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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Tablescape Thursday/Halloween Tablescape

Welcome to my latest contribution to Tablescape Thursday, a marvelous weekly event sponsored by Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. To see a list of links to other participants blogs and amazing tablescapes, please visit her site.

For years, I have not done any decorating for Halloween. I am much more about Harvest Time than I am about Halloween. I am just not a big fan of scary stuff or monsters, or gore. However, this year I decided to go ahead and do a tablescape with a Halloween theme, albeit on the cute, rather than scary side.

I used my black vinyl tablecloth that I had from my Paris tablescape. I looked for some orange Halloweeny fabric, but couldn't find any locally, so decided to drape orange down the center. It was a buck and a half a yard.

I really didn't have any placemats chosen for this tablescape and was going to use just paper, but while browsing in Goodwill yesterday, I came upon these gorgeous placemats, a dollar for the set of two. I particularly loved them for the fall colors in the fabric, and there were beads on each end in black, dark orange, and purple. Perfect for Halloween! The tag said that these placemats were from Pier 1, and I don't think they had ever been used.

I got Halloween paper plates to fit inside the black plastic plates that were left over from my Paris tablescape. The napkins are the same ones I used in my Autumnscape, but I tied them with gauze suggesting a mummy was shedding just a bit.

I got the idea from a magazine to wrap unmatched black cups in gauze. If I hadn't, you would have seen advertisements printed on them. I call these my mummy cups.

For the centerpiece, I followed an idea I had found in the Schwan's catalog. I bought their Marble cake and Fudge Ripple Ice Cream cake for $8.99 and made a spider on top with frosting for the web, an Oreo cookie for the body, licorice legs, and M&M Peanuts in green for the eyes. It didn't turn out anywhere near as cute as the picture in the brochure, as alas, the cake was melting, "I'm melting," just like the wet witch in the Wizard of Oz!

The cake was on one of my little cheeseboard stands, and I put that in the center of a wreath which I had hanging around my porch light. Hope no moths got in the wreath! If they had, it would have simply added a little more Halloween spirit to the table.

Here is a closer up picture of the orange tulle and candy corn that I sprinkled on the table. There is candy corn in the design at the edge of the plates.

At the rear of the table is my black and white polka dot stand that I made, topped with a thrift store pumpkin. A witch's hat from the Dollar Tree tops an urn that I got a while ago at a thrift store for $3.

And last, but not least, I cute Goodwill fabric pumpkin sits atop another of my hand crafted stands. All the colors in the pumpkin tie in with colors in the tablescape.

Hope you have as much fun viewing this tablescape as I did creating it!

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ann said...

All this work.great job.I love it all,great imagination...Ann

Maureen said...

Love those 'mummy cups'!!!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I'm not a fan of scary either, and so I love your tablescape and all the decorations. Everything is wonderful. Hugs, Marty

sherri@lavenderfields said...

Great not so scary Setting! Now I'm bummed. I have those placemats and bought them at Pier 1. For quite a bit more than you paid!! Looks like you got yourself an awesome deal there! Happy TT, and Happy Halloween ...Sherri : )

Jeanette said...

I like the sheer fabric over the candy corn. Gives it the spooky factor but doesn't hit you over the head with it. Lovely table.

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

I love a cute Halloween table as much as a scary one.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

So cute -- Love your halloween collection on your table.

raxx a day in the life said...

I love it Kady!

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

It looks so nice! That cake looks so yummy! You are lookin' good! I love that picture on your sidebar! I haven't been by in awhile! I hope all is good with you!!!

Neabear said...

Cute tablescape! Love that hat on the urn too. Great idea!! How are you doing?


laurie @ bargain hunting said...

I missed this tablescape, and it so cute! That witch hat makes such a statement on the urn. I love the way you elevated things with your cake plates, etc. And how clever to tie the gauze around the cups! laurie