Sunday, September 1, 2013
Set Your Table with Flair--Elegant Halloween Tablescaping
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If you have read my posts, by now you realize I love to entertain. I especially enjoy the tablescaping process. All Hallows' Eve or Halloween is a great holiday for adults and children alike. There are so many décor options! There are the gory, the kitschy, children's decorating options....the list goes on and on. My personal preference is setting an elegant table with romantic gothic or Victorian elements. This post is my interpretation of that theme.
First, I thought about a color scheme. For an elegant table, I omitted traditional orange, instead opting to use almost all black with silver as an accent color. Once I decided on the color palette, I picked up a few special items here and there.
First, I set my tablecloth. This lovely damask tablecloth has just the right amount of silvery sheen. It was not necessary to iron the linen. You will see why in the following step.
Next, I set this lovely spiderweb tablecloth. I deliberately chose a tablecloth smaller than the initial one to showcase its pretty scalloped edges....utilizing it more as a runner.
Next, I placed black chargers, plates and mugs; clear skull goblets, black napkins and silver place-setting napkin rings. Here is a close up.
I placed the candles in these small witch cauldrons. These are really for serving, but how adorable are they as candleholders!?
This spooky-meets-pretty element was achieved by removing the top of the scrolled candleholder (shown below) and instead using it as a vase. I created the floral arrangement by combining faux black hydrangeas, columbines, and blackberries....a limited amount of grey-blue faux peonies, and a small amount of faux weeping greenery.
Here is a closer view.
Next, I placed faux candelabras at either side of the table.
Finally, I placed my poison bottles, napkins, and cake stand....along with some yummy treats.
From my collection:
Damask tablecloth, Lauren Ralph Lauren
Plastic goblets, Michael's Crafts
Generic black chargers, napkins, and plates
Silver place-setting napkin holders, Spalt collection from Ikea
Faux flowers; all, Michael's Crafts
Witches' Cauldrons, found years ago at Target
Recent finds (in stores now):
1. Gothic Hurricane Candleholder, $37.99, Tai Pan Trading
2. Romantic Cake stand, $16.99, HomeGoods
3. Gothic Gate Candle, Hallows' Eve Collection, $7.99 each, HomeGoods
4. Keep Calm and Zombie On Napkins, HomeGoods $2.99
5. Poison bottle $7.99 and Skull bottle, $12,99; both, HomeGoods
6. Web lace tablecloth, HomeGoods, $6.99
7. Faux Candelabra, $19.99 each, at Tai Pan Trading
8. Skull mug, Williams-Sonoma, set of four, $40
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