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Southern Table: Halloween Sophisticate

Southern Guide to Life ~ Southern Table: Halloween SophisticateHalloween is not just for kids anymore with this eerie and sophisticated tablescape.  It’s a perfect stage for a festive dinner party with friends. This design is so classic and timeless that your friends will never believe that it could be done on a budget or carry you through the rest of the years holidays.


If you scroll through the pictures in her blog, Kate’s Place, Kathy clearly has an eye for classic, timeless design and cozy, vintage elements. So, it’s no surprise that her Halloween tablescape would comprise the same elegant and approachable style.

The key to this sophisticated design is a simple color scheme, elegant tableware and careful attention to texture and layering.

Black and White

There is nothing more classic than a black and white color scheme.  It goes with every occasion and every time of year.  When paired with rich textures and beautiful accents, it provides the perfect backdrop to stunning style.

Elegant Tableware

In Kathy’s design, silver becomes another classic accent color. Think of it as pairing your best silver jewelry with that little black dress.  The silver candlesticks, napkins rings and vases are jewelry for the table.

Texture and Layering

Elegant and understated are beautiful, but they risk becoming boring unless you pay attention to detail. Like the rest of her home, it’s in the details that Kathy’s design truly shines. From the table, to the plates, to the accent pieces, she has used contrast, texture and layering to create a multidimensional tablescape that is both sophisticated and timeless.

Southern Guide To Life ~ Southern Table: A Grown-Up HalloweenA good quality white tablecloth is a basic requirement to any linen closet. It is multifunctional, easy to bleach clean, and if cared for, will last for years to come. When choosing a tablecloth for your dining table, measure your table and add 6-12 inches on each side for a perfect overhang or ‘drop.’

Kathy has started with a perfect crisp white tablecloth.  On top, she has added black netting from the Dollar Store as a table runner. Silver candlesticks flank a silver footed serving bowl with white miniature pumpkins.  The bowl had been stacked on white serving dishes for color, height and added interest. In place of traditional tea light candles, Kathy has topped silver vases with more miniature pumpkins. For added interest she had painted some of the pumpkins in contrasting black and white colors to make her design scheme.

Halloween-Tablescape-030-loMiniature white pumpkins have been piled into a silver footed serving bowl that Kathy picked up on one of her many thrift store visits. Thrift stores, antique stores and estate sales are great places to pick up elegant (and normally expensive) serving pieces on a budget.

This is a brilliant, inexpensive and unexpected idea that would also be beautiful for a Thanksgiving tablescape. Stop by your favorite farmers market and play with the variety of colors.

Using the same black paint, she has written the letters BOO on the pumpkins for a whimsical touch.

Halloween-Tablescape-038-loKate layered black and white napkins, adding more depth and interest to her table.  Notice how the eyelet lace around the white napkins picks up the lace effect of the netting.   She added a beautiful silver napkin ring and for an extra dose of creepy…a black plastic spider.

Southern Guide To Life ~ Southern Table: A Grown-Up HalloweenKathy has mixed and matched dinnerware to create a place setting that is as classic as it is unexpected. She also layered a very traditional round dinner plate and eyelet lace doily with a more modern octagonal salad plate and soup bowl.  This same place setting would be brilliant for a black and white New Year’s Eve…minus the creepy bugs of course.

Southern Guide To Life ~ Southern Table: A Grown-Up HalloweenTo add even more interest, Kathy shredded black construction paper to place underneath the individuals pumpkins. Black crows, available at many craft stores this season, perch on the candelabra arms.

The end result is a beautiful, eerie and sophisticated tablescape that will impress your family and friends.

Southern Guide To Life ~ Southern Table: A Grown-Up Halloween

Kathy has created a design so classic and well styled, that it could carry you through the rest of the years holidays and your friends will never be the wiser.

Thanksgiving: Pack away the black crows and insects for next year. Swap out the black netting for a table runner, scarf or even remnant fabric in autumnal colors. Swap the black napkins for red ones. Miniature pumpkins come in a variety of colors and patterns. Stop by your local farmers market and pick up some that match your Thanksgiving decor.

Christmas: Swap the autumn table runner for one that coordinates with your red napkins. Swap the pumpkins for red Christmas ornaments.

New Year’s Eve: Layer a black tablecloth, offset, on your white tablecloth. Bring back the black napkins. Swap beautiful and sparkling glass ornaments for the red ones. Cluster tealights on small mirrors for added reflection.

Photographs by: Kathy, courtesy of Kate’s Place

To see more of Kathy’s beautiful home and designs visit her blog Kate’s Place.

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