Party Panache, Birthday Weekend with Spooky Snack Buffet & Skellie Bone Bites


We combined birthday celebrating with a little spooky Halloween fun last weekend




The Hospitality Buffet we used for guests earlier this fall was such a hit, I decided to use it for a family birthday weekend




A  chalk board birthday sign was front and center




Along with some party pumpkins and a Birthday Cake Glass



And a funky festive flower vase




On the lower part of the island, the theme morphs into a spooky scene with Halloween pumpkins, a witch and ghosts




I found some individual snack bags of Veggie Chips shaped like Ghosts and Bats




Perfect for little monsters!




Boo glasses are ready for the “wine inclined,” and there’s a ghost offering cocktail napkins




This eerie spirit is guarding the snack stand full of cookies, nuts and crackers




A convenient place to find some treats



There are plates at hand for your deadly morsels




or spooky snacks




and mugs for morning potions




A wicked witch will try to lure little hands to her fish full of fruit snacks






The hit of the weekend were these Skellie Bone Bites




Tempura battered fried cheese curds




Nothing spooky about these, just bewitchingly good!



The tempura batter is so light, these are nothing like heavy fried Mozzarella sticks

Note: cheese curds are a little less dense than block cheese, but a good Vermont white cheddar cut into logs will work fine.  I bought the cheese curds at Target in the deli section

Skellie Bone Bites aka Tempura Cheese Curds

  • Servings: varied
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

tempura batter mix

cheese curds or white cheddar cheese cut into fat logs

beer for batter, optional

dipping sauce

Prepare batter mix as directed, substituting beer for water if desired.  Dredge cheese in batter and fry in medium hot oil 2 minutes, or until batter is crisp.  Drain on paper towels and serve with a dipping sauce such as ranch dressing or marinara sauce.  Make a lot, they will go quickly!


Here’s what else we noshed on



The menu was made with PicMonkey, and printed out and posted for guests to see what’s cooking!

Coming up I’ll be sharing the recipes for:

Sour Cream & Chive Bacon Dip, Blueberry Shortcake Bread Pudding, Butterscotch Cake Bars

click on the recipe titles below to see the other menu items

Short Rib Tacos with Asian Slaw

Rosemary Parmesan Sweet Potato Boats

Tipsy Witch Ice Cream

Sweet Chili Glazed Shrimp

Tater Tot Bake

Pumpkin Patch Salad

All these recipes were chosen for ease of preparation.  I planned the menu and decor in advance with the help of this Pinterest board to collect and organize my thoughts.  Grocery shopping before guests arrived made this food-filled weekend a breeze, along with lots of helping hands…

Thank you for coming to the party!

for another printable version of Tempura Cheese Curds click here

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16 Responses to “Party Panache, Birthday Weekend with Spooky Snack Buffet & Skellie Bone Bites”
  1. Jodi says:

    I want to have my birthday at your house ! Lol.

  2. Lovin’ the little ghost dip bowl! Looks like a fun time:@)

  3. Kitty says:

    Ooh what a fun birthday bash, Jenna! You’re the best hostess for parties.
    I also love the tipsy witch, your pumpkin patch salad and those ham and cheese party sandwiches from your previous posts. Using Mary’s pastry idea, and cut into pumpkin shapes, made those morsels extra yummy, I’ll bet!

  4. Jenna, you are truly the party planner extraordinaire! I have a birthday this month, may I celebrate at your house!

  5. Lynn Bean says:

    Once again so cute and creative! I love it. I am sure it was a big hit! Love the tiered tray and all of the goodies it houses. Have a wonderful week!

  6. Mary says:

    You’re the hostess with the mostest Jenna! I know the kids get a kick out of all the spooky fun and snacks! Pass the Rosemary Parmesan Sweet Potato Boats my way and I’m definitely wine-inclined 🙂

  7. What fun! The details are amazing and the colors are so refreshing. Love it! I am going to look it over again.

  8. Helen Adams says:

    Hi Jenna,
    Parties at your house are always so special, from the decorations to the food! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  9. Sandra Garth says:

    This is just too much fun and I would love for you to be my party planner! Count me in as one of the “wine inclined”.

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