Friday, October 7, 2011

Halloween Tablescape & Decor

This is a post from last year with a few photos added!

I haven't found all of my Halloween decor.  I think some of it is packed high on an out of reach shelf in the garage.

I did hang this giant spider from my entry way light fixture.  

Another fuzzy fellow found his way to one of the lampshades, and you can see Bonehead Bob, our dinner host, in the photo above.

Dinner will be served in the dining room this evening by my friend, Bonehead Bob.  Come on in, pull up a chair and dig right in...if you dare.

On tonights menu we'll be having Cranial Crunch, Bob's specialty stew he simmers for two weeks in a Cauldron given to him by his Grandmother back in 1644. 


Bonehead Bob helped me set the table.  We began with these black Heritage Lace placemats. We layered them over white dinner napkins, placed at an angle, so the scene on the placemats would really show up.

As Bob has carefully planned our evening, he has opted for non traditional flatware at each setting.   He says skewers will be needed for the eyeball roast over an open fire, and miniature pitch forks for each guest to catch a rat, snake or any vermin they desire.  He'll bake our catches, if we wish, with special seasonings purchased from Cryptomart.

The big serrated knives, Bob says, are to get every last bit of gristle left on our carcasses.

Bob and I both chose these cute orange beaded coasters and matching napkin rings to add a bit of bling-a-bility to the table. 

At each setting we've included themed tealight candles from Zest Candles  and  RIP tombstones.   Bonehead Bob was so excited to give these as party favors to our guests.  He said, 'It's the gift that lasts at least several lifetimes".

The black transferware dinner plates were stacked on an old iron fish bowl stand so as not to obstruct the view of the placemats.  

On top of the plates is a big jack o lantern pumpkin luminary candle.  We kept switching between the orange and black.  Which do you like best?

I love these Spider luminary candles...they're my favorite.  There is a pattern of webs and spiders of cut black wax over white so that they cast an eery glow.

We're ready, we've set the table and the stew is still bubbling as the fire is burning.  We're just waiting for you to come and join us.


Once upon a time rare flowers grew
 On every shrub and bush we used to see;
The skies above our heads were always blue,
The woods held secrets deep for you and me;
 The hillsides had their caves where tales were told
 Of swart-cheeked pirates from a far-off clime,
When cutlases were fierce and rovers bold -
Don't you remember? - Once upon a time.

Once upon a time from sun to sun
The hours were full of joy - there was no care,
And webs of gaudy dreams in air were spun
 Of deeds heroic and of fortunes fair;
The jangling schoolhouse bell was all the woe
Our spirits knew, and in its tuneless chime.
Was all the sorrow of the long ago-
 Don't you remember? - Once upon a time.

Once upon a time the witches rode
 In sinister and ominous parade
Upon their sticks at night, and queer lights glowed
With eerie noises by the goblins made;
And many things mysterious there were .
For boyish cheeks to pale at through the grime
 That held them brown; and shadows queer would stir-
Don't you remember? - Once upon a time.

Once upon a time our faith was vast
 To compass all the things on sea and land
That boys have trembled o'er for ages past,
Nor ever could explain or understand,
And in that faith found happiness too deep
 For all the gifted tongues of prose or rime,
And joys ineffable we could not keep -
 Don't you remember? - Once upon a time.

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  1. WOW! Girl you got you some halloween going on. Looks great!

  2. Absolutely perfect, Nancy. Who knew such a refined transferware lovin' girl could turn so goulish? I really like the black over-placemats.

  3. Wow, you really go all out for Halloween! Your place looks spooky and inviting all at the same time. Love the tablescape!

  4. You really should have the prize for this one. I also liked the poem. Such a creation!

  5. Hi Nancy, I got detoured, second time Had to head over to your Etsy and check it out again.. fell in love the black transferware.., I don't have "any" black and white, ;-(( Your attention to detail is incredible. Love how youdraped the picture, the spiders everywhere was amazing.. hugs ~lynne~

  6. What great details!!!

  7. So cute! I love halloween and bonehead bob is fabulous! LOL

  8. You set some of the best tables, Nancy! This is such a fun the plates.

  9. Thank you for the sweet comment! My hubby is able to see my blog while deployed. He has a laptop with him and has been looking at it whenever he remembers LOL
    I just told him he couldn't look when I start decorating our bedroom. ;)

    Have a great weekend!

  10. Very Halloweenie! Love Bonehead Bob. He is quite the host. I'm having a hard time getting in the mood to put out my Halloween. This gave me a push.

  11. I would love for you to enjoy my favorite cheese ball made in a mold shaped like a brain. I poke plastic eyeballs into the "Brain" that look frightened of the big black plastic rat that shares the tray with the cheeseball. It is a hoot . Just thought that you might like to borrow that idea.

  12. The poem is precious. Love everything .

  13. I remember this....well, most of it. Wait...I guess you said some new pics were added, so that's why I don't remember it all, I guess. LOVE the big ol' hairy spiders! And those stacked skull candles...FABULOUS!!!!! Love 'em! You and I have the same light fixture! The light fixture in your hallway is the same as the one in our dining room! :-) I fell in love with it the moment I saw it in my cousin's dining room, and I got one of the last 2 at the store. Whew! Still in love with it after 4 years! P.S. Bob needs to chill out with all that talk about knives and carcasses....that's creepy plus 2! :-)

  14. Absolutely the best!! I don't know how you come up with these clever ideas but I love fun! I'm sure with your kids you've had lots of practice with all this ~ :-)

    I didn't know there was black transfer ware. I must check it out. LOVE black & white as well as red.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  15. It's spooktacular, Nancy! You go all out! Now that our nest is empty I don't drag everything out anymore!. By the time I get it all put away, it's Christmas!

  16. A great Halloween tables cape! Love all of your Halloween decor!

  17. Wicked is in the details! What a loooovely spot to sit for a spell! Haha

    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

  18. way cool! Love the big spiders. Your decor is amazing.. I haven't even gotten ours out yet.. ;-(.. xo marlis

  19. What a fun, spooky home you have for Halloween, Nancy!! Your family must have such a good time in all that spookiness!!!

  20. A kid's dream....a kid of any age. Thank you for sharing your spooky decor. Cherry Kay

  21. Great post Nancy. I'm so glad you were first at Seasonal Sundays. It's so neat to see all of those plates hanging on the wall in your hallway in your first couple of photos. You need to do a post on your new hallway too.

    - The Tablescaper

  22. Oh mercy, Nancy!! You are very well prepared for your Halloween feast!!! Enjoy that "Cranial Crunch"!!! ;0)

  23. Fabulous Nancy ~ you did not miss one detail!

    Susan and Bentley

  24. Fantastic job!! I love all the details.

  25. Oh my goodness! I must have missed this last year! What a great dining room with all the details! Your kids must love Halloween with all your creative decor! Love the pictures tilted with the spider webs! The tablesetting is spooktacular (coudln't resist) LOL. Wonderful post..enjoyed it so much..even with the dripping blood! Hope you are enjoying the season!!

    Miss Bloomers

  26. What an absolute delight, Nancy! I must have missed this somehow, or my memory is fast fading... LOL
    Love that black/white transferware! wowie, it is gorgeous. The whimsy that you included in the tablescaping is just wonderful. Not too sure about cranial stew, though....
    ~ Sue

  27. I really love all the detail you put into Halloween! I nee to go back for one more look...I might have missed something.

    I am now a follower. Stop by and visit me sometime soon....


  28. How creative! I especially liked the wall above the buffet! It's actually stunning.. Good Job!

  29. Wow this is awesome! You did a fabulous job decorating for Halloween. It has a spooky old house feeling. I love your place settings, and really like the wall behind the buffet. Your black transferwear plates are so pretty as well. Fabulous job! I found you at Seasonal Sunday.
    Thanks for sharing your great space :)


  30. This looks great! Wow! I hope you will link up to my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Party.

  31. Man do you so know how to do Halloween. This is just amazing. I love all those spiders and the sweet ghost coming out of the pumpkin. I am sure your dinner guest are well entertained.

  32. What a spooky Halloween party! Love it!

  33. everything is wonderful !
    İstanbul / Turkey

  34. Oh my gosh girl you go all out! How fabulous, I love all your Halloween ghouls and scary stuff! My favorite time of year.

  35. This is just so awesome! I can't believe what you have done to this room. I just love the spooky feeling, the pictures on the wall with the webs, every detail is just perfect. It really looks like a spooky old house!
    Marianne :)

  36. Wow, you are the master of spooky decor! Everything looks awesome!

  37. What terrific decor, Nancy! You really are the master of Halloween decor. I'll be your kids are really loving this! What a great Mom they have!

    Thank you for linking to Potpourri Friday. I appreciate your participation!

  38. Hahaha. Your Halloween decor is Spooktacular. :) I especially love the silhouette placemats. Very cool. Thanks so much for linking up to Motivated Monday at BeColorful. Your pictures are great and I hope you can visit again.

  39. I love your Haloween decor! I have those same giant spiders. SO cute :)

  40. You really have to get yourself a good exterminator!!! LOL
    Love all your Halloween decor, especially that spider in the entry.

  41. Wow! You really done a great job?

    But, if I am around you home now, I guess, I get panic §:-)

    I am scare the spooky ambiance. Ha ha... I really am a chicken.

    Happy TTT...

    Greetings from chilly Stockholm.

  42. I missed this last year, or at least I don't remember it. Totally unreal. You are so creative. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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    Cheri from Its So Very Cheri

  44. I know this is a strange question but I have that same skeleton and when we moved something happened and he is now short. I can't seem to get him to stand up. I feel like there is a button or hook somewhere. Have you had that happen?

    Thank you and I love the room!


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