Thursday, October 25, 2012

Theme it Orange.

If you like the idea of an orange-themed luncheon for Halloween, here are some ideas on how to do it, from the Washington  Post of October 23, 1928.

To Help the Homemaker.
Halloween Suggestions Include Decorations for Table – Pumpkin Used,
Hollowed Out and Filled with Fruit or Candle.

(Featuring Pumpkin Color)
Chilled Diced Oranges and Apricots
Chicken Croquettes
                Mashed Sweet Potatoes
                Buttered Peas
Egg Rolls               Peach Conserve
Carrot and Celery Salad    Cheesed Wafers
Mint Sherbert       Orange Drop Cakes

Make individual sweet potato “pumpkins” by shaping 3 inch balls of the mashed potatoes. Place on a greased baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Insert small green stems. The peas may be served around the “pumpkins,” carrying out the green and orange colors of Halloween.
Tiny paper pumpkins pasted on tooth picks and inserted in the salads give a pretty effect.
Bake the orange cakes in deep muffin pans and frost all over with white frosting. Mark features on the top with a small stick dipped in melted chocolate.

Chilled Diced Oranges and Apricots, for Eight.
(This may be served in glasses, with mint leaves.)
1 cup diced canned apricots
2 cups diced, peeled oranges
1 ½ cups water or fruit juice
¼ cup lemon juice
½ cup sugar.
Mix the water, lemon juice, and sugar and boil for 2 minutes. Cool and add the rest of the ingredients. Chill and serve in pumpkin colored crepe paper cups.

Carrot and Celery Salad, for Eight.
Two cups diced cooked carrots, 1 cup diced celery, 2 hard cooked eggs, diced; ¼ cup chopped sweet pickles, 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion, 1 teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon paprika, 1 cup stiff mayonnaise.
Mix half the mayonnaise with the rest of the ingredients. Chill. Serve in cups of crisp lettuce leaves and top with the remaining mayonnaise.

Table Decoration Suggestions.
A large pumpkin hollowed out and filled with fruit.
A hollowed out pumpkin filled with popcorn balls.
A lighted Jack o’Lantern may be used for the center of the tables and low candles may be grouped about on the table.
Small pumpkins, fashioned into lanterns, may be used for place cards at each place. The name cards may be nestled in some corn stalks and candy corn may be sprinkled about the table cloth.
Candy pumpkins may be made from fondant, which has been colored orange and shaped like pumpkins. The ridges on the sides may be made by using the dull edge of a knife. Insert a small bit of green for the stem.
Cheese pumpkins may be made from yellow cream cheese by mixing a little paprika with the cheese to give the “pumpkin color.” Mold into pumpkin shapes 1 ½ inches in diameter. A small piece of parsley stalk may be inserted for the “stem.”

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