Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Hosting Halloween

My husband and I hosted a small Halloween gathering at Redbud Terrace this past weekend.

http://lh5.ggpht.com/-kk0Os3zCBOs/TqcMSD5xn2I/AAAAAAAABWM/r4cRKoXhVZ0/s1600-h/Untitled%255B4%255D.jpgIn the spirit of the season, I wanted to entertain our guests with a spooky but elegant theme. I love the look of black and silver, so I began designing my table using those two colors.
To begin building my tablescape, I used black cheesecloth tablecloths as my foundation. The creepy flow of the fabric and the barely there look of the mesh created just the right vibe for my wicked table.

Once the tablecloth was down, I created a centerpiece out of a raised silver platter (I used a book under the tablecloth to layer my centerpiece), a silver candlestick and an awesome jewel encrusted skull I found at my local craft store.

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To flank my centerpiece and add some drama to the table, I polished up my silver candlesticks and added black candles and plenty of spider webs to give it an eerie and forlorn look.

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Once my centerpiece was complete, I began working on the individual place settings. To keep with the color scheme, I used silver chargers as my base and adorned them with glittery black spiders.

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After placing our china on the chargers, I marked each guests place at the table with a silver skull place card holders.

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To create the place card holders, I purchased silver glittered skulls at the crafts store.

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Using a precision cutter,
I cut a small slit into each skull…

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where I then placed my personalized place cards.

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The results were an eerily delightful place card!

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Once the table was set, I completed the haunted hall theme by scattering webs in other parts of the room…

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Even our little monsters made an appearance…

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It was a lovely dinner party, followed by dessert and a rousing game of Halloween Pictionary…which may I add, my team won. Yeah!!

Stay tuned for Thursday’s Dandy Post, when I’ll reveal the ghoulishly fun dessert I whipped up for our guests!

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