Do You Know What Your Thanksgiving Tabletop and Decorating Plan Is?  

It’s the 1st of November.  Do you know what your Thanksgiving tabletop and decorating plan is?  Inspiration is everywhere, and we thrive on it  here at Places In The Home.  Let me share with you a few of the Thanksgiving tabletop and decorating suggestions and finds in seasonal color, texture and pattern to set the holiday tone and the Thanksgiving table with the look of the season.

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Birds of gorgeous feather colors flock together among 6′ baby tear and frosted eucalyptus garlands from Hobby Lobby.  Duck hunting in the Sportsman’s Paradise goes with the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and this new to me find sets the scene- one very well known to the men of the Places In The Home family.

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Fall clearance sales are underway much to the delight of the tablescape maven.  May I also suggest checking out dollar, craft, hobby, and fabric  stores for candles, candle holders, decor, chargers, etc…  Dollar stores are inexpensive to begin with, so there’s that.  The upside to Christmas and holiday items being stocked and displayed on a store shelf near you earlier and earlier each year is the deep discounts on fall and harvest themed items shoppers see sooner and sooner in the season.  The cream craft pumpkin from Lowe’s is 50% off, and the Ashland Finial Vase from Michael’s is on clearance.  Both are calling my name.

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Frosted Eucalyptus Garland  ||  Cracked-Look Candle Holders  ||  Cream Craft Pumpkin  ||  Grace Dinner Plate  ||  Antique Crown-Embossed Compote  ||  Autumn by Lenox  ||  Vintage Soup Tureen  ||  Ironstone Pitcher  ||  Transferware Vegetable Dish  ||  Copper Bowl  ||  Ashland Finials  ||  Quail Figurine

Thanksgiving Tabletop and Decorating

After creating the gallery I remembered Dollar Tree stocks a white stoneware dinner plate with gold rim.  You can’t go wrong with a set of  white dinner plates with gold or platinum rims.  A simple yet elegant white dinner plate makes a strong argument for the perfect foundation plate, and complements almost every china pattern known to man.

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My style preference leans traditional.  Classic tableware and vintage linens set most of my holiday tablescapes and Thanksgiving tabletop, but I do like to gift the eye a decorative surprise.

Marry a traditional china pattern to a modern and/or contemporary pattern.

Intermingle pops of bold color with the customary fall palette.

Mix seasonal buds and branches with roses and taxidermy.

I am always impressed and amazed when decor accents and accessories that normally would not be paired together come together in perfected contrast to create remarkable beauty.

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PomPom Design Dinner Napkins – set of 4  ||  White Burnout Snowflake Dinner Napkins-set of 4  ||  Godinger Dublin Goblets  || Cromwell Highball Glasses  ||  Antique Crown-Embossed Compote

Halette+Pedestal+Cups+Cake+StandDessert compotes remind me of my grandmother- a woman who mastered the art of the holiday table with signature style and grace.

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One of the best pieces of Thanksgiving tabletop and decorating advice I can offer is this:  I embrace the words do small things with great love.  Incorporate pieces, finds and treasures you love into your Thanksgiving tabletop and decorating.  Personal mementos and collections tell a compelling all things house that make a home story.

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In Full-On Thanksgiving Home for the Holidays Mode

Places In The Home is in full-on Thanksgiving Home for the Holidays mode.  Pre-planning broadens the window of time between Halloween and turkey day, and although I’ve pre-planned the stuffing out of my Thanksgiving decorating, time is tight.  Here is the extent of my Halloween decorating.  Happy Halloween!

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All things in full-on Thanksgiving Home for the Holidays mode slides right into the home for the holidays motif.  A play on words World Series style.

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I love planning the Thanksgiving tablescape, sideboard decor, scrumptious sides and delicious holiday desserts.  Searching for lovely tabletop finds that capture the essence of the holiday rivals that of decor and menu planning, designing and developing.

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I’m seriously considering setting a place at our Thanksgiving table for the guys and gals of USPS, UPS and FedEx that serve our neighborhood route.  We see them more than some of the family members who will be breaking holiday bread with us, and they come bearing parcels and packages.

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The Places In The Home Thanksgiving table is being set with a trio of china patterns.  Starring as the simple yet elegant dinner plate set is the Grace pattern from Pier 1.  Autumn by Lenox makes a first time appearance to the Places In the Home Thanksgiving table compliments of my brother.  The ex-wife left, the Lenox did not.  Holiday desserts will be served on vintage ironstone dessert plates of unknown pattern.

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Today’s Home for the Holidays inspiration gallery features Thanksgiving dishes of traditional and new-traditional pattern and color combinations for your holiday tablescape consideration.

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Gien Solange  ||  Threshold  ||  Ralph Lauren Carolyn  ||  Vanessa  ||  Plymouth Woodland  ||  Scarlett  ||  Tanssi  ||   Plymouth Turkey  ||  Southern Living Harvest  ||  Lenox Brian Gluckstein Collection   ||  Friendly Village  ||  Arte Italica Finezza  ||

As far as I’m concerned, the holidays have arrived.  Places In The Home is in full-on holiday mode, and with that the holiday show and tell begins.

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Rah! Rah! Rah! Times In Roaring Good Taste Tailgating Ideas and Recipes

The return of high school, college and NFL football signals it time for Rah! Rah! Rah! Times in Roaring Good Taste tailgating ideas and recipes.  The football nation is gearing up for another season of supporting the home team under Friday night lights, at stadiums filled to crowd capacity with all on eyes on the scoreboard Saturdays and NFL Sundays.

Cajun-Navy-Louisiana-StrongIt is difficult to comprehend the devastation left by Hurricane Harvey.   How the citizens in the affected counties and parishes of Texas and Louisiana will ever recover, rebound, and rebuild is almost incomprehensible.  There is nothing pretty about the cruel ugliness of destruction, and the road to recovery will be long and trying.  Looking ahead to what will become the new normal and knowing first hand the resolve and the resilience of Texans and Louisianians, I can tell you what appears to be impossible to many will be proven to be possible by many.

Phillippians-4-13-verseSupport reaches across state lines, keyboards, texts, social media accounts and goal posts.  The football nation is “gearing up” to support the citizens of the great state of Texas devastatingly affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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Twelve years ago, the #CajunNavy rescued thousands stranded after Hurricane Katrina. One year ago, our South Louisiana community was underwater and the Cajun Navy came to our rescue.  Now, they’ve arrived in Houston and are currently performing search and rescue.  To honor them and their brave efforts in Texas, ALL proceeds from our Cajun Navy tees will go to the Houston Food Bank.

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Gathering with several thousand of your closest football fan friends for Rah! Rah! Rah! good times in roaring good taste to roast, toast, grill and gab before the game has become an event almost as exciting as the game itself.




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Strike up The Golden Band from Tigerland for a Louisiana Tribute Saturday night.

LSU Golden Band From Tiger Land We’ve got the eye of the Tiger and the need for some pregame tailgating.

Tailgating is a right of passage for students, alumni and scores of devoted fans.  Planning these ultimate pregame meet, greet and eat get togethers is part of the game day experience- a social event that counts as a prime style occasion for decoristas to seize the design and decorating opportunity to show’em what’cha got.  Tailgaters are known for bringing their A-game to the game day tailgating tablescape.

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The Grove at Ole Miss – Au Courant Floral Creation

Nothing says football like fall.  Build on the for the fall of it all theme by decorating with fall festive pine cones, pumpkins, vines, branches, gourds and flowers.

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Burlap continues to be an on-trend tailgating tablescape foundation favorite.  This almost indestructible makes great table runners, skirting and tablecloths.

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Seasonal flowers, natural or spray painted branches, magnolia leaves or seasonal stems paired with vintage or in the style of vintage trophy or champagne bucket vases make impressive centerpiece presentations.

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Bargain bins, dollar and thrift stores and end of season clearance sales can be tailgating tabletop treasure troves.  Give the attic or storage closet a once over for football themed oldies but goodies to put to decorating use.

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Now let’s look at a few Rah! Rah! Rah! Times In Roaring Good Taste Tailgating Ideas and Recipes.

Show your football in the fall spirit with this in the spirit of fall spirit. Delish shows us this easy recipe and serving presentation idea for Apple Pie Vodka.  Rah! Rah! Rah! Times in Roaring Good Taste cheers to you!

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Barbuzzo Mason Jar Shot Glasses, 4-Pack

Farmhouse style comes to Rah! Rah! Rah! times in roaring good taste tailgating cocktail time.

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Another spirited serving suggestion is the Royal Tiger Thermoform Cup from Alexa Pulitzer.

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This recipe for Cowboy Caviar from Culinary Hill is tailgating tasty and tailgating friendly.

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Fellow tailgaters invited to join in the pregame ritual of gathering together over food and drink love to bring something to the tailgating table.

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When our Baton Rouge tailgating friends ask what can they bring my stock answer is fried chicken.  Pick up a basket, box or bucket of this tailgating food favorite and bring the delicious and the easy to the table.

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Did someone say chopped bacon?

Fresh garden tomato?

Diced red onion?

Chopped bell pepper and garlic?

Just add garden rotini cooked according to package and your favorite brand of ranch salad dressing.  Toss, chill and serve.

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I love the recipe for Pecan Pie Cupcakes with Pecan Pie Ermine Buttercream by The Tough Cookie look- perfect for a taste of fall.  For the recipe click on the link The Tough Cookie.

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Dessert and coffee go together like football and tailgating.

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Make mine a cup of LSU Blend Special Dark Roast from Community Coffee- a Louisiana tailgating tradition.

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I hope these Rah! Rah! Rah! Times In Roaring Good Taste Tailgating Ideas and Recipes make a touchdown with your tailgating good times.

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Is That A Tiger On Your Tablescape? Tailgating Tablescapes Ideas

The football season rumblings are as loud as a Saturday at Tiger Stadium aka Death Valley.  Talk of menus, recipes, decorations and tailgating tablescapes ideas gives the tailgating nation something to talk about as well.  Southern Louisianians currently find themselves in a state of flooding uproar, displaced but not defeated.  Some LSU and New Orleans Saints football fans will be tailgating around tailgating tablescapes in post flood neighborhoods for a while, but the good times will roll throughout the parishes and neighborhoods nonetheless.  A strong spirit and an even stronger will is hard to beat on and off the football field.

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If you play your cards right, the entire pregame and post-game tailgating experience can be an entertaining success from parking to parting.  I have it on good authority that the LSU fans traveling to Wisconsin to see the Tigers face the University of Wisconsin Badgers at Lambeau Field are pre-sell prepared, booking up most of the parking lots and spaces available for Saturday’s game.  Prepared is the first line of defense for successful tailgating.

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Tailgating has come along way from the hibachi and red Solo cup days, not that there’s anything wrong with that.  Tailgaters decked out in insert team colors here attire believe in getting the party started early.  The old adage football is a religion in the South has a lot of truth to it.  The shall we gather at the stadium loyal gather together to get the pregame ritual kicked off the way we like- all fired up.  There’s a lot of smoke and a lot of fire on these grills and smokers.

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LSU-mens-clothesPurple and Geaux Tigers gold!

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Throw me something, Mister!

To every sport there is a season, and to every tailgating tablescape there is a reason.  Real estate is all about location, location, location.  Tailgating tablescapes is all about display, display, display.  I like to start with a theme and build from there.  Decorating your surroundings and tablescapes with team colors and seasonal accents seems to always visually please the crowd.

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A casual yet elegant tablescape adds a touch of class to the overall party atmosphere.

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I love arrangements with a nod to the fabulous football fall season.   A lot of color and a little spice make a fabulous football tailgating combination. Get the tailgating tablescapes flower hook up with faux, fresh store-bought or from the home and garden section of your or your neighbor’s yard.  Crotons, dried hydrangeas, marigolds, branches, magnolia leaves and sunflowers pack well for transport as well as color impact.

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Pumpkin time is coming.  Painted, succulent topped, carved or fall on parade groupings in different sizes and colors, lanterns, serving bowl, soup tureen – the pumpkin is a decorative powerhouse.   I think nothing of packing up the wedding china and crystal (got to use it for something) for a head turning tablescape.  Sometimes you just gotta bring your tailgating tablescapes A game to the game day table.

Simple serves a purpose, a hungry crowd, and an easy cleanup detail.  I keep my eye of the tiger on these 5 gallon college buckets from Home Depot.  I like to pick up several of these tailgating gotta have it staples to use as a carry all, cool all and basic catchall.

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The first line of defense in pulling off a successful tailgating menu is to know your audience.  Are you playing to the beer & dogs crowd, or a cast of it doesn’t matter what we’re eating only what we’re drinking tailgating characters?

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LSU and Blue Dog- A Number One Tiger Fan

Menus can be a kick in the end zone extra point tailgating winner when the theme is hometown, home state or home team related.  Fried alligator (University of Florida), all dog, no bull grilled hot dogs (Georgia Bulldogs), pulled pork sliders with razorback remoulade (Arkansas Razorbacks) to name a few tailgating menu ideas.

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Tailgating tablescapes wow factor serveware suggestions include cake stands stacked for a tiered effect.  I use cake plates displays for cornbread, muffins, sweet breads and crackers.

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The Lodge cast iron bowl is a tailgating serving piece staple as much as the chili, soup, stew or hash brown casserole (gosh, that sounds good!) served in it.

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What started out as a fall inspired serving pieces idea board turned into a billboard for farmhouse chic pieces. The idea is to up your tailgating tablescape presentation game.  A lantern makes a great serving piece alternative.  Using plastic mason jars for serving the ever popular, ever easy salad, breads or desserts in a jar gives you the mason jar-farmhouse chic without the worry of breakage.  I really like the elm and faux slate melamine serving boards from the Webstaurant Store.  Melamine is break-resistant and the look of these boards complements a rustic, fall or farmhouse chic tablescape. You can’t go wrong with a chicken wire cloche. Copper beer tubs, farm animal plates and moss baskets all make stylish serving pieces.

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Tailgating recipes for barbecued anything, Creole seasoned popcorn and lemonade with a kick, cold or hot dips, salads, sandwiches, soups, stews or chili and tasty tailgating appropriate desserts always satisfy a hungry tailgating group.  Regional cuisine ranks high in taste and popularity with hungry fans, and the cook friendly one pot principal scores extra points for easy.

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Gumbo or deer chili served with homemade buttermilk cornbread with Cajun cracklings has Louisiana written all over it.  New to our tailgating 2016 menu is the French Onion Field Goal burger recipe from Mantitlement.  Oh. My. Goal!

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Fans are always looking for a way to celebrate their team(s).  Tailgating gives us a great excuse to get to the stadium early for pregame food, fun and fantastic times. Fire up the grills and pretty up the tailgating tablescapes- it’s football tailgating season!

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Lovely, Delicious and Holiday Spring Things

Busy holiday times rightfully take precedence over the keyboard this week. These lovely, delicious and holiday spring things on a Good Friday offer a glimpse into the Places In The Home Easter holiday celebration.

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Garlic Roasted Carrots.  Our Easter dinner table staple.

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Malted Coconut Cake from Country Living Magazine.

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Malted Coconut Cake for Easter from the Places In The Home test kitchen.

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Artificial cabbage head decorations will become place card holders.

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Seersucker napkins from Food52 make a seasonal debut into the spring tablescape rotation.

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A Shepherdess Watering Her Flock by Luigi Chialiva (1842-1914)  {{PD-US}}  is a favorite painting and a favorite subject.

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Gold-rimmed china, crystal and blooming wisteria for optimum serving, color and fragrance wow factor.  The entire dining room is filled with the sweet aroma of wisteria. The fragrance notes should settle to a light floral scent for Sunday’s Easter dinner setting.

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Dave the Builder and I hope you and yours enjoy this lovely, delicious and holiday spring things Easter weekend.

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Enchanting Halloween Party Decorating Suggestions

Whatcha doin’ there skulking in the daytime Halloween shadows, Mr. Hitchcock?  Could it be The Master of Suspense is bedazzled by one or more of these enchanting Halloween party decorating suggestions?

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It is amazing that something intended to be delightful can be so utterly frightful.  Creepy?  Perhaps, but I love this vintage ventriloquist’s silent clown puppet mounted print from Curious Portraits on Etsy to use with an easel for an elegantly creepy centerpiece.

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If sending in the clowns is way too creepy for your Halloween party decorating taste, perhaps the throwback mystique of vintage Halloween decorations is right up your alley.  Remember these?   I could not wait to comb the one or two (if you were lucky) aisles of Halloween merchandise at the local discount and five-and-dime stores looking for scary door decorations, lighted jack-o-lanterns and jointed cutouts. Halloween decorations have come along way in both design and detail since the Halloweens of the late 60s and 70s, but I still love to decorate with at least two or three vintage or vintage style ones.

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Target is spooking up the Halloween decor items in high Halloween style this year.  I also have it on great savings authority that the more you spend the more you save.  How enticing, my pretties.

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Expensive is not on my Halloween party guest list. With dollar store deals, DIY ingenuity, buy more save more promos and online clearance sales starting sooner and sooner in the season, your Halloween bogeyman boogie down get together can be an affordable affair.

Halloween-party-decor-ideasPsst!  Home Decorators Halloween Decor is 40% off With Free Shipping.

Fabric remnants in traditional or transitional Halloween colors and patterns make great party everythings from tablecloths to designer trick-or-treat bags. Thrift stores are an excellent place to haunt in search of fab-boo-lous fabrics and garments for party decorating and Halloween costumes.

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Glitter tulle and glitter pumpkins set a glimmering festive table.  For scatter decorations, fill clear glass candle holders from the Dollar Tree with decorative black sand. Drop in a battery operated votive, a couple of spray painted lotus pods in your favorite eerie color and drape cherry Twizzlers from the sides, and poof! Halloween decoration magic.  The Twizzlers add just the right amount of deliciously devilish impact.

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A wide variety of free printables in all levels of Halloween spook, scare and spirit for treats, potions, hang tags, invitations and tabletop decor are available on Pinterest. These hang tags from Ephemera’s Vintage Garden are great.  I selected these hang tags to use as menu cards for two reasons- they are a little bit scary, a little bit vintage and a whole lot of fun, and I like the idea of saying hang tag at a Halloween party.

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Playing cards as place cards- deal me in!

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I hope one or more of these Halloween party decorating suggestions offers inspiration for tricking out your Halloween monster mash bash spooktacular.

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Halloween Not So Haunted House Favorites: Halloween Decorating Ideas

Friday night lights will apply to more than high school Friday night football games this Halloween. The flicker and glow from jack-o-lanterns, skull sconces and every tricked out decoration in-between will illuminate the evening and catch the eye of the costumed faithful.

skull-sconceSkull Wall Sconce from Moonshine Lamp on Etsy

Halloween is exciting enough, but when it lands on a fab-Boo-lous Friday night the celebration soars to flying monkeys all hopped up on sugar heights.

flying-monkey“Fly, Fly, Fly.”  Winged Monkey Costume

Halloween decorating has taken on a life all its own in recent years. Decoristas leave no moss covered stone unturned, no craft store unshopped, no Halloween Pinterest board unseen in their search and shop for the ultimate get your Halloween decor on ideas.  I’m a traditional old soul at heart when it comes to my Halloween decorations.  We keep the scarefest very G-rated as not to spook or scare the little ones.  The most frightening thing at our house is the amount of calories in the bowls and bowls of candy, but who’s counting? Black and orange rule the color palette, Monster Mash is the first tune on the Halloween playlist, and I’ve been known to break out an old pair of men’s cowboy boots, jeans, flannel shirt and stacks of yesterday’s news (0ld newspapers) creating a wicked good cowboy to help me pass out candy. Speaking of haunting hits, here’s a few of the Places In The Home Halloween house favorites.

If your ideas of Halloween pumpkin decorating finds you in the no carve pumpkin zone, fret or fright not.

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Invent your very own throwback Halloween hashtag #TBH and channel decoupage days of basket purses and vintage milk cans past. Spray painted leaves, printables, old photos – get creative and test your mad Mod Podge skills. Glitter stickers, acrylic paint and a decorative furniture or curtain finial lend a designer touch and signature style to your Halloween decorations.

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Stylish decorations don’t have to expensive to be impressive. Create fab-BOO-lous Halloween centerpiece magic with a couple of dollar store feather boas, a witches hat, and a rhinestone pin.  You can get more bang for your harvest and Thanksgiving decorating buck by not carving the pumpkin and simply surrounding it with wow factor embellishments. Mingle twinkle lights in and around the feather boas for mood lighting.  Wrap average party paper cups in high Halloween style with ribbon in your favorite designer pattern and color.

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I like using fabric for foundation tablecloths and table skirting. Velvet and lace are hot trends at that moment and add an elegant, creepy edge to the festivities.  I stock up on pillar candles and dollar store glass containers and cylinder vases for my Halloween tablescapes.  Glitter, black beans, candy corn or food-color dyed water make great filler choices. This can I give you a hand serving bowl from Target would make a fun centerpiece anchor. Another dollar store run for Spanish moss, red apples and glow-in-the-dark insects and you’re set.

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Paper lunch bags come in handy for Halloween treat bags and light the way luminaires.  For treat bags, I like to glue Halloween themed printables to the front of the bags.  Next, I fill each bag with a generous layer of shredded newspaper, and finish with favors and treats wrapped in glitter tulle.  I cut the tulle so the ends will flow from the tops of the bags.  Using a hole punch, punch a hole through the center of each bag (about 1” down from opening), thread the raffia through and tie together to seal.

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Battery-operated LED votive candles produce the perfect flameless lighting for pathway luminaries. Safety first, and this option is a safe alternative to fire burning candles.

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I hope one or more of these Halloween decorating ideas offers inspiration for your Halloween haunted or not so haunted house soiree.

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From Coast to Coast: Seafood Cuisine of Summer

From sea to shining sea, crustaceans and seasonal fish are the seafood cuisine of summer and the palatable pride of both the East and West coasts.  Lobster, crab, gulf shrimp, clams, sea scallops, mussels cod, haddock are in East coast season.

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New England Clambake

Is anyone else thinking about the song, “Clambake” from the Elvis Presley movie of the same name?

Clambake, gonna have a clambake!

Good tunes frame a good time.

Seafood Cuisine of Summer

In keeping with the keep it summer simple rule of summer entertaining, I like the versatility a casual with an elegant twist style brings to the table or beach blanket.  Keep the look simple and keep the guests guessing what decorating and entertaining surprise you’ll pull out of your beach bag of tricks.  Building on a theme takes a lot of the guesswork out of decorating and tablescaping.  The summer season comes ready to go with a ski boat load of ideas for themed parties and get-togethers with a catch of the day menu .  A cool beverage and a hot night can be all the theme you need, but if you’re looking for other theme ideas here’s a list of suggestions:

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Seafood Bake-n-Boil

Nautical and Nice

Tropical Tails

Shrimp on the Barbie Under the Stars

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Portuguese Palissy Majolica Wall Plate Lobster ~ Nicole Maleine Antiques, Inc

Crustacean Bib design by Sir/Madam

Crustacean Bib design by Sir/Madam

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Ever wonder why lemon is the seafood plate accessory of choice?  Lemon wakes up the natural flavors in seafood and fish.  The bright bite of fresh meets citrus sweet and flavor balance is born.  Lemon wraps make a pretty plate presentation and keep the lemons seeds contained.

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King crab, salmon, halibut, Pacific bay shrimp, sea scallops, swordfish, flounder, clams, oysters, calamari squid – Pacific perfection!

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Seasoned to taste and region.

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Zatarains shrimp crab boil

Put a southern spin on the seafood spread with a pan of buttermilk cornbread.

From coast to coast and sea to shining sea, seafood lovers know the world is their oyster.

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