Friday, October 4, 2013

Halloween dinner

Did I mention I love Halloween? Lol, I thought so! I had my mom, sister and niece over for dinner tonight and decided we needed to use the patio one more time before winterizing it. There was snow in the mountains today and it was cold enough to see our breath whist dining. It was awesome! My hubby built us a nice fire in the fire pit and we dinned on hot soup, fresh rolls, salad, whoopie pies and fresh made licorice caramels. Oh yeah- and cherry hot chocolate. I adapted a super easy and delicious slow cooker tortellini soup recipe to suit my taste. I wanted to try something new and luckily it turned out perfectly. Usually I don't try a new recipe out on guests, but I knew my sister was also going to bring soup so if mine was less than delicious we could just eat hers. The best part of the evening was being able to skype with my girl in Korea. Grandma, aunt and best friend/cousin all got to see her cute new Korean house and say hi to her.  It is so fun to have my sister living in Utah again and just down the street from us. When she comes she cooks, she cleans. She is the perfect dinner guest!! I love this time of the year. Especially in Utah. The air is crisp, the food and parties are plentiful and there is fun to be had everywhere you turn!  
I love this fun spiderweb overlay I found to go over my tablecloth. I went with a black, burnt orange and cream place setting. The napkin rings were made using a plain black boa that I twisted into rings.

 The skull is obviously one of my favorite Halloween decorations. As is the candleabra. Wait until you see this guy all lit up. Pure AWESOMENESS!!
 I used a free font I found on Pinterest for the place cards. I printed the names, embossed the broom with black embossing powder, antiqued the edges and tied a bow with Maya Road Harvest Corn baker's twine.
 I couldn't find bags I liked enough to send home with my dinner guests so I made them. I used a paper punch for the fence, the top of the bag and the round scalloped tag. Maya Road baker's twine and a mini clothes pin add the finishing touches to this little bag. I filled it with treats. And love!
 Plastic eye balls. Enough said.
 Mason jar with a wire handle hanging on a Shepard's hook added the perfect accent lighting for our spooky soiree!
 I love Signature Sorrento dishes. I scored the "paprika" a couple of years ago. Sadly this color has been discontinued. I love this color combination. In dishes and decor.
 Tortellini soup with mushrooms and fresh spinach & easy homemade rolls.
 My sister Cindy not only made these beautiful whoopie pies and licorice caramels but she also made the dessert stands. She's pretty amazing!!
 How perfect are these? Thanks sis!
One more of the skull. All lighted up. The eyes flash blue, green and orange. See why I love him!!
Slow Cooker Tortellini soup
24 oz. jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
2 C. of water
5 C. of chicken broth
1/4 C. finely diced onion
4-5 finely minced garlic cloves
1/2 C. chopped carrots
8 oz. package of neufchatel cream cheese, cubed
1 1/2 to 2 C. sliced mushrooms
3 C. spinach leaves 
20 oz. three cheese tortellini
In a large slow cooker combine the spaghetti sauce, water, chicken broth, onions, garlic, carrots, cream cheese and mushrooms. Cook on Low for 6-7 hours.Whisk the soup to melt the cream cheese and add the spinach and pasta. Cook for another 20 minutes or until the pasta is cooked.


Christy Green said...

Your decorations turned out so cute. I love the treat bags, very creative. Looks like a fun dinner party.

cindy said...

What a great hostess you are. The food was delicious, I need your dinner roll recipe. The decorations were so adorable. Such love and hard work went into the party. Thank you for the invitation.

Meow Opre said...

Awesome Halloween dinner ideas in here. I was browsing and found your blog, and was so happy you’ve got interesting Halloween Recipes and treats! Thanks for sharing and I do hope I could pin some nice photos on my Pinterest boards. Good day!

Half Dane said...

Thanks! I do love a good Halloween soiree! Pin away Meow Opre.

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