I'll begin by stating I am a child of the 80's, and that I was a fan of director Tim Burton before I knew who he was. I knew his work then mostly because of my adoration at the time of the film PeeWee's Big Adventure. Later, I grew to love Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas, 9, Edward Scissorhands, Batman, and many, many others.
Mr. Burton may have started as having only a cult following, but as a result of the ingenuity in the stop-motion animation of The Nightmare Before Christmas, at long last, he is recognized for the brilliant innovator he is. It might also be attributed to when he decided to align himself with the company of another brilliant mind and innovator, Walt Disney. In honor of Mr. Burton, that wacky and wonderful wizard of wicked whimsy, that master of magical macabre, I have set this table as a sort of homage. I hope you enjoy the post.
I began the setting with a striped tablecloth. If you are a Burton fan, you know that stripes are a recurring theme in several of his films.
For a spooky element, I added some black netting to the chandelier.
As a centerpiece, I placed my pre-made Mr. Pumpkinhead.
Mr. Pumpkinhead reminds me of the bevy of pumpkins AND Jack Skellington before his transformation, all of whom appear in the opening credits of A Nightmare Before Christmas. Sitting in a coffin (creepy!) atop of throne of skulls indicative of those in Tim Burton's Corpse Bride.
To view the tutorial about how I made this spooky centerpiece, you may do so by visiting the post on my blog The Crafting Table here.
At either side of the table, large buttons were placed, reminiscent of the button eyes in Henry Selick's Coraline. Henry Selick was a director and collaborator on both Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach, so I enjoyed this film which had a similar style. I have been a fan of his since I first saw his animated short Slow Bob In the Lower Dimensions which was featured on MTV's Liquid Television ages ago when I was still in my teens!!
Closer look. These were simple room décor hangers I spray painted black.
In two of the button holes of each button, I placed some spooky "trees," as seen in many Burton films.
On either side of the centerpiece, I set skull candle holders with black tapers.
In front of those, I set a pair of my striped Mackenzie-Childs-inspired candles.
Alternating web placemats
were followed by alternating silver chargers.
Where there were silver chargers, I placed web placemats....
and where there were web placemats, I placed black chargers.
On each silver charger, I set clear plates.
On each black charger, I set white plates.
The white plates were followed by dark saucers,
and the clear plates were followed by white saucers.
At each setting where there was a white saucer and silver charger, I set black napkins folded length-wise.
At each setting where there was a black saucer and black charger, I set white napkins folded length-wise.
At each setting, a small gift box in stripes (of course!) adorned with a bat nametag indicative of the Burton film Batman starring Michael Keaton.
Aren't these quirky-cool? To view the tutorial, you may visit the post on the crafting table here.
Finally, I set a simple flute and black tumbler at each setting.
Here is a closeup of each setting. Silver charger setting.
Black Charger setting.
A few more shots.....
Here's wishing you a safe, fun, and happy Halloween!!