This was my first year decorating for Halloween so I wanted it to look festive but I didn’t want to spend a ton of money. Everything you will see on this table was either bought at the dollar store or was something I already had on hand.
Let’s talk about the details… To start, the white base tablecloth I already had. I bought three of them online for a 4th of July party we had one year for $10 each. I’ve gotten TONS of use out of them for parties. The black tablecloth on top of it I bought at Michael’s last year for one penny on clearance after the season.
The silver charger is just plastic and can be purchased at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby very inexpensively. I think you can get them on sale for only 50 cents to a dollar a piece. I however got these for free from my Aunt Jan’s house. The matte black square plate on top of that was a wedding gift off my registry from my mom and they were purchased at Bed Bath and Beyond. These were also super inexpensive and I believe they were only a few dollars a piece. The small black and white floral plate is actually china from my wedding registry as well (also from my mother). I already have my grandmother’s delicate and decorative china so I didn’t want to register for more of that. Instead, I opted to choose bone china as it’s more durable than ceramic or stoneware dishes (or so I was told) BUT this is everyday china that can be put in the dishwasher– A MUST!!! This pattern is made by Lenox and is called Moonlit Garden. GORGEOUS. I love my dishes.
The glitter skulls are from The Dollar Store and there is a switch on the bottom to make the eyes light up. The color changes in them to basically every color and they kind of flash like a strobe light. I didn’t have to purchase batteries either so that was a bonus.
The red candles are from The Dollar Store and came in sets of 2. I had always envisioned using clear wine bottles to hold the candles and my original plan was to line the entire table length with them. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to consume enough wine to do that. Five bottles was all I could manage. I know right? I should have tried a little harder. Oh well, I’m going to save them for next year. I thought the candle wax would drip down the sides and make it look like blood but they didn’t drip at all. That must be some newfangled technology-no drip candles. Ugh, first world problems.
The roses used to be alive and were a gorgeous deep red color. You’re going to have to use your imagination there because I don’t have a picture of them alive. I thought about throwing them out but then thought the dead flowers was sort of Halloweenish so I left them lol.
I got these spider web place mats for free from my Aunt Jan. At least I think they’re place mats? They weren’t large enough to use under the silver chargers and still be seen so I thought I would just layer them up and make a table runner out of them. But I also thought about hanging them on the wall in a big collage. I also bought 6 rats from The Dollar store. Three of them are standing and three are on all four legs. I just positioned them between the 6 table settings.
Finally, I added spider webs to the chandelier (purchased from The Dollar Store). That completes my Halloween tablescape for 2014!! In the future I want to find deep red cut glass goblets (preferably vintage) to add. I’ve seen them before but had no use for them so now I will have to be on the lookout for them when I go antiquing. I also would like to add some napkins and napkin rings so I will be on the lookout for those. Now that the season is over I may be able to find some cheap ones on clearance. TIME TO SHOP!!! I also think my chairs would look really good with black satin chair covers. I know they sell some at Bed Bath and Beyond so that’s something to consider.