How-To: Halloween Table


Halloween table decor

Remember our sneak peek from Friday?  Here’s a behind the scenes look at our Halloween table for The Daily Meal.

Halloween decor supplies

Mini pumpkins and one medium-sized pumpkin for spray painting, plus some white mini pumpkins for keeping natural.
Spray paint.  We went with an enamel finish in black and gold to add some gloss.
Painter’s tape (for covering the pumpkin stems)
Burlap (available at Michael’s or other craft stores)
Votive candles
Black ribbon
Black spiders or spider rings (available at the drug store or craft store)
Candles and candlesticks
White place settings
Matching napkins
Wine glasses
Water glasses

Note: spray paint the day before your party so your  pumpkins have time to dry.

Wrap your pumpkin stems in blue painter’s tape to keep the stems natural.


Shake your enamel can and start spraying. Keep the spray can a good 6 inches away from the pumpkin.  Otherwise the force of the spray will wipe off your first coat.  This photo was taken before I learned that lesson.

1-2 coats only. Repeat as necessary to paint all your pumpkins.

Gold, too!

In case any of the enamel was still sticky, we put parchment paper under each pumpkin to protect our plates.

Gold pumpkin, white plates, pewter flatware, and black and white tenugui cloth napkins.

arranging burlap table runner

Now the centerpiece.  Arrange your burlap strips so they have some height.

Ground your display with one medium-sized pumpkin.  A leopard print sweater really adds something!

Layer in the rest of the pumpkins.

Add in your candlesticks and votives.  We only had silver votives so we wrapped them in thick black ribbon and secured with double-sided tape.  Work with what you have!


Creepy and elegant.

Happy Halloween!



8 Comments on How-To: Halloween Table

  1. Julie & Lauren
    October 24, 2011 at 9:41 am (11 years ago)

    This is so cute!!! I love the gold and black theme. Wish I was at this party!!

  2. Joanna
    October 24, 2011 at 7:47 pm (11 years ago)

    Love! I want to do a harvesty all-gold version for Thanksgiving!

  3. Richard
    October 25, 2011 at 4:24 am (11 years ago)

    A Wake Forest old gold and black theme – love it!

  4. Mary Sullivan
    October 25, 2011 at 6:40 pm (11 years ago)

    Very creative pumpkins. Great decorating ideas.

  5. Elisabeth
    October 28, 2011 at 3:53 pm (11 years ago)

    This is so cute!! The gold pumpkins mix fun and chic…great holiday inspirations

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