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Dinner with the Addams

October 9th, 2012

Halloween Table Setting | Camille Styles

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…

Halloween Table Setting | Camille Styles

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.

Halloween Table Setting | Camille Styles

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.

Halloween Table Setting | Camille StylesHalloween Table Setting | Camille Styles

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.

Halloween Table Setting | Camille Styles

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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  1. Ali says:

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

  2. Ephraner says:

    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

  3. Ashley says:

    Love it! Where are those pretty napkins from?

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

  5. Andrea says:

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

  6. Diane Smith says:

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

  7. Yelle says:

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

    • Jennifer Rose Smith says:

      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.

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

  9. Lori says:

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

    • Jennifer Rose Smith says:

      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!

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

  11. Amy says:

    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 says:

      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!

  12. Wow love it beautiful Halloween styling

  13. Jennifer Rose Smith says:

    Thanks, Rowaida!!!

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  15. ash says:

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

    • Jennifer Rose Smith says:

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

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  24. annette says:

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

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