Halloween Greetings ~ Tablescape Thursday

~ Hello and Welcome to Tablescape Thursday~

With grateful thanks to Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch for hosting Tablescape Thursday each week.

For the last Tablescape Thursday of October what else but a  Halloween theme would do?!
Living so far out in the country, and at the end of a long driveway, we don't have any "Trick or Treaters" so this tablescape has a decidedly adult theme with a bit of whimsy to entertain the "kid" in all of us.

If you are a Nell Hill's  fan the setting may look familiar ~ and rightly so, as the design for this tablescape is almost identical to one I saw a few years ago in one of Mary Carol Garrity's books:

Nell Hill's Entertaining in Style: Inspiring Parties and Seasonal Celebrations

I built the tablescape around the oil burning candelabra which I've had for nearly 10 years, from Victoria Trading Company. (I see it is still available online at the site, click link above.)

Usually the candelabra is displayed in my home on a vintage, chippy chest of drawers, re-purposed into storage for some of my table linens and serving pieces.

And as lovely as the light source is, it is also utilitarian ~ we usually lose power here (in the wooded forest) at least a couple of times per month.  

The loss of power might be considered an inconvenience but  I've come to embrace these blips as part of life in the country. :)
A chance to slow down and get back to life the way it used to be. I love that.

I combined old and new to complete the table setting, and if you follow my blog, you've probably seen some of the elements before.  That is one of the things I like about creating new tablescapes ~ using things I have, combined in different ways to create a new look.

As tall as it is, the candelabra needed a little more height to give more importance to this busy table.  Looking around the house I couldn't find just the right base to elevate it.

The solution?  I had to disassemble something to put elements of it into service here.  The platform beneath the candelabra is actually made from stacked wooden disks from a  4-tiered display stand (deconstructed) purchased from Martha Stewart on-line several years ago.

The black and white salad/dessert plates are from Nell Hill's about 6 years ago.  There are various bird patterns on each one, not exactly fitting with the Halloween theme, but it doesn't matter as they are covered by the ceramic pedestals.

Chocolate coins were always a favorite of mine as a child, given to us on special occasions.

The little orange beaded necklaces are from the Hallmark store.

Since we don't consume much refined sugar,  I just bought one little bag of Candy Corn ~ the contents didn't fill this small container so I poured some candy into the inverted dome, then arranged some wine corks in the center and poured more candy in, then placed the stemmed base on top and inverted it.  A simple method to make the dome appear full, without having to buy so much candy.

I've listed the sources for almost everything you see on the table at the end of the post.

Thanks for stopping by everyone~  Wishing you an early Happy Halloween!
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Sources for todays tablescape
 (click description to link):
Black and White Checkered Tablecloth
Black Goblets:
Artland Midnight Black Goblet, Set of 4
Black Square Dinner Plates: 
Rosanna Dinner Party, Set Of Four Black Dinner Plates In Gift Box
Mahogany Solid-Color 100-Percent Cotton Hemstitch Napkin, 19-Inch by 19-Inch, Black, Set of 4
Black glass napkin rings
Black Glass Napkin Rings Set of 6

Flatware ~ Hand forged "Treble Clef" pattern
Gourmet Settings Treble Clef 20-Piece Flatware Set, Service for 4
 Teardrop Oil burning candelabra
Trick or Treat Pumpkin Baskets
Nicol Sayre , artist (From her collection a few years ago)
Orange placemats
TAG Round Woven Orange Placemat
Ceramic pedestals beneath the pumpkins
and salad/dessert plates: 
Nell Hill's some years ago 


  1. Oh, love this! I love the black and white check table cloth and the pumpkin favors! The oil candelabra is FABULOUS! What a find that was :)

  2. I always enjoy your creative tablescapes, Mari. I agree, the oil candelabra is gorgeous and I love your clever trick with the wine corks and candy corn!


  3. Thanks so much for listing your sources!!! I ADORE those trick or treat pumpkins!!! And the way yopu have filled them! Also love the checkered tablecloth. Love it all!!!!!!!!!! XO, Pinky

  4. Love, love, LOVE it, especially the candy corn presentation! What a fun and yet simple table! -

  5. Very pretty and so perfect for October!

  6. OH YUM, i love candy corn, how cute it that all stuffed and ready to gulp! and your candelabra is fabulous~ just a great looking table, so glad we are starting with the sweets... ONLY, my kinda holiday! happy halloweenie to your brood from mine~

  7. I just love everything here...a nice mix of the fun and the classic! The candelabra is fantastic and I loved some of the tips you gave. Wonderful!


  8. What a beautiful table! The candelabra is really neat and I love the extra long stems on the wine glasses!

  9. Such pretty pretty things!!! Jain has those small cloches too..Love them..Mary.. you are so creative..Many of you are..

  10. Hi Mari...what a fabulous table,,,I love the checked tablecloth and the white pumpkins filled with candy....good trick about filling a jar with candy without breaking the bank....great job as usual....

  11. Mari,
    Sweet and elegant!
    Those white Trick~or~Treat pumpkins definitely add to the elegance of this setting! this is a local artist, I assume? Happy Halloween, dear. .. your tablescape was a howling success!

  12. Boy this is amazing. I just love orange and the black checked tablecloth! It is so gorgeous. You do such a great job decorating. I always enjoy visiting.

  13. Mari, This is the classiest halloween table I have ever seen. It is perfection in my book. Not being a big fan of the ghoul and guts part of Halloween yours is just boo-T-ful!!!!!
    I love those little white pumpkins that hold candy! I might just have to try to make a knock off!
    Delightful from the bottom of the black and white tablecloth to the flame of the gorgeous candelabra!
    Halloween Kudos to you, my friend!

  14. This is a wonderful holiday table and VERY MUCH up my alley! I love the black and white tablecloth with all the black, white, and orange accents.

    My favorite part is the trick or treat bowls in the pedestals. That looks wonderful! You are truly one of the most talented tablescapers I visit.

    (And chocolate coins were favorites of mine, too.)

  15. Oh, the Nicol Sayre pumpkins are fabulous. I would like to try making some of those. They are the showpiece of the table. I love the oil burning candelabra too. This is just elegant fun. I have been wanting the little cloche and pedestal for a long time, maybe Mrs. Claus will think of me.

  16. Ooh la la on the black and white checks!!! I still can't believe I've not visited Nell Hill's in Atchison. It's only about an hour away! I have visited the location in Parkville which is exponentially closer at only 30 minutes away, but I understand they are very different. At any rate, you did a beautiful job. Have a happy & safe Halloween!

  17. What a delightful table~ LOVE those little trick or treat pots filled with all those candy treats! I am a big fan of Nell Hill's~ that book is a favorite of mine! I think I could handle a power outage a couple of times a month if I had that lovely candelabra to sit by :-)

  18. Mary, I think this just might be my favourite table setting. That oil burning candelabra is spectacular.


  19. This is such a great tablescape! I love the trick or treat pots!


  20. Wow, gorgeous photos!

  21. Love the centerpiece and the table is lots of fun!

  22. Mari, I love this! The pumpkin baskets are awesome!! The goblets are striking as well, great job!

  23. I spend hours a day sometimes hopscotching from one blog to another. Many are quite nice but I think your blog is the most beautiful I've ever seen. Everything about it is perfection.
    You are so creative. Your recipes are unique and fabulous !!! I am in awe and I'm, in fact, downright jealous of your talent and beautiful possessions.

  24. What a great Halloween table. Your gingham cloth sets everything off so beautifully. Love the oil light chandelier - so useful, and pretty to boot.

  25. This is fabulous Mari! I love how you used the lights with the candelabra.

    Wonderful Halloween table.

  26. LUV LUV LUV the colorful table...especially the candelabra..AND boy did I have fun exploring VICTORIAN TRADING CO's web page... thx for the link...take care!

  27. Stunning! First time I've visited your blog and it is very classy and very impressive. I'm your newest follower. I think following all you creative tablescapers is what has led to my newest addiction of buying dishes, of which I have not yet learned how to deal with the guilt that comes with it. I can't seem to avoid the isles with dishes in them, even in the grocery store. My cart just turns down there even though in my head I'm saying "don't do it".

  28. Does elegant and simple sound this table and all the cute elements...that candelabra is so neat...I think simple and elegant is a good description...even if it does sound strange!!! Someone else said classy...I agree!!

  29. Great candelabra and wine stems....the black and white check tablecloth is the perfect anchor for your precious Halloween tablescape. Thank you for sharing your lovely design. So well done! Cherry Kay

  30. So beautiful and I'm stunned that so much is available from Amazon. I had no idea I could get tablecloths, placemats and napkins at Amazon. Oooh, this is probably not good since I already spend so much time on Amazon as it is. ;-) I do lust after that candlelabra though. That's a real show stoppper.

  31. Hi Mari,
    I have never seen a more beautiful Halloween tablescape!


  32. So pretty and also so elegant.

  33. This is so pretty....and fun....and sweet too!

  34. This is one of the prettiest tablescapes I have seen for Halloween-I love it!

    Best wishes,

  35. This is wonderful! I really love that black and white checked tablecloth with Halloween decor. It looks wonderful. Those trick or treat baskets are really special. Lovely table! Happy Halloween!

  36. Mari, what a classy Halloween table setting! Beautifully done, just like all your photos & food creations.
    Thanks for sharing how-what-where details of it all.

    Happy Halloween!

  37. I am enthralled with your table. It's amazing. The tablecloth sets a perfect tone. Love it.

  38. Just saw a picture of this table on Pinterest, and had to visit to see the rest. FABULOUS!!!! Love all the candy treats too. What a super tablecloth. So versatile!


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