Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Spiders and Pumpkins: A Halloween Party

Every October, I pull out the Halloween goodies and decorate the house with childlike delight. When the boys were small, I put up spooky trees and iced spider web cookies, loving every moment. One year, I froze punch in surgical gloves, and when I peeled them, icy fingers adorned the punch bowl. On Halloween night, I always made chili--with chili dogs for the boys--and we'd watch a movie marathon. All these years later, I still enjoy the playful side of Halloween. I'm not the only one--this week, I'm partying with a group of darling, talented bloggers for a Halloween Tablescape Blog Hop.



I keep all of the Halloween stuff in a Hobbit-sized closet, meaning it has a very low ceiling, but it holds a lot, just like Bilbo Baggins' larder. I had the best time picking through the spooky goodies, and I even found a few things that I hadn't had time to use last autumn, including some candy, which I ate--and lived to tell the tale!
 

The only thing I lacked was the centerpiece. I will tell you, my basement can be a spidery place, but I located a wooden box and tucked in ornamental kale. In the background, I added potted mums and assorted pumpkins.


For napkins, I used colorful tea towels.

Spidery, glittery napkin rings added dazzle.

Skeletal "claws" were tucked into the chandelier.
  








    



Many thanks to Chloe Crabtree from Celebrate and Decorate for organizing the blog hop.
The party runs from October 2nd through October 6th.
You'll have a splendid time visiting everyone--they have spooky and gorgeous surprises waiting for you!

Blog Hop Schedule

Monday

26 comments:

  1. Michael Lee, I love your frightening festive dish stack with blingy spider napkin rings, ghosts and spooky skull plates, mummified napkins, web placemats and wiccan lace plates! Your autumnal centerpiece with your mums and ornamental kale transitions easily from harvest to Halloween with the addition of a crow...or raven. And beware of skeletal claws! Your porch is the perfect spot for dining no matter what the season but especially shines with the golden autumn light highlighting your grasses and pots of mums. Thanks for the spooky fun it's always a joy blog hopping with you ����������☠️

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  2. Michael Lee, what a fun setting you have created. The centerpiece is perfect for autumn with the kale and mums. The spider napkin rings and cute dish towels finish your spooktacular table!

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  3. Your Halloween table is so fun and cheerful! Despite the slightly scary ghost and skull plates and the gorgeous jeweled spider napkin rings- your table is a delight of color and the lightheartedness of Halloween!! I love it! I am thrilled to be participating in the Hop with you!

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  4. So so cute Michael Lee, I love the fat checked black and white cloth, the perfect base for pumpkins, fall foliage and spooky plates! It's so much fun to see everyone's different styles and Halloween accessories. I do prefer the cute side of Halloween but you've added just enough creepy touches to bring smiles!

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  5. This tablescape is just perfect for a fun Halloween party! I love the black and white checked tablecloth serving as the perfect backdrop for the orange chargers and spooky plates. We also always have chili dogs on Halloween night. It is a tradition that was started by my Grandmother. Your table looks just beautiful, and it is so much fun blog hopping with you! Happy Fall!!!

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  6. How perfect for a playful Halloween gathering. I want to come to YOUR party! Let me know when the chili dogs will be ready. The black and white checked cloth set the perfect backdrop to all of your perfectly chosen accessories. Love your plate stacks too. And the napkin rings...yes!!!
    Your table just brightened my morning. Smiles. Sheila

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  7. Your halloween table is just darling. Great minds think alike as I used the black and white buffalo plaid on my table as well. It seems perfect for halloween. I also loved your dishes. Perfect for your table. Thank you for sharing!

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  8. Such a lovely tablescape. Adding the creepy touches really screams Halloween. it could easily be converted to a pretty fall table. Loving the black and white check.

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  9. You combined the harvest and Halloween perfectly! I'm also a big fan of using tea towels for napkins. The sparkly spiders add a touch of glam and it all works beautifully!

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  10. This is great. I so admire those who enjoy that child-like playfulness of Halloween. I think the fact that I always had a very stressful calendar of work and dance performance - not to mention two girls who LOVED the costuming and trick-or-treating - around that week contributed to my lack of enthusiasm for it. It's fun, though, seeing these tablescapes. Yours is perfectly positioned on that table with cloth and chairs and all the other ornamental elements. I love your description of the closet, made me laugh out loud picturing it as I read the words.

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  11. How fun is this! Such cute plates with the ghosts and skulls. Using the black gingham is adds a fun print for the table. The pumpkins and mums certainly look like autumn has arrived.

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  12. Wonderful tablescape! Love the checked tablecloth, the old box, the diamond spiders, but best of all, to me, are the chairs. Good"bones" give the frills character. Does that make sense?

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  13. I get the biggest kick out of seeing all the grown up kids loving Halloween. Your tablecloth sets a great stage for your table and this gardener loves your mums and kale centerpiece. Your plate stack fits your theme perfectly. Those napkin rings were a find and the colorful straws in the stemware is very cute.
    Loved your description of your closet.

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  14. Those were happy times, weren’t they?The kids got so excited about Halloween!
    I love your table, perfect! I don’t think I’ll decorate this year, my heart isn’t in it.
    Hope you are well, ML!

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  15. It all looks great! I'm in love with crow on the branch pumpkin. Did you paint that yourself?
    I would love to learn how to do this. I have a thing for crows and owls at Halloween.

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    1. The crow is actually a wooden figurine that I bought at HomeGoods last year. It has been quite versatile.

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  16. Your autumn centerpiece is just right! I love the idea of using annuals in a centerpiece so they can be planted in the garden once their purpose is served inside. The plate stack is great fun and so are the napkins. Like you, I like to buy tea towels and repurpose them as napkins. I probably have more Halloween themed towels than should be allowed! Seeing this table reminds me that I need to track down a cute black and white check tablecloth. Happy Halloween!

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  17. The black and white checked tablecloth makes the perfect backdrop to your fantastically decorated Halloween tablescape. The mix of it with the pops of orange from the mums in your centerpiece and the coordinating plates and flatware makes for an ideal colour palette. The sparkly spider napkin rings are the "icing on the cake" - love those!

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  18. Can I start with those spider napkin rings! I need those! Oh, and that tablecloth. I really love the traditional black and orange, and you have pulled it all together beautifully!!

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  19. I love the kale and the mums for your centerpiece, Michael Lee, and all set on that checked tablecloth (I have one, too!). The spider napkin rings are the best, and using tea towels is a great idea. I'm happy you survived the candy that you found. I'd have eaten it, too!

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  20. LOVE the spiker napkin rings. The fresh cabbage centerpiece is a great take for a Halloween table too!
    Emily-B. Lovely Events

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  21. What a delightfully spooky, yet fun table you have set for all the ghouls and ghosts arriving at your home this year! You are so fortunate that your dark chairs add to the theme of the table! That black and white checked tablecloth is a perfect backdrop for the pops of orange and green! You always do such a great job at styling a table. Thank you so much for being a part of another tablescape blog hop!

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  22. Love everything but black and white tablecloth is amazing!

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  23. What a fun tablescape! I’m with you about how I feel regarding Halloween. I always tried to make it fun for the kids and add a little spookiness. I have a black and white tablecloth I need to remember to use! Cute plate stack!

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