How to make an Electric Chair - Halloween

This year we had an Asylum Halloween so I felt we needed an electric chair to “shock” our guests. This was our end result, it was quite easy to make and was very effective, we added strobe lighting and “electricity crackling” to enhance the realness of the chair. We hope you enjoy our tutorial.

This was part of a large asylum party which can be viewed here.

How to make an Electric Chair

How to make an Electric Shock Chair

Step 1

Starting with the Electric Chair Brain electrode: This was made using an old colander, Battery operated red LED lights, Paint and an extension cord with 1 meter reserved for the cap.

Step One - How to make an Electric Chair

Step Two:

Paint the colander all over with black paint, this will take a few coats of paint, Remove the plastic cover from approximately 1 meter of the extension cord so you can use the wire (Careful where you cut as you want to preserve length near the plugs). Paint the remainder of the extension cord, including the plugs in black paint.

Step 2 — How to make an Electric Chair

Step Three

Push the red LEDs through the holes in the colander and secure with a hot glue gun, twist sections of wire so they protrude and look exposed from the top of the cap, I also used wire to secure the light battery in place.

Step Three - How to make an Electric Chair

Step Four

Add the end of the electric extension cord to the centre of the cap and secure in place, I split the wire on the hidden end and tied the wires in place.

Step four - How to make an Electric Chair

Step five

The frame was made to be secure, I found an old pallet and spray painted it black, we they made a sturdy fame of treated pine that was screwed to the pallet, we attached coasters for the chair legs so the chair would stay in place.

After lots of searching for the perfect chair we settled on a hospital style mobility impairment chair, this had a sturdy frame while having that “medical institution look”. We managed to find this in a thrift shop.

Halloween Electric Chair

Step five - How to make and Electric Chair

Step 6

I made the sides of the chair using plastic stone wall wrap, this was secured in place using large bull dog clips, black fabric was used for the top. The electric brain cap was attached to the remainder of the electrical extension cord, we left the extension cord only loosely attached so it could be placed lower or higher depending on the height of the victim.

Step 6 - How to make an Electric Chair

Step 7

Arm and leg restraints were made from wide belts, found at thrift shops and cut to size

Step 8

Two strobe lights were attached to the top of the wooden frame, with more bull dog clips, they were then attached to a single power source. We placed a sound track of electricity crackling near the chair that was controlled via an iPad.

Step 8 - How to make an Electric Chair

Step Nine

The final finishing touchers included placing dark green velvet at the front entrance, our electric chair photo booth sign, some carrion birds and lastly an electric danger animated device that I happened to find at a local party shop. Our Electric Shock photo booth sign can be downloaded here.

We hope enjoyed this tutorial.

Asylum Halloween Party with Asylum Dessert Table

I’ve been wanting to host a Halloween Asylum party for a number of years, it is a dark theme and heavily features the morgue , electric chair and various collections from a slightly crazy psychiatric doctor, nurses and patients. We included an Asylum Dessert Table and free asylum printables.

Enjoy

Halloween Asylum Party

Key features are our morgue and electric chair, we fashioned our morgue from an existing cupboard, we created foil covered sliding racks for the bodies and black velvet so only the feet were visible, as a final touch toe tags were attached. Our electric chair worked really well with sounds and flash strobe lighting, a tutorial for the electric chair can be viewed here.

Halloween Morgue

Halloween Electric Chair

Our morgue included a large assortment of bottled organs in both vintage and modern display jars.

Halloween Morgue

Our asylum had stone walls, skeletons still chained in their chairs and an old asylum kitchen complete with vintage bedpans.

Halloween Asylum Decorating ideas

Halloween Asylum Decorating Ideas

Our asylum was also plenty full of patients, all chained in place.

Halloween Asylum Decorating Ideas

Our Asylum Kitchen included two blood spattered children making mince meat from various body party and organs. And our Admissions Nurse “Nurse Betty” was an imposing feature at the door.

Asylum Halloween Decorating Ideas

Asylum Halloween Nurse

We used a set of skulls to display the various levels or mental impairment from Lunatics to imbeciles.

Halloween Asylum Skull Display

We used a lot of furs and dark fabrics to transform our house into an asylum

Asylum Party Ideas

We created an office for our mad doctor with a vintage desk, chair and lots of old bottles and books, I printed some old photos of asylums to decorate the desk

Halloween Asylum Party

Halloween Asylum Party

We created the Asylum Dessert table to look like an old Asylum kitchen with a lot of old vintage kitchen pieces, including crystal and leather bottles and a vintage bed pan right under the table.

Asylum Dessert table

Asylum Cake Pops

Asylum Halloween Cake Pops

Our Dessert table included Lunatic Cake pops, Mortuary Saw Cookies, cup cakes feating abandoned Asylums and Candy Corn jelly.

Asylum Dessert Table

We made layered candy corn jelly topped with whipped cream and Mortuary Saw Cookies, dripping with blood.

Candy Corn Jelly Cups

Halloween Asylum Cookies - Mortuary Saw

The Cake Pops are Mad Doctors, we fashioned them all capes using a small and large foil patty pan papers, the cup cakes were simple but topped with details of old abandoned and condemned asylums. The circles are available as part of our free printable download.

Asylum Cake Pops

Asylum Cup Cakes

A punch of blue eyeballs rounded out dessert table.

Halloween Eyeball Punch

For the adults we created a selection of urine specimen cocktails, these were a mix of different clear spirits made with orange juice and different amounts of raspberry cordial to cause colour variation in the samples.

Urine Specimen Cocktails

Light refreshments were served on our mortuary table and displayed with mortuary tools and champagne glasses with our Asylum Wine Glass Circles.

Halloween Asylum Party

Halloween Asylum Party

Halloween Asylum Free Printables

Halloween Asylum Free Printables

Halloween Asylum Party

This was a fun party to create but did take time collecting the many small bits and pieces.

We hope you enjoy Julie

Flamingo Party with Dessert Table

How can you resit the urge to create a Flamingo Party!. Flamingo parties allow you to explode with colour and creativity, for this party we have created a Flamingo Dessert Table, a super cute Flamingo Birthday cake, Flamingo Party Favours and more.

We hope you enjoy, Julie

Flamingo Party Dessert Table

Our Dessert table included cup cakes, cookies, fruit skewers topped with watermelon flamingos and jelly cups.

Flamingo Party Dessert Table

We included cute flamingo cookies in two shades of pink and some palm trees cookies adding to the summer theme.

Flamingo Cookies

The fruit skewers had a base of green grapes and strawberries, they were finished with a watermelon flamingo pressed using a cookie cutter. We included simple cupcakes in pinks and blues and topped with flamingo toppers.

Flamingo fruit skewers

Flamingo cup cakes

Jelly cups were created in layered shades of red, we then placed two flamingo plastic skewers in each and topped with an umbrella.

Flamingo Jelly cups

Flamingo Birthday Cake

I really loved creating this cake, I found flamingo candles, perfect for a flamingo party and created a lake in a cake with blue gel, we used edible chocolate rocks to frame the lake and included some palm trees.

Flamingo Birthday Cake

Flamingo Party Decorating Ideas

We managed to repurpose some of our Hawaiian decorations for this theme while adding flamingos, flamingos were easy to find in both party and craft stores.

Flamingo Party Decorating Ideas

We kept the table bright and colourful using pinks and blues an lots of flowers

Flamingo Party table ideas

Helium balloons in brights colours graced the ceiling completing the theme

Flamingo Party decorating ideas

Bright blues and pinks worked well for this party

Flamingo party use pinks and blues to create the look

We created a photo booth using long tikis and scene setter beach view images. A flamingo foil balloon looked really special.

Flamingo Party Photo Booth

Flamingo Foil Balloon

Photo booth props included monkeys, flamingos and lots of beach style card cut outs.

Flamingo Party photo booth props

Flamingo Party Favours

We created two favours for this party, the first was small glass jars filled with different pink candies, the other was a flamingo gift pack with a flamingo pen, pink feathers and other gifts.

Flamingo Party Favours

Card flamingo circles and tags completed the look for our flamingo party favours.

Flamingo Party Favours - Pink Candy

Flamingo Party Favours Gift Box

This was a great theme and lots of fun was had by all, including the birthday girl.

Olivia’s Flamingo Party

Olivia’s Flamingo Party

PUBG Cake

I really loved making this cake, based on the popular PUBG game this cake incorporates many elements of game play with varying terrain, drop crates. vehicles, players, a passing plane and group chat.

We hope you enjoy Julie

PUBG Cake

To bring the game play to life create group chat messages. Chocolate rock candy and crushed chocolate biscuits are great to create terrain.

PUBG Cake

PUBG Cake

Off Road vehicles are a perfect addition to the cake, include some in a “Crashed” position. Rivers can be made through colouring edible Gel, available from cake stores. For this cake I have used plastic trees, people and cars, which breaks some cake rules but saves a lot of time.

PUBG Cake

Seafood Dinner Party with Vintage Fish Dinner Service

For a number of years I have collected vintage fish shaped ceramics, these include dinner sets from Shorter and Sons England to some lovely Australian pieces from Wembley Ware and Darbyshire. These are all vintage pieces from 1950s or earlier and on a crazy whim I decided to see what would happen if I had a seafood dinner party using my vintage fish collection.

And it actually worked, enjoy Julie.

Seafood Dinner Party ideas

The table held vintage fish shaped vases with colourful bouquets of flowers, vintage fish plates, salt and pepper shakers and more. Keeping with the vintage theme we included vintage crystal glasses and decanters.

Wembley Ware Dhu Fish Vase

Darbyshire Salt and Pepper Fish

The pieces used have been collected over a number of years through various trips to antique fairs and markets and the occasional on-line purchase.

Seafood Dinner Party Ideas

I created the menu incorporating my fish display cabinet , the menu is available as a free download . Vintage Crystal and decanters were used for this party and a Shorter and Sons Fish Gravy boat with matching pate.

Seafood Dinner Party menu

Seafood Dinner Party Ideas

This has to be the brightest and most unusual dinner party table I’ve created. It is always fun to experiment with vintage pieces and see what you can create.

Seafood dinner party with vintage Shorter and Sons fish plates

Shorter and Sons fish plates come in a range of colours from the most common cream with green gills and fins through plates in hues of greens, blues and pinks.. This party included matching name places and paper napkin rings, both are available as a free download.

Shorter and Sons Fish plate

Shorter and Sons fish plate

Shorter and Sons Fish Plate

Shorter and Sons Fish Plate

Jim Beam fish decanters completed the look with another large green fish vase and small Wembley Ware fish vases.

Jim Beam Fish Decanters - Seafood Dinner Party

Fish vases allow for great displays of colour.

Seafood Dinner Party Decorating Ideas

Seafood Dinner Party Ideas

The Menu

The menu included four courses and ending with coffee and petit fours. Dishes were simple to prepare so more time could be spent with guests

We served two canapes, the first was a simple prawn with avacado and mayo on toasted pina di casa, this was served on a very large shorter and sons fish plater. The second was natural oysters served on a shorter and sons oyster plate rwith matching salt shaker.

Seafood Canapes on Shorter and Sons Platter

Shorter and Sons Oyster Plate with Salt Shaker

The next course was a seafood chowder, this was served in a shorter and sons soup tureen with matching lid (Not shown)

Seafood Chowder served in Shorter and Sons Tureen

Our main course was spaghetti Marinara with garlic bread, this dish looked great on the fish plates.

Spaghetti Marinara served on Shorter and Sons Fist Plate

We finished with a raspberry souffle with a hidden chocolate truffle, served in a souffle dish on a smaller shorter and sons plate. We finished with coffee and a selection of petit fours.

Raspberry Souffle served on a Shorter and Sons Fish Plate

Seafood Dinner Party Games

During the night we played a few rounds of “Guess Who or Guess What” based on different seafood dishes or sea life. We placed cards in card holders wrapped in black velvet. These cards are available as a free download.

Seafood Dinner Party Games

Seafood Dinner Party Guess Who Games

A set of printable products were created to compliment this party, they include napkin rings, blank name tents and blank cards. Three sets of Dinner party “Guess Who” games are also available as a free download Set 1, Set 2 and Set 3.

Seafood Dinner Party Free Printables

Seafood Dinner Party Game Printables

We hoped you enjoyed our seafood dinner party.

Cheers Julie

Mexican Party with Dessert Table and Games

A Mexican Fiesta party is so colourful and fun, it allows you to explode with a bright vibrant colour palate. For this party we have a Mexican dessert table, Mexican Decorating ideas, Mexican Fiesta birthday Cake, Mexican favours, Mexican games and a set of free printables so you can create this party at home.

We hope you enjoy.

Julie

Mexican Party ideas Dessert Table

We made three types of decorated sugar cookies for this party including guitars, maracas and Chili peppers, the cookie cutters were all found in on-line cake decorating stores.

Mexican Party Cookies

Mexican Party Cookies

The stars of the dessert table were a pair of Mexican Bull Pinatas. They graced either side of a Mexican Fiesta Birthday cake.

Mexican Party Dessert table

I always try and include fruit in my dessert tables and find fruit skewers allow you to be creative while serving a healthy treat, that said it is a dessert table so we included a set of harlequin margarita glasses from pottery barn filled with assorted bright coloured candy.

Mexican Party Fruit Skewers

Mexican party Decorating Ideas

We found a cute Chili table cloth for the dessert table and decorated beverage bottles with Mexican hats and printed labels available as a free download.

Mexican Party Dessert table

Mexican Party Free Printables

Tall displays of balloons are a must at parties, I’ve included bright Mexican bull and Fiesta balloons

Mexican Party Decorating Ideas

Mexican Party Balloons

The ceiling was covered with helium balloons and fiesta bunting, we used colourful pink and blue glasses, maracas and Mexican party decorations.

Mexican Party Decorating ideas

Mexican Party Decorating ideas

Mexican Party Birthday Cake

The birthday cake depicted a Mexican fiesta with hanging flags, a pinata, cactus and balloons, while I have broken some rules by including non-edible components the cake was easy to assemble and enjoyed by the children.

Mexican Party Birthday Cake

Mexican Party Favours

This party included two party favours. We included a living succulent favour in a really decorative pot with a thank you card and a small jar of layered candy treats with a Mexican hat topper.

Mexican Party Favours - Succulents and Candy

We painted “Fiesta” in bright colours on the candy jars, the thank you notes are available as a free download.

Mexican Party Favours

Mexican Party Favours

Mexican Party Games

We had a number of games and activities at this party including a photo booth, scavenger hunt, Guess the Jars, Pinata, pass the parcel, Mexican hat Dancing and more. The photo booth was a real hit and it was so easy to create. We used a lot of crepe streamers and attached them to the wall to create a bright stripped backdrop, we then attached a colourful boarder.

Mexican Party Photo Booth

A Pinata, filled with treats provided a real challenge.

Mexican Party Chloes Pinata

We created scavenger hunt for this party that is available as a free download. Each child had to find 8 unique Mexican themed cards as part of the hunt, these cards we carefully placed both inside and outside and provided lots of fun for the children. A prize was offered for the first one to find the cards.

Mexican Party Scavenger Hunt

We also played some traditional party games including, guess the number of items in the jar and Pass the Parcel

Mexican Party Games

Mexican Party Games

This was a great party and a really good choice of theme that allows you to be creative using simple bursts of colour from streamers and balloons.

Chloe’s Mexican Party

Mexican Party Free Printables

This party includes free printables so you can create this look at home, Our downloads come in 2 files (Part 1) and (Part 2). The set includes:

  • Bottle labels in 4 designs

  • 2 inch circles in various design

  • Game signs, including blanks

  • Dessert table tents, including blanks

  • Mini bunting for the cake

  • Scavenger Hunt Game Cards

Medieval Banquet Dinner Party with Menu, Recipes & Games

This party is both one of my most memorable and one of my most challenging.  The recreation of a medieval banquet while appeasing modern taste required a lot of recipe research.  This dinner party was hosted in full theme with rich medieval characters, we decorated in a medieval style with rich fabrics and tapestries, the dinner party included medieval games and a medieval puppet theatre.

 This party includes a 6 course banquet plan for 8 people with recipes and free printables.

Enjoy Julie

GOT Medieval dinner Party table setting

Creating a medieval table

I went with an opulent table of dark reds and gold, reminiscent of a regal banquet.  The table cloth was a baroque upholstery fabric with a rich floral and stipe pattern.  The central candelabra was gold with vine leaves to which I added red berries and greenery from my Christmas box.

Medieval dinner Party decorating ideas

Banquet tables were often decorated with exotic fruits - or meats disguised as fruits.  For this party I went with real fruit placed in vintage colourful carnival glass pedestal dishes.

Medieval Dinner Party table setting

GOT dinner party table centre piece ideas

Fresh flowers also graced our table, these were placed in vintage copper urns, the centre of the table was full of berry garlands and small gold tea lights.  Dark red velvet tie backs were used on the chairs to add richness.

Medieval Dinner Party

A Medieval menu was created for this party, all recipes are included below.  The party started with a warm mead served in vintage gold and red glasses.

Medieval Dinner Party - Mead Starter

Medieval Dinner Party Menu

The place settings used a gold charger with a vintage red and gold dinner set and gold flatware.  Napkin holders were created with wide floral craft ribbon and gold metal napkin rings.  A red berry and place name topped the plate. Our guest name cards can be downloaded here. (Set 1) and (Set 2)

Medieval Dinner Party Place Settings

Medieval gold goblets with gemstones graced the table with small brass deers.

Medieval Dinner Party Table Settings

The Menu

The most challenging part of this party was the menu.  Just what did the nobility eat in the middle ages?  They ate a lot of meat, including a lot of game. Salads, fruits and nuts when available and a lot of soups.  Hosts liked to be creative in the presentation of meals and great banquets went for many hours with many courses.  This was also a time of plague with many people opting for herbal elixirs to combat the flux.  Our recipes are all included below and you can download our menu

Medieval Dinner Party Menu

Our first course was Salad with herbs, fruit and nuts.  In medieval times salad was called "salat".  We served a version of a Waldolf Salad with edible flowers, this helped make this dish quite striking.  

Medieval Dinner Party Entree - Salad with Herbs and Nuts

Our second course was Pottage with trenches.  Pottage is a soup style dish to which you added anything that was available.  We made a hearty winter soup and added purple cabbage to provide a striking purple broth.  Given the number of courses served this day I went with Grissoni rather that a heavy trench of bread.

Medieval Dinner Party Soup - Pottage

Our third course was scallops on the half shell with sage butter.  We served these using each houses banner.  You will read more on this later.

Medieval Dinner Party entree - Scallops on the half shell

Our fourth course was a herbal plague elixer.  This was a lovely basil and lime sorbet, a perfect fourth course. This was served in a vintage champagne glass with vintage ornate Asian spoons.

Medieval Dinner Party entree - Plague elixer

Our fifth and main course was a crown roast beef served with potatoes and green beans.  You will require a good butcher to create the crown.  The beef was served with a rich gravy, roast potatoes and garlic and a green bean and pomegranate side.

Medieval dinner Party Main Course - Crown Roast Beef

Medieval Dinner Party Sides - Roast Potato

Medieval Dinner Party Sides - Beans with Pomegranate

Our sixth and final course was spiced poached pear with mead.  The mead was served warm in a petite glass

Medieval Dinner Party Dessert - Poached Pear in Red Wine

Medieval party decorating

The trick to this style of party is to plan well ahead so you can slowly collect objects to help transform your home into a medieval castle. It's amazing the effect that plastic stone wall has on a room, while tricky to get in place it really helps to create a medieval castle ambience. 

GOT Medieval Dinner Party Decorating Ideas

An alter was created for meal serving complete with tall wooden candles, tapestries, rich vintage fabric and faux hides. Our Hosts were of viking decent so we included horned helmets.  The medieval people were also deeply religious so a small shrine was included, complete with bible

Medieval Dinner Party Decorating Ideas

Medieval Dinner Party Decorating Ideas

Our deer (bob) fit in really well for this party.

Medieval Dinner Party Decorating Ideas

Medieval Party Games

The party was held in character with the hosts Ragner and Lagetha inviting three formidably medieval couples to a winter solstice banquet.  The night evolved often in character with each couple performing a puppet play and trying to murder the opposition using a "find the card game"  Prior to the party each guest was sent specific party instructions, these included formal character descriptions for the evening, a brief bio on the other guests, some puppets to form a play and a house banner to make.  The party games can be downloaded using the following links:  Game instructions and character overview, Large Banners, Banner cards, Game Cards one, two & three

Medieval Dinner Party Games

The arrival of the house banners represented the arrival of our guests.  Each house was asked to prepare a play for the medieval puppet show, our puppet theatre was made using cardboard boxes, pane velvet and a hand pained backdrop of the country side. House banners were displayed on tall candelabras.

Medieval Dinner Party Banners

Medieval Dinner Party Puppet Show

Medieval card holders were made with vintage style jewellery and velvet. These were used for a game of medieval guess who.  The game included medieval occupations, such as “Master of the Privy” and a “cupbearer” and items found around the standard castle.

Medieval Dinner Party Party Games

Prior to the party, small images of the house banners were hidden through the dining and lounge area, as they were found they were placed on the corresponding house banner, the first couple to receive 12 cards on their banner met an awful death.

Medieval Dinner Party - Party Games

Medieval Dinner Party - Party Games

Medieval Dinner Party Party Games

The invitations were delivered a few weeks in advance, I dressed my children as young vikings for the occasion.  The invitations were secured within ornate flocked paper and sealed with a ribbon and wax seal. The invitations were in a box with party instructions, banners  and puppets.

Medieval Dinner Party - Invitation delivery

Medieval Dinner Party Invitations

The Recipes

For this Medieval Dinner Party we did a lot of research on medieval banquets and the meals consumed by the wealthy in the middle ages, we then applied a modern overlay to transform some potentially unpalatable options to modern times.  The menu also took into account what can be achieved in a normal domestic kitchen and served while entertaining guests, recipes are for 8 guests.

While the recipes were not difficult it did require a good plan to ensure the meals hit the table on time.  I also asked different guests to assist with plating the various courses and this was invaluable help.

How I approached the cooking.

  • Some of these ingredients will not be available at your local supermarket, specifically edible flowers and micro herbs, find suppliers well in advance

  • Start the soup a day in advance

  • Order the crown roast a month in advance and ask your butcher to age the meat

  • Start the plague Elixer a day in advance

  • Prepare the dressing for the Salat a day in advance

  • Ensure the table is all set at least a day in advance

  • Have all the serving ware close at hand and ready to use

 

GOT Dinner Party Entree - Salat with Herbs, Fruit and Nuts

GOT Dinner Party Entree - Salat with Herbs, Fruit and Nuts

Salat with Herbs, Fruit and Nuts.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard

  • 200g creamy Blue Cheese

  • Pinch sugar

  • Salt & Pepper

  • 4 tablespoons lemon Juice

  • 200 ml Olive oil

  • 400ml sunflower oil

  • 4 tablespoons warm water

  • 8 Granny Smith apples

  • 4 Celery Sticks

  • 200g Walnuts

  • Watercress

  • 50 grams creamy blue cheese

  • Edible flowers (Pansies)

Method

  1. For the dressing, cream the egg yolk, mustard, cheese, lemon juice and salt and pepper until smooth

  2. Slowly add the two oils while slowly whisking the mayonnaise to form an emulsion, If the mayonnaise becomes thick half way through add the water and continue adding the oil while whisking. Season if required.

  3. Roast the walnuts in a preheated oven at 180 C for 6 minutes cool completely

  4. Wash and peel the celery, cut into 5 cm long thin sticks, keep them in a zip lock bag in the fridge until needed.

  5. Wash apples and watercress.

  6. When you are ready to serve remove the core with an apple corer, then use a mandoline to slice the apples into 2 - 3 ml thick slices. Keep the apples together to make them look as if they are whole again.

  7. Lightly dress each slice with the dressing and place the apple in its natural shape in the centre of a plate.

To Serve

  1. Arrange the apple in the centre of the plate in its natural shape

  2. Arrange the celery, walnuts and watercress around the apple and crumb the cheese. Spoons the dressing lightly around the plate and add some of the dressing. Place some edible flowers around the plate as a final touch

GOT Dinner Party Soup - Potage

GOT Dinner Party Soup - Potage

Pottage with Trenches

Ingredients

  • 3 lamb shanks

  • 4 litres of water

  • 1 onion

  • 1 stick celery

  • 4 carrots

  • 2 potatoes

  • 1/2 small purple cabbage

  • 1 stick extra celery

  • 1 turnip

  • Salt / pepper

  • Packet Grissini sticks

  • Chives as a garnish

Method

  1. For the stock, place lamb, water, roughly chopped onion, celery salt and pepper in a pan.

  2. Bring to the boil, reduce to a simmer and cook cover for 1 1/2 hours.

  3. Cool the stock and refrigerate overnight.

  4. Next day, strain stock and discard any fat, return the stock to the pan, add the roughly chopped meat from the shanks and ring to a boil

  5. Add chopped carrots, potatoes, turnip, extra celery and cabbage and simmer covered for 1 hour.

  6. Season as required.

To Serve

  1. Place two Grissini sticks and long chives on the side of a vintage bowl..

GOT Dinner Party Entree - Scallops on the half shell

GOT Dinner Party Entree - Scallops on the half shell

Scallops on the half shell with sage butter

Ingredients

  • 24 scallops on the half shell

  • 1 tablespoon olive oli

  • 40 grams buter

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 1 tablespoon chopped sage leaves

  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives

  • Lemon wedges to serve

  • Micro herbs to serve

Method

  1. Heat a medium frying pan over high heat. Add oil, butter, sage and garlic and cook for 1 minute

  2. Remove the scallops from the shells, reserving the shells.

  3. Add the scallops to the pan and cook for 30 seconds each side.

  4. Place cooked scallops back on the shells.

  5. Add lemon juice and cook for a further minute, then add the chives.

  6. Spoon the pan sauce over the scallops to serve

To Serve

  1. The scallops were evenly arranged on the plate with a lemon wedge and micro herbs.

  2. A house banner was inserted into the lemon - you can read more about house banners in the Medieval Games section.

GOT Dinner Party Entree - Herbal Plague Elixer

GOT Dinner Party Entree - Herbal Plague Elixer

Herbal Plague Elixer

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups caster sugar

  • 1 1/2 cups water

  • 2 whole star anise

  • 1 1/4 cups fresh lime Juice

  • 30 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped

  • Extra lime for plating

  • micro basil for plating

Method

  1. Bring sugar and water to the boil in a small saucepan; allow to boil 1 minute, then remove from heat.

  2. Combine the above, lime juice and basil in a blender until they are a fine puree.

  3. Pour the mixture into a container deep enough to allow you you to use an ice cream scoop

  4. Ensure the container is completely covered to avoid icing, then place in the fridge for 2 hours.

  5. Remove from the freezer and place in the blender for a second time until very smooth. Return to the container, cover and freeze until ready to use.

To Serve

  1. I used vintage champagne glasses with a gold pattern around the rim, these were placed on a set of three graduated plates. The spoons were a vintage set from Thailand with a wooden handle and brassy coloured metal spoon.

  2. Using an ice cream scoop, place one scoop per glass

  3. Place a wedge of lime on the glass and some micro basil

GOT Dinner Party Main Course - Crown Roast Beef

GOT Dinner Party Main Course - Crown Roast Beef

Crown Roast Beef

Ingredients

You will require a good butcher for this roast.  I ordered this roast a month in advance so our wonderful butcher reserved and aged the beef.  I used a wing-rib sirloin which the butcher secured into a crown with string.  You will require approximately 12 ribs to form a crown.  Ensure you ask your butcher to chine the beef joint between the upper spine bones so you can easily slice between the ribs.

Method

  1. Remove the meat from the fridge a good hour before cooking

  2. Preheat oven to 240c

  3. For medium/ rare roast at 240c for the first 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 180.

  4. Calculate time using 17 minutes for each 500 grams. If using a meat thermometer cook until internal temperature reaches 65c

  5. Allow to rest for at least 15 minutes in a warm place or double layer of foil

To Serve

  1. We served the roast on a large platter and carved between each rib at the table.

  2. The roast was served with sides of roast potatoes and garlic and green beans and pomegranate and a rich gravy.

GOT Dinner Party Dessert - Poached Pear in Red Wine

GOT Dinner Party Dessert - Poached Pear in Red Wine

Spiced Poached Pear with Mead

Ingredients

  • 750 ml dry red wine

  • 1/3 cup caster sugar

  • 2 whole star anise

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • 1 vanilla bean, split

  • 8 Just ripe pears, peeled with the stem attached and base trimmed to stand straight

Method

  1. Combine wine, sugar, star anise, cinnamon and vanilla bean in pan large enough to hold the pears.

  2. Cook, stirring until the sugar dissolves

  3. Add the pears and bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer, turning occasionally for one hour or until pears are tender (note: this can take longer if the pears are very firm)

To Serve

  1. Place the pear in the centre of the plate

  2. Drizzle with the cooking juice.

  3. Add vanilla ice cream

  4. Decorate with small African violets.

  5. Serve warm Mead to accompany the dessert.

Medieval Dinner Party Guests

In conclusion

We hope you enjoyed our GOT Medieval Dinner Party and games, it was a lot of fun, our guests fully participated with lovely dresses and great banter on life in the medieval ages. While we all enjoyed the games, it would also be a lovely party with decorations and food alone.

Cheers Julie

Credits: Ornate Medieval frames were purchased from Digitalya

 

Blue and Gold Christmas Shabby Chic Table

This year I was looking for for a slight twist for our Christmas table and settled on a blue and gold palate using lots of vintage pieces. This was a subtle, subdued table that looked great in both the evening and day time.

We trust you enjoy our blue and gold Christmas table.

Julie

Blue and Gold Christmas Table

The place settings included a vintage red and gold Christmas setting by Meakin and vintage champagne glasses filled with blue and gold ornaments.

Blue and gold Christmas Table - Use Vintage Champagne Glasses filled with Baubles

A vintage gold candlestick was adorned with blue birds and the centre of the table was filled with meters of gold beads, gold candles and a vintage glass blue bowl filled with chocolates.

Blue and Gold Christmas ideas

Use lots of gold beads to decorate the table

Our table cloth was made from heavy upholstery fabric, it is a subtle blue with florals and birds.

Blue and Gold Christmas - Explore upholstery fabrics for table cloths

Finishing touches includes blue and purple Singapore orchids and brass deers

Singapore Orchids can add colour

Brass deers grace the table top

While this was photographed in the evening, the colour palate works wonderfully in the day light.

Blue and Gold Christmas table decorating ideas

The Addams Family Halloween Party

I’ve been wanting to host an Addams Family Party for Halloween for a long long time and this year managed to make it a reality. This was a large party with lots of decorating, a dessert table and cocktails for the adults. We based this party around the original TV series from 1960’s with references to many of the characters in the show. A set of printables have been created as a free download.

We hope you enjoy. Julie.

The Addams Party Ideas, Gomez’s Train Set and “Thing”

Grandmama’s panty was a joy to create, I collected a lot of eclectic old leather clad bottles, vintage books, skulls and more to create a spooky pantry for grandmama.

The Addams Family Party Ideas Grandmama’s Pantry

We used stone wall wrap and a lot of panne velvet and faux fur to transform the room. It also helps if you have access to a real deer head.

The Addams Family Decorating Ideas, Use Stone and Velvet to transform a room

Panne velvet transformed our curtains and cow hides were used on the floor. We used old leather wingback chairs with tapestry cushions to create an older style room.

The Addams Family Decorating Ideas, Use vintage furniture and cow hides to transform your room.

I had to incorporate Gomez’s train set into this party. I used two working train sets which ran in opposite directions all night and one derailed set, the TNT box completed the train set. I opted for a dark purple table cloth which worked well against all of the black decorations.

The Addams Family, Gomez’s Train Set and “Thing”

I included a small nook with grandmama, two visiting skeletons dressed for the roaring ‘20s and the Addams family graveyard.

Grandmama’s Addams corner

The Addams Family Party - Two skeletons for Halloween

The Addams Family Grave Yard

A vintage peacock chair is a must for Morticia as is Cousin IT. We used a couple of “Thing’s” in the party they were purchased on line as hand mannequins.

Morticia Addams with Cousin It & Thing

Wednesday and Pugsley Addams

Morticia was often featured in her conservatory feeding her beloved Cleopatra, I made Cleopatra with paper mache and glued dissected monster teeth into place, I then placed a collection of severed fingers at the base of the pot. The conservatory had a mix of strange looking cacti and succulents, including a swarm of bats

The Addams Family Morticias Conservatory

The Addams Family Cleopatra

As our guests arrived they were treated to our vintage chairs reserved for moon tanning,

The Addams Family Moon Tanning in the Garden

Morticia loved to use baking powder to give her that all over white glow, we created a small dressing table for Morticia featuring Baking Powder.

The Addams Family Morticia Addams Dressing Table

Our dessert table included “Eye of Newt” and “Cleopatra” cake pops, “Aristotle” Cup Cakes and sugar cookies with poison bottles and tarantulas.

The Addams Family Dessert Table

While Cake Pops can take time to make they are always well received. For the Addams family I settled on creating some green man eating plants to represent “Cleopatra” and some blue “Eye of Newts”. The cake pop border can be downloaded as a free printable, you will require a few prints of the boarder to cover your holder.

The Addams Family Cake Pops, Cleopatra the man eating plant and Eye of Newt.

The Cleopatra Cake pops were made by making a wedge slice for a mouth, We used black candy melts for the interior of the mouth and white nerds “popping candy” for teeth, purple lips and pipe cleaner leaves completed the look. For the Eye of Newt I used baking store eyes and created twisted blue eyelashes created with candy melts, the eyes were completed using mini baking cup papers under the eye.

The Addams Family Cake Pops - Cleopatra

The Addams Family Cake Pops - Eye of Newt

We based our cup cakes on Pugsley’s octopus, “Aristotle”. The tentacles were made 2 days in advance to allow the shape to set, remember to place a toothpick in the base of the tentacle when it is still soft..

The Addams Family Cup Cakes - Aristotle

We made two types of cookies for the party with small bottles of poison and tarantulas.

The Addams Family Poison Bottle sugar cookies

The Addams Family Tarantula sugar cookies

Layered Lurch’s jelly cups were created for the party with cake toppers from our printable range

The Addams Family Party Lurch’s Jelly

Two green punches adorned our table, one for the adults and one for the kids.

The Addams Family Adult Punch

The Addams Family Childrens Punch

Simple blue martini’s were made for the adults, the glasses were topped with black sugar.

The Addams Family Party - Morticia Matrini

Gomez was rarely seen without a cigar in hand so we included some chocolate covered wafers in one of my favourite serving bowls and you can find some original photos on line which look grate in frames for your party.

The Addams Family, Gomez’s Cigars

The Addams Family, Use old images as Photos

We created a range of free printables for this party including various tent cards, mini bunting, room signs, cake pop boarders and oval images that we used to make this party come to life. Please use these links for full downloads.

The Addams Family Free Printables - www.chicpartyideas.com.au

The Addams Family, Morticia, Wednesday and Ophelia

This party was a lot of fun to both create and host. You can collect a lot of quirky pieces from thrift shops and markets to help create this look.

We look forward to your comments.

Enjoy Julie

Nutcracker Christmas table ideas

This year we wanted a change from our traditional Christmas Table Setting, after some careful deliberation we decided on a Nutcracker Christmas table.  This table setting allows for some creative arrangements and a lot of fun.

We trust you enjoy our Nutcracker Christmas

Julie

Nutcracker Christmas Table

We decided on gold chargers and flatware and added a vintage white, gold and burgundy dinner set.  Each place setting was topped with a nutcracker.

Nutcracker Christmas table Place Setting

Our table centre piece was a very large nutcracker, we used a berry garland around the base.

Nutcracker Christmas Table Centre Piece

We used small pine cone candles to throw shadows on the table.

Nutcracker Christmas Table

Large wooden candle sticks were decorated with Christmas greenery and berries .  Small red bows were attached to the stems of our glassware.

Nutcracker Candle Ideas

Christmas Wine Glasses

We used a large selection of nut crackers in various sizes and colours.

Nutcracker Christmas table idea

A musical nutcracker was placed in a bowl of walnuts and a small nut cracker perched on the base of the candlestick.

Christmas Musical Nutcracker

Christmas Nutcracker Candle

I decided on black and gold flocked bon bons and a checked table runner.

Christmas Nutcracker Table Ideas

The table looked wonderful during the evening with a lovely warm glow from the candles.

Christmas Table Nutcracker Ideas

Christmas Table Nutcracker Ideas

Our sideboard held our favourite deer, more nutcrackers and everyones favourite chocolates

Christmas Sideboard Nutcracker decoration ideas