As I get older, I am finding I have different likes and dislikes.
I don’t know, maybe they were always there but I kept them hidden in the back recesses of my mind.
I say all of that to say this:
I DON’T LIKE SCAREY!!!!!!
Yep! I am the one who hasn’t seen all the different SCAREY movies….and with no intention of seeing them.
I must have gotten scared as a little kid or something.
Even my Halloween costumes were not SCAREY.
Back then, we made our own and didn’t have access to ready made Costumes or the money to buy them.
So I would trick or treat in a home made gypsy costume (made up of an oversize skirt and blouse and lots of bracelets, bangles and beads) or an old white sheet with a “Casper” Happy face drawn on with black marker and round cut-outs for my eyes OR I’d go as a hobo in a pair of jeans with holes in the knees (hmmmm, was I “trending” then?) and an old flannel shirt, smudges of charcoal on my face and carrying a stick on my shoulder with a red bandana “sack” tied to the end.
I know, how unoriginal …..and boring. But definitely NOT SCAREY!
Today, I want to share my 2021 Halloween table and it is not SCAREY….and most of the pieces that make up this tablescape were purchased quite a few years ago.
I started off with a tablecloth that looks sorta like a spider web.
It would be more definitive if I had used a white tablecloth underneath but I liked the wood tones of the table showing. (there is a matching mantle swag but I can’t find it, I’m trying to get more organized as my stash has gotten out of hand.)
The Wiccen Lace dinner plate is from 222 Fifth purchased a long time ago when we bloggers went wild and almost everyone bought these sets. LOL
The salad/dessert plate is Angela Staehling Sketchbook Series by Magenta. (I believe I got them at Home Goods many full moons ago).
I put cute little dippers with orange handles on top of the plates.
The Fall ceramic name tag holders are from Temptations.
There are 6 different shapes, red and green Leaves, Acorn, white and orange Pumpkins and Pinecone.
Next I added Orange handled flatware that was a Bed, Bath and Beyond find when they had sets of different colored handled flatware. I believe that was 17 years ago. I know I bought blue, green, white, purple, red and black then too! I remember because a friend and I were shopping during our lunch hour and when I picked up all those sets, she thought I was crazy. She said she had one set of flatware and she used them for every occasion. LOL
I made the plate stack simple as is the rest of the table.
No charger or placemat or extra plates.
No fuss no muss!
You will also notice I used fresh fruit in bowls around the table.
Fresh apples, Granny Smith, Honey Crisp and Red Delicious.
Fresh Bartlett Pears are at one end of the table.
The fruit are not only good decor items, they serve a dual purpose as good eats too!
The gold water glasses are from Pier 1.
One of the first meals I prepared for the Captain, I used these glasses and I remember telling him that they were from Pier 1 and they did not have them in stock anymore. And of course as he was helping me clear the table, he knocked one off the counter into the sink and it broke. My set of 8 became 7. LOL !
Isn’t it neat how we remember different incidents in our lives?
I used orange napkins and instead of putting the napkin in the Autumnal napkin ring, I sat the ring on top of the napkin.
I’ve included some evening pics to show the glow….Luv it!
The orange/rust candles are Luminara which are mostly what I use these days. I set them atop glass candle sticks.
I have the candles in many colors and I love to set the timers so they come on and go off at separate times of the day.
Most people think there is a real flame.
The wheat stock centerpiece is also from years gone by.
The pumpkin salt and pepper shakers I have used in several table settings. You can see them here and here.
The little “spiders” were a dollar store purchase.
I used one of my cheese boards for crackers and pumpkin spread from Trader Joes.
And that my friends is my Trick or Treat tablescape for 2021.
Please check out the other talented table stylists listed below.
Have a Blessed month of October and Fall Season!
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Pandora’s Box – Black, White and BOO
Kari, I don’t care for scary movies or costumes, either. I like to decorate with spooky rather than gory things. I’m crushing over your Wiccan Lace plates that both you and Debbee used on your tables. I’ve been looking for some plates with a Halloween motif. I had to chuckle when you told the story of your friend thinking you were crazy for buying 7 colors of flatware. We table stylists totally get it! I wish we had a Trader Joes nearby…the pumpkin spread looks divine! It’s so nice to be hopping with you again. Happy Halloween, my friend!
Oh my goodness Kari, I can totally relate! I have never seen a horror movie and we too used to make our own costumes from things “around the house”! Once I went as a dice made from a square box that my dad painted white with the black dots!! Such awesome memories though! I love your table, especially those beautiful plates. I think you have represented Halloween in a wonderfully whimsical way!
Karii, I am with you…..no true scary. A funny Halloween is so much more fun. A playful tablescape that brings smiles and not fear. We all need more reason to laugh and smile these days in every which way. The cheerful orange color and happy orange spiders, colorful sweet fruit and warm, welcoming ceramics. Inviting and playful and very much a Happy Halloween.
I’m not a big fan of scary either, especially the blood fests on some shows and movies. However, I am a big fan of this festive table you’ve shared with us, I kept going back to the Wiccan plates and the orange flatware. I have the cutlery in red and some lime green ones. Fruit vs candy is a good healthy alternative and works well with the theme. Resting the napkin ring on top of the napkin is a stylish choice. Happy Halloween and have an awesome fall season.
Rita C. says
Kari, for the most part, I am like you in avoiding the really ghoulish looks for Halloween (costumes of the past included). I must say your table truly delivers a festive and whimsical approach for me that I love. The tablecloth on wood works perfectly with your overall color scheme. I love those plates (both), and was one of the bloggers who did NOT buy them simply because so many seemed to. Not gonna lie, I wish I had them. 😉 The temptations place card holders are adorable for any fall table. Isn’t it funny how candlelight works for both romance and fright??!
Thank you for being part of this hop. I enjoy blogging alongside you and getting appreciating your sense of style!
Bonnie Morgan says
Kari, I love hearing about your childhood costumes and fun times for Halloween.
Your table has so much to talk about. The spider tablecloth does look nice with the table wood underneath. All the bowls of fruit add a nice element.
I think I’m the only person that doesn’t have flatware in many colors! The orange looks great on this tablescape.
Sandra @ Dinner at Eight says
Well done! Your Halloween table nestles quite nicely into the fall season.I like setting spooky tables but I forego watching scary movies — except Hitchcock classics! Happy Hauntings!
Ann at Corner of Plaid and Paisley says
Kari, I think I had some of the same not so scary Halloween costumes as a kid that you did!! I remember the hobo and the gypsy! Your table is a wonderful way to celebrate all the fun things about the season!! I love the two patterned plates and your orange flatware. I was kind of bummed when you said you got them 17 years ago, because I was ready to run out and get some. Your girlfriend who uses the same flatware for everything is missing out on a lot of fun!!! It is always a pleasure to hop with you and I am glad you could join us again🧡
Thanks Ann for stopping by. I do love dishes and flatware and wouldn’t part with any of them. LOL (Sometimes I wish I could when I am searching for more storage spaces in my house.) Have a great day.
the Painted Apron says
Very sweet Kari! I don’t like creepy or scary either, I’m all in if it’s cute and fun! I like the spiderweb cloth on the bare wood, it looks so cool! The pumpkin salt and pepper is adorable and so are your plates. I know what you mean about not being able to find things, I either can’t find them or forget what I have, which is entirely too much stuff 😂 Love the bowls of pretty apples and pears, and memories of your Halloweens!
Thanks Jenna for stopping by and for your sweet comments. Luckily, I have 2 dining tables inside the house and I seem to leave a tablescape set up for several weeks. Yikes!!!! but that gives me more time to put away which is always less fun than taking out. LOL
Have a blessed day my friend
Kari, as I get older I seem to have pulled away from anything that is violet, bloody and yes too scary. I love your table and those salad plates are so cute. I’m happy you kept them for all these years because they are perfect for your table!
Thank you for your kind. comments; I know we all have way too much stuff but I can’t seem to part with any of it. They are like family now that they have been with me for so long. LOL
Have a wonderful day
Linda Primmer says
Very festive table Kari. So sorry to hear about the one glass breaking. I don’t mind scary, I don’t like horror. The pumpkin spreads looks so tasty. The wheat centerpiece and apples are a nice fall touch. Such a cute spider from the dollar store. The orange flatware is striking and fits right in. Always a pleasure Kari to join you. Happy Halloween.
Thank you Linda! You are always a positive person and I so enjoy our hops together. Your tables are always stunning, thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day. 🙂
Patti @ Pandora's Box says
What a fall table to enjoy all season! The pumpkin spread sounds delish! Both of your dishes are fabulous and I love the orange flatware! Great table!
Thank you Patti for stopping by today! I love these table hops as we get to experience such a variety of talents. And let’s face it…..I LOVE to play with my dishes!
Have a wonderful Autumn!
Life is scary enough these day, I like my Halloween more spooky fun! Your fun and festive table is just the thing Kari! Scary for the Captain though when he broke one of the glasses though! He and Whiskey both in the doghouse, for breaking one of my Wiccan plates. You are so right about everyone making a run to the stores. I saw Susan and Mary’s tables that year and couldn’t get in the car fast enough lol! Nice styling not using a tablecloth under the spider cloth (I have the mantle piece too, but removed it after the incident with Whiskey). Looks rustic and seasonal with the wood of the table showing. I wish I had been with you the day you bought all those sets of flatware! We might have had to fight over them lol! Would have loved to use the purple on my table this year.
Deebee you are in the same boat as I, with way too many dishes and flatware, I know. But we are definitely hooked and when one of our rascals, (being man or beast) accidentally eliminates a not-so-easy-to-replace piece, we do the scramble to find another.
Over the years I have re-thought my telling the Captain that Pier 1 did not have the glasses in stock anymore….I think IF I would have said nothing, I might still have 8 glasses! Oh well, as my husband says…”IF frogs had wings they wouldn’t bump their butts when they jump.” LOL
Have a great and wonderful day my friend and give Whiskey a hug from me and Jesse James.
I don’t like scary either. I have never liked Horror films or gory, scary stuff. Love your table scape. It is just the right mix of fall and Halloween. 🙂
Thank you Lynda…..for your sweet comments and for stopping by! Every one has beautiful tables don’t they?
Alycia Nichols says
Hello! I’m visiting your blog via the Blog Hop! While your tablescape steers clear of scary, it is definitely great for Halloween with the colors and the elements you used to bring out the spirit of the holiday. I can definitely see the spider web pattern in your tablecloth! I absolutely love the oval plates! They would be perfect for this or any occasion where “snacking” is the order of the day! I’m sorry about #8 meeting an early fate. I have found that seems to ONLY happen to items no longer available for purchase. Why is that, I wonder? I take it your friend with the single set of flatware does NOT indulge in the art of tablescaping! Not one of us on here would even bat an eye when you purchased all those sets in different colors. In fact, we’d be right there with you scooping up our own stash! The fruits are a great addition to the table. They remind me of the way the evil Queen in the fables, most famously in “Snow White”, use a poison fruit. Very clever. Nicely done! I hope you’re someday able to find and replace #8!
Thank you Alycia for your kind comments. 🙂 You are right, my friend did not share my love of dishes and flatware. LOL
I will probably find #8 one day when I am not looking for it, now that I have been healing from my almost two years of bedrest.
BTW, I am originally from KC and have always been a sports nut in regards to the Chiefs, Royals and Jayhawks. as anyone who has followed me has learned. LOL
Here in Florida, our friends know not to invite us anywhere on a game nite or day, because they know I won’t go. In fact when the Captain and I married, he commented he would have to learn to love sports as much as I did or he would become a March widower! Ha ha He tells anyone who will listen that his wife is the one who had the Season tickets, not him.
Go Chiefs! Forever Royals! Rock Chalk Jayhawk!!!
Kari, I can’t stand to watch horror films. I have to cover my eyes if someone is watching one, and I happen to be there. I love your Halloween place settings. We lived in the country when I was a kid, and when we went trick or treating there was always a couple of feet of snow on the ground. We had to wear heavy coats and galoshes to keep warm and the snow out of our shoes. Then we went to grandma’s house in town and we got hot chocolate to warm us up. lol We received wonderful treats from the farmers in our area because they could really bake. Wonderful memories!
I hear ya Sandy. I DON’T want those images imbedded in my brain. I am kinda like that with the news these days! LOL That is why I stick to sports mostly…. although our Chiefs need to get a ‘start over’ this season. Oh well, it is early, maybe next week?
Thanks for stopping by my friend.
Hugs to you and Ron
Ricki Treleaven says
So much to love on your pretty table! First of all, I like the shapes of your plates. They are so unique! Your centerpiece wheat sheaf is pretty, too. My favorite is the adorable S&P shaker set. It made me smile this morning! Happy Halloween!
thank you Ricki, I am so glad you dropped by….and thank you for your kind comments. 🙂 These hops are such fun!
Kari, I don’t like scary either. You’ve created a table that hints at Halloween with all your pretty parts. I wish I had those utensils in different colors. Such a smart buy. All your colors, especially from the fruit, bring out the feel of the season.
thanks Carol, all those different colors of flatware have come in handy over the years. I do love Fall fruits and it is time to make another apple pie, this time I will had a few slices of fresh pear. thanks for stopping by.
Everyday Living says
Kari, I am not a fan of scary, either. I may have seen one scary movie and that was enough for me. But, I am all about fun! You have set a perfect table for children of all ages. We bloggers keep a handy little stash of stuff that we can pull out when needed. I love the cute dinner plates and salad plates. I couldn’t help but laugh that you have all of those different colors of flatware. The orange set came in handy for your Halloween table. Please pass the crackers and pumpkin spread…it always fun to hop with you. Wishing you a wonderful week!
oh Pam what fun we all have on these hops. I really enjoy seeing all the new and different items. I am starting to get out more, (but I am still an on-line kind of girl) so maybe I will find something unique for our next hop. thanks for stopping by my dear friend.
Happy October Kari! I’m not a fan of scary either and like more ‘Happy’ in my Halloween! I remember making our Halloween costumes and my sister and I both went as gypsies and hobos back in our trick or treating days. ,-) I love your Halloween table décor…your Wiccan lace and adorable oval plates! Your flatware, napkins, candles and pumpkin patch S&Ps , add the perfect pop of orange for your table. As always it’s a treat to hop with you. ♥
Thank you Mary, I don’t like scary but I do like the candy and since I set up my table several weeks ago, “someone” managed to nibble away piece by piece! LOL Happy Halloween!