I had so much fun at our first annual Halloween party and wanted to share some menu ideas with you. Here was the menu:
- Butternut Squash and Apple Soup
- Macaroni & Cheese
- Fancy Grilled Cheese
- Swedish Meatballs
- Chocolate Cake
- Chocolate White Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Ghostly Meringues
- Halloween Peppermint Patties
- Creme Soda & Root beer
- Water, Coffee, Tea
- Beer & Wine (and some Proseco that a friend brought)
If you can’t tell, I love Ina Garten from Food Network’s Barefoot Contessa. Her recipes are always amazing. I didn’t have any appetizers, I just had all the food out and ready when guests arrived. I put the soup and meatballs in crock pots to serve, the mac n cheese were in the pans they cooked in and the grilled cheese was served on a three-tiered platter.
For the “fancy” grilled cheese…I just got a little creative. I consulted the bakery department of my local supermarket and bought some “fancy” bread that I sliced myself. The bakery department will slice if for you, and I regret not taking them upon their offer. Then I just filled the sandwiches with all sorts of fun items:
- Monterey Jack Cheese w/ Bacon
- Tomato, Mozzarella & Pesto
- Ham & Cheese
- Pear, Brie Cheese & Chocolate Chips
- Tomato & Bacon
The bread slices were large so I was able to cut each sandwich into fourths.
I took the easy way out with the Swedish meatballs and used a box spice mix, then followed this recipe for the gravy.
Let’s face it though…the desserts are the most important part of any Halloween party!
For drinks, I served creme soda and root beer for a little bit of nostalgia, along with water, coffee and tea. Guests brought some beer and wine, and one even brought some awesome Proseco! I bought some fun Halloween straws as well!
I had a lot of mac n cheese left over, and a good amount of sweets which I packaged up in little bags and brought to my daughters’ teachers at school. Overall, it was a fun party and can’t wait to do it again next year.