It’s time for another tablescape! If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that I love to pull together a styled table, for any occasion. I recently created a chic tablescape for Fall, but I wanted to style a table for a chic Halloween dinner party. Most Halloween decorations are bright, colorful, and cartoonish, so I wanted to think outside of the box and create a sophisticated but spooky dinner setting. I call this “Addams Family meets A Rose for Emily-Chic”- think lots of black, white, and pewter, with creepy objects draped in cheesecloth as if they’d been left there and forgotten for years. Oh, and lots of candles, of course! So, I turned to At Home Stores deck out my table from top to bottom.
I wanted to give the look of heavy pewter plates without the cost, so I picked up these distressed silver charger plates. They kept the table light, but stuck with the vintage vibe.
My favorite part of the serving ware has to be the drinking glasses. The gray wine goblets are actually melamine, so no worries about breaking them! And the black rocks glasses with the gold rim are a new favorite.
I wanted to create a spooky sideboard filled with items that are not found in the Halloween aisle. Using a cheesecloth backdrop gives the whole thing a dusty vintage feel. My favorite pieces is this large bust of a head- we’ve dubbed him “Charles”- and the faux ravens hanging out on his fabulous hair.
who doesn’t need a bowl of bones?
I created floral arrangement mixed with faux flowers and real roses, and put it in an old milk glass urn I had in storage. The black orchids and burgundy hydrangea were the perfect pop against the white walls, and the red roses fit in the bouquet perfectly.
These dusty rose faux dahlias added a little bit of feminine sophistication to an otherwise edgy table.
Who doesn’t love black taper candles? I love incorporating candles of varying heights into my tablescapes- the more, the better!
It also helps the setting if they’re super drippy.
The Poisoned Apple Cocktail
This cocktail is super simple to make, and is so delicious. Who doesn’t like an apple that packs a little punch? But instead we’re using bourbon, not poison.
The Poisoned Apple Cocktail
Ingredients (makes one serving):
2 oz bourbon
4 oz apple cider (fresh and local, if you can!)
1 oz grenadine
two dashes of bitters
bourbon-soaked cherry + thyme, for garnish
Fill a rocks glass with ice, and pour in bourbon. Add the apple cider and grenadine, and gently stir. Splash the bitters on top, and add your cherry and thyme for garnish.
And because this cocktail is neither difficult to make nor difficult to drink, you’re going to want to settle in with a few snacks after you’ve had several. And what better than dark chocolate covered strawberries and caramel apples for dessert?
If you don’t have time to make these beauties, you can order online from Shari’s Berris. I placed my order two days before my shoot, and they showed up in a refrigerated box, ready to eat!
I was able to find everything that I needed for this set-up at At Home. Make sure to check in different aisles and departments when you’re pulling together your tablescape- inspiration can be found everywhere! Who knew that a decorative hand sculpture would be the perfect display for a caramel apple?!
Don’t you need to host a sophisticated spooky dinner party just in time for Halloween? Well, you definitely need one (or three) of those Poisoned Apple Cocktails in your life, that’s for sure.
I am honored to be a part of At Home’s 2016 Inspiration Team. This post was written in partnership with At Home, but as always, all opinions, thoughts, and words are 100% my own. Stay tuned for more At Home posts coming soon!