Of course the thing I loved THE MOST was seeing some amazing friends old and new, and celebrating the union of two very incredible people who I love dearly. But in this anecdote I thought I’d share with you some of the sights I saw while I was in New York (for said friends’ wedding reception) and Rhode Island / Massachusettes (to play for a couple days with my best friend). More posts on my trip coming next week!
This week in New York I loved…
Central Park in the fall.
Strawberry Fields, which still draws a consistent crowd. This awesome street vendor in Soho. Hoping we’ll see her on Etsy one day! Until then, if you want her email address let me know and I’ll send it along. 🙂
This week in New England I loved…
Visiting my best friend’s aunt and uncles’ farm in Rhode Island. Cider, a pumpkin patch, and even a corn maze!
Touring The Elms, one of Newport’s “cottages.” The most incredible display of jack-o-lanterns I have ever seen, at the zoo near Providence.(Yes, these are all REAL pumpkins!) Ending the trip in Salem, Massachusetts on the perfect fall day. The Witch House is the last remaining structure from the 1692 witch trial era.
Hope you all had a wonderful Halloween yesterday, and Happy Fall!
As the hubby and I were cashing in the first day of our annual Disneyland passes, I was excited to see the park at Halloween time. We even picked up a little inspiration for our own house at the Haunted Mansion.
Of course Disneyland was sure to boast happy pumpkin versions of favorite characters our front so as not to scare the kiddies.
The whole of Main Street was decked out with pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns, and general fall decor. In the New Orleans portion of the park though, things got a little more dark. The Haunted Mansion was spectacularly decorated for the season, and was especially fun to see at night. It’s lined with flickering flameless candles, glowing jack-o-lanterns, skulls, cobwebs, and black and purple ribbons. So we brought some of those ideas back home with us. We threw a Halloween party and practically plastered the house in cobwebs (equipped with little black spiders) in time for the festivities. We lined the mantel with flickering flameless candles and left the main lamp in the living room off to create a dark, spooky glow about the room. I created one pumpkin and skull vignette on the coffee table…
…and another on the dining room table. I think it sort of says “Maybe we’ll eat YOU for dinner.” One friend pointed out that we could not have gotten to our books if we’d wanted to! But it’s amazing what a plethora of cobwebs will do to make even the newest of book collections seem ancient. And of course, no Halloween house would be complete without ghosts! The great thing about placing this one in the window is that it also creates a ghost silhouette when looking into the house from outside. A perfect greeting for party guests as they made their way up the steps to our front door. I found these little black birds online and perched them atop the lamps, silhouetting them a bit and creating the illusion that they are looking down on you, maybe even watching you. We even strung cobwebs from the dining room ceiling, creating a seeming canopy of creepy crawlies. Outside next to the beer cooler, we created a spooky graveyard, complete with bones and dismembered limbs. Even an unfortunate soul “unearthed” in the vegetable garden. And of course more flameless candles in a row of jack-o-lanterns on the hedge and in a lantern by our outdoor lounge furniture.What is your favorite thing to see in Halloween decorations this time of year?