Keeping up with the calendar is almost a full time activity these days. Also dividing my time between fall décor/recipes and Halloween is a challenge. Do I do all Halloween now and then get back to fall or let the chips fall where they may? This is how my thoughts are flowing lately, welcome to my world.
Our guest room is now storage central for fall and Halloween and it’s getting to be a bit much. To preserve my sanity I decided to concentrate on Halloween for a while and here’s my version of a Sinister and Stylish Halloween Tablescape.
My trusty dollar store was my best friend when putting this table together. The creepy cloth, rats, and skulls in the jar were my purchases.
Assembling the Center Display
The black tablecloth was purchased years ago from Meijer. I used the creepy cloth in the center of the table and built the display from there. My metallic pumpkin made an appearance in my Contemporary Fall Tablescape and for this setting I sat it on my black cake stand. Years ago I bought the mask from TJ Maxx and it’s been sitting in a bin for far too long.
On the stand with the pumpkin I placed two rats, one standing and one creeping. At the base in front and back are skeleton arms with hands attached.
To the left of the pumpkin there is a silver skull. Next to it there’s an apothecary jar filled with skulls on a low black riser. In the spirit of “keeping it real” I have to make a confession about the skull jar. The apothecary jar has been sitting on a shelf in my basement kitchen without the lid on for months.
When I retrieved it the first thing I noticed was the dust and greasy smudges that had accumulated. As yucky as this sounds that smudge kind of contributed to the effect I was after, so I left it. It will be washed immediately when I’m done with this table.
Also on the stand I placed a glittery black pumpkin and a black bottle. On either side of the center display are stemmed black crystal-like votive holders. In the back I have a mercury glass vase with red stems, red flowers and black berries.
The stack begins with a red fluted charger followed by a black dinner plate, black dessert plate and a red/tan/black swirled appetizer plate. I’ve had the appetizer plates for at least four years and think they may have come from Pier 1.
I gathered two napkins, one red, the other black and secured them with plastic fangs. Only a fork and knife were used for this setting and red was the best color. The red goblets were definitely from Pier 1 and the black ones from the dollar store.
Whew that was a lot! One Halloween tablescape down and hopefully one to go.
Here is where I’m partying this week: