THE ULTIMATE WALKING DEAD PREMIERE PARTY

All photos taken by Kayla Michelle Photo.**Warning: If you’re a season or two behind, there are spoilers ahead**

My whole family watches The Walking Dead and we’re pretty die-hard fans. You guys have probably seen my DIY cosplay costumes for Daryl Dixon (ear necklace and wings vest) and Carol (in disguise as one of the Wolves).

I used parts of my Daryl cosplay along with cards from our Walking Dead game, creepy cloth, leaves from our front lawn and some packing material to create the post-apocalyptic feel of the Walking Dead world.

We love hosting premier parties every season for our friends and family. Last season was SO epic  with the introduction of so many new characters and with our core group finally ending with a win, we decided to go all-out and create an entire Walking Dead tablescape complete with a themed treat to represent each new community in TWD.

ALEXANDRIA SAFE ZONE
This is what’s left of the walled-off community in Alexandria, Virginia after the walker invasion where Rick Grimes and other heroes reside. It is also one of the three joint communities known as The Militia. 

WALKER EYEBALLS

This recipe is SUPER easy! And their tasty too! Plus it’s great to throw in some snacks along with the treats to give your guests a variety when it comes to festive finger foods!

What You Need:

  • Mozzarella balls
  • Green Olives (medium)
  • Black Olives (small)

How to Make:

  1. Cut the tips off the green olives.
  2. Place a small black olive inside the tip of each green olive.
  3. Place onto mozzarella balls.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

How to Make:

  1. In a serving container, add 1 bottle of red wine, and 1/2 a liter of Canada Dry.
  2. Add in fresh fruit and fill the rest with ice.
  3. Add 1 container raspberry sherbet. This mixed with the Canada Dry will add a frothy foamy element.

THE KINGDOM
Another one of the three communities known as The Militia, led by King Ezekiel and his pet tiger, Shiva. 

SHIVA’S LUCKY PAW COOKIES

Chocolate covered vanilla cookies covered in coconut shavings. Rawr!

What You Need:

  • Vanilla wafers
  • Orange chocolate melts
  • Coconut shavings
  • Black gel frosting

How to Make:

  1. Heat orange melting chocolate in a ramekin or small bowl (per directions).
  2. Stir till smooth.
  3. Dip the front of the vanilla wafer cookies into the melting chocolate.
  4. While still wet, dip chocolate covered cookies into coconut shavings.
  5. Once dry, add paw details with black gel frosting.
  6. Let cool and harden before serving.

HILLTOP
The Hilltop colony and the last of the three communities known as The Militia, is currently lead by Maggie but with help from another Hilltop hero and fan favorite, Jesus.

JESUS’ BLESSED BEARD & BEANIE COOKIES

I saw some lumberjack beard cookies on Pinterest when I was looking for inspiration and I thought it’d be really cool if we could somehow combine a beard and a beanie to look like the character, Jesus. I was actually pretty excited about how they turned out!

What You Need:

  • Mandeline cookies
  • Brown melting chocolate
  • Black melting chocolate
  • White melting chocolate
  • Black gel frosting
  • A small fork or toothpick

How to Make:

  1. Dip bottom (larger part) of madeline cookies into brown melting chocolate.
  2. Use a fork or toothpick to make grooves and form a beard.
  3. Using a 2:1 ratio, mix black and white melting chocolate to form a grey color for the beanie.
  4. Once the beards on each cookie are dry, dip the other half into the grey melting chocolate and use a fork or toothpick to create grooves to form a beanie.
  5. Use black gel frosting to add eyes and a mouth to each cookie.

THE SANCTUARY
The main headquarters for The Saviors and their charming yet vicious leader, Negan.

MINI “LUCILLE’S THIRSTY” MUNCHIES

How cute are these adorable little Lucille’s?! The credit in the detailing of these little guys definitely goes to my sister. I think we had a good idea, but she definitely exceeded my expectations with the decorating!

What You Need:

  • Mini Pretzel twists
  • Brown melting chocolate
  • White gel frosting
  • Silver sprinkles

How to Make:

  1. Cover 3/4 of the pretzel twists in brown melting chocolate.
  2. Let dry and re-cover the same area 3-4 more times.
  3. Once a bat shape is formed, cover the entire pretzel in brown melting chocolate and let dry.
  4. Create strands with the gel frosting and gently shake over silver sprinkles to create a barbed wire look.
  5. If possible, serve on a blood red plate (Lucille IS thirsty after all..)

THE JUNKYARD
This group of trash people or “Heapsters” lead by Jadis seems to closely The Scavengers – a hostile group of survivors in the original comics who looted across the land and killed whoever they could find.

SPARE TIRE DONUTS

Who doesn’t love chocolate covered mini donuts? How about double-chocolate covered mini donuts??

What You Need:

  • Mini chocolate donuts
  • Black melting chocolate

How to Make:

  1. Heat black melting chocolate in microwave per heating instructions.
  2. Stir until smooth.
  3. Dip entire donut into melting chocolate and let harden.
  4. Use a toothpick to carve out the little hole in the middle if it gets closed during the coating process.
  5. Enjoy!

OCEANSIDE
During their previous encounter with the saviors, all the men in their group over the age of 10 were killed. In order to keep their whereabouts a secret, this community of women adopted the policy to kill any stranger who enters their grounds on-sight. They fish from the nearby bay and have a large arsenal of guns to defend themselves with.

SEASIDE S’MORES 3-LAYER DIP

No party is complete without a s’mores treat- am I right??? And graham cracker crumbs covering chocolate pudding and marshmallow cream? Well that’s just beach-y. Get it? 😀

What You Need:

  • Graham crackers (smashed)
  • Marshmallow cream
  • Chocolate pudding
  • White melting chocolate (or white and black to make grey)
  • Sweedish fish
  • Silver sprinkles
  • Black gel frosting

How to Make:

  1. Mash up graham crackers and set aside.
  2. Use white and black melting chocolate to create a grey fish color.
  3. Stir till smooth, then dip front half of Sweedish fish into chocolate.
  4. While still wet, coat with silver sprinkles.
  5. Set aside to dry and harden.
  6. Fill a medium bowl with chocolate pudding.
  7. Next cover completely with a layer of marshmallow cream.
  8. While the marshmallow cream is setting, use black gel frosting to add details to bone-fish and sea-fish.
  9. For the last layer, cover almost completely with a top layer of graham cracker crumbs (except for a small amount on one edge). This will be the sand and the waves crashing up to the shoreline.
  10. Carefully stand up graham crackers in the dip for the “gate” and add Sweedish fish on top, lightly dusting sides with graham cracker crumbs.
  11. Serve with extra graham crackers for dipping.

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