Let curious creations come to life in easy-to-make party decorations and food inspired by the late 19th century. Victorians were able to fill their cabinets with an ever-widening array of objects. Decorate your place with an eclectic mix of store-bought oddities, downloaded clip art, and handmade artifacts. Surely your guests will enjoy a slice of fungus tart and maybe a jellyfish skeleton or two.
Create and display creatures -- or parts of them -- from myths or even ones you've dreamed up yourself. The "Flintstones"-size femur and the heap of humeri posing as logs in the fireplace are made from newspaper wrapped in plaster cloth.
Don't be afraid to disturb this display of stone-crab claws and poached shrimp. Dipping them into devilish cocktail sauce is irresistible.
Young Victorian ladies loved to tromp around outdoors, gathering plants and flowers to press and display for their collections.
Mimic the look of a botanical print in an impressive savory tart. using a rectangular tart pan makes a frame for the work of art. A puree of mushrooms (fungi) and fennel is hidden beneath a cream cheese filling. Against this backdrop, thinly sliced roasted wild mushrooms and spring onions and a scattering of fennel fronds become gorgeous specimens.
Tempt your Halloween party guests with an array of candies masquerading as botanical or nautical artifacts. Fill large glass jars with sweets, and then mark each jar with a label that sounds convincing -- the meringues are "jellyfish skeletons" -- while being completely made up.
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