These simple and elegant Halloween table setting ideas will transform your space so that it’s ready for celebrating. I am all about making the celebration more fun! Especially if you have older kids or you are celebrating with friends, these table setting ideas will help bring joy to your Halloween celebration.
Making the holidays fun is so worth a little bit of extra time getting ready. These Halloween table setting ideas will help spark your inspiration so that you can have a beautiful backdrop to your celebration.
Setting your table for Halloween is also great practice for Thanksgiving! I love approaching the table setting as a way to start getting creative with the fall season in a fun and simple way before the end of November comes around.
Be warned – a lot of Halloween decorations are super tacky and over the top. That can be fun, but it’s just not my style. I find it overwhelming! These are simple and elegant ideas so that you can still have fun celebrating without feeling like your table is in a Party City commercial.
This post is all about Halloween table setting!
Halloween Centerpiece Ideas
Let’s keep it simple with Halloween table setting. The best way to do this is to make the centerpiece impactful, but it can’t be too busy. There are so many products available out there, so it’s hard to narrow it down.
Keeping an elegant touch in mind, the goal here is to celebrate Halloween and make the holiday super fun. Your table setting will set the stage for that, but it does not need to be the center of attention. Your loved ones have that job!
I have had so much fun looking at Halloween table setting ideas on Pinterest and created a board for this specific topic! Click here for all of the pins I found.
These are three different themes for your Halloween centerpiece:
Light and Bright
For a light and bright theme, you can use glasses, string lights, and candles. These objects work very well for a small table, or if you simply want to easily see across the table and fill it with other goodies.
I love these glass pumpkins from Pottery Barn! They add so much to this centerpiece idea. You definitely can get away with using mason jars or other glassware instead, but these are too cute not to share.
Adding some paper cut outs of leaves and pumpkins is a great way to layer onto this centerpiece and make it look more put together. I think bunching up some of the string lights and putting them inside the glasses as well as spreading them around the table is a great idea.
If you’re not sure where to plug in your lights, try getting string lights that have a battery pack and don’t need to be plugged in. You can get them on Amazon (these ones have great reviews). And make sure that your lights are a warm white!
Rustic and Cozy
For a rustic and cozy theme, using real pumpkins along with accents of wood and ceramics will look beautiful. Feel free to layer in candles as well, but be careful not to overcrowd the table. Pine cones can add a nice touch of warmth as well.
A wooden bowl filled with mini pumpkins is such a cute way to create an earthy and cozy vibe. Plus, it’s pretty easy to put mini pumpkins in a bowl! That’s always a plus. I think it’s worth buying real mini pumpkins from a grocery store or local pumpkin patch for this idea, but it’s up to you and what works best in your home.
I also found these gorgeous woven pumpkins from Pottery Barn. You could place these on a wooden tray on your table as another cozy centerpiece idea. Adding some branches or flowers laid out on the tray would help bring in some color, too.
Creating a rustic and cozy vibe helps set the scene for fall and Halloween in such a simple and elegant way. The orange pumpkins make it obviously Halloween-y without being over the top at all.
Floral and Colorful
This is probably the easiest centerpiece to do because you can simply go out and get some flowers! Stick to a fall color palette to help set the scene for a spooky night. When in doubt, I literally go to Whole Foods and buy one of their seasonal bouquets for $15. I love fancy flowers too, but there is no shame in going with an easy option.
The pin above has dried flowers from Etsy, and they are stunning! You can shop the look by clicking here. But you could easily get fresh flowers for less money if you wanted to. I think either would look beautiful as a Halloween centerpiece. Finding a bouquet with orange in it is a safe bet for a beautiful table!
The next step is to set the rest of the table to create a tablescape. I saw that word “tablescape” when I was doing research for this post so I hope it’s not a made up word. I kind of love it even if it is. (Ok I looked it up and Google confirmed that it is a thing!)
Halloween Table Settings
The rest of your table should work with your centerpiece. Layering in colors, textures, and patterns will give you a chance to add in your personal style. I love experimenting with different types of napkins and place mats.
Your favorite dinner plates and silverware should fit in beautifully and add in some neutrals, which is great. No need to go out and buy new plates and silverware (although it is definitely worth buying a matching set if you do not have one already). Crate & Barrel has some very beautiful and timeless dinnerware.
I think that the grey bowls in this picture add so much to the moodiness this table setting evokes. I normally do all white dinnerware, but this is such a nice reminder that mixing it up from your usual can do so much.
Finding unique napkins is a really fun way to add a seasonal flare to your table settings. I have been looking on Pinterest for unique cloth napkins because I’m tired of buying everything at all of the same stores. This was such a fun way to find new table setting ideas! Click here to see all of my pins I found.
I really like the neutrals and textures in this pin below. It has a very elevated casual feel, which I love. It also is a look that would be so easy to replicate on your own!
Lately prints have been so trendy, and I am not mad about it. I have been loving a print on cloth napkins lately, like gingham or a stitched check like this pin above has. I think that the most important thing with table setting is the color palette you choose and being consistent with it. Your napkins can help you do this and you and your family will feel like you’re eating at a fancy restaurant when you’re celebrating at home.
I also love this little wooden napkin ring. It’s so seasonal and cute, and since it’s wood it can match whatever you already have at home.
You can buy the napkin ring here. I love how Etsy has affordable handmade options like this! Especially if you are someone who is short on time or would rather stick to neutrals, adding a little bit of seasonal flare in a small way like this is perfect for you.
Placemats lay the foundation for your dinnerware and napkins are like the cherry on top. Finding placemats that you like is a little bit harder because you want to find something that you can use more often than just on Halloween.
The secret formula to a super usable placemat that looks gorgeous with everything is to find a placemat that is a neutral color with an eye catching texture. Lately circular placemats have been a bit more on trend than their rectangular counterparts. You also can more easily maximize your table space by using round placemats.
Again, I go back to Crate & Barrel for some tried and true placemats that will last a beating and look good again and again. Click here to shop Crate & Barrel placemats.
Creating a backdrop for your holiday memories is a perfect reason to spend a little extra time on your Halloween table setting this year.
That’s it for this post all about Halloween table setting ideas!
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