While Jenn was crafting our epic group Halloween costumes, I was busy planning my much less colorful (and a lot more sinister) take on our mutually favorite holiday. This all-black table is the stuff of dreams — er, nightmares — and even if you don’t love Halloween, there’s no denying the gorgeousness of this dark and moody scene. From the decor to the food, nearly every element is colorless, but thanks to tons of texture and natural light, the overall concept is still beautiful and inviting.

Want to celebrate All Hallow’s Eve in the most chic, adult way possible? Look no further than this to-die-for black-on-black dinner party concept…

*photography by Kate LeSueurlocation SHDW Studios


Each place setting was made up of a black dinner plate, black salad plate, a charcoal linen napkin, and mix-and-match flatware.

Our centerpiece truly made the table. We arranged dark flowers and greenery in vintage apothecary bottles and scattered them down the length of the table. We then added thrifted black books to the mix, and wove more greenery through it all to create a garland.

Of course, the design wouldn’t have been complete without some moody candlelight. These candelabras and these claw candleholders were the perfect solution for our old-world black-on-black vision.

Carmen made these wax-dipped roses to place at each seat. The deep crimson made for the most amazing pop of color against the all-black details, and best of all, the wax preserves the roses forever, making for the perfect party favor.

To learn how to make your own, stay tuned for the step-by-step instructions on the blog next week!


We knew our friends at Loot Vintage Rentals would have everything needed to complete this look. We borrowed these bentwood chairs from them, plus tons of vintage silver platters on which to serve our food.

To really turn up the creepiness, I sourced some old family photos from the Austin Antique Mall and placed them in the centerpiece. Nothing’s more unsettling than feeling like you’re being watched!

I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never met a cheese board I didn’t like, but this dark and decadent one might be my favorite yet. We piled the brie, salami, grapes, rye toasts, fig chutney and candied nuts onto a large silver platter for a wickedly delicious display.

Did you catch Camille’s “Kitchen Sink” Halloween Chocolate Bark recipe? I love that it takes colorful kids halloween candy and transforms it into a dinner party-worthy dessert…

These caramel apples were even more delicious than they look, and we made them using a healthy alternative to the typical sugary version.

Let guests nibble on the cheese and charcuterie upon arrival…

… then serve the main course family style.

The perfect drink pairing for this menu? Red wine, of course. We served ours in these glass water goblets.

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16 comments
  1. 1
    Laura | October 5, 2016 at 7:41 am

    I absolutely love this idea- it’s so fun. Love all of the beautifully moody details. Great job y’all!

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    Blush & Pearls | October 5, 2016 at 7:55 am

    What a dark and moody table – so dramatic! Feels a little romantic too (except for those creepy home photos!).

    Angela / Blush & Pearls

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  3. 3
    Sophie Stewart | October 5, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Gorgeous pictures, very artistic! Sophie x

    sophiehmstewart.com

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    Teresa Duggan | October 5, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Very elegant – and sinister! Love it!

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    Amanda @ Positively Amanda | October 5, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Elegant and cute! Love it 🙂

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    roseofthecity | October 5, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    This is just so beautiful! I love it so much!

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    Ashley | October 6, 2016 at 7:35 am

    This is amazing! Really great and unique ideas!

    Ashley // A Cute Angle // acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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    Lonnie | October 7, 2016 at 4:53 am

    Just gorgeous! Love bringing the green in. Fantastic!

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    Yana | NoMad Luxuries | October 8, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    I look forward to seeing your Halloween tablescapes every year and this one does not disappoint!

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    Dominique Paolini | October 12, 2016 at 10:41 am

    I would love to see the recipes for the moody main course!

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    victoria taylor | October 26, 2016 at 11:06 am

    This is very dramatic setting of a dark and moody table…yet intriguing! The photo setting draws you in and makes you want to see more and taste the food which also looks unusual and mixed. Your Halloween table is simply captivating!

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    Amber | October 28, 2016 at 10:07 am

    I love a halloween dinner party, there is something a bit naughty about the darkness of it. You created a quite elegant table, I only regret that I wasn’t invited. Every photo is amazing, but the highlight was the main course, so ‘creepy’. Thank you for the inspiration.

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    Courtney Paddock | September 18, 2017 at 9:42 am

    This is beyond fabulous! A chic Halloween party really stands out amongst all the plastic orange and black mass produced holiday items. I am SO inspired, I want to eat Summer sausage right now!!

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    Ulrika | October 6, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    Hi! Where can I find the text about how to wax Roses??
    Best regards
    Ulrika in Sweden

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