Throwback Thursday: Fall and Halloween Mantel Decorating

October 12th, 2017

We’re throwing it back to some of our favorite fall and Halloween Mantel looks, including the following:

This cozy and welcoming hearth features a woven basket, a vintage frame,
glass pitchers; and that doesn’t even cover the fall decor!

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There are a plethora of items and styles to choose from when decorating for Halloween.
Will you go with classic black and white? Bright colors like orange and red?
Or try a modern look with sophisticated and spooky elements? Whatever your choice,
you can see more mantel inspiration for All Hallow’s Eve here.

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Browse our entire selection of Halloween & Harvest decor, and let us know how you’re decorating your mantel this season in the comments below!

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Vanilla-Almond Buttercream Frosting

October 10th, 2017

Ceramic Measuring Spoons SetButtercream frosting is a staple in any baker’s kitchen, and since we have not written up a recipe for our blog, we’re doing it now. What makes this recipe different from a standard buttercream frosting recipe, is the incorporation of one extra ingredient; so try it out on your next cake or dessert and tell us if you like it!

What You’ll Need:

  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk
Directions:
  1. In a medium bowl, mix confectioners’ sugar and butter with an electric mixer on low speed. Stir in vanilla and almond extracts.
  2. Gradually beat in milk to make frosting smooth and spreadable. If the frosting becomes too thin, beat in a small amount of powdered sugar. If it becomes too thick, beat in more milk, a few drops at a time.
  3. Frost a 13×9-inch cake, fill and frost an 8- or 9-inch two-layer cake, or frost two-dozen cupcakes.

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Monday Must-Haves: Halloween Decor Under $50

October 9th, 2017

Rusted Halloween Garden Stakes | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopThese must-haves will add extra charm to your Halloween decor this year, and are budget friendly so you can save more for candy and treats. Plus, they are all in-stock so you will get them in time for All Hallow’s Eve.

Clarice with Cat Witch Sculpture | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

$19.95

Made in the USA, these garden stakes are crafted from weathered metal and will give your garden or yard a spooky look this Halloween. Sold separately, there are many other designs to choose from for decorating your outdoor spaces all year long.

Halloween Snow Globe | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

$34.95

If you missed our suggestion for using soft sculptures, view our October Quick Tip here. And then add Clarice to a mantel or bookshelf where she will charm any visitor.

$39.95

You may recognize this Spooky Snow Globe from years past, and while you will have to provide your own music, the warm lights inside the globe enhance the seasonal flair of this home accent.

Like the garden stakes above, the final two items are made in the USA. The Trick or Treat Halloween Sign is surrounded by a handcrafted wood frame, and coordinates with two other signs in our online catalog. The Happy Halloween Wood Clock is entirely handcrafted, from the pumpkins and witch to the bats standing in as numbers.

Happy Halloween Handcrafted Wood Clock | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Trick or Treat Halloween Sign | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

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