Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Worst Dinner Party Ever.

So we invited a couple over for dinner . . . and let me tell you, it was the worst dinner party ever.
It was awful! They didn't talk at all, I totally had to carry the conversation all night.
They barely ate anything . . . and at one point they called us fat! Seriously . . . the nerve! ;) 
The last straw was when he started to smoke a cigar at the dinner table!! Geez! 
All joking aside we are having a dinner party THIS weekend so I set the table in a spooky fashion, our current dinner guests will soon be outside on our front lawn for Halloween night!

I picked up some black fabric for $2 a yard, I needed a yard and a half to do the two black runners. If you can sew a straight line (or even a moderately straight line) you can sew a table runner.
The patterned black fabric on top was part of Lee's Halloween costume last year (it was a cape), he didn't need it this year so I cut it up and sewed two more table runners to layer on top.
We didn't have any napkins with a Halloween vibe so I knew I would have to make a set (and I knew our local fabric store had a sale on Halloween themed fabric). I thought about doing orange but it seemed too . . . expected. So I went with a spooky, kind of yellowy-neon green color with some spooky spiders and spider webs.
Some white plates to pop against the black runners, and some creepy crawly bugs (big pack from Walmart $3).
A bouquet inspired by All Hallows Eve. I chose some dark purple alstroemeria. mixed them with some orange Gerbers, and some bright green button mums. I love the combinations of dark purple, orange, and green, I find it really fresh, but still very "fall". :)
A little skull statue, a la Lee!
And lastly a feather wreath (Walmart $14.99). I bought this wreath for the front door, but we get such gusty winds our here, it kept blowing off and rolling down the street. So we brought it in, used a command hook and hung it on the barn door. I think it's my favorite part!
So, in conclusion,  I don't want to discriminate but if you're having a dinner party I would leave Skeletons off the guest list . . . they are no fun at all! ;)

28 comments:

  1. Ha! Love it all. Especially that flower arrangement - the colors are amazing.

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  2. Love it Ashley. It is going to be an awesome Halloween Dinner party. Can I ask you where did you get the skeletons? They are cute. :)

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  3. Love it! And those flowers are just gorgeous - I love the color combination there.

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  4. You are too funny... when I read the first paragraph, before scrolling down, I was like "OMG! what if they read her blog!"

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  5. Haha I have a 'friend' just like that.. actually posted about him here: http://justininsa.blogspot.com/2012/10/haloween-decor-part-2-outdoors-more.html

    I was thinking the same thing as Caitlin at first! Love the decorations and the beautiful flowers, you have such talent at creating beautiful tablescapes!

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  6. Lol! Love this! The little details are so great - the feather wreath is my favorite!

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  7. Love it, very fun post. Makes me want to host an impromptu Halloween dinner party this weekend!

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  8. OMG! Thanks for the laugh. You are so funny. I knew there was no way Ashli could ever throw a poor dinner party! LOL

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  9. LOL! Thank you for the laugh today. It was needed. Enjoy your dinner party this weekend. I'm sure they'll be more lively than your past guests. :o)

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  10. So Cute! Good luck with the auction today! Loved this post :)

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  11. Evil...disgusting!

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  12. OMG, I love that wreath. I need to see if they have that one here in the midwest. AWESOME!!! I love the skulls in the glass, too! So many great ideas!

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  13. Hahaha!! Love it! This also makes me totally want a sewing machine!! I've been wanting one for awhile but don't know how to sew.... I'm determined to learn so I can make my own napkins and runners to fit the mood!

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  14. Haha! That made me laugh. Before I saw the picture, I thought you legitimately had a bad hosting experience! :)

    Super cute!

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  15. I LOVE that silver apple!! Would you mind sharing where you found it? (Pretty please?) :)

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    1. Hi Casey,
      I found it at Homesense a couple of years ago, but I've seen one just like it on Amazon!!! For a better price too, I might add.
      Hope that helps!
      Ashli

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  16. That is HISTERICAL! Great opening line!LOL!

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  17. Bwhahaha! You totally had me going at first! I was all "What is she thinking?? Those people might read her blog! This seems very insensitive for Ashli. " Nice one ;)

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  18. Your theme looks amazing, you should host/cater small parties at people's homes.

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  19. Love it!!!

    (Wishing I hadn't given my 6 foot skeleton away to a family friend...)

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  20. Well judging by the expression on their faces THEY seem to be having a good time! So did you have to count ribs to determine who is the Miss and who is the Mr. (could be awkward) ... as they seem a little androgynous to me.

    Louise

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    1. And I just have to add that being the old fashioned and stereotypical person that I am I would assume the one with the cigar is the male . .. BUT the other one is sitting in a decidedly unfeminine way! Are they BOTH males? Gets more terrible all the time!;) BIG WINK!

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  21. It's great that you guys have so much fun with Halloween....it's not huge in Australia but is certainly becoming more commercialized and our local supermarket has even started selling pumpkins to carve up. Our little neighbourhood do a little trick or treat (in our case just treats) so the kids are looking forward to that...not looking forward to them having all that sugar hit though....Love the pics. We've just had a few days away camping and have posted some pics' if you want to check it out. www.oureverydaylifeinpictures.blogspot.com Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

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  22. My work blocks blogs but I can read the words with a reader but not see pictures. So when I read the blog about the horrible dinner guests I was amazed someone could be so rude. Today I was able to see the pictures that went along with the words and LOVE your post. The skeltons are so much fun and you are so creative.

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  23. HIlarious! And wonderful decorating. We had a Halloween party this past weekend as well, but it wasn't nearly as well-planned and beautiful as yours-- it was tasty, however. I wrote briefly about it here: http://www.writetasty.blogspot.com/2012/10/anatomy-of-halloween-party.html

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