Currently the said "party room" is still stacked high with boxes - I'm finding it impossible to unpack with two small children ha ha
So I'll start with the planned Halloween party food!
I was sent some wonderful Pumpkin Jam from Pelagonia - I'd never heard of pumpkin jam before! It comes in a lovely glass jam jar and then I kind of wondered ... What does one do with pumpkin jam?
We spread some on cold toast shapes to taste it - perfect! The Pelagonia website has a wonderful recipe for Pumpkin Jam Tarts which I will be attempting as this looks and sounds much nicer for a party!
I'll also be making plenty of cakes and biscuits using some of my favourite Dr Oetker goodies - I was sent a selection of decorating items to use - I'm going to have lots of fun with the ready to roll icing (my kids call this playdoh they can eat!) love the food gel colours in jet black, neon orange and ultra violet, cakes are going to be topped with chocolate sprinkles and banoffee and Dr Oetker is always in my shopping basket - the cake release spray is one of my favourites!
Looking forward to getting creative with these sprinkles and icing sets! The Dr Oetker website has some brilliant halloween recipes. I've promised Blake I'll make either cakes or biscuits with spiders on the top!
I've made severed fingers from veggie hotdogs and ketchup - seriously quick and easy, just a bit of clever slicing - I used a teaspoon to cut away a finger nail shape!
Draw little ghostie faces on mini marshmallows with a food ink pen (I found mine in the cake decorating shop in chatterton village) and scatter them in hot chocolate - make a bowl full in the slow cooker left on low and ready to serve at your guests request :)
Check out my Pinterest board for Halloween - there's lots of terrifying treats to bake and crafts to make here!
Halloween is a great excuse for lots of crafts and we have some wonderful bits from Hobbycraft.
We've already made spooky suncatchers and decorated some foam witches hats - might I add, with the most Ah-Ma-Zing glitter glue! The orange is almost neon and the colours are so vibrant!
Also from Hobbycraft we have this scary skeleton hanging decoration which is 5ft tall and jointed so you can pop him in comical or scary poses.
scary spiders web full of plastic spiders and a purple glass witch lantern - I'm using a led tea light in mine.
Meg is ready for trick or treat with a sweet little felt frankinstein's monster bag!
I'm drawing lots of inspiration from the most adorable Halloween craft book I've ever seen, sent to me for review from Cico books - Creating your Vintage Hallowe'en by Marion Paull.
Full of stories, folklore and history, mixed in with crafts, games and food ideas and the most darling vintage artwork.
I was in love with this book in moments and it's inspiring lots of ideas for our little party - there's even handy templates to make the things in the book. The ribbon book mark has a pumpkin gift tag and the book reminded me of a word I'd forgotten all about! Pukwudgie! My give year old is enjoying hearing about all the legends and the book also reminds us that the "too American" Halloween celebration was celebrated here long before there! Bring on your party!
Emma in Bromley xx