I have been so excited about the coming of my favorite holiday…I wanted to plan a little dinner party to have some of our friends over. With my growing belly and declining energy levels, I just didn’t feel up for a full-blown Halloween costume party at a Baltimore bar, like we have done in years past!
I have been dreaming of a Halloweeny centerpiece since the end of the summer. I got the idea to do creepy black topiaries to flank the ends of the table display, and began making them a couple weeks ago (projects these days just don’t seem to be completed in a day for me…when I get home from teaching at the end of the day it’s all I can do to make dinner most nights! And if my husband reads this he will probably laugh, as dinner prep on most nights involves me sitting on the couch while he makes it, and cleans up afterwards). You do eventually gain your energy back after this whole pregnancy thing, right?
Here are the different components of the Halloween tablescape 🙂
How I made them:
I used 2- 5 inch styrofoam balls, one for each top of the topiary.
And one 3-inch ball, which I cut in half and fit down inside each terracotta pot, to serve as the base.
I bought these floral bunches of zinnia-like flowers at Michaels–they were 50% off, so they were only about a buck each. It took about 7-8 bunches. I also bought two bunches of these larger, reddish flowers to use at the bottom of the topiary ball.
I plucked the flowers off the stems–they came off very easily.
The flowers stuck into the styrofoam on their own, but I used hot glue to reinforce them:
I left the top of the topiary “bald” so I could attach the skulls last. I cut a 1/2 dowel in half and pressed it into the bottom of the ball. Then I pressed the dowel into the base of the pot. I put some hot glue around the edge of the halved ball in the pot to secure it.
Then I glued pieces of Dollar Store faux moss around the base.
After that, I started spray painting them from top to bottom! I used our standby…a 99-cent bottle of black spray paint from Lowe’s.
The topiaries took a lot of paint, with all the petals, and the fabric of the flowers absorbed quite a bit!
Once that dried I used Krylon glitter spray in Starry Night to spray all over the topiaries:
Then I hot glued the skulls on top (made of styrofoam and purchased at Michaels).
For the final touch, I wound silver pipecleaners around my finger to create “vines” and attached them right underneath the ball of flowers.
I purchased black rectangular felt at Hobby Lobby for 79 cents a sheet. It was the perfect size for a placemat and had a stiffer finish to it.
I used glitter glue to create silvery spider webs in each corner of the mat.
I bought a two 3-packs of these cute Halloween dishtowels from Homegoods, for $4.99 each.
I cut each towel in half, and pinned down the cut edge to sew a seam:
Voila! Easy, cute, inexpensive napkins.
Our silver napkin rings were a wonderful wedding gift from my bridesmaid Kristen : )
Here are some shots of the table once it was all put together!
Hanging from the chandelier are black and silver skeletons–a great Dollar Tree find!
In the very center of the table I put orange glitter pumpkins from the One Spot at Target, and spiders from the Dollar Tree.
The place cards are honeycomb tissue paper pumpkins (sold in 6-packs from the Dollar Tree). I wrote the names in silver Sharpie on black paper, which I affixed to a toothpick and stuck down between the folds.
Our Nantucket Basket china worked nicely with all the black and orange. And I love our crystal skull candle holders…a housewarming gift from Kate (she understands my obsession with Halloween!)
A couple of party guests (I am wearing my witchy apron)
Sitting down to dinner!
Some menu highlights were “bone” breadsticks, pasta with vodka sauce and meatballs, and Texas Delight which I fashioned into a spiderweb design:
I also made spiked apple cider, which I learned a pregnant lady should never make…unable to taste-test, I made it WAY too strong and had to add a lot more cider!
As a parting gift for each guest, I made mini “s’more kits” using graham crackers, fun size Hershey bars, and ghost Peeps. (Treat bags are from the One Spot, and the polka dot ribbon I purchased at Michaels on sale for about $1.50)
I had a wonderful time at my first big dinner party, and I hope all my guests did too! Happy Halloween!