There’s no question about it… I love seasonal decor and thematic table settings. But I also feel compelled to keep my decor reflective of my style, maintaining a casual elegance while steering clear of the kitsch. Every year at this time, I take up the challenge of creating a Halloween table setting that both clearly reads “Halloween”, yet embodies enough class for adults to enjoy a lovely evening meal.
The color palette is, for the most part, pre-determined, but there are many ways to do orange and black. I love to combine varied burnished tones to communicate orange without necessarily being Crayola pure. In this case I was playing with copper, blush and washed russet and the hues blended nicely to give off a warm aura.
Halloween is easy to channel because where else do you ever see orange and black? But black, too, can be done with subtlety and charm. The plate stack in this setting utilizes heirloom salad plates from Williams-Sonoma, solid black Hudson dinner plates from the same source and a stunning silver metal charger with French decorative edging.
I’m often searching for alternatives in my autumn florals to the ever-present mums or simple orange roses. This year I used a sweet potted begonia to add a little cheer to the dinner tableau.
A full view of the tabletop reveals a very committed color palette. For me, this adherence is what keeps the concept focused. (I had the same approach last year in my French country Halloween setting yet with all different dishes.)
I did let a little Halloween imagery work its way onto the table via pumpkins and skulls, but I tried to keep them decidedly kitsch-free.
Ralph Lauren glen plaid champagne flutes are filled to the brim with Pumpkin Marshmallow Treats.
The table is flanked with two skull candles, one a holdover from last year (from my Halloween wine tasting)and a new one to join the party. Copper mule mugs add a richness to the scene.
The table is sprinkled with a handful of mini white pumpkins, which I love for their understated grace. They work so well with my ‘not-quite-orange’ oranges in my color palette.
The underpinning beneath the whole presentation is a vintage white linen embroidered tablecloth.
Layered linen napkins offer a top piece of washed russet hemstitch from Pottery Barn playing off a ruffled blush under napkin from Pom Pom at Home.
The setting is peppered with silver pieces to drive home the elegant feel. The centerpiece sits in an antique silver ice bucket and the flatware is family heirloom silver.
Copper napkin rings encircle the napkin cluster.
One of my absolute favorite purchases from my overseas travels is a pair of silver candlesticks bought from an antique market in London. You can see the stunning detail work on the foot of one of the pieces.
As the sun sets on this Halloween tableau and evening sinks in, the table glimmers and invites guests to sit down to dinner.
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