I have been so excited to share my Halloween tablescape with you. You would never guess that Halloween is my least favorite holiday!
When I was invited by the very talented Chloe from Celebrate and Decorate to participate in the Halloween Tablescape blog hop, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to challenge myself to do something out of my comfort zone! Oh, don’t get me wrong I love to create pretty tablescapes, but Halloween has just never been an occasion I really got excited about.
Since both my girls are adults now, it has been a long time since I did much more than carve a jack-o-lantern and hand out candy to the neighbourhood kids.
Of course as soon as I committed, I was excited to style a table that was both somewhat elegant yet dark and eerie at the same time. I knew I didn’t want to spend a ton of money since it is likely I wouldn’t use the same things again next year.
Believe it or not, it was a vase full of dead roses that I had set near the door to take to the compost bin (and forgot for two days as I walked by them a dozen times!) that set the theme for the entire tablescape!
Since I had absolutely no real Halloween decorations I headed to HomeSense and picked up 4 salad plates with sophisticated looking skulls and skeletons for just $4.99 each. I also bought 4 black/gray bamboo place mats at Kitchen Stuff Plus, but I will get a lot of use out of these.
On a trip to the thrift store I picked up a sliver gravy boat to use as a holder for a short pillar candle. Best of all, it was only $3 and I know it will come in handy to have an extra one on hand.
At the dollar store I found a long black fishnet, which I used for a table runner. It is a huge piece which allowed me to stretch it out in some places, yet scrunch it up in bunches in others. I also bought 2 headbands with felt black hats. A long skeleton arm complete with 5 tealights are perfect for the buffet.
The floral centrepiece is just weeds I gathered while on a walk with the dog. I gave them a light spray with black chalk paint. A few hydrangea blooms that have dried on the bush add just a hint of color.
The dead roses that set the vision for my table are placed above each plate. A lone pear sits beside a “poison” bottle borrowed from my friend Leslie. She also loaned me the cast iron crow that has its evil eye on a plate of dark purple grapes, blue cheese and figs.
I hit up my Mom’s family photo collection and pulled some spooky looking photos of our ancestors! I am sure they were all very lovely people, but really old photos all look just a bit sinister to me!
Homemade black candy apples are easy to make, and I gathered a couple of branches from the yard to use as sticks.
I have to admit I am pretty pleased with my Halloween tablescape since I haven’t really decorated for Halloween in years, and the last time I did decorate it was for kids! Not to mention I had nothing to start with but still spent only about $30 and have collected a few things that I can use all year long.
A few more pictures…..
A deep red Merlot fills a wine carafe and wine glasses, and is keeping with the dark, moody feel of the table.
An old tarnished silver mug and wine goblet I already had hold some dried Japanese Maple leafs and a tealight candle.
I have had so much fun putting together this Halloween Tablescape. Who knew I would like Halloween more as an adult than I did as a kid!
There is no telling what I will come up with next year!
I am not the only one in the Halloween spirit. Check out all the fabulous Halloween tablescape ideas that have been featured all week long!
I am also joining the Hauntingly Beautiful Decor Halloween Link Party and you can too!”
Until next time…..