It’s just under a week to go until my quite possibly favourite time of the year – Hallowe’en. I have such fond childhood memories of all the activities that are associated with this ancient, Celtic festival, from ducking for apples to carving horrid faces out of turnips, as well as the nasty smell that went with it when they were lit at night! I still love Hallowe’en today – even the chilly, smoky air on these clear nights almost smells of it!
Of course, Hallowe’en is a big festival aimed at kids and my three are especially excited about getting dressed up to go trick or treating this year, however I think it’s also a good excuse for us grown ups to have some friends over and enjoy a spookily themed meal together at the table or sit around a crackling fire with hands wrapped around a warming, spicy glass of mulled cider.
I’ve been picking up a few decorative Hallowe’en bits and pieces for my home over the past few weeks and decided to pop into a new TK Maxx store which has just recently opened not far from where I live. I found some great, really reasonably priced Hallowe’en decor goodies which I wanted to share with you, along with some little ideas on how you can create the perfect spooky table for your grown-up guests over the holidays!
Firstly, I spotted this gorgeous set of four black felt cobweb placemats for just £4. They look really effective laid on top of white table linen, don’t they? An ideal way to dress your Hallowe’en table in a fun, yet classy manner. You could also use them on a coffee table or sideboard under bowls of party nibbles or lay one on a drinks tray to stop your spookily themed cocktails sliding about!
I also love a marquee light, as they really add a fun dimension to a room, so I couldn’t resist this ‘Boo’ light. It’s covered in black sparkles and looks so effective when lit up at night. Whether it’s set on your dining table, along the mantelpiece or in the hallway, it’s guaranteed to give your guests a spooky welcome. Again, it’s definitely one of the less cheap looking Hallowe’en marquee lights I’ve seen around, however at £12.99, I think it’s a real bargain that can be brought out year after year.
Decor at this time of year just isn’t complete without some flickering candlelight and this skull tealight holder is just the trick for creating that eerie ambience! I love how it has a crackled finish and how it sparkles with the candle flicker beautifully! A row of these lined up on a mantelpiece or on your front door step would look pretty cool, or as a spooky centrepiece on your Halloween dinner table. I used an LED tealight in this one, which I would recommend if you’re placing it in reach of little hands!
So, if you’re planning a Hallowe’en get together with friends or family, here are some tips on ensuring your table decor looks fun and frightful, rather than cheap and nasty…
Keep it Monochrome
Stick to a classic pairing of black and white for an effective Hallowee’en table setting. Layer up your white table cloth with a black one, as seen below, allowing the other decor to really stand out.
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Bring out those crystal wine glasses and elegant wine decanters for a sophisticated, yet spooky Hallowe’en setting, or have a snoop around your local charity shop for some cut glassware. The traditional design of crystalware lends itself perfectly to that good, old fashioned haunted house look! Large goblets in orange or red glass will add a pop of colour to a monochrome scheme.
There are some fabulous dinner plates around at the moment embellished with skull faces or Mexican Day of the Dead inspired designs and they look really effective at a creepy dinner table. Try Etsy for some cool designs.
This is your one chance in the year to go all out with your candelabras and tall, brass candlestick holders! Drape fake cobwebs from them and mix them up for a relaxed, eclectic vibe that will simply ooze atmosphere, then dot some tealights around the table to layer up the overall lighting effect.
Alternatively, pop tall candles into glass bottles as shown below..
Make a Spooky Centrepiece
Create a spooky focal point in your table decor to wow your guests. Place a group of carved pumpkins in the centre of the table for a welcoming, warm glow, or arrange some branches and seasonal berries in a large black vase as an eerie, yet eye-catching display. For a vintage decor theme, use black crows, mirrored glass trays and lots of fake cobwebs in your design. Sainsbury’s has a great selection of black birds, which you could attach to branches or even guests’ chairs.
Are you planning a Hallowe’en party with friends next week? Hopefully this will give you some ideas and inspiration.
** This post contains some sponsored content, however all ideas and opinions are my own.