Sunday, November 2, 2008

A Halloween Party

Halloween decorations on the mantle

Yes, I know. Like Christmas, after the huge anticipation, there is nothing so over as Halloween. But I hope you can bear one more post.

This year my Thursday Walking Group has had the pleasure of the company of a member who has been here on sabbatical with her husband from Australia. As a pediatric psychiatrist she expected to be working here herself and made what she thought were all the necessary arrangements beforehand, with a great deal of effort and expense. However thwarted on all fronts she finally came to terms with the fact that this year was to be one of non-professional pursuits and I don't believe she has missed walking with us once unless travelling out of town. We have enjoyed her presence very much and were delighted when she asked us to lunch after last Thursday's walk. Where she lives Halloween is not the big deal it is here but she has been taken greatly by it. I even took her to see the decorated for Halloween house and she then took her teen-aged daughter back to see it. So she wanted to host a Halloween lunch for the group and here are some photos of the event.

Our hostess bought herself a witch's hat
to really get into the swing of things

My friend wanted to walk with us so she made it a simple lunch of a very delicious pumpkin soup with scones and cheese and crackers.

Very inviting wouldn't you say?

These extremely tasty cheese scones were a very big hit

But the pièce de résistance was the desert array. My friend's teen-aged daughter is a wonderful baker and has won competitions for her baking. How amazing is that cake? A delicious chocolate cake with a very rich ganache icing.

Isn't that an incredible display?

Perfect for Halloween, in my opinion and totally delicious

How creepy are these shortbread "fingers" with their whole
almond nails? Yes she made the teeth too.

The candies they found were fantastic. Don't you love the
devil faces and the spiders? A closer look at the teeth.

All in all it was a very successful occasion, enjoyed by us all and I think that these ScotAussies or AussieScots have certainly mastered the art of celebrating Halloween, don't you?

A view from their apartment window towards the North Shore Mountains showing that Fall has indeed arrived in time for Halloween.

Our friend will be returning to Australia in a few short weeks and we will miss her but I am sure she is anxious to get back to her home and career after her nine month sojourn in Canada. Hopefully we will meet again, perhaps there will be a professional conference here that she would not want to miss or maybe I will have to take a trip Down Under in the not too distant future.


Moggs Tigerpaw said...

I liked the 'finger food' Tee-hee.

Heart of Rachel said...

Looks like a fabulous Halloween party. How nice of your friend to host one. I love the cool Halloween inspired food.

Phil A said...

Looks like she went to a lot of work. The result was worth it bsed on your pictures.

sally in norfolk said...

what a fantastic day / party and the cakes are fab wish i could do those kind of cakes

Vic Grace said...

My goodness all that work for Halloween. We went down to see the fireworks that the village fire department put on but apart from that there was not much. Not that I have ever bothered with it much. No kids at the door up here of course.

Dr.John said...

Looks like a great Halloween party. I loved that cake.
Too bad she didn't get a chance to practice in your country. She sounds like a wonderful person.

Crushed said...

The cheese scones look good...

I must admit, I tend to ignore this time of year. Halloween I'll go out on at a push, but I boycott bonfire night.

Carver said...

That sounds like a great halloween lunch and the fingers were amazing. Wild dessert spread. The autumn leaves are so beautiful in your shot of the view.

Janice Thomson said...

The fingers and teeth are most creative as is the cake - I would have almost, note I said almost, been afraid to wreck it :)

CalumCarr said...

Just a typical simple lunch!!!

Not my typical.

Looks absolutely gorgeous.

benjibopper said...

wow, you folks went all out!

CherryPie said...

She went to a lot of trouble, looks like you had a fun time. The view from the window is wonderful!

jmb said...

A generic comment once again I'm afraid. I'm glad you enjoyed the food and decorations along with us.

My friend's daughter really went all out with her cake and finger food as Moggs called it.

Thanks to everyone for visiting and commenting.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

What a wonderful lunch that looks! I loved the "finger food" pic as well.

Nunyaa said...

I went shopping here at one of the large chain supermarkets and found that one of those popular pumpkins that the Americans use for carving, was priced at $20 way was I buying four of them just so the boys could participate in pumpkin carving.

Ellee Seymour said...

My walking group is never as much fun as this.