Penelope is retired but teaches English in Rome. She is a published feature writer, playwright and poet.
Gothic Party Ideas
Throwing a goth party is a great excuse to delve into all the bruised, fruity sorts of foods and atmosphere that the dark side of human nature likes to dip into from time to time.
Who cares about roast chicken and potatoes when there are delicious goth food alternatives on hand?
This article is jam-and-pickle packed with goth food ideas for those parties when tofu-and-cress-on-a-wedge-of-wholegrain just won't do. These ideas are perfect for your goth brunch, BBQ, lunch, high tea, nighttime affair, or for Halloween:
- Party theme ideas
- Menu ideas
I've also included a list of don'ts for your party as well as a list of helpful foods that you can serve that are really simple, once you have created your goth party room, table, or place in the woods.
Nutella Sandwich Cook Time
|Prep time||Cook time||Ready in||Yields|
- 4 slices sliced white bread
- 1 egg
- 30-40 ml / 1/2-3/4 cup milk
- pinch salt
- 2 pats salted butter
- 2 heaped tablespoons Nutella
- 300 grams / 10 ounces frozen berries
- 3/4 tablespoons icing sugar
- Thaw the frozen berries.
- Put the berries in a smallish non-stick saucepan with the icing sugar. Stir and cook until the juice has thickened.
- In a mixing dish, beat the egg and the milk together with the salt, as you would for French toast.
- Put the slices of bread in the egg and milk to soak briefly.
- Transfer the soaked bread slices to a frying pan and fry well on one side.
- Turn them over and fry lightly on the other side.
- Repeat with the other two slices of bread
- Put two slices of cooked bread on a cutting board. With a large cooking knife, spread each paler side with Nutella. Place the other slice on top. Cut in half diagonally.
- Transfer the hot berry sauce to a pretty bowl with a serving spoon.
- Serve the sandwiches on a pretty plate with the berry sauce on the side.
- Dollop as much berry sauce as you like on the hot sandwiches. Sprinkle with icing sugar.
Party Theme Ideas
Since there's nothing casual about goth style, creating the right ambiance is the first step. It's a self-conscious mixture of elegant and fine, with a lot of black in it. It's shrouded in melancholy and a lot of "who cares?"
Any one of the following characters, periods, or genres can inspire your goth party table and theme and make your food taste goth-interesting:
- Victorian period dress and bric-a-brac
- Lisbeth Salander, the brave hacker in the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy
- Edgar Allen Poe poems such as The Raven, which begins "Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary"
- Wednesday Addams, of The Addams Family, kind of Halloween
- Abbey Sciuto, the NCIS forensic scientist, portrayed by Pauley Perrette
For my goth table setting, I played around with lace, bits of bark, a china vase, a Victorian fan, and candles for my elegant table look, but if you're a Punk-ish kind of goth then possibly ripped red velvet with harsh white lights and black candles would work just as well.
What to Serve at a Halloween or Goth Party
Here is a menu of goth foods for all occasions with choices for an intimate get-together, or for bigger parties like Halloween.
The only really goth thing to bear in mind is presentation; the foods are so beautiful when they really look striking and unique. Garnish with red flower petals, or whole walnuts or serve olives in a silver bowl, or call in for 'French Fries' that will arrive in bright takeaway containers.
Lighting with candles is suggestive, too (no strobes).
Goth Food Dos
- Maraschino cherries
- Grilled mushrooms
- Rare roast beef with black olives or truffles
- Barbequed steak
- Lobster tails
- Black beans
- Black olives
- Black figs
- Peruvian chocolate sauce
- White ice cream
- Jellied fruits
- Chocolate and more chocolate
- Campari drinks
- Red wine (mulled wine would be great with all the bark in it)
- Espresso coffee, made by an espresso machine with sugar cubes
Here are some absolute don'ts (because they suggest health, well-being, and the mundane—all that is typically, stereotypically un-goth, as far as most Gothic people are concerned).*
Goth Food Don'ts
- Green salads (beetroot is OK, but in ball shapes and with balsamic vinegar)
- Lettuce leaf garnishes
- Roast chicken or pork chops
- Roast potatoes
- Boiled vegetables
- Chinese, Mexican or Indian foods
- Grilled fish
- Pumpkin served as a pumpkin (it has to be very darkly cooked and served with something like black grapes, baked into bread)
* Not all Gothic people agreed.
Goth Party Menu Ideas
|Brunch Party||Afternoon Tea Party||Party Party with Food|
Fried egg whites + a grilled brown mushroom on the top of each
Small ball shapes eggs rolled in caviar (lumpfish) with Congnac buttered toast
Fried Nutella sandwiches + blueberries
Deep fried black pudding, deep fried pickled gurkins and deep fried Maraschino cherries
Bitter chocolate cake to die for with cranberry jelly and Campari Grapefruit
Hamburger and ketchup + delivered chips
Beetroot in ball shapes, fresh walnuts, balls of gorgonzola on a plate of black rice and trufle olive oil - and tree types of black olives. Martini's with black olives
Black tea with rhodiola, lemon sponge cake and merangue, strawberry ice cream and loganberries + mint chocolate thins
Black squid ink risotto
Parma ham served on a clear plastic plate with figs
Blinis with caviar (lumpfish), quals eggs + pumkin and banana bread, martinis with black olives.
Black beans with chopped squid + boiled lobster tails with butter
Cold beetroot soup, hot fig cake served with chocolate ice cream
Barbequed beef steaks with baked potato and ketcup
Barbequed kebabs of dried fruits stuffed with nuts and sausages
© 2012 Penelope Hart