Halloween Party Tablescape Ideas

Halloween Party Tablescape Ideas

Before the trick or treaters arrive, you can throw together a fun Halloween party tablescape for friends and family using these tips and a little creativity! Think outside the box when styling a tablescape!  I think creativity is more important than budget or rules!

Start with the basics!

Whether you are hosting an elegant Halloween dinner or a casual meal inspired by Fall, these Halloween party tablescapes include a few basic elements. These are items that I have collected over the years. When I am ready to decorate a table, I have a few options in my decor stash.

For example, start with classic white dishes.

Then, add some coordinating table linens, like a table runner, napkins, or placemats in your color scheme.

Lastly, add a centerpiece!  This can be a vase of natural or faux stems, a bowl of pumpkins, or candlesticks with a few Halloween decorations. For example, use miniature signs, word cutouts or jack-0-lanterns.

However, with a few unique changes, you can create a totally different look.

Fall Inspired Halloween Party Tablescape

This idea incorporates fall decor like miniature white pumpkins, copper mugs and a vase filled with natural grasses. Use what you have, but then add something that screams ‘boo!’

 

Farmhouse Inspired Halloween Party Tablescape

Decide on a color scheme, then look for items that you own that work within that style. If you are planning ahead, begin collecting items from thrift stores, like brass candlesticks, that can work for many different tablescapes.

Similar to a fall look, use real pumpkins, casual linens, and vintage books as place chargers.  Details like halloween themed paper straws and mini skeletons on each place setting make this work for a Halloween party.

 

Gold and Glam Halloween Party Tablescape

Don’t be afraid to mix silver and gold for a whole lot of glam. However, you do want to use a variety of metallic textures from smooth to rough like the sequined table runner.

When styling a table, think about what you have that would work. Often, I search my decor stash for ideas.  For example, I had previously painted vintage trays gold and black which worked great as chargers.  Small paper bags double to hold silverware and as take home bags for candy.

 

If you love spooky glam, check out this Halloween party tablescape from last year.

 

Have FUN with Napkins on your Halloween Tablescape

I love to add an unexpected touch to tablescapes.  However, just adding random things to the table can get overwhelming.  Therefore, I add whimsical touches to functional parts of the table, like napkins.

If you missed the blog post where I styled a Halloween mantle with cheap and free finds plus a can of spray paint, click here. It’s amazing what a can of spray paint can do.  Happy Halloween, y’all!

Tips to Style a Labor Day Tablescape

Labor Day Tablescape Inspiration

As we are approaching the last few days of August, we cannot ignore the fact that Summer is closing in on us!  If you live in the south, you know that we can not base the seasons on temperatures alone.  Otherwise, summer may never end!  We have to use events like ‘Back to School,’ the release of Starbuck’s  ‘pumpkin spice latte’ and Labor Day to tell us that Fall is on its way! Yes, the PSL is currently available at Starbucks!  I think I will hold off on that till Texas actually goes from ‘sweat weather’ to ‘sweater weather.’

Consequently, I want to share one more red, white and blue tablescape idea with y’all to honor the American workers for Labor Day.  It will be a great way to celebrate the end of summer with a backyard barbecue with friends and family. This American holiday tablescape is actually styled by my mother in law, Martha, using ideas from one of our previous July 4th tablescapes. Martha’s screened-in back porch looks amazing, so I had to share it with y’all!  I hope it inspires your next Labor Day tablescape too!

 

Collect what you love!  Then, use what you have! 

If you find something that you absolutely love, buy it! A good set of white dishes goes a long way. However, don’t be afraid to layer additional patterns and colors of plates or linens! If you want to mix your fine china and everyday dishes, or even paper plates, do it. If you want to mix your vintage transfer ware with new, outdoor melamine dishes, do it. If you want to mix polka dots, checkered patterns with floral prints, do it!  First, read these tips to learn how we mixed patterns for the table setting here!

Sources: Pottery Barn chargers, Ikea white dinner plates, Pier 1 red melamine plates & checkered napkins, vintage transferware, and HEB star plates.

 

Create a focal point.  Then, go over the top!

First, create a fun centerpiece as the focal point on your Labor Day tablescape.  A footed wooden riser adds height and sets the rest of the table apart.  However, a long cutting board or tray would work well, too.  A collection of blue and white vases, pitchers and candlesticks pulls the eye through out the table.  Think of items that you have in multiples of that you could group together to make a statement. For example, this could a collection of white milk glass vases or brass candlesticks.  In addition, mini flags, floral stems and metallic foil decorations are an inexpensive touch to decorate for patriotic and American holidays.

Next, go over the top with your decorations.  For example, a large glass vase on the buffet table is filled with lots of red and white faux florals to create a ‘wow factor’ when guests arrive.  The size of this display is impressive, but you could accomplish that will contrasting color or pattern, too.

Set the mood.  Then, have fun!

You can set the mood of a room by using a similar color theme and decor throughout the space!  By incorporating a bucket of red, white and blue pillows, and styling the buffet table, this screened in porch screams summer time!  The entire room is not only festive but welcoming, too.  Therefore, don’t forget to add a few holiday or seasonal touches throughout the entire room. Life isn’t about having a Pinterest perfect home; it is about using what you have to create a welcoming atmosphere for family and friends!

 

Thank you for stopping by the Cuter Tudor Blog! Please save this blog post to your summer tablescape Pinterest board, or share on Facebook!  You never know who you may help inspire to ‘set the table!’ Most importantly, I hope you have a great Labor Day weekend!

Fun Ways to Celebrate Back to School

Back to School Traditions

Summer should have gotten a speeding ticket, because it just flew by!  As we hang on to the last few sacred days of summertime, most kids are heading ‘back to school!’  Therefore, I have rounded up a few ideas and one of my family’s favorite traditions to make this transition not only manageable, but fun! Traditions are what make each family unique. The point is to create traditions that your kids looks forward to each year.  I realize that every day can not be ‘Pinterest perfect,’ but you will never regret taking time to make memories.  For us, we start the week with a fun back to school breakfast.

 

Back to School Breakfast

Tablescape Ideas

First, use school themed paper as a placemat. For example, I found this notebook paper themed poster board and gift tag at the Target Dollar Spot for $1. Other ideas are to use scrapbook paper or an open book as a placemat and sit a plate or charger on top.

In addition, I do like to personalize place settings with names and or small treats.  I used sharpie marker to write my daughter’s name on a wooden tag. If you are looking for a fun way to personalize your tablescapes more often, I use these wooden ledges and letter tiles from Krumpet’s Home Decor.  I love that the tiles come in a variety of colors from mint, like this, to orange, red, black, white…etc.  Use code CUTERTUDOR for 10% anytime!  

 

Next, you can decorate a centerpiece with a stack of books and extra school supplies.  Just add some markers or pencils in mason jars to set the school room vibe.  Then, set the table with your everyday dishes.  It’s that simple!  Do something that you do not do everyday, and your kids will automatically be surprised and love the extra attention! Sleepy eyes and all!

Food for Thought

After that, make a fun breakfast that your kids will enjoy. It doesn’t have to be fancy for your kids to feel special or get excited about school. They will not remember if you served homemade French toast with omelets made from farm fresh eggs or their favorite cereal.  However, your kids will remember that ‘mama tried.’ Share your gifts with your kids without comparing yourself to other moms.  You were made to be your child’s parent.  Therefore, if cooking is your strength, make your kids the cutest fruit face pancakes.  If words are your forte, send them to school with the most inspiring note in their lunch box.  I love to decorate, and my kids know that fun tablescapes and themed parties is one way I show them how much I love them and want them to feel special.

Back to School themed breakfast with cinnamon roll, yogurt and juice on a notebook paper placemat.

More Ways to Celebrate Back to School

These ideas are not meant to make you feel like you aren’t doing enough. I get it working moms, moms of littles, moms of multiples, moms of kids in every freakin’ school activity, moms who carpool their daughter to cheer an hour away… we are all struggling to do the best we can! So, I will include an alternative idea for ya.

After School Ice Cream

  • Serve ice cream sundaes after school!  Welcome kids home the first week of school with an ice cream bar. Include all the favorite toppings like nuts, sprinkles, chocolate syrup, whip cream or fresh fruit.  Don’t forget the cherry on top! (Target Dollar spot was killing it with ice cream themed party supplies in July, so I grabbed a few themed napkins, float mugs and all the sprinkles.)
  • Stop in your kids favorite snow cone or ice cream shop after school for ten minutes of ice cold treats and small talk.

Movie Night

  • Have a movie night with homemade pizza on Friday!  This is such great way to unwind and end a busy first week of school. We enjoy making our own pizzas so that everyone can choose their own toppings.  My husband and my favorite is thin crust flatbread with mozzarella, sautéed mushrooms, and spinach leaves.
  • Pizza To Go or Delivery, y’all, is a blessing on busy school nights! Been there, done that!

Technology Free Family Dinner

  • Enjoy a family dinner at your child’s favorite restaurant. For bonus points, invoke the rule of no technology at dinner so you can hear all about what your kids are looking forward to, or hoping to avoid, this school year! If you start the school year with open communication, your kids will be more likely to talk to you about what’s happening at school later on.  Plus, you get a night off from cooking and cleaning!
  • Drive through fast food or pack a picnic, but head to the park while the older kids are at their football practice or cheer practice or band practice for the 3rd night this week.

Back to School Bash

  • Host a Back to School bash for your child’s friends. If you live in the South, like me, the beginning of school does not mean the end of summer.  It’s still hot!  Therefore, throw a pool party at your home or community pool.  Just add some summer time snacks and drinks!  School supplies like a pack of fresh crayons or markers makes the perfect party favor.  Grab them when they are on sale!
  • No pool, no problem! Choose other water activities like a slip-n-slide or water balloons.

 

Back to School Treats

  • Order special back to school themed cookies or donuts from your local bakery!
  • Make your own treats like rice crispy squares with any kind of cereal. We love them with fruity pebbles or fruit loops.  They double as breakfast, y’all!

 

One year, I went all out to decorate our dining room with a vintage inspired back to school tablescape. It was my son’s senior year of high school and my daughter’s first year of middle school!  Surpisingly, I used all things that I already had.  You can read all about it, here!!!! But first, here’s a sneak peak!

 

Thank your for stopping by the blog!  Most importantly, I hope that your kids or grandkids have a great school year! If you love these ideas, please share on Pinterest or Facebook with your friends and family.  Above all, remember that the days go by slow, but the years go by fast.

How to Set a Colorful Easter Tablescape

Set a Colorful Easter Tablescape

I challenged myself to create two different styles of place settings for an easy tablescape for Easter using the same centerpiece.  Today, I am sharing how to set a colorful Easter tablescape with a few inexpensive finds. Similarly you can check out how to style a neutral Easter tablescape here.  Meanwhile,  let’s take a look at this kid friendly Easter tablescape and tips to set a colorful Easter tablescape.

kid friendly tablescape

 

Mix and Match Paper Goods for a Kid Friendly Tablescape!

Don’t be afraid to mix paper goods with your everyday dishes!  You can mix patterns by finding a commonality, mostly done in color or texture.  For example, I used linen napkins and bunny paper plates in the same green color.  In addition, place patterned paper plates between your white dishes.  It keeps the tablescape casual yet elegant, but allows you to add more color with inexpensive paper products.  Furthermore, adding a paper straw in a fun pattern or color instantly adds a pop of color to your table.  In addition, paper products make the table setting kid friendly and easy to clean up.

 

When working with pattern, it is important to vary the size of prints.  For instance, the Pottery Barn table runner features a large scene of brown bunnies in green grass, while the paper products show smaller images of a similar scene.  Pattern mixing works well when one pattern is a large print and the other is smaller.

 

Limit Seasonal Dishes!

By adding a few colorful, seasonal dishes to my white dishes, I can change the entire look of the tablescape.  I have a large collection of white dishes because of their versatility. However, when I find inexpensive seasonal items, I scoop them up.  My goal is to buy items that are seasonal but not necessarily geared toward only one holiday. For example, these dishes work for Easter, baby showers, or spring get togethers. Recently, I found these spring dishes (none scream just Easter) at Homegoods. The set of 3 floral animal bowls and a set of 4 bunny ramekins cost $10 each while the set of egg cups cost $5.

easter decor and dishes

 

 

Find Happy Accidents!

Attention to detail makes all the difference.  It is truly the little things that will make your guests feel special and or tablescapes be memorable.  This is where I love to find ‘happy accidents’ by combining things that I already own in new ways. When I am styling a table, I may be inspired by one or two new finds of the season.

However, I shop my home a lot and look for items to repurpose or reuse from one season to the next. First, I get out my box of seasonal decor.  Second, I lay out everything that I may potentially use for a particular tablescape including a variety of chargers, cups and dessert plates.  Third, I search my craft room and decor closet for additional items to use.  For example, I found these polka dot straws left over from a birthday party.  I noticed the color and shapes mimicked the Easter egg nests that I had previously laid out… happy accident. While searching in my box of faux florals, I found some orange fall stems that I had previously picked up on clearance.  The shape of the leaves reminded me of the tops of carrot stems… another happy accident. It was a great way to bring more color into my tablescape.

 

Decorate Beyond the Table!

First of all, I adore garlands.  I think they are so cute, inexpensive and can be styled many ways. You can find seasonal and holiday garlands at Homegoods, Hobby Lobby and even the Target Dollar spot for $5-20 bucks in so many cute designs. Y’all, itty bitty carrots!!!  Some of my favorite ways to style garlands are in multiples hanging from a fireplace mantle, hutch or draped over a mirror.  Because they are lightweight, push pins work great to hold them in place.  In addition, they can be hung from the chandelier like I did above this tablescape.  Another easy way to use garlands is draped down the center of the table for another pop of color.  Either way, they create a fun, festive and kid friendly tablescape.

how to set a colorful easter tablescape

 

 

Have fun with your tablescapes!!

It is a great way to share some of your creativity while making a meal with friends or family feel special! Basically, it is like making a house into your home!  Make it yours using what you have and what you love! In short, I hope to spark some creativity in you, and provide some fresh ideas to set a colorful Easter tablescape.

Let me know if you enjoyed these tips to style a colorful Easter tablescape!  As a result, I would love it if you shared my blog posts on social media and save to your Pinterest boards! Thank you for stopping by the Cuter Tudor!  Above all, Happy Easter, y’all!!

set up a colorful easter tablescape

Easy Tablescape for Easter

Easy Tablescape for Easter

I challenged myself to create two different styles of place settings for an easy tablescape for Easter using the same centerpiece.  Today, I am sharing one of the place settings that feature more neutrals and cool colors.  Tomorrow, I will share how a few inexpensive finds can entirely change the look by adding more color!  Enjoy my styling tips using an easy tablescape for Easter as an example.  Afterwards, I hope you have the confidence to decorate your table for holidays or special events.

spring tablescape ideas

 

Start with a Theme: Unity in Color

Repeating certain colors, shapes, forms (objects like vases) creates unity.  This is why you want to pick a color scheme and use it throughout the space.  I always lean towards using cool colors and neutrals which evoke a sense of calmness.  I love these colors year round but adore them for Spring decor!  This table runner from Pottery Barn really inspired this tablescape.  I love the sweet, natural looking bunnies surrounded by green grass and speckled blue eggs. After inspiration hits, I just search my home for things that will work well for my desired design.

easter centerpiece ideas

 

Set the Table: Variety in Texture

The key to using neutral colors is playing with a variety of textures and materials.  Usually, the type of the material plays an important role in the texture.  For example, glass and ceramic products will have a smooth finish, while natural elements like rattan will have a bumpy or woven texture. Using a variety creates visual interest.  In addition, a mix of materials from wood, glass, metal, ceramics and textiles creates a well balanced space.

 

 

Classic pieces like white dishes, galvanized chargers and clear glasses are a great base to any tablescape. Here, I started with a galvanized charger.  Then, I added a tri-folded tea towel from Krumpet’s Home Decor as a napkin.  Invest in pieces that can be used in other ways than originally intended.  For instance, I saw these simple tea towels, and I knew that they would work well as napkins on a Spring tablescape. Next, classic white dishes are placed on top.

The bunny ear napkin ring holders are so cute.  They can hold napkins or stand up at each place setting.  Because I like the layered look of these particular napkins under the plates, I opted to use the napkin rings individually. Consequently, I placed blue and white paper napkins in a gingham pattern on top of the salad plate, too.  It adds some color and pattern to the place setting.  Rattan wrapped glasses and ramekins filled with moss and ceramic bunnies.

Shopping Tips

Bunny tea towels and napkin rings are available from Krumpet’s Home Decor.  You can get them or anything else from Krumpet’s Home for 10 % off using code CUTERTUDOR. A set of 6 napkin rings are on sale through April 1 for $26 with free shipping. I usually don’t purchase a lot of themed holiday decor (except Christmas, y’all), but opt for decor pieces that can be used for the entire season. For example, if you are shopping and find a sign with a bunny and it says ‘Happy Easter’ and one that says “Happy Spring,” choose the one that says ‘spring.’  You can use it for months out of the year rather than weeks.  The exception is disposable products like paper goods.z

You can check out last year’s blog post where I shared how to decoupage eggs with paper napkins, here.

easter table place setting

Design your Centerpiece: Faux Floral Arrangement

Create a centerpiece with one large statement piece or multiples of similar objects.  Here, I did both! Either one will have more impact than too many small things on the table.  What kind of vessels or containers do you have multiples?  Mason jars, copper tea kettles, silver urns or milk glass vases??? I have a collection of white pitchers from The Findery, so I filled them with faux florals.

easter centerpiece

 

My tip for using faux florals is to use at least two different types of stems in the vase.  This could be two florals or a floral and greenery stem.  I think using a combination of two or more makes the bouquets look more realistic and filled out.

Then in the center, I placed a moss covered bunny from Homegoods next to two crates of dyed eggs. I laid a green and white wool ball garland from Magnolia Home on the table runner.  It was a fun find from the Little Shop on Bosque… Joanna Gaines’ original storefront where she still sells discount items.

easter tablescape with bunny theme

I can’t wait to share the other side of this easy tablescape for Easter where I show how to incorporate color! It is perfect for a kids table!  Thank you for stopping by the Cuter Tudor.  Most importantly, save this blog post on your Pinterest board for Easter Tablescapes and come find me on Instagram at @cutertudor.

spring bunnies

And if you love neutral tablescapes, check out this blog post using vintage books to style a table.