Monday, October 17, 2011

Gloomy Dining Room

My Halloween decorations in my dining room have been the same for several years.  I have been using a black tablecloth with a sheer overlay with skulls on it on my table.  Then, I've added a number of candles, treat buckets and other small decorations.  I really like treat buckets and fill them with candy so I'll be ready for any Halloween event.  Here are some of the treat buckets that I have been using on my table.

I like their colors and their vintage-style faces. 
I've been collecting them for over 12 years.

This year, I have been so inspired by the blogs I've visited that I decided
 to try something new.  I'd seen a lot of mercury glass on tables and knew
 I had a bunch of mercury glass, so I decided to get some
 of it out to go on my "new table." 
 I pulled out a few other odds and ends
 and then added a couple of new items I found at T. J. Maxx.  
I got the mercury glass pumpkins there and they were sooo
 much cheaper than the ones that Pottery Barn had.
I also got the witch hat at T. J. Maxx. 

Yes, I already had this hand amongst my Halloween decorations.

I already had this jar with gummy eyeballs that I used in another room-
but I think it looks "nice" on the table, don't you?

While I was looking for something the other day,
I found a box of old flatware that I had put up. 
 It was perfectly tarnished for Halloween.

Here's the new witch hat.

I tore this old sheet music out of the book for something and then
laid it down on the corner of the table while I collected the
 magnifying glass and the skull decoration that
I made several years ago.  I set them all down
and then when I came back later,
I decided I liked them just as they were. 

I added the scrapbook paper and the black ribbon to the plain white candle.

I will have a couple of parties to celebrate Halloween this year. 
Last year, I had a coffee and invited friends to "Join Me for a Spell."

What to do think of my new Halloween table?

Now I just have to add a P.S. ...

I just realized that I had not taken pictures of my three black cats that are also in my dining room.  I got them several years ago and I had them out before I decided to switch my table decor.  They are a little more fun and whimsical.  I say this because of how they are displayed....they are right there in the midst of my silver coffee/tea service and right under my great, great aunt's hand-painted Haviland china.  I knew I wasn't "right" a long time ago....oh, well.

Joining the party at:

The Girl Creative


Funky Junk's Sat Nite Special


Christina said...

Love your new Halloween table - the mercury glass accents really elevate the display. I also love your use of seasonally coloured glass balls and how you jazzed up that plain white candle.

Thanks so much for the inspiration!

Take care,

Coley said...

I LOVE your halloween table! So many different textures and cute details :)

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

The table is very nice..but the cats...LOVE THOSE KITTY KATS!! :)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my goodness. Such pretty and fun decorations. I love all the silver and the buffet table with the cats is just unreal. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

Oh my gosh -- this looks amazing, right down to the lovely flatware tarnish. Love this!!


TracyMB @ Crow's Feet Chic said...

Oh my gosh is just what I was thinking too! Love the mercury glass and appropriately musty looking silver and old paper! Gorgeous... I wonder what your great, great aunt thinks about it all? :D

All That Glitters said...

Very cute!!!! I just LOVE Halloween decor!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Marsha, Your Halloween decor is fabulous! Love the black cats and pumpkins. The mercury glass adds just the right touch. Thanks for sharing your decorations at the Open House Party.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love your three black cats, Marsha! Your table looks great! I love all the pieces you've added in. Now why didn't I think of a hand under glass? I think I have one floating around in one of my Halloween bins, too.

Visiting from Open House Party! :)

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

This is fantastic! Each and every single picture is spooky.Love your delightful Halloween settings...yes, every bit of it. Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Rhissanna said...

I came here from No Minimalist Here. I love your table, and the sheet music under a plate is a winner of an idea! I think I might steal that for Christmas!

Elaine said...

You have some great unique Halloween decorations! Your vignette with the skull and magnifying glass is my favorite! And, I'm a lover of black cats (real ones) and your cute kitties look ready to go trick or treating! Thanks for sharing your spooky table!

Lizabeth said...

So cute! Your treat buckets are so cute- what a nice collection! I got a little mercury glass in mine too and like the affect! Love your three black cats! Some great ideas here! The skull under the cloche is very cool! The skull decoration laying on the music is perfect! Great capture with the right lighting on it too!

Marigene said...

Great Halloween table! I love the mercury glass, it gives the table another dimension when the lights are dimmed.

Alycia Nichols said...

I love the way you used tarnished flatware to punctuate the whole Halloween look! Very cool! And as for the crazy cats amongst the silver and china...LOVE it, too! It just makes it look more relaxed and fun!

Honey at 2805 said...

What a fun table. Love the mercury glass! Thanks again for linking to Potpourri Friday!