21 Chic Halloween Table Decorations That'll Make You Want To Host A Dinner Party

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If you're throwing a Halloween party, you might be focusing on festive cocktails and scary good treats, but don't overlook your table. Because you know what's even better than a regular old Halloween party? A sophisticated, grownup Halloween dinner party. We've got plenty of ideas to get you inspired, and most of these you can DIY on the cheap (and on the fly!). From unconventional color combos and witchy plating to spooky surprises, these elevated but-on theme Halloween table decorations and centerpieces are sure to make it an unforgettable evening.

1 Get Creative With Serveware
Zan Passante

Mini cauldrons! It doesn't get any cuter than that. Whether you choose to serve drinks, soup, or dessert in them, mini cauldrons are the perfect Halloween table decoration that also serve a purpose. Pro tip: Bring your tea light votives to the next level by wrapping them in black lace as a contemporary take on witchy black flame candles.

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2 Go for Subtle Fall Decor
Manuel Rodriguez

Keep things sophisticated with unexpected colors that don't scream Halloween but still feature that fall aesthetic. A rich, blue tablecloth helps neutral plates pop. Add fresh flowers for even more color and stuck to an earthy palette with your plating and napkins to even it out.

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3 Create a Handsy Cheese Plate
Zan Passante

Keep things subtly spooky by placing a a skeleton hand on your charcuterie spread. Style it like this from Sugar & Charm.

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4 Opt for White Pumpkins
Sugar & Charm

Not into orange and black? Forget them! If you want it to feel more elegant, go for white instead of orange pumpkins. And try an unconventional pop of color, like light pink. See more of this pretty tablescape at Sugar and Charm.

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5 Choose an on-Theme Decanter
Sugar & Charm

If you're hosting a scary movie night, get inspired by the on-screen horror with your Halloween decor. If you don't want something as obvious as a skull, something smoky and moody will do.

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6 Go Farmhouse Chic

Welcome to the big kid's table. This is where we'll be when the trick-or-treaters come knocking. Keep your table rustic and pared down, then add in pops of color with purple placemats and orange napkins. And let the food double as decor (figs are always a good call).

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7 Use Black Feathers

An affordable and easy way to put a Halloween spin on your favorite floral centerpiece? Just add black feathers to the bouquets, as Sugar and Charm did here.

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8 Candy Lanterns
Courtesy of Sugar and Charm

You may not have a giant candelabra on hand, but you probably have some summer lanterns. Refresh them for Halloween by filling them up with candy and placing them on top of faux spiderwebs. See more at Sugar and Charm.

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Cheetah Is the New Black

Throwing a sophisticated grownup Halloween soiree? Decorate the table with a centerpiece like this by Cheetah Is the New Black. It's much more moody and romantic than your average Halloween decor. And then maybe throw in some festive coasters for good measure.

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10 Work Around One Color
Sugar and Charm

Make things easier on yourself by orienting your decor around a singular color. In this Halloween spread from Sugar & Charm, all the candy, napkins, and accessories are cobalt blue.

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11 Use Fruit as Decor
Cheetah Is the New Black

You don't have to go creepy on October 31st—instead, try a more sophisticated Halloween tablescape. A muted red tablecloth grounds this table while the wooden serveware sticks to the rustic, easy-going atmosphere. Keep it simple with a few pomegranates lining the center of the table.

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12 Spruce Up the Bar Cart

Don't forget to spruce up the bar cart while you're at it! Learn how to make this gorgeous garland (also works for the fireplace or as a centerpiece) from Sugar and Cloth.

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13 Paint Your Pumpkins
Sugar & Charm

Opt for pinks, peaches, and burgundies in your centerpiece rather than the classic warm orange-y fall palette. Then paint your pumpkins white! (Faux pumpkins work, too.)

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14 Spotlight Pretty Fall Plating
Cheetah Is the New Black

A burnt orange linen runner and classic fall tableware keeps things casual and down to the earth and unpretentious. Name cards are also a good idea, preferably if they feature some Halloween-inspired design.

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15 Serve Dessert that Doubles as Decor

Let the dessert do the talking. These cakes double as halloween decor while the skeleton serveware is actually chic enough to live beyond the grave of October 31st.

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16 Swap Out Your Wine Glasses
Cheetah Is the New Black

If you love the idea of serving your Halloween cocktails in a cauldron but want something a little less kitschy, take notes from this table decorated by Cheetah Is the New Black. A matte black wine glass strikes the ideal balance.

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17 Keep Things Light

Halloween doesn't have to be all doom and gloom. For something a little less grim, take note of the cheerful spread above. Decorate plating and serveware with wiggly eyes for a fun Halloween pop.

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18 Opt for Black Roses
Courtesy of Hostess With The Mostess

Grab a couple of black candelabras, some black roses, and throw in a few skulls and spiders and you've got a kind of creepy but also a little glam Halloween centerpiece. See more at Hostess With The Mostess.

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19 Flowers + Pumpkins = Perfection
Courtesy of Sugar and Charm

When in doubt, dress your table up with a festive bouquet and some mini pumpkins. Done and done. See more at Sugar and Charm.

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20 Bring Out the Whole Skeleton
Courtesy of Sugar and Charm

Decorate your table with skulls, spiderwebs, then fill jars with candy. Is it weird that we think this looks insanely chic? Get the tutorial at Sugar and Charm.

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21 Put Out Some Spiders
Courtesy of Hostess With The Mostess

**We will brave the spiders when there's cheese involved. See more at Hostess With The Mostess.

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