Happy Halloween! I normally don’t give much thought to this particular fall “holiday” (other than a few years ago when I over indulged with a Venetian Masquerade Fête). But a trip down to our wine cellar inspired me to try something new. First, let me say up front that this is absolutely not a gazillion dollar space worthy of a feature in “Wine Spectator;” it is intimate and cozy…and dresses up well. Given that the 31st falls on a Thursday this year, of course it became a candidate for a blog post.
The low vaulted ceiling adds a bit of romance to the overall scheme and is an architectural accent I’m now glad I wouldn’t be talked out of when we were building the house. Other details on my “party ready” checklist: A Scottish plaid blanket for the cloth on the old trestle table, vintage plates recently discovered in a Newport antique shop (which I now think I’ll be using for Thanksgiving).
An over-sized arrangement of fall leaves in one corner with my favorite fall soup, roasted butternut squash, for a first course…
Our go-to fave for easy nibbles that pair well with wines (and the sliced and crumbled cheeses are so much easier for guests to pick up as they’re chattering away; no trying to spread cheese on a cracker that keeps breaking).
This Halloween supper also presented a wonderful opportunity to use the copper pot (surprise) gift from hubby for hearty fare that can hold its own with Bordeaux, Cabs and Merlots.
Add old painted wooden chairs, and real candles in the iron chandelier (a romantic splurge I can’t resist)…
And finish with some cobwebs for a tongue-in-cheek nod to Halloween.