Haute Halloween Tablescapes

Okay, so I lied a little bit in my post title.  These tablescapes are not really haute in the true sense of the word.  But, they are frightfully fantastic if I do say so myself!

I have always had to worry about a budget when it comes to holiday parties, because I’m a real person and all, just like everybody else.  I want to throw a fabulous Hallow’s Eve bash without spending my whole paycheck.  I want to show you that with a little planning, it is in fact, horrifyingly possible!

My tradition for Halloween has always been to create a table for the adults and a separate one for the little goblins.  Why?  Because kids don’t eat anything, they are at the table for five minutes, and adults never get anything that’s just for them!

This years theme for the party was “A Gothic Gathering”.  My aim was to create a eerie table done in all muted colors and then serve bright and bold food to contrast.  I honestly think it was one of the best tables I’ve ever done.  It was bold, simple, and perfect for my grown-up  Gothic guests!


I have not quite figured out how to take a great photo of an entire table yet.  I was thinking of installing some sort of contraption on my ceiling so I could hoist myself over the table to get a better angle.  Too much?  :)

I won’t go on and on about every single detail here, I’ll let my less than perfect pics speak for themselves, but I’ll give you a quick rundown on the items used for this setting.


I found those creepy birdhouses on sale at the craft store.  I bought the black lace tablecloth at Target and just threw my white table cloth under it.  I spray painted my old gold chargers with some metallic paint I had in the garage so that I didn’t have to buy new ones.  Chargers are very expensive.  I found the old creepy keys in the dollar bin also at the craft store and used those as napkin rings.  Just used my regular old white plates, flatware, and dollar store wine goblets.  The best part though is the striking table runner.  All that is, is a roll of wrapping paper!  I am in LOVE with that paper.  Isn’t it just darling?

My side board behind the table, which I jokingly call my “Sci Borg”-a little star Trek Humor there, was decorated up too.  I just used a dollar “creepy cloth”, a sheet metal letter “H”, some plastic skeleton heads, and my fruit bowl, to create a morbid little back drop for the table.


I wish I would have been able to get a better shot of the food because it was so fun, but I knew it would be difficult, considering I was trying to get all of it on the table as my guests were arriving.  Again, my goal was to use bright colors to stand out against the table.  I served buffalo chicken balls (bright orange), purple mashed potatoes, a “creature of the deep salad with roasted beets, twisty bread sticks, and a gorgeous blue cocktail.  To see the full menu, check out my post Halloween Invites.  To get the recipe for the blue drink, click here.


My friend Joy volunteered to make dessert.  Thank you Joy!  Check out this cake:


Now for the kids table.  My theme this year was “A Witches Pantry”.  The idea here was to have a buffet table featuring all the weird and wonderful items that witches and warlocks would use in their potions and brews.


I had the kids use muffin tins for their plates-they are the perfect place to put finger foods.

I simply labeled ordinary kid-friendly food with terrifying and disturbing names suitable for the finest witches and warlocks.

The background for the table  is black scrap-book paper.  I punched holes in each of the corners, and tied the pages together with ribbon in each corner.  I found the felt pendant flag at the dollar store.

Here are some of the most ghastly items served up at the party.





I turned the family room into a “Monster Mosh Pit”, filled with scary decor, cob webs, comfy pillows and blankets, and let the kids watch The Gremlins and Paranorman.  They got their own tray of movie snacks to top off the fun.


I hope these horrifyingly fun  ideas inspire you to celebrate Hallow’s Eve in a BIG way with those you care most to scare!



  1. Another great party. You are so talented.

  2. So fun, you have the best Halloween ideas! You always know how to throw a great party.

  3. Natalie Hendrickson says:

    So very creative and festive Shauna! Another home run!

  4. Loved all of these ideas, Shauna!!

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