I always look forward for the tablescape blog hops hosted by Chloe from Celebrate and Decorate, and this Halloween Tablescape hop was no exception. I am delighted to be posting on the last day of the hop this week because all the links for the week are live and there are so many creepy Halloween tablescape ideas (and, some awesome not-so-creepy ones too!).
For me Halloween has always been about dressing up in fun costumes and trick or treating, but I couldn’t resist a play on the ancient Celtic roots of All Hallows Eve. While kinda creepy, and I do admit I was kind of freaked out by having Tarot cards and a crystal ball in the house, my Halloween tablescape this year is all in fun and the spirit of the day!
As usual, I hadn’t a clue in what direction I would go with my Halloween tablescape. You might remember last years table that started with dead roses ready for the compost. When I was talking to my friend about it she suggested maybe I could use some barbed wire that just happened to be rolled into the shape of a wreath. Rusty barbed wire could definitely take on a creepy vibe. And, this got me to thinking about the really “dark” side of Halloween.
From what I have read All Hallows Eve, now known as Halloween, dates back to a Celtic Festival called Samhain when they celebrated their New Year on November 1st. “Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred”, according to History.com, and “on the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.” Apparently they dressed in costumes and told each others fortunes!
I am fortunate to have my friend Leslie who has some the most wonderful collections of things and a quick trip to her house pretty much set me up for all the things that speak of the supernatural, fortunes, and a few other things that can make your skin crawl!
I used a barbed wire wreath to coral a few antique hurricane lanterns and mercury glass candlesticks. Cuttings from the garden add a bit of color to the otherwise monochromatic color scheme.
I had set the tablescape up one evening with the plan to photograph is the next day. My husband came home from work, took one look at the cast iron snake and nearly had a fit! Lets just say snakes are not his thing!!
The death card gave me the ibby jibbies, but I was assured the death card in tarot is not to be taken literally, and actually is indicative of a change or rebirth. It is said to mark the end of a dark phase in your life and into a period of light! So, not so scary after all!
Simple white plate stacks are layered with (would you believe?) paper napkins. The white plates make the big block ichy spiders really pop! After the experience I had with spiders several years ago, it took me all guts I could muster up to even bring these home from the dollar store! But, that is a story for another day.
Silhouettes of crows and a cast iron rat ups the creep factor just a bit, don’t you think!
I covered the table with an un-ironed linen table cloth topped with some black cotton webbing, also from the dollar store. Instead of wine or water glasses, tea cups both fortunate telling and regular could be used to read tea leaves if you are so inclined!
My favorite thing about this Halloween tablescape is that it cost just $3.00 out of pocket to put together!
- plastic spiders Dollar Tree $1.00 for a two pack
- Black and White Trefoil pattern paper napkins $1.00 pkg Dollar Tree
- White Hemstitched tablecloth Home Sense (Similar here)
- White dinner and salad plates Home Sense
- crows, rat, snake, barbed wire wreath, hurricane oil lamps, tarot cards, and fortune telling tea cups all borrowed
- mercury glass candlesticks purchased at various places over the years
Now that I have managed to freak out my husband with a cast iron snake slithering across a barbed wire wreath and getting more than a bit panicked by the tarot death card I am off to check out the rest of the tablescapes from this week’s Halloween Tablescape blog hop.
Want to join me? I double dog dare you to scroll down and join the fun!
Until next time…….
Home is Where the Boat Is | Follow the Yellow Brick Home
Knock it Off Kim | Stately Home Lane
Life and Linda | The Painted Hinge
Corner of Plaid and Paisley | Loveland Lodge
Me and My Captain | Debbee’s Buzz
Sweet Sensations | The Painted Apron
Camelot Art Creations | The Little Yellow Corner Store
Zucchini Sisters | Celebrate & Decorate
I love your mix of patterns and your use of snakes, spiders and mice makes it so eerie. Your centerpiece of candlesticks and oil lamps with a grapevine wreath really adds to the scariness. Really a spine-chilling table.
Thank you Marsha! It was fun to do, but I am glad to see those spiders gone 😉
Michelle @ The Painted Hinge says
Hi Mareen! I love your Halloween tablescape! The barbed wire wreath makes the perfect foundation for your centerpiece. I love all the silver and antique touches in the centerpiece. The Alice In Wonderland tea cups are amazing! They work in very well with the rest of the tablescape. And the Tarot cards are a nice finishing touch! So happy to be hopping with you!
Thank you Michelle! It certainly has been a fun hop. So many amazing ideas!
Oh Maureen, I could’ help but wish I had those wonderful teacups to decorate with in June for my Alice and Wonderland Unbirthday Party — they are just fabulous! I’ve never seen them before. You are very fortunate to have a friend you can ‘shop’, borrow from to create a tablescape.
I am lucky indeed Debbee! I didn’t even think about Alice and Wonderland, but they would have been perfect!
wow Maureen, definitely CREEPY! Those spiders, yikes! How fun to have a good friend’s house “to shop!” I love the fortune telling things and the history behind All Hallow’s Eve. Very unique and full of details, thanks for the spooky fun
Thank you Jenna! Yeah, those spiders are something else. I am definitely blessed to have a friend with such fun treasures 🙂
Kari Rogers-Miller says
Yikes!!!! Maureen I am with your husband in regards to that black snake slithering across your barbed wire wreath. creepy indeed. I agree with you on the Tarot cards making your tablescape even creepier. I think we need to hand out an award for the scariest and spookiest table and you would win. Great job and what an interesting history on the hows and whys of Halloween.
Always fun to blog hop with you my friend.
Kari @ Me and My Captain
Thanks so much Kari! For a girl whose least favorite holiday was Halloween, I am really having fun with the tablescapes!
Bahahahaha. So happy you were able to use the rat, snake, ravens, barbed wire wreath…tarot cards and fortune telling cups! Doesn’t everyone own things like this??!!! Hehehehehe. Love that you use my treasures! xx
Can’t thank you enough! You are my go-to girl 🙂 Tim threatened to throw the snake out the front door!!
wendy robbins says
wow – your tablescape really does embody the history of Halloween. I really like the iron silhouettes! And the runner is perfect! Bravo!
OMY creepy and eerie. You have pulled out all of the stops to create a scary Halloween table. What a great friend you have. The big spiders are creepy and that snake. Great use of the barb wire. Truly a perfect table for Halloween Maureen. A pleasure to join you on this Halloween blog hop.
So many spooky fun details and how great you were able to borrow from your friend’s Halloween arsenal! I love the centerpiece of the lanterns corralled with the barbed wire. Fun blog hopping with you this week!
Amber Ferguson says
Hi Maureen! Such an interesting post! I love your centerpiece with those vintage hurricane lamps and the wreath, so “pretty-creepy!” The tea cup wit the dice is super cool, but I think those cast iron crows and rats are my favorite! You always come up with great ideas!
So happy to be hopping with you this week! I hope you have a Happy Halloween!
Chloe Crabtree says
What a great table you have styled for Halloween! Isn’t it fun to not have to iron tablecloths for holidays like Halloween? That snake is really creepy, especially crawling across that wreath! The tarot cards add to the creep level! Thank you so much for joining another hop and Happy Halloween!
Thank you Chloe! Always a pleasure to join your tablescape blog hops!
Love the creepy and crawlies for
halloween! Those spiders make a huge
Impact on the table. Love how you mixed everything together!
Maureen, I absolutely LOVE this table and all of the fun and factual information on All Hallow’s Eve! Your cast iron pieces are so unique – that snake does have quite the realistic look to it! And your teacups are just perfect for the theme. Beautiful job – Happy Halloween!
Maureen, you did such a nice job bringing about the spirit of All Hallows Eve with your tablescape. My favorite touch was the barbed wire centerpiece with the oil lamps and dried hydrangeas. It is both elegant and creepy! It was fun hopping with you. Happy Halloween!