So far, the fare at Supper Club 600 has been a product of my own test kitchen (with or sans Tom, depending on how busy his job is during planning phase.) It's been great for me because I don't do well when I'm bored, and a regularly-scheduled bimonthly Supper Club keeps me in forward motion, learning new skills in the kitchen, and always trying new things.
But due to some unusual scheduling, I did four consecutive months of SC600, and it exhausted me to the point that I knew if I didn't take a break, I would get burned out on a fun project that has challenged me and fulfilled me in such important ways.
When friends requested a Halloween-themed SC600, I was sad to turn them down. Halloween is perhaps my favorite holiday of the year! But I couldn't shake the idea that I really wanted to see my usual SC crew, all costumed to the nines. So when my usual SC photographer, Rochelle, offered her home up, I didn't turn her down... exactly. I turned it into a Supper Club Potluck! That way I would get to enjoy the day with everyone, but I wouldn't have to do all of the usual legwork it takes me to test and create recipes, plan a menu, do all of the graphic design, organize the decor, buy all the groceries, and spend a couple of days cooking for a big group.
So we sent out our invitations, and on Saturday night, we gathered at Rochelle's home to eat, drink and be spooky. I had such a blast!
I went as Medusa, thanks to a dress by Kische that I found on crazy sale at Nordstrom Rack. I wasn't able to find a wig or headdress I liked, so I found a Medusa Crown tutorial online. Using Sculpy clay and nail polish, I built my own crown. I also used a Medusa makeup tutorial... you can't make it out in the photos, but I made a sparkly snakeskin pattern by using fishnet leggings!
|Look, I'm turning you to stone!|
|Tom went as a meta/deconstructed duck-billed platypus. |
This is the most excited I've seen him about a Halloween costume.
Yes, that is a velour track suit. He ordered it for the occasion.
|With my co-hostess, Rochelle the Black Swan.|
For our contribution to the potluck, I brought the low-cal pumpkin dip I blogged about last week, and Tom made our signature Barbecue Jackfruit sandwiches. I also made punch, and I really liked the recipe I came up with -- it will appear on Finishing the Hat sometime soon.
Our guests also brought some scrumptious dishes to share.
|Some of which included baked enchiladas, corn bread, roasted root veggies, bruschetta, and queso.|
There were also some dessert treats, not pictured.
|My favorite contribution was from Lindsay - her peanut butter/apple/marshmallow mouths. SO CUTE!|
Rochelle and I had a blast decorating. We pooled our respective Halloween notions, and put together a couple of fun displays.
|Probably my favorite corner - Spanish moss with pumpkins, pumpkin vines, |
and the raven that once sat on my father's shoulder for his Edgar Allan Poe costume.
|My "Black Hat Society" tin sign at the spiderwebby entrance.|
|Spiders and a spiderweb runner|
Our guests had such awesome costumes!
|Swine Flu, Pig-in-a-Blanket, Beer Frau, Megan from Bridesmaids,|
Medusa & Black Swan.
Patty's costume may have been my favorite from that night - every last detail from her Melissa McCarthy/Bridesmaids costume was spot-on.
|Do you want a piece of this?|
|David wrote about his Jared from Subway costume on his blog, Keep It Up David.|
|Our gloved duo, Steampunk Big Bad Wolf, and Edward Scissorhands|
Steampunk Big Bad Wolf was a part of a costume quartet of steampunk fairy tale characters, which was definitely my favorite group costume of the night. We didn't get a great picture of all four of them together, so I'm sharing one they took.
|Steampunk Red Riding Hood, Big Bad Wolf, Mad Hatter and Goldilocks.|
Their little costume details were AMAZING.
|Sonic the Hedgehog, Wario and Chum-Chum (which is especially cute because |
her boyfriend was a storyboard artist for Fanboy and Chum-Chum!)
Our friends above are holding our trick-or-treat goodie bags, which Rochelle and I put together for our guests - including some Skinny Cow candy, some sugar-free Extra Dessert Delights gum, and a bunch of Halloween toys and trinkets to help everybody embrace their inner kiddo.
It was a wonderful night shared with terrific friends - and I'm so glad I took Rochelle up on her offer to co-host! A big thanks to her, and to all of our guests, for such a fun night.
Now we're already into Thanksgiving season. Does everybody have somewhere to be on Thanksgiving? Anybody need a loving home? I'm not doing an official Supper Club for the holiday, but I'm definitely cooking. :)