Dinner with the Mad Scientist ll and Brooklyn Limestone Feature

Hello Brooklyn Limestone readers, and those still hanging around these parts! I’ve been a reader for several years and Stefanie’s decorations|party ideas knock my socks off, and I look forward to her Halloween posts with great anticipation! When she contacted me about a feature after I left a recent comment on the blog, I couldn’t say ‘yes’ fast enough.

We’re continuing the Dinner with the Mad Scientist theme from two years ago. Most of the usual suspects have returned and we’ve collected a few new pieces since. The previous post has information on many of the details we repurposed this year. I have also updated the Aged Specimen Jar Label DIY post.

Smaller images can be clicked to view larger versions.

Michael came up with the idea to add some Sharpie solution to the dark green I was using for the large specimen jars and the effect is delightfully eerie. We also played with a black light behind the jars while taking a few of the photos.

Table details…
The spider placemats were purchased from World Market last year. These first few photos show the table without the hand and foot bone specimen jars. It felt a little sparse, so I moved them back. That led to other bits and pieces being moved about.

Dinner Table 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

Hunt table buffet details…
One of the new additions are the smaller vintage apothecary bottles, by T. C. Wheat Glass Co., which we found at a thrift store last year.

Ghost tears cannot be contained. The effect for Nagging Doubt, pictured below, was achieved by using propylene glycol and alcohol with black food coloring.

Nagging Doubt | Formula for Success aka Fools Gold

Hunt table right side…

Eye of Colossal Newt | Reanimation Fluid | Adrenaline | Dragon’s Blood

Hunt table left side…

Veritas Serum | Vampire’s Blood | Watch | Clock

The gorgeous bird skull pocket watch was made by the amazing Aileen Loy.

Gateleg buffet details…

Slide | Eyeballs

What-not shelves…
The white/black votives are original Carew Rice tumblers given to my parents as a wedding gift in 1955. The vintage crystal ball came with my husband. We bought the mummified cat at World Market this year.

Severed Hand | Snake Oil

I had to add this after we woke to find Malkie gleefully escorting us from the bedroom to show us his ‘kill’ this weekend.

Thanks for looking, and many, many thanks again to Stefanie for featuring me. I’m truly honored. I’ll be more than happy to answer any questions!

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  • Thanks again for sharing. Love the nest in the chandelier!

  • Thanks, Stefanie, it does mean so much coming from you!

  • lh9789

    Spooky and yet so elegant- I always love that combo! Partly because you can keep some of the decor out year round 🙂 Your Nagging Doubt and Ghost Tears look wonderful, and your apothecary bottle collection is most enviable! Happy Halloween!

  • kelly

    this is FANTASTIC. love it. that neon green fluid is so creepy.

  • Thank you so much! We actually walked out of the store with only one bottle in our hand. When we got home we laughed at ourselves and thought we were very lucky when returned the next morning to find all of them still sitting on the shelf!

  • Thank you! I’m very happy with this new batch of fluids.


    Absolutely love all of this but am also in love with that wall colour – could you tell me the shade and make? x

  • Thanks so much! Sure thing, it’s Mined Coal by Behr in an eggshell finish.

  • Gabrielle Tucker Mader

    love your dining room display…..would love to be invited to dinner…

  • Thank you!

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  • Karen Weinkauf

    How did you make those ghost tears? They are amazing! Do you mind sharing your recipe?

  • Thank you, Karen! You can use a small fogger to blow the vapor into the bottle. It is not long lasting (length of time depends on the seal) and will require refills. These stoppers aren’t designed for such use and it dissipated fairly fast. 🙂