Second Annual Halloween Dinner

I have some FUN to share with you today!  Last night I hosted my second annual Halloween dinner for some girlfriends.  And let me tell you-we had a GREAT night!  I strongly encourage you to grab some girlfriends STAT for a fun night out!

We had our Halloween dinner at Rye in downtown Mckinney and they could not have been nicer!  I called several months ago to make the reservations…we decided upon the seven course tasting menu and I mentioned it was a Halloween-themed dinner.  You guys!  Rye went above and beyond about adding in so many extra special touches.

Last year-this was us…all decked out in our favorite costumes.  This year the theme was black-out.

I arrived a bit early with balloons {which happened to get crazy tangled up so we made it work} and fun party favors {spiced pecan pumpkin bread kit and pecan pumpkin butter}.

I’m telling you…Rye can handle a theme.  As I was waiting for my girls, they whipped this up to add to the tables.

I mentioned the black-out theme.  Right?  I ordered a few things from Amazon and Tab Slaughter {totally throwing him under the bus here} threw the box away!  WAHHH!  Just accidentally.  So at the last minute I improvised in the outfit department.

Love these girlfriends of mine so much!

Do you recognize this girl?

The night began with a blue cheese/crab/arugula dip and chip.

Two different types of brussel sprouts were followed up with a fancy beef taco and then homemade pasta we couldn’t stop raving about.

The chef did such a great job on this one…check out that acorn squash full of veggies.  Followed by a few more courses, I just forgot to take pictures of.

And dessert was a delicious caramel squash cheesecake {Yes!  Squash?!} alongside the CUTEST set of smores served fireside {and it smelled just like a campfire!}.

I love these girls so very much!  I’m telling you-grab some girlfriends, choose a theme, and head out to dinner ASAP!  Promise you it’ll be a great time!


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  1. 10.23.19
    Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said:

    THE BEST NIGHT. THE BEST FRIENDS. AND THE BEST PASTA. Love you, friend! Thank you so much for such a fun (and delicious) night!

  2. 10.23.19
    Elspeth Mizner said:

    That looks so fun and simple to do with friends. I love the theme idea too. Can't wait to see everyone's costumes!

  3. 10.23.19
    Mix and Match Mama said:

    Don't be surprised when you see me answer the door this morning in my pjs and that wig. I'm diggin' it. 😉 I had THE BEST night!!!!!!!!!!

  4. 10.23.19
    Andrea - Momfessionals said:

    Went to bed thinking about that pasta and already thinking about it this morning 🙂 Thanks again for such a fun night!

  5. 10.23.19
    Lynn | Motherhood in Motion said:

    how much fun!

  6. 10.23.19
    Jen said:

    This is so fun! Did you pay for everyone or does everyone pay their own when it's a dinner out that you host?

  7. 10.23.19
    Lindsey T said:

    How do you do paying for this? Does everyone pay for themselves? Split the bill? A gift from you?

  8. 10.23.19
    Lindsey T said:

    How do you do paying for this? Does everyone pay for themselves? Split the bill? A gift from you?

  9. 10.23.19
    TorontoSAM said:

    Do you treat everyone to this meal or does everyone pay their own way?

  10. 10.23.19
    Heather said:

    I’m curious if ya’ll split the bill or if you hosted the whole thing? I love this idea so much!!

  11. 10.24.19
    Abbyvb said:

    Such a fun idea! Would love to do this with my girls. Curious how you handle the bill, split or is this a gift to them?

  12. 10.24.19
    Tabitha Schick said:

    Like all the others asking, I'm also curious how the nitty gritty works. Are you "hosting" by just organizing it all and everyone pays their way or are you generously treating your besties to a night out? Would be great to get those kind of details to help in thinking about how to copy the idea. I really wish you would return to your comments and answer the question everyone seems to be asking.

  13. 10.24.19
    Danna said:

    Loved the party idea! Choosing the "all black" theme really makes it easy since we all have that color in our wardrobe.
    I can relate to your hubby throwing away things. Mine threw away 2, yes 2 new pairs of boots from Nordstroms several years ago! It hurts thinking about it, but I still love him! Lol!

  14. 10.24.19
    Erika Slaughter said:

    I hosted this dinner by treating the ladies but you could do it anyway you'd like…covering appetizers, drinks, or just planning a fun night out and everyone pays their own way.

  15. 10.25.19
    Laura said:

    Wow!! I have a pretty tight group of girlfriends but I couldn’t see one of us footing the bill for a multi course restaurant dinner unless it was some sort of a milestone bday dinner. We usually just pay for ourselves or do something at one of our houses. You are a NICE friend lol.

  16. 10.26.19
    Terra Heck said:

    Goodness, looks like a ton of fun! I love Halloween and a themed dinner like this would be fun to do with my gal pals.

  17. 10.27.19
    Kimberly said:

    I love the party favors. Where did you find the pumpkin spread and the bread mix?