This year I took a totally different approach to my halloween tablescape than in previous years, and I couldn’t be more excited to share it with you!
Welcome to our annual Halloween tablescape blog hop hosted by the lovely Rita from Panoply! At the end of this post you will find 20 links, each leading to fabulous halloween tablescape that will have you inspired for days!
So, grab a cup of coffee or tea and settle in! I have so many photos of my table to share, as well as 6 easy tips for setting an enchanting Halloween table all your own.
I do love the look of a dark and moody tablescape for Halloween. But, with all that is going on in the world right now, sometimes I think we all just want to escape into a fairytale and leave the harsh reality behind. I know I sure do!
Although Halloween is notorious for goblins and witches and ghosts, all of which can be loads of fun, there are plenty of princess that come trick or treating at our door each year!
When thinking of all those princesses, I was inspired by the gorgeous selection of pumpkins at the nursery. They remind me of Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage!
This isn’t your typical princess party table. It is a little bit more elegant, and without the plastic tiara’s and silver wands and bright pink! It is more like an enchanting fairytale table fit for princesses and princes of all ages!
6 Tips for setting an enchanting Halloween tablescape
Let me start with a bonus tip!
A Halloween tablescape does not need to break the bank! I spent around $25 total for this fairytale inspired table. (not including the crown, that will be used for a Halloween costume)
It was tempting to hit our local Homesense and Marshalls stores to pick up “special plates” or some other fun accessory for my Halloween table, I didn’t give in to that temptation! And, I really couldn’t be more pleased.
Take the lead from the most enchanting fairytale of them all…..Cinderella
When you think of princesses and fairytales, Cinderella always comes to mind! An easy and inexpensive way to set the theme for your entire table is to create a living table runner using real pumpkins.
These are readily available this time of year for just a couple of dollars each. Choose shades of pink, muted blues and greys, white and peach. Mix and match several down the centre of the table, tucking springs of greenery cut from the garden here and there.
Don’t forget the crown
This gorgeous crown is from Amazon and was really surprised by the quality when it arrived. Made of metal and comes with hair pins to secure it in place.
It serves double duty, as it will later be used for a costume.
If you won’t have any use for a crown afterwards, simply pick an inexpensive plastic crown at the dollar store for an equally royal look!
I added some hydrangeas that are still hanging on in our garden despite the cold temperatures. Chicken wire stuffed into a footed crystal compote keeps the stems in place.
Create a simple, yet elegant plate stack worthy of any palace dining room
Start with metallic chargers in gold, rose gold, silver or blue, easily found at most dollar stores or Michaels.
For something a little fancier, these ornate silver chargers are gorgeous, inexpensive, and would also be stunning on a Christmas table. They may or may not have made their way into my cart!
Layer on simple white plates. White plates with a simple gold rimmed edge would also be perfect. They key word is simple. Nothing too fancy or patterned.
Choose a luxurious plush velvet napkin, or tie a soft linen napkin in a loose knot for an informal look.
Pro tip: if you don’t already have napkins, purchase a 1/2 metre or so of polyester velvet fabric and cut into 12 by 12 squares for simple, inexpensive DIY napkins.
Add DIY takeaway atop each plate
Is there anything more adorable than tiny little pumpkins? In fact there is! These decadent sugar cookie pumpkins are so adorable and easy to make.
Decorate them in pastel orange, green and pink, and they are perfect for a fairy tale inspired Halloween table.
They would also be delightful on a Thanksgiving table and will be enjoyed by little and adult guests alike.
The cookies were super simple to make. And, I am definitely not known for my cake or cookie decorating skills.
My mom was an amazing cake decorator, but she did not pass that gene on to me or my sister! You can read all about our embarrassing attempt at learning the skill my mom made look so easy!
A pumpkin cookie cutter, a small star tip and piping bag are all the tools you need.
Use “the good” silverware and crystal
There is nothing more regal than beautiful silverware. And, it is such a shame to keep it tucked away. If you are worried about your good crystal getting broken if hosting little ones, feel free to use inexpensive plastic champagne glasses or coups.
Add some shiny foil covered chocolates to the champagne glasses for an extra bit of sparkle. They can be nibbled on before dinner or taken home for later.
Don’t forget the Halloween Candy
Speaking of chocolates, these gable boxes were purchased for just 50 cents each at a local bulk food store. I used some ribbon left over from another project to create a bow for each box. It is attached with a little drop of hot glue.
Fill each one with more foil covered chocolates and other goodies for guests to take home! It perfectly fits the cookie too!
Make it your own
Any of the above tips can be modified to fit your own style! Try all white pumpkins or traditional orange. If you don’t have any foliage or garden to speak of, take a walk in nature and snip a few springs. If baking cookies aren’t your thing, order some from a local bakery or choose a different takeaway treat for each plate!
How to make fresh pumpkins last for weeks
I learned this tip a few years ago and it really makes a difference.
When you bring your pumpkins home give them a good rinse in the kitchen sink. Then, fill the sink about half way with hot water, dish soap and a capful or two of bleach. Set each pumpkin in the water for a few minutes and using a soft brush or cloth, give each a good wash.
This removes any bacteria or mold spores that may be lurking on the surface that can cause pumpkins to decay, hence making them last much longer.
I think these pretty pumpkins pictured above are a variety called buckskin pumpkins. They have a bit of a white haze that almost looks like they have been white washed.
Looks so pretty in the daytime…..
……even prettier in the evening!
I hope you have enjoyed this little escape into a Halloween fairytale today. Now it is time to explore and be inspired by 20 more talented ladies as they share their vision for Halloween dining fun!
More Halloween Inspiration
Be sure to visit all these talented table stylists for more inspiring Halloween Tablescapes
Pandora’s Box – Snack Hour Portable Tablescape
Bleu Belle Interiors – A Sweet Halloween Table
Me and My Captain – And the Band Played On
Everyday Living – Halloween Critters and Treats
My Hubbard Home – Halloween Inspired Fall Tablescape – The Best of Autumn
Debbee’s Buzz – Spooky Spellbound Halloween Centerpiece and Table
Home Is Where the Boat Is – Black Cat Trading Company
Thrifting Wonderland – Practical Magic Halloween
Red Cottage Chronicles – How to Set a Halloween Tablescape Fit for a Princess
Life and Linda – If the Shoe Fits
The Little Yellow Corner Store – The Debonair Vampire, Leonard
The Bookish Dilettante – Halloween Tablescape: Midnight at the Ball
My Thrift Store Addiction – Jadeite Whimsy: Seasonal Tray and Table Setting
The Painted Apron – Slightly Spooky Halloween Tablescape
Bluesky at Home – How to Set Up a Sweet Halloween Buffet
Corner of Plaid and Paisley – Table of Vexing Vermin
Zucchini Sisters – Halloween Table Top Decor with Skeletons
Celebrate and Decorate – Halloween Tablescape in Gold and Black
Dinner at Eight – Welcome to Ghostly Hollow!
Karins Kottage – A Bewitching Black and White Tablescape