If you’re anything like me, Halloween is a holiday you’re not too fond of. I’ve never been able to sit through a scary movie. I have never “enjoyed” being scared, and don’t think I ever will.But, one non-terrifying perk I do love about this time of the year is the excuse to host a party or create a styled shoot, which is exactly what I did. Together, with Hannah Steinhardt, my dear friend and amazing stylist, we decided to create a Halloween-themed dinner party⎯minus the guts and gore.
Firstly, we wanted to give the black and orange palette a rest and opted for a “pretty” all-white tablescape instead. The décor was whimsical and dark, yet undoubtedly elegant.
For the table centerpieces, we created bouquets of delicate white flowers, paired with dusty millers and sprigs of blueberries that added drama and texture. Black-and-white-striped napkins gave the table setting a modern flair, while white taper and pillar candles imbued the dining room with romantic vibes. For a sophisticated take on faux cobweb, we draped sheer white fabric over the chairs.
Almost anything looks more enchanting when placed underneath a glass cloche, so we set autumnal fruit like plump blackberries, halved figs, and flesh-exposing pomegranates under bell jars.
To keep the spooky vibes going outside, we stretched fake spider webbing across the estate’s front gate and hung two twig wreaths. Ivory pumpkins and whitish-yellow gourds were placed beside the gate to greet guests with some seasonal charm. For a sinister effect, we perched an artificial black raven upon the mound of pumpkins.
We then used dry ice to create mystical wisps of smoke that seeped out of a gothic-inspired fountain. Surrounded by white pillar candles, the fountain was designed to give passersby a paranormal feel.
Halloween is one of the most entertaining times of the year, but not everyone is inspired by the traditional décor. If you’re looking for something a little different this year, we hope we’ve show you that with a few charming and creative touches, you can still throw a party for the grown ups that’s full of drama and modern elegance.