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We have been saying it for weeks…Halloween is almost here! It’s time to concrete ideas about costumes, decor and accessories. Halloween parties are not just about dancing or going out. It can also be a formal evening with a hosted dinner or cocktails. As an early treat, we are going to pair our decor advice with some tasty Halloween recipes from our favorite craft innovator, Martha Stewart
. Here are six ways to create aspooky chic
Webbed Table Linens
Before you even begin to style your dining table, you must first choose your linens. A theme inspired table linen will help anchor any design you choose. Cobwebs are a great choice for their flexibility in design and ability to be easily manipulated into different patterns. If however you are not interested in a web runner, try an all black table runner. Orange can become a bit cliche, but black works as a striking color making any decor you have pop.
Lose the Tacky Cliches
Unless you are planning a youth party, lose the tacky decor. Fuzzy spiders and plastic fingers may be inexpensive, but look cheap. There are so many ways to decorate your table so ditch the expected Halloween decorations.
|Vampire Place Card Holders from Pottery Barn (no longer available)
Get Creative with Place Card Holders
Place card holders are a formal gesture that can help set the tone of your party. Choose holders that represent the Halloween season and will be a true charm to the table. Vampire fangs and pumpkins are festive ideas that evoke the frightful night. You can also use edible treats like cupcakes (Pick Your Poison
recipe) and “bloody” apples to direct your guests.
Let Your Food Be Your Decor
Ditch the fancy centerpieces for a more edible arrangement. Create squeamish Halloween hors d’oeuvres and place them on display for your guests to consume. The more Halloween inspired, the better the design.
Dust Off Your Silverware
Antique candelabras evoke a historic haunted house. Pair these classic candle holders with pure white candles for an illuminating effect. Want to go the extra mile? Allow artificial blood to slowly ooze down the body of the candle.
Keep Your Wilted Flowers!
Don’t toss old flowers out with the garbage! Wilted flowers are the finishing touch to your Halloween inspired table setting. You can also spray paint them black to create a more eerie display.