A lot of the ideas I came up with simply by going to the store and seeing what was twi-like out there and brainstorming what do the characters like. Well not the Cullens because they don't eat or drink. LOL
Other ideas I can't take credit for the recipes because I found them online during my research. There are so many out there that have hosted great parties and it's great to see what they've done. Use their ideas and tweak them to work for you .I don't remember all the websites that I got them from so sorry but I did say they weren't all mine. :)
The following is the menu with recipes from my Twilight Party I threw last year.
Bella’s Bloody Punch (Non-alcoholic) - Recipe provided
Edward’s Vampire Wine
Bella’s Red Truck Wine
Jacob’s Creek Wine
Vampire Venom Jell-o Shots - Recipe provided
For the drinks I went to the Total Wine store in my area and walked up and down every aisle getting ideas of twi-like wines. You can only imagine how many there really are out there. I decided to get 3 different kinds one that represented each of the main characters - Edward, Bella & Jacob.
We also had Vampire Venom Shots which were delicious. Since not everyone drinks I also had a non-alcoholic punch called Bella's Bloody Punch. Here is the recipe for both of those drinks.
Bella's Bloody Punch
· 1 (46-ounce) can red punch (I used Hawaiian Punch)
· 1 (46-ounce) can apple juice
· 1 (48-ounce) bottle cranberry juice
· 1 (2-liter) bottle ginger ale
Combine all ingredients in a large punch bowl. Add ice and stir.
(Optional) If you want to Doctor Cullen it up add 4 cups Berry Vodka and 1/2 cup Orange liqueur.
Vampire Venom Shots
· 2 (3 oz) packages Jello (We used 1 strawberry & 1 grape to look red & black and layered them)
· 2 cups boiling water
· ½ cup cold water
· 2 cups Esme Vodka (Found at Total Wine)
Bring water to a boil and remove from heat. Dissolve the Jello in boiling water, stirring at least 2 minutes until gelatin is dissolved. Add cold water and Esme Vodka. Pour the mixture into shot glasses or paper cups. Let sit in refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
Repeat the steps again with second flavor Jello and color for the red and black layered effect.
Bella Bites - Recipe provided
Edward’s Forbidden Fruit & Cheese
Victoria’s Chips & Salsa (Red & Black)
At the beginning of the party and throughout I had appetizers for my friends to munch on. I put out a platter with cut up apples and cheese which was Edward's Forbidden Fruit and Cheese. I used the bags of pre-sliced apples and sunburst cheese cut outs because I'm all about the quick and easy way.
I also put out a bowl of Chips and Salsa (who doesn't love that) and called it's Victoria's Chips and Salsa. I used the blue tortilla chips because they look black and combine that with red salsa you have a Red & Black appetizer which went along with the theme.
Another fun appetizer we had were Bella Bites which were parmesan and bacon stuffed tomatoes. Those were delicious. They were kinda tedious to make since you have to scoop out all the seeds from the tomatoes but well worth all the work. I recommend making them the night party before your party and putting them in the refrigerator. Here is the recipe for those.
Bella’s Bites - Serves 6-8
· 2 pints cherry tomatoes
· 1 pound bacon
· 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
· 1/2 cup mayonnaise
· 1/2 cup green onion, finely chopped
Cut bacon into small pieces and fry until crisp. Place fried bacon on a plate lined with paper towels to drain and cool.
Thoroughly wash tomatoes. Slice tomato tops off, scoop out seeds and filling with a small spoon or melon baller.
Place tomatoes upside down on a plate lined with a paper towel to drain for 25 minutes.
In a medium mixing bowl add bacon, cheese, mayonnaise and onions. Stir until well blended.
Fill tomatoes with mixture and refrigerate over night. Serve cold.
Garlic Knots (doesn’t affect these Vampires)
Cheese Pizza for our favorite Vegetarian lovers the Cullens
Supreme Meat Lovers Pizza for our Volturi Vampires
For the main course I did the easy thing - I ordered out Italiano. I know the party was an excuse to use the kitchen but I wanted to be able to relax and have some vampish fun without worrying about cooking.
There is this delicious place just around the corner from my house believe it or not in the Bella Villa Shops called Two Meatballs in the Kitchen. It's a family owned restaurant by true Italian and they make the best food.
I ordered a double order of their Mushroom Ravioli which is to die for and Bella's favorite that she ordered on her first date with Edward. I also got garlic knots because who doesn't love those and garlic doesn't effect these vampires because that's just a myth outside of the Twilight world.
I wasn't sure if everyone would like the Mushroom Ravioli (everyone did but I planned just incase) so I ordered some delicious pizzas. Remember Edward took a bite of Bella's pizza one day when they sat together in the lunchroom. :) I ordered two kinds one for our meat loving Volturi vampires and for our beloved Cullens I ordered vegetarian cheese pizza! LOL
I made cute place cards for each dish served for dinner but can you believe I was too hungry to think about taking a picture so sadly I don't have any of the actual dinner. :(
Charlie’s Mixed Berry Cobbler - Recipe provided
“Choose Your Team” Red Velvet Cupcake
On top of all the food that we had I still served dessert! Charlie's favorite dessert that he has at the diner every Thursday is Berry Cobbler so what party wouldn't be complete with berries on top. Here is the recipe. We served it warm with Cool Whip.
Charlie's Mixed Berry Cobbler
· 4 cup mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and/or raspberries)
· 1 1/2 cup sugar, divided
· 1 stick butter
· 1 cup flour
· 2 tsp. baking powder
· 1/2 tsp. salt
· 3/4 cup milk
Mix berries and 1/2 cup sugar and set aside.
Melt butter in a 9 x 13 glass dish.
Combine all remaining ingredients and mix until lumps are gone.
Pour batter over butter and spoon fruit on top.
Bake at 325 degrees for 50-60 minutes.
Other fruits such as cherries, apples or peaches may be used in place of the berries.
Forgot to get a picture of the Cobbler too. :(
Another fun dessert that I served was one of my favorites! Choose Your Team Cupcakes! They were so cute, fun and easy to make.
All you have to do is get a box of Red Velvet Cake Mix and make according to the package instructions. I found these awesome black and white baking cups at Michael's Arts and Craft so I used them because they were very Twi!
After the cupcakes cooled, I spread white cream cheese icing on top and decorated them with "E"s and "J"s for Edward and Jacob. I used Black Sparkly icing gel to write the "E"s and Red icing to write the "J"s on top of each cupcake. Place the cupcakes in a cupcake tree and you have a cute and fun dessert.
There are so many great ideas of drinks, appetizers and desserts out there. These are just some of the ones that I did.
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