If you surveyed people across the United States, you would likely find that Halloween is second only to Christmas for decorating popularity. Regardless of whether you make your own or buy some of the sensational decorations from stores, you can turn your home into a spooky horror house in no time at all. With all the celebrating taking place in your home, some table setting ideas can help you turn party buffets into a frightening feast for the eyes.
It is true that every festive occasion involves eating. On Halloween, one thinks of bags filled with candy but if you are hosting a party or just want to add a fun feel to your family dining experience, “real” food is a necessity and so are the right decorations. Capture the spirit of Halloween by sharing meals with all manner of grotesque creepy crawlies and smiling pumpkins!
Of course, the decorations on your table do not have to cause guests to gag, scream, choke or turn away in revulsion in order to be a great representation of Halloween, although you’ve got to admit – it is more fun that way. Go with cute, elegant or cheerful if you like. Remember to use the autumn colors and the seasonal spirit will linger on.
If you are one of those that have special table settings for every occasion, then all you may need are a few updates to bring fresh life into what you already own. For those new to the idea of Halloween decorating, the prospect of gathering all the necessities can be exciting as well as overwhelming. No worries. With a few ideas and a shopping list, you will be well equipped to handle it with ease.
Halloween Table Settings – Approaches To Decor
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Start by covering your table with a black tablecloth or paint some “blood stains” on a sheet and use it to place your dishes on.
Candy eyeballs, worms, fingers and toes make excellent floaters for punch glasses. Spiders and other bugs can be arranged in various sneaky ways to enhance the idea that “something isn’t quite right at the Joneses this year”.
Stores sell battery operated creepy crawlies, and other items that are sure to please buffet grazers. Take a walk through the seasonal section of your local craft or discount department store to take advantage of the wide array of Halloween choices.
A few special recipes from Uncle Fester’s Grimoire will add to the spooky fun. What could be better than scary looking food that tastes divine? Think of using gelatin, ketchup and green sauces to dress up main dishes.
As a Halloween centerpiece, try putting a scary mask on a cylindrical object in the middle of the table with red LED lights shining through the eye sockets. Add a little ketchup around the mouth and use Halloween sound effects to make the bodiless monster groan.
Pumpkins and Jack O’ Lanterns – It does not matter if you choose “scary” or “fall”, Halloween is not the same without pumpkins carved into Jack O’ Lanterns or painted with faces. Pumpkins can be used in a few different ways if you use some imagination. For example, you could hollow out a pumpkin, line it with plastic wrap and use it as a serving dish or line the squash with an oversized plastic bag and fill it with punch. A hollowed out pumpkin can be part of a great dried flower table arrangement.
Classic Floral – Your Halloween table can be beautiful and just as “Halloweenish” without adding all the gore. In keeping with Halloween, make sure the flowers you choose are either fall bloomers or traditional autumn colors. A potpourri of dried flowers makes for a fantastic arrangement on the holiday table.
The Fallen Leaves – “Autumn” conjures up thoughts of colored leaves, harvested vegetables and cool winds. Trees have turned from green to yellow, orange or red. You do not have to do it all in one day. Pick up leaves in your yard and anywhere else you happen to be in the weeks leading up to Halloween.
You do not have to go to the bother of picking up your own leaves, spreading around flowers or even carving several pumpkins. Leaf-printed dishes, glasses, napkins and tablecloths with a matching punch bowl are appropriate for fall table settings, too. You can buy table decorations that come with potpourri. Pumpkins are now ceramic, glass, resin or plastic. Some of these are meant to be used as dishes.
While you can purchase just about anything you can think of, whether it be grizzly or seasonal, there are some points to be made for making your own Halloween table settings:
- When you gather materials and hand craft your own decorations, you can put your own personality into the project.
- It is often less expensive to make your own Halloween ornaments than it is to buy them.
- Putting it all together yourself allows you to customize your surroundings.
When your Halloween table is full and guests are having fun, the time spent gathering, making and arranging the food and table settings will have been well spent.