Welcome friends! Today I am happy to be joining my friend Chloe of Celebrate and Decorate and 25 blogging friends for the Halloween Tablescapes Blog Hop! If you are visiting from Bluesky at Home or if you just happened to visit today, I am so glad you are here! If you have missed any of the other creative tablescapes this week you can find links to each one at the end of this post.
After many years of going way over the top for Halloween I have really scaled back with my Halloween decorating and now I just focus on fall decor until a couple of days before Trick-or-Treat. I have gotten rid of most of my Halloween decorations except a few keepsake Halloween collectibles associated with happy Halloween memories with my family. I am no longer really “celebrating” Halloween (Ephesians 5:11) but I do still keep a few little family traditions on Trick-or-Treat night which is usually a few days before Halloween.
I enjoyed creating this vintage inspired “Happy Halloween” tablescape instead of a dark and scary one by using just a few Halloween decorations, some fall treats, and vintage treasures that work well for a Halloween-themed table. This happy Jack was a yard sale find from last year. He is actually terra cotta but I gave him a makeover with chalk paint. I put him on my wooden column pedestal from the Country Living Fair with a few realistic faux leaves to create a fast and easy centerpiece.
The little cut out in the vintage flower frog is a cute reproduction image from a vintage postcard.
I quickly gave our dining room a Halloween look by draping ivory creepy cloth across the chairs, along the table, on the farmhouse candle holders and also on the chandelier. Even though it’s called “creepy” cloth I think it is pretty and elegant! I used the same linen table runner from my Neutral and Rustic Fall Tablescape with layers of cheese cloth and creepy cloths along the center of the table with colorful fall leaves and mini-velvet pumpkins scattered for interest.
Each “Ode to Pumpkin Soup” place setting consists of a vintage sheet music “placemat” topped by a small vintage ironstone plate and bowl, a striped pumpkin, a vintage silverplate spoon, a vintage-looking Halloween paper napkin and a tarnished silverplate goblet.
Style Tip: “Shop your home” for tarnished, tattered or rusty items to use in Halloween vignettes and tablescapes.
I think tarnished silverplate is perfect for Halloween! I also used several pieces in my Music of the Night Halloween Tea Party with Beethoven tablescape last year. This year I shopped my stash and found a vintage small tray and a little cake stand for caramel apples. (I am not worried about putting them on the old tarnished pieces since the family doesn’t eat them due to food allergies. Luckily I have a recipe for “safe” caramel apples that I can make for Trick-or-Treat!)
I guess some might think a body-less hand crawling up to steal a caramel apple is a bit spooky, but I think it is a funny touch! Those apples are hard to resist! I make no bones about it…I love caramel apples! I can’t wait to make those allergy-friendly and refined-sugar free caramel apples soon! I will be sure to share them on the blog when I do.
Along with the traditional caramel apples of my childhood Halloweens comes the candy corn! Can’t eat candy corn anymore either, but I ate enough over the years to last a life time! Instead of putting it in a candy dish I used some for filler in the smoky glass votive holders from Dollar Tree. At least the pumpkin macaroons in the vintage ironstone “bone” dishes are gluten free!
I love using my little French urns in just about every tablescape and enjoy the challenge of coming up with new ways to style them seasonally. For this tablescape I placed an urn on each side of the table with tiny crows perched on top of Spanish moss nests.
Ever since moving the antique chest into the dining room this summer I have had the most fun styling it! Since the chest is close to the table I like to create vignettes that complement my tablescapes through color and theme.
I traded my orange velvet pumpkin on the pedestal that I shared on my Embracing Fall Home Tour for a pie pumpkin Jack-o-Lantern in a shabby candle holder. I also switched my oval antique frame with roses for an antique black and gold one. A small vintage bust statue is wearing a blindfold reminiscent of Halloween games of yesteryear, and a cute owl sends a friendly warning to “watch out” (for the gluten candy!)
I had fun creating this tablescape that really captures the more traditional and light-hearted side of Halloween. I especially enjoyed playing around with some of my old vintage silverplate treasures and ironstone dishes that I haven’t used in a while. I will be switching back to my fall harvest tablescape and the vintage French Fall Vignette with Bittersweet on the antique chest after this hop, but Happy Jack will make a reappearance on Trick-or-Treat when all the extended family comes over for our traditional crock-pot Chili dinner. Hopefully it won’t still be 90 degrees outside!
I hope you enjoyed my “Vintage Inspired Happy Halloween Tablescape” and that this post has given you some ideas for styling your own non-scary, yet festive Halloween table! This tablescape is dedicated to my mom and the wonderful memories we have of carving pumpkins, crunching fall leaves as we walked hand in hand from door to door, and eating yummy caramel apples on Trick-or-Treat night. (Thanks Mom!)
If you are still looking for ideas don’t forget to check out all of the unique Halloween tablescapes via the links below.
Thanks so much for visiting today!
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