Our wine club met here Saturday night and we had a frightfully good time! Since everyone brings an appetizer, it was not a very labor intensive event. As an example, the flowers here are very simply mounded into Oasis. With a black tablecloth, I needed some contrast, so I used an antique doily under this felt trick-or-treat bucket from Target.
Then these brilliant orange roses co-operated perfectly and were fully open just in time.
Here's the table before any food. I hadn't even taken the chairs away yet.
Love these napkins from Target!
This greeted the guests on the outside of the door. This iron grill has a little "speak-easy" type door behind it. When the doorbell rang, we cranked up the fog machine for a good puff of fog, slowly opened the little door, and stuck a mechanical skeleton hand out. It was fun to hear the giggles on the other side. Call me immature, but these things never get old!!!
These glittery pumpkins that I used as a fall centerpiece earlier in the week for my bridge luncheon (post to follow) were moved to the sideboard and I added black glittery pumpkins and a skull with orange votives. I placed them on that gauzy "creepy cloth" from the Dollar Store.
The other chest in the dining room had a few lovelies on it. See that hand? It's battery operated and that's what I stuck out the little door in the entry door.
In the living room, the coffee table got a few fun items. The other candelabra and a black urn with the rest of the white mums gave it some height.
And this plate held some glittery bones and skull.
My little French shepherd girl moved over to this side table.
On the kitchen counter, I put this wire witch stuffed with moss. See her broom? I added a black cat and a small pumpkin in the straw.
The wine glasses are lined up in the bar.
And for later, the coffee cups.....
and the set up for coffee are ready.
Here's the dessert table. I put my salted carmel cupcakes in this white wire basket and served a terrific pumpkin praline cheesecake with them.
She's ready to count the calories for us.
I always make sure the powder rooms are ready for a party.
Just a few touches make guests feel welcome.
This is the one room in our house where these colors work well!
I still love this glass log and the way it can be used so many different ways.
Each couple got a little booklet with information about each of the six tastings. I chose all wines with a Halloween theme. It took a long time, and reds were easy with lots to choose from, but the whites made me work! I chose "Twisted" Pinot Grigio , "Ghost Pines" Chardonnay, "Black Cat" Reisling, "Vampire" Pinot Noir, "Cult" Cabernet, and "Poizin" zinfandel. All but one were a hit. Not too bad!!!
I planned on taking more photos after dark, but as soon as the candles were lit and I was ready to shoot, the doorbell rang, and our first couple was there. They were 15 minutes early. Whooooo does that?????