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How to Make a Beautiful Table Setting for Halloween

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Make a table setting in minutes using these decorating tips and DIYs for setting an eclectic and elegant halloween table with decor you already have.


Hello!  I’m excited to post outside my normal schedule to participate in an All Hallow’s Eve Tablescape Hop hosted by Ariel at PMQ for Two.  You can enjoy the other participating bloggers’ gorgeous table settings at the bottom of this post.  If you are coming from the beautiful home at House by Hoff, welcome!  Up to Date Interiors is a home decor blog focusing on rental friendly decorating ideas.  If you didn’t know, we are a military family currently stationed in Iwakuni, Japan and our dining room is actually a traditional Japanese washitu (tatami) room.   I put together an elegant and eclectic table setting together in just a few minutes by using items I already had for this fun blog hop!

How to make a Beautiful Table Setting for Halloween

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Here’s the decor and dishes I used.  Since we were only allowed to bring just a few of belongings from the states, I count on the same basic pieces for most of our table settings.  My basics are white Ikea plates, vintage bamboo serving ware, different sets of salad plates for variety, and woven chargers.

table setting materials

To bring in seasonal colors, I used an ikat table runner with pretty reds and oranges, glass tumblers, and copper accents.  I also displayed a few items from my Halloween bin.  All of them are from the 100 yen store (the “dollar” store),  black and white handkerchiefs, skeleton tea light holders, black jack-o-lanterns.


Putting it together: 

Instead of tea lights for the skeleton candle holders,  a faux flower sits pretty on top.  The centerpieces needed more height so the black jack-o-lanterns were placed on copper beer cups.


I love lots of layers the table settings!  From bottom to top is a woven charger, my DIY recycled plate charger, dinner plate, napkin, salad place, utensils, and a DIY marbled pumpkin.


Tips for setting a gorgeous table: 

Don’t think too much about tablescapes.  Start with textiles (runners, placemats, tablecloths…) and then set each place setting.  The more layers the better!


Add your centerpiece items by doing a quick trip through the house and grabbing decor of various heights and interesting shapes that have your seasonal colors.

elegant and eclectic halloween table setting

Take a step back, make adjustments, and add a few more items or take something away depending if you lean towards minimal or more maximal (like me!).

chic and eclectic halloween tablescape

I like to add a couple of bowls of pretty snacks and greenery for every table.

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Doesn’t the bamboo utensils look like skeleton hands?  Perfect.

chic and eclectic halloween tablescape

Just a few minutes and easy steps and you can have a gorgeous seasonal tablescape to share with your family and friends!

all hallow's eve tablescape hop

Next on the hop is Iris Nacole and French & French Interior Design.  I can’t wait to see her table!  Will you join me?

PMQ for two // Semigloss Design // Domicile 37 // Dimples and Tangles // House by Hoff // Up to Date Interiors // Iris Nacole // French & French Interior Design

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  1. I love your style Kathy! Such a pretty table!

    When we lived overseas, I loved having to be creative with what I could find at the markets and the Navy exchange. 🙂 It really pushed me creatively. (But when we came back, I started hoarding craft supplies because I could buy anything, any time) Haha. Also, when they had pumpkins, you had to buy it right then! Because they only bought 80 for a base of 3000 people. I miss it though.

  2. I love this table and I love how you recycle and reuse past creations to create something wonderful! This looks amazing and totally has that Japan inspired look to it, especially with the natural chargers and bamboo plates.

  3. As always, you bring such a distinct view to everything and I love it. Can we talk about that gold cutlery for a second because DAYUM! Thanks for joining me in the hop friend.

  4. Those table settings are so beautiful and creative! Really awesome job!!! Love everything about this AND now, I also want to throw a witches tea party! Darn it girl, you’re too good! 😉

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