Last week I sent out the invitations for our annual All Hallow’s Eve Dinner Party. Since I never have the party pictures ready to share before Halloween, I usually don’t post them on our blog until the following year, but last year Aimee leaked a sneak peak. Well, the time has come to share our 2011 Blood Bar themed party!
A half-dug grave and coffin in the front yard hinted at the party’s blood theme.
Although red isn’t traditionally a Halloween color, we used a color palette of black, white and crimson to tie in with the vampire theme.
Every year we line the dinner table with clusters of drippy candles; yet the ghostly appearance and eerie atmosphere never get old. Isn’t it cool how the spooky, candlelit shadows dance across our guests faces? I seriously LOVE this party!
We had an elaborate blood bar for mixing Vampire Cocktails available as guests arrived. We displayed three chilling drink recipes — the Hemoglobpolitan, Stabbery Daiquiri and Gin & Tourniquet — and invited guests to help themselves.
How to make a Blood Bar
Guests at the Halloween party will be THIRSTY! This Blood Bar, featuring three chilling cocktails — Stabbery Daiquiri, Gin & Tourniquet and Hemoglobpolitan — is sure to satisfy vampires, ghouls and all your visitors. Don’t miss my two Halloween drink recipes below and more details posted all week long. (Serving kids or teens? Make the non-alcoholic versions like we did.)Get the Blood Bar Printables
We decorated the beverage dispensers too look all official as if they were delivered by the Transylvanian Blood Bank. I think these “Blood Vessels” made the table. Be sure to read that label on the lid of the drink dispensers. All the printables, recipes and instructions to re-create this blood bar are available in our Supermom Co-Op.
Provide stirring straws, cleverly labeled as “Hypodermic Stirring Needles,” for guests to mix in all those ghastly ingredients before sipping. Get the Blood Bar printables here.
GIN & TOURNIQUET (single)
3 oz Cranberry Juice
3 oz Ginger Ale or Gin
1 tbs Torani Vanilla Flavor (Blood Thinner)
1 tbs Lime Jello, stirred to thin (Beetle Juice)
1 Green Grape or Olive on a pick (Eyeball)
Add to glass and mix well with a “Hypodermic Stirring Needle.”
6-8 oz Lemon-lime Soda or Vodka with Red Food Coloring (Blood)
1 tbs Half & Half (White Blood Cells)
1 tbs Fresh Strawberry Syrup (Clotted Blood)
1 Maraschino Cherry (Heart of a Raven)
About the author
Bettijo is the founder and designer of Paging Supermom where she shares what she's dreamed up for family fun. Known for practical and kid-friendly activities, free printables and simple ideas for holidays. She is a single mom of three girls and one boy. Bettijo was a guest on the Martha Stewart Show and has frequently appeared on local television. Her work has also been featured in national magazines including Real Simple, O, Redbook, Parents, Family Circle, and Health. During quieter moments, she enjoys art, retro-modern design, photography and making new things. Bettijo lives with her four kiddos in Phoenix, Arizona.