The weather around here is dreary, gloomy, and rainy. Perfect for Halloween. In case you don’t know, most Gothic novels start out, “It was a dark and stormy night….” So does Rocky Horror, by the way. But I digress.
Later on the weather is supposed to worsen with high winds and tornado watches. Some communities around us moved trick or treating to last night and others have moved their town trick or treating parades to indoors. My community is still planning the trick or treat parade outside, so I hope it will hold off for a while. We’ll see. Glad I don’t have a little one to get out in this weather. I’m just sayin’.
Before getting into my tablescapes, thanks to Sherry of No Minimalist Here for featuring my recent Halloween dining table. Sherry has beautiful decorating skills; check her out! Also, I’ve had a busy couple of weeks. I’ve been on the road a lot; I’ve had a number of business things to do; I’ve had some obligations at church, and, best of all, I got a new roof! Yea! More about that at another time.
So I got up this morning with no outside obligations and caught up with my business activities. Let’s see…nothing pressing to do, bad weather predicted all day…what does that sound like to you? A day of staying in, blogging, tablescaping, and zoning out in front of the tv; yep, it will be a perfect day. I put taco soup in the crock pot and began playing with some dishes. I decided to do one more Halloween table before putting everything away. You have seen all of these elements before, and I am using them in a slightly different way on the smaller kitchen table. Of course, I started with the Halloween placemats and Dollar tree plates.
I topped them with my Pfaltzgraff Halloween plates.
Instead of using my colorful Halloween napkins, I chose my black ones. Of course, I used the ghost and pumpkin napkin rings.
The San Remo flatware appeared again.
My thrift shop goblets have black stems and are perfect for this setting.
For a simple vignette on the table, I chose a black candle in a brass candlestick, skinny witch, and small jack-o-lantern.
Even though I like this table, I still wanted a little something else. My taste tends toward the more funny/cute Halloween theme rather than the spooky/eerie one. This table was just a little too serious for me.
So on the other end of the table, I put my Halloween dish towel, another Napkin Lady purchase. Then I added a couple of the witch boot candy dishes, and the humor was on.
Cute table, if I do say so myself!
In the dining room, I decided to do a fall table with some of my recent estate sale finds. Jane made 3 table runners out of this cloth, so I could set a table for six with these. I chose to do my usual table for 4 today.
I love these Wal Mart plates.
My mother-in-law found these great black plates as well as some bowls and mugs at a yard sale. My camera just does not do it justice. It is black with a textured black design on it. The mark says, “Serena Bass Pretty Bold Impressions.”
I topped the stack with my Salem fruit plates.
I put my taupe napkins in these P. Silkotch napkin rings. P. Silkotch is also a Mississippi potter. She never became as well known as Gail Pitman, but her things are very similar. These colors work well with my Gail Pittman Flame pattern.
I chose my Dollar Tree glasses.
I also used the San Remo flatware since I had black on the plate stack.
My mother-in-law also gave me this great black-on-black platter. I love it, but decided that I didn’t want it for the centerpiece.
I moved it to the side and placed my fall leaf votive holders on it. Cute, right?
For the centerpiece, I used my Gail Pittman candle holders. I need another color for the tapers, but these gold ones will do for now.
I place the Mason’s Vista pitcher on the Gail Pittman tray.
I added the Watt apple pitcher to the centerpiece.
I placed a little fall foliage in my Gail Pittman vase, and I was done.
I really like the finished look, and I was so glad to be able to use some of Jane’s things that I had purchased last week.
I also like the fact that this is clearly a fall table with brighter colors than I usually do. Hope everyone has a happy Halloween and stays warm and dry!