We had all the traditional fare; and for the first year, all of the kids brought something to share. I happily contributed homemade sweet potato souffle (sans marshmallows, add pecans) and pumpkin pie. I got too caught up in ogling over the adorableness of my niece and nephew (and eating) that I did not take any pictures of our elaborate meal.
I did, however, snag a few shots of my mom's dining room decor for any of you looking for last minute centerpiece ideas of your own. This year, my mom went with simple, yet beautiful. (I say simple, because decor in past years have involved such things as my mom drilling holes in over-sized gourds to make gourd vases to line the table. There you go. Now you see where I get my
She started with an over-sized wooden bowl and filled it with all things fall: extra large pine cones, deer antlers from our recent Scotts trip, cabbage planted in ceramic gourd pots, acorns, and decorative balls with fall-like textures (ie, twine, wicker, and feathers).
These photos are very deceiving in terms of scale. The table the centerpiece rests on is a large square that seats 12 people with 3 on each size. To give you some perspective, see that large wicker ball in the back? That has about a 12'' diameter. Those pine cones are about 12'' long as well.
Finally, my mom had her china cabinet all decked out for
her Halloween party Thanksgiving. Note that your buffet or china cabinet need not be limited to the traditional items: dishes, candlesticks, and serving ware. She has glass cloches, antique bottles, books, and interesting antique finds (such as that iron bathtub foot on the second shelf). My favorite part of this display, however, is the top. On the left, she has a grouping that includes a large wicker tray, a wicker covered glass jar, and beautiful green and white pot. On the right, she has a beautiful antique scale weighing...what else? A pumpkin!