Since my guy and I started dating, we have had a Halloween party every year. We love Halloween, and we love getting together with friends.
Of course last year our party didn’t happen. We’ve had a lot of fires outside, with various folks attending, but it’s really not the same.
Covid is far enough along that we are trying to figure out how to balance being safe with a return to semi regular life. This year we decided we could have a party, as long as it was a small group, and we knew everyone had been vaccinated.
We invited 10 people. I think the fact that all of them showed up makes me believe that we are not the only people craving a normal, yet safe, life.
And yet, based on everyone’s costume choices this year, I also deduce that we are all still stressed and tired. I know I had no energy to plan something special.
For an explanation of the last costume, check out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBSOjxCc7U8. This was at an Appalachian State (our local university) football game down in Miami.
Of course, a party is always an excuse for food – and boy, we had too much of it!
I always say I’m going to make 1 savory item, and 1 sweet item, and a beverage. That’s it. I know everyone that comes will bring something. But I can’t stop myself. I ended up with ghost sandwiches, with cucumber cream cheese, spinach artichoke dip, a cheese/pepperoni plate, pizza rolls (I got them so cheap…) and then home made cookies, pillsbury cookies, and a pumpkin coffee cake. And mulled apple cider to drink, with 4-5 choices of bourbon to add to it. Plus some wine, soda. Way too much stuff.
And that was just what I made.
Added to my stuff was “bat wings”, ham sandwiches, devilish eggs, a beautiful charcuterie board, artichoke dip, little wieners, dips, chips, veggies, more wine, more apple cider – the list goes on and on. Far too much food for 11 people. Kind of interesting though, that everybody else brought savory food, and my cookies and cake were the only sweet options.
But the food was good, and we had a great time visiting with each other, and laughing. And that makes it all worth it.