Vampire Halloween Party Ideas: Video & Recipes

Inspiration for decor, flowers, appetizers and cocktails

Each October, we take over the winemaking wing of the Jordan chateau for 24 hours and transform it into a nightclub for the annual Halloween at Jordan event. The theme changes every year. Our vampire party, called Glampire, had some fun decor, drinks and appetizers worth sharing. Though the industry-only affair (sorry, guys) takes six months of planning, the last few weeks before the event are spent creating appetizers and drink cocktails recipes, testing floral designs and finalizing the small decorations.

In these demo videos, I’ll show you how to create a sleek floral arrangement for a spooky Halloween party with some useful tips if you can’t find black roses or black vases. Todd and our sous chef demonstrate a colorfully fun, yet elegant, roasted beet and Tsar Nicoulai caviar hors d’oeuvre in the two-part video that concludes with Todd and I mixing a seasonal artisan cocktail inspired by our garden with the help of local mixologist Scott Beattie.

Recipes for one of our Halloween party appetizers, A Bite of Glampire, and the Glamtini and Fangtastic Martini (crowd favorite) cocktails are included. There’s also a photo gallery with Halloween vampire party decoration ideas.

Halloween party floral arrangement:

Halloween party appetizer and cocktail:

Glamtini Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients:

1 ½ cup raspberries, pureed and strained of seeds
1 ounce corn syrup
¼ teaspoon red icing color
1 ounce Vodka
2 ounces Chambord
4 ounces brut rosé sparkling wine or Champagne
4 each Griottines (Morello cherries in Kirsch liqueur)
1 sprig lemon verbena
2 each star anise

Instructions:

Chill two martini glasses. Combine raspberry puree, corn syrup and food coloring to create “blood”. Place one star anise in bottom of each glass. Spoon two tablespoons of the “blood” over the star anise. In a shaker with ice, combine Vodka and Chambord. Shake and then strain over “blood”. Finish with Rosé Champagne and garnish with Griottines and lemon verbena.
Serves 2.

Fangtastic Martini Recipe

Ingredients:

2 ounce Absolut Citron Vodka
3 ounces Hpnotiq
4 ounces sweet and sour (or Margarita) mix
2 fresh orange half wheels
2 lemon twists

Preparation:

Chill two martini glasses. In a shaker with ice, squeeze orange half wheel over ice and drop rind into shaker. (Muddling orange optional.) Fill shaker with Absolut Citron, Hpnotiq, and sweet and sour mix. Shake and then strain into glasses. Discard ice and orange rind. Garnish with lemon twists.
Serves 2.

A Bite of Glampire Appetizer Recipe

Ingredients:

• 2 each medium-sized red beets, unpeeled
• 2 each sprigs of thyme
• 1 tablespoon Jordan Extra Virgin Olive Oil
• 2 teaspoons sel gris
• 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• ¼ cup seasoned rice wine vinegar
• 2 ounces Osetra caviar
• 2 ounces Golden trout roe
• 2 each scallions, thinly sliced
• 18 each 1 ¼” round of pumpernickel bread or, alternatively, buckwheat blini
• 18 each leaves from the heart of the celery to garnish

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 375˚. Toss beets with the thyme, olive oil, sel gris and pepper. Wrap beets in foil, place packet in a small sauté pan and roast until they are easily pierced with a pairing knife. (Approximately 45 to 60 minutes). Allow beets to cool to room temperature and cut into ¼ inch diamonds. Pickle diamonds in rice wine vinegar for 15 to 30 minutes, tasting for acidity level often. In a non-reactive bowl, carefully combine six tablespoons of the beets, the caviar, Golden trout roe and scallions. Spoon mixture over base and garnish with delicate leaves of celery.
Serves 6 (two pieces each).

Glampire Photo Album

Glampire Halloween Party

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As one of eight children, Nitsa Knoll doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t helping host parties for her Greek family in Southern California. She naturally gravitated toward planning beautiful events with bold colors and flowers as focal points. Today, she spends her days overseeing events and hospitality at Jordan Winery, where she works alongside her husband, Todd Knoll. With an eye for design, her creative mind is constantly at work, planning the next dinner party or designing a new floral arrangement. She finds constant inspiration from the trees and flowers growing at Jordan Estate and throughout Sonoma County.

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