I started gathering all things green, white and black, ordering posters and living in op shops looking for jars and props. I thought putting posters up would cement the theme. I also got green and white paper pom poms and green balloons. In line with my green, white and black I found coloured cupcake cases which were to be one of my highlights for the colour effect.
|My house was like a war zone with all sorts of stuff lying around ready for decorating|
|My study filled with cake pops and cupcakes I made after work the night before – clocking off at 3.30am|
|Birthday Boy in his Ghostbusters Costume|
e hung the green and white paper pom poms from the verandah and tied about 50 balloons to the back of our BBQ shade area to create a green backdrop. I covered both our tables in black table cloth for contrast. We also made some ghosts to stick in the backyard for extra effect. It was made from PVC conduit, a mannequin’s head and white bed sheet. Made a cross with one long and one short piece of conduit, stuck a mannequin’s head on top and covered it in white bed sheet then we drew in the eyes and mouth with a black marker pen.
|DIY Ghosts in the backyard and a brazier going to ward the cold tonight|
|30 Photo Collage|
I’ll talk about my dessert station later but first, my food station! I jumped at the thought of hiring a daiquiri machine very quickly for a point of difference, colour effect, frozen drinks and margaritas! I put a black ‘Happy Birthday’ flags banner across the top, black table cover, green plastic plates, lime green serviettes and green and white paper straws. I love paper straws, wish more people used them on the night! We even renamed the slush flavours that were margarita mix with tequila and green apple non alcoholic to Slimer’s Sludge and Ectoplasm.
|Paper straws make a fantastic decorative functional item|
One of my mini projects within this party project was the dessert station. Covering the back wall with green balloons and using black table covers gave me a good start of black and green. I then wrapped a few styrofoam boxes in black paper to act as stands and cake pop holders.
I spent the night before attempting cake pops for the first time, not bad effort I think. Using white chocolate melts and lime green powder chocolate colouring (liquid colouring doesn’t work well with chocolate), this is what I came up with. Of course making space in the freezer to freeze the pops before dipping in chocolate was a whole different obstacle.
I am no cupcake queen and this was my first attempt at making and icing cupcakes. Sure it was uneven, the first few swirls collapsed but I think my pretty cupcake cases saved the day. White mud cupcakes with white fudge icing and a ghostbusters logo wafer paper topper – all 50 of them! They were delicious and in such excess I started to make guests take things home. The cupcake stands were actually originally bright pink and blue but I sprayed them gloss black to go with the theme. I couldn’t find black stands without paying a bomb.
I decided to make a little candy buffet (or lolly buffet as they call it here in Australia) using vases and jars I found from op shops (second hand stores). I ordered a whole lot of candy online so here lies green and white chocolate buttons, mint green fruchocs, coconut apricot balls, sour apple rings and marshmallows because you gotta have marshmallows in ghostbusters, it’s a tribute to Stay Puft!
The liquid in vials and glasses were actually Palmolive green dishwashing detergent. We wanted to make slime but the consistency and colour we couldn’t get right, it was too pastel so while washing up my gaze set upon a bright green dishwashing liquid on the window sill, glowing with the sunlight shining through it. Perfect! No one knew what it was anyway.
|ECTO-1 Number Plate|
I absolutely love my cake lady. Her work is ridiculously amazing and perfect. All I gave her was a hand drawn draft of what I want and this is what she comes up with. The sugar figurines of Marshmallow Man and Slimer had great detail, everyone loved the cake and it certainly made a great centre of attraction at the dessert station.
Decorations aside, for catering I had planned an American themed night so with the candy I ordered American soda such as Dr. Pepper, Cherry Coke, A&W Root Beer and Canada Dry Ginger Ale. Food wise it there were nachos and cheese dip, bowls and bowls of popcorn, a make-your-own hot dog station with cheese, jalapenos, relish, caramelised onions, tomato sauce, BBQ sauce, hot sauce and mustard. Also on the list were pizzas and sliders, fresh home made sliders.
The sliders were a huge hit! Fresh from the sizzling pan, I think the smell drew people in. After a few tries and combinations this was what I decided to go with on the night. I asked my butcher to freshly grind chuck steak for me that morning and it was the best decision ever. When it came to cooking it, I didn’t mix it with anything. I simply grabbed enough to make a slider patty, rounded and flattened it and slapped it on the pan. Then I seasoned the patties with salt and pepper, flipped, and seasoned again. The patties were juicy and tender that way. The sliders were made with Bread Top plain Asian mini buns (which I had to order), a slice of processed cheese, bit of diced onions, gherkin relish, tomato sauce and garlic aioli.
Oh and the Ghostbusters flags? Easy. We printed the logos evenly spaced in four columns and cut them by hand to the same size, folded them over and stuck it together to a toothpick.
|Everyone having a good time I hope|
|Mr. Foodie hung fairy lights for me because he knows I like lights.|
We were absolutely exhausted by the end of the party but it was completely worth it. It made cleaning up easier to justify. Most importantly Mr. Foodie had an absolute ball and spent every moment grinning from ear to ear running around like an excited little kid. That for me, was worth all the planning and work.
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