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Monday, November 02, 2009

Despite several unrelated emergencies on Friday that necesited some projects be cut from my to-do list, the party did in fact happen and I hope our guests had fun. As expected we had loads of trick or treaters and passserbys that got to enjoy the decorations too.

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I don't go too overboard on the interior decor - I would have liked to do a bit more but ran out of time. I did a few little things like dress up the mirror, mask some of our paintings, light some candles and of course play some spooky music.

I serve mostly normal food but I made a few Halloween treats to sprinkle in the spread.
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Witches fingers and eyeball caprese were borrowed ideas. Bloody panna clottas and blue blood punch were my own creations. I think everything looked and tasted pretty good but I have to be honest - not many were brave enough to eat them. Not sure why - maybe they were just too gruesome to eat? Yea, thats the ticket.

Finally it was time to race into our get ups. Then we had an impromptu photoshoot on the stoop.
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As you can tell, we decided to go with a more conceptual costume this year than specific characters. While the result ended up looking like a cross between Sweeney Todd/Mrs.Lovett and the Thénardiers (the characters in Les Mis who sing Master of the House) - the plan was just to be a play on Victorian ghosts haunting the house. Whatever people thought we were, I was happy with how it all looked. Its always fun to dress up. Fun fact: We had our costumes made by someone on etsy.

I don't want to post photos of our guests out of respect for the privacy but we had some great characters join us including a family of swiss yodelers, a toddler disco king, michael meyers, snow white, a pirate, charlie brown & lucy and few other gems. But the stars of the show were definitely the hindu gods Ganesh and Kali.

As a result of the funny looking people inside our gate as well as the decor, our house was pretty popular with the kids and adults.
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Some people even wanted to take photos with us and/or our guests.
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The day went by in a flash. By the time the candles were burning low, everyone had come down off their sugar high and it was time to wrap it up. Til next year!
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Now that Halloween is over, its time to start thinking about sugarplum fairies and jolly St. Nick!

51 comments:

  1. If your Christmas decorating is half as fabulous as your Halloween decorations, I cannot wait to see!

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  2. AMAZING! Your costumes rock - I especially love your hat with spiderweb veil. And that Wisteria candleabra is perfection. Love it!!!

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  3. karen - not to disappoint but I dont do very much for Christmas. We do a tree and a nice tablescape but that is pretty much it.

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  4. WOW you guys had a blast! And you looked great in the costumes!!!

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  5. omg love the costumes!! the idea of masking your paintings was great!

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  6. Very cool! I love your decorations - esp. the exterior of your home! That food looked great too, I don't know why people wouldn't want to eat it!

    I was thinking you looked like Sweeny Todd characters b/c that is what the host and hostess of the Halloween party we went to this year were.

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  7. Your costumes are unreal -- so impressed with how you pull everything together! I was happy to have carved a pumpkin on Friday night.

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  8. Wow it looks like quite the party! Your costumes were great! I would have wanted a picture with you, too! I love what you did with the painting - very cute with just the right amount of spookiness! It's sad that we have to wait a whole year for the next Halloween.

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  9. I'm so impressed! Your mix of themed and unthemed food was perfect. I hope you bring back posts about the details next year.

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  10. Just too fabulous!!!! You do Halloween like no one else...next year the camera crews will be on your doorstep!

    Janell

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  11. Everything looks amazing! What an amazing Halloween!

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  12. Every time I throw a party, there are a good 3-4 things that I wanted to do that get crossed off the list at the last minute, so I understand that frustration. But I can't imagine your party being any more fabulous! Everything looks great! I'm sure your guests had a fantastic time.

    Love the masks over the photos idea!

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  13. You are the best hostess ever! You really do go all out. Everything looks AMAZING!

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  14. Love your decor, your set-up is just amazing and I LOVE your costumes!! They are perfect to go with your house. It looks like everyone had an amazing time and the food and decorations look amazing of course!!

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  15. magnificent!you win the prize for hostest with the mostest!
    xo

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  16. What fun!! I hope you had time to enjoy it all!!

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  17. holy moses! you are so fabulous! i wish i could have been there-- assuming i'd have been invited! :) haha

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  18. I love your site - checking in on what you're up to is one of my daily treats. Thanks for sharing all of your inspiring ideas...I love Blue Blood punch...that one's going to make it into my Halloween spread next year.
    Best,
    Kris
    www.myfabulous40thbirthday.blogspot.com

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  19. Everything looked INCREDIBLE! Bravo!!

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  20. so awesome i can't even begin to describe...everything was amazing but i think my favorite bits were your costumes!!! i hope you give a shout out to the etsy seller! she/he deserves some recognition.
    so cool!!!

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  21. This looks absolutely fantastic! I've never really been one for Halloween parties, because in my age group they tend to be just an excuse to dress hoochy and drink too much, and that's no longer as appealing to me as it once was. But something like this? Hell, I would buy a ticket to attend this fete!

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  22. Oh, Mrs.L! Every single detail is a work of art! Move over, Martha! :)

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  23. Just stunning...I'd be standing il line to take your pic too!

    You know what I really loved? The ouija board serving tray. Details!

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  24. Everything looks so amazing. I showed so many people pictures of the outside of your house from my iPhone.

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  25. That's fantastic! I love what you did, and I think the Ouiji board tray was the perfect touch! Love the outfits too!

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  26. Wow!! It turned out great, and those witch's fingers treats were indeed gruesome.

    I used your "City of Boston" toe tags for our Halloween party invitations, and everyone loved them and commented on how unique they were. Of course I gave you full credit. :) I meant to take a picture of them before they were sent.

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  27. looks like a "spooktacular party"
    pve

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  28. Everything turned out great! I didn't expect anythng less;o)Makes me want to have a Halloween party next year!

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  29. Everything looks amazing! So fun!

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  30. love it! Especially your costumes!
    SMiles!
    Michelle

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  31. Your decorations and buffet are inspiring .......

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  32. wish i was there. It looks fabulous

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  33. Sheer awesomeness!
    You look amazing and your home just matches. :-)
    I love the candelabra on your tablescape...where'd you find it?

    { Lindsey }
    http://greatfullday.blogspot.com

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  34. Looks like you guys were a hit. The party looks like it was great and I love the costumes.

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  35. Honey, you are the most darling hostess. Your photos are amazing !!! I love it all.

    Kate

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  36. Wow....you really know how to throw a Halloween bash!

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  37. If I were you, I'd keep this stuff up all year long, it looks soooo good. I'm in love with the big candleabra (sp?) and the whole tablescape in general. And the costumes? Perfect. We had a Sweeney Todd & Mrs. Lovett at one of our parties too, such a fun costume and yours definitely reminds me of it.

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  38. Anonymous10:24 AM

    This was the best! Loved everything inside and out. The costumes are just fantastic, your husband looks like one of those odd characters that walks with a limp and lives somewhere in the basement of an old mansion in an old movie.

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  39. Yea! I was hoping you would show some peeks, thank you!!!

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  40. Fabulous! I love the tablescape, decorations, and especially the costumes. I would have wanted to take photos with the two of you as well!

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  41. Look at you, embracing the etsy! :-)

    Everything looks absolutely amazing. And the ouija board as serving tray -- LOVE! What did you use to stick the little masks on the paintings?

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  42. How impressive. I can honestly say - I loved everything. You did an amazing job. Everything was done to perfection!

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  43. The costumes were wonderful! What a spooky blast!

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  44. Wow ~ you guys really out did yourselves! What fun! I bet the neighborhood LOVES you!

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  45. You look wonderful. I really need to learn to go all out and have more fun for Halloween.

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  46. Your costume looked awesome! Thanks for sharing your pics :)

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  47. What a great party! I love the photos on the stoop. Is there a particular PhotoShop action you used for the black and whites?

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  48. So amazing... I just discovered your site and am head over heels with you fabulous parties! Can't wait to see more!

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  49. Thanks guys, I can't wait for Halloween this year!

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  50. Would you mind sharing the Etsy seller that made your costumes?  I'm looking for someone to make mine this year as well, and I'm having trouble navigating the site!  Thanks!

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