I am sharing how a few statement pieces in your Halloween decor, some dollar store finds and a couple of DIYS can be used with your regular home decor and classic white dishes to transform your dining room into a spooky glam haunted mansion. These ideas can transpire any holiday or theme, but are geared towards styling your dining room table and buffet for Halloween. I hope you love these Halloween decorations as much as I do! I think they are just ‘bootiful!’
I often get requests to show tablescapes that are ‘user friendly’ meaning something that you can style pretty and still have room at the table to eat! Sounds a little bit foreign over here, just kidding! When we eat meals, whether it is just my family of four or for bigger gatherings, we make our plates in the kitchen where the food is being served buffet style on our large kitchen island. Therefore, I wanted to create a long and narrow centerpiece so guests will have plenty of room to eat with the understanding that the food is being served elsewhere. Later, I will share how I styled the buffet table in our dining room, but that is where I usually put out desserts.
I covered the table with two black tablecloths. Then I layered a roll of Kraft paper down the middle to act as a table runner and add contrast to the next layer of material. Finally, I placed a lace tablecloth with haunted house scenes over the top. The tablecloths are a few years old from a local dollar store and the kraft paper is from the Target Dollar Spot… holiday decor doesn’t have to be expensive.
For the centerpiece, I used my collection of vintage brass candlesticks and white candles to contrast. The book page garland flanks both sides of the table. A black cat, jack-o-lantern and ‘BOO’ word cut out in gold make a simple centerpiece. I added a few real mini pumpkins and plastic skeletons near the center of the table too. These are pieces that I have had for several years.
Again, I am using this buffet table in my formal dining room to serve desserts and gather serving pieces. There is space open on the buffet, so that I can place a variety of pies or desserts on cake stands. When it is time to celebrate, I will simply remove the ‘Trick or Treat’ sign and Rae Dunn bowls currently on the cake stands. When you are decorating a tablescape or dining room for a special occasion, keep in mind how you will serve food, the number of guests and room flow. You can plan your tablescapes accordingly. If it is for a small setting, you may opt to do individual place settings. For casual dining, you may gather dishes, serving utensils in a crate or tray like I did in the center of the buffet.
For this Halloween inspired dining room, I didn’t have a lot of themed decor. That is okay!!! Search your home for items that can work together with any holiday decor that you do have. I pulled out my white dishes for serving, gold chargers, copper mugs because I already had a few black, white and gold Halloween decorations form the years past. Don’t be afraid to use what you have and mix metals like gold, brass or copper! Metallic finishes give off a warm glow against black and add a funky touch of glam. Inexpensive items like holiday themed paper straws, banners, or mini signs can be mixed with your regular dishes. You don’t have to buy everything at the party supply store to create a fun atmosphere. Craft materials as simple as ribbons can be added to jars, cake stands or anything with a handle like trays and mugs.
Holiday Banners are one of my favorite DIY crafts because they are so easy to make, so fun to style and can be made in so many different ways. In the first set of pictures is a paper banner that I made from old dictionary pages, buttons, spider stickers and letters that I printed and cut out. The second garland is made from old hymnal pages rolled up, hot glued at the seam and strung through the middle with embroidery thread and a needle.
I am going to throw this coffee filter wreath in here with DIYs. You can make any wreath festive for a holiday by adding a small sign to the corner of the wreath. I do have a few holiday wreaths, but they take up so much space to store. Being able to change out a wreath with a simple addition saves me time and money.
It’s fun to add little details in my decor and think of the entire space! Therefore, I hung a few lights from the chandelier and placed some pumpkins and mums from my front porch on the floor. Wooden trays and stools are great for varying the height of plants to create a more visual appealing display. Pillows and throws will instantly add a touch of cozy to any space, so throw them in chairs, even in a dining room. Again, little details can make or break a space, but don’t have to cost a lot! Plastic snakes or spiders add a little bit of spookiness to your trays or vignettes. Have fun with the details, y’all!
And just for fun, here are a few spooky shots with the lights dimmed and candles lit! I just love the mix of warm light and metallics glowing among the black and white! So spooky glam!
PSA: Krumpet’s Home Decor is having a 40% off sale on all Halloween decorations from now until November 5 2018. If you use code CUTERTUDOR, you can get an extra 10% off and free shipping on orders over $25. The ‘trick or treat’ pillow, ‘Haunted Mansion’ sign, ghost sign, ‘Happy Haunting’ sign are all from Krumpet’s Home Decor.
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