Carl and I scooped the invitation of the year when we were invited to Lorraine’s Halloween Party. If you are a regular reader of Not Quite Nigella you would know that her Halloween parties are famous and that her readers eagerly anticipate the Halloween post. The invitation strictly said that entry was only permissible if you arrived in costume. Of course I knew immediately what look we were after. Carl would go as Robin Thicke and I would go as Miley Cyrus however, due to an overloaded work schedule, we just didn’t get time to rehearse that routine so instead Carl went as Elvis and I went as a tamed kitty cat.
We were a half hour late due to looking after a friend’s child all day – a child that wasn’t collected on schedule (kitty cat was becoming slightly tense) and during the day I made some red back spiders that were yummy but I felt their presentation wasn’t quite up to the NQN standard. Never mind, I boldly walked in with them.
When we arrived Mr NQN answered the door and Tania was there but as for Lorraine, we were told she was in the bedroom. Mr NQN offered to show us what was for dinner so he took us to the dining room table and started to lift cloches off dishes and I was super-impressed with the attention to detail and the extent of Lorraine’s imagination in creating a visual feast that was all about Halloween. Even the music was like something out of an Alfred Hitchcock movie. Then Mr NQN asked us to zoom in on a particular cloche and so of course my head went right in to the spot of choice and when he lifted the lid up popped Ms NQN herself causing me to jump sky high and practically throw my drink over my shoulder (come to think of it; I hadn’t been offered a drink at that stage and just as well!). As some of you would know, I’m particularly jumpy having been stalked by a peeping tom in childhood years.
Moving on… Then the Elliott’s knocked on the door. Let me tell you now, they’re a competitive bunch. They arrived all together, all in costume with a well-worked script and a fully rehearsed routine. Clearly they had been given inside information that prizes were at stake. Realising we had been trumped I announced that Carl had an item prepared. I pushed him into the centre of the room, swapped the Alfred Hitchcock soundtrack for a bit of My Way and let Elvis belt out one of his best known tunes.
The Elliott’s had no comeback – they hadn’t prepared any musical items.
Then it was on with a murderous game where the unknown murderer has to wink at everyone else at which point they do a fake death. I launched into this with gusto and when the murderer finally winked at me I may have over-acted with a long drawn out death scene that saw me slide down the back of a couch and writhe on the floor with death-throws. I thought it was an academy award performance but Carl said, ‘You’re such a ham actor’. So unkind!
Despite Carl’s opinion of my acting abilities, I’ll have you know that I won a prize for the best death scene. Carl won nothing. On with the show.
So then it was charades and I had to act out, ‘The Blob’. Within a matter of seconds Lorraine had solved the mystery and I jumped up and down claiming another victory. But Lorraine said that as she was involved we would have to share the prize. Point taken!
Just as my acting skills were starting to be noticed, Carl claimed it was time to leave. He was under the weather having been to a wine tasting the night before (until 2am) then had worked all day. Like I say, he arrived like the walking dead so just as well he went as Elvis.
I had such a fun time and felt so privileged to be at Ms NQN’s Halloween Party. It was fabulous fun and I can tell you all, every inch of her home screams of the talent she is. It was inspiring. If you’d like to see more of the Halloween Party, hop over to Lorraine’s post where there are plenty more images and you can print all the recipes.
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