This month is flying by like a late witch on a broomstick! Our annual party is quickly approaching, and we’ve been spending a lot of time getting ready for it. Our theme for the second year in a row is “Creepy Carnival”. A big part of getting ready for the party is setting the mood with fun decorations, one of which is our kitchen display area that, although only a few months old, has already seen more than one seasonal display.
You might remember us spending a bit of time trying to figure out how to style these shelves in the beginning and using them to bring our apple play date to life late last month when we celebrated Johnny Appleseed’s birthday. Now it’s on to Halloween!
Originally this space held a tall (and large) hutch with various glassed in displays. Last year, when we first went with the carnival theme, I wracked my brain for weeks trying to figure out how to style the hutch in the theme of creepy carnival. A cabinet of curiosities fit the bill with various pictures of carnival side show acts and weird or creepy interesting objects that make one go hmmm.. given the season, they may even make you go eek! or ewww! The kids and adults alike loved the display and everyone took a look while passing by. With the hutch now gone – it was necessary to give us some much needed space – I wasn’t sure we’d be able bring the display to life again – luckily, I was wrong!
With a few returning objects, and a few new, I think we were able to bring the feeling of both organized chaos a curious collection and the creepy carnival back to life, despite the lack of all the nooks and crannies we had with the hutch.
Some old favorites included specimen jars of all shapes and sizes, that we’ve created over the years and a few dollar store finds such as the small headstone that stands tall on the top shelf.
In the right light, even everyday things can seem creepy, especially paired with things that are. The “key” key box is something that is in my decorating rotation, as is the small rotating clock – what is not, are the black and white photos of vintage circus and sideshow artists, The petroleum bottle is something I picked up at an antique shop a while back.
More clocks and specimen jars look downright eerie next to a porcelain doll head. The ink pot was made by Rebekah, the clock usually lives on this shelf in another vignette.
The monster mash gang fits right in in this display. You can read more about them here.
A Ouija board printable was made from a printed image of a Ouija board and mounted on to embellished card stock, and then foam board before being framed. The gargoyles were a recent a fun find at $.65 a piece! Ayden was nice enough to donate his snake for the cause. In return I have to let him play with the fish gargoyle on occasion.. seemed like a fair trade.
A fun little apothecary shelf was created using cereal boxes to fit in to a drawer that is currently not being used. The contents were also either made or found around the house, with the exception of the antique glasses and kreml shampoo. Both of these were found in a local antique shop. The echinacea seed pods are from our garden. While no longer pretty, the spiky seed heads are perfect for our display.
A sign created on Picmonkey ensures that our party guests are looking at deliberate and organized chaos!
A fun little bunting kicks things up a notch and gives a further nod to carnivals of the past.
Stay tuned for a quick view at our Room of Mirrors, complete with diy fun house mirrors! Thanks for checking us out!