How To Create a “Not Too Spooky” Halloween Tablescape

halloween place setting with 2 stacked white plates white salad plate with black stripe border on top of stack white napkin on top of plate with a round card with 31 stamped on it white skeleton hand on edge of plate black felt spider web placemat black crow on top of stack of black books

Do you like to decorate for Halloween?? To be honest, until the past 2 years, I hadn’t decorated for Halloween since my daughter was little. Last year, I thought it would be fun to create a tablescape for Halloween. I enjoyed getting creative with it, so I want to show you how to create a “not too spooky” Halloween tablescape.

I’m calling this “not too spooky”, because I wanted to avoid using really gory props. I just added a few glitter spiders, a skeleton hand, and some black crows.

“not too spooky” halloween table place settings

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My table is a weathered wood color, so I covered it with a white tablecloth so the black and white place settings would really show up.

Next, I added black felt spider web placemats I bought last year. You can still get them here.

I layered a large and medium size white plate, from my collection of thrifted plates. Then, I topped it off with a white plate with a black striped edge. I have had these a long time, but you could easily use a decorative black and white paper plate.



On top of my plate, I used a large white linen napkin and I gathered it in the center and tied with a narrow black/white striped ribbon.

I found these cute little brooms in a package of three at the Dollar Tree for $1 per package.

I tucked a broom into the ribbon on the napkin, then topped it off with these 31 tags I made.



To make the tags, I used white paper coasters I have collected from restaurants over time. But, you could easily just use heavy white cardstock.

I have a set of large number rubber stamps, and I stamped a 31 in black ink on each coaster.

halloween “not too spooky” table centerpiece

"not too spooky" halloween tablescape white tablecloth black felt spiderweb placemates white large plate stacked with white smaller plate and topped with a white salad plate with black striped border white napkin tied with black striped ribbon on top of plate witches broom tucked into ribbon and coaster with 31 on it on top of napkin vintage books stacked on table black check fabric pumpkin with black crow on top white cake stand white pumpkin on stand with black witches hat on top

I used 2 pieces of black gauzy cheesecloth down the center of my table. I’ve had the fabric a long time, but I found it at the dollar store with the Halloween decorations. Most craft stores carry it during the Halloween season.

white heirloom pumpkin on white cake stand with witches hat on top


I used a white cake stand in the center of the table and put a white heirloom pumpkin on top of it. I topped it off with a witches hat I found at a thrift store last year.

2 round silver frames with a black #3 and a #1 white pumpkin on a white cake stand in background



At the base of the cakestand, I propped number plaques that have a 3, and a 1, since Halloween is on the 31st. These are number plaques from the Aidan Gray line, and I found them at a resale shop for $5 each. I have actually seen a few of them on Ebay too.

"not too spooky" halloween tablescape place setting with 2 stacked white plates white salad plate with black stripe border on top of stack white napkin on top of plate with a round card with 31 stamped on it white skeleton hand on edge of plate black felt spider web placemat black crow on top of stack of black books



On one side of the cake stand, I placed stacks of vintage black books (thrifted). I added a black/white check pumpkin to the top of one stack and a black crow to the other.

I bought my black crows at Michael’s and the dollar store last year, but I linked some similar ones at the bottom of the post.

"not too spooky" halloween tablescape place setting with 2 stacked white plates white salad plate with black stripe border on top of stack white napkin on top of plate with a round card with 31 stamped on it white skeleton hand on edge of plate black felt spider web placemat black crow on top of black check fabric pumpkin



On the other side of my cake stand centerpiece, I used a vintage book and a black/white check fabric pumpkin I’ve had for years. I placed a crow on top of the pumpkin.


finishing touches to the “not too spooky” Halloween tablescape

To finish off my table, I sprinkled little black glittered spiders around the table. I found these last year at Michael’s.

I added a small skull and a few skeleton hands that I found at the dollar store. I didn’t like the color, so I spray painted all of them white. Somehow, they didn’t look quite as scary that way.

I found a black “potion” bottle in the dollar section at Target and added that to the table, as well.


witches brooms

handmade witches brooms with dried grasses tied to an old yard tool handle hanging on back of white slipcovered chair


Did you see the witches brooms I shared on Instagram last week? I was inspired last year by Millie at Essential Era. She made the cutest brooms for her Halloween decor and I decided to make my own this year.


I cut some grasses, basically weeds, from my neighborhood. I also cut back a few of my large herbs from my garden. I tied each bundle with twine and hung it upside down to dry.

I had some old wooden yard tool handles that I found in a neighbor’s trash pile a while back. I cut the handles down and made 4 broomsticks out of them.

I tied the handle to each dried bundle using twine or raffia.

When I was finished, I used an “S” hook and hung them on the back of my dining chairs around my Halloween table.

handmade witches brooms with dried grasses tied to an old yard tool handle hanging on back of white slipcovered chair



I think they were the perfect finishing touch!!

I hope you found some inspiration about how to create a “not too spooky” Halloween tablescape yourself. If you have questions or comments, please leave them at the bottom of this post. I love hearing from you!!

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blessing and happy fall,
michele



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year’s Halloween tablescape. You can see that here. I shared 2 different ideas for a Halloween table.

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13 thoughts on “How To Create a “Not Too Spooky” Halloween Tablescape

  1. I love it! It turned out amazing!

    1. Thank you! So glad you liked it!!

  2. The cutest – not too spooky – tablescape! Love the brooms in the chairs! And the ‘31’ stamped on coasters! You are so creative!

    1. Thank you my sweet friend!!!

  3. Michele
    I love your creativity! Those witches brooms are my favorite! So clever.

    1. Thank you! They were so fun to make!

  4. I’m not much for Halloween decorating but THIS! Just changed my mind! I’m saving this for inspiration. Who knew Halloween decor could be “not scary” – I love your tablescape!

    1. Oh, thanks so much! So glad you found inspiration here, and thank you for the kind words!

    1. Oh, thank you my sweet friend!! Happy weekend!@

  5. Love the witches brooms!! They really take your fabulous tablescape over the top. I’m delighted to feature your post at our Tuesday Turn About Link Party and hope you will come back to share more!

    1. Oh, thanks so much!! I really appreciate that, and so glad you liked it!

    2. I was going to link back to your post at my Saturday morning post, but I don’t see it.

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