Bouncing back from a migraine (it lasted only 1 day, progress!) and finally have the rest of my Halloween decorations up. I get a new piece every year or so, and by now I’m digging my collection.
When we first moved into our house, we brought our circular dining table from our New Jersey condo with us. After a year however, we decided we wanted to upgrade the table, as it only seated 6, and it fit awkwardly in our house’s rectangular dining space. A lot of hobby gamers play their games on a custom board gaming table, and we looked at getting one for our dining room.
The advantages of a custom game table for us were:
- A nice playing surface
- A contained area to roll dice and keep other components on the table
- Individual player dashboards to hold cards and tokens
- Cup holders
- The ability to cover the playing surface and keep a game stored long term
We ended up not buying one for a few reasons:
- We prefer to play games in our dining room space, so we needed it to work as a dining table
- We also wanted to be able to host large family and friend dinners, and most custom tables couldn’t hold more than 6
- The custom options were more (way more!) than we wanted to spend
- We didn’t like the look of the custom options
So instead, we looked at buying a new dining table, dining chairs, and adding a few upgrades to improve our game playing experience.
Duffy (aka Duffy the Disney Bear) and ShellieMay are the unofficial park icons of Tokyo DisneySea, and Mickey’s teddy bears. Duffy and his contingency of friends host the park’s most popular meet-and-greets, are in almost every stage show, and sell the most merchandise, which includes different elaborate limited time outfits every few months. When we first went to Tokyo Disney in 2015, they were celebrating the Year of Duffy, and they were re-releasing Duffy fans’ favorite costumes released. We ended up going knowing almost nothing about Duffy, and coming home with 4 different outfit sets…and have amassed quite the collection since (plus additional friends Gelatoni the painting cat and StellaLou the dancing rabbit).
Occasion: Christmas – Nutcracker
What they’re wearing: 2017 Christmas Nightcracker
What they’re wearing: 2014 Christmas Wishes
What they’re wearing: 2014 Halloween Set B
Occasion: Mickey Mouse’s Birthday
What they’re wearing: 2015 Autumn Palette
What they’re wearing: Duffy: 2009 Duffy Halloween (3rd Place Encore); ShellieMay and Gelatoni: 2016 Spooky Little Trick-or-Treaters (Trick-or-treat bags from 2015 Autumn Palette)
Occasion: Halloween – Sorcerer
What they’re wearing: Be Magical! (2011 Tokyo DisneySea’s 10th Anniversary; 1st Place Encore)