The Giving Tree Parent and Child Costumes

We’re kicking it off with a few costumes from children’s story books. And the first up, is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, a personal favorite.  I always wanted to be a part of the story and now I can with the adult tree costume DIY and little boy costumes along with an apple trick-or-treat bag DIY.  The best part is, this whole costume can be non-sewable by using a glue gun.  Just be mindful if there are little hands around.

The Giving Tree Halloween costumes for parent and child along with a coordinating trick-or-treat bag

Tortured Artist party films

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For the entire month of October we featured our Tortured Artist party and brought you several spook-worthy ideas to recreate for your own dinner parties complete with invitations, menu cards, food ideas, costume ideas, and decor. This was one of my favorite collaborations ever as it brought together some of my favorite people for the sake of creating something gorgeous–always my goal.
Lucky for us, Trisha Zemp was there to film it. I present to you, the Tortured Artist Halloween party:
But what I always find more interesting is the behind the scenes. As you can see, there was a LOT going on!
A HUGE thank you to everyone involved. It takes a creative village.
Costumes by Hillary Gallup, Ashley Isenhour, Victoria Riza, Carli Randolf
Props from Mary Lee
Art directed by Brittany Jepsen
And so many other helpers and assistants. I know, crazy. Now, what did you think? What are you doing for Halloween??

DIY animal headwraps Part 2

Clearly, once I started making animal headwraps, I couldn’t stop! If you’re just joining, early today I introduced a series of animal headwrap twisty ties (see here) and today I’m finishing up with a few more. You can find the pattern and instructions HERE.
Get the fox costume look:
Get the puppy dog costume look:

 

Get the cat costume look: 
Get the donkey costume look:

 

DIY animal headwraps Part 1

Giraffe ears twisty headwrap
Are you ready for some cute?! K, I realize it’s the day before Halloween but there’s got to be someone who works like me and saves projects for the last minute, right? Anyone? You’re probably much more prepared than me. BUT, if you’re in a pinch and need some aid, consider this your go-to guide for a cute and simple costume. Remember the Easter bunny ears I made earlier this year? It’s basically a twisty headwrap where you change the points. Ever since then I’ve been wanting to make a whole slew of animals and saved the idea for Halloween. This project can be applied to basically any animal with ears. But really, they’d be great all year round, doncha think?
To make the headwraps, you can find the pattern and instructions HERE.
My favorite favorite is the giraffe. I mean, it’s all about those ears, ’bout those ears, right?!
Giraffe ears twisty headwrap costume
Giraffe ears twisty headwrap and costume

Giraffe costume get the look:
Top from Gap Kids (and it’s on sale!)
Bottoms from Target

Horse ears twisty headwrap
Horse ears twisty headwrap

Horse costume get the look:
Top from Gap (on sale!)
Bottoms from Gap 

Mouse ears twisty headwrap
Mouse ears twisty headwrap
Mouse ears twisty headwrap

Mouse costume get the look:
Tunic from Wunway
Leggings from Wunway

Panda ears twisty headwrap
Panda ears twisty headwrap
Panda ears twisty headwrap

Panda Costume get the look:
Black and white baseball tee from Amazon
Black leggings from Target

Pig ears twisty headwrap
Pig ears twisty headwrap
Pig ears twisty headwrap

Pig costume get the look:
Dress from Gap
Pink tights from Wunway

Photography by Trisha Zemp
Make up by Victoria Riza
Crafting by Brittany Jepsen
Thank you to our wonderful models M and E! 

Stay tuned for part 2 of the headwraps series! 

This post was brought to you in part by Wunway, one of my favorite shops for kids!

Tongue Twister Halloween costumes

These tongue twister Halloween costumes are both stylish and clever! They’re also a bit nostalgic (who didn’t repeat these tongue twisters over and over as a kid?). Plus, everyone has heard of these tongue twisters and will appreciate the wittiness. Read below for instructions on how to make these Halloween costumes!

She Sells Seashells Down By The Seashore Costume

Materials:

  • Trench coat from the thrift store
  • Price tags (we got ours from Staples)
  • Glue gun
  • Bathing suit
  • Pail
  • Seashells from the craft store

Instructions:

We simply glued the seashells to the inside of a trench coat and added on price stickers. You might need to glue those on too as they don’t stick very well.
Tongue Twister Halloween ideas
"She sells seashells down by the seashore" Halloween costume
Next tongue twister is…
"Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers" Halloween costume

Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers

 
This one is for those who really don’t want to dress up but also don’t want to be the party pooper. Just wear your everyday clothes and add on a pickled pepper garland. Easy squeazy!

Materials:

Instructions:

Victoria created the adorable pepper illustrations. You can find some downloadable pepper illustrations here, or create your own peppers! Simply cut out and tape to twine! Add a cardboard pan flute and a pepper cutout in your hair for extra embellishment!
"Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers" Halloween costume
"Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers" Halloween costume
Can you guess the last tongue twister Halloween costume?
"How much wood would a wookchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?" Halloween costume

How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck if a Woodchuck Could Chuck Wood?

Materials:

  • Lumberjack clothing
  • Beanie
  • Wood logs
  • Beard
  • Ears

Instructions:

Brynn used this tutorial to create the beard and enlarged it to the size of an adult. You could easily turn this beard into a mask for a COVID season Halloween costume! Brynn sewed the ears onto a beanie to complete the woodchuck costume.

"How much wood would a wookchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?" Halloween costume

"How much wood would a wookchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?" Halloween costume Tongue Twister ideas
Last minute Halloween costume ideas
We’ve had lots of fun creating these Halloween tongue twister costumes! If you have any other tongue twister Halloween costume ideas, let us know in the comments!
Looking for more Halloween costume inspiration? Check out group costume ideas here, easy baby costumes here, or other costumes to win this year’s costume contest.

 

Photography by Trisha Zemp 
She sells crafting by Hillary Gallup
Peter Piper crafting by Victoria Riza
Woodchuck crafting by Brynn Grover

DIY Ghost Tablecloth for Halloween

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We’re on our very last tutorial from the Tortured Artist party, and this one is my favorite! This DIY ghost tablecloth tutorial is creepy and ghoulish and everything in between. Imagine eating a pleasant Halloween feast when all of a sudden you notice that the cheesecloth you think is artistically bunched up is actually a face. Muhahaha. We used cheesecloth bunched together as a table runner and inserted the faces along in the grooves. Perfectly spooky, right?!
Cheesecloth ghost table runner
Cheesecloth ghost table runner

Photography by Alpha Smoot
Crafting by Carli Randolf
Art directed by Brittany Jepsen

DIY ghost tablecloth tutorial

Materials:

  • Face form
  • Cheesecloth
  • Corn starch
  • Water

Instructions:

1. Make starch. Pour 2 cups of water into a microwave-safe container. Add 1 cup of corn starch. Mix well.

2. Microwave it in 30 second installments until it gets thick. Will take about 2 minutes long. Let it cool, but not get cold.

3. Coat your piece of cheesecloth (I recommend doubling it to make it stronger) in the cornstarch.

4. Drape the cheesecloth over your face form making sure to give detail to the face part. Really work your fingers into the facial expression. We used a mannequin head but you can find face forms at Michael’s or Joann. Put freezer paper underneath so it makes it easy to pull off.

5. We alternated between using a hairdryer and letting it air dry. It makes it easy to pull it off the surface.

6. When it’s completely dry, use a butter knife to separate the layers.

7. Create a table runner on your table by bunching up layers cheesecloth. Insert your faces in the bunches. Each face was ended up being about a 12″ square.

Add some candles and greenery to your table for the finishing touch. Muhahahaha. Check out the full spread at our tortured artist party here, and view the tortured artist costumes here.

More decor ideas for Halloween

If this DIY ghost tablecloth grabbed your attention, you can browse through MORE Halloween decor ideas in the Lars archives. Our favorites include this DIY rainbow pumpkin arch, these DIY wood transfer plaques, and creepy printable art decor to match your equally spooky ghost tablecloth. You can also check out more Halloween decor inspiration on our Pinterest board here.

Printable Custom Name Tags

We revealed our Halloween Tortured Artist dinner party, but we still have a couple of details to add to complete the party so you can easily recreate it. A proper dinner party needs to place their artists strategically. I mean, how awful would it be to place Van Gogh next to Gauguin? I know, horrible. Danielle Kroll came up with a gorgeous design for these printable name tags that you can use at your next event. You can download the printables here!
Free printable name tags for your Halloween dinner party place settings
Free printable name tags for your Halloween dinner party place settings
We placed our name tags on skeleton hands that we found out Michael’s just to add a tinge more creepiness. For more printables to complete your dinner party, download the menu card and invitation. You can also check out more Halloween party ideas like this skull cake and this ghost tablecloth to complete your dinner party.
 
See more ideas from our Halloween Tortured Artist party here. And be sure to browse more printables in the Lars Halloween shop!

Use these printable name tags at any gathering

Although we used them for our Halloween party, these printable name tags are pretty enough for any kind of celebration! We love to throw parties here at Lars (can you tell?!), and these illustrations will fit in with any decor. Place these name tags on guests’ plates alongside these printable napkin rings (with crowns to match!) and a floral garland table runner for a fun, colorful birthday party, baby shower, or wedding celebration!
Props by Mary Lee
Art directed by Brittany Jepsen

How to Throw a Beautiful AND Spooky Halloween Party

This Halloween party was truly spooky and gorgeous, and we’re ready to share all of our tips to a great Halloween party. After 9 Tortured Artist costume ideas (10 if you include the double Fridas), one full menu with 3 delicious recipes and a skull cake for dessert, 2 illustrated printables from Danielle Kroll here and here (and one more on the way), 1 playlist, and 5 decor ideas here and here, it’s time to reveal the full dinner Tortured Artist party.
If you’re planning your own Halloween party, here’s how I would do it:

Costumes

It’s the only time of the year when it’s truly permissible, so why would you avoid it? Embrace it. In the invitation mention the dress code. Here it was “Arrive dressed as your favorite Tortured Artist.”

Decide on a decor theme

I mentioned here that our decor was inspired by vanitas, the term used to describe the brevity of life and nearness of death that was reflected in rotting fruits, skulls, taxidermy, and candles (see our decor ideas here) and a costume based on it.  We chose not to do rotting fruits but just living fruits as we didn’t want to gross out our guests. A piece of fruit at each place setting is the perfect adornment (see above image).

Add in the spooky to your Halloween party

I’m not generally a fan of the spooky element, but to make the beautiful vanitas work, we needed that extra creepy feel. For the table runner, we added in some ghost faces. I wanted something subtle that you wouldn’t detect right away. Surprise! Check out the full DIY here.

 

But also make it gorgeous

Though it’s a bit spooky, it should also be a bit gorgeous, right?! That’s how we like to do it here. Sarah Winward did the gorgeous flowers and used the styrofoam skeleton heads as vases. I love how they turned out. Drip fruits and flowers across the table for that lavish, over-the-top feel.

Black candles (perfect for the Halloween party atmosphere!)

Good, subtle lighting is a must. We lit our party with black candles, the only way to go. We got ours from Save-on-Crafts, who is the cheapest and has the best supply around.

Customize the event

 Danielle Kroll created these gorgeous name tags to go at each setting. You can get the free printable here. She also created these gorgeous invitations and menu cards, which you can get here and here.

Spooky Halloween party artwork

To transform your space and make it feel like a haunted house no matter where you are, cover up the walls with these free printable portraits, which feel spooky and hysterical at the same time. Check out the tutorial here.

Dessert that mimics the theme

It’s all in the details, folks. I was so excited for this vanilla bean skull cake. I think it truly made the party. And it was delicious, so there’s that. Get the full tutorial here.

A delicious autumnal menu

Ramblin Rose Cafe created the most gorgeous and gorgeously delicious menu for the party including a roasted garlic and cauliflower soup, a perfect autumn cheese board, and roasted root vegetables and a pomegranate ginger elixir to wash it all down.

Good friends with good costumes

 The perfect recipe for a Halloween party! Here are the ones we did: Girl with the Pearl Earring, Vanitas, 2 Frida Kahlos, Birth of Venus, Marie Antoinette, Georgia O’Keefe, Old Guitarist, Van Gogh, Mona Lisa.

We had a ball putting this party on, and there’s still a bit more. Get a behind the scenes look at the making of the party here!

 
Props by Mary Lee
Hair by Aubrey Nelson
Make-up by Rubie Huber
Food by Ramblin Rose Cafe

Georgia O’Keeffe costume recipe

Georgia O'Keefe costume recipe

Get ready to tap into your artistic side with this Georgia O’Keeffe costume tutorial! I will say yes to any tutorial with giant paper flowers, and this Halloween costume did not disappoint!

Georgia made her home in New Mexico and often depicted the setting around her: skulls, desert landscapes, desert flowers. We included those elements into our costume as symbolic touches. Of course, you probably won’t want to walk around with a huge bull skull (or do you?), but a microscopic version like the bracelet is a good alternative. We’ll show you how to make the oversized poppy as inspired by her paintings (see here), the dyed kaftan inspired by her close-ups, and a hair and make-up tutorial.

Skull as a bracelet for Georgia O'Keefe
Georgia O'Keefe costume recipe
Costume by Carli Randolf
Hair by Aubrey Nelson
Make-up by Rubie Huber
Props by Mary Lee
Art directed by Brittany Jepsen
 
This post was sponsored in part by onlinefabricstore.com

Georgia O’Keeffe costume recipe

  • Grey hair tutorial
  • Creepy make-up tutorial
  • Dyed kaftan
  • Bull skull accessories (find some cheap options here or here. Search for things like “taxidermy skull” or “faux taxidermy skull.” The bracelet is gold-leafed a bit for more flair.


How to make the paper poppy flower

Materials:

  • Watercolor paper
  • Shallow dish
  • Water
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Petal template
  • Aluminum foil
  • Watercolors (dark orange, light orange, and purple)
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue gun
  • Pom pom template
  • Yarn

Instructions:

  1. Use the petal template to cut four petals out of watercolor paper.
  2.  Fill a shallow dish with water and soak petals in water for about two minutes. While wet, place a petal on aluminum foil and paint one side dark orange. Paint broad edge of other side dark orange, paint middle section light orange, and narrow point purple. Repeat will all petals. Let petals dry.
  3. Hold narrow point of petal and the handle of a paintbrush in one hand. Press paintbrush against petal with thumb and use other hand to pull petal upwards, bending the petal around paint brush handle. This loosens the fibers in the paper. Repeat process in other direction on petal. Repeat with all petals.
  4. Cut slit in the narrow point of each petal. Overlap the two sides of the narrow point to make a cupped shape and hot glue into place.
  5. Bend broad edges of petals backward.
  6. Glue two petals together (see photo) at narrow points. Fill in gaps with other two petals.
  7. Use pom template (see tutorial here) to make a pom. Glue pom to center of flower. 

Georgia O’Keeffe costume: makeup tutorial

The real Miss O’Keeffe has such a unique, fierce beauty that just slaps you in the face. It’s hard to replicate, so instead, I wanted to just bring out different “feels” of O’Keeffe in the makeup.

First I started with a matte makeup base (get it here) to take away any shine from the face. I wanted the model, Carly’s, beautiful skin to be able to come through without shine, so I added almost no foundation after the base. What we did do though, is bronze. This evokes the haunting, desert beauty that I felt from Georgia and her artwork, so I bronzed and bronzed and bronzed, concentrating on the edges of the face, under the cheekbones, and below the jawline. I kept going down the neck, focusing on the hollows. I had Carly awkwardly flex her neck and shoulders so her collar bones popped out, and then bronzed around them.

Her lips were nude and natural, but you can mix some concealer with a tiny bit of pink or peach lipstick if you don’t have your own nude color lip wear.

For her eyes, we fierced up her brows with ELF eyebrow kit (get it here) and created some drama in her eyes with dark matte grey eyeshadow only on the inner and outer corners. Think ghostly! In the end, Carly carried it all with her modeling.

Kaftan Pattern

 

Materials:

Instructions:

  1. Measure your height and multiply that by two. This is how much yardage you will need. Depending on how wide your fabric is, you may need to measure how wide you want the fabric to be and cut. I tried to keep the selvedged edges so that I wouldn’t have to finish that seam.
  2.  Fold the the fabric in half and mark center with safety pins on both sides.
  3. Dye fabric following dying instructions on package.
  4. Cut out a hole for your head. Make sure to start by cutting a small hole and then increase the size to fit your head through. Stay-stitch to keep the fabric from stretching.
  5. Finish neck edge. I did a bias tape facing. Quick and easy.
  6. Put on the dress and pin fit both sides of your body through both layers of fabric. Sew a straight line down each side.
  7. Sew in a button hole at the stitching near your waist to allow for a belt (optional).

Done!

Grey hair tutorial by Aubrey Nelson

  1. Start by coating the hair in white hair chalk to give it texture and grey appearance. A favorite chalk of mine is this one from Kevin Murphy
  2. To give a wispy & effortless look we gathered all the hair with just our fingers and held straight out fem the head holding it by the ends
  3. Then roll the hair up sideways into a simple twist and secure with bobby pins
  4. To give a more tousled look, massage the hairline and perimeter of style with the palm of your hand to loosely free hair
  5. Make finishing touches with white chalk

THE END! You’re now ready to show off your costume masterpiece, with skull and poppy in hand!

See our full list of tortured artist costumes here! And check out some more influential women Halloween costumes here!

Birth of Venus Costume

Our vanitas Halloween is in full swing, and we’re so excited about our tortured artist costume tutorials! Let’s continue with the Birth of Venus costume!
Birth of Venus was painted by Sandro Botticelli in 1486 as commissioned by the Medici family. It depicts the goddess of love, Venus, emerging from the ocean as a full-grown woman. There are a lot of interpretations of the painting, but it’s generally thought to be a depiction of the birth of love and spiritual beauty as a driving force of life. Read more about it here.
We decided to do an adaptation of Birth of Venus (shockingly, we don’t do nudity here on Lars). But for those of you who like to do artistic sexy Halloween, I suppose this is your chance. We went with a bodysuit–you’re welcome.
Make-up by Rubie Huber
Crafting and modeling by Hillary Gallup
Art directed by Brittany Jepsen
 
Birth of Venus Halloween costume

Birth of Venus costume tutorial

Materials: 

To make the skirt:

  • Wrap the decorative net around the waist and secure it with wire or safety pins
  • Remove from body and place paper under netting
  • Use hot glue to apply the shells onto the netting

Voila!

For the wig:

Once you get your wig (we got ours from here), you will need to trim it to your desired length and fullness (as this one is REALLY long and unshapen). Just get out your handy scissors and go to town!

 

Note:

If you don’t feel comfortable going with bare legs, you can try some nude leggings.
 
 

Birth of Venus costume: makeup tutorial by Rubie Huber

Venus! The epitome of natural beauty! I wanted her (and your!) own natural beauty to shine out, so go for minimal foundation. Instead, spread a BB cream or tinted moisturizer across your whole face for a healthy glow. Use just small bits of concealer under the eyes, around the nose, and on any blemishes.

Define those eyebrows subtly with the ELF eyebrow kit (get it here). I love ELF! So cheap and easy.

To get a golden look, I used the same shimmery bronzer for both cheeks and eyes. In fact, bronzer as eyeshadow is one of my favorite things. Yay for multi-use! Go for an all-over bronze shimmer on the eyelid and the cheekbones. Sweep it back into the hairline. Spread a thin layer everywhere for an all-over glow. Use your finger or a smaller brush to swipe across the brows and down the bridge of the nose.

Find a peachy nude lipliner– I like Revlon colorstay in Rose (get it here)– to lightly fill in the lips. I like to line, then smudge inward so you get just a little color, and add on a shiny clear chapstick for the fresh natural lips.

Ta-da!

You can view the full tortured artist party here! Looking for more Halloween costume inspiration? Look no further than our longest list of Halloween costume ideas yet!

 
image of painting from here.

Creepy Printable Art Decor for Halloween

For our tortured artist party (see more details here), we wanted our Halloween decor to feel one part Haunted House and one part 17th century Dutch Baroque. Printable art decor was the perfect solution, as it looks extravagant but is actually really cheap! Ashley came up with the idea to print off some large scale engineering prints at the local printer (we love Printmark–old Cougar Copy–here in Provo, but Staples also works!) that run about $5 each. We simply printed them off and hung them up! You could even place them in some fancy gold frames for an extra elegant Halloween party. AND you can use them again for future Halloweens!
Spooky Halloween art decor (free!)
Spooky Halloween art decor (free!)
I love how customizable this printable art decor is. By choosing your own portraits, your party guests can really see your character come through! Maybe these portraits will inspire you to do a creepy Halloween portrait session of your own (if you’re doing a themed Halloween costume party like ours, this would be a great idea)!
Check out the full instructions and how to get the printable artwork below!

photography by Alpha Smoot
crafting by Ashley Isenhour
styling by Sarah Winward and Brittany Jepsen
art directed by Brittany Jepsen

Creepy Portrait Posters for Halloween decor

  1. Go to Rijksmuseum and create an account.
  2. Type “portraits” into the search bar. A “portraits” collection should pop up under the search bar. Click it.
  3. When you find a portrait creepy enough to fit your taste, click on it. Go to the bottom right of the enlarged version and click the scissor icon. Click “download this work.”
  4. Save your file on a flash drive and take it to your local printer and ask them for an “engineer print.” Staples or FedEx should do the trick! They offer a few sizes ranging from $2-$8.
  5. Hang up and enjoy your creepy Halloween portraits!

Fill those walls with holiday spirit this Halloween! We have more printable art decor available in the Lars Halloween shop, as well as some invitations and costume ideas! If you’re looking for more ways to enjoy those creepy portraits, check out our paper bag portrait luminaries tutorial!

 

Halloween Dinner Party Menu

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I gave a sneak peek of the delicious dinner party menu for our Halloween vanitas party (read more about the party here) with the printable menu cards and guys, you will want to bookmark/pin/note/dream about this menu. It’s beyond. If you remember from the Midsummer party, we partnered up with the girls from Ramblin Rose Cafe who created this out of this world menu. These girls have a knack for making delicious, healthy food that’s also gorgeous. And they have graciously provided all the recipes for you. SCORE! You’ll get dishes like:
Roasted root vegetables with honey orange vinaigrette
Roasted root vegetables with honey orange vinaigrette
Autumn Harvest Board
Autumn Harvest Board
Autumn Harvest Board
Roasted Garlic and Cauliflower soup
Roasted Garlic and Cauliflower Soup
plus a delicious beverage to wash it all down. This dinner party menu is autumnal, flavorful, and beautiful! Go ahead, bookmark!
Food and food styling by Ramblin Rose Cafe
Art directed by Brittany Jepsen
 
See the full recipes below
Roasted root vegetables with honey orange vinaigrette

Dinner party menu: Roasted Root Vegetables with honey orange vinaigrette

  • Red beets, golden beets, rutabaga, black turnip, parsnip, and rainbow carrots
  • Olive oil
  • 1 c. black rice
  • 2 c. water
  • 1/4 inch slice of ginger
  • 1 star anise
  • Big pinch of sea salt
  • Cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 c. hazelnuts, toasted and roughly chopped (for garnish)

Honey Orange Vinaigrette

  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 c. honey wine vinegar
  • 1/2 c. extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Cracked black pepper

 

  1. For the vinaigrette: place everything in a jar with a tight lid and shake to combine. Taste and adjust with sea salt and cracked pepper to your liking.
  2. Rinse black rice in a strainer under running water to get rid of excess starch. Place rinsed rice, water, ginger, star anise, salt, and pepper in a pot with a lid. Bring to a boil, then turn down to a gentle simmer. Cook for 25030 minutes until water is absorbed and rice is tender. Remove from heat and leave lid for 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork, remove star anise and ginger.
  3. Meanwhile, rustically cut a variety of root vegetables. Toss in olive oil, sea salt, and cracked pepper. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Roast at 400 degrees until tender (about 30 minutes).
  4. Toss rice in vinaigrette and pour onto platter. When vegetables are done roasting, arrange on top and finish with extra vinaigrette, sea salt, cracked pepper, and toasted hazelnuts.
Roasted Garlic and Cauliflower Soup

Dinner party menu: Roasted Garlic and Cauliflower Soup

  • 2 heads of cauliflower
  • 1 bulb of garlic
  • 1 onion
  • Olive oil
  • Veggie stock to cover
  • Sea salt
  • Cracked pepper
  • Yogurt
  • Chili oil

Chili oil

  • 1/2 c. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. red chili flakes
  1. In a small pot, bring oil and chili flakes to a simmer, then turn off and let steep for about 30 minutes to let the chili infuse into the oil.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  3. Cut the top of the garlic bulb off, drizzle with olive oil, and wrap it in tin foil. Roast the whole garlic bulb until soft and golden.
  4. Roughly chop onion and sauté in olive oil until translucent. Season with sea salt and cracked pepper. Roughly chop cauliflower. Add to onions and season again. When cauliflower is tender and golden, cover with veggie stock.
  5. Squeeze the roasted garlic out of the papery bulb into the soup pot. Blend soup with an immersion blender or high speed blender until smooth. Taste and season with more sea salt and cracked pepper if necessary.
  6. Finish with the chili oil and a drizzle of yogurt
Autumn Harvest Board

Dinner party menu: Autumn Harvest Board

  • Artisan bread, torn
  • Artisan cheeses– we used Humboldt Fog Goat Cheese, Teahhive Cheddar Cheese, and a French Roquefort Blue Cheese
  • Olives
  • Orchard fruit, sliced
  • Figs, cut in half
  • Pomegranate, deseeded
  • Butter and flakey sea salt
  • Honeycomb
  • Spicy dark chocolate, broken into pieces
  • Big wooden board to serve on

A few pointers when arranging a harvest board:

  • Use a big enough board. Better to have the contrast of wood showing than all the good stuff rolling off.
  • Place the cheeses and bread down first. Everything else can be scattered around and made to fit.
  • Keep each ingredient clumped somewhat together, to keep it easier to dish from.
  • If using honeycomb, place on the board at the edge. The honey starts to seep out of the comb as soon as it is cut.

Dinner party menu: Pomegranate Ginger Elixir

Equal parts:

  • Pomegranate juice (chilled)
  • Ginger beer (chilled)
  1. Combine in individual glasses or make a big pitcher. Serve chilled.

These foods look *almost* too gorgeous to eat. To complete the dinner party menu, try our vanilla bean skull cake for dessert! And to go along with these dinner party recipes, check out our full post about how to throw a beautiful and spooky Halloween party!