Monday, October 31, 2016

A Halloween Table for Friends

 I thought I would repost this from last year for today, which is Halloween. We will be going to Colleen's to go trick or treating with her, can't wait!!! Hope you enjoy this repost!!!We hosted 3 other couples last week for a small dinner party. I decided to do a Halloween table. It is fun, and I had all the elements. These couples had not been here since right before we moved in so ALOT has changed. They hadn't seen the bar, deck or patio or the paint! It was a fun night! I will share the menus too at the end of the post. I have had this lantern on the table and started out leaving it, but then decided to REALLY go Halloween! 
 My black, white and orange checked table cloth and matching napkins are perfect.
 I brought out this witch, placed her on the pedestal and surrounded her with a rag strip wreath that I made several years ago. I will make another next year with wired ribbon that will not be so droopy!
 The lace covered pumpkin matches the witch's skirt! The little sparkly witch is one of my favorites.
 The napkins are gathered in these curly ribbon napkin rings.
 White chargers, orange ruffled plates, black and white dessert plates, and an orange leaf embossed bowl was for our salad.
 Black handled flatware, and I tried a black boa on the table....
 I removed the boa, it was too much

 I think she is kinda cute:)
 She wears a boa around her neck
 The 2 witches shoes are votive holders.

 We removed the witch before we sat down so we had room for the food:)
 We had chicken marsala that Joe made. His recipe is DELICIOUS! I will share the recipe at the end.
 Caesar salad in my pumpkin bowl,

 Pierogies in the glass bowl.

 Here is the recipe for the chicken marsala:
1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 (6 to 8 ounce) boneless, skinless chicken cutlets, cut in half horizontally and pounded thin.
1 medium onion sliced and halved
2 Tbls. olive oil
2 Tbls butter
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup Marsala
1/4 cup dry sherry
1 can beef broth (some people use chicken broth but we prefer the beef)
lemon pepper
garlic powder
cayenne pepper
Saute onions in 1 Tbsp. butter and 1 Tbsp olive oil. Season to taste with the lemon pepper, garlic powder and cayenne pepper. When the onions are soft and clear, add 1/4 cup dry sherry and 1/4 cup marsala.Simmer for a few minutes and then add the beef broth. Remove pan from heat and set aside.
Put the flour in a bowl and season to taste with the lemon pepper, garlic powder and cayenne pepper. Dredge the chicken breasts in the flour mixture. Brown the breasts in a pan with 1 Tbsp butter and 1 Tbsp olive oil. When the breast have been browned deglaze the pan with a little marsala and dump the onions and broth mixture into the pan. Add another 1/4 cup of marsala and simmer the chicken for about 15 mins., turning the chicken half way through.
Make a rue with 2 Tbsp. of the flour mixture and a little more marsala, Use this to thicken the gravy. Add the mushrooms and cook for about 5-6 minutes til softened.
This serves 2, we adjusted for 8 people for our party.


  1. What a fun dinner party. I know they loved your table and food too! She is an adorable witch and all of the black and orange make it such a festive table! How lucky they are to be your guests!!

  2. Oh my word, this is gorgeous. I love your setting and the witch is amazing. Great recipe too. I will definitley keep that one.

  3. Love this table. Menu sounds so yummy. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  4. Pinky, I love it when people show what food they are serving, and I know that it is a hassle because you have your guests there, and it is hard to take photos. Such a nice cheery Halloween table. I love your new witch. She looks like a nice old gal. Love the orange bowls and the black and white salad plates. Joni

  5. Pinky,
    Oh, dear friend. . .what an adorable black, white and orange tablescape!!!
    Your Halloween theme complete with Witch centerpiece is adorable!!!
    I am m a d about that plaid tablecloth!!!
    Thanks for sharing Joe's recipe!!!

  6. I LOVE your combo of black orange and white Pinky! Everything really pops, and your plate stack is gorgeous! Love your witchy centerpiece, plaid cloth and ribbon napkin rings!

  7. Your guests must have been thrilled to dine at that most boo-tiful table....The Chicken Marsala looks great that your hubby is such a great cook!

  8. Pinky, such a fun and colorful table. Love your leaf bowls. The witch is darling. Such a great menu too. Thanks for sharing this wonderful setting. xo

  9. Wonderful tablescape! And your recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  10. So much to rave about here! Your tablescape looks fantastic with that gorgeous orange/black/white tablecloth and your dishes are perfectly coordinated - the b/w swirl plate makes such a statement in the dish stack. Fun napkin rings too! I like hearing/seeing what people "try out" when setting a table and enjoyed seeing the lantern and the boa which didn't make the cut. Joe's cooking looks delish! Wish I'd been one of your guests!

  11. I love your table Pinky! The checked tablecloth and napkins is so festive and cheery with your fun napkin rings! Your witchy centerpiece is too cute! Joe's Marsala sounds wonderful!

  12. Love the dishes with your checked tablecloth. Good combination, so cute for Halloween.

  13. Pinky, I love this table. The tablecloth and those awesome dishes and bowls are fantastic. Loving the witch centerpiece What fun and creative table you have shared with us at our Halloween Tablescape Link Party.

  14. You have outdone yourself! I love your pumpkin bowl. And...your table decorations are just over the top. Love the black lantern, your witch, and well, everything. The plaid tablecloth is something I would love. Your table is perfectly put together! Sheila

  15. Love you table Pinky! Starting with the tablecloth but most of all the cute witch on the wreath! Love the dish stack and the leaf bowl. I love chicken marsala even though I don't like mushrooms!

  16. I fell in love with this table when I seen the plaid cloth.

  17. What a great Halloween table! Your witch is my kind of girl - not scary at all, just cute! And I love your plaid orange, black and white tablecloth. What a great choice. And your food looked very good too. Wish I was there!

  18. Now this is a fun table! I like that you have kept it simple for a dinner party and managed to have it be playful and perfect for the season.

  19. I remember admiring this table last year Pinky, especially the orange and black plate stacks, Halloween yet on the elegant side-

  20. Beautiful and fun, Pinky! I know that your dinner guests must love when you host dinner gatherings!


Thanks you for leaving your lovely comments. xo, Pinky

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