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A gothic Hallowe’en


I am not sure what the movie A Star is Born and a Hallowe’en celebration have in common…but who cares we are going with it.

My friends and I went to the movies on Sunday, late afternoon. We ordered our VIP seats and settled in with our popcorn and wine. We were excited to see A Star is Born with Lady Gaga and Bradly Cooper I highly recommend it. All I can say is O-M-G!!

Fact-it took 3 years to make this movie.

Fact-Bradley Cooper does all his own singing.

Fact-Bradley Cooper is SO hot!

Fact – tissue required…..Lots and lots!!!

After the movie we headed over to my house which happened to be decorated for Hallowe’en for the kids. I didn’t want to go to all the work of removing the décor just because my gf’s were coming for dinner…so I just rolled with it. Hence a girls night out at the movies meets Hallowe’en!

Boo Ya!, I love Halloween! I hate to be scared and refuse to watch scarey movies…but admittedly I love the memories of being a kid and going trick or treating. My brothers all played football when I was young…so their uniform was always my go-to Halloween costume. so I feel like my association with this holiday is purely based on that! Regardless of why you like it, it’s always fun to play around with a little Halloween decor and enjoy it!

Halloween table scape, with skulls and spooky spiders

Last year’s table décor was all spiders and skulls…I do have a lot of Hallowe’en decor. So this year even though I wanted to utilize what I already had, I did want to change up the theme a bit.  You can see last years decor HERE

For this year's Halloween tablsecape I created a gothic theme.

I thought a  ‘gothic’ theme would be perfect. I was able to ‘shop my own home’ and came up with lots of stuff to re-use.

Halloween gothic floral arrangement

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A stunning floral centrepiece created by Brant Florist was the first thing to be ordered. I specifically requested black, red and some purple to go with the dishes I had on hand. I think they did an excellent job. They never let me down…they are very creative over there 🙂 Brant Florist also did these beautiful arrangements for a past Asian themed shower I did. If you missed it you can read about it HERE

This years Halloween is a gothic table setting

Fun Gothic tablescape for Halloween

To help everyone get into the spirit I purchased headbands for everyone. These were on sale for half price at Michaels. You can see all of us wearing our hats at the bottom of the post.

Gothic table scape for Halloween this year. Love the skulls on the plates

Gothic or not….I like to incorporate a bit of bling in most of what I do…ya know? So I started each place setting with my sparkly chargers.  I kept the meal very simple since we were coming right from the movies. Lasagna that could be popped into the oven to be heated and a Ceaser salad that only needed to be dressed. Only one large plate was needed for the meal and I used these small side plates from last year for bread. *Note the miniature Crystal Head Vodkas. Impulse purchase at LCBO. I thought it would be cute to have one at every setting.

Fun Gothic table setting at Halloween

I bought these S&P shakers last year in Florida on a clearance rack at Home Goods. Great little steal.

Fun Gothic table setting at Halloween

This little coffin came from Michaels Craft Store.

FUn Gothic table setting at Halloween …and I turned it into a butter dish. 🙂 Watch for another mini post soon to see what else I do with this little dish.

fun Gothic table setting at HalloweenThis is a bottle of J Lohr…incognito. I bought these stickers from Michaels. They had some great stuff this year!! This is from Martha Stewarts line. It’s all these little things…that don’t cost a ton of money that makes for a fun table.

Fun Gothic table setting at HalloweenThese skeleton glasses are from last year as well. This will likely be the last time they get used as the bottom is peeling off even with being hand-washed. I hope I didn’t pay a ton for these…I hate that!!!  Fun gothic table scape for halloween Fun gothic table scape for halloween

Fun Gothic table setting at HalloweenOk…enough table shots…

Fun gothic table scape for halloween

Here is the keeper of the wine. He was here last year as well. Have you seen this wine…19 Crimes? Talking wine bottles bring the dead back to life! Check it out…

fun gothic tablescape for halloweenJanet, one of my guests asked me who these children were.

fun gothic tablescape on halloeeenSavannah and Lilah having a bad day!! LOL

fun gothic tablescape for halloweenMeet my folks!

fun gothic tablescape for halloweenA typical reaction when I stayed out too late as a teenager!

fun gothic halloween decor

Webs make everything creepier. Last year I had huge spiders tangled up in all the webs….this year I toned it all down a notch. The wreath is an old vine wreath I had in the basement. I bought a few feathered boas and wrapped them around it. I got the idea from my Valentines DIY project (HERE).

Haloween decorIt wasn’t until later in the evening that one of the ladies noticed this little guy under the chair. What is Hallowe’en without a scary little critter crawling around? I am thinking of painting out the wood on these chairs. I know, I know…some people think it is crazy to paint wood…I am not one of them. I’ll paint anything.

halloween decorI didn’t go too crazy with the decor around the house this year. Last year I went a bit bigger because it was Savannah’s request to have a Hallowe’en/birthday party.

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A spooktacular bathroom. (sorry, couldn’t resist) I bought some red carnations and added black feathers to give them a bit of a gothic look.

halloween decor

Hahaha…this phone!! It gave us plenty of laughs on Sunday.

halloween decor

When you lift the receiver it gives the spookiest messages….we had plenty of calls….but who was on the other end? Jane Doe?

halloween decorThe entire table came together with the addition of a piece of black lace and more carnations with black feathers.

halloween fireplace mantel decor

With the fireplace being the focal point of the living room, it is a natural for some added Hallowe’en decor. I left all of the faux and dried flowers from my fall decor. (see it here if you missed the post) I simply swapped out a few items.

halloween fireplace mantel decor

Originally, I wanted to use these candelabras on the dining table but A) they would have had to go on either side of the chandelier which means they would have blocked the view of the person across the table, and B) the table would have been too crowded.

halloween fireplace mantel decor

I feel this little guy is hanging in front of the fireplace because he is ‘bone-chilling’…I know right? LOL

halloween fireplace mantel decorI am batty for these bats…I love these guys. These are the only ones I have used so far. I have another package of them and I will likely use them at the side entrance where the girls come in.  They are a part of the Martha Stewart collection at Michaels Craft store.  If you get a chance to go there you should and stock up for next year. Everything is on sale right now. halloween fireplace mantel decorhalloween fireplace mantel decor

A happy couple.

Halloween gothic dinner party

ahhhhh….the important stuff!!  LOL. I set up a small bar on my kitchen counter for my girlfriends to help themselves. Pick your poison indeed!!

gothic themed dinner party for Halloween.gothic themed dinner party for halloweenThese napkins are from the Martha Stewart line…

gothic dinner party theme for Halloween. Perfect little chocolate presentation. Desserts were kept really simple. A couple of chocolate nibblies and some macarons. I cut some ribbon and laid it across the plates and put the chocolates and cookies on top of them. I love the presentation. Too bad the cookie plate wasn’t white…It would have stood out more. I had a fruit tray as well….but true to form I forgot to serve it. LOL…My kids will tell you, I always forget something!

Some randoms…..enjoy!

Janet being goofy!

 She is small…but don’t mess with her!! She is mighty!!! xo I see this sweet lady almost every single day.  Hmmm Brenda… I think this photo is ‘save worthy’


Well, that’s that. Lights out…the party is over. The ladies were great and helped me clean up before they left. I had a few last things to do and then I poured a little nightcap and reflected fireside on what these special ladies all mean to me.

Cheers to…

The shit we talk

The way we shop

The laughs we can’t stop

The gossip we spill

To the looks that could kill

To having each other’s back

To the morning gettin’ facts

To chillin’ our fears

and spillin’ some tears

I love my girlfriends.

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  • Reply
    October 17, 2018 at 10:39 am

    Marion your attention to detail is “Second to None”! Beautiful table setting!! The grandkids are going to have so much fun in your beautiful 🏠 home! So wonderful that you share it with your “ girlfriends” also! Love your poem! To girlfriends everywhere!
    Boo! 👻

    • Reply
      October 17, 2018 at 11:22 am

      Thanks for the compliments, Brenda. I am so glad you enjoyed the post. I tested the addition of the short videos on this post…and now that I know how to do them…look out!!!! I am so excited to learn how to create some ‘savvy’ full-length videos.
      PS….There have been a few more calls for you! wink/wink

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    October 17, 2018 at 11:39 am

    Mare what beautiful photos! Everything was just so perfect and we had such an amazing time. Your ideas and creativity are unbelievable and you are truly talented. I beyond LOVE your home. It’s so cozy and warm and always inviting. Please don’t ever move!! It’s so nice that we all have this blog to look at to recall the great time we had. Thank you for sharing. Have a Happy Halloween!!!

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      October 17, 2018 at 1:15 pm

      ahhhh shucks, Sue!! LOL….thank you so much! THat is the most beautiful compliment I could ever receive!!! Thanks for stopping by the blog. I do love writing it and sharing all the photos with everyone. I hope I inspire someone somewhere. Have a great day Sue. xo

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    Marion H
    October 17, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Enjoyed it all. Very entertaining. Thx Marion

    • Reply
      October 17, 2018 at 1:12 pm

      Thanks, Marion!!Glad you enjoyed this week’s blog.

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    Mary Lynn
    October 17, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    Awww Marion no words to describe how talented you are ,simply unbelievable. Such a great time on Sunday as usual, nothing compares to great, special girlfriends and this blog helps us keep the memories forever…ML😘😘😘

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      October 17, 2018 at 2:30 pm

      So sweet ML…..I was wondering when I’d hear from you! LOL…I thought maybe you slept in! LOL..you are usually the first comment I get to read.
      Thanks for reading the blog. I love hearing from you….always the kindest words. xo

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    Janet Messere
    October 17, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    Spirit Marion, great post….love, love your spooky decorations…….you’re so creative!!!!
    What a fun night it was getting together with the Sexy Six! and all your House Guests!!
    Can’t wait to see your Christmas theme!

    Love the poem!

    Have a Spooktacular Day…..May the Ghost be with you!!!!!
    Hugs & Blood Kisses from The Spirit that dined to the left of you!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

    • Reply
      October 18, 2018 at 10:02 pm

      HAHAAHA….great message Janet. Made me laugh…may the ghost be with you too!
      It was my absolute pleasure having all of you here….as always!! I cannot wait for our Christmas get together. I am sure we will have just as much fun!
      Love ya!!!

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    Nancy Murtaugh
    October 18, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    I can’t wait to see what you come up with for Christmas! This is just AWESOME!

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      October 18, 2018 at 10:00 pm

      Thank you so much, Nancy. That just made me smile:)
      You can go back in my archives listed down the right side of the page to see last years Christmas decor.
      I am still undecided as to the colour scheme for this year…I did see some pillows yesterday that inspired me a bit. Problem is I see one look and fall in love…then another and fall in love all over again. I am so indecisive this year.
      Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I am always excited to read what you all have to say! xo

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    Andree Jean
    October 19, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    Marion you are so talented, love the decorations ,you have the touch! Your home is warm and cozy! …Great time on Sunday ! Merci 🙋🤗
    Love the poem!💕
    Happy Halloween 🎃

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      October 21, 2018 at 8:16 pm

      Thank you, Andree. It means so much to me when you all reply to my posts…and of course who DOESN’T love compliments? LOL
      Thank you so much. It was a great time with some great ladies.

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      October 31, 2018 at 3:30 pm

      This comment from you snuck by…sorry Andree!!!
      Thanks for the sweet compliments. It was such a fun theme to do.

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