Halloween decorations don't have to be limited to pumpkins and spiders and color pallets of black and orange. This Halloween, I was inspired by the beautiful painted Dia De Los Muertos skulls we saw on our honeymoon in Mexico. Their vibrant colors and slightly spooky motifs were a perfect jumping off point for this tablescape I put together for an intimate early Halloween dinner we hosted recently.
I put together this whole tablescape for under $40.00 using dollar store finds, farmers market flowers, and entertaining pieces I had on hand.
The table is grounded by the black and white striped tablecloth I had left over from our wedding. It's just a piece of fabric but it sets the stage for some pattern play with the brush stroke plates and polka dot chargers. A black and white, almost beatlejuice, theme works really well and is a fun alternative to the traditional black and orange that floods stores at this time of the year.
All of the skulls are from the dollarstore! The larger skulls I spraypainted white, cut a hole in the top and used as a simple vase for farmer's market flowers.
Sticking to a chic-creepy vibe, we decided to serve a blackberry moscow mule-- we loved how the blackberries looked punctured by the bamboo skewers. Using vintage cut crystal wine glasses makes them feel a little fancier and almost gothic. The cake is dark and moody and the addition of some blackberries and flowers ties everything together. Using a cake stand helps add height to the table and anchors the cake as a focal point.
I stuck to a tight color palette of black, white, blushes, purple and orange, which lets the table stay sophisticated but still spooky.
Adding in some candles transitioned this tablescape into the evening and we enjoyed an intimate and slightly spooky dinner with friends. Not ready to do a full blown tablescape? Head to the dollar store, pick up a $1 skull and some flowers and you have a quick and chic Halloween vase to get you and your family in the spirit without spending a ton!
Who says black and orange get to have all the fun?