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The perfect tablescaping for Halloween

For a special All Saints' Eve to share with family, friends, ghosts, pumpkins, skulls and bats

The perfect tablescaping for Halloween For a special All Saints' Eve to share with family, friends, ghosts, pumpkins, skulls and bats

During the long lockdown period, we've learned to highlight every corner of our homes and make even the daily routine special. Lunch and dinner in particular. It doesn't matter if the menu includes a simple pasta with tomato sauce, a salad or a Wellington fillet, nowadays we carefully pay attention to all the details. Looking for the perfect shot for Instagram, we choose the color palette and the theme to follow, whether to use runner or tablecloth, whether to opt for matching plates and glasses or mix shapes and patterns. And, what about the big dilemma of the centerpiece? Should it be a floral arrangement, an eye-catching vase, a candelabra, a porcelain bunny, a small Christmas tree or a scary raven? So, looking for the wow effect, we spend hours scrolling through Pinterest and watching tutorials on Tik Tok trying to awaken our latent DIY skills. The truth that we never tell anyone is that we like to torture ourselves with these silly ideas and turn our poor table into a place where food, home decor, tablescaping and love for socializing coexist. The fall/winter celebrations give us the perfect time to indulge. Let's start with Halloween.

G-club suggests how to decorate your table on the witches' night.

 

Pumpkins 

There is not only Jack O'Lantern, with the typical grin of the Irish drunkard who, after tricking the devil, was condemned to find his way to the afterlife with the only help of a pumpkin illuminated by burning embers. The iconic Halloween vegetable can go white, black, pastel, striped, polka-dotted or come decorated with scary lettering and creatures. Whether in its natural, fabric or paper version, turn it into a centerpiece by mixing it with fresh leaves and flowers.

 

Spooky Details

@thecalliemoon

Set your inner child free. Think back to fairy tales, cartoons, old legends and populate the table with black cats, mice, crows, ghosts, skulls and skeletons, witch hats and magic potions bottles. Minimalists can try a few tricks such as drawing a spider web on the table with wire, cutting out black paper with the shape of a bat and using the result as a placemat. If DIY isn't your thing, go for a single detail like the napkin rings by Joanna Buchanan or the trays (which can also be hung on the wall) by french brand Ibride.

 

Midnight Romance

Even Halloween has a romantic side. Think about vampires' love stories, a cascade of roses matching Dita von Teese's fetish chic style, the music by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds and the candlelight drawing on the wall the shadow of two lovers kissing. The must-haves to recreate this setting are black tableware, glasses and candlesticks with an old-fashioned look, silver cutlery, a few skulls and many flowers with dark petals, illuminated by hints of purple, purple or white. For an even more dramatic effect let the tablecloth fall to the ground, as if it were the train of a wedding dress.

 

Black & Orange 

@socalcutie
@davenportfarmhouse_
@myhappycolorfulplates
@thats2cutedesign
@tablefor5please
@lilbitof_berti
@marenbaxter

We've been taught this since childhood: Halloween colors are orange and black. The reasons are many and easy to guess. The first one evokes the pumpkin and the hues of leaves in fall. Black symbolizes many things: from the darkness of the coming winter to fear, from mystery and evil to pagan deities who rule the world of the dead. Witches also love it because they believe it can absorb negative energies, annihilate the evil spirits. Not bad. So, go for pumpkins, maple leaves and colored napkins, plates and candles.

 

Pastel Black & White Trick or Treat

@sagapoevents.co
@mymindseyeinc

Part of the fun of Halloween is playing and subverting the rules. So, why not ditch the classic orange and black and opt for other colors? The most popular combos on social media are two: pastel shades ranging from Millennial pink to light blue and B&W for those who prefer a more chic style that brings to mind vintage masquerade balls (like Truman Capote's epic Black and White Ball). Which one would you opt for? 

 

Rustic Fall

@suzannezinggstyle
@militarywife_farmhouse_life
@readytowareph
@thefarmhousestory

Not just cottagecore and cabincore. The latest trend in home interiors is farmcore. Rural life, poised between nature and shabby chic furniture, is an endless source of inspiration. Especially in the fall-winter season. From the couple Chip-Joanna Gaines to accounts like @farmhouse_homes, social media is overwhelmed with images of shiplap wood, wreaths of cotton branches, plaid plaids and freshly baked pies. It' easy to apply this style to the October 31 party, just choose a tablecloth with B&W checks and use pumpkins and wildflowers as centerpieces.

 

Astrology inspired  

@diormaison
@diormaison

G-club is fascinated by all things astrology (@astrogclub), tarot and crystals. The aesthetics of these worlds are perfect for a Wiccan tablescape: stars hanging from the ceiling, moons as napkin rings, agate crystals as coasters (you can find LUXE's beautiful ones here) and Gucci eye plates.

 

Shopping guide

Vassoio Gucci Zodiac Map

Vassoio "Gucci Zodiac Map"

Costellation Collection by Maison Dior & Pietro Ruffo

Costellation Collection by Maison Dior & Pietro Ruffo

Seletti Burlesque Candleholder

Seletti Burlesque Candleholder

Target Velvet Pumpkins

Target Velvet Pumpkins

Etsy Velvet Tablecloth

Etsy Velvet Tablecloth

Waterford Lismore Black Goblet, Set of 2

Waterford Lismore Black Goblet, Set of 2

Fornasetti Piatto Tema e Variazioni n.288

Fornasetti Piatto Tema e Variazioni n.288

Joanna Buchanan Moon Napkin Rings

Joanna Buchanan Moon Napkin Rings

Zara Linen Tablecloth

Zara Linen Tablecloth

Hybrid Visconti Victoire Tray

Hybrid "Visconti Victoire" Tray