Sunday, October 23, 2011

~~~A BeWITCHing Table!!!~~~

Hi everyone! On Friday night we hosted our dinner group and since today is Joe's birthday, we also celebrated his birthday! Since Halloween is near, I decided to do a halloween table. I don't DO spooky but I have several "cute" witches:) So, here is the table. I used this black, orange  and white plaid tablecloth, a black placemat, my white chargers, orange dinner plate, black salad plate, and decorative appetizer plate!!!! WHEW!!!! The plaid matching napkin is placed between the dinner and salad plate. The forks are in a small witches boot too!!!

 My centerpiece was my witch, a striped canle and the witches "little sister", both on a cake plate and a matching pumpkin.
 I wrapped 2 different ribbons around the pillar candle.
 Sorry this one is blurry..
 I think she is KINDA cute????

 Her trick or treat bag
 and her "little sister. Little sister is all BLINGED out:):)
 I also used 2 different witches boot tealight holders. You get a better shot of the fork holders in this shot too.
 There are 4 different appetizer plates...this is the pumpkin....
 I used my pumpkin placecards and placecard holders and individual tiny tealights at each place.
 One of the boots and..
 the other one.

 a cat..
 an owl..
 a ghost.
 See how the lace matches the withches skirt!

 I have had these 2 candle holders for about 25 years! I still love them. I placed each one on a brown ceramic candlestick

 This jack o lantern sits on the server

 also on the server is this arrangement that I showed you before. See the raised leaves on the bowl?
 and a little bling on the garland
 A real pumpkin and a beaded pumpkin.
 I used my black handled flatware too.
Here is the creole as it was cooking!

 Come on in everyone, it's time to EAT!!!!
 We had Joe's fabulous crab cakes for our appetizer. I served them on a bed of spinach.

 The creole went in my soup tureen.
 Here is the recipe for the creole. We always serve it over rice. Everyone LOVED it and the crab cakes. My girlfriend also brought some homemade tarter sauce that is out of this world. I will post that recipe soon too!!!! I will be joining Yvonne for On The Menu Monday. Click on her button on my sidebar. I will also be joining these parties too:
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Motivated Monday at Be Colorful
Making the World Cuter Monday at Making the World Cuter
More the Merrier Monday at DIY Home Sweet Home Project
Savvy Homemade Monday at Home Savvy A to Z
Tabletop Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tutorials and Tips Tuesday at Home Stories A to Z
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
It's A Party on Thursday at A Creative Princess
Show and Share on Thursday at Southern Lovely
Open House Party Thursday at No Minimalist Here
Share Your Creations on Thursday at Kristen's Creations
Hookin’ Up on Thursday with House of Hepworths
Addicts (not so) Anonymous on Friday at Addicted 2 Decorating
Inspiration Friday at At the Picket Fence
Saturday Nite Special at Funky Junk Interiors
Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming
The creole recipe:

Shrimp Creole

Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse
Prep Time:
15 min
Inactive Prep Time:
Cook Time:
45 min
6 to 8 servings


  • 4 ounces (1 stick) butter
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 1 cup chopped green bell peppers
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • Salt and cayenne
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 pounds peeled, seeded and chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • Dash of Worcestershire Sauce
  • Dash of hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 1/2 pounds of large shrimp, peeled, tail-off, and deveined
  • Essence, recipe follows
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 4 cups cooked long-grain white rice


In a large saucepan (one gallon), over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the onions, peppers, and celery to the pan. Season the vegetables with salt and cayenne. Saute the vegetables until they are wilted, about 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in the bay leaves, tomatoes, and garlic. Season with salt and cayenne. Bring the mixture up to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer the mixture for about 15 minutes. If the mixture becomes too dry add some water. Season the mixture with the Worcestershire Sauce and hot sauce. Whisk the flour and water together. Add the flour mixture to the tomato mixture and continue to cook for 4 to 6 minutes. Season the shrimp with Essence. Add the shrimp to the mixture and continue to cook for about 4 to 6 minutes or until the shrimp turn pink and curl up. Stir in the green onions and parsley.
Check the seasoning and add more salt and cayenne if needed. Serve the Shrimp Creole spooned over the rice.

Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
Combine all ingredients thoroughly.
Yield: 2/3 cup
 Thanks so much for stopping by. Please leave me a comment so I know you were here! I love reading your comments!!!! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!!! We went to Longwood Gardens today and I will post that soon. XO, Pinky


  1. Oh Pinky this is too gorgeous for words! Your spooky plates are adorable, such creations and fabulous elements you've used for this Halloween table. The witches boot is my favorite, so whimsy everything...Happy birthday to Joe, so many birthdays in Oct., even mine! Love the tabletopper orange and black, The witch centerpiece is terrific and the striped candle is awesome! Happy Halloween and have a lovely week my friend. FABBY

  2. Well for someone who doesn't usually "do" Halloween, you did a great job!! I love how creative your table setting is. I'm sure your husband really enjoyed the meal you made for him and all the decorations.

  3. Pinky,
    This sounds great! Know Joe had a wonderful time at his "bewitching" party! That table cloth is the first thing to catch my eye...gorgeous!!!

  4. Very cute Pinky! I like 'em spooky and or cute! Your fun accents are adorable! I like that witches shoe and the plates are cute! What a fun way to celebrate your husband's birthday!

  5. Fun table Pinky, love the cute appy plates! I haven't had crab cakes in a while and do enjoy them, and the creole sounds great:@)

  6. Oh Pinky...your plaid tablecloth is PERFECTLY bewitching! I adore your stack of plates topped with a different design and I'm totally under the spell of your friendly trick-or-treating witch too! :) Your creole recipe looks & sounds wonderful~ Happy Birthday wishes to Joe!

  7. Wow, this is totally adorable. I can't believe all the really cute Halloween decor you've found. Love the shoes and the witches, your hutch in the background is decorated so beautifully too. Wow, I am totally impressed. Happy Birthday to Joe. Hugs, Marty

  8. What a fun birthday celebration you planned for your honey, Pinky! I love all your Halloween decor & the creole sounds fabulous!! I'll bet the birthday boy was so happy!!!

  9. Happy Birthday Joe! What a fun looking table Pinky. Love that witch!

  10. Oh my, the crab cakes and creole are making my mouth water..and hunger is setting in... Wishing I had some, right now.

    Your table looks so delightful! Love it!

  11. Your table is so cute Pinky ~ and Halloweeny in a really nice way. I'll bet your friends loved it. It is always nice to see a table that people actually eat at!!
    Dinner looked great too ~ fun evening I'll bet.
    Happy BD to your husband.

  12. Pinky, Hocus Pocus are the words that come to nind! What a bewitching table for sure! YOur dear little witch is so cute. I LOVE those boots. They made me laugh out loud!!!
    I WOULD eat your creole. YUMMY! And thanks for the "essence"
    Thanks for bringing your cuter-side-of-Halloween tablescape and your yummy creole!
    xo Yvonne

  13. You did a fabulous job, Pinky...very Halloween without going over the top. Great pumpkins and your dishes are perfect! Love your tablecloth and napkins. I bet you had a lot of compliments!! Happy birthday to your husband!!!


  14. Very cool! What time did you say those crab cakes would be ready? YUM!

  15. I hope hubby had a very happy Birthday! The table looks magical! I love the witch boots - how great are they!
    Have a lovely evening, Pinky!
    ~ Wendi ~

  16. Beautiful table! You are Good! Happy Birthday to Joe.Looks like a great dinner.Thanks for sharing,Joann

  17. Pinky this is such a fun table. I love your plaid linen and those wonderful little little witch shoe candles are great. I like cute witches too as you can tell. The creole looks wonderful.

  18. Great tablescape and Halloween decor. The Witch on the table is totally cute! Love it.
    Have a Great Week!
    ~Rainey~ @ The Project Table

  19. OOO, Pinky...this is the CUTEST table I've seen. I love everything about it. I LUV your cute witches and MUST have a few by this time next year. Where will I find them, I wonder....'twill be fun searching for them. :))
    Thanks for throwing such a wonderful Halloween dinner for us all to share. xoxo bj

  20. What a cute Halloween table! Great job.My fav is the witch boot. Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  21. Hi Pinky,
    Your table look like it would be so much fun, I really like you Halloween plates. Your Creole recipe looks delicious! Thank you for sharing and hope you will have a wonderful week!
    Miz Helen

  22. Hi Pinky, what a fabulous table. I love all the attention to the smallest detail and the witch in the centerpiece is divine.

    Happy birthday to Joe. I know he loved his special tablescape.


    Barb ♥

  23. I love it all! Everything is just perfect for the bewitching hour or evening. Thanks for the recipes too!


  24. I love it all! Everything is just perfect for the bewitching hour or evening. Thanks for the recipes too!


  25. How fun! Love the witch! She is kind of cute ;)

  26. Such a cute and inviting table, Pinky. It's Halloweeny without being spooky. Love it!

  27. Happy Birthday to your Sweet hubby, Joe! You made a darling table to those witchy boots with the silverware in them. I've always wanted to do that with stockings at Christmas time & I forget every year.

    I just copied down the recipe for the creole & can't wait to try it. YUMMO! Thanks!


  28. Well, I must say your table is just so festive and lets everyone know "a party is going on" here. The plates are just the cutest ever and playful in the mix. The witch's boot votive is really it!!

  29. I love your fun appetizer plates. The whole table is just beautiful. It looks like you are going to have a great party for your hubby.

  30. SO fun and festive! You scored with this big time, Pinky! It just has fall written all over it. The table just looks smart and cute, both at the same time!



  31. Pinky -- So well put together - I LOVE the plaids and those witches are top-notch. Your orange plates are my favorite though :)


  32. What a spooktacular tablescape!

    Thank you for the recipes.

  33. Cute table, Pinky...the witch is adorable. Love the plaid linens.
    Wishing your hubby a very happy birthday.
    Have a great weekend!

  34. LOVE the tablecloth and napkins! And your witch and other decorations are so cute! I love the striped candle and you have a fabulous pumpkin collection! And REAL food! Yum!!!

  35. This is adorable and bewitching too! Your hubby must have enjoyed all your effort.

    Thanks so much for sharing this delightful tablescape with Potpourri Friday!

  36. You did a wonderful job, Pinky!!! I know Joe and your guests were all thrilled with your efforts! Your table has all the fun elements of Halloween without being gory. I really like the striped candles! Looking at that food makes me extra hungry right now! Great job!

  37. Love your bewitching table! Thanks for sharing those yummy recipes. I hope to try a few. Happy Halloween!

  38. Wonderful table! Love those boot candle holders...and everything else!

  39. Love the halloween table! The tablecloth is perfect and those plates are cute! That cake with Joe is too fun! My hubby will be 65 next Feb.- hard to believe!

  40. What a great table~looks like you had a great time for the birthday party. Love your tablecloth and napkins :) Jennifer

  41. Yum, creole, a real favorite of mine. Your table is done just right, and I can't believe you found the absolute perfect tablecloth!


Thanks you for leaving your lovely comments. xo, Pinky

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