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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Frightfully Delightful

Austin Skyline In The Distance

I know ~

 it's been more than a month.

Thank you to all who reached out

to check in with me.

Lake Austin

I spent two glorious weeks in France

 in September, and since returning home

I've been focused on family and friends.

 I promise I will share about my time in Paris soon.

A very creative friend recently hosted a 

small get together in honor of 

two friends with October birthdays.

It took this 

frightfully delightful table

to spark a new post.


staff on duty!

~ Creepy ~

Cheese Straw Fingers

( Directions found here. )

E e e e k!!!

Creepy, crawly, spiders!!!

More scary deviled eggs can be seen here

Lynn @ Happier Than a Pig in Mud

Chicken Poblano Wraps

Healthy Tidbits

Sweet Bites

For the Birthday Girls

Drink Tray


missing something?

Trick or Treat!

Hope your Halloween Party is

Frightfully Delightful



  1. So lovely to have you back blogging, Sarah. Although I shared some of your adventures in France with you (what happened in Monte Carlo stays in Monte Carlo n'est pas?) I've missed your stories.
    Great post, love the shots of the Austin skyline.

  2. I love it-What a fun party Sarah! With great views too! Sounds like you had an exciting trip and thanks so much for the shout out:@)


  3. A lovely fun party.Love the blue rimmed stem wares.The river view just awesome.Happy to know that you enjoyed your France trip to the fullest.Happy Fall.Love sujatha:)

  4. The Austin skyline is beautiful Sarah. Your friends sure know how to throw a fun party! I've made those fingers before...they are great for Halloween parties. Looking forward to hearing about your trip to France.

  5. Welcome back! Can't wait to hear about your travels. What a fun birthday boo bash! Gotta love the teeth on the drink tray.

  6. Welcome back. I cannot wait to hear about France. What a fun party---SPOOKtacular! xo

  7. Sarah, What a fun and seasonal celebration for the October birthday girls and beautiful view of the Austin skyline too! Love the spooky fun of the cheese straw witch fingers and spider deviled eggs, I need a skeleton on staff at my house! Looking forward to hearing about and seeing your French adventures :)

  8. Hi Sarah, What a delightful post to share the season. Love the goodies at the party and the peeks at the lovely home. It was wonderful to spend an entire day together with you in France exploring the lovely town of Antibes. I have been slow to organzie all of my photos, all twenty-five hundred! They are really good and I'll share some with you soon. Lovely photos of the beautiful city of Austin.
    Sending you a hug sweet friend.................

  9. Hi Sarah,
    I figured that you were still recuperating from your trip. It's so nice to read a post from you and especially this frightfully delicious one! Thank you for sharing all the creative, fun ideas. I'm sure the birthday girls enjoyed all the treats.
    I look forward to hearing more about your trip.

  10. Oh, my word what cute ideas for a spooky party.

  11. This certainly IS frightfully delightful! I was wondering if your friend might share the recipe for the chicken poblano wraps?

  12. What a delightful scare of a party! Perfect touches. Can't wait to hear all about France!

  13. Hello Sarah, what a fun and spooky party. I love all of the cute ideas for food. I am looking forward to hearing about France. xo

  14. I have checked in periodically to see if you had posted, but I myself am not blogging much due to illness so I didn't check in with you.

    I love your Halloween party ideas and can't wait to see experience you Paris vacation with you.

    Make it a great day!

  15. I have checked in periodically to see if you had posted, but I myself am not blogging much due to illness so I didn't check in with you.

    I love your Halloween party ideas and can't wait to see experience you Paris vacation with you.

    Make it a great day!

  16. I enjoyed catching up with you today--can't wait to hear about France. The photo of Austin's skyline is stunning. Love the antlers over the fireplace--the photo gave me an idea for my antlers (a neutral wall rather than dark panels).The food photos are magnificent. What a delightful party! Glad you're home and partying with us at Foodie Friday!

  17. Welcome back Sarah...I can't wait to hear all about your trip!! Your friends home is lovely...loved all those Sppoktacular displays!!

  18. Such a neat party, a perfect balance of the frightful and some elegance on the buffet! I love it!

    Gorgeous pictures of your skyline. I'm looking forward to your post(s) on your trip!

    Jane xxx

  19. Hi Sarah, nice to see you again and your post is delightful for the season. Love your Austin pics too.
    I imagine your Paris trip was fabulous and look forward to hearing about it.
    Have a nice weekend.

  20. Two weeks in France!! Lucky you!! That view is amazing at your friend's house and what a creative spread of food.
    The fingers look a bit too real for me :(

  21. love the bats in Austin..looks like a fun party!

  22. What a fun party! LOVE the deviled eggs and cheese straw fingers. LOL, did anyone claim the lost "dentures" on the drinks tray? Thanks for the recipes and fun post.

  23. Wow, wow, wow!!! Your friend definitely was born with that creative gene we so often speak of! The food (especially the cheese straw fingers!!!) looks good despite its decided creepiness, and as long as the drinks keep comin' I'm sure everyone could overlook that! :-)

    The skull with its teeth sunk into the tray is a really cool look. Your friend gets extra points for that one!

    I'm glad you enjoyed your trip across the drink, and I look forward to hearing about your adventures. Also glad you've had time since your return to just relax with friends and family. I'm sure you needed to rest up from your vacation. Funny how that happens!

    Enjoy your weekend!

  24. Dearest Sarah,
    Welcome back home!
    Looking forward to your posting about Paris.
    Tomorrow I will start posting about our week in Arizona.
    Sending you hugs,

  25. Sarah, what a fun party! Love the scary food! I've been through some of the same thing with blogging and I want you to know I'm finally feeling like 'I'm Back'! It's taken months. So don't give up! You are missed.

  26. I can't wait to hear more about what had to be a fabulous trip Sarah! Your scary food is frightfully delightful! Welcome back!

  27. Those cheese straw fingers are hilarious! What a bunch of fun food! I have been away from the blog a lot too. But nothing as exciting as Paris! What a lovely time of year to visit. I know it was wonderful. We are still waiting for a good visit with out of state friends who were there in September as well. I'm sure you brought back lovely things!

  28. What a beautiful picture of the Austin skyline. Your friend's party was done so nicely. Love the different food accents- very creative and fun! Going to France would be such a treat- I bet you have lots of great memories.

  29. I missed you Sarah and I have been away to France also. Can't wait to see your pictures and hear about your trip. It makes me feel better to know everyone can't travel, blog and not miss a beat.

    I also thought your blog was not updating because so many of my thumbnails are not. My entire blog list disappeared and it is back but not fixed entirely. I still haven't had time to deal with it as I should.

    Enjoyed this post. This was an amazing birthday celebration. Lovely presentations and fun theme.

    Focusing on family and friends are important. I have been doing the same. Wish I was superwoman and could do it all.

    We went to Paris, Burgundy, Dordogne and Bordeaux. Looking forward to your posts on your trip.

  30. Wow, that's quite a display! I can't even imagine the time it took to make all of those frightful goodies! Beautiful photo of Austin skyline.

  31. I can't wait to read about your trip! What an adorable party. The treats look like scary tricks (some of them)…so cute!

  32. Sarah,
    Welcome back, dear friend!!!
    Delightful October Birthday Celebration, indeed!!!
    I'll be watching for your upcoming post on your visit to France!!!


  33. Thank you for your comment on table decor and for your Diwali greetings.Have a beautiful day dear sarah.Love sujatha:)

  34. What a fun, festive and frightful post for the season :) Thanks for sharing! Glad to see you back, Sarah. Looking forward to your holiday abroad. Cheers

  35. Gorgeous photos! That food tray is a work of art...so pretty and I bet delicious!
    Miss Bloomers

  36. Oh I'm so glad to see this post Sarah! Your kind, generous spirit and beautiful posts have been sorely missed, although I can certainly understand why. I'm so glad you've got such a great group of friends to celebrate life with, a party like this is exactly what you needed.
    ps. I absolutely love seeing all this creative food, still looks yummy too.

  37. Welcome home! I don't even have to ask if you had a wonderful adventure in France, a country so full of things to see and do. Celebrating life with friends, well, it doesn't get better than that.

  38. Welcome back! I'll bet Paris was fab! Love the creepy-cool noshes! :)

  39. Wow! What a fun party, Sarah. Those teeth and fingers are hilarious! Can't wait to see your travel pics, glad you are posting again....Christine

  40. Sarah,
    Your friend's house and setting are absolutely stunning! I know exactly which bluff this is in Austin. When we lived there, I would look up at the houses on that cliff and wonder about who lived there. So, thanks for giving me an inside peek at a house setting that I've enjoyed from afar for years.

    I'm so glad you had a good time on your French trip and am looking forward to all your pictures.


  41. Hi Sarah! I have missed you but I'm so glad to hear you wee traveling and having such a wonderful time! Can't wait to see snaps. Oh the birthday celebration for your friends looks wonderful! The food and decorations are so cute. Her home looks gorgeous too! Oh, how I miss Austin. My hubby used to have an office there and I would go with him occasionally. So much to see and do not to mention - eat! ;)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  42. Spook-tacular table and treats! It all looks great.

  43. I can't wait to hear all about your trip to Paris, Sarah. It is on my bucket list of paces I need to visit one day. Your friend's Halloween party looks "spook-tacular"!
    I have been busy with family celebrations this past month. My husband retired and we had a special anniversary. We also drove recently to AZ for a family wedding--taking the scenic route along the way! Fun!

  44. Looking forward to reading about your trip. I don't get online much during the summer and and just now catching up with some of my favorite blogs. Have a blessed week!

  45. How glorious to have had 2 weeks in France! I can't wait to hear about it.
    Looks like it was a fun, fun party! So fun when people get creative. I love the missing teeth! Better check to see that I still have mine!
    Have a fun Halloween.

  46. I have missed you Sarah! So glad to hear you were just in France. Wonderful ideas here!! Thank you for sharing!

  47. Sarah, your friend put a lot of thought and effort (deviled eggs!) into this Halloween/birthday luncheon...everything looks spooktacular! ♥♥♥ the cheese board with the skull watching over the chopped fingers...
    Have a wonderful week.

  48. Oh Sarah, those teeth just cracked me up! What a fun party that must have been. She certainly got into the Halloween spirit. I'm loving her tile countertop and backsplash. Your photos of the Austin skyline are beautiful. Can't wait to see your photos from your trip to France. I had a wonderful time with my friends in Dallas, although Susie didn't get to go this year. She's in Scotland and then going to Italy. laurie

  49. How fun!
    What a great and spooky spread!Those chicken poblano wraps look amazing. May have to Google a recipe for that.
    Happy Birthday to all of you~

  50. Looks like a wonderfully fun October birthday party. Love the blue stems and the teeth on the tray. I pinned the spider decorated cheese and crackers - they look frightfully delicious! I have been thinking a lot about Paris and how much fun it would be to go there lately. Maybe I can travel vicariously through your blog when you post about your trip.


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