Tuesday, October 20, 2009

a BeWitChiNg DiNneR ParTy

Last weekend, another siblings dinner. This time, it was all about spells and potions. I'd created a little Potion Recipe book a few weeks ago and happened onto these adorable glittery witches boots, which in my opinion were the cutest Halloween decoration I'd ever seen. From there, my every other thought for days was this tablescape...It was so fun to create!

I gathered lots of containers and filled them with everything from eyeballs ( foil-wrapped chocolate peanutbutter balls) to the bubbling witches brew (purple colored water with dry ice bubbling). Lots of candles and a few spiders here and there... Voila! My favorite tablescape yet!

Here's a close-up of the book. I picked up an old textbook at the thrift shop, painted it orange with craft paint, stamped the title on the front cover and spine of the book, sprayed it with glitter spray paint and tied an old black ribbon on for fun. Love it!

Aren't these boots fabulous!? The neon green and deep purple velvet flowers are amazing. We did remove the boots from the table during dinner so that we could visit. I replaced the boots with a large "concoction" vessel during the meal.

This siblings dinner menu was kept sweet and simple:

Soy and Sesame Cream Cheese Dip on Sliced Asian Pears
Fresh Jalapeno Poppers
Homemade Sweet Pickles and Cheese
Baked Potato Soup
Chicken Fajita Soup
Homemade Whole Wheat Bread
Apple Cobbler Ala mode

These tiny ghost bags were our party favors, filled with Fall Hershey's Kisses, Caramels and Tootsie Rolls. Did you know that Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped candy ever sold in America? That's one of the Halloween Trivial facts that shared at dinners.

Our Spooky Tabletalk questions:

What keeps your awakes in the middle of the night?
What would people be "surprised" to know about you?
What is the best prank you’ve ever pulled?
What’s the best prank anyone ever pulled on you?
What’s the most “real” frightened you’ve ever been?
What’s the most “fun” frightened you’ve ever been?
Since Halloween costumes frequently require make-up, what’s your best beauty tip?
Share a specific memory of Trick or Treating?
What creepy thing scares you the most…mice, spiders, bats or something us? Share an experience of one of these.
What was your favorite Halloween costume ever?
What’s your favorite fall food? How do you prepare it?
Were you a candy hoarder or do you eat it all up on Halloween night?
How old you do you think is too old for Trick or Treating?
Speaking of ghosts, is there an ancestor that you’ve never met but feel a connection to?
What scents remind you of fall?
Do you have any phobias?
Speaking of potions, what’s your favorite home remedy?
On your worst day, are you more of a witch, a vampire, a ghost?
If you could have a bottomless bucket of Halloween Treats, what are three things you’d have in it?
What’s your favorite “scary” movie?
Pick a costume and tell us why:
Male: Michael Jackson in Thriller OR Indiana Jones OR a Mad Scientist OR Barney
Female: Scarlett O’Hara OR Dolly Parton OR Amelia Earhart or A Witch
If you could “wiggle your nose” and have an instant “material” wish, what would it be?
What’s your favorite thing about Halloween? Your least?
If you could cast a spell to change one thing about you, what would it be?

Last year for Christmas, my married daughters bought me a couple of sets of Corelle Plain White dishes because they are so versatile and durable! Love them! The girls and the dishes!

The more candles, the better the effect! One of my favorite homemaking tips...
Candles are to be burned, not dusted!

These adorable little fingertowels from Dollar Tree made the cutest napkins ever!

I'll post a few of our weekend recipes in a separate entry but I hope you enjoyed this fun and bewitching tablescape! Thanks Susan, for hosting another fabulous Tablescape Thursday!


Anonymous said...

can you change the font color. The gray on black makes it hard to read.


MaryRuth said...

Your party is amazing!!! I'm going to borrow some of the ideas for a witches lunch I'm hosting next week. you've got great taste!!!

niartist said...

Beautiful!! I love love love your pictures. The candlelight just makes everything so positively spooky! Perfect for halloween! GREAT JOB!!! Hope you can stop by and see my Dining Room turned Library. I was gonna just try it for the picture - but I think I might have a library for good now! LOL! Take care!

Maddycakes said...

Love the tablescape...the candlelight makes it very Halloweeny! LOL
Maddycakes Muse

Janie's World said...

Great spooky tablescape. I love all the textures and the GLITTER!!! Your book is really cute, it turned out fantastic. Fun Halloween details. Great job!

Rettabug said...

I LOVE all your bling!! It turned out wonderful & I bet your sibs were GREEN with envy.
The boots as a centerpiece are priceless. :D

Joyce said...

I agree that the candles should be burned and not dusted:) I love the party questions to add to the whole dinner party. Thanks for sharing.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love the boots and the book! Great idea! I may have to consider something like that for next year {cause I'm done for this year}.

Beansieleigh said...

LOVE this table!!! Just passing by, but wanted to say how much I love EVERYTHING here today! LOVE the book! LOVE the boots!!.. I even love the questions/tabletalk!! Sounds like a meme to me, and I'm wondering if you would mind I post these on my own blog to answer and pass around perhaps??.. and if I do, I'll point people right back here!!.. It's great to see your holiday spirit!! Happy Tablescape Thursday to you!

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

Love the spooky scary table, love all the questions, very fun to read it all..

Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

It may be haunted, but it sure is pretty in the candlelight!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

This is fabulous. I love the centerpiece and the idea with the book is certainly a "keeper" for me. The table just looks perfect, spooky and elegant. Love this one.


Maureen said...

Great party table. I love the spell book.

Denise said...

What a great table setting, I love the boots, and the book you made is adorable.

Mimi said...

I ♥♥♥ your Halloween table...it is one of the season's best. The boots are so cool as is everything. I am just sorry I'm not one of your siblings so I could actually sit at that table!

Whidbey Visitor said...

Very clever. You have a great style and I loved the book of potions you created!

Lori (All That Splatters) said...

"Candles are to be burned, not dusted!"

Amen! I love the glow they give to your pretty table!

tardevil said...

Love your decor! Those boots rock. Wish I could have come to your party! ;O) It looks delicious!

sherri@lavenderfields said...

What a fun table. You did an amazing job! Your menu sounds delicious too! Have a great week...Sherri : )

Liz said...

Very pretty in a spooky sort of way! LOL :) The pic are awesome!


Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Very spooky! Your lighting makes this all a really perfect Halloween tablescape.

berrygirl said...

Fantastic Table!!! A+!! I can't wait till the sales for Halloween start! This looks like such fun!

Lisa said...

My Aunt Marilyn Williams told me to check out your blog, I love it!! I love Halloween too. I just started a blog. My Aunt has inspired me to do one.
Have a great day.


tardevil said...

Re-visiting your table, since I have it bookmarked for inspiration, and saw that Spells & Potion book. Don't know how I missed it the first time! Love it!