Thursday, October 23, 2014

Set Your Table With Flair--A Bootastic Burton Halloween

Hello, friends!!  Thank you so much for popping into my little corner of blogland!  I do adore celebrating holidays, don't you?  In just over a week, it will be Halloween, whoo-hoo!  Today, I wanted to share one last tablescape indicative of the spooktacular season.

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.

Here is a glimpse of Mr. Burton's exhibit at MOMA NYC (Museum of Modern Art) which ended in April 2009.  Do you see the similiarities?  If you'd like to see more of the exhibit, you may visit the article in the Los Angeles Times here.

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!!
The Other Mother

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.

These were small branches I also spray-painted black.

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.

To view the tutorial to make these fun candles, visit the post on The Crafting Table here

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.

All set! 

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!!

From my collection:

Striped "tablecloth," blanket from Ikea
Silver chargers, generic
Black chargers, generic
White plates and saucers, Ralph Lauren Whipstitch Collection
Dark saucers, generic
Clear plates, generic
Spider web placemats, The Dollar Tree
Skull candle holders, The 99¢ Store
Linen napkins, both, generic, HomeGoods
Spooky cloth, The Dollar Tree
Large button wall art, Hobby Lobby
Stemware and tumblers, generic

Also, a sidebar; if you are interested in the bench featured here in this post, it is handmade, and you may visit the tutorial to build my DIY highback bench by looking in the archives or clicking here.  Thank you!

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  1. I think I commented for your Halloween table on your Valentin's table instead OOPs anyway this table is fabulous You are so creative and the black buttons are ingenious great job putting this table together. so many wonderful your posts.Susie

    1. No worries! Thank you for visiting and the compliment! :0)

  2. Hey there!!!!!! put a TON of work into this one! It's great for Halloween, and it really pays terrific homage to the great work of Tim Burton! (That dude's mind scares me!) The black & white stripes are indeed a signature look for him, and you took it and ran with it!!! The black "buttons" are GENIUS!!!!!!! You really did a great job of taking a particular detail and adding onto it to the point that it became this wildly wonderful Halloween tablescape!

    Have a great weekend, and have fun on Halloween!

    1. Alycia, you make me laugh! Yes....he is wacky-wonderful; I often wonder if he or Stephen King didn't do what they do what would be the alternative....shudders! :)
      Thanks for stopping in, have a wonderful Halloween as well!

  3. I like this table for two reasons: it's dramatic at the same time being understated.

  4. This is spectacular. Really really classy too. It is easy to over do a theme and end up with a tacky look. Kudos to you and thanks so much for sharing.

    1. Thank you very much for the compliment and stopping by!

  5. Love the black and white theme. I think you captured the essence of Tim Burton's work beautifully in this classic tablescape.

  6. Now that is the way to CELEBRATE Halloween. You went to a lot of work but it is so worth it!!!