In this post: A great theme for a fall occasion is an elegant Halloween dinner. These table top ideas will help you set a table with sophisticated style and refined charm.⇒
I’ve never been a spider webs and dripping blood kind of girl!
For Halloween, that is. But I do love the challenge of transforming a kitschy holiday into a posh themed celebration. This is exactly what was inspiring me when putting together this elegant Halloween dinner table.
I’m delighted to be joining a wonderful group of bloggers today for the bHome Fall Inspiration Blog Tour, organized by the talented Lidy of the French Garden House. If you’re coming over from Edith & Evelyn Vintage, welcome!! I know you have been charmed by Cindy’s beautiful post and I invite you to relax and continue the tour here. We also have a GIVEAWAY at the bottom of this post, where you can follow on to the next stop on the tour.
So how exactly can one strike a balance between Halloween themed imagery and a refined table setting?
For starters, I decided to stick with a black and white color palette with pops of crystal and silver. The omission of orange is the first way to ensure your table looks like it was set for adults.
The selection of upscale textured details adds another note of sophistication. For my plate stack this meant beginning with a mother-of-pearl charger and layering on a simple black dinner plate and delicately patterned salad plate. The suggestion of black lace in the pattern reads a bit Victorian or Gothic, a more dignified way to signal Halloween without using bats or rats.
Where I did get a bit more literal is in the goblets and other stemware. The claw wrapped drinking glass is a fun addition to the table, clearly emblematic of Halloween, but without sacrificing the tablescape’s polish.
I never worry if I don’t have a full set of dishes and can always mix and match. I alternated both the chargers and the dinner plates, staying within my color palette, and tied them all together with the salad plates on top.
The real stars of the table, however, are the decorative items running down the center, including these lush velvet pumpkins provided by sponsor Plush Pumpkin. (Be sure to check out the Giveaway at the bottom of the post.) I chose black, grey and off white, along with silver and a textured grey print.
For height I used vintage silver candlesticks with smoky grey bobeches and black glitter dusted candles.
A little more bling was supplied by the crystal bracelet napkin rings, which tastefully corral the vintage embroidered napkins and work well with the stately silver flatware.
For florals I went completely white, using stock and snow white hydrangeas. Seeded eucalyptus is a favorite standby for greenery, as I love the drapey movement it adds.
The other special touch is the use of luxurious candles in the centerpiece, gathered on a round silver tray. The white skull candle has a heavenly scent and was provided by Thompson Ferrier.
The final homage to Halloween comes via the quirky skeleton goblets.
The table setting is pretty enough for any elegant celebration, but the unique imagery utilized makes it perfect for a Halloween dinner!
Elegant Halloween Dinner Source List
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- Velvet Pumpkins
- White skull candle
- Silver croco candle
- Dark skull candles
- Black tablecloth
- White hemstitch runner
- Mother-of-pearl chargers
- Black dinner plates
- Off white dinner plates
- Heirloom Royal Dahlia salad plates (originally from William-Sonoma – sometimes available on eBay)
- Silver flatware
- Halloween goblets
- White embroidered napkins
- Crystal glen plaid vase
- Black taper candles
And now on to the GIVEAWAY!
Our bHome Tour sponsor Plush Pumpkin has graciously offered to provide a gorgeous collection of their stunning velvet pumpkins to one winner. The velvet pumpkins are hand made of silk velvet, for a luxurious accent to your home. To enter please visit PLUSH PUMPKIN and/or pin the above image, and let us know in the comments below that you did. Winner will be chosen at random & notified by email on Sept. 22. Good luck!!
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