The temperature dropped this week in Austin, and I’m already getting in the mood for my favorite night of the year! Jenn here, proving that Halloween decor doesn’t always have to be kitschy or gory. This year, I set out to create a “pretty” Halloween tablescape — for inspiration, I looked towards Morticia Addams (played by Angelica Huston in my beloved childhood favorite Addams Family movies). I had fun imagining what Morticia’s table would look like if she were hosting a dinner party. I like to think that her decor would be dark and eccentric, but undoubtedly elegant. See more after the jump…

I paired an antique silverplate champagne coupe with inexpensive amber glassware from World Market. Morticia would know that the strange orange liquid is really just apple juice, but she wouldn’t tell you that. She’d rather watch you squirm.

The vintage tin plates were found at a local antique mall. The price tag said “tin gothic plates: VERY old”. Perfect! I finished off Wedesday’s place setting by tying a black velvet ribbon around antique silverware by Reed & Barton.

The floral arrangement was really fun to create. We had some beautiful flowers from Ash over at The Byrd Collective for a past project, and I actually let that arrangement die for a couple of weeks and then added the black twigs and and silk roses to the top. Voila! You’ve got something pretty scary.

Now that we’ve got some spooky tabletop inspiration, it’s definitely time to start thinking about costumes… While it’s going to be really hard to top pinata girl, Chanel is already cooking up another DIY costume idea to reveal for this year… I can’t wait!

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    Ali | October 9, 2012 at 11:32 am

    I love this party, still classy yet a perfect Halloween bash.

    • Jennifer Rose Smith | October 9, 2012 at 11:47 am

      Thanks, Ali!

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    Ephraner | October 9, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Oh my goodness, you’ve found the spooky sweet spot: A party that’s festive and Halloween–like but still chic and glamorous (and not disgusting)! I will definitely be using these images as inspiration when I invite friends over for the holiday—thanks for sharing 🙂

    Erin from Food & Femininity

    • Jennifer Rose Smith | October 9, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      Thank you so much, Erin! I love Halloween so it was fun to style!

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    Ashley | October 9, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Love it! Where are those pretty napkins from?

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    Jacqueline Cote | October 9, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Oh là là! I love this… Simply gorgeous! Fantastic Jenn!

    • Jennifer Rose Smith | October 9, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      Thanks, Jacqueline!!!

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    Andrea | October 9, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Looks great!! Very classy and yet Halloween appropriate!
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

    • Jennifer Rose Smith | October 9, 2012 at 1:40 pm

      Thank you, Andrea! Mission accomplished. 🙂

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    Diane Smith | October 9, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Both elegant & a touch of dark floral fun…
    a sure way to get the “spirits” flowing! I think
    you just uncorked some great ideas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Jennifer Rose Smith | October 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      Thanks, D!!!

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    Yelle | October 9, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Absolutely mouthwatering set up! I adore the shape of the silver plates!

    • Jennifer Rose Smith | October 9, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      Thank you, Yelle. I couldn’t believe when I found those plates… I thought they totally looked like something the Addams would have had! Hopefully I’ll find a way to use them again… maybe for a medieval or fairy tale theme.

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    Dana McDowell | October 9, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    OH I LOVE THIS SO MUCH. I can’t even tell you enough. Bravo!

    • Jennifer Rose Smith | October 9, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      Aww, thank you so much, Dana!!!

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    Lori | October 9, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Thanks for this great post – I love the styling and the breakdown for possible re-creation. Photos are really good.

    • Jennifer Rose Smith | October 9, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      Thanks, Lori! We worked hard to get just the right spooky lighting. If I were hosting this party full out, it would definitely be all candles!

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    Sarah // Hemenway Street | October 9, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    I think this is my favorite Halloween styling ever! I love the retro glamour feel. Fantastic job!

    • Jennifer Rose Smith | October 9, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      Thank you so much, Sarah! I love Halloween, so your comment made my day. 🙂

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    Amy | October 9, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Bravo Jennifer! I love every bit of it and love the alternative to the traditional pumpkin decor. My husband’s birthday is on Halloween so if you can figure out how to work a birthday cake in next year, I’d greatly appreciate the advice 😉

    • Jennifer Rose Smith | October 9, 2012 at 11:20 pm

      Thanks, Amy! I had so much fun with this shoot that I’m definitely already thinking about what to do next year. A cake would be a really fun challenge… thanks for the idea!

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    Rowaida Flayhan | October 11, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Wow love it beautiful Halloween styling

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    Jennifer Rose Smith | October 11, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Thanks, Rowaida!!!

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    ash | October 12, 2012 at 11:40 am

    I love when my flowers are used for a different project-brings a whole new “life” to them! Great job! xo

    • Jennifer Rose Smith | October 12, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      Thanks, Ash! I feel like we definitely got maximum use out of that arrangement! They were beautiful in all stages.

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    annette | May 7, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Where did you get the candle sticks from? I really want to find them.

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