Thursday, October 14, 2021

Disney's Haunted Mansion Tablescape

Welcome to Disney's Haunted Mansion, 
where Grim Grinning Ghosts came out to 
socialize for two parties this week.

The inspiration for our ghostly event came 
from this picture which we have had for 
quite a few years now.  We purchased it at 
Disney World a few years ago, 
signed by Larry Dotson, 2008. 

I happened to have this hearse 
that I got at Home Goods a few years 
ago, which looks so much like the one 
in the print.  

Then I got on Amazon and found table 
runners with the pattern of the 
Haunted Mansion, and the tables all 
came together. 

Hubby and I were Maleficent and Diavol 
for both parties.  This one was for a smaller 
party of ten, for friends.  

This one was for the family and we 
seated 26. 

I got new purple chargers from Amazon 
and used my white plates and gold 
flatware.  For the smaller group I was 
able to use these twig ones.  For the
larger group I used my everyday gold 
flatware, as I have more of those. 

A neighbor had gifted me 40 of these 
huge purple water goblets, as she knows 
I love tablescaping and purple.  Her 
MIL had these and had never used them. 

They were perfect for the large crowd 
and I didn't even mind using them on 
the kid's table as we had a few to spare. 

Of course, Madam Leota had to be 
present for the Haunted Mansion. 

And large candelabras are required 
at the Haunted Mansion.

I also purchased the Haunted Mansion 
music on Itunes and we had that playing 
as background music.  It features the 
entire soundtrack from the Disney ride. 

For the family party we asked everyone 
to make a Disneyland dish, so from left 
to right we have Bengal BBQ's spicy 
beef skewers, Carnation Cafe's potato soup, 
and Ronto Wraps from Star Wars.

A Disney inspired Halloween Macaron 
topped with Green Apple Pop Rocks 
and raspberry sauce and filled with 
black (cherry flavored) ice cream - wow!

We also had a huge assortment of 
wonderful Haunted Mickey cookies. 

For the friend party we did fondues. 
We had pizza fondue and cheese fondue 
for the main dish and chocolate 
and caramel fondues for dessert. 

So pack your bags and come along on 
our Haunted Mansion ride, 

but beware of hitchhiking ghosts!

Thanks for joining our scary ride and,  
"Hurry back, hurry back!"

I will be posting with 

Monday, October 11, 2021

My MacKenzie-Childs Barn Sale Purchase

I have been dying to share my best 
purchase from the MC Virtual Barn Sale 
this year.  

I fell in love with this cake platter right away.  
How many cake platters does a good witch 
need I ask?  Well, if it is as fabulous as this, 
I guess we needed another one.  

She takes front and center on my kitchen counter.  
She is actually made of two pieces, but 
knowing people the way I do, I figured 
someone would come and lift up the peak 
of the hat and drop it.  I decided to use a 
little earthquake proof stickum to secure 
the top piece on.  

You cannot believe how many people have 
tried to move it!  Please people, just ask, 
don't try and take it apart.  So I was glad 
that I was proactive and secured it down.  
The two pieces will come apart with a 
slight twist.  

I wish I had purchased another one for my 
daughter who just fell in love with it when 
she saw it.  

Isn't the twist at the top of the hat 
just amazing?  

I may never be able to attend the real 
barn sale, but the last two virtual ones 
have been fun!  

Thanks for stopping by to see what Beaulah 
have been decorating.  

She told me she would like to be repainted 
in black and white with accents of gold! 

Thursday, October 7, 2021

My Halloween Mantel 2021

Yes, it's that time of year, and we have been
having fun decorating for the last couple of 
weeks, just an hour of so a day. 

You know how it is, you think you are 
done and then you get another idea, so 
you putter some more.  

Beaulah was rattling around down in the 
holiday room, so once she comes out to play, 
there is no stopping us.  

We didn't do a lot last year, so it has been 
really fun to decorate this year.  

My friend called me last year and said 
she had found these two fabulous floor 
candelabras for only $25 each.  She 
thought of me and my love for Halloween 
right away so she called.  

Of course I grabbed them.  This is the first time 
they came out, and I just love them.  I had to 
get all new electric tapers with a remote control.  
Twisting 40 tapers on and off just wasn't going 
to cut it.  It is so nice to just press a button.  

I have had this fun rocking horse from 
Home Goods, 
which I grabbed at Christmas last year, 
on my mantel all year and I 
really didn't want to take him down.  
Well, just a few ribbons and a 
black pumpkin and he fits right in.  

The black garland and garland with balls I 
have had for years, but I added the beaded 
garland this year from Amazon.  I just saw 
the same exact beaded garland selling at 
a boutique for triple the price.  

I hung this little mirror which I got from 
Target a few years ago.  

The best Halloween silk flowers with creepy 
eyeballs are from Dollar Tree. 

Each side of the mantel is adorned with some 
Halloween ribbon.  I love being able to just 
tuck the ribbon or bead garland up and 
twist a piece of the black garland to keep 
them in place. 

Here's a view from the balcony above.  
I just finished my Halloween playlist 
yesterday and had the music playing 
when hubby got home.  I love that 
he gets into the decorations too.  

It's been a crazy busy fall already with two 
new babies and 6-7 football games a 
week, but there is nothing we would rather 
be doing than supporting these 
wonderful kids and grandkids.  

Thanks for stopping by to see what 
Beaulah and I have been up to.  We 
will post the rest of the house later. 

I will post this with 


Thursday, September 2, 2021

Cook2Gether - Our Couples Cooking Class

Welcome to our new Dinner Group 
Cook2Gether, where we are going to 
do couples cooking classes throughout 
the year.  Different couples will host 
the dinner and it will include hands 
on cooking experiences culminating 
in a dinner together.  

My friend Diana and I and our spouses 
had taken a cooking class together and 
we decided this would be a fun 
experience to continue with friends.  

Our first event took place in her lovely 
backyard.  We decided to use some of 
the recipes we had received in our class, 
so the theme was Mexican cooking. 

We had aprons made for the group with 
our logo of Cook2Gether embroidered on them. 
Diana is in the red.   

We couldn't beat the view in their backyard. 

The table was set with Diana's runners, dishes and 
goblets from Mexico.  Her husband was a Mission 
President in Guadalajara, Mexico for our church, 
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  
They spent three years serving in that capacity, and 
I and my friend Barb were lucky enough to 
visit them while they were on their mission there.  

She brought home so many lovely things and 
these plates and bowls are just spectacular.  

She brought home goblets in multiple colors and 
these beautiful table runners too.  

We set up a separate table for the hands-on 
cooking, with each couple having a stone 
molcajete to make Rosemary Guacamole 
and Tomatillo Salsa in.  

We made a Mint Limeade that they could drink 
while they were cooking, and we provided 
chips that they could snack on their guacamole and 
salsa with.  

Notice the same runner only in red on this table. 

A sprig of rosemary in the guacamole gave 
it an unusual and amazing flavor.  The serrano 
chili was provided for a little heat if desired. 

The guacamole used fresh garlic, ground together 
with the rosemary, and the Tomatillo Salsa used 
roasted garlic.  Flaked sea salt was used to flavor 

And of course, we needed lots of limes 
for our dishes. 

The couples stood across from each other 
for this and they took turns with the 
molcajete and pestle.  

For dinner, I had made tamales, which I 
demonstrated for everyone.

And we served additional salsas with the dinner, 
as we sat down at the beautiful table. 

We all felt like our first couples' cooking class 
was a huge success and we can't wait to do 
more of them. 

I will be posting this with 
Tablescapes Thursday

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