I know, I know! October is still three weeks away. I may have jumped the gun a little on this whole Halloween thing, but I just couldn’t help myself. Halloween is my favorite holiday. Why? First of all, there are no gift giving expectations. No agonizing over making lists, checking them twice or worrying about which naughty list you might be on this year. Second of all, it’s a great excuse to have a party, and third – costumes! I love a good costume. I love seeing what crazy or ridiculous things people come up with. It’s a chance for everyone to express their creativity, let their hair down and not take themselves so seriously – even if just for one night. You know I also love a good tablescape so naturally I wanted to combine the two. Insert my first ever Halloween tablescape.
You may have seen the video of this tablescape if you follow me on social media, but I wanted to lay out the details a bit for you should you feel inspired to host your own Halloween themed dinner party. Hosting not your thang? No worries. Simply remove the place settings and enjoy the decor all month long. To be clear, the place settings will not stay on my table until Halloween but the runner/decor will. Girl’s gotta actually eat off those plates! I’m not one of those girls that doesn’t eat. Another reason this is coming to you early is because I wanted to give you some time to implement my tips prior to October 1. Nobody likes to scramble at the last minute. So let’s get to it!
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Already owned pieces include: the table runner (Tuesday Morning), some of the books (yes I do read for fun), the plates (the actual ones we eat on every day), the silverware (it was my grandmother’s set), the napkin rings and velvet placemats (Pier1 megasale).
Glam skull: I actually purchased this glam skull a couple years ago at Pier1. Lucky for you, they have it in stock again this year. If you can only budget for one new piece of Halloween decor this year, let it be this. It is gorgeous in person, promise and worth every single penny.
The books: All of the books that I didn’t already own were thrifted at Goodwill and Salvation Army. Pro tip: you can find all kinds of cool books at thrift stores if you enjoy using them for decor. For hardback books, take the cover off and look to see what color the books are to achieve whatever look you’re going for. In this case, I looked for black books and specifically ones with cool designs.
The picture frame: also thrifted from Salvation Army. Pro tip: you can find a lot of great picture frames at thrift stores for a fraction of the cost! This one was too perfect to pass up for this occasion.
Inside the picture frame is just a plain old piece of paper with the lyrics that are at the end of the song, ‘Thriller’. Pro tip: I love doing this for all occasions. Just take any song lyric or popular saying and slap it in a picture frame. People do it for t-shirts all the time, why not picture frames for your decor?
The gold candlesticks: yep, also thrifted from Goodwill. I may just become a thrifting queen! Megan Ruffles: Thrifting Queen…has a nice ring to it, don’t ya think?
The white candles: all from Michaels. Pro tip: you can usually get 40% off almost everything at Michaels (both online and in store) so use the app if you’re shopping in store. Click here for the skinny candles and here for the chunky candles. (Just don’t tell them I called them chunky!)
And finally, I get a lot of questions about these chairs: from Bed Bath and Beyond. They come in 2 colors. This grayish blue and linen. If you are in the market for dining chairs, you know how expensive they can be. These are a helluva deal and come in sets of 2. We have had them for over 2 years with no quality issues. Pro tip: use your Bed Bath and Beyond coupons to purchase these one set at a time to save mega bucks! Your wallet (and likely your significant other) will thank me.
I hope you enjoyed this first ever Halloween tablescape and hope these tips were helpful. As always, I’d love to hear from you!
See ya on the next post.
-The Chic(ish) Chick