Monday, September 20, 2010


Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments and support about my article coming out in Romantic Country, it truly means the world to me!!!  I am working on several more articles and I'll be sure to let you know when those come out as well!

With all the wonderful fall decor floating around the interwebs, I just couldn't stand not pulling a little bit out myself.  So I asked Mr. Tide to lug the big bins out of the garage for me, and I got busy!

And today I thought I would share with you some of my halloween decorations that I arranged on my dining room table.  I love this little crackled is made of cloth and has almost a leathery feel to it!

Aside from Christmas, Halloween (and fall in general), is my favorite time to decorate my house each year!

And although I've had some of my Halloween decor for years now, I like to add to it each year and arrange things in new and inventive ways.  I inherited these footed silverplate compotes, and I love how the faux candy corn my sister M gave me looks in these tarnished dishes!  They remind me of something you'd find in a haunted mansion where no one has polished the silver for many years!

My mother was a bit of a holiday-a-holic and had all sorts of wonderful things to fill her house with for every holiday imaginable! 

I almost passed on this sweet witch, whom I've since named Esmeralda, when my sisters and I went through my mom's decorations last year...but I'm so glad I took her.  I love how unique and special she is!  And I love looking at her and thinking of how much my mother enjoyed decorating for this time of year!

And I bought this jar from Hallmark a few years ago, and have filled it with simple white beans this year instead of the usual candy corn.  I love how the label says "A fright in every BITE! Treats An INCREDIBLE edible... or is it???"...kind of like my beans which aren't much of a treat but still pretty!

And what good Halloween display would be complete without a black crow....or two?!

So there you have it, my Halloween dining table, topped with black cats, pumpkins, witches, and mysterious treats alike, all set to welcome ghosts and ghouls this holiday!


  1. Spooky, spooky. The treat jar makes me think of Harry Potter. I love the faux candy corn...I also love the real candy corn...alas. hugs♥olive

  2. Great Halloween decorations!! The candy corn is SO cute and it would look great in MY tarnished silver...tarnished pretty much year round! lol! The scarecrow and kitty are really cute, too. I used to have a lot of Halloween decorations when the kids were smaller but I have narrowed it down to mostly fall decorations, that's what I have fun with!

    Happy Monday, Kat!


  3. Thank you for getting
    my Halloween mojo on,
    Kat! I will have to
    start pulling all of
    the spooky stuff out!
    BTW, CONGRATS on your
    RH article!!! I was
    MIA from Blogland this
    weekend and am now just
    seeing this. I will
    make sure to pick up
    a copy!!!
    xx Suzanne

  4. Hallowe'en already, eh? I have strict rules about no Hallowe'en decorations before October, but apparently you don't. Oh well we can't all be so self-controlled. Just kidding, I love your tablescape and I'm glad you have it out so you can enjoy it for 5 whole weeks.

  5. Oh HOw wonderful, you are published!!!! I am so proud and happy for you. I put your magazine on my grocery list. I can't wait to read it!
    Your spooky vignette is just the fun thing for this time of year. I was quite taken with the silver compotes filled with the faux candy corn. I agree.. now you need that scary butler to pass them around!
    xo Yvonne

  6. Congrats on your article, how exciting!

    I love your Halloween decorations, they definitely set the mood :)

    Have a great week!

  7. Kat, I love the gouhls and goblins. That faux candy corn is great. That would be nice to have instead of the real stuff so I want eat it.

  8. I'm almost too scared to comment! teehee! But I DO love everything! I love to add something every year, too! I need a raven! Love yours...very scary! ♥

  9. What a great setting!! The witch is adorable and it is great that it has sentimental value as well. I love the treats jar and the goblets are perfect! I am so in the mood for decorating for Halloween this year, I usually never do but all these wonderful inspirations, how can a girl not!!

    Have a great night!!!

  10. Hi Kat, I bought the magazine today and stood in the bookstore and read your entire article. I didn't even want to wait until I got home. Congrats again and the article is wonderful!

    Great decorations and I need some of the faux candy corn.
    Hugs, Sherry

  11. Oh I am soooo ready for getting in the Halloween spirit! Is that a real white pumpkin? It's gorgeous! I want one of every color. And several tarnished silver containers too. Esmeralda is just too sweet to scare me. What a great display Kat! ~Lili

  12. Your Halloween vignette looks wonderfully frightful!

    ~ tracy

  13. Kat congrats on your article coming out that is so wonderful!!!!! I think your Halloween decor is adorable, not scary I like that! Kathysue

  14. Kat, Esmeralda is really wonderful, I am so glad you saved her too! I love the idea to use the tarnised goblets for Halloween displays, I can certainly do that one! LOL! Congrats on the national publication. You deserve it. That's really great! Also, the heart cloud photos! Amazing!

  15. Kat,
    Love your display...I have never seen fake candy corn...I need to find me some!!!


  16. I've never seen fake candy corn, either. How cute. I like what you've done w/ the compotes.

  17. Hi Kat, just got caught up and what fun it was.

    First..Happy Birthday to the oldest of the tidettes. May every day and year that follows be as blessed as it is now.

    Then, the cloud formation. Speachless ♥

    And...your decorations are spookily wonderful. This is my faaaavorite season to decorate :D

    On my way home from work I am making a major beeline to the store to pick up a copy of that magazine that is so very lucky to have an article by Ms. Tide in it. Cannot wait to see whatacha been up to girl!

    Jane T.

  18. Congratulations on your publication, now that's exciting news.

    I love the white beans in the jar, they just give me that spooky what could this be feeling. And your Esmeralda is just a treasure, that she was your mama's makes it extra special.

    Well I guess I had better get downstairs and start draggin my fall bins up too. Thanks for the inspiration.

  19. Kelly J/Hunters HillSeptember 21, 2010 at 10:17 AM

    I LOVE the faux candy corn, have not seen that before and I really need some. Whenever I buy the real thing it just disappears ! Imagine that ... The silver compotes are a wonderful touch ....

  20. Tarnished? You mean my silver isn't SUPPOSED to look like that all the time!??? ;-)

  21. Ah..., the birds! Reminds me of the post I did last year. Thought I give you the link:
    Spooky Birds


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