Welcome to Boxwood Cottage!

So glad that you found me! My blog is about everything I love like gardening, decorating my home & garden and crafting. Although I'm from Germany I write my blog in English so that hopefully every visitor can read it. Hope you'll stay a while and will leave me a comment so that I know that you were here! xoxo Carola

Monday, October 31, 2011

About Fall & Halloween party preparations for tonight

Welcome back to my spooky cottage and the Halloween party preparations for All Hallows Eve!
I found these cabinet cards at the flea market last year and immediately saw the witches potential of these old ladies also I had to alter them a bit he he he
Aren't they spooky?

We are enjoying a wonderful Fall over here in Germany so far with lot's of warm and sunny days and the garden is not looking spooky at all but still blooming beautifully in pretty shades of pink and purple:

I started with my fall decor back in September by picking flower bouquets from the garden to dry like the Annabelle hydrangea and hens & chicks as well as by buying the first pumpkins:

We went to a pumpkin farm festival in September and my pumpkin collection started to grow, I was lucky to find the beautiful cream white and green pumpkins this year:

Then on a very warm and sunny September weekend we had a family pumpkin carvin feast on my sisters porch and this is what came out of it:

My daughter did our house number in a huge orange pumpkin which came out really great I think and I did the owl  in a smaller white pumpkin, my niece, nephew and sister did the 3 smaller ones. You can see that my nephew loves NewYork.

 And this is what my owl pumpkin looked like when I brought it home:

Unfortunately our carved pumpkins didn't last any longer than 2 weeks because it was still to hot outside and the little fruit flies came to munch on all our carved pumpkins until they started to rot and decay :(

 So we had to come up with some other ways for this years Halloween party decor. I started to paint some pumpkins black. A real one and a faux one and even the real one in the picture above still looks good.

 I printed and cut out lot's of templates and pictures that I found through Pinterest and through Karen's Graphics Fairy blog and framed them in black oval frames which I bought in Sweden this Summer and I made black cardboard bats and crows and a garland.

I painted a plank with black chalkboard paint which I had cutted for my old window and then added some spiderwebs to it, chalk ones and wire ones. Of course a bowl of treats is very important for tonight and my daughter baked some yummy peanut butter cupcakes yesterday which I still have to take a picture of.

 In my room divider transome window I hung lot's of crows and bats, a moon face and the two cabinet card witches I showed you close up at the beginning of this post.

Bats are also flying from lamps and cupboards and so on around the house:

 Here is a close up of my table decor:

I found these old apothecary jars at the antique market yesterday morning and thought they'd add some magic to my Halloween decor:

Bat's flying from the stairs:

 I saw these google eyed pumpkins on Pinterest two days ago and since I had found the chocolate eyeballs in our super market last week (note: It's not so easy to find special Halloween sweets, treats and decorations over here since Halloween is not a German tradition) I just had to try them out on one of my last bigger pumpkins, doesn't he look cute?

And some of the eyeballs I put in my wooden hand for a hopefully more spooky effect lol

Well now we are all prepared for our little party tonight and I just hope that the kids ( my niece and nephews and neighborhood kids) are going to like it, what do you think?

Wishing a fun All Hallows Eve to all of you my friends!

I'm already all in the mood for Christmas decor now lol especially after we had the switch back to Winter time yesterday and it is getting dark at 5 pm now plus I found some gorgeous vintage Christmas treasures at the antique market yesterday morning and now I can't wait to start decorating.

I'd also like to thank all the lovely blogging friends and readers for the warm welcome back comments on my last post. It's fun to be back on blogging! :)

xoxo~ Carola


Nicole´s buntes Haus said...

Deine Deko ist wunderschön.Besonders gut gefallen mir die Raben auf den Kürbissen.

stadtgarten said...

Liebe Carola,
ich wünsche Dir auch ein Happy Halloween - bei Deiner schaurigschönen Deko muss das ja toll werden.
Liebe Grüße, Monika

The Sparkly Fairy said...

Wow! Your house decor is amazing! Happy Halloween!

Grace said...

what fabulous decorations!! Happy Halloween Grace

rachel@Acts of Life said...

Carola your home looks so fabulous! I love all your decor...you have great vintage pieces and make everything look perfect together. I am sure your party will be a huge success! I would love for you to stop by my blog sometime :)

All the best,

Rachel xoxo

oldgreymare said...

Carola, it looks wonderful and spooky and I know the kids will have a grand time!

I always enjoy seeing how you decorate for the holidays.You take such joy in it and it shows.
Happy Halloween!

Mary - Vintage Cottage said...

It's all too spooky for me, but what a wonderful transformation you have made! The photos of your garden look like summer shots. Have a wonderful Halloween party with your family.
Mary XX

Ivy and Elephants said...

Hi Carola!
I love all your Halloween decor, I could never tell that it is not celebrated there. The owl over the mirror and the white pumpkin with the candy eyeballs are my favorites.
Gorgeous post as always.
Happy Halloween!

Recycled Rita said...

Your home is so beautiful, I would love to just sit and enjoy each little vignette- any time of the year! Happy late Halloween!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Your Halloween decoration is just fabulous, dear Carola! I love all your vignettes and the transom window. I'm sure your party was a big success. What a shame that the carved pumpkins didn't last longer. They had all turned out so pretty.
Vielen Dank für Deine liebe e-mail! Ich melde mich nächste Woche ausführlich bei Dir.
Ganz herzliche Grüße und einen schönen Herbsttag

Cape Cod Washashore said...

Hello Carola! I was just coming here to tall you I'd returned to blogging after several months off, and I see you'd done the same! ;) Your Halloween decor is fabulous -- I didn't realize finding Halloween candies was so hard in Germany... please remind me next year and I'd be glad to send you some (I'm always buying candy for all the school parties I help with)! I look forward to seeing your Christmas decorations... have a Happy Weekend! -Louise from Cape Cod

Jean Knee said...

fantastic decorating!!

Norsia said...

I just love your blog :) it`s always interesting to see new things here and read aboat your decorations :)I`m very exiting to see what you are making for christmas :)

Kjersti Nathalie


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