Skipping Halloween

I wasn’t going to decorate for Halloween.  
I REALLY wasn’t going to decorate for Halloween.
I was just going to skip it this year.
I started telling myself this back in July.
We had swim regions.  We had band competitions.  We were going to the October race in Charlotte.  We are never home.
Then October rolled around.  
I saw cute little things in the stores.
I discovered really neat things on Pinterest.
And then other bloggers began posting their fun Halloween decorations.
And then there was this ….
“But Momma!  You always make the holidays so fun!  Why are you ruining it this year?!”

So I did this in the kitchen….
Hot Drink bar … coffee, tea and assorted creamers and sugar

And this in the dining room….

My Halloween Tree decorated with Christopher Radko’s Shiny Bright ornaments.

Simple touches on the bar cart
And yet another little vignette for the living room.

And then I decided since they really are too old to trick or treat that they needed this …..
Not healthy I know….
And this…
And this nacho cheese dip isn’t better.
And topped it all off with this …..
I REALLY want to dive right into this!
You can make your own Witches Hat Cheeseball as well…..
2- 8 oz. packages of Philadelphia Cream cheese, depending on the size that you want (It just tastes better)
3/4 cup chopped pepperoni
1 cup shredded, sharp cheddar cheese
1 1/2 Tablespoons Liquid Smoke
Mrs. Dash Taco seasoning
Blue Tortilla Chips, crushed
Corn Tortilla Chips (1/4 cup crushed, the rest for dipping)
Combine the first five ingredients and shape into a cone for the top of the witches hat (or a pumpkin even … it’s very versatile) leaving enough of the mixture to create the round base as well.  Gently roll the top in blue tortilla chips, leaving the bottom uncovered so that you can dip it in the crushed corn chips that will make the band of the hat. 
Use the remaining corn chips for dipping in the cheeseball.
So much for skipping Halloween!
Here’s wishing you a very Happy Halloween filled with many delightful treats!

Happy Halloween!

A nurse, James Bond & a train engineer … they picked out their own costumes & dressed up this year.

 When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam,
May luck be yours on Halloween.
~ Author Unknown

1. Caramel apples drizzled with chocolate & walnuts served up with a side of sour green apple popcorn 2. cupcakes fixed up like little ghosts 3. cheese ball witches hat … rolled in crushed blue tortilla chips

Hope your day is filled with sweets and treats!


Easy DIY: Spider Wreath

Living in the country for the last four years we didn’t have but maybe three trick or treaters the entire time we were there.  Now that we are living in a large subdivision, I am expecting a flock of cute little costumed guys & gals at our front door this year.  I am VERY excited and it shows as I have done a little extra decorating this year.

In an attempt to add a little Halloween fluff to my autumnal decor on the front porch, I threw together this super easy wreath using things I had around the house from previous holidays.

I saw a “spooky” spider wreath in a magazine several years ago, tried to recreate it once only to have the weather make a mess of it all, so I thought I would give it a whirl again this year.

Using a grapevine wreath left over from July 4th, I added fake miniature pumpkins, spiders, ribbon (saved from a plant we received a while back) and a .99 bag of spider web to fix up this little guy.
I attached the pumpkins and spiders using hot glue, then cut off a bit of the fake spider webbing to stretch across the wreath to complete the effect.
That’s it, easy peasy; a simple wreath that perfectly fits the Halloween season.
And the best part of all, is there is no wrong way to make this wreath, which makes me happy!

If the sun returns to the south before I leave for the Blogger’s Conference this weekend, I’ll give you a little autumnal tour of our home.  It’s been a lovely autumn so far this year!

My Halloween Tabletop

While on the subject of tables this week, I thought it might be fun to set my own “spooky” table for supper one night.  
I went a little more formal than MacKenzie, but it made suppertime a lot of fun.

 For my table I used miniature pumpkins and gourds spray-painted silver for an elegant and dramatic flair.  Black spiders added an eerie touch to them and kept the theme from my vignette going.  I continued the spider theme  with a black spider web tablecloth that I found years ago at a craft fair and purple tea-light candle holders etched with spider webs.  The purple and black actually fit nicely with the silver pumpkins.  For our dinner napkins, I took plain white cloth napkins purchased at HomeGoods and dyed them with RIT gray.  It was quick and easy, and gave me just the color that I needed to match my theme.  The spider web bread plates also came from HomeGoods.  As for candles, check out Hobby Lobby’s selection.  I have never been disappointed in the variety of pillar candles that they carry throughout the seasons! 

I wish I had time to set the table this creatively every night!

I also took my decorating a little beyond the table for a lingering holiday vignette.

I just love the idea of silver pumpkins! These are faux pumpkins that I bought at Michael’s on clearance last season.  They painted up nicely.  Fake spiders add just the perfect Halloween touch.

We are planning a rather subdued Halloween this year as we will be away on our annual extended family camping trip this weekend.  And I don’t mean in a camper or cabin.  We will rough it with no electricity.  In a tent.  In the cold.  Sleeping in sleeping bags.  And cooking over a fire.  
I am not a camper, but hey, we all have to step out of our boxes from time to time to make sure the rest of the family is having fun.  It’ll be entertaining to say the least.
Happy Halloween Y’all!