Entertaining guru Jennifer Sbranti shows how to set a modern, hip table for your next Halloween party by mixing a traditional orange-and-black color scheme with contemporary florals, funky skeleton patterns, and shimmery dishes.
Set out black-and-orange bottled beverages, such as these Halloween drinks by Jones Soda, which come in fun flavors like Black Cat Licorice.
Editor's Tip: Create an impressive drink display by using tiered shelf organizers to display your drinks in a stair-step fashion.
SOURCE Tiered shelf organizers: containerstore.com.
Give desserts and appetizers a little Halloween flair with fun food toppers such as these skull-and-crossbones flags.
SOURCE Food flags: Michaels.
Set a centerpiece on an orange table runner or plate and sprinkle spiders around. A little tacky wax will help keep bugs perched in precarious places.
Line your table with orange tea lights in contemporary white holders. We love the punched-hole version shown here; it reminds us of a jack-o'-lantern.
SOURCE Tea-light holder: IKEA.
Look for fun Halloween straws to serve alongside bottled beverages.
Choose bright orange florals for the centerpiece. For a frightening effect, opt for unusual or abstract designs over traditional flowers.
SOURCE Artificial orange stems: Jo-Ann Stores.
Quickly dress up your table with a basic black tablecloth, dinner and salad plates in orange and black, and party napkins with a contemporary Halloween pattern.
SOURCE Melamine plates and skull napkins: Target.
Fold your dinner napkins in half and place them on top of the salad plates with a single orange gem or candy set on top. Turn the beverage napkins at a 45-degree angle and place them under your cocktail or water glasses.
SOURCE Gems: moonmarble.com.
Vases with fluffy orange and black ostrich feathers and funky floral stems crawling with spiders work for perfectly petrifying party decor.
SOURCES White vase: IKEA. Plastic spiders: orientaltrading.com.
Wrap orange and black pillar candles with Halloween-patterned paper, such as the spiderweb and orange dot designs shown here.
Editor's Tip: To add height, flip black bowls upside down and use them as pedestals for your candles. Never leave lit candles unattended.
SOURCE Bowls: IKEA.
Further embellish orange and black pillar candles with coordinating ribbon and plastic spiders.