Oct 31, 2011

Halloween amongst the Hats & Horses...

Halloween has fallen right in amongst the Hats & Horses 
in Melbourne this year - for it is the Spring Racing Carnival.
All talk is about the Melbourne Cup tomorrow:
which hat to wear, which horse to win & which witch for Halloween.
My Victorian Gothic themed Halloween dinner party on Saturday
was a marvelous excuse to bring out antique glass jelly moulds,
filled with artemesia flowers & lemon balm from the garden.

One of the guests took the Victorian theme quite literally, 
and arrived as a soot-covered chimney sweep.
Name cards printed onto heavy cream stock
were clipped into these antique place card holders.
{They are from the 19th century - and wonderful for dinner parties.}
With Halloween tonight, 
and horse races all around us,
it's hard not to get into the spirit of fun & festivities.

I hope you have a fabulous Halloween, 
wherever you are,
because one is never too old to dress up,
for the races or for Halloween.

table setting images: blue fruit

9 comments:

  1. Hi Virginia

    Pretty racing photos and the dinner you had - how gorgeous.

    I hope the soot stayed put though :))

    loving the Filly's as you know - my husband is off again to the races tomorrow and I am having a small family party together with a few bets here and there.  Next year we may get to Melbourne and attend Flemington - one never knows.
    For some strange reason each year of Melbourne Cup - I have to have Caesar Salad. Go figure!  I go a year without it and on cup day I love it??!!
    No stop trying to sum me up :)

    have a wonderful day

    loulou, from hereiamloulou blog

    x

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  2. Yum - love Caesar salad! Rich but extremely delicious. Yes, the soot stayed put - it was a great costume and he even brought a cobweb broom so he could "fly"' home on it like a witch - so it was a clever outfit for Halloween. Vxx

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  3. Another lovely post Virginia...happy Halloween to you too ;)

    Claudia xo

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  4. Gorgeous post Virginia - loved the dinner table setting - very cool indeed.
    Have a great start to your week,
    Happy Halloween,
    Axx

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  5. Hattatt Janeandlance31/10/11 6:13 PM

    Hello Virginia:
    Your 'seasonal' dinner party looks to have been arranged with great style with not a cut out pumpkin in sight. We should have expected absolutely no less from you and are sure that you all had, including the chimney sweep, the most wonderful time.

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  6. Hello Claudia. Thank you! Vxx

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  7. Hi Anya - it is a lovely way to start the week with a 4 day long weekend here - oh luxury! Vxx

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  8. Thank you Jane + Lance! You always say the most delightful & flattering things! Ah, yes, I don't quite do the pumpkin thing for Halloween - pumpkins are fairly meaningless as a symbol here as it is spring in Australia. We are excited that summer is just around the corner! But it is really a fabulous excuse to have some fun with some themed decorations - and I can't resist that. Vxx

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  9. renee finberg1/11/11 3:45 AM

    love this.

    xx

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