Quoth the Raven,…’Nevermore!!!!
I DO NOT like scary.
I am serious.
I usually try to make the “Halloween decor” more fun-like than scary, especially for the little ones… they don’t like scary either.
In fact, I prefer to use the terms Harvest Party or Autumn Festival or Fall Festival when referring to the October festivities.
It might seem a little early to some of you to be setting up this tablescape, since it is at least 33 days until the 31st of October when all the little ones dress up and go trick or treating.
I am trying to be pro-active here folks. 🙂
Having said that…my tablescape could probably fall into the category of maybe a little scary…that is, if you don’t like black birds, ravens or crows as we called them in the Midwest.
Even my salad plate designs are a bit comical, which is the way I like it.
The tablescape I have set up today reminded me of the poem by Edgar Allen Poe that we had to learn in High School, titled “The Raven”.
It was really not one of my favorites.
Of course, I don’t remember it to this day, but the “Quoth the Raven, ‘Nevermore.” quote is constantly bandied about by everyone, especially if they see a raven flying about in October.
As for my tablescape, you have seen a few of these items in my tablescape before. I will have a source list at the end of this post.
I started off with a white tablecloth….and added a black pointy hat that features a black rose and a few cobwebs and I placed it on a black cloth remnant that I had in my material drawer.
I added some black and white ribbon which circles the hat and I interwove among the white chargers, dinner plates and salad plates.
I used the treble clef flatware and the cutest stemmed glasses with a black cat featured on the side. Most people don’t like black cats but I had several black cats while growing up and in later years on my ranch in New Mexico. I like them and feel they are no different than any other color of cat.
You can see the black cat on the below pic and on the place setting with the haunted house salad plate. I also added a black water glass.
There are ravens scattered about the tablescape and a cauldron with spider webs and a black widow spider.
Now, I do not like spiders, especially black widow spiders, but that is a story for another time.
The black and silver candelabras are so old that I have to prop them up occasionally, but it really doesn’t matter if they sit crooked for this tablescape now does it? 🙂
I couldn’t decide between using white or black napkins….
……so I used both!
Now, I will show you just what I have put together mixed in with a few verses of the poem “The Raven”
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
”Tis some visitor,’ I muttered, ‘tapping at my chamber door-
Only this, and nothing more.’
Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and
In there stepped a stately raven of the saintly days of yore;
Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed
But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door-
Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door-
Perched, and sat, and nothing more.
Quoth the Raven, ‘Nevermore.’ The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
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