A Creepy Chic Halloween Tablescape

October 30, 2021

Halloween time is here!

Dem Bones Are Being Served Up In Style!

Halloween is such a festive time for kids and adults alike. Whether you decide to keep it just fun or add some scary thrillers, there are some fun, ghoulish ideas sure to please your friends.

Today, I wanted to throw your way a little spooky and fun table decor ideas if you plan on hosting a Halloween party.

Let’s get started!

When it comes to the Halloween party tablescape, you have to think of a couple different areas on the table: the centerpiece and the personal set up. The centerpiece should be a cluster of spooky items such as a skull and bones served up on a silver platter.

Try and think elegant with an eerie presence.

Layer It On!

Start with the table centerpiece.

Maybe a dark table runner of most anything. Let your imagination be your guide.

Maybe a platter of bones.

Creep it real my friends!

Add Another Layer

A very easy way to go from cute to creepy is just to use candles. 

Remember that ambiance I have talked about?

Glowing candles can be the candlelight for the romance formula or add that spooky, haunted chilling factor. You decide!

Keeping the lighting moody with candles and strings of lights.

When setting the table, try to stick to black, gold, or even silver plates. Feel free to do them all one color or alternate colors of black and silver or black and gold. Use vintage glasses and silverware. I used silverware with a worn patina. This will add in that chillingly creepy look. If you can stick with hauntingly beautiful decor pieces, it will create a creepy chic effect.

Can You Tell My Theme?

No bones about it!

Black dinner plates, small skeleton plates for appetizers, gold rimmed goblets for glam,

and vintage silver. Creepy chic table decor.

I brought out some vintage silver and mercury glass votives to hold more twinkling candles.

I added the black ravens for more of that touch of spooky.

A simple spooky and a little bit elegant Halloween table.

Don’t forget to add some other Halloween charm to your table, like a hairy spider and a black velvet pumpkin.

This is my simple, creepy chic Halloween table.

Happy Haunting!

DIY Autumn Leaf Luminaries

October 27, 2021

Autumn Luminaries

The Autumn season is the gateway to those long chilly winter months where the days are shorter, and we head to the house to get cozy. Around my house that means candlelight and warm fires in the wood stove.

So these DIY Autumn leaf luminaries just seemed the things to make. They are the perfect project for this time of year and they look elegant!

These Autumn luminaries would be a fun project to do with your littles.

How To Make A Luminary

What you will need:

-Leaves (varying colors)

-Wax paper

-Iron

-Thin towel/rag – (flour sack type)

-Tape or hot glue gun

Step 1:

You will want to gather leaves that are somewhat freshly fallen- not crispy. (Find varying colors.)

I folded my sheet of wax paper in half. I made half size luminaries. Approximately 6 inches tall.

Step 2:

First, lay out the size of wax paper that you want your luminary to be. Using the glossy side (waxy) side, lay your leaves out.

You can lay the leaves in whatever design you choose, but I just laid them out randomly.

Step 3:

Then place another layer of wax paper with glossy side toward the leaves or fold the wax paper over.

Step 4:

Iron the wax paper sheets together. (Place the towel/rag on top of the wax paper.) It is better to use a thin rag in between your iron and the wax paper so you don’t get any wax on the iron.

Step 5:

Roll in a tube shape and secure with tape or hot glue. I used hot glue by over-lapping the edges and glued.

Place over a candle (battery operated is safest as wax paper can/will burn)

They really are so beautiful and elegant for Fall decorating!

I hope you enjoyed my simple DIY and have inspired you in some small way.

Happy Fall!

I Made An Apple Cider Bar

October 21, 2021

This was a quick and easy set up!

I wanted something fun and fall-ish, and an apple cider bar sounded like a pretty good idea – complete with donuts. Let me tell you, this concept is unbelievably quick and easy, but is a huge hit while entertaining.  They’re fun to put together and a great way to celebrate the season. My apple cider bar went together in just a few minutes and is displayed in my kitchen on my large island.

There are many apple cider bar ideas out on Pinterest. Some of my inspiration came from Liz Marie Blog.

Just for the sake of this…I did not make the donuts.

If you are having guests over or just want to do something special for your family you can get pretty creative or just keep it simple.  

Apple cider is one of my favorite fall treats and is the perfect transition drink between summer and fall.

This is a cold cider bar.

This is apple juice.

Simple organic apple juice. I think this an easy “cheater” version using apple juice, which tastes just as good. 

I like things simple and quick, so this fit right in.

  1. Where to Begin
  2. 1. Beverage Container – Get a beverage container to serve the cider. Since this apple cider is cold I used a simple container purchased from Walmart.

2. Cider – Just mix together 1 bottle of apple juice (64 oz.), 5 cinnamon sticks, 2 tsp. cloves, and half of a lemon {sliced} in a pot and simmer for 30 minutes. (Recipe from: Clean & Scentsible) You can either serve it hot on those days that feel like fall or refrigerate it for those warmer days. I chose to serve it chilled.

3. The Apple Garnish – Slice the apples into thin circles for a pretty garnish. I liked how the apple looked cut into circles, in the cup, instead of slices but you can cut them however you would like. I used apple circles to garnishes in the apple cider as well.

4. On The Side – Additional garnishes were available: Apple slices, cinnamon sticks, pumpkin spice, whole cloves and ground cinnamon. Other garnish ideas you may consider for your cider bar could be sliced oranges, star anise, and maybe alcohol for a spiked cider(adults only)!

5. Sweets – Add desserts! All apple cider bars need treats! I picked up donuts, powdered sugar covered donut holes, and apple strudel bites. A pumpkin shaped jar of pretzels were added.

6. Fall Decor – A few decor items were added for additional eye appeal like the DIY apple cider sign, flowers – yellow mums, bowl of apples, and a vintage grain scoop filled with apples and candles.

I hope this inspires you to create & add an apple cider bar to your fall gatherings. This makes our friends and family feel special and visiting your home extra memorable!

Cheers!

Whimsical Halloween Decor

October 19, 2021

While I don’t decorate a ton for Halloween, I do enjoy styling a few vignettes here and there.

I like whimsical decor at times and that’s what brings me to style fun vignettes for the Halloween season. It’s always been a favorite of mine because it’s super fun!

Whimsical Halloween decor brings in paper bats on the mirror and wall, (the only kind I like!), black crows, a black cat, skulls, bony hands, and candles glowing throughout the house. Maybe a tad more of those ‘spooky’ Halloween touches that we might remember from when we were younger.

Spooky Foliage & Lots of Candles

Spooky frosty foliage that is a little on the enchanted side is perfect for any Halloween look.

The vine wreath is foraged from my yard. Naturally decayed. I have gathered plant vines, arranged them into a wreath. I’m always inspired by even the not so pretty greenery as it dries and makes it’s way for another season. As the leaves dried they gave way to an almost frosted color that I accented, for a ‘spooky,’ look with a little black spray paint.

I tied on a black ribbon for the rustic luxe.

Tape a few bats here and there- on a mirror, on the wall… to add another Halloween touch.

Add a Touch of Spooky

Think branches – maybe spray painted black, black crows, and little glowing candles. Don’t forget the candles- for a bit of fun!

I added the creepy…

I added creepy skulls, bony hands, and black crows.

Layer on the Halloween look…

Have some skeletal fun by adding “Mr. Bones” to a wreath for a door.

No bones about it…the skulls have it!

This guy is served and lit up at the dining table.

Add in the bony hands.

Add a framed and silhouetted copy of “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe.

Witchy Decor

My inspiration for this look was witches! A Witche’s hat, her broom, and those shoes with her favorite socks. Oh, I must not forget her black cat – “Kitty.”

Bring out the Halloween items to get all the spooky vibes.

Add a ghoulish saying to a chalkboard and tuck it into the vignette.

This frame is a dollar store item that I painted the glass with chalkboard paint to create the chalkboard.

Once again, layer different items that can add to the aged spooky factor, a beaker puffing smoke (a vase – a Ross find that was literally $1.00) with stuffing tucked inside, add some Spanish Moss around the bottom of your candles, and an old amber bottle covered with a sticker holding a black burned-down candle for a used look.

This is just to name a few added elements to give it more of that authentic spooky look.

I’ve had way too much fun styling this vignette for Halloween … I love the moody, dark, spooky Halloween vibes I get from this corner! 

Thanks for stopping. I hope I’ve inspired you in some Halloween fashion.

Happy Haunting!

It’s Heirloom Pumpkins and Dried Florals

October 13, 2021

Have you ever been so inspired by something that you wanted to recreate it in your own style?

This seems to happen to me A. Lot!

Well, while searching the land of blogs, one of my favorite bloggers, French Country Cottage, had “dressed” her dining space with those Cinderella – “chunky style” pumpkins. This is what inspired me as well as when your husband brings you home some sage green chunky pumpkins and says, “knowing you, you would love these.”

Yep, He was right!

Using those pumpkins…I had to create.

This was the easiest table scape ever!

Natural Touches for a Centerpiece

1. Where to Begin

I started with the those green pumpkins. The colors from pale to dark green were my jumping off point and what inspired me. I cleaned them and set them down the center of the table.

2. Something Metal

I added a shiny silver tray to the center of the table with the dark green pumpkin to add another layer, additional texture, & style to elevate it’s rich green color.

3. Dried Florals

This arrangement was from my yard & field. I looked to nature to help me find the color and textures that spoke to me – and then layered on the look (You might remember I created this look last year). Looking to nature – I went out to my flowers & clipped dried lambs ear, my field for dried golden grasses & rabbit brush stems, dried leaves and branches from my trees, a couple of faded white roses, and added in some dried eucalyptus stems . I foraged all of natures bounty, collected and arranged it in a simple glass gallon jar.

This is a natural, neutral autumn look- it is all about the multi-shades of greens, whites, golden tones, and lots of neutrals with texture.

4. Candles

For a warm glow and cozy, candles were added.

Dark and moody vibe

 Just by themselves, or anyway you style them, pumpkins make a bold and simple centerpiece for an Autumn harvest party.

5. Dishes

Vintage dinnerware ready to serve autumn guests in rustic elegant style.

Vintage white plates trimmed with a delicate floral motif in soft pale greens, pinks, and golds that add a feeling of elegant with a simple touch are stacked to serve. These were thrift store finds that I fell for with their simple, but elegant style.

I added crystal stemware for that extra sparkle.

All in rustic elegance!

This may be my favorite look.

I hope I have inspired you as I have been inspired to look at autumn decor, dried florals, & vintage in a different way.

Happy Wednesday All!

An Autumn Tablescape

October 9, 2021

I have a whole lot of autumn styling on the brain right now!

So, when I walked into this yard, I knew I wanted to style a fall tablescape here.

The lawn, surrounded with all those aspen trees layered in a slight touch of autumn, had the perfect little layering of fallen leaves.

Beneath The Branches –

October always brings it’s crisp air and signature colors. Part of a true harvest celebration.

I was sure I wanted to use those autumn tones. You know, the traditional oranges, rusts, deep reds, creams with just a pop of turquoise.

What a wonderful meal could be shared beneath these lovely branches surrounded by golden & green grasses.

A Collected Appeal

For a setting as free-spirited as this, somewhat easygoing, I wanted to create a look with a bit of variety. Starting with a couple of turquoise chairs at a sweet worn -chippy white table. Mismatched china, starting with a simple white and a floral motif that reflects the autumn accents across the tablescape and beyond.

A white pitcher filled with vibrant blooms stands out amid the autumn shades of this yard. Yellow sunflowers, dahlias, mums, and a pop of dark lavender catch the eye.

With my iPhone in hand I tried to capture the perfect angle.

On the table a burlap runner lays the foundation. Collected, vintage dishes, plaid napkins, thrifted copper banded glasses and goblets, and white tea cups all curated to please the eye. A table set with a relaxed appeal – an eclectic blend of fanciful touches.

Bring In Color With Candlesticks 

I added height with the tall taper candles in the brass candlesticks, and for added ambiance and additional pop of autumn color – orange/rust taper candles in vintage candle holders. A sure mixing of metals. A mix and match of colors, tones, and textures.

Since we started to have a bit of a breeze, of those Nevada Autumn winds, I did not light the candles.

Create interest and volume by layering different fall elements, like baby pumpkins, gourds, pears, or apples.

Add more texture to your space with cozy blankets & pillows to ensure cozy comfort.

A Table For Two

Spend a delightful fall day enjoying a spread that captures the laid-back bliss of this most pleasant season.

Just a gathering of mismatched china. Not every occasion has to feel ‘formal’ with matchy-matchy. Grab those dishes, set up your table in a casual way for warm seasonal charm.

Seek Inspiration Right Outside Your Door

With folks still staying at home and not traveling as much, we can still be creative in our own spaces of our home and yards.

I hope you find some inspiration in this autumn tablescape to create your own and gather.

Happy October!

The Easiest Apple Crisp

October 7, 2021

I found the easiest & best Fall dessert.

This might be a true – Fall classic dessert.

It’s an apple crisp.

This recipe, of fresh sliced & baked apples is topped with a buttery- cinnamon-oat-sugar topping that is sure to please!

Do you have a classic Fall dessert that you just LOVE?

The cooler temperatures have me going to the kitchen a bit more to make those comfort foods & maybe those easy classic desserts.

I searched the web and came up with this recipe from Belle of the Kitchen. She calls it The Best Apple Crisp Recipe.

And, I agree.

What apples did I use for this easy apple crisp?

You can use any apples that you like!  

I used what was in my refrigerator – that is, a variety. A couple of Golden Delicious and Granny Smith. Some of my Golden Delicious came directly from an orchard grower in Washington.

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE APPLE CRISP –

  1. 1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. 2. Grease a baking dish (9 x 13) with butter.
  3. 3. Peel and slice your apples into a large bowl. I used 4 medium to large apples. You will need about 5 – 6 cups of sliced apples.
  4. *Tip – I sliced my apples using an apple slicer to speed up the process and to remove the core easily. I then sliced the apples 1 – 2 more time each with my knife so that the widest part of the slice is roughly 1/4 inch wide. 
  5. 4.  Combine the sliced apples with 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
  6. 5. Mix the apples with the sugar mixture until the apples are well coated.
  1. 5. Pour your apple goodness into your prepare baking dish.

6. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Pour in the melted butter and stir until well coated and crumbly. I used a fork to combine the ingredients.

7. Sprinkle the crumb mixture evenly over the top of the apples.

8. Bake in the preheated oven for 45-60 minutes until the apples are tender, the crisp is bubbling, and the topping is golden brown. 

You can test for apple doneness by sticking a small knife in the center/piece of an apple. If there is no resistance the crisp is done!

Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream, serve & enjoy!

This is the perfect treat to have by the fire on a cozy fall evening.

Seriously delicious and sooo good.

The Easiest Apple Crisp

Recipe:

Ingredients

Filling –

  • 5 -6 cups fresh apples, sliced
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping –

  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a deep dish pie plate or large baking dish with butter or cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Combine the sliced apples with the sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract in a large bowl and mix until all of the apples are evenly coated. Pour into the prepared baking dish.
  3. In a separate medium size bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Pour in the melted butter and stir until well coated and crumbly. Sprinkle the crumb mixture evenly over the top of the apples.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 45-60 minutes until the apples are tender and the topping is golden brown. Allow to cool slightly before serving.
  5. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream on top. Enjoy!

Spooky – Caramel Apples

October 5, 2021

If you are new to me, I will let you know that I’m the girl that is all about Halloween.

A little spooky, a little creepy chic, and mostly a little elegant luxe Halloween.

So Let’s Creep It Real!

I’ve been wanting to create some caramel apples that had a little poisonous appeal.

So, today I’m sharing a post on my spooky caramel apples.

I think these caramel apples are well fit to feed and poison a princess. Hahaha!

While they are dipped in caramel and not boiled from a cauldron…

they do however, look a little bewitching.

Caramel Potion – Double double, toil & trouble…

This is so simple and easy. I customized this for speed and ease.

  1. 1. I opted to use the caramel sauce in the tub.

Fire burn and bubble…

2. Put the caramel dip in the sauce pan and melt on low-medium heat stirring constantly, adding 3 generous drops of green food coloring, & 1/2 cup of water until the caramel sauce is bubbly.

I wanted to give my caramel apples that poisonous appeal – hence the green food coloring.

Eye of Newt & Toe of Frog…

3. Skewer your apples & Dip

I used cleaned twigs cut from an apple tree for the skewers. I sharpened the ends a bit with a knife.

This made it a bit easier to push the twig into the apple.

Wool of Bat and Tongue of Dog…

Dip your skewered apple in the bubbling caramel and then roll in chopped walnuts – then place on parchment paper.

By pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.

4. Refrigerate

Refrigerate for about 10 -15 minutes to set the caramel and serve.

To keep this bewitching recipe simple I chose walnuts for my topping.

You can easily sweep together many other delicious candy toppings to add to your caramel apples.

These apples are perfectly imperfect!

Still tasty and delicious – covered in gooey layers of caramel and nuts.

The only toil and trouble was boiling the caramel, adding 1/2 cup water, and about 3 generous drops of green food coloring.

Happy October folks!