Q&A Day October 16, 2018

Q&A Day Vol. 3

Reader Question

I love your home décor/entertaining style, and was wondering what you might do for an elegant Halloween-themed dinner? Ideas for décor, menu, and entertaining items would be much appreciated! – Cassidy S.

When planning any celebration, I start by considering the occasion at hand and how I want to make guests feel as they arrive. My favorite things about Halloween are the opportunity to have fun dressing up and to indulge in sweet treats. With that in mind, I can imagine throwing a harvest-inspired dinner that’s more on the healthy side (maybe this as the main dish with this and this on the side), followed by a decadent selection of desserts (this blog has tons of impressive, party-ready dessert recipes in the archives)!

I draw so much inspiration from natural elements and flowers when I’m decorating for an event, and a Halloween party is no exception. For an elevated interpretation of the cliche orange-and-black color palette, opt for rustic buffalo check linens, copper details, a gorgeous wreathmatte black plates and candlesticks. Combining textures throughout the party adds interest and creates warmth, so I love the combination of felt, pods, slate, and mercury glass in the products below. Happy Halloween!

Copper Votive Holders

These varying copper mercury glass votive holders add a collected feel and a touch of sparkle to the table.

Buffalo Check Napkins

Classic black and white buffalo check linens and napkins are a cozy, classic choice for any fall celebration.

Black Pillar Candlesticks

Create dimension throughout your decor by using these elegant candleholders, which come in three heights.

Black Taper Candle Holders

I love the look of taper candles arranged down a long table. These matte black ones are just right for Halloween.

Felt Pumpkins

Available in two sizes and colors, these felt pumpkins add a charming touch of texture to your decor.

Pumpkin Chocolate Truffles

Welcome guests to the table with a sweet treat by setting one of these festive truffles at each place setting.

Pinecone and Pods Wreath

Especially for the holidays, no front door is complete without a wreath. This one has amazing dimension and color.

Matte Black Candle

I stick to unscented candles in the dining room, but always light a seasonally scented candle in the powder room when I’m entertaining.

Pumpkin Pie Macarons

Not only are these macarons delicious, they also add the perfect pop of color to a Halloween dessert table.

Copper Mugs

Copper mugs make any occasion feel more festive, and keep guests’ cocktails extra cold while they’re chatting.

Matte Black Dinner Plates

The showstopper of your tablescape, these matte black plates are both elegant and dramatic.

Slate Cheese Board

While this board is perfect for pre-dinner charcuterie and cheese, it can also serve as a trivet if you’re serving dinner family-style.

Reader Question

How do you use your hair appliances (like your curling iron) overseas? Is there a special adapter that can handle that much power, or do you have separate heat styling tools to use in Europe? – Amy I.

I always leave my blow dryer at home, since almost every hotel bathroom is stocked with one (and I try to let my hair air dry as often as possible anyway). I do, however, travel with my usual curling iron, which is dual voltage. We don’t go anywhere abroad without this travel adapter, which we highly recommend, especially for any appliances that produce heat. These items have a large amp draw, which can blow the fuse on cheaper adapters. This particular adapter has a self-resetting fuse in case you do blow the fuse. Additionally, this adapter actually stays plugged into power outlets, which we find a major problem with other adapters. For any electronics you use abroad, make sure your items are dual voltage (120-240V), or, if you travel frequently, consider investing in a new dual voltage option. You might be wondering, “What about converters?” We always avoid them, as we’ve never had good experiences.

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