Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Dinner With Edgar Allen Poe

My table today is creepy and spooky and dedicated to Edgar Allen Poe.
One of my friends had a pumpkin she had made for herself and I loved it, so I commissioned one from her for me! As you can see the pumpkin is covered with words and quotes from Edgar Allen Poe and the raven on top has a locket with his picture. I love the storage bag also! Here is the table inspired by this centerpiece:
White tablecloth, black lace spiderweb runner, purple velvet place mats and black jeweled chargers all make up the eerie table.
I used white china and an orange silk napkin. On each napkin ring is a small "raven." Michaels may call them crows, but in this table they are RAVENS! I used pewter and red cut glass goblets at each place setting.
I used spider webbing and red candles in my candelabras and elevated the Raven Pumpkin on a cake stand. I also scattered clear, black, orange and red jewels everywhere. I made the mantle spooky also -
And also the teacart -
I added a few serving pieces on the table.
And Dinner with Edgar Allen Poe is ready!
Linking to Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Haunted House Cake

Last night for my Bridge Club I made a Haunted House Caramel Pumpkin Cake and I wanted to share pictures.
I used my NordicWare Christmas Cottage Bundt pan.
You can see how changing the icing and candy decorations it gave it a whole different look! I used the recipe that is sweeping the internet where you just use a 15 oz can of pumpkin and cake mix (any flavor - I used Caramel by Duncan Hines), beat for 2 minutes and bake at 350 deg for 27 minutes. I had baked it before in a rectangular glass baking dish and was happy that it worked in the House Bundt pan also.
I used Wilton canned frosting in orange and black with the tips included, a candy corn, mellowcreme pumpkin candy mix and marshmallow ghosts to decorate. A photo from Williams-Sonoma for their Haunted Gingerbread kit inspired me.
I had forgotten how black icing can turn your tongue and teeth black, so I warned everyone before they ate! We all had a good laugh! Here is the back of the house.
I hope you enjoyed my Haunted House as much as I enjoyed making it!
Linking with Designs by Gollum. Visit her blog for more great recipes!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Pheasant Fest!

After an unplanned blogging break, I am ready to show you my newest Fall tablescape, that I am calling Pheasant Fest!
I started with off white table cloth which I layered with my paper runner. I got this years ago at Civil-La-Tea in Gettysburg and I still love it. It has Chinese lantern plants all over it.
At each place, I started with a wooden charger which I topped with Spode Woodland with the Pheasant. I used green and pewter goblets and a bronze colored napkin with a coppery leaf napkin ring. And I added a little gourd-covered goodie bag and each place also.
For my centerpiece, I used a mini cake plate to elevate my Fitz and Floyd Pheasant teapot and surrounded it with a silk leaf garland and scattered some glass pine cone ornaments around.
I added Fitz and Floyd Pheasant candleholders with Indian Corn candles to light the table and some Bobwhite salt and pepper shakers, also from Fitz and Floyd.
Over at the tea cart, I have a cornucopia tea set and pumpkin tea towel to add to the Fall mood.
And on the mantle, Turkey sit among Chinese Lantern Plants and bittersweet branches.
On the Hanging Shelf, more turkey have gathered to celebrate the autumnal season.
I will be linking to Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.