Halloween is a time for celebration by young and old alike. It is a festive and fun holiday no matter your age! When inviting dear friends and family over for a trick-or-treating Halloween meal, include ‘kids’ of all ages.
This holiday, I was inspired to create two tables: the Adult Table is sophisticated and elegant with ghostly overtones, while the Kid’s Table brings in more ghoulish Halloween magic, accessorized with the right amount of orange and a lot of playfulness.
Kim’s Creative Process
-Choose your Theme: Halloween is the time to layer inexpensive seasonal finds to create a fun and whimsical themed table. I like to mix these items with my Jaune de Chrome china and KS accessories.
-Layer in Seasonal Items: On a trip to HomeGoods, I found some fun and inexpensive themed Halloween salad plates. While I was there, I picked up Halloween themed tapers and some wax skull candles in black and silver that would add whimsy to the table.
-Choose Your Background: I decided on a tablecloth and a KS Double Runner that complemented the table, placemats and china.
-Layer Your Glassware: My rule of thumb is to play around with two different glasses that work together and make a decorative statement.
-Edit Your Accents: Candlesticks and vases can be a dramatic accompaniment. Choose what complements the plates, tablecloth, and glasses. Shop your house! You may find the perfect thing to make your centerpiece a showstopper.
-The Finishing Touch: Flowers and greenery on a table add an elegant element. For a busy table like this one, use a simpler arrangement. For a simpler table, be more adventurous with colors and variety.
Halloween Sophistication – ADULT’S TABLE
Our Chakra Double Runner in black and white is the base for my sophisticated Halloween tablescape. I topped our Jet Placemat with my Jaune de Chrome china and layered in Dia de los Muertos skeleton salad plates from HomeGoods. Our Coral Branch Napkin Rings in black make an eerie branch-like effect around our East West Napkins in white and black. I decided to place the napkin above the plates so you could see the impactful skull design.
I then combined black Juliska glasses with our Crackle Goblets in platinum, introducing a silvery overtone. The handmade flatware was a purchase I made in Thailand over 20 years ago. For a ‘pop’ in keeping with the theme, I used a white ceramic hurricane with a silver skull candle as my centerpiece. (Additional silver and black skulls were scattered throughout.)
I just happened to have a grouping of black vases that had the right sized opening to hold Halloween tapers. By adding height and drama, they were the perfect addition to the tablescape. Halloween candy fill vintage bowls that are adorned with white dots. Ghost Peeps add another pop of white! And the table would not be complete without the sparkly spiders from Michaels! I particularly like the way my white chairs with the coral backs happen to work well with the theme of the table.
GHOULISH DELIGHT – KID’S TABLE
A black and beige cross weave tablecloth from HomeGoods was my blank canvas to create this festive kid’s table. Again, I topped our Jet Placemats with my personal Jaune de Chrome china but this time layered in spider web salad plates from HomeGoods in black and rose gold. In keeping with my two different glasses philosophy, I combined Juliska black glasses with vintage Crackle Goblets in amber, adding a touch of orange to this tablescape.
East West Napkins take on a playful Halloween overtone with our Witch Hat Napkin Ring.
McCoy black crystal candlesticks and black vintage vases are adorned with spider web motif tapers from HomeGoods. Skull candles in black and silver, baby pumpkins from the farm stand, spiders and Halloween candy are scattered about the tablecloth, adding whimsy and more orange to the table.
A Halloween table two ways, your guests will be wickedly entertained!
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Photographed by Eric Striffler
Written by Barbara Dixon