Halloween party prep progress

Busy & frantic of course! I’ve done a lot so far, but since I wasn’t able to do as much the first couple weeks of October as I’d planned, I’m very behind from what I wanted to do this year. Some projects are being postponed yet again, but a couple I’m holding out hope I might just be able to finish them before Saturday night…especially since Thursday night not only will I probably have ‘s help again, but also an eager teen Alton Brown & Duff Goldman fan! Hooray for house-elves! πŸ™‚

Sorry no pix since I haven’t had the time to organize or upload, so you’ll just have to wait until afterwards… πŸ™‚

Halloween party prep progress so far

already done!

  • all foam stone painting done, including better aging technique & new crack detail, for new gargoyle entrance columns, new entrance archway, patio walls, chapel walls & bell tower – big thanks to Ruth who came over for a couple hours on Saturday afternoon and painted the base coat on the columns for me! πŸ™‚
  • shed doors completely painted – functional & beautiful! Thanks for all the help, Dad!
  • cauldron & tripod with stand ready on patio
  • extra table out on patio already with canvas tablecloth
  • my devil costume is finished – best name so far is Incendia (courtesy of Angie) but I’m still not quite sure
  • configure both webcams for broadcast & upload
  • 7.5 dozen witches fingers safely in their airtight tin
  • 6 dozen pumpkin pasties safely unbaked in freezer
  • 9.75 dozen gravestone cookies baked and iced (thanks for helping Angie!)
  • black & flesh candles into holders – thanks Angie!
  • 22 dozen tiny meringue bones (19×7 fit on each cookie sheet)
  • guest bathroom completely decorated
  • living room stuff out, Catoween tapestry, pillow covers, but needs arranging
  • new hardware & padlock on treasure chest
  • Mad Scientist glowing drinks testing pretty much done…neon food coloring didn’t glow either, so we’re restricted to blue tonic & green B-12 really, unless I get the chance to cook spinach tonight to see if that juice really glows red. None of the spinach juice containing drinks I bought ever glowed.still to do
  • finish the Name that Tune quiz – just need to edit 2 soundfiles into clips
  • cleanup & decorate screened patio/bar area
  • design & paint back window stencil – might have to be postponed but I’m holding out hope!
  • finish painting lace curtains – this is going slower than I thought so only one curtain panel is half-painted – I really hope this doesn’t have to be postponed!
  • set up mad scientist display – after major food prep is done, since table space required, especially with helpers!
  • set up graveyard – no earlier than Friday
  • test new fog machine w/ chiller – backyard or front yard?
  • set up pirate corner in backyard – no earlier than Friday
  • make mojitoes as many times as I can – only 9 toe molds – trying some as rum jello shots & some without
  • all gelatin body parts (brain, heart, hands, eyeballs) – Thursday evening
  • cut & bake Batato Chips – Thursday evening
  • form & bake Savory Spiders from dinner rolls – Thursday evening since I’ll have help
  • mini cookie cutters for sliced cheese – Thursday if helpers are fast?
  • all fresh food – Friday night/Saturday afternoon
  • sleep at some point? heh…I probably won’t get to post again until after the party, so I hope everyone has a great weekend!

    P.S. Kylie is taking her medicine like a good kitty but neither the sneezing nor eye is better or worse…

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