Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A Perfect Setting for Halloween

Halloween is not for everyone.  Some prefer to celebrate the harvest season, with the rich autumn hues that come with the change in seasons.  I have always loved Halloween, probably because it comes with so many opportunities to be over the top, to be silly, to be scary, or just to pretend to be someone or something you are not.  I loved making my kids' halloween costumes, and I enjoy, even now, the decorations and even the costumes.  The key word for me is pretend, like little girls playing dress up. 

This past week, I had the opportunity to visit a bed and breakfast as well as our symphony's designer showhouse.  I could imagine myself living on a plantation back in the day, and even now, those old southern homes exude so much charm.  The views as well as the architecture were quite stunning.  Maybe I should be Scarlett this Halloween.  Anyway, on to the tablescape.

I just had a little fun this week playing with all the Halloween decorations

A spider web runner was placed over a simple black tablecloth and served as the perfect backdrop for this tablescape.

I used a black trophy urn with sticks from the yard and sprayed them black.  Spiders adorn the tree limbs, and a skull is found in the base.  Did it fall from the tree?

A simple bust sits atop an early edition of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. 

The place setting consists of napkins from Home Goods and napkin rings from TJ Maxx.  The black polka dot flatware also came from Home Goods.

These plates are Raymond Waites Batik, and I found four of them at TJ Maxx.  They are really not Halloween plates, but the colors and style are perfect for a Halloween tablescape, I think.

These adorable black plates are Pier I, but I found them for a steal at Goodwill.

The bowls are from TJ Maxx.

The skull glasses were purchased at Kroger and the black stems are from Macy's.  Mercury glass votive holders bring out the silver in the runner.

A black "poison" jug tips over, spilling out more spiders, and a giant metal black widow holds a votive.

Mummies hold more votives.

Silver skull S&P shakers came from TJ Maxx.

Is it the bewitching hour?

A depression glass candelabra holds two fingers.  The nails are nicely manicured.

Hope you've enjoyed my Halloween table.  It's been frightfully fun!!  Thanks for visiting, and please leave a comment, as I strive for a Perfect Setting!!


  1. Love the spooky table. Those mummies are awesome! Halloween is the BEST holiday!! Great job.

  2. Fabulomoso! Love love love the spidery plates! I want to come to your party! Thanks for sharing!

  3. What a fun table! The fingers, the glow, the dishes, everything is perfect for a spooky Halloween!
    Well Done, I want to have dinner there!

  4. What a fun Halloween table! Just love your combination of plates. Nice job.

  5. Wow! Perfect is the word! Your choices in plates are amazing, just LOVE the combination!

  6. That looks great! I needed your flatware for my table this week, and your mummy candles are unique!
    Great collection of goodies!

  7. Such a "TREAT"!...
    I shop @ Kroger too!,gonna have to get some of those skull glasses.

  8. What fun you had creating this amazing table! You have a very artistic eye, and I know your family loves this!

  9. Can't believe I'm the first to comment on the "finger" them...this is a great tablescape...the trophy urn is perfect!!!

  10. What fun! These plates are just perfect.

  11. Really creepy in a grand sort of way...perfection for Halloween! I really like the Batik plates...I can imagine them in a variety of designs. Thank you for sharing your charming tablescape. Cherry Kay

  12. Love your tablescape! Visiting from Tablescape Thursday.

  13. How fun is this! What a wonderful collection on your table for halloween -- are those "fingers" candles too? Love your plates - perfect. Thanks for your sweet visit -- I look forward to seeing your cardinal display.

  14. Not a fan of Halloween - always scared me ... but this tablescape is just too cool not to like ! FUN !!!!!

    thanks for sharing,

  15. Thanks for everyone for your kind comments, keeps me motivated!! Yes, Martha, the "fingers" are candles, too, but I just couldn't burn them--lol!!

  16. What an amazingly put together spooky table! Love all the elements! Your windows are like ours, I thought I was looking at our house for while there....Christine

  17. So much fun! Those salt & pepper shakers are really cute!!!

  18. I love Halloween too! This table is adorable...I have a black cat you can borrow...he doesn't eat much! We try to put an orange ribbon on him for the holidays and he just won't have it!

    This table is so very clever and cute. The finger candles are a hoot.

    Thank you for sharing!

  19. What a BOO-T-ful decor ... such fun in the kitchen. What time does the party start so we can get there in time ... chuckle!
    Have a great eve ~
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

  20. What a fantastic Halloween table! So creative and I love the finger candles.

    It's nice to meet another Virginia blogger. There aren't very many of us. I live in Moseley so I am right down the road from you. I don't see a way to contact you so drop me an email when you get a chance.

  21. Hi lovely lady. I love the way you put your Halloween tablescape together nice job. I just adde you to my Blog. You must have had lots of fun doing this table. I love HALLOWEEN.