Tuesday, October 16, 2012

POE'S The Raven, Inspired Theme

Getting ready for my Bunco girlfriends was a real treat for me.
I mentioned last post, about finding my Grandma's Edgar Allan
Poe's book of poems & stories. I was so taken with The Raven,
it inspired me, and before I knew it, my creative juices were flowing,
I had more ideas than time!
Take a look!
~my dining room platters~ 
I wrote part of The Raven around the edges,
I got the idea off Pinterest, from here.
I had so much fun with this theme!
~I covered my shades in black lacey paper~
You'll notice I used the lace paper on several
other craft items as well!

~I draped my chandelier with a dollar store find~
I also added a very cool glittery Raven from JoAnn's
for a little extra bling!
~polka dots, polka dot, polka dot...Nevermore~
~ I made 14 tussie mussies, so each guest could take one home~
My sweet neighbor Inez came over the afternoon of my
Bunco party, and helped decorate, she filled, and attached
each tussie mussie to the back of all twelve chairs!!!
~angel in costume~
~last year I found 5 beautiful lace panels for my windows~
Such a wonderful find at Value Village for either 5.99 or 6.99 ea...
Such a deal!
I looove pennants, so of course I had to make some
to match everything else...(notice above the lace panels).

 ~more of the dollar store erie material~
~the mantel is so much fun~
Martha had wall clings, that are so much fun!
I of course was attracted to the crow/raven
and branch, it seemed to go right along with
my wreath! I added a black feather boa and
a fun crow, that I added a hat, and crepe paper too!
~I had candy for each of the 3 tables, refills from here~
Mr. & Mrs. Bear in costume too...
 ~ my beautiful old gray & black shawl~
I also draped my black one over my love seat,
(someone sat here, and it got a little messy),
ever so pretty...
 ~I had so much fun with this~
My dessert plates came from the dollar store,
I used Sharpie markers, to draw my design
and then I baked them for 30 minutes at 350 degrees,
to set the ink! I looove the way they turned out!
Each table had a different table cloth, the head table
in my dining room had a black lace tablecloth
with spider webs, and spiders all over it, from
The other table had a plain black table cloth on it,
with a spider web cutout placemat centerpiece, 
and adorable white napkin rings with black polka dots!
~I had a silver pumpkin on all three Bunco tables,
with a Raven on top for the centerpiece~
I found this lovely Harlequin fabric at the thrift store,
I also found 12 brand new black napkins there too...
I attached a strip of paper left over from the tussie mussies
and the pennants, to tie in the napkin rings.
~ this is one of my manny's with witches garb~
~an old costume from my Grandson last year~
Ooops, my camera gets tossed on the outside of this
door all the time for easy access!
~my dining room table~
Sadly I didn't get one picture of all the tussie mussies
tied to the back of all the chairs...
~it's hard to see the black lace panels on these pictures~
~this is what greeted my Bunco girlfriends~
~the ghost pumpkin totem~
This was a hoot to make, I did have trouble
attaching each pumpkin to the other...
I used skewers, but I kept knocking them
Finally I got them to work!!!
I spray painted the middle pumpkin
with Krylon, and had some problems
getting the white paint to stick, but all in
all it was easy, and I looove the way it turned out!
We had a great time, I enjoy this group of gals so much,
and they were all good sports, and wore black, some
even came in costume...Birds in their hair, what fun!!!
I'm linking to these blog parties, please take a few minutes,
to visit, and see what's going on. You won't believe
how crafty, and the fun were all having from
coast to coast!!!
 Thank YOU sooo much for visiting my blog, I'd
looove it if  you left me a comment, it's really wonderful
kind of like a present!!! Thanks again for visiting!
Always, Debbie~


joanne said...

It looks like you had way too much fun decorating! I just love it...even though I'm not really a Halloween freak. I love Poe, you did a great job and it sounds like everyone had fun...;j

Pamela said...

Love all your black and white spooky decor. Thanx for sharing at THT!

Karen said...

You did a great job, we are kindred with our colors. Love those cones, heck I love it all. Thanks for stopping by.

Debbie said...

Oh my goodness!!!
You really went all out for your Bunco party!
How fun!
Everything looks great!

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Wow! What a clever way to decorate for Halloween! Nicely done.