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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Fall In Love On Halloween, But Beware! Just Come Into My Parlor. . . .

"Will you walk into my parlor?" said the spider to the fly;
"'Tis the prettiest little parlor that ever you may spy.
The way into my parlor is up a winding stair,
And I have many curious things to show when you are there."

The Spider and the Fly
Written by Mary Howitt (1799 to 1888)

Yes, come and see our curious things, my precious readers all.
There's a table in our parlor, O so charming, O so small.
You can rest your weary skeletons upon our chairs so black.

Do not fret about the ghosties sending shivers down your back.
Do not worry, all my pretties; you will not hear ghostly calls.
You will not hear howls or rattling chains in That Old House's walls.
For the ghosties here are kind ones, and they wish you only well.
Now sit down and have a drink, for there's a story still to tell.

Written by the Ghosts of That Old House,
(Who may be kind, but are somewhat rude, as their original last line read:
"Now man up, sit down, and have a drink, or you can go to H***.")


Welcome to the Parlor at That Old House. Let's play pretend.

It's Halloween, and it's drawing on to dark.

The wind whips the leaves around the lawn and up onto the porch
(what ever happened to the landscaper's promise to come two days ago?).

We begin to light the lights, and hope for Trick or Treaters.

We love Trick Or Treaters.
With a bit of good Bearnaise Sauce . . . .

Come, I've set two places at a little round table in the Parlor: one place for you, one for me.

We're just going to have a snack, nothing fancy. Maybe a glass of wine.
Blood red, of course. Here is your special glass:

The Jack O' Lanterns are troubling the gathering darkness.

A wee little ghostie watches over us. His name is Rudy, and he has lived with our family for almost 20 years. His story is for another post. But you must behave when Rudy is watching. . . that's all I'm saying.

Did I mention falling in love?

Oh yes, yes I did.

Well, be prepared to fall in love with these:

My latest Ebay find: vintage flatware -- 1919 era -- in a charming small luncheon size.
They are so dainty that I am tempted to save them for my grandchildren to use. Someday.

They are simply monogrammed: HL. My husband's initials. How could I not get them?

Less than 20-dollars for the set -- service for 4.
I was pleased. And in love. Are you in love, too? Good.

Let's see what else we played with today. . . .

Pumpkin plates from HomeGoods, $3.99. Not dishwasher safe. Boo.

Underplates -- old restaurant dishes, white with a green stripe. They were my Mom's.

Sterling china, in Ohio.

Napkins -- goofy Halloween print, sewed 'em myself eons ago.
Wine glasses. . . where else? Dollar Tree, last year.
Rudy the Ghost -- from a craft fair, 20 years ago.

Black iron candlestick -- church rummage sale, 50-cents.

Pumpkin applique table runner -- can't remember! Kohl's or HomeGoods.

Dried up leaves on porch and lawn -- from Mother Nature. Free.


Happy Halloween!  -- Cass


  1. I love this, Cass! Wonderful table and decor and great post!

  2. Oh, Dear Cass! I am totally in love with your room and your table setting and especially that wonderful flatware! Boo!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  3. What a great display and of course the silver is amazing....Love the restaurant dishes too, I found two like them today at goodwill....Have a great weekend and a great VTT

  4. This post was just so much fun!! I enjoyed playing pretend AND I fell in love. "HL"... what a fabulous find!

  5. Your tablescape is awesome! It belongs in a magazine! Seriously. The flatware is very unique. Feeling a little bit jealous here! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Such a fun setting, and right next to that big beautiful fireplace! I bet you have lots of fun with that! Happy TT, and Happy Halloween : )

  7. Such decorating and I am loving that silver for your grandson !
    Those chairs look comfy !

  8. Great decor and great post!
    Have a great weekend.

  9. Thanks for the tour. You are reading for some ghosts! Have a fun Halloween.

  10. Everything is so pretty. You have such talent. Happy Halloween !!!!

  11. I love the table and comfortable chairs set up in front of the fireplace. How cozy!! (Oh - and just a little scary, too!) ;D

  12. You had better make sure to feed your ghosts because I know they are hungry.
    I'll bet if I go on Ebay for anything any more I will be bidding against a fellow blogger for all the cool stuff.

  13. Oh I really like your whole fireplace and the fireplace setting for two. Spooky fun!!

    hAPPY hALLOWEEN ! :)

  15. Wow - - - you have made your house very fun and festive.

    I didn't know your ghosts were literary as well as hungry!!!

  16. What a fun post! I loved your little story. The decor was fab. And the tablescape was perfect. I really enjoy your blog!

  17. **clapping of many hands** Oh so enjoyable!!! Love love your humor.

  18. Hi Cass, the sidebra started as a typo a while back and became our slang!!! As I age, I just may need a sidebra one day!

  19. What sweet flatwear. I love that it has your DH's initial. And that frazzled looking egg is a hoot!!

    Thanks for popping by!

  20. I will just wait here in the comfy chair by the fire and could you bring me something warm and good, oh ya, love the decorations, love all the goofy pumpkins, not to scary just warm and wonderful...

  21. Hi Cass,
    Your Halloween decor looks fabulous!! I love your spider goblets and of course the gorgeous flatware!!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment.

  22. Well, that was fun! It's always fun to tour someone else's house and see their goodies. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Have some Madeira, my dear a..
    It is ever so nicer than beer a..

    Do you know that one, Cass?

    Great post! You are all ready for the big day!
    Have a great weekend, NJ gal!

  24. Great Halloween decorations! Love that little "egg ghost!" The table for two is wonderful!

    Fabulous flatware! Yep, it had your name on it (or at least your dh's initial!) so yes indeed you had to buy it!

    I enjoyed it all!


  25. What a cute post! A witty poem; great decor and tablescape; and beautiful vintage flatweare with the owner's initials! Great post!

  26. Hi Cass,

    Another wonderful post (as always!). I enjoyed seeing your spooky stuff ... but you know I'm head over heels over your latest flatware find! And what a bargain! Congratulations.

    Happy Halloween!


  27. Wow you go all out for it! What a fun post, thanks!

  28. You are more than ready for the Trick or Treaters to come to your door. Great job!

  29. You really have your house decked our for Halloween. The flat wear is great and at a great price too.

  30. This is a romantic halloween table with enough whimsy to make it fun. Am loving that flatware.

  31. I am glad I found your blog, what fun. My old house is from around the same time frame as yours and is also much loved. If you stop by, their is a link on the right that is all about the house.

  32. I ♥ your cozy little fireplace setting with the comfy chairs. Great deal on the pretty flatware. I will have to look for some of those cute Halloween wine glasses...maybe I can get them on sale if I check Monday!

  33. Hi Cass,
    Loved visiting your Halloween party today, your decorating is boo tiful.

  34. You always have the most entertaining posts. And your tablescape is pretty fab as well. I love, love, love the flatware. Thanks for entertaining us once again.

  35. Thank you!!! i love the poem! have a gorgeous fall day!!!

  36. The flatware is such a great buy...and with the right monogram as well!

  37. Love your decor...and what a lucky buy you got in the beautiful vintage flatware. I love the big, black comfy chair.

  38. Beautiful flatware! What a great find. I love all your Halloween decor!

  39. Wonderful Halloween decorating. And I do love your new flatware.

  40. Totally charming! My first visit and I loved every minute of it!

  41. Nothing is cozier then a table set by the fireplace....The silverware was a steal on E-Bay.....and ofcourse i love your mother's diner china....i have a whole closet full....Have a Happy Halloween!! Sue.

  42. Cass, this is such a special Halloween setting beside the fireplace. I want to kick off my slippers & curl right up in one of those chairs!

    You did a great job combining old & new & I can't wait to hear more about Rudy! LOL

    ♥ Rettabug

  43. This is great! Spooky and fun all at the same time!


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