Literary Dinner | Sleepy Hollow
This dinner party has been an entire year in the making! Why a year, you ask? Because we kept waiting for the perfect moody moment after reading the book last fall, and then I went and had a baby. It’s a bit of a challenge to dinner party with a newborn, so we accepted defeat and held off until this fall. That sweet little baby is now a year old and cheered us on while we put together the setting (and by cheered, I mean made loud noises until I gave her an apple to munch on).
We wanted to really capture the season, and play up the spooky, moody vibes of the book for this breakfast. So we woke before dawn and set up at first light. From the most perfect gold trimmed pumpkin plates nestled on burgundy velvet place mats, to homegrown pumpkins, vintage candelabras, and a table runner, we put together a simple, moody table-scape at dawn. We used a cloche filled with pumpkins as a centerpiece, and set pillar candles along the table, while vivid leaves picked from a nearby blueberry bush added some pops of color. Plus, we had piping hot coffee in ivory tea cups, and a homemade breakfast thanks to a new cookbook we were gifted by Abrams books.
"It was, as I have said, a fine autumnal day; the sky was clear and serene, and nature wore that rich and golden livery which we always associate with the idea of abundance. The forests had put on their sober brown and yellow, while some trees of the tenderer kind had been nipped by the frosts into brilliant dyes of orange, purple, and scarlet." - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
The cookbook we paired with this novel is an unlikely pairing, but seasonally, the food was spot on. The baked apples are from the very apple trees you see in the photos, and the pumpkins and flowers are all from my garden.
It was worth waiting for the fall colors to be in full bloom, as the lanterns and candles set them off beautifully, especially when paired with fresh pumpkins. The whole morning felt so atmospheric and perfectly autumnal. A warm breakfast and hot coffee were the perfect accompaniments to bookish conversation. We didn’t get as much time as we would have liked, but it was still a nearly magical morning.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow was a pure delight to read. It was witty, unique, atmospheric, had an interesting storyline, and was short enough to take your time and enjoy reading. We’re equally thrilled to check this one off our list, but could easily see this one being a re-read when the mood is just right.
I’m a little sad to be done with Sleepy Hollow now. It was a great little book and has given way to a deeper love of classic literature. Seasonal reading with classics never seems to disappoint. We read Frankenstein this month, and will be keeping an eye out for the next great spooky fall read!