Friday, October 25, 2019

Dinner with Ghoulfriends

Annual October dinner with "ghoulfriends"
was in the fabulous home of my friend, Cindy.

Cindy loves to decorate for holidays, 
and we share the same passion for vintage 
and folk art holiday pieces.
Previous post on her Halloween home here.

The entry table is welcoming with
a large, carved wood rabbit
dressed for the season.

These images were taken at night, 
so the lighting wasn't ideal for photos.
It was the perfect ambience for the evening.

Isn't this piece amazing?

Cindy's dining room table is a beautiful antique.
The patina on the wood is rich and warm and the perfect
backdrop for her gorgeous tablescape.

Honestly, I've never seen such gorgeous pumpkins,
and the hay and glitter add a fun touch of texture and sparkle.

Cindy used a clever mix of sizes and color,
and each one has a charming stem.
Twinkle lights glow as they weave among the pumpkins. 

Cindy's trick to creating the beautiul luminous glow ~
she sprayed them with clear lacquer.

My friend has collected intereting Halloween decor
through the years, and it is always a treat to see how
she incorporates these treasures around her home.

Hanging from the chandy above the table were
Halloween themed fans and figures within cones.
Try as I might, I could not get a good 
photo of the entire arrangement.

 The straw chargers add perfect texture 
that mimics the straw strewn among the pumpkins.

 Cindy's amber stemware is both beautiful
and perfect for this setting.

Dinner was healthy and delicious!
~Vegetable Soup ~ Twice Baked Potato ~ Green Salad ~
 Cindy has two sons, now adults with their own homes,
but they still expect their mom to pull out the special
holiday decor and are disappointed if she doesn't.

 I'd be disappointed too!
Let me show you some of the darling
Halloween pieces she tucks here and there.

 Like this little vintage 
Limoges jack-o-lantern!

 Cindy's metal candle tree moves about.
 This year it sits on a bench on the stair landing.

If you read my last post, you know that these metal candle trees
are from Mexico and that many of my girlfriends 
and I have them in our homes.

 Did you notice in the first photo that 
Cindy is also a MacKenzie-Childs fan?
I have this fabulous tray in Courtly Check, 
but I love the Parchment Check too.

 The scarecrow is new this year and creates a
whimsical vignette on her kitchen island.

There is no better way to add a touch of holiday color 
and vibe to a kitchen than seasonal tea towels.  
Cindy's style sense of the layered linens is stellar.

Signed and numbered little squirrel.
This little guy stays out all year.

Clever vignette on her dining room buffet.

I took party favors for each of my "ghoulfriends."
~ Skelton Gingerbread ~

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you are inspired to have
a Halloween dinner party for your "goulfriends" !

The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. Cindy’s home is so festive and the perfect setting for a ‘ghoulfriends’ dinner Sarah! I'd love to sneak a peek in person at all her collections, table centerpiece, chandy and handsome sideboard with her hare and wonderful flower arrangement. I bet your skeleton gingerbread was a hit and delicious too!

  2. You have so much in common! Fun to have great ghoulfriends! pretty decorations everywhere!

  3. This is such a fun ghoulfriends party. The table is beautiful and so festive


  4. Such a lovely table. Her house is charming and that large rabbit is so unique. What a fun dinner party. How special to be a part of it Sarah. Thanks for sharing this beautiful post. Happy weekend.

  5. This is just too darling for words. I love Halloween decorating as much as Christmas!

  6. Sarah, love the special touches Cindy has tucked around her lovely home. So many autumn arrangements, love her pumpkins with the fairy lights. I'm sure it added just the right ambience for the ghoulfriends!

  7. Sarah, Cindy's style is a perfect match for yours. I can see why you're good friends! I love her creative flair in decorating her home. It's so fun to share with friends when we love our homes. Thanks for sharing your dinner with us. The food and goody bag also look wonderful!

  8. Everything looks so pretty.

    I love the first pic with your lovely checkered pumpkins and the adorable little witch.

  9. What fun! Cindy is definitely your soulmate Sarah, and I love it all! I got in trouble yesterday when my daughter noticed our skellie wasn't out, she said Mom, where is skellie, we expected to see him somewhere! I love the sparkly pumpkin centerpiece, I know you must have had a lovely time and how sweet to bring such a cute favor for your friends!

  10. Dearest Sarah,
    That was a very special tour of homes, a virtual visit to Cindy's home!
    With lots of love and thought it all got put together.
    The food looks delicious and as you wrote, healthy too.
    Enjoy the final days of October!
    Sending you hugs from our cabin in Tennessee, we had a wedding yesterday.

  11. Sarah,
    What a beautiful home your friend Cindy has!! Love ho she has it decorated!!! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!!

  12. I love seeing the homes of your friends, Sarah, and I do see similarities of tastes between you and Cindy. What a fun party Cindy had for her ghoulfriends, and the menu was perfect and healthy. I'm sure that they appreciated your party favor of skeleton gingerbread treats. Every time I see those candle trees, I wish I had one!

  13. Sarah,
    It looks like such a lovely time at your friends. Gail,
    I love how you transformed this container. Black and white check is so great.
    Congratulations, you are my feature at Over The Moon Linky Party. Hope you stop by.


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