October 22, 2016

my black and white halloween table

Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year, so why not go all out and throw an elegant dinner party for a few of my friends? Setting the table is so fun for me. It’s like playing dress-up! 

The first thing I wanted were a few foundation pieces for the table. I knew I wanted a black and white color scheme with no scary elements and no orange. 

Black and white stripes are so elegant, and I found a really nice long cotton Striped Runner, perfect! 

I also got a set of Spooky Bird SpindlesFeather Place Card Holders, and Black Patterned Wine Glasses to get me started with my table. 

I was inspired by nature for my table, so spooky birds, white pumpkins and a little greenery set the tone for this tablescape

My black and white transferware plates, raffia place mats, and black chalk-painted chargers look great together for each place setting. I used vintage silver and white damask napkins to add another elegant touch. 

The silver-toned feather place card holders have whimsical bat-shaped place cards. And the black wine glasses pull the whole look together! 

To change things up a little, I set the heads of the table with a fun little white pumpkin and the others get a pretty ivory and gold pumpkin-shaped dish, as an accent.

For the center of the table, I gathered some subtly colored white pumpkins on a glass cake stand, and added glass votives, greenery from my garden and a spooky owl and crow


I set up a little drink station on my sideboard with the Spooky Birds as the anchors of the space and to add a little drama. A black feather wreath I usually hang on the front door gets a new home here over the vintage mirror. 


It fits in nicely with the décor.  

 Close-up of the centerpiece, above.

When you start with a few foundation pieces,
this look is soooo easy to put together.

And it came together like this... 

Black and White transferware plates 
raffia place mats 
black charger plates
Black and White Striped Runner
ivory and gold pumpkin-shaped dish
Spooky Bird Spindles
Feather Place Card Holders
bat-shaped place cards
 Black Patterned Wine Glasses
“Bone Appetit” rectagular platter
black feather wreath
white pumpkins 
 glass cake stand
 glass votives
Spooky Birds 
 spooky owl and crow

ciao! fabiana


While I’m here today, I wanted to share some of my "Tablescaping Essentials" with you. I have a whole page on the Amazon website with my favorite picks for setting a beautiful table.

Quite often time is of the essence, and I have last minute projects or events to work on, so I turn to Amazon for one or two day delivery. You’d be surprised at how many amazing items they have to offer! And I'm constantly updating this page with my new favorites. 

You can check it out here, at Tablescaping Essentials.

October 17, 2016

posh pumpkins by martha stewart

Martha Stewart is the definitive queen of Halloween décor, and this year she has created a variety of posh and creepy pumpkins.

Snake Infested Pumpkins start with a variety of gray, green or white pumpkins, metallic gold paint and inexpensive plastic snakes.  

To create the look of the Spiderweb Etched Pumpkins, you will need an inexpensive linoleum cutter for carving your pumpkin. That way the orange flesh of the pumpkin shines through, when lit from within. 

Martha updates her Mouse Motel this year by using a beautiful gray pumpkin. Round holes and rubber mice are all you need for this look!

Elegant Copper Leaf Pumpkins and gourds will last all the way through Thanksgiving and look great on your dining room table. 

A group of lumpy Bumpy Mini Pumpkins are highlighted by custom made copper leaf leaves. The candlelight hits them just right!

ciao! fabiana

Photos and inspo by Martha Stewart 

October 16, 2016

spooky black and white party fun

A little more black and white Halloween party fun, this time from Country Living Magazine! This is spooky décor that is simple and has vintage style. Black crows, owls, cobwebs, witch hats and more! All these creepy Halloween props are set off by an equally ghoulish menu!

I love the human and batty silhouettes!

Elegant but spooky desserts!

Here's the whole menu!

Recipes for this party food in this month's Country Living Magazine: Tart Cherry Eyeball Punch, Baby Back Ribs with Goulish BBQ Sauce, Batty Chicken Wings, Breadstick Rattlers, Help Me Cake, Raven Feather Cupcakes, and Silhouette Sugar Cookies. 

ciao! fabiana


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