Time To Party! Discover The Best Party Hampers This Halloween
Author: Emily McWaters Date Posted:16 October 2019
Say Happy Halloween With A Great Party Hamper!
Why does Halloween cause such controversy here? In our opinion, it's a time for a party, and that's never a bad idea. Ok, we understand the viewpoint that it can be very Americanised, but you have to remember that it is not an American holiday - it existed way beyond them. They might have commercialised it, like several other world-wide holidays, but that is a discussion for another time.
Halloween is in actual fact, derived from the pagan festival of Samhain. Lord Samhein was once thought to be the most powerful of the Celtic gods and the Druid religion. The Samhain festival was a pivotal point in the calendar for the people of Ireland, Uk and Northern France 2,000 years ago.
The festival was celebrated between the Autumn Equinox and the Winter Solstice. A time in those regions, when the harvest was in, and the earth was moving into its phase of sleep. It was also considered the time the veil between the living, and the dead was at its thinnest. The time Druid priests would make prophecies about the future. For people whose lives depended on the natural world, these prophecies were a promise of better times that got them through the hard winters.
As with most pagan rites, this festival in time became absorbed by Christianity. The Catholic pope, Gregory III, declared November 1st, All Hallows Day, to celebrate the lives of the Saints. October 31st by default became All Hallows Eve, that evolved into the now more recognisable term Halloween.
Ancient celebrations would have taken place with bonfires and food, from 43AD the Romans conquered and ruled the area. They brought with them two of their own festivals, celebrated around the same time. Feralia, a festival that commemorates the dead passing and Pomona, Goddess of fruit and trees, whose symbol is an apple, maybe were bobbing for apples came from?
Halloween is not the only festival that celebrates the dead and is more than likely how all the spookiness became the symbol of this time, along with ghostly stories. The link with witchcraft still abides to this day. Due to the importance of the date on the Wiccan calendar. We can also find,
- The Mexican Día de Muertos, 'Day of the Dead' celebrated in October.
- The Japanese Bon Festival takes place in August
- The Chinese Ghost festival
- India Hindu's celebrate Pitri Paksha
The point to note is they celebrate these days, and our point is, so can we! In our way. No pumpkins or Jack O' Lanterns, not the season for us, but we do know how to throw some great parties.
Aussies Ideas For Halloween & Great Party Hampers
Trick or Treating Party Hampers
Again not an American tradition but thought to have originated from the All Soul's Parades in the UK. At this time, poor people were often given soul cakes in exchange for them praying for the souls of the wealthy patrons dead family members. Masks and other costumes were worn, so people were not mistaken for ghosts.
There is no reason our kids cannot enjoy a bit of dressing up and community spirit. Mums can arrange the visits among themselves, finishing up at one home for a fun kids party. Catering for kids parties is easy, but what to have for the mums? Now that takes a bit of help from us to make all that effort of kids party planning worthwhile.
- Kangaroo Island Olives,
- Regimental Condiment Co's Roasted Capsicum Tapenade and
- Brewer's Nut Co selection
- With Cape Mentelle' Trinders' Cabernet Merlot 750ml to wash it all down!
Want to splurge a bit, mums deserve a treat now and then as well. Then take a good look at our excellent Ultimate Foodies Hamper with Shiraz at $199. In this party hamper you will find mouth-watering delights to enjoy while the kids bob for apples. In this beautifully present hamper, you will discover,
- Kangaroo Island Artisan crackers
- Kangaroo Island Olives
- Regimental Condiment Co Tapernades
- Trentham Tucker Cranberry & Pistachio Crispbread
- Luke Mangan Quince Paste
- Brewer's Nut Co Savoury Nuts
- Morgan's Dark Chocolate Coffee Beans + Toffee Popcorn Brittle
- The mouth-watering Byron Bay Cookie Triple Choc Fudge Bag
- Willie's Milk Of The Gods' Rio Caribe 44' + 70% Dark with Ginger & Lime
- Butlers Gold Box Chocolate Assortment
- Plus some Cape Mentelle Margaret River Shiraz to enjoy with the other mums or after they have all gone!
An At-Home Ghost Story Party
Invite your book club or some neighbours who share your love of reading and dress up or not. This is the best night to have themed ghost stories. Having anyone round involves food, which can put pressure on any party planning, especially if you want to dress up the place a bit, you know, to add some spookiness.
Our answer? One of our great party hampers, that will not only treat your guests to some gourmet delight but make your life so much easier, so you can focus on the books. Check out here for some scary reads.
Try out these Hamper Emporium Hampers
White Wine & Nibbles Hamper, $99 a carefully selected hamper of delicious gourmet nibbles, that compliment each other and the spicy fennel-like fruit flavoured 'The White' Chardonnay from The Islander Estate.
Nothing beats a good Cognac and a good book. Putting the two together is easy with our Luxury Hennessy Hamper $229. Superb Australian nibbles to complement the Hennessy VSOP Cognac.
Corporate Halloween-Themed Party
Why wait for Christmas? Get your party sorted early! A Halloween theme can give a fun vibe or be elegant and sophisticated. Thinking black and white theme here. Choosing from our selection of popular corporate hampers is the way to go. Our range of gourmet nibbles and excellent wines are all from top-class Australian providers and cost between $99 and $849. Not only that, but remember we can incorporate your branding and logo into the hampers to leave a lasting impression. You can also order in bulk and delivery is free all over Australia.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg and howlet's wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Cool it with a baboon's blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.
Shakespeare - Macbeth: IV.i 10-19; 35-38
We are not sure what some of those descriptions are, but you will be happy to note that you will find none of them in our party hampers!