It's the last week of Halloween based posts at Sidebmodeling for 2014, so I wanted to go out with a bang. Forget "Trick or Treat", this post is all treat!
That's because this is an extra special post - it not only involves some delicious recipes, sweet pics, and fun costumes, but I had the privilege of collaborating with Lauren, creator of the blog "Playing Martha" to create all of it! She has some awesome recipe ideas, so make sure to visit her site and check them out for yourself!
For our Halloween get together, we made "Halloweenies (or Mummy Dogs)", "Devilish Deviled Eggs", and "Sinister Guacamole".
For treats, I threw together some "Witches Hats", much easier (and tastier) than the Witches Fingers I totally Pinterest Failed last Halloween.
To make these, I used Fudge Striped cookies, covered the bottom with chocolate frosting, stuck a hershey kiss in the middle, and added a "ribbon" around the kiss using orange writing gel. Ta-da! Themed cookies without any effort!
We also concocted a few "Toxic Wasted"s, which are perfect for a Halloween party with their eerie neon green color, and fruity taste. They consist of Vodka, Blue Curacao, Melon Liquor, orange juice, and lemon-lime soda (and ice cubes). Another easy to make, delicious to drink item for your recipe book! We used to have a set of glasses with a radioactive symbol to make them in, but both glasses broke during one of our moves (sad day). Mason jars work just as well...though wine glasses, mugs, or whatever else you have that will hold liquid works too...
The quickest, easiest snack to make was probably the Mummy Dogs- you basically just wrap strips of croissant dough every-witch-way (Halloween pun...get it?) around the hot dog, toss them in the oven for 20 mins, and add some ketchup or mustard "eyes" when they come out. The deviled eggs took longest because of the peeling factor (there may have been one or two sad eggs in the batch which didn't make it to the plate-but they didn't get wasted!). We also ended up having so much filling leftover when all was said and done, I just filled the extra roll of croissants I bought with it, baked them, and made Deviled Croissants...not quite as good as either of the original snacks, but they weren't terrible - waste not want not and all that.
After we gorged on snacks and drinks and cookies, it was time to play dress up (because why not?)!
Seeing as we basically were having a very merry Halloween Party/hang out/Life Change Celebration (Lauren is starting a new job this week), I felt it only seemed fitting to spend the day as Alice and the Red Queen (we probably could have thrown in an unbirthday party to tie it all together).
You may even recognize our Alice's blue dress...
When we went outside to take pictures of our awesome costumes, this random cat came running over from the neighbors yard and we immediately thought "This is our Cheshire cat! Perfect!". He (or she...) was incredibly friendly and seemed to enjoy everyone petting him/her. Of course, we did end up getting a bit distracted, so there were quite a few pictures of the Red Queen and Alice running after an orange cat for no apparent reason (our photographer also fell into that category of human trying to get cats attention).
Never the less! Fun was had by all (cat included) and Lauren was a great sport.
My red Queen costume turned out pretty well too- so well in fact, that this costume is in the top three running for my Halloween costume this year (But you'll have to wait and see if it ends up being the number one...only a few days left to decide!).
I even went as far as painting a red heart on my thumbnails because I'm such a sucker for the little details. In regards to the more noticeable items however, I found the headband at a costume store, and saw the "Card Collar" on Pinterest (of course). I also managed to NOT have a Pinterest Fail with this DIY attempt, so I'm above and beyond ecstatic with how everything turned out. Lastly, this costume wouldn't have felt complete for me without a little creepy factor, so using my new red contacts seemed like a perfect choice to pull the color scheme together.
What do you think? Were our character costumes a success?
We hope you enjoyed this collaboration-make sure to check out Lauren's blog, and stay tuned for my last Halloween Costume post for my Month of Masquerades this week!