Vintage Halloween Bash


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All Hallowe’en

When the world is wrapped in slumber

And the moon is sailing high,

If you peep between the curtains

You’ll see witches riding by

 

It was this poem, printed on a sweet vintage style Halloween card from my mother that inspired my Vintage Halloween Bash.   I grabbed my witches hat and broom to fly back in time bringing some old school charm and whimsy to the evening. I wanted this party to feel classic so Matthew bought me a fantastic book on vintage Halloween traditions and games and we wove them into the evening, creating a magical night. You set the tone with the invitation of course, so I mailed out vintage inspired cards with a hand written invitation inside. We played vintage fortune telling games, had food with the flare of days gone by, and partied into the evening.

 

We kept it classic in an orange and black palate. I spent the month of October crafting away, draping dip-dyed tulle around and placing crows and owls on the fence to keep a vigilant watch. I crafted hand-painted paper bags into a Cemetery Luminary and modge-podged tissue paper into floating ghosts with led lights tied inside to glow into the evening. We must have cut out a million bats; hanging them in flocks around the house and from the chandeliers casting eerie shadows on the walls. Pumpkins with holes drilled through them were stuffed with lights and glowed away on the porch. You can’t have a vintage Halloween without a Scarecrow so we propped up an old one that was gifted to me from my Grandma to make sure the crows stayed on the fence.

 

Here is the full breakdown of everything good.

 

Games:

Donuts on a String

Bobbing For Apples

Costume Contest

Guess how many Candy Corn

Chestnut Tree Fortune Telling

 

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Pumpkin-Diorama

Décor:

Paper Bats

Bouquets of Flowers Infested with Bugs

A Paper Bag Luminary Cemetery

Tissue Paper Glowing Ghosts

Cobwebs and Tulle

Pumpkin Lanterns

DIY Halloween Candles

Pumpkin Diorama 

 

 

 

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Savory:

Black (olive tapenade) & orange (roasted pepper) Crostini

Deviled eggs with chili peppers and poppy seeds

Blue cheese plate with rosemary and olive “bugs”

Prosciutto wrapped asparagus

Trick or Treat Stew – with elk, yams and parsnips

Brussel Spout Salad with pistachios and bacon

Sweet:

Two-tiered marshmallow cobweb cake

Maple Glazed Bars

Carmel Apples

Popcorn balls

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Vintage Halloween Party

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When black cats prowl

& Pumpkins gleam

May luck be with you on Halloween!

Marcella Rose

 

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Fourth of July Feast

IMG_1387This fourth of July I wanted to do something different than the traditional BBQ so we invited 8 guests to join us for a 5 course meal in our sweet little yard.  I poured over cookbooks and magazines creating and recreating menus; trying to inject just the perfect amount of red, white and blue into this sit down soiree.  The final menu had just enough class and brass for one enchanting evening underneath the bursting fireworks to celebrate our day of independence.

The Menu

Refreshments
Watermelon Basil Gin Coolers
Chili Popcorn
The Meal
Firecracker Crab with Three Chili Dipping Sauce
Prosciutto and Melon Purses on Field Greens with Grapefruit Vinaigrette
Beet Ravioli with Independence Corn Relish
Line Caught Wild Alaskan Halibut in a Whiskey Marinade with Dijon Potato Salad
Blueberry Hand Pies with Slow Churned Vanilla Ice Cream
I set the table simply, with white and silver, wanting the bright colors of the food to really pop, bang and BOOM!  Hanging large flour sack towels on the back back of the chairs for napkins.
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Upon arrival guests were greeted with Watermelon Basil Gin Coolers served in old jars and Chili Popcorn oh and of course Dr. Watson our boston terrier.
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IMG_1423Once we all sat down we cleaned our hands with cooled lemon water soaked towels and started tearing into Firecracker Alaskan King Crab Legs dipped into a spicy Three Chili Sauce.  The sauce was a play on my grandmothers recipe for crab dipping sauce; dijon, horseradish, lemon, mayo,  and a dash of ketchup; I added three different chili sauces to spice it up.  I served them in galvanized buckets full of ice; their legs looking like the trails of  bursting light from a firecracker .
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For the next course, I wrapped up melon with paper thin prosciutto tying up these little purses with a chive and serving them with some organic field greens and a dressing of olive oil, salt, pepper and artisan grapefruit vinegar that was purchased on a trip to Santa Cruz for my little sister Nathalia’s, founder and owner of Creatively Conscious, Birthday.
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Next, I plated up a recipe I altered from Tom Douglas, who altered it from the great Marcella Hazen; cold beet ravioli pared with a delicious corn relish recipe from my talented photographer sister Bianca Sciotto,  It was a bold choice but it was a hit! The relish paired very well with the beets and the corn gave a hint of the traditional grilled corn of the holiday.
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Our main course, Fresh Line-caught Alaskan Halibut that my husband Matt and I caught ourselves on our recent trip to Homer Alaska, the “Halibut Capital of the World”.  These filets are so fresh, so thick, so white… I was so excited to get creative cooking them up.  I let them sit all day in a whisky marinade and then broiled them to perfection.  I served the halibut on very simple, very light, red potato salad with my favorite broccoli sprouts on the side.  Delish!
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Finally for dessert the smallest of blueberry hand pies.  I slipped them into homemade wax paper bags to bring back memories of the good ol’ days and served them with little galvanized buckets of dish-yourself, slow churned, vanilla ice cream.
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The night was truly perfect, with a nice cool breeze, good friends, wonderful conversation, and a memorable, different meal that won’t fade into the fourth of July BBQ’s of years past.
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Marcella Rose’s top 5 hostess gifts

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I am frequently asked what I bring as host/hostess gifts.  Let me tell you, I love to answer this question!  I enjoy nothing more than preparing a little something special for a host or hostess.  Here are my current absolute favorite gifts to bear for every type of host and every type of party:

1. For the host that you are just getting to know:

– Williams Sonoma have these seasonal Essential Oils Deluxe Hand Soap & Lotion Gift Sets.  They are so luxurious!  This gift is a little something that will last months; it will bring a smile to your face and delight senses.  It turns the simple act of washing your hands into a spa-like experience.  Not to mention, it’s something every home needs and having a back up is nothing short of genius! Image

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2. For the quirky host who’s kitchen is her favorite room in the house:

-Oh Anthropolgie, how I love thee!  You can walk into any of their stores and anything you pick out will be amazing.  My current favorite are these adorable little fruit baskets that are full of even more adorable dish towels.  I like to pair these with the dining room measuring spoons that are as much art as they are function.

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3. For the classy modern host:

-This is a great gift for either host or hostess! Bringing a bottle of bubbly or vino is a sure way to please at a dinner party.  Bringing something extra special with two modern flutes for the hosts to have a quiet romantic moment to celebrate after the party or for that much needed mimosa in the morning is practically perfect in every way!  I love the modern style of Crate and Barrel’s Edge Sparkling Wine Glasses.

 

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4. For the host that loves to host:

– Ask any one that loves to host and they will tell you that a cheese board is one of the best gifts to give and receive and there is no such thing as having too many serving plates or boards.  This is one of my absolute favorites since you can actually write on the board and cheeses really pop against the dark background the slate gives.

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5. For the host that loves to cook:

– There are so many amazing cookbooks and new ones come out every single day! My current favorite to give is by a fellow blogger Smitten Kitchen.  It’s so innovative and fun and the recipes are to die for! I like to wrap this gift in a pretty silk bow and tie one of these stunning heart shaped wooden spoons on top with the bow.  Simply wonderful and a gift that is sure to please for months after the party is long over.

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ImageI hope these favorites of mine with get your creativity flowing to create some truly perfect hostess and host gifts for the next party you attend!
Love, love, love
Marcella Rose
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A table fit for the leprechaun king




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I hope you are all having a fantastic St. Patrick’s Day!  Most people know of my Sicilian heritage but few know that I am as Irish as I am Sicilian.  My great grandmother and my grandmother are both full blooded Irish and St. Patricks day in their or my mothers home was always full of Irish folk songs, smells of a slow simmering corn beef, boiled potatoes and laughter always so much laughter.

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So last night I put the dark Irish girl to work hosting a wonderful party in my home to celebrate my heritage and St. Patrick.

Here is a peek at the table arrangement.

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A very merry St. Patties day to you all!
Irish kisses from me and my new puppy Doctor Watson
– Marcella Rose
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