Hope you all are gearing up for a fun and happy Halloween. While I could be happier, I’m kiiiind of in an alright-ish place for now. Sure I wish I was still on vacation, but enough is going on right now to distract me from the mundane, barren existence which is infertility. As it ends up, we are going to the States for Thanksgiving AND Christmas this year! So in about 3 weeks, I’ll be headed back to the Holy Land of Target and Whole Foods! I want to try a Tofurkey for the first time! I have big plans ya’ll.
SO! Being as Halloween is the only holiday I’ll be here for, I thought I’d share my decorations and what-not. We are going to have a party on Friday, which is the actual date of Halloween for those who don’t know. Unfortunatly, as Halloween hasn’t quite caught on too much here in Switzerland, I doubt we’ll get any Trick or Treaters! :( A tip I picked up from Lausanne Mom, is to put a small Halloween decoration on your mailbox. That way, if there happen to be ToT’ers in your area, they’ll know that they are welcomed to ring your bell!
Keeping in the tradition of the past few years, we themed our party this year. I won’t reveal the theme just yet. But the first year was 80s-90s, then last year was comics. Which I apparently never wrote about? Oh well, I guess it’s because I went through my 3rd mc just a few days later.
I think not as many people are coming to this year’s party as in years passed, because it’s on a work-day, even though it’s a Friday. And you know what, I’m totally fine with that. It’s not like our apartment is huge, and I just have better things to worry about! The people who want to be here, will be here, and I’m happy about that!
As much as I’d love to live permanently on a beach, I do sometimes enjoy the fall, and all that comes with it. Putting up decorations makes our home feel more cozy, and it makes me feel like I’m doing a good job at keeping a nice home! (I know that’s so 50s housewife, but whatever!) One of the compliments that I most love receiving is when people tell me my home looks nice and cozy! And I am by no means a professional, or even that great of a decorator, but I do what I can.
So here is what our “mantle” looks like in all it’s glory:
It kind of has a retro-vibe going on, because most of the decorations are OLD! I have been wanting to frame those old Beistle decorations for years now, so I finally did! According to my mom, they were given to us by a grandmother-figure in the early 80s, and they were old then! So who knows when they are actually from. I think you may still be able to buy reproductions of these designs today.
The pillar candles and holders are from Ikea. The 2 skinny candles in the middle are from my childhood! As well as the pumpkin head ghost candle holder on the left. The mini spider chandelier I got probably about 10 years ago from the dollar store. The plastic pumpkin things that are lit-up are from an old light set. I just pulled the pumpkins off and stuck a light from the leaf set in them.
The bow on top…I have no idea! It could either be from my childhood or the dollar store in my 20s, I can’t remember! And the Peanuts figurines are from Hallmark of course! My mom gave me the Snoopy one on the right this year, and the other one within the last couple of years. They play sounds from The Great Pumpkin!
In addition to our “mantle” I have a few other things up around the house, along with some yummy-smelling candles. Here’s what our dining room table looks like:
How many other people have the ol’ glass pumpkin candy bowl?! It was a staple in my house growing up, and when I was in my 20s, my mom bought one for me!
Speaking of candy, last night I made some peanut butter cups!
This was my 2nd attempt at making pb cups, and I like the results I got this time much better. Although they are a bit melty, since the chocolate is based from coconut oil, and that melts as soon as you touch it! For the chocolate, I used the “chocolate topping recipe” from this pie I made a few weeks ago. I just doubled it a few times. And there are a hundred recipes out there for homemade peanut butter cups! I followed along to this one, using the chocolate I had made. The first time I made them, I just melted vegan chocolate chips. I wasn’t happy doing it that way because I felt it was too much chocolate, too bitter, and it was too hard when you chomped into it. Using the chocolate from Wholly Vegan, you get a nice soft bite! I will keep experimenting though, that’s one awesome thing about being a vegan! You’re always experimenting and trying new things, especially over here where we don’t have the luxury of going to a Whole Foods to grab some Justin’s PB Cups!
Well, I’m off to do some party-prep! How will you be celebrating Halloween? Happy Haunting! :)