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Playful Halloween Party Table Ideas for Kids & Adults

Entertaining guru Jennifer Sbranti shows how to use bright colors and funky patterns to create fun Halloween party table decorations that are playful enough for kids and hip enough for adults.


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    • Haunting Decor

      Halloween fun knows no age limits. For a party that caters to both kids and adults, it's a great idea to create separate -- yet coordinating -- tables that obviously differentiate between the two age groups. Festive place settings, silly pumpkins, and terrific treats are the perfect recipe for a great party.

    • Frightfully Fun Kids' Table

      For the kids' table, start with a playful palette of bright purples, oranges, and greens for your table linens and partyware.

    • Kids' Halloween Place Setting

      Use patterned scrapbook paper for place mats and embellish forks with novelty orange spider rings. Set a small, decorated sugar cookie or Halloween toy near the edge of each plate as a special treat.

      Sources: Reminisce witches brew collection, Spider rings mega pack,

    • Spooky Spider Ring

      A novelty orange spider ring adds a creepy touch to plastic utensils.

      Source: Spider rings mega pack,

    • Googly Eye Cups

      Instantly bring kids-size paper cups to life by gluing on plastic googly eyes. These colorful cups bring an extra element fun to the table!

    • Orange Pop!

      Festive orange soda or juice packaged in funky bottles helps set the spooky party scene.

    • Silly Pumpkin Centerpiece

      Instead of using a traditional pumpkin for a centerpiece, create your own cute pumpkin creature from an orange glass bubble vase and a small house plant. Set the plant inside the vase and attach two large googly eyes and a construction paper mouth to the outside.

    • Sparkly Spiders

      For a finishing touch, sprinkle glittery purple, orange, and black spiders around the kids' table centerpiece.

      Source: Spider table sprinkles,

    • Grown-Up Ghouls' and Boys' Table

      Start with the same palette of purples, oranges, and greens for the adult table's partyware, but incorporate a black tablecloth and orange table runner for a more sophisticated feel.

      Editor's Tip: The orange table runner pictured here is actually an inexpensive window panel available in-store at IKEA.

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      Adults' Table Tricks-and-Treats

      Use only one pattern for place mats to keep the table from feeling too busy. Try classic white plates and black plastic spiders on the adult table in lieu of the colorful plates and spiders on the kids' table.

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      Creepy-Chic Centerpiece

      For a look that coordinates with the kids' centerpiece but is decidedly more adult, fill simple glass vases with floating candles and opaque white vase gems. Adorn the vases with Halloween window-gel silhouettes.

      Source: Clear Glass Cylinder Vase,

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      Frightful Flutes

      Adorn champagne flutes or wineglasses with pipe cleaners in your favorite festive colors.

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      Scrumptious Skeletons

      Place coffin-shaped boxes of skeleton-piece chocolates on the adults' table for fun decorative accents that double as after-dinner treats.

      Source: Coffin Chocolates,

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      Festive Party Favors

      Send guests off with cool Chinese take-out boxes filled with leftover treats, candy, or cookies guests decorated at the party.

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      Spooky Sayings

      For your party favor boxes, choose a fun pattern that matches your theme. Embellish the boxes with spooky sayings and plastic spiders.

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      Creative Ideas for Halloween Party Themes

      Want to host a Halloween party but aren't sure where to start? Browse our creative Halloween party themes -- for both kids and adults - -to get inspired by decorating ideas and delicious menus and recipes. Bonus: We have free downloads to make everything extra easy!
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