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Halloween is almost here, are you “party ready”?  No, you say, well you’re in luck!  I’ve put together some of the best entertaining essentials right here at your fingertips and the best part is you can re-use almost all of it long after the holiday is gone!  

First up Lanterns!  I feel like they are always a good idea!  They give off a kind of spooky glowy lighting to really set the mood for Halloween.  The ones I’ve picked out are simple and I feel like these could be used year-round either indoors or on your porch.  I keep several around my house and they always come in handy for events.

When it comes to table settings or food display areas, I always like to have a combination of high and low serving pieces to create dimension and height.  I picked this marble pedestal because as you know marble is so in right now, but it’s also classic and I like the way the gray streaking almost looks like spider webs.  The black organic serving dishes are perfect for your low serving piece.  This may look familiar to you if you’ve been following along with the blog.  I use this for quite a few of the photos you see and I can truly say that it is a nice sturdy piece and you’re going to love it or at least I do anyway!

Instead of doing the same old orange, black, and white every year I decided to glam it up a bit and add hints of orangey copper in with just a twinge of silver detailing.  Copper is such a popular item but it can be a little overwhelming to do everything in copper.  That’s why I only chose to use it for the flatware, wine glasses, and the punch bowl.  The spider web plates have a little bit of copper detailing but the majority of it is black so it breaks it up a bit.

For festiveness, I thought that the paper straws and bat confetti would be the perfect addition to the soiree without being too in your face.  Don’t get me, wrong guys, I love Halloween.  In fact, I start looking forward to it in January but having everything with Halloween patterns on it can really overwhelm a space and your guests.  Keep it simple, start with solid colors or natural finishes then add in little by little.  If it starts to get cluttered take a step back and remove some items to find the right balance.  Oh and I almost forgot, how cool are these marbled linen napkins?  I’ve never seen anything like these before but I really like them!  I think this was probably my favorite part of this post and they are currently in my shopping cart! All heart eyes!!!

I’ve listed all of my special finds for your convenience below.

I hope you enjoyed this post and as always thanks for reading!  Do you have any big party plans this Halloween?  I’d love to hear all about it!  Please feel free to post in the comments below.

Cheers- Ashley Nicole







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  • Cold days like these make me want to cozy up with a warm blanket and look through sunny photos of past vacations while day dreaming up our next adventure together. 
Last year, my husband and I visited St. John and The British Virgin Islands and we had such an amazing time that I decided  to surprise him by capturing our favorite vacation moments with a custom photo book. 
Luckily, @google photos just launched a new photo book feature so I decided to try it out and I couldn’t believe how easy it was to create. It literally took minutes to put it together! 
If you have an anniversary, birthday, or “just because” dates coming up I would definitely recommend adding your own personal touch with one of these keepsakes! 
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  • Just a smudge.... Have you ever used sage/smudge sticks to clear out negative energy? I know it sounds crazy but I absolutely swear by this method!!! Sometimes you just need a smudge, ya know?! P.S. you can now shop my looks and decor via @liketoknow.it 
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  • Does anyone feel weird when the new year starts mid week? It’s kind of like when you’re at the crossing between 2 states with one foot on both sides.... I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m working on moving forward but I’m also having to look back on things in order to get there. Does this make sense? #newyearnewbeginnings #makeitcount #wrapitup
  • Welcoming 2019 with open arms! Last night Jamie (my husband) and I spent a nice quiet evening at home. I made Hoppin John, Collard Greens, Corn Bread, and Pork Chops. We ended the night watching the ball drop from bed and slept in for the first time since I can’t remember when. It was perfect! Just exactly what we needed to rejuvenate ourselves for the 1st day of the year. Today we took down all the Christmas decor and talked about some things we’d like to do/change in our home this year with a fresh new perspective. Lots of ideas sparking over here! Looking forward to new beginnings and new projects! Hope y’all had an amazing New Year’s! 
#newbeginnings #2019hereicome #newyearnewgoals
  • Cheers to the weekend! 🥂Currently contemplating whether I should take down our Christmas decor or leave it up til New Year’s Day. What are your thoughts on this? I need some advice 🙃

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  • Taking in all of nature’s beauty and gathering a bundle to take home as an everyday reminder that life and beauty can be found in the simplest ways if we just look for it. 
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