Midnight Madness

Midnight Madness

October is perhaps one of your last shots to have bundle-free weather at your outdoor party, so we say take full advantage!

It is also the time of year when people celebrate some of the more scary stories, characters and costumes, which could be why we’re suggesting a midnight madness party this month.

This October host a midnight dinner party, that is, if you and your guests aren’t too scared of the dark!

What you’ll need:

1. An outdoor space. This could be in your backyard, or perhaps in some other outdoor space free of the city or suburban lights, if you live in a well-lit area. You’re going to want to see the moon and stars on this one, trust us.

2. A dining area. Just tables and chairs will do. Enough for all of your guests, of course.

3. Place settings. Complete with plates, napkins, utensils, glasses and serving platters.

4. Something to eat. For midnight dishes, light foods are best. May we suggest roasted chicken or black bean dishes to stick with the dark, ominous and fall-themed atmosphere that you’re trying to create?

5. Something to drink. Since it is midnight, chances are the kiddies are not invited to this one. Cocktails and wine it is then!

6. A way to see the food in front of you. There’s nothing like trying to eat in the dark. Soft candles provide the perfect amount of light on the table to illuminate your dishes, yet they don’t take away from the midnight sky you’ll have above you. If there’s a full moon out (which is October 22 this year), then you might not need too much light after all.

7. A guest list. We don’t suggest having an open house at midnight, especially not when you’re going to be providing food and drinks so late in the evening. Unless you live near a 24-hour supermarket, it makes running out to the store to pick up some extra wine or snacks a bit difficult. Send out invitations, get a head count, and prepare in advance.

8. A well-rested host. Both you and your guests are in for a long night. Take a nap during the day or early evening, and suggest the same to your guests. No one wants to be the party pooper that falls asleep early.

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