3 Ways to Style a Grown Up Halloween Party

I wanted to do something a little bit different for this entertaining post. Instead of sharing just one tablescape inspired by fall and Halloween, I thought it would be way more fun (and helpful for you guys), if I shared 3 different options. I’m definitely way more excited about chic, modern styling for Halloween, instead of a traditional spooky vibe, so if you’re looking for grown up Halloween party inspiration, think of this post as your style guide! I tried to cover a few different styles including traditional, rustic, and, of course, dark and moody. Each option also complements the centerpiece DIY that we shared yesterday.

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Grown Up Halloween Party Inspiration

Look #1: Dark and Dramatic Halloween Tablescape

Let’s start with my favorite styled tablescape for Halloween, shall we? I’m having a maaajor black and white obsession these days, so I wanted to explore that vibe more for my Halloween tabletop. I kept the dinnerware modern by layering plates with straight sides and clean shapes. How special is that handmade side plate, too? The black swoosh feels very celestial and pops in a big way.

As for the details, I kept things fairly simple. For example, the flatware is very modern and stands out nicely against the black linen tablecloth. I love how the gold flatware matches the gold rim on the coupe glasses, too. And the striped napkin… it pops so perfectly in a Beetlejuice sort of way!

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Look #2: Traditional Rustic Fall Tablescape

When I think of a traditional Halloween or fall tablescape, harvest yellow comes to mind (aka one of my favorite colors ever). I layered a linen runner in this fall-inspired hue over a rumpled linen tablecloth for more of a traditional look. A touch of black felt really appropriate since this is a Halloween tablescape, after all, so I re-used these gorgeous plates from last year’s table. I can’t get enough of them! My napkins are a blockprinted floral pattern that feels a bit vintage and traditional. I love how the brown and peachy coral colors mingle with the harvest yellow.

To make the tablescape feel a little more unexpected, I mixed my metallics: gold on the napkin ring and glassware, silver speckles on the dinner plate, and rose gold for the flatware. I don’t always love how mixed metallics work, but in this case I love how it makes the styling feel just a tiny bit more updated and modern.

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Look #3: Neutral and Modern Rustic Tablescape

And lastly, this tablescape option is a play on a modern rustic vibe with lots of neutral accents! As you can probably tell, I am obsessed with all things linen, so I layered my trusty rumpled linen tablecloth under these beautiful chunky woven placemats that I brought back from Italy. Even though this styled table is more neutral, I still needed an accent color so I chose green. I love how unexpected this sage green feels for a Halloween table! Yet, somehow it works quite nicely. The glassware mimics the cool tones of the dinner plate, while the rest of the details are black for a moody feel.

As for the rustic touches, a galvanized napkin ring is a nice touch and softens the black linen napkin. The utensils I chose have a modern farmhouse feel to them and match the napkin nicely. I couldn’t help myself — I had to add a tiny sprig of dried fern to the setting for a spooky Halloween feel!

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3 Ways to Style a Grown Up Halloween Party. Modern rustic, modern dramatic, and traditional fall inspiration for a fall inspired tablescape. #halloween #halloweenparty #grownuphalloween #tablescape #party #partyinspiration #fallinspiration #fallstyling #tablestyling

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What do you think of this type of styling inspiration post? I’d love to know if you found this format to be more helpful when it comes to styling your home for holiday entertaining!

Photography and styling by Jojotastic.

Get more entertaining posts here + learn how to make our Dark & Moody Halloween Centerpiece DIY!

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