With fall, comes Halloween and lots of festivities for both the kiddos and us adults. Celebrating Halloween is typically not my gig, but it certainly gives me an excuse to create a “themed” table setting. Oh, happy day! Today, I am showing you how I created A Classic Halloween Table Setting for a Dinner Party we are hosting the weekend just before Halloween.
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I have recently refurnished our breakfast room (excited to share that as well!) and the warm color tones of the holiday work brilliantly with the new pieces I have recently installed in this area. Black and warm oranges couldn’t fit better in this space for this time of year!
One of the reasons that I don’t go too crazy with decorating for Halloween is that I am not fond of some of the elements that come along with the holiday… skeletons, blood, eyeballs, skulls, coffins, ghosts, etc. as they tend to remind me of death (ICK!). Not a haunted house gal either…for the same reason.
With that being said, I always TOTALLY dig seeing how others do such an amazing job of creating the typical ambiance that comes with Halloween. Some of the designs I have seen have BLOWN MY MIND…so much creativity!!
For me, however, I just stick with the less scary elements of Halloween when it comes to decorating for the occasion…pumpkins, black accessories, dark candles, and the traditional colors of Halloween. Easy peasy!
A Classic Halloween Table Setting for a Dinner Party
My goal here was to create a look that felt “Halloween-themed” without looking too scary or kitschy. A classic look worthy of an elevated dinner party.
Throughout the last couple of years, I have amassed a sizeable collection of dinnerware and stemware from Denby Pottery. Denby has been creating pottery and tableware for over 200 years and has morphed their style to meet modern standards of design and trends. They have created practical everyday tableware and stylish sets to make any occasion special and I am obsessed!
Denby’s Elements Collection features modern glazes combined with simple shape design making it perfectly suited for everyday. It is very durable, beautiful, hand-made, and affordable. The classic collection features neutral color tones including; Fern Green, Blue, Dark Blue, Black, Fossil Grey, and Light Grey. My new favorite is the BLACK!
The Place Settings on a Classic Halloween Table Setting for a Dinner Party
As I mentioned earlier, the foundation of the place settings was my new Elements Collection in Black. The whole collection is so versatile and perfect for an event such as this and for throughout the year.
As I usually roll, I will be serving a multi-course dinner so layering the individual dinnerware pieces was the way to go.
For the stemware, I kept things simple and elegant so they didn’t take away from the theme I was trying to evoke. Simple is just better sometimes.
For the flatware, I featured our matte black silverware which was a perfect accent to this tablescape.
Other Ideas for a Classic Halloween Table Setting for a Dinner Party
Designing a centerpiece to coordinate with the classic Halloween look of the place settings, I started with adding the black cotton “spider netting” cloth to drape across the table. I just love how it falls off the table for added effect.
On the center of the table, I simply placed a set of black candle holders and candles for extra moodiness. Additionally, I included a variety of silver pumpkins I already had along with a few other black votive holders.
For the centerpiece, you can get really creative here especially if you are good with using some of the more typical Halloween decorations. The sky is the limit here!
Coordinating the Buffet…
If you have a serving area in your dining area (like a buffet, a console, or even a built-in), definitely work on coordinating the decorations in that area with what you are creating for your table. To do this, I used several of the same components from the table on our new buffet (sourced below).
It was an obvious decision to use more of the black cotton “spider netting” cloth to drape throughout the top of the buffet letting it fall off the sides.
For the dinner party, I decided to use my sideboard as a “dessert buffet”. Wanting to use more of my new Elements Collection Dinnerware in black, I featured several of the other pieces to serve our desserts.
Denby’s rice bowls are the perfect vessel for desserts, especially ice cream! They are also a great size for serving dips, salsa, or any kind of sauce. A perfect addition to any dinnerware collection!
For the rest of the decorations on the buffet, I simply added a matching set of the black candle holders and candles (sourced below), a few more silver pumpkins, and this Black Mixed Succulent Halloween Arrangement (only $9.99!)which is super moody.
Another favorite element I found that coordinated with my existing pottery vase with curly willow, was this Twig with Crows Halloween Wreath that I found AT HOME. It really tied everything together without being too spooky or ghoulish. BONUS!
You can shop the looks of the table Here as well as my new breakfast room here…
You can see other Halloween-themed table settings I have created by clicking on these links…
One of my goals here was to share a classic, elevated tablescape (and dessert buffet) for Halloween that doesn’t have to be scary-looking or include elements that are gorey or ghoulish. I think even kiddos could get on board with this!
Sometimes, you can accomplish a Halloween theme by simply using the color tones typically associated with the occasion.
I would love to hear your ideas for other ways to create a Classic Halloween Table Setting for a Dinner Party in the comments below! Get your creative juices flowing my friends!! And, Happy Halloween!!