When I throw a party one of the things I like most is making all the food! I’m not going to lie I often rope in my very helpful grandma to give me a hand with a couple of things but I love it. A perfect excuse to let the kids eat crap and us adults to relax the rules and indulge on things smothered in chocolate and sugar!
I did quite a lot of prep this year for our first Halloween party! I’d been on Pinterest lots of times saving and screen shotting lots of spooky dishes that I’d be able to make. I decided to make a list of what I thought would be good and have been picking ingredients up for more than a week before the party. Everybody loves a good macaroni cheese so I did a massive batch in the slow cooker, and hotdogs as the main hot food. The kids were coming at 6 so it’s a time where not all kids have had their dinner before then so I needed enough to fill them up for the evening.
Hotdog fingers looked really cool in buns with ketchup blood all over them!! I forgot to get a snap of them complete because they literally flew out my kitchen!
For sweet treats I decided to make cupcakes of course! I usually always make cupcakes/fairy cakes from scratch because it’s so easy and I’ve always got all the bits in the cupboard! My basic recipe is listed here-
- 4oz of self raising flour
- 100g of caster sugar
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- 1-2 tbsp milk
- 2 large free range eggs
- 4oz butter softened.
- Mix all ingredients together in no particular order. I always throw it all in together!
- Pre heat oven to gas mark 5
- Fill cake cases half way up and pop into the oven for 10-15 minutes or until slightly coloured on top.
Decorate as appropriate!
Next I made chocolate apples and chocolate covered marshmallows with sprinkles to decorate!
I bought 3 blocks of white chocolate and 3 bars of milk chocolate and melted completely. I smothered apples in milk chocolate and set them on a plate pressing skewers in the tops to hold. I did 8 chocolate apples and before I set them in the fridge I covered them in different sprinkles for a bit of decoration. I did the same thing with the large marshmallows in the white chocolate and set them on a different plate in the fridge. With the left over melted chocolate I dipped strawberries and smaller marshmallows and set them too. Super easy to make and didn’t take me too long. The only thing I will say is make sure you have room in your fridge and try to set it all over night the night before!!
Next we’re the gingerbread men- this is my grandmas recipe and I had a lot of my friends say they were really good! I got a white icing pen and drew bones on them for skeletons. The recipe for these are-
- 350g plain flour
- 100g butter
- 3.5 tsp ground ginger
- 1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1tsp bicarbonate soda
- 175g light brown soft sugar
- 4tbsp golden syrup
- 1 medium egg
The steps are-
- Pre heat oven to gas mark 4
- Put the flour, butter, ginger, cinnamon and bicarbonate soda together in a mixing bowl
- Mix it all together using you fingers! ( great for kids to get messy!) until crumbly.
- Add the sugar, syrup and egg and mix until it forms a firm pastry mix
- Using your rolling pin roll out the pastry to about 5mm thick. Make sure the surface and your rolling pin are well dusted with flour.
- Use your cutters to cut out the men shapes.
- Place the cut outs on a non stick baking tray, I use grease proof paper.
- Bake in your oven for about 15 minutes until golden brown, keep checking after 10 minutes.
- Decorate appropriately and enjoy!
We had lots of sweets and crisps as well so all the kids were running round like lunatics completely hyped on sugar!! Success I reckon!
Happy baking ox