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A Halloween Dessert Bar on the Porch and the Winner of the Giveaway

Halloween on the porchHappy Halloween! Before this day of spooky fun is gone,  I wanted to let one lucky reader know that she is the winner of the Melanie O’Hara Traveling Tea Ladies mystery books and other tea related items. It was lucky number…


which belonged to this comment:

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Congratulations Jenny!  I will be emailing you tomorrow to get your mailing address.  Thank you to all of you for your very kind words in the last few posts.  It has been such fun for me to read! I have another giveaway planned for November so please stay tuned.  With Thanksgiving coming, I think you are really going to like this one.:)

I also wanted to do one final post on the last of our Halloween decorating. This time we are going out on the back porch for tonight’s Halloween dessert bar.

Halloween dessert serving areaI had already planned to serve the meal inside, but I wanted to use the porch for the dessert area. But it was really too chilly to eat out on the porch tonight – even if it was just dessert. So I just set up a few drinks on the table and the dessert items in the serving area – brownies, sea salt caramel gelato, various Halloween candies, a caramel sauce, a chocolate fudge sauce, and whipped cream. We served out there but brought it inside to eat.

porch tableFor the porch chalkboard, I simply listed as many candies as I could think of (afterall, what is Halloween without candy?:))  My husband had to help me brainstorm the last few.

Halloween chalkboardWould you believe my mother skipped the brownies to have a doughnut in the kitchen??  (She really loves doughnuts.:))

Halloween dessert buffetAnd here is a quick tour around the rest of the porch.

The old desk…

deskThe wicker sofa wearing its new orange pillows…

porch wicker sofaAnd the wicker swing looking like a lady wearing its new orange shawl.

wicker swingAnd that finishes up all the Halloween decorating for 2014. I am sorry I did not get to do any seasonal decorating in the playroom this year, but I have a good excuse.  It is currently overflowing with furniture from my workroom. (I want to call it an office, but that sounds more formal than what it really is.) My husband has finished putting in new flooring for me and is currently building a storage cabinet in there. And I am pondering what I want to do with the walls and drapes for that room. It is a small space, but I am sooo looking forward to it being my room.Yippee!:)Here is the empty space before the flooring went in. (I will try to do a full post on it all soon.)

room in progress

Hope you have a great weekend in store as we start the new month of Thankfulness – November. Can you believe it is snowing right now in the mountains of North Georgia????  Crazy, huh? Stay warm!

Until next time…

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Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - October 31, 2014 - 11:13 pm

A first time reader won? How lucky is she! This is surely a Halloween treat for her! Thanks for all the great Halloween ideas.

Jayne - October 31, 2014 - 11:16 pm

I got all excited when I saw the J at the beginning of the name. Oh well! Maybe next time. Lol Congrats to Jenny! And first time to your blog. The porch looks great. The “office is coming along nicely. Excited to see the finished room.

Sue - October 31, 2014 - 11:45 pm

It all looks wonderful Kelly. I love all of your fall touches and I really love your dessert bar. It’s my favorite part of the meal;-) We have a cold snap too ~ hard to believe you couldn’t eat outside in October. {we can’t either in TX}

Debra - November 1, 2014 - 12:57 am

Is your workroom above the garage or in the main house? Your own little room will be a welcomed new space I’m sure. I love your orange quilted pillows. Did you sew them yourself? Porch envy continues…… I have to say that my daughter and I are with your mom. We had pumpkin decorated donuts with crème filling for our treat with hot Orange Spice tea by Stash. If I had your gorgeous porch, I’d had a coat on and been all cozied with that pretty new throw while enjoying my treat. How cold was it there tonight? It is oh so cold here. There was no fire in the fire pit or sitting on my porch swing of the outbuilding tonight. :( It was morning flurries, high winds, blowing leaves everywhere and evening brought a brisk 32 degrees. Ugh! Needless to say we are back to square one on the fall clean up. Our acre lot is carpeted AGAIN! :(

Decorating for a Halloween Dinner

Halloween tableI mentioned in our last post that I was using yellow and black in the family room because there was soooo much orange and black in the rest of the house.  Today you are going to see what I mean about that typical Halloween color scheme.  It is everywhere in the dining room and kitchen!

The curtains are back to black and white gingham, and the table is set for our Halloween dinner.

Halloween dinner in the dining roomThere are orange plates and black and white checked napkins for the place settings.  I picked up some small black cauldrons (from Target) to use for individual servings of butter.

Halloween place settingA larger black cauldron holds mums for the centerpiece.

Halloween dinner tableAnd the menu for the dinner is written with a chalk pen on a bright orange pumpkin.

pumpkin menuThose orange plates are deep enough that they can handle the beef stew almost like a bowl.

black gingham napkins for Halloween table setting

Halloween dinner

Over on the dining room cupboard you will find more orange in the form of decorated shortbread cookies and napkins.

dining room cupboardAnd you will also spot it in the built in cabinet there as well.

dining room cabinetThe island also gets orange striped napkins by the cereal bowls.

kitchen islandPops of orange appear in the kitchen too (along with the black in the gingham curtains.)

kitchen  beverage area

kitchen windownEven the doughnuts I picked up this week had orange frosting!

pumpkin doughnutsThe counter has orange and black cookbooks.

kitchen cornerThe chalkboard sports a recipe for a delicious (and easy!) pumpkin pie dip.

kitchen desk

kitchen chalkboardAnd that brings us back to the dining room ready for our Halloween dinner.:)

Halloween dinner with candlelightI hope you are reading this before midnight on the 30th so that you can enter one last time for the fun drawing of the Melanie O’Hara Traveling Tea Ladies mystery series and tea goodies. All the details are here.

October giveawayAnd I hope your Halloween is a day full of fun treats!

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liz piccione-volger - October 30, 2014 - 10:11 pm

Look very festive! Love the view looking at your sink in the kitchen. Your home looks very warm and welcoming. I would provide a good home for those tea goodies!

Carolyn - October 30, 2014 - 11:07 pm

Yummy! I’ve also noticed how you have the best handwriting and printing. That’s an art! Do you keep your pumpkins until Thanksgiving or do they disappear after Halloween?

Monika - October 30, 2014 - 11:09 pm

Will have to run to Target tomorrow to see if they still have the small and large cauldrons – will use next year. Where did you find those orange plates? Your decorations are fabulous – you even have orange scissors on your desk – perfect!
shhh…don’t tell, Monica. The plates are plastic, and they came from Walmart. :)

Vickie - October 30, 2014 - 11:12 pm

I adore all the black & white checks and gingham!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home with us!!

Dawn - October 30, 2014 - 11:14 pm


Your home always look so welcoming and inviting. I love it all. The coffee station and the donuts call to me. They say pour a cup of coffee, grab and donut and lets go sit on the porch and chat awhile. Thanks for sharing your ideas and photos. Have a happy Halloween!

Lindy James - October 30, 2014 - 11:16 pm

Love your idea of writing your Halloween dinner menu on a pumpkin! I also noticed that you had several products from Williams-Sonoma, where I work as an associate, always a good choice. Take care, Lindy

Pam Jenkins - October 30, 2014 - 11:28 pm

I love decorating for fall. Looking forward to reading those books while I drink a cup of tea!

Louvina - October 30, 2014 - 11:36 pm

Well, I decided to check my mail and there it was!! Your wonderful dinning room and kitchen decorations. I got all my items for the deep dish pizza while I was out today. Also engredients to make beef stew very soon as the weather is suppose to turn cool over the weekend! Great minds– you know!:) also going to make a pumpkin cake– no tricker treaters here at the lake:( too scary and deep in the woods! Hope you have a ” not too scary ” Halloween at school tomorrow and hope a few sweet “boos” may come your way!!:)

Emily - October 30, 2014 - 11:42 pm

Love the orange shortbread cookies!

Take care.


Merri Jo - October 30, 2014 - 11:51 pm

Every room you decorate & every table you set is so very inviting & lovely–I want to come have tea @ your house!

Donnamae - October 31, 2014 - 12:11 am

Everything looks so festive! I’m loving those orange plates…where did you get them? ;)

Arlene@Nanaland - October 31, 2014 - 10:44 am

What a pretty table! As ususal! We are missing Halloween because we are heading to Atlanta for the Ga Tech Homecoming Game tomorrow, then Phantom of the Opera at the Fabulous Fox Theater!! Can’t wait!!

Jayne - October 31, 2014 - 11:33 am

Happy Halloween, Kelly! Your kitchen and dining room are as creative as ever! God had blessed you with the gift of creativity, that’s for sure!

KellyinPA - October 31, 2014 - 2:43 pm

Very festive, as always:) I love the menu on the pumpkin, I will be stealing that idea! We are hosting for Thanksgiving and, once again, I will be stalking (in a nice way) your blog for ideas. Thanks for sharing, Kelly;)

Nan, Odessa, DE - October 31, 2014 - 2:51 pm

Hi, Thanks for inviting us over!
You know I am always .watching for your next post.

Question: Give details about the chalk pen, please.
My white one from Amazon does not erase. Do they usually?
I know you don’t want to erase a pumpkin but there are times you need to erase.

I am your twin in country design that loves, loves, RED, black and white. So true how you can change out color with the blk/wht now seeing your orange!

Nan, Odessa, DE - October 31, 2014 - 3:01 pm

PS I keep watching your filled jars and copying your ideas!
Don’t ever stop using your talents.
The children in your classroom are blessed to have you for a teacher.

Robin Madden - October 31, 2014 - 5:29 pm

I’m LOVING all the orange and black little details in your house!!! What a great idea to write the menu on pumpkins! Your handwriting is beautiful by the way :-)

Thanks for sharing your home with us!

DiAnne - October 31, 2014 - 7:38 pm

My two favorite things about this post are the black/white check napkins AND the menu written on a pumpkin, I am “It’s the little unexpected things that make me happy” kind of girl.
Oh and I love a small dinner party.

Garden, Home and Party - October 31, 2014 - 9:58 pm

You did such a great job with touches of orange, but just the right amount. Have you cooked anything from the Momofuku cookbook? Our oldest so asked for it forChristmas one year. I’m not sure he has cooked from it ( too busy).

I love the menu on he pumpkin idea and will definitely use it soon.
Happy Halloween.

Decorating Inside for Fall: The Foyer and the Family Room

ghost peep smoresI’m afraid I left all of you outside on the porch the last time we were together.  That wasn’t very polite of me, was it?:(Well, I won’t do that this time, so please come on inside.  You’ll find the jar on the foyer buffet filled with Ghost Peep s’mores ingredients waiting for this year’s trick or treaters.  

jar of smores peeps for HalloweenI saw a similar idea on Pinterest several months ago and thought I would make them since my daughter loves s’mores so much she should be crowned a S’mores Princess or something.:) All the supplies you need are shown below.  I simply put a Peeps ghost in the bag first, followed by 2 graham crackers behind it and the snack size Hershey bar beside it.  Then I closed it with an orange ribbon tied on.  Another easy-peasy treat!

ghost peeps smores goody bagsYou may remember that I really don’t like scary or gory for Halloween decorating, so I let my books carry the theme for the decor. Harry Potter fits in perfectly.

halloween decoratingAnd the mums are sitting in a witch’s black cauldron (actually a plastic one from the bargain bin at Target.:))

Halloween buffet topYou are welcome to some of the caramel Hershey kisses there.  (Please eat them. I seem to grab a hand full every time I come in that door!)

mumsNow let’s go sit in the family room.  I decided to omit the orange decor in here this year because there is so much of it in other rooms.

family room for fallYellow and black are a more subtle touch.  The yellow pillows from the back porch are now lounging around on the sofa in the family room.

sofaI pulled the magic 8 ball out of the toy closet to use on the end table as a fun touch for Halloween. You can ask it a question if you’d like.:)

fall table vignette with Magic 8 ballThe mantel has pale yellow gourds and the old photograph of the children dressed up for trick or treat.

fall mantel

mantel vignette for fallCandles and flowers – not mums!  This time I went with pansies in a silver holder.

fall mantel vignetteAnd finally, on the cabinet behind the wicker chair there are a few more yellow gourds in a jar and another candle. With all the pale yellow and candlelight in here, the room really has more of a feminine vibe than a scary-Halloween vibe (which is okay by me since I am such a chicken when it comes to scary stuff.:))

jar of pumpkinsI’m afraid that is all I have time to show you today, but the next time we are together, we will spend some time in the dining room and kitchen.  (They aren’t decorated for scary either – but you will find a good bit of Halloween orange in there.)

Don’t forget about the fun giveaway of Melanie O’Hara’s Traveling Tea Ladies books and assorted other tea related items.  You can find out more details by clicking here and reading the last paragraph of that post.  Just leave a comment on any or all of this week’s posts (10/27/14-10/30/14) to be entered for the drawing.

October giveawayGood luck!

And thank you for stopping by for a visit.:)

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Emily - October 29, 2014 - 6:41 am

Love your little striped gourds. I don’t like scary for Halloween, either!

Thank you for the opportunity of the give-way.

Take care.


sharon - October 29, 2014 - 6:52 am

Love the fall feeling in your living room. Changing out the sofa pillows with the seasons is such a great idea.

Cindy - October 29, 2014 - 7:02 am

Love it! We are so a like…I don’t do scary either. I actually don’t even decorate for Halloween, I do fall. Which I love.
Now Halloween candy is a must!
Would love to win the giveaway, checked my library, they don’t carry her books. Bummer!

Arlene@Nanaland - October 29, 2014 - 7:53 am

I love the way you put interesting things in apothecary jars!! I may just have to steal that idea. And I love your Harry Potter books on display!!

donna - October 29, 2014 - 7:57 am

Love the way you decorated the foyer. We love Halloween and do it in a big way! When my boys were younger we would do a large graveyard in the front, super spooky! You wouldn’t have liked it but trick-or-treaters LOVED it!!Thanks for the giveaway and I would love to read those books.

Cheryl M. - October 29, 2014 - 8:21 am

I love your subtle touches, I don’t do scary Halloween either! Happy Fall!!

Jill - October 29, 2014 - 8:39 am

I love fall decorating too and no scary here either. I prefer glass pumpkins anymore as I always hated to throw out the real ones. I really enjoy reading your posts, Kelly! :)

Jean from Georgia - October 29, 2014 - 8:48 am

Love your Halloween décor. The trick or treat bags you made are in process at my home and will be mailed to my little grands in Virgina this afternoon. Such a fun blog today.

Louvina - October 29, 2014 - 9:08 am

Love the treat bag idea!! This would be a great teacher gift to students! Now I’m thinking if there are other holiday peeps that could work with s’ mores?! I’m thinking snowmen for sure!! Love your family room with the yellow pillows and gourds. The white pansies are a nice touch– have never used them indoors.

Debbie w - October 29, 2014 - 9:09 am

Love your home in all seasons!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - October 29, 2014 - 9:32 am

The smores treats are so cute. What a great idea.

Garden, Home and Party - October 29, 2014 - 9:49 am

I love the foyer. You always have such great touches with the accessories you arrange. Accessories (small vignette’s) make the room for me.
The black and gold looks fabulous. I’m saving and pinning these images, filled with great ideas for the season, or any time of year.
Enjoy your Halloween. I agree, no gore or fright, just treats and sweet little goblins, please.

Lisa K - October 29, 2014 - 9:54 am

I love your subtle Halloween decor. I also don’t do scary or decorate for Halloween. I prefer the warmth of pumpkins, mums & colorful fall leaves. Your idea for the smores treat bags is great!

Jayne - October 29, 2014 - 10:00 am

Hey Kelly, I didn’t mind at all being left out on the porch. The weather has been great! I just love your trick-or-treat bags! What a cute idea. Everything looks great! Just the perfect touches. Forgive me if I pass on the kisses. Trying to lose a few pounds. Can’t wait to see your kitchen. Until then…

kathy - October 29, 2014 - 10:18 am

How cute are those s’mores treat bags!!!(Katrina, I bet you are going to do those!) I love that 8 ball. I received one of those for Christmas when I was about 8 years old….and I always believed the answers it gave me. I love your vintage ideas! (I am on the lookout for a VW bus.) I guess those pumpkins/gourds in the jar are real. Do you have any trouble with real things in those jars molding? Thanks for the inspiration! Happy Halloween Week!

Helen - October 29, 2014 - 10:19 am

Love your attention to detail. I am going now to pull out Harry Potter books and put them on my coffee table. What did I do with our old 8 ball?

Carolyn - October 29, 2014 - 11:11 am

I don’t like scary, either. Your decorating looks yummy.

Liz Piccione-Volger - October 29, 2014 - 12:23 pm

Love those ghost s’mores! And yesterday my comment should have read “That tin is adorable”. Thanks for all the wonderful posts! I always enjoy stopping by.

Maria White - October 29, 2014 - 1:18 pm

Everything is adorable! As always. Happy Halloween!!

Susan - October 29, 2014 - 2:31 pm

Kelly, your Fall decor is wonderful, and inviting. We don’t do “scary” at our home, either. I think that our world scary enough, the way it is! The smores treats are a great idea idea for a special trick or treat~

Heather S - October 29, 2014 - 3:28 pm

Your house is seriously the cutest! So inspiring :)
Crossing my fingers and toes I win that lovely giveaway!

Diane B - October 29, 2014 - 5:10 pm

I love the simple, clean lines and unfussy decor that calmly communicates the season without screaming about the holiday. It doesn’t feel contrived or commercial. Just stunning!

Donnamae - October 29, 2014 - 6:29 pm

Everything looks lovely…but those pansies in silver with candlelight really stand out! ;)

Anne Boykin - October 29, 2014 - 6:54 pm

Hi Kelly, I’ve been busy with houseguests and got behind on my emails but yours are always some of the first that I look at to see your beautiful home and read what you’ve been up to. I just love your style – it’s warm and welcoming without being too fussy. Your use of color is perfect! Thanks so much for sharing your lovely home with us.

Patti - October 29, 2014 - 7:07 pm

What could be better than sipping hot tea, nibbling on chocolates, and reading a good mystery book on a chilly Fall night?!

Barbara P from MA - October 29, 2014 - 7:28 pm

Kelly, Those Ghost Peep S’mores are so cute! Wonderful idea! Love how all of your decorating is so color coordinated- That is definitely something I need to work on!

Teresa W - October 29, 2014 - 8:53 pm

I love seeing all your cute Halloween decorations. The Peep smores are adorable. I’ve never heard of The Traveling Tea series, but love being introduced to a new, good mystery, and Constant Comment is my favorite tea! Hope you have a Happy Halloween!

Design Chic - October 29, 2014 - 9:05 pm

It all looks so beautiful, Kelly. I love the s’mores in the glass jar (wishing I had one for a little bedtime snack right now), and your nod to fall with the pumpkins and mums…perfect!

Connie - October 29, 2014 - 9:19 pm

Your home is beautiful! Love the s’mores idea!

Dawn - October 29, 2014 - 10:08 pm

Ok, Kelly,

I love it all again. I really like the sweet s’mores in the jar. Those are so cute! I just might have to make some of those for my nieces. The foyer and family room both look inviting and comfortable. I can’t wait to see more of your lovely home decorated for Fall. Thanks for sharing!

Cheryl Hauser - October 29, 2014 - 10:45 pm

Do your glass jars actually close tightly enough to keep pretzels, crackers, etc. fresh? Mine are from WalMart, but do not secure tightly. I LOVE your home!

Debra - October 29, 2014 - 11:30 pm

I do love your cozy family room as much as your porch. Seeing the cute s’mores packets, makes me want to go on the hunt for peeps tomorrow. Love s’mores. How cute. I just spent 6 hours in the yard today doing leaves and fall clean up. My daughter teased me when she got home, seeing that I had just got the little orange and white Italian lights, vintage pumpkins out to adorn the front door today. I did simple real pumpkins in the cement urns, as we had plenty from the garden this year. Just one large yellow mum on the iron patio cart, and more pumpkins, mini gourd ones and our lit ghost by the back light post. Seeing your mums in the house, well I might need to pick one up for the family room too. Nothing like decorating two days before the holiday. We are to have a windy/chilly Halloween, so there goes my neat and tidy yard. Oh well, the leaves aren’t done yet… Oh Fall..sigh!

Monika - October 30, 2014 - 12:09 am

Kelly, I’m with you with not liking the scary stuff for Halloween. Love your S’mores idea for treats for the little goblins. Think I might copy your idea. Thanks for today’s tour of your beautiful home.

Linda - October 30, 2014 - 6:52 am

Kelly, your fall ideas are so beautiful. I don’t have scary Halloween decor, either.
I love the Traveling Tea Ladies series. Melanie is a wonderful author and person. Met her at a book signing.
In addition, for your s’mores, get Trader Joe’s cinnamon graham crackers. It will kick it up a notch. Yum!!
Thanks for all you’ve shared.
Have a blessed day.

Jen - October 30, 2014 - 9:03 am

Kelly – Love your Halloween decorating! I have been meaning to “start” decorating for Halloween for weeks. Now I guess I better just wait and do Thanksgiving/Fall! The day after Halloween my neighbor starts decorating for Christmas and skips fall all together!
Oh, and peeps and smores are my favorite! Too bad I live so far away or I would send my kids to Trick-or-Treat at your house! We live so far out in the country we don’t even get Trick-or-treaters! Happy Halloween!

Julia G. - October 30, 2014 - 9:43 am

Love the touches of yellow and black and absolutely love the ‘smores treat bags!

Barb - October 30, 2014 - 10:14 am

“The Ghost & Mr. Chicken” with Don Knotts is about as scary as I like to get on Halloween.

classic•casual•home - October 30, 2014 - 1:08 pm

WOW…this looks great!!! Love the s’mores idea and your pretty mantel.

JenniferfromVA - October 30, 2014 - 4:04 pm

I always love to take my afternoon break and check out your blog. I don’t always comment, but you can BET I am ALWAYS reading!!

Pam Jenkins - October 30, 2014 - 10:56 pm

I love fall decor almost as much as Christmas. Your house looks lovely, as always. The s’mores are SO cute!

Peggy - October 30, 2014 - 11:33 pm

Lovely! I am not big on scary decorations, either. My spiders don’t need any extra help with webs. The treats of Peeps s’mores are so cute. I still make special bags for my grown children. Do you think we ever outgrow “trick or treating” ?

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