UncategorizedHalloween Party: Sleepy Hollow Style October 14, 2013Happy Monday, y’all! I hope you had great weekends! The Mr. was out of town over here, so what did I do? I watched a movie or two, cuddled with Gracie girl, did some blog work, fit in a little thrifting…oh, and I started dreaming up a Halloween party! Chris came home yesterday and I was outside on the patio playing around with some fun party decor and he didn’t even say anything. He’s used to it, for sure! I’m so excited to be joining with some other awesome bloggers for a Halloween inspired DIY and giveaway!!! Everything will go live tomorrow and I have just a few things to finish up, but I really wanted to share my inspiration with you today. So, we were asked to do Halloween DIY’s that could be re-purposed after the holiday. With our new patio area, I decided to throw an outdoor Halloween bash! Due to our dumb, crazy schedules, the party can’t happen for a few weeks, but I’m going ahead and putting a tablescape together. I’ve always really liked Halloween. I don’t really decorate so much for it…I usually stick to fall and pumpkins, but sometimes, I like to bring in some Halloween touches. I don’t really do creepy and scary Halloween, but I love things that have a history and might be a little eery. Having a past and Masters in Creative Writing, I tend to favor Halloween founded in literature. One of my favorite stories for Halloween has always been The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. It’s set in this old, haunted English town where everyone is a bit scared of this legend called The Headless Horseman. We follow Ichabod Crane as he has a scary encounter with this Headless Hession of the Hollow, as the story says. I decided to use Sleepy Hollow as my inspiration, but wanted to stay away from having the headless horseman everywhere. I decided instead to do a unique take on the legend. To hint at the Headless Horseman legend, I decided to go with a bit of an equestrian theme, with a little ancient twist. 1. First off, I’m using lots of branches. In the story, we see Ichabod Crane riding through the woods trying to out-run the headless horseman. I picture dark branches hanging eerily overhead. 2. I love this saddle blanket and want to use one like it in my party decor. I love that it brings in a little pattern (not to mention a pattern I really love), but it also is very equestrian. 3. This story is set a long time ago and I picture everything lit by lanterns. For some reason, I picture Mr. Crane fleeing on horseback through the woods holding out a lantern to guide his way. 4. Like, I said…equestrian. And nothing is more equestrian than horse shoes. 5. Instead of having pictures or silhouettes of the headless horseman, I decided to go with horse silhouettes instead. Still hints at the original story, but a bit more my taste. In addition to this, I’ll be bringing in a few pumpkins because Halloween needs pumpkins. I’ll also bring in a quote or two and lots of candles. Check back tomorrow to see the party I came up with! *** On another note, if you haven’t already, make sure you check out these amazing fall house tours. The good stuff just keeps on coming. Kristin from The Hunted Interior shared an amazing fall party out on their patio. Anneke of This, That, and Life did an awesome tour of their new beach house. Michelle from Decor and the Dog also drummed up some fall goodness. And Cassie form Primitive and Proper is sharing her gorgeous fall home tour today. I’m in love with her front porch. That’s the one thing this house is missing to me…a front porch to decorate for every season!