an idiot.

If Ella feels better tonight, we're going to make a Frankenstein dish for dinner tonight--I'll try to get some pictures for you.

Gawdessness said...

Looks like it was a blast. Loved the costumes, that is so great that so many people got into it like that.
The food, it just makes me hungry!
I love having leftovers from something like that.
It makes me feel like I got to have fun and a reward the next day too.

Jill said...

Your party looks SO FUN! The costumes are great, and the food looks delicious. The little "pumpkin" deviled eggs are very clever. It seems like everything was a big hit.

Alas, I have no Halloween plans this year, other than handing out candy to trick-or-treaters. For many years in a row, I was invited to at least one costume party per Halloween, and one year I threw a costume party myself. (My usual costumes include a vampire or a bride, but one year my husband and I went to a TV character theme party dressed as Laverne and Shirley.) But this year--no parties, nothin'. Bummer.

Yankee T said...

Love the party pics, and especially the deviled eggs. And how about KathyR wanting to know if she can give eggs to trick-or-treaters??????

You two are adorable.

Suzanne said...

This looks like so much fun. I love the photos, and your costumes were a hoot.

I so need friends who throw parties.

Honey Bunny said...

i'm so totally jealous. jealous of your house, your friends, and mostly over the fact that you have a husband who will dress up! i can't even get mine to put on a fake moustache or some plastic fangs :( halloween is my favorite holiday. you know what his is? EASTER! how lame is THAT! heh.

next year you better have a big ass party and invite me. OR ELSE!


Angry Pregnant Lawyer said...

You and Josh are SO CUTE!!! hahahahaha. Looked like a great party, wish I'd been there.

Piece of Work said...

oh my god, I am so craving deviled eggs right now.
Love the costumes!!

(as Halloween is my least favorite holiday, I never dress up, so I am in awe of the two of you!)

blackbird said...

I am so glad I came over here this morning.
Just because you are HALLOWEEN LOVER, doesn't mean I am SMART enough to realize that THIS IS YOUR SEASON. And, apparently, you do it quite well.
I don't know who came up with the deviled eggs, but you have out Martha'd Martha.
Bravo. Bra - effin - vo!

ccw said...

Your house looks great, the food looks festive and delicious, and all the costumes are wonderful!

It sounds like a really nice party. You can mail all leftovers to me. It sounds yummy!

HipMamaB said...

Looks like fun! Love your costumes!!

We're having our annual Halloween party / Chilifest this Sunday. :)

amygeekgrl said...

looks like one helluva halloween party! you did an awesome job. how cute are those deviled egg pumpkins too?!
loved all the pics. you really are a wonder woman! :)

Y said...

ok. Y'all look HOT.

I'm completely jealous because I don't have the creativity to ever dress up.