Trick or Treat (or the Annual Sugar Shower, as I call it), is for the small fry, but kids of all ages need to be fortified against the possible zombie apocalypse and this annotated picture of a Halloween Party Table from a spook month soiree I threw a couple of years back helps explain how to pull together a Halloween tablescape that will take the hair off a werewolf.
It boils down to a few basic principles:
- Keep the color scheme consistent. Here, we used orange, black, lime green.
- Don’t let the tablescape fall flat. Build in some height. I buried some cardboard boxes under the black tablecloth and also brought out tiered stands and cake plates.
- Add some unexpected elements, such as the little cheese cutouts.
- Have fun with some squeal-producing items, such as the mummy fingers Deloris crafted.
- Think “easy to grab while gabbing.” Party food should consist of lots of little edible treasures. Nothing that, by itself, is too big or too filling. Leave the Blob That Ate Muskogee off the menu.
- Avoid gross and go cute instead. If your Halloween party table is filled with items that look like eyeballs and brains and guts and gore, appetite suppression may result. That’s fine if you’re catering for your local weight loss club, but it’s not your goal when you’re throwing a party. You want every bite to be attractive and delicious.
No one could resist mummy fingers!