Go crazy decorating this Halloween and get inspired by these gorgeous tables!
‘Tis officially the season for some creepy-crawly goodness… that’s right, Halloween is right around the corner, folks! As the next major holiday for the year, and (in my opinion) officially the beginning of the holiday season, as a tablescaping enthusiast I’m practically obliged to go ALL OUT this October 31st. To help me, and you, gain some inspiration for Halloween table decor ideas to recreate, I’ve rounded up the most spook-tacular tables I’m absolutely crushing on this year! Now come and join me as I delve into the world of fantastic, spooky (sometimes not so spooky), and all-around magical Halloween tablescapes!
Pumpkins and plaid
Okay, so this is gingham, but pumpkins and gingham doesn’t exactly have a ring to it now does it? Regardless of what it is, sticking to traditional colors like orange and black is definitely a “do” for Halloween. For an unusual and gorgeous twist, opt for patterns like gingham to keep the table looking breezy. Finish off your table with metallic details like glitter pumpkins and tin jack-o’-lanterns to tie the look together (and they can go double-duty as party favors for your guests!), and of course, don’t forget candles to increase the creepiness factor of your design.
About the host: Tammy loves decorating and entertaining, and is a mom to three. She shares her tablescapes, home decor, and the things that make her joyful on her blog, Make a Joyful Home, while also running an Etsy shop.
A quick tip: Tammy says, “I love to create an “experience” for my guests and every dinner or party starts first with the table setting. A beautiful and interesting tablescape will draw your guests in as they soak up all the details. A small take home gift on their plate will start the conversation flowing.”
Unleash your inner goth this holiday and dress your table in dark shades like black and forest green. Let the details stand out by adding some texture to your look with different prints and design elements like branches and dried flowers! To complete the spooky tablescape while sticking to the theme, add stark white skulls and skeletons for a gorgeous contrast that won’t disappoint!
About the host: As a lover of macabre and unusual decor, she runs a lifestyle blog at Me and Annabel Lee where she posts DIY projects, inspirational tablescapes, and gothic home decor, which you can also find in her Etsy shop.
A quick tip: “Set a mood without being obvious. Tuck dried moss between layered elements: moss, like cobwebs, have a way of bringing a haunted vibe to any setting without much effort or expense. Use candles! In the right setting, candlelight goes from romantic to eerie, I never have too many. For an added touch use drip candles! Mix in some signs of age: tarnished metals, antique bowls, old candelabras, time worn books, etc.”
An adult affair
For a Halloween table full of glamor and elegance, look no further than this gorgeous example! A timeless color palette like black, white, and silver keeps the look classic, while a cobweb printed runner sets the table apart and provides a fantastic backdrop for other Halloween-themed design elements like pumpkins, skulls, and crows. Remember, Halloween is the perfect time to dust off those antiques you’ve been storing, so make sure to finish off the look with a few silver candelabras and candles!
About the host: A passionate decorator with a modern French farmhouse style, Sheila shares her home decor, entertaining tips and tricks, tablescapes, and recipes on her blog, Maison de Cinq.
Spooky does it
As the spookiest table of the bunch, I’m reminded that Halloween is the time and place to go all out! Don’t be afraid to pile on the details—creepy elements like skulls, mummies, and even tombstones set a wonderful graveyard table that’s perfect for the night to come.
About the host: Nicknamed the Queen of Theme by her followers, Debbee frequently uses themes when decorating, entertaining, or crafting. She features her favorite things, places, parties, and projects on her lifestyle blog, Debbee’s Buzz, and also owns an Etsy shop.
A quick tip: Debbee says, “I love to style a table to reflect a theme, set the scene and/or tell a story. For a unique Halloween tablescape, go vertical! I frequently decorate the chandelier overhead to coordinate with the table setting below and set a festive scene for guests. It’s quick, easy, and inexpensive to do. My technique is a simple three-step process; regardless of the season or occasion. A decorated chandy can also take the place of a centerpiece on a small or crowded tabletop.”
A royal banquet
All that glitters should be gold! Get inspired by this beautiful, and royal-worthy, table design by dressing your setting in the clean shades of white and gold. Complete the royal look by adding crowns (on top of pumpkins, no less!) and monogrammed plates because Halloween isn’t just about spooky tablescapes!
About the host: Randi, a passionate designer and entertainer, shares lifestyle and decorating tips on her blog, Randi Garrett Design. Her love for elegant and stylish living can also be seen on her Instagram where you can shop her feed.
Forget throwing a dinner and go for a tea party instead! Don’t worry about setting a formal table—creating a tea-scape means you get to keep things casual like this pretty vignette. Anything goes for Halloween, so challenge yourself by shopping your home! Dust off your stored china, grab a few bits and pieces from your jewelry box, and even borrow that old picture of Great Aunt Gertrude to create a fantastic tea party tablescape to creep out all of your guests!
About the host: As the owner of a 1921 yellow brick home and an ardent decorator and collector, Amber shares her inspirational decor, entertaining ideas, fixer upper projects, and more on Follow the Yellow Brick Home. You can also shop her vintage finds and other collectibles in her Etsy shop.
A quick tip: Amber says, “To create a unique Halloween table, look for items around your home that could be repurposed as Halloween decor instead of buying new retail items. Tattered books with black or orange spines, tarnished brass candlesticks with dripping candles, or any orange, black, or purple items can all be used to create unique Halloween centerpieces!”
Keep it casual
Forgo throwing a huge banquet this year and instead opt for a sweet and intimate meal for two. Keep things light and fresh with a fall-ready palette like green and orange, and add some pumpkins (or pumpkin plates) for effect! And what date night is complete without candles? Don’t forget to light a few for that romantic and moody vibe!
About the host: Shelley is a home decor enthusiast who shares her projects, decorating adventures, travels, and more on her blog, Calypso in the Country. She also provides glimpses of her beautiful home and entertaining inspiration on Instagram.
Do the DIY
Get creative and set a unique Halloween table by DIY-ing your decor! Painted pumpkins, chalkboard chargers, homemade napkin rings, and wine charms all come together to make a very special Halloween tablescape for you and your guests! Plus, by crafting your own decor, you can ensure that your color palette stays on point, just like this gorgeous black and white example.
About the host: Leslie is a full-time artist who shares her decorating and remodeling journey on her blog, My 100 Year Old Home. She also writes about entertaining, recipes, design inspiration, and her favorites—which you can shop online.
A quick tip: Leslie says, “When decorating a table for Halloween, don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Use vintage Halloween decor or try a table without orange! Use items that don’t normally go on a table and have fun with the food as well.”
Black, white, and silver all over
Don’t be afraid to incorporate your more “dainty” items for a very feminine take on a spooky table! Lace and embroidered details contrast wonderfully with all sorts of creepy-crawly things like spiders, bats, and even stuffed crows! For a more grown up twist on the classic Halloween table, remember to keep your color palette sophisticated and simple—a black, white, and silver table, like in this great example, looks so elegant and spook-tastic!
About the host: As a farmhouse owner, Michelle shares her decor style and DIY projects on her blog, The Painted Hinge. She also provides inspirational farmhouse decor through her Instagram and Pinterest.
For a witch-y take on a tea party tablescape, try this one on for size! To keep your tablescape looking put together yet still artfully disheveled, stick to one theme (like a witch’s tea party) and mix and match things from around your home to create your look! Another good thing to remember is to keep your colors easy on the eyes—you don’t want to overload your guests’ senses, after all!
About the host: Catherina, or Cat, is passionate about the world of interior design and decorating. As a native Dane, she tries to incorporate elements of old world style and cottage farmhouse into her countryside home, which she shares about on Sage Hill Cottage. Aside from inspiration, lifestyle posting, and DIY projects, she also provides a way for readers to shop her home.
A quick tip: Cat says, “To keep your tablescape unique, you just have to look outside of the box. Use what you already have! I used some old antique teacups, greenery/florals, and pumpkins. Keep it simple. Don’t feel like you need to go buy all new stuff to create something fun. Play with textures and colors to create a stunning statement!”
Create a traditional yet stunning Halloween tablescape this holiday by sticking to the classics like spiders, jack-o’-lanterns, and bats! To set your table apart from the rest, pick a striking color scheme like black and white to really let the details of your scape pop!
About the host: Amy shares her cozy cottage style on her blog, White Cottage Home & Living, and through eBooks that are available on her site. Aside from inspiration, Amy also lets you shop her home, vintage finds, and other items through her shop and through Amazon.
Add some color
However, a great Halloween tablescape doesn’t have to be devoid of all color going by this elegant and glam example! Add pops of color against a ghoulish black and white color palette by using colored linens, pretty pumpkins, and even your food! You don’t need to spend a ton to create a gorgeous table this holiday either—aside from using what you already have, hit up your local Dollar Store to pick up a few pieces (like cheap skulls and pumpkins) that you can decorate yourself for a fabulous and unique centerpiece idea!
About the host: Kim loves colorful crafts, fun DIY projects, and eclectic home decor, all of which she shares on Knock It Off Kim. She also provides step-by-step instructions, guides, and mood boards on how to achieve her style and to inspire readers to DIY.
A quick tip: Kim says, “Shop your home for accessories that can transform into sinister table decor, then layer in the usual suspects (i.e., bats, spiders, snakes, mice, witches, etc.). For example, look for clear glass vases to add height to your table and fill with veggies such as cauliflower, along with colored water in shades of green, purple, orange, or fuschia for an instant creepy centerpiece. Inexpensive bedsheets or curtains in Halloween colors or baroque patterns in deep golds, reds, and purples make great table covers. Candles can always provide a spooky glow. Most anything can be made to look unnerving by candlelight! Add mirrors in different shapes or silver serving ware for fun, reflective properties. Antique ornaments can add a haunted, ghostly effect. Finally, use fruits and vegetables to hold place cards—plums, red or purple grapes, and delicious red apples all add beautiful color and unsettling interest in the right lighting. Using your favorite things from around your home not only saves you money but ensures a unique tablescape perfect for you and entirely terrifying for Halloween!”
A magical Halloween
Get inspired with this magical and mystical Harry Potter-esque Halloween table setting! Aside from the usual creepy-crawlies, incorporate cauldrons, galleons, and sickles (AKA chocolate coins) around your table as extra decor details. Don’t neglect your vertical space either and float some spooky jack-o’-lanterns above your table reminiscent of the Halloween decorations in the Great Hall. Finally, top your table with an array of sweets for a night full of treats that your guests will never forget!
About the host: A designer by trade, Linda shares her experiences with interior design, entertaining, her travels, and more on her blog, Life on Summerhill. She also has DIY guides and projects available to her readers, providing inspiration on how to create a better home for everyone.
A quick tip: Linda says, “Just like people take characters to create clothing themes do the same for your table. Pick out your favorite movie and build the table design around it. It’s so fun!”