Wednesday, October 23, 2013

My First Halloween Tablescape



Before becoming empty-nesters, Halloween meant jack-o'-lantern carving parties, hunts for costumes, and bags of candy hiding in the pantry just ready for distribution on Oct. 31st.  Then on the "night of", I'd put out long rows of luminarias leading from the front gate to the front door; put on a CD of scary music to greet treat-or-treaters;  turn out all the lights except for a lighted pumpkin, and wait for the trail of costumed princesses and ghouls! I never really set a "Halloween Table" because the family was running around getting ready to scour the neighborhood for goodies.  So, the concept of a Halloween tablescape is new to me.  It is a fun adventure, however, and this is what I came up with:






Here's how the table was created:


I started with a new tablecloth from Home Goods.  I like the fact that it has some sparkle in it!  I then added a spider web placement from Dollar Tree.





    I found these orange plates at a local pharmacy (RiteAid)! They are marked RiteAid Home Design, Stoneware Dinner Plate.








These Halloween plates are melamine and they have different pictures on them and were found at a Design Center.  Once, again, I am surprised at how popular owls have become this year.  I liked the fact that they're kind of cute, not scary and creepy like so many Halloween decorations have become.





The stack continues with some appetizer plates from Portugal I found at Pier One.  They are from their SUL collection.





These pumpkins fill my Thanksgiving bowl that is usually on my dining room table at this time of year. I found these wine charms at Home Goods (Yup...they jumped into my cart at the check-out line!)



My flatware came from Target and was a great buy at their end of summer clearance sale ($1.98 for each place setting!).  I brought out my amber stemless glasses from Pier One and was glad to see my napkins from there reminded me of candy corn and would work in this setting. Some cupcake holders full of candy corn finish the place setting.






    This is the centerpiece.






This Halloween wreath has been in my decorating bin for years, and usually hangs on my front gate.  I hadn't hung it up yet and thought, "...um....maybe it would work on the table!"  And it did!


I found the witch at Dollar Tree, and couldn't resist the cute expression on her face.  She's not going to scare anyone; she's just looking for a good ride through the night air, and maybe sneaking a treat or two!  Black gauze and orange candles finish the centerpiece.






These two scarecrow dolls from another pharmacy (CVS) normally sit on my bookcase, but I thought they'd enjoy joining the party!







These accent plates were from JC Penney's Homestore and have been part of my fall decorations for years.





So, that is my first Halloween tablescape.  I do like the colors together.  There is something quite striking about black, orange and white.  I think I'll dig out that old "Haunted Mansion" soundtrack and set up the CD player by the front door!  HAPPY HALLOWEEN, EVERYONE!!!!

I'll be linking up to Susan's Tablescape Thursday at   www.betweennapsontheporch.net

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