Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Creepy Halloween Dinner


Once more, as I've done every Halloween since the boys were little, I made Halloween Soup! It's just homemade chicken noodle soup, but the boys love it. My oldest son, John, actually squeezed in a quick trip from college over the weekend, just so he wouldn't miss out on the soup, and David's highest compliment is “Mom, good soup, it's almost perfect.” And, since it's not perfect, I have to keep making it until I get it right!

Now, how do I make the table fun without being ghoulish?  I don't care for the ghoulish Halloween, I prefer the cute Halloween.  Here's this year's result: The Spiders' Dinner Party!


My son, John, and I teamed up again to make these cupcakes. I baked and frosted, he made the cobwebs. Cute, huh?

The box of glittery spiders was bought on clearance at Pottery Barn . . .

I love how my everyday dishes transition effortlessly from Winter, to Spring, to Summer, to Fall . . . A tremendous advantage to someone who has a hard time committing to color!

I bought the two-tiered spidery server on clearance at TJ Maxx, same as the tablecloth . . . Sometimes it pays to procrastinate . . .

Fiona-the-witch is back again fluttering round our chandelier . . .

Orange candles from Walmart . . .


The “Photo of the Day” theme this week is: Little Things . . . I'm on theme for a change!


NATURAL HISTORY

The spider, dropping down from twig,
Unfolds a plan of her devising,
A thin premeditated rig
To use in rising.

And all that journey down through space,
In cool descent and loyal hearted,
She spins a ladder to the place
From where she started.


Thus I, gone forth as spiders do
In spider's web a truth discerning,
Attach one silken thread to you
For my returning.
—E.B White

It was so much fun to make these cupcakes!  Check out the bottom of the paper cups!




After my son, John, went back to college, I made another pot of soup to use up the rest of the soup ingredients, so David has had double helpings and can't wait to taunt his brother with the fact that I made soup again, and John didn't get any . . . ha, ha . . . Brothers!

I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday. Please click on the link below to be amazed and humbled by the creativity of these tablescapers! http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/2010/11/fall-dining-with-feathered-friends.html

19 comments:

Margaret said...

How fun to have that Halloween Soup tradition! I love your table decorations. Those cupcakes are so cute! What a fun way to celebrate Halloween. And that's great that your dishes are so versatile! Good thinking on your part when you chose them!

Alycia Nichols said...

You and John did a FANTABULOUS job with those cupcakes!!! What a good son you have! The spider motif is really great, and I like the flatware you selected. It really goes well with the table overall. Have a great week!

Dining Delight said...

What a great tradition! I like how you keep the Halloween decor simple (wish I could do that but I'm always getting sucked in!) the spider theme is perfect! Those cupcakes are the perfect centerpiece - edible! Looks like they turned out great! How fun to make them with your SON!

DD

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Cute table, your cake server is great, love the purple spider-enjoy:@)

Joanne said...

you always have such gorgeous table settings and centerpieces. I am so jealous! I love the spider theme!

Yolanda said...

I love love love your tablescapes. They are always amazing!

Reds said...

Love love love those cupcakes!! :) - And your table is beautiful! Love your cupcake server too!

Jason said...

WOW that looks like a lot of work. You put so much into that. That is really really cool!

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

So much spidery splendor on your table! Great job carrying out your theme! Love the cupcakes, the tablecloth, and the way you've incorporated your "everyday" things to create a fun, festive table. I know your boys were delighted!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Look at that cloth! WOW! And the spiders and the spider cupcakes! You just did a super job on this cute 'scape. Very, very festive and fun!

Happy Tablescape Thursday...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Maria@BubblegumandDuctTape said...

I LOVE it all. I like to cutesy Halloween too not the gory stuff. You table looks perfect for the occasion. Love the little cupcakes, they are too cute. Where on earth did you find the flatware? I've seen it at the County Fair on a Halloween table and loved them.

Hope you're having a great week.

Julie said...

Enjoyed my visit to your blog! Love your Halloween table. So creative ..and without having to buy a different setting of china. Love it!!

Julie
www.equusvilla.blogspot.com

Debbie said...

I like a cutesy Halloween too, and this is really cute! You pulled together the spider theme so well, even the tier on your cupcake thingy was spidery.

I love those cupcakes. They are the cherry on top for sure.

I'm such a big kid that I love themes. They make me smile.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

This is really cute! Even though I don't like spiders, I like this, very well done! Your son did a great job with the webs on top of the cupcakes!

Great tradition to have the soup each Halloween!

Katherine

Barbara said...

Oh, I just love this! It is so festive but not over the top. Those cupcakes look just wonderful!

Mimi said...

What a fun table, love the tablecloth!

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

Love your table - so fun! Thanks so much for the visit!

Barb said...

Spooky but fun. The soup sounds great!

Nicki said...

and cupcakes too. You are too good! Love it.