Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Villains on Trial...Try 'em and Fry 'em

Our Third Annual Halloween Party, Villains on Trial...Try 'em and Fry 'em, ultimately blossomed into a full-blown Broadway production, worthy of a standing ovation.

On the morning of the party, when our home front decorations were in the process of being transferred over to our outdoor party venue next door, a torrential rainstorm hit. Last minute construction of Roy Bean's massive judge's bench, and the finishing touches on John's elaborate electric chair, were immediately suspended.

If you can envision a grown man about to cry, do so now. John was ready to cancel the party, and I questioned whether I should commence shopping and preparation of my hors d'œuvres and cupcakes. Thankfully, it was a fast-moving storm, the sun began to break through, and the party was back on track!

Guests began to arrive at six, dressed to the hilt in villain and villainess costumes. We mingled, sipped wine, nibbled on food, tried some villains, and held a costume contest for the little ones. Our Judge is working on an iMac movie, but here are a few photos from the evening...

"Forgotten it? Can a man dying of thirst forget water? And do you know what would happen to that thirst if it were to be denied water?"
"This trial... the whole world... it's all... show business." 
"I live for fur. I worship fur."
"Roy Bean. Judge Roy Bean. I am the law in this area."
"Can you see inside me?"
"On a similar note I must confess to you, I'm giving very serious thought... to eating your wife."
Catherine,  Holli Would and Alex
Kate "Ma" Barker, on the witness stand
"This is not gonna stop. It keeps going on and on."
"You play fair with me, I'll play fair with you."
"What are you gonna do? Charge me with smoking?" 
"I have a degree in psychology, it goes with the turf... Games are fun." 
"Then I'll sign it. A pen! Und stratz mit ze uldensackt. I'll sign it! Und stratz mit sei ├Âldensackt, il der, der flutens... , der... , der... , und strippensackt! A pen! I'll sign it. Napaloni, de grosse peanut, de cheesy ravioli. There!"
"White Russian, no ice, no vodka... hold the Kahlua."
Nancy Patricia Pelosi and Harry Mason Reid
"I'm bigger than you and higher up the food chain. Get in my belly. "
"First she steals my publicity. Then she steals my lawyer, my trial date. And now she steals my goddamn garter." 
"I guess you can't think and drive at the same time, huh?" 
"Your chains are still mine! You belong to me!"
Costume contest for the kids, with a winner's trophy and treat bags

And, of course, we had a buffet table of amazing food, and many, many bottles of wine.  Here are just a few treats we enjoyed...

Cruella de Vil's Arancini di Riso 
Ma Barker's decadent Chocolate Voodoo Drunken Zombie Cake, adapted from various recipes, including this one
Cruella de Vil's Red Velvet Dalmatian Spotted Cupcakes

Until we meet again...

Pirates will be next year's theme if you want to start planning...I know John's brain is already churning! For now, I have my clean-shaven, green-eyed man back.

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5 comments:

JehanP said...

You guy look very scary!!! Love the recipe and that rice ball looks delish.

Charlie said...

When I first came to this post, I thought the first picture was real and winced. Good job!

Pammy said...

Thanks so much for posting the photos to Shutterfly so quickly. AND, love the Blog. Your captions are great! It was such a fun night and I'm so glad I got to come home for it. My sore feet and hangover were well worth it!

Carmen said...

Denise, John, Melinda & Jim - GREAT PARTY! ... and so glad it didn't rain.

XO,

Carmen

Diane said...

Denise, Thanks for putting up with my crazy son. When he was nine years old, he was a werewolf. He glued hair from an old wig on his face and hands. It didn't come off without taking some skin along with it. Yes, it has always been his favorite holiday.
Love, John's Mom