While being imprisoned to a sitting only position with a fractured foot, I came upon several dialogues where people were saying they didn't celebrate Halloween or even decorate. Many have never been to a Halloween party as an adult or even a dinner party. Why not?
I discovered one half thinks Halloween is for kids and the other half says Halloween is tacky and ugly and is so very orange.
— So... that's like saying Christmas celebrating is over once finding out Santa isn't real?!
— The ugly/tacky position is a point I'm unable to directly argue, because it's partially true. However, there are two sides to every coin.
Since this illustrious time in my life gifted me with ample amounts of time to do nothing more than sit or sleep, I set out in pursuit of dispelling the disillusioned stigma associated with Halloween and to find only the most beautiful and interesting Halloween tables that will inspire you to host a small dinner gathering or possibly go hog wild and host a full blown costume party. I even found time to share step-by-step tips.
Operation Pretty Halloween Table & Party Commences Now
Choose a Color Palette
Black and white is classic. When it comes to Halloween, you can't go wrong with hosting a B & W dinner party.
If black isn't your thing, try a deep navy blue or a charcoal gray instead. You can also go in reverse, with a white & black table where white dominates and black comes in as an accent.
Colors: Strictly Black & White
2 Pick an accent color
Black is the main color here, but instead of using white like in the 1st image, the secondary color is gold that reads more like blush pink on my screen. They've included dried bits of nature for texture and to bring in a sprinkling of white. On their blog, you can see how the rest of the tablescape looks.
Colors: Black, Gold, & Pink
Source: Nouba | Styling an Outdoor NYE Party
White & Black
- If black is too dark for your home or venue, use white and accent with black. Notice, the tulle sheath around the napkins, the crow and and candelabras are the only black accessories on Susans table. Mercury glass adds to the ambiance.
Theme: Elegant & Timeless
Colors: White Accents: Black & Silver
Source: Between Naps On The Porch | Elegant White & Black Halloween Table
4 Choose a spooky Theme
a. Masquerade & Witches
Nothing ugly to see here! If you love this farmhouse inspired Halloween tablescape idea, Rhonda has generously shared tips and shopping resources so you can re-create this look yourself.
Theme: Masquerade and Witch Hats
Colors: Charcoal Grey Accents: Wine/Berry Highlights: Metallics- Gold, Silver, Bronze
Source: Hallstrom Home |Outdoor Farmhouse Halloween Table Tips
b. Mad Scientist
This table comes from an older dormant blog but the theme of this dinner table continues to be stylish and fun. This is perfect for those who like a collected vintage look.
Theme: Mad Science
Colors: White Accents: Ivory, Black
Source: The Happy Heathen | Dining With The Mad Scientist
c. Peacock Feathers & Masks
Kelly Nan out did herself with this chic modern Halloween table! She shares all the shopping resources and tips for creating this look on her blog.
Theme: Masquerade Dinner Party
Colors: White Accents: Gold Highlights: Blush, Cranberry, Blue, Black
Source: Kelly Nan- Masquerade Halloween Dinner Party
Am I proving now that Halloween has a pretty side?
Still need more convincing?
d. Phantom of the Opera
This dazzling French Gothic Halloween style comes from Angelina, also a fellow Francophile. White is the dominate color. Reds and purples in the flowers are picked up again with the dishwares and stemmed glasses.
Theme: Phantom of the Opera
Colors: White Accents: Red Highlights: Purple, Black
Source: Peonies and Orange Blossoms | French Gothic Halloween Tablescape
e. Addams Family
This moody Halloween table is inspired by Morticia Addams. Once again, black sets the tone— silver chargers, russet orange taper candles and amber glasses are a striking compliment. Typically, orange doesn't float my fancy either but every now and again I find an appreciation for it.
Theme: Addams Family
Colors: Charcoal Black Accents: Amber, Silver
Source: Camille Styles | Halloween Dinner w/ The Addams
f. No Theme | Just Pretty
Some of the most beautiful Halloween tablescapes -like this one- are sophisticated, elegant and subtle. Nothing overtly screams Halloween but you know it's definitely inspired by Halloween. This table focuses more on creating an effect or a mood that implies Halloween rather than stating it's a Halloween tablescape.
Colors: Linen, Ivory, Pewter (all neutrals)
Black Accents & Jewel Tones
Source: Pink Peppermint Designs |'Til Death Do Us Part- Sophisticated Halloween Table
Seating cards are a fun way to get folks mingling and talking, while working double time as a decorative touch. See 1 again.
Give guests a fun title like– Enchantress Abby, Devious Dave, Wicked Wanda. Take it up a notch by having guests guess the story behind the name. The free printable guide has over 120 spooky words to choose from.
Theme: Bones & Skulls
Colors: Black, Purple & Silver
Source: Meandannabelee | Halloween Place Setting
6Keep it Simple
Simple is beautiful too! Mrs. Skelly Nelly looks like a princess laying in a garden. Wouldn't this be a fun way to host a ladies luncheon? I'm thinking go hog wild and have a few girlfriends over for a haunted tea party. Wouldn't that would be so much fun?
Theme: Pretty & Creepy
Colors: White Accents: Blush, Apple Green, Lavender
Source: Julie Blanner | Simple Skeleton Table Centerpiece
Treats & Cakes
A festive dessert buffet is like another opportunity to decorate. The treats and cakes only need to be B & W to be hauntingly beautiful.
Those apples on stick are a nice touch visually and so very fun for guests to eat.
Source: Pink Peppermint Designs|'Til Death Do Us Part- Sophisticated Halloween
8 Style a Candy Cart
If a dessert table is a bit overkill, set up a candy serving station instead. There are so many fun seasonal Halloween candies that you could have fun tricking people with treats. Remember the Jelly Bellies that tasted like dirt and other horrible things? Okay... maybe that's pushing it a bit far.
Theme: Pretty & Creepy
Source: Sugar and Charm | Sweet Halloween Candy Bar Cart
As you see, I've been really busy sitting around working to prove Halloween isn't ugly or just for kids. I hope that the time I've spent wallowing in misfortune and broken bones, has been well spent and it has inspired you to try hosting a non-ugly, beautiful Halloween party. At the very least, I hope you've been entertained.
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