Some antique alphabet blocks spell out Victoria on the mantle.
A selection of items were gathered together into a vignette for effect, providing a suitable backdrop. This clock looks old but is actually an inexpensive thrift shop score.
An old print about October was a lucky find in a thrift shop, only a couple of weeks before the party. Even better, it cost the very reasonable sum of $1.99, including the matting and frame.
The poem is appropriate for Halloween and the past, with its mention of chill October winds "sadly sighing, when the leaves in circlets fly, all seems dead or dying."