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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

It's Tablescape Tuesday!

Hello! This is another table I did last year, for a Halloween party we had for the oldest grands. The food played a huge role in the table so I am including photos of it. I'd share the recipes w/ y'all but I got them all from different sources & can't remember now where....sorry! But I'll try to talk you through most of them.

Witches hats...just ice cream cones dipped/painted in chocolate, filled w/ candy corn & then "glued" (using decorator icing) to storebought chocolate cookies.

Crunchy mummies...don't have the recipe but all you need is some kind of cream cheese filling (pipe it in for neatness) & then crisscross thin strips of ham, finish off w/ caper eyes.

Spooky punch w/ haunted hand! I used this recipe & made an ice hand by filling a non-latex glove w/ water & freezing. The glove just peels off after it's frozen.

Mummy Dogs...just weiners wrapped in refrigerated breadstick dough w/ capers for eyes & then baked for a few minutes. I made a medley of dipping sauces...hot & spicy ketchup, honey mustard, etc.

Witches purses... I did locate the recipe for these.

Witches' Purses


6 sheets frozen phyllo (filo) pastry (17x12 inch), thawed

Cooking spray

24 pieces (1x1x1/2 inch pieces) brie cheese (about 4 oz)

1/2 cup apple butter or apricot preserves

1/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted

Fresh chives
1 heat oven to 350 F. Unroll phyllo sheets; cover with plastic wrap or towel. Place 1 phyllo sheet on work surface; spray wtih cooking spray. Layer with 2 more phyllo sheets, spraying each with cooking spray. With sharp knife, cut through all layers of phyllo to make 12 squares.
2 On each square, place 1 piece cheese, 1 teaspoon apple butter and 1/2 teaspoon pecans. Repeat with remaining 3 phyllo sheets and remaining ingredients. Bring corners together to the middle and twist.
3 Bake 17 to 18 minutes or until golden brown. Tie chive around each bundle. Serve warm.

And the Pièce de résistance...brains! It's shrimp cocktail w/ just enough gelatin added to the cocktail sauce to get it to mold. I layered the shrimp (& roasted red pepper strips for the veiny look) into a round bowl, poured the cocktail sauce in & weighted it down w/ a plate. The gelatin didn't affect the taste or the texture.

I did locate the recipe for the brains after all. It was on another blog that made it this year. If you want the recipe you can find it here .

We'll be having another party for the grands this weekend. It won't be nearly as elaborate but I'll share pics, nevertheless. Now I'm off to Between Naps on the Porch to see Susan's, & all the other participants, wonderful tables.


bj said...

These foods are sooooo neat. I know your grands had a blast...what a cool Grandma you must be!!
love, bj

tardevil said...

How cute...except the "brains"! Now that is gross! I bet boys would love it...but you have to have something to go along with the purses! LOL!

Shelia said...

Hi Cami! I'm so impressed with your spooky little table, but especailly all the different spooky foods you made! So fun!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

brettinsky said...

The hand is so neat! I will definitely be doing this sometime!

Oh, and the mummy dogs look so delicious!

Great job!

ellen b said...

Hi Cami!
Everything is so great here. I love all your ideas for the treats! The ghost dogs and the celery thingies, what great imagination! Your grandkids must have had a blast...

Bo said...

What a fun post this was...some really clever ideas! ;-) Bo

Shelia said...

Cami, I would love to see your little sugar scuttle after it's spiffed up!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

laurie said...

What a cute, cute party! So many inspirations on that table, and some of them sound so easy! I can't wait to try some of these. Thank you for stopping by my blog and for your encouragement. laurie

Diane said...

What a wonderful idea! I bet the grands were so excited to be eating such spooky foods. :0} Diane

Myrna said...

OH! What a fun grandma you are!! Great ideas and a fun tablescape.
I printed out the witches purses recipe--sounds easy and yummy--thanks for sharing!

tardevil said...

So tar is curious...if you tried my recipe...how did it turn out? Just love your top photo!

decorator101 said...

This is incredible... love that you added the receipes as well... yuo truly have a remarkable talent.. can't wait to try some of these with my grandson.. Thanks so much for swinging by the blog and for enjoying my tablescape at Susan's.. Oh yes....you have been Boo-Ed!!! would love for you to pick it up...hugs ~lynne~

santamaker said...

What a great spread! Love all of the creative foods, especially the witches hats and hotdog mummies!

Glenda said...

Your "crunch mummies" and "mummy dogs" look delicious. I'm going to have to try these. Your entire table looks great.

Somewhere In Time- Christie (yardsalequeen) said...

What a great Halloween tablescape!
This is so cute! How imaginative!

Art by Ronda Juniper Ray said...

Really, all this food is making me SOOO hungry! Happily, I don't set foot in the kitchen too often, so my hips are safe, at least for the time being. But I think that pumpkin biscotti may get me in there....

Debbie said...

Cami, I hope I took time to tell you how much your fun food photos added to my halloween blog party. I hope you had a great holiday. I look forward to reading your blog again. You have a lot of really good ideas. If I can ever help out let me know. DEB